Third Quarter Blog Goals

It’s time to review my third quarter blog goals. I’ve been working hard and my blog has grown tremendously the past few months! Let’s get down to business and see what’s worked and what hasn’t.

I’ve been hustling hard and my efforts are paying off. Blogging isn’t always easy (for me) and it requires a lot of my attention and time.

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I’ve been treating my blog like a part time job for about nine months now and it’s been a slow and steady climb. I have a long ways to go before I’ll consider myself successful, but I am definitely on the right path.

Let’s check in and see how I did with my goals!

Believe in a Budget 2nd and 3rd quarter blog goals

  • Increase my page views to 5000 a month. SUCCESS! This was a big one for me. I am averaging more than 5,000 pageviews a month!  EVEN MORE SUCCESS! My page views were over 40,000 last month. More to come on this below.
  • Apply for sponsored posts or join larger affiliate networksI joined BlogHer (haven’t really done anything with this though) as well as signed up with a few companies that are sending me products to review and/or discuss on social media. FAIL. I haven’t really done anything with BlogHer or sought out sponsored posts. I turned down a couple opportunities because I got stressed out that I would compromise my blog and turn off readers. I need to work on this more!
  • Finish updating all my old photos for Pinterest 99% done! 
  • Increase my newsletter subscribers This is going well! I started from scratch and now have 550+ subscribers. I’m still trying to figure out my newsletter angle and need to get a PO box before I send out my first newsletter.
  • Improve my international Alexa rating Success! Last quarter I was around 900,000+ and now I’m in the 600,000 range.
  • Seek out blog job opportunities (I provide these servicesI added a Hire Me Section and it’s been paying off financially! 
  • Write a guest post on another blog Haven’t even tried this
  • Expand my blog content I’m working on this and plan to make changes in the next couple months!
As a blogger, I have been working hard to increase my blog pageviews. I was able to achieve this increase in blog traffic pretty quickly! Here are all the ways I was able to grow my new blog!
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Here’s how I grew my blog the past three months

Consistent blog posts

Occasionally I post three times a week, but this is rare. I’ve really been focusing on better content and longer posts. I might change things up and do a lighter post on Fridays or Saturdays, but I enjoy my current schedule. Blogging consistently really makes readers come back to see what I am up to each week.

Expanded my social media accounts

This was tough and I’m still working on this aspect of having an online presence. I’m such a private person and am not sure how much I want to share. I think I prefer to keep it 95% professional (but still fun!) and 5% personal if that makes sense.

Although hesitant, I created an Instagram account for the blog that I keep separate from my personal account. I also created a Periscope account with the username @BelieveinBudget. Hashtags are a great way for new readers to find my blog!

I’m still putting my foot down on creating a Facebook page and don’t have time for Snapchat πŸ™‚

Joined a Blogging Mastermind group

I belong in a private Facebook group with 9 other amazing bloggers and it’s been a great resource. We bounce ideas off each other, seek advice and have weekly check-ins for accountability. Having this group is helping me become a better blogger and create new friendships.

Hired a business coach

I’ve mentioned this before, but I started working with Carrie from Careful Cents a couple months ago. I check in with her once or twice a month and she has not only helped me find clients and grow my business, but has become a great confidante. I can’t imagine not working with her.

Grew my Pinterest audience

This is hands down the most effective way I have increased traffic to my blog. At the start of the year I was a new blogger and averaging around 1,000 page views a month. I am now averaging 40,000 page views a month. My Pinterest strategy has taken off and I couldn’t be happier.

Update: I now get over 160,000 page views a month! 

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Started offering Pinterest Manager and Consulting services

I’ve done really well when a Google search is done to find free pinterest scheduling. My free printable images are the first images found when people are using these keywords and it’s helped bring in new readers. When readers find my website organically, it’s a testament that my hard work is paying off in the Google rankings.

If you want to grow your blog and increase your pageviews, I can help! I provide a ton of different services, whether it’s a one hour consulting appointment or help pinning each month.

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What’s on the horizon

As many of you know, I’m officially freelancing full time! I am so excited to devote my time to this blog and really make it grow.

I’m also at a crossroads with what I want to do with it, and have been for the past few months. 

I need to figure out how to go from a personal finance blog to a lifestyle (?) blog. I don’t even know if lifestyle is the right word since I don’t plan on sharing everything in my personal life.

This is what I want my blog to reflect:

  • My adventures in freelancing. Readers have been kind enough to follow my journey from full time employee to the beginning stages of freelancing. I want to continue to share and document my freelancing journey.
  • Write about my Pinterest niche and figure out how to help others.
  • Add my consulting business into the mix. I don’t ever talk about what I do outside of blogging and I’m not sure how beneficial it would be to readers. However, it’s part of my online income reports and if it can benefit readers, I’ll do it. I think my fear is combining my real life with my online life as I’ve always separated the two. It’s putting more out there about myself and I just struggle with it for some reason.
  • Stay consistent with the Believe In a Budget theme of my blog. As I mentioned above, I want to move away from strictly personal finance. I like the idea of talking about other areas of life, such as budgeting for my home office, how I’m decorating my new apartment without blowing my bank account, etc. while sticking to a budget. I think this would be a ton of fun and give my blog another layer.

With all these changes, I am also thinking about changing my blog design and theme. Restore 316 Designs is my go-to source for blog themes and I’ve had my eye on one in particular for a few months.

Needless to say, I’m excited about everything that’s happening! I welcome change and think everything above is a step in the right direction. I’m excited to blog full time and see where this new chapter takes me!

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If you’re a blogger, do you draw the line at what you blog or post about on social media?

If you’re a reader, do you like seeing the personal posts mixed in with the professional posts?

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  1. Eric Von Gardey says:

    Being a Children’s book author, I’ve been needing to do a blog for my company. This will help tremendously with promoting books and up coming releases. Love following Kristin. Congrats Kristin on the blog increases and spreading the love so we can be just as successful as you are blogging.

    1. Oh wow, Eric that’s awesome! Good luck with your blog πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, Kirsten! This is very inspirational!

    I’m proud to be a part of the Blogging Mastermind group with you! It is a great/safe place to ask questions and learn from each other.

    I am careful about what I blog and share as I have two teenagers that read and contribute to the blog. I could have a lot of fun with that;0) We do use different names simply because my hubby is a Vice Principal and doesn’t want those middle schoolers finding us out;0)

    1. Agreed- our group has been so wonderful! I definitely prefer being behind the scenes, so it’s tough for me to put myself out there with a blog! I’m also careful about what photos of myself I use as I prefer to remain *kinda out of the picture πŸ™‚

  3. I’m really looking forward to where you go with the blog. I agree about the additional layer, which is why I decided to make my site a lifestyle and budget blog from the beginning. I love talking about money, but I like to have a little variety. I’m sure your readers will enjoy the additional topics (I surely will) and I’m excited to you continue to progress!

    1. Thanks Latoya! I totally agree – it’s nice not to be 1 dimensional when it comes to blogging. I need to be able to write about more things πŸ™‚

  4. Kristin you are killing this full-time freelancing and it’s so great to see you share what you’re working on. It’s inspiring to follow your “climb” up instead of just hearing about the end results… I’m sitting here super excited after reading this because all I want to do is get working on my blog too πŸ˜€

    I need to ask how you found a Mastermind group. I would really like to be part of a group however haven’t decided how to go about it. The idea of having a private Facebook page with only a handful of members sounds like a great strategy though πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, it’s been a looooong climb and I still have a ways to go. I was invited by someone to participate in a mastermind group. It would be easy to start one though. I would keep it under 10 people and reach out to similar bloggers, and then create the private FB group. I’m not sure what the norm is, but I’m in 1 group and that’s working well. I’m not sure if people are usually in a few groups or not. I wish this is something I had known about sooner!

  5. SO excited for you, Kristin! I know you’ve been working hard. I’m glad to see it paying off. It’s nice to see you “owning” Pinterest and google and not messing around with ever SM network. I’ve been just trying to juggle all of the Networks, automating when possible, and not having great success with any. There’s a big part of me (the straight-laced conservative part) that thinks “But what if I dedicate to a certain platform and then that platform changes the rules and goes all crazy a la the last couple of years of Facebook.” I know, any action is probably better than none πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you’re doing well!

    1. Yeah I get stressed that I’m not more active with everything, but I’m just sticking to what is working for me and growing slowly. Lately I keep hearing everyone talking about using LinkedIn more and more, and that’s another platform I haven’t ventured in either!

  6. You are knockin it out of the park in pretty much every single category! I like seeing personal posts along side professional posts. I love getting to know the people I admire and get advice from. I post personal + professional posts and it’s hard to figure out the right mix that won’t turn people off, but I like to just keep it real and be me. I try to do 80% professional and 20% personal for the most part.

    1. Thanks Aileen! I’m glad to see you mix it up and do both!

  7. I love your awesome progress with all your goals, I think you can certainly talk about all those areas you mentioned as personal finance touches every one.
    I have an idea about a guest post… would you want to write about selling on Ebay and/or mystery shopping for my site? I’ve had a couple requests for those topics after your interview and I don’t know much about either one. How did you manage to get so many people to sign up for your newsletter?

    1. Sure, I’ll email you! For the newsletter, I haven’t really done much to be honest. I put in the Hello Bar at the top of my page and then the insert at the bottom of each post for people to sign up. Every now and then I’ll offer something if someone signs up, like free printables or a free Pinterest pinning schedule.

  8. Congrats on your huge blog success!! πŸ™‚ You are rocking it!

    I love our mastermind group too, it’s such an awesome group to be a part of!

    I also struggle with topics for my blog and how to branch out while still staying within a niche. I’m at the point where I’m saying, screw the niche, I want to blog about whatever the heck I want! haha. I love how JAGAHB talks about a wide array of topics too, most of my favorite bloggers do! πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha, that’s how I’m feeling. Does the blog name even matter?!

  9. That is a HUGE jump in traffic!

    I’m still not on Pinterest. I started managing our work account at my last job, but I still can’t bring myself to join it personally. Maybe later on …

    1. Pinterest is what I work the hardest on as most of my traffic comes from there. I’ve been dragging my feet on everything else. I mean how many social media accounts do we need?!

  10. Great progress. I’m trying to focus on increasing my page views. I’m thinking of goals and direction for GDTH for next year to continue growth.

    It’s difficult to focus on just personal finance. I like to incorporate my personal life as well. I think sometimes when we only focus on finance, we give the impression that that’s all we have going on.

    1. Thanks Shirria! Pinterest will definitely help πŸ™‚ I agree – I can only handle so much personal finance talk! I like the personal topics because I like to get to know bloggers better.

  11. Great job! You’re doing amazing! Inspirational for a newish blogger!

    Right now, I do close to ZERO with social media. I know it could really help me reach more people but havent done anything but think about it! :/

    It’s a fine balance between personal and professional. So far, I’ve stuck a lot more with professional as that’s what I find more appealing to read on other blogs. Personal is challenging because so much can be misinterpreted without the context of body language. It’s an ever-evolving game, to say the least! Way to go!

    1. It’s a struggle! My twitter and Pinterest is automated, but I always check in for a few minutes each day to reply to people. I am slowly starting to enjoy Instagram on a professional level. It’s tough to find the right balance with it all!

  12. Congrats on the success so far Kristin! You’re doing so well πŸ™‚ I created a Facebook page for my blog recently and I’ve been thinking of turning my own Instagram into a source of inspiration and spin off from my blog, but haven’t really done anything about it yet. I think you should write about other topics that make you excited to write and see how they do on the blog. I’m personally thinking of opening up more about parenting and family related topics on my blog. I know writing about personal finance can be draining after a while. I think I’ve written hundreds of personal finance blog posts for myself and others this year.

    1. Thanks Chonce πŸ™‚ You are like the top PF blogger I know and have been crushing it this year with freelancing. I burn out fast and definitely need to expand my content!

  13. Blogs are about the personal. Maybe back in 2008 and 2009 it was just about tips to start being frugal, but there are websites with articles for that. I think people prefer the personal. They feel like they’re along for the journey.

    I may not get as many views as other blogs — really gotta suck it up and join Pinterest, blech — but my readers are really dedicated because they get to empathize with our setbacks, cheer us on with our goals, etc. I’ve seen some similar instances on your site.

    Incidentally, if I do get into Pinterest, I may reach out to you about some image help. That said, I tend to write stuff the day before/of, so I don’t know how much I can manage that. Also, I really like funny images to go with my posts, but most Pinterest images are very serene/elegant/have lots of space for the titles.

    1. I am so glad you said that and it means a lot! I don’t feel I conform to blogging rules and do things my way, which probably isn’t the best way to grow! Having people comment is my favorite part of blogging and making new friends is the best. It’s so nice that people get me πŸ™‚ Email me if you need anything, always happy to chit chat πŸ™‚

  14. Congrats on your goals! You are making some fantastic progress. I totally hear you on the privacy thing. I have kids (and blog about my kids) but I am SUPER private person. I keep my instagram pictures to mostly photos of completed projects or meals we eat. The most you ever see of my kids are their hands and/or feet. It is tough to be “open” yet maintain your privacy.

    1. I’m glad you feel the same way! I prefer to undershare, but still want to be personal. It’s a tough balance!

  15. First of all, congrats, this is AWESOME! πŸ™‚ I am still working full time in a corporate field and I launched my blog in January 2015. It was not easy to start generating income from a blog, but currently it does produce pretty decent monthly income already. It has been a huge blessing to my family.
    I don’t have Instagram at all. I only use Facebook, Pinterest, G+ and Twitter, and now Periscope as well. The majority of traffic comes from Pinterest and next one is FB. However, the bounce rate through Facebook is much less than from Pinterest. Being successful in blogging field definitely requires strategy. I sat down few months ago and created myself a strategy plan and it has been a huge blessing to me!

    1. Thanks Reelika! It has definitely not been easy to generate income, that’s for sure! I’m new to Periscope and need to learn more how it can help my blog, but just haven’t gotten to it yet. I want to hear more about your strategy πŸ˜‰

  16. Hi Kristin!! YAY! I was so happy to read this post!! You are killing it!! You should join me on my quest to make $10K per month in a year πŸ™‚

    I am TOTALLY with you on wanting to expand my content. I agree with you about JAGAHB, I love that she writes about all of her passions. I am thinking about changing my domain name and moving everything over, but I’m not certain because then I’ll have to change all my social media names too. We’ll see, but yes, I want to expand my topics as well as I don’t know how long I can write on PF for.

    I also do not like FB but added a blog page a few weeks ago. I haven’t really done much with it yet, but I’m happy to have it haha. It took a while for sure!!

    Best of luck with FT freelancing! I have a feeling you will kill it!

    1. Thanks Sarah!! I’m all in with your challenge!

      I feel like the only one who doesn’t have FB but I just can’t do 1 more social media account and maintain it. Maybe when I make enough blogging I can have someone do it for me πŸ™‚

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