When I started this blog a month ago, I had set a goal to complete a 30 day blogging challenge.

In this challenge, the purpose was to publish 30 posts in 30 days to build some momentum, gain some traffic, and set the foundation for the future of this blog.

And right now, you’re reading the 30th consecutive daily post published on this blog.

This doesn’t include any pages I made, social media posts, vlogs, or anything else I’ve created.

So today, I’m going to talk a bit about what I learned from doing this 30 day challenge.

On Content Creation

To be entirely honest, I’ve never really struggled with coming up with content for any blog I’ve run in the past, and this time was no different.

Ideas are easy.

My only struggle was trying to keep each post as relevant to the others as possible.

The more related your posts are, the easier it is to link them together and give your visitors a more in-depth experience.

Once I figured that out, it was easy to follow my quick content creation strategy to crank out posts with ease.

On Getting Traffic

To be frank, I was a bit disappointed with my traffic generation results in these 30 days.

As of writing this post, this blog has received 903 pageviews since the beginning of this challenge which is amazing.

However, the part I’m disappointed in is how ineffective 95% of all my promotion efforts were.

The only 2 sources of consistent traffic were Twitter and email marketing, and everything else brought very little.

The most surprising thing to me was the fact that daily Pinterest pinning only brought me 4 visitors, considering that so many bloggers are getting amazing results there.

Just shows I have much to learn about Pinterest.

It also shows I should really double down on what’s bringing me results, aka Twitter marketing and email marketing.

On Building An Audience

Speaking of email marketing, I did a really poor job at bringing on new subscribers to the email list.

My biggest problem was not giving my visitors a good enough reason to subscribe to my list.

Because of this I only gained 2 new email subscribers in the first 30 days.

Even then, if these 2 people learn even one tip to help them grow their blogs, I’m happy.

But the next order of business is to make a more compelling opt-in offer for email marketing.

On Making Money

I’ll be up front, this blog didn’t make a penny during the first 30 days.

I sent a total of 23 clicks to various affiliate programs, but no sales as of writing this.

In my experience, I’ve made 2-5 sales per 100 clicks on one specific affiliate program, so I really just gotta send more visitors there to make some sales.

And the only page that really links out to affiliate programs is my Recommended Resources page, and I don’t link to that page all that much.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on when I make some income from this blog.

What’s Next?

I gotta say I’m not quite sure what I want to do with this blog next.

One option is to keep posting daily, do what I’ve been doing, and keep at it full steam ahead.

Another option is to cut back on publishing, focus more on growing my Twitter and email list, and only publish the highest of quality content weekly.

The first option is good because it will keep up with the good writing habits I’ve built up over the last month, but the second option is also good because it’ll focus on what’s bringing the results.

Until I decide, make sure you join the email list and you’ll be the first to know of what I end up doing.

Here’s the sign up link:

http://gabejohansson.com/subscribe/

Let me know your thoughts or questions in the comment section.

Talk soon,
-Gabe