Blog Progress Update #1: 30 Posts In [Lessons, Analytics & Future Goals]

A little over 4 months ago I decided to start my blog.  I’ve now written 30 posts on my blog and wanted to provide an update.

Here’s what I’ll be covering:

  • Lessons Learned After Writing 30 Blog Posts
  • Blog Analytics
  • Future Plans

Let’s get started! 😀

Lessons Learned After 4 Months & 30 Posts

There’s a few lessons that I learned along the way after writing my first 30 blog posts.  Let’s take a look now at what they are.

1. Not Every Post Will Be A Winner

The first post I wrote on this blog was actually my One Funnel Away Challenge Bonuses post on June 23rd, 2019. 

Believe it or not, my post found it’s way to the number 4 spot in the search rankings just 5 weeks later and on August 4th, 2019 I made my first sale from my blog for $100.  

It was then that I finally started to believe that this could work.

My post has stayed consistently in the number 4 spot for awhile now and yet has still managed to bring me in several more sales without ranking any higher.

Here’s what you need to know though. The majority of the posts I have written haven’t made it to the top 10 yet or brought in a single visitor to my blog.

You just need to keep strategically targeting the right keywords and eventually a post will rank well that can start to bring in tons of traffic.  This brings me to my next lesson that I learned.

2. Go After Low Search Volume, Low Competition Keywords As A New Blog

I learned pretty quickly that by targeting keywords with low search volume and consequently low competition would be the best way for me to have a chance at ranking on the first page as a brand new blog.

There’s only two tools I use to find these types of keywords and both are free:

When starting out, it can be tempting to purchase a tool like Ahrefs or Semrush to help with keyword research.

However, the danger here is that you may get wrapped up in trying to find the perfect keyword to rank for as a new blog thinking that the tool will do all the work for you.

The single best thing you can do with a new blog is write content and lots of it. 

Everything else is a distraction to your success and a hindrance to the growth of your business.  This includes searching for keywords for several hours.  In short, use your time wisely and once you finally see success it’s time to go all in.

3. The First 30 Posts Are the Hardest

It’s TRUE.  The first 30 posts are the hardest.  

When you write to a ghost town with no visitors, you’ll undoubtedly start to get discouraged.

You may not get your first sale or even your first organic visitor within the first few months of writing on your blog, but I can tell you it’s worth it to just stick with it.

After writing 30 posts, I’m only beginning to start to see the full potential of what creating a high quality blog can do for your business.  This leads into the final lesson I learned.

4. Unlimited Potential Of Free Traffic, Sales, And Impact

If you write high quality posts and do so with consistency, then there’s a traffic gold mine at your fingertips.

By creating posts on your blog, you start to build the authority of your domain and rank higher in the search engines.  And the higher you rank in the search engines, the more likely you are to get free traffic, sales, and have the chance to make an impact.

Remember this: Every post you write takes you exponentially higher on the traffic vs. posts graph.

In other words, the more posts you write, the more you’ll start to see an exponential growth in traffic over time.

Blog Analytics

1. Google Analytics

Here’s a quick look at my current Google Analytics dashboard, which you might find interesting.  The results are shown for June 23rd – Nov. 6th, 2019.

Users 11-6-2019

Pageviews 11-6-2019

2. Google Search Console Data

Here’s what my Google Search Console data looks like.  The results are shown for June 23rd – Nov. 6th, 2019.

Google Search Console Impressions

Google Search Console Clicks

Future Plans & Goals

Now that I’ve written 30 posts over the past 4 months (averaging around 1,600 words per post), my plan is to continue with creating content but also start to build some backlinks.

I’ve focused solely on writing content as a new blog, which is what I recommend if you’re just starting out as well.

However, getting backlinks is something that I plan on tackling over the coming months since it’s one of the best ways (if not THE BEST WAY) to increase domain authority and rankings in the search engine.

My plan is to give another update once I’ve written 50 posts. 

I hope you enjoyed this first update on my blog.  If you did, then leave me a comment below so I know you want to hear more as I progress with my blog and post more updates.  

Be sure to check out my recommendations and step-by-step guide for starting your own blog if you don’t have one yet.  We’ll talk soon and don’t forget to leave me a comment below!😀 

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