Blogging Success Story: Realistic Traffic, Website Visitors, Growth and Time-frame for Success with a Blog

In today’s post, I want to share my blogging success story with you…

I did a guest post for my friend Erik Christian Johnson the other day.

He is a successful MLM Blogger as well.

He interviewed me and asked me to share some of my best blogging tips with his audience.

**** If you haven’t checked out his blog yet, you should.  He is definitely an up and comer in the MLM Blogging world.

In that interview, I shared the growth of this blog over the first three to four years.

I thought I would take some of that data and share it with you today, and give you even more information and insights.

I do NONE of this to brag.  There are many blogs out there even bigger and more successful than this one.

I don’t claim to be the biggest or the best. However, I easily have one of the top five most popular blogs in the world in my NICHE, and I am in a VERY competitive niche.

I’m proud of that.

How did I become successful?  People ask me that question at least 10 times a day.

I can tell you right now it wasn’t luck!  It didn’t happen by chance.  The “blog fairy” didn’t sprinkle magic dust on me while I was sleeping (although that would have been nice).

Instead, I had a plan, worked hard, remained consistent and stayed the course for several YEARS.

I did what most people aren’t willing to do!

If you get nothing else out of this article, that is my best advice if you want to build a successful blog in any niche.

start your own blogYou must have a plan, work hard, remain consistent and stay the course for several years (or more) if you want to build a successful and profitable blog. 

This is a LONG TERM project, not the lottery.

Building a successful blog really is a minimum five year project, assuming your are blogging four to six times a week.

If you’re blogging less than that, I think 10 YEARS is a more realistic time-frame.

Don’t worry about that though.  The time will go by anyway.  If you stick with it you will be glad that you did.

Once you have a successful blog, it’s very easy to maintain.  However, building a successful, high traffic, money making blog will take tons of hard work, and probably much longer than you expect.

No one every tells you that upfront, but it’s the truth.

That’s why you see so many abandoned blogs online. People start out excited for a few months and then they realize there is actually work involved, and they won’t get rich overnight, so they throw in the towel and give in.

According to some internet stats, nearly 90% of all blogs haven’t been updated in at least three months.  These blogs have been abandoned!  The blogger QUIT!

Keep in mind folks, there is no such thing as fast, free or easy.  You only see crap promising things like that in cheap internet ads or in Las Vegas.

Building a successful business, or blog, is not fast, free or easy.

BUT IT IS WORTH IT!

There is nothing like working from home in your pajamas.  No boss.  No commute. No office politics.

Just you, your favorite pajamas, your laptop, and all of those exciting ideas in your head.

Best of all, you get to help people, express yourself and write about something you love.

It’s like a dream come true.

I should also tell you that when I first started blogging, I didn’t really like to write. However, by writing every day, I eventually fell in love with writing.

Now, I can’t wait to wake up and write about what is on my mind.

Weird?

I don’t think so.

My blog didn’t get off to a fast start either.  If I would have based my future success on what I accomplished in the first couple years, I would have quit blogging a long time ago.

However, I had a vision and stuck with it.  I knew I could make it work.

Food for thought.

All businesses, even blogs take a few years to succeed.  Sometimes it can even take five years or longer to get a business really profitable and efficient.

Five years is nothing.  Well, to most people it is a LOT of time, because they expect instant gratification.

However, the real world doesn’t work that way; especially entrepreneurship.

Anything worth accomplishing takes time, effort, hard work, money and persistence.

And you know what’s funny?  The harder I work the luckier I get.

mlm blogging profitsThe Story Behind My Blogging Success Story

Before I share my stats with you, I would like to take some time and tell you the story behind the story.  All successful people have a story behind the story, although they seldom tell you about it.

Way back in 2009, I became intrigued with internet marketing.  I knew the internet would continue to gain in popularity.

I also believe the internet created a level playing field for anyone who wants to work hard and build a global business.

My first little website was CharlesHolmes.net.  I just shared a few ideas about how to make money online.  I used web.com to build that website.

I kept that website for a couple of years, but never really made any money with it.  It was a small website, about 10-20 pages.

In October 2010, on Halloween, I got started with Site Build It.  I used their software to build a huge website, more than TWO THOUSAND pages.

Unfortunately, I did some shady link building strategies with that website.  I was making good money and getting good traffic.  Unfortunately, with the Panda and Penguin updates, Google turned off my traffic overnight and I went from making good money to making NOTHING.

It hurt…. really, really bad.  My pride was damaged and my bank account destroyed.  I wasn’t making big money at the time, maybe a couple grand a month, but I REALLY REALLY needed that money.

I knew that my website would never rebound from that.  I could either throw in the towel and go back to a job, or I could start over from scratch and do things right this time around.

I decided to start over.  I took all the knowledge of what to do, and what not to do, and launched this blog back in April 2013.

From day one, I worked around the clock, normally 12+ hours per day.  I did that for the first 2.5 years, without seeing much of a return on my investment financially.

I got frustrated, burnt out and angry.  One day, something switched and my website started to make good money.  It has continued to grow ever since.  You will see some of the stats below.

Had I judged this website based on the first few years’ performance, I would have quit.  Once again, I had a vision and I am now reaping the rewards of my hard work.

To succeed in blogging, you will have to do the same thing.  You have to pay your dues!  You have to learn from your mistakes!  You have to persist when everything inside of you, and all of your friends, tell you that you are crazy.

So, let’s get into the stats and share what happened each year of my blog.

Year 1 Results (2013) Blogging

I launched this blog on April 8, 2013.  Here are my stats for the first year.

Website Traffic

  • We had 66,982 total visitors in 2013
  • We had 54,118 unique visitors in 2013
  • We had 147,165 page views in 2013
  • We averaged 250.9 visitors per day in 2013
  • We averaged 202.7 unique visitors per day in 2013
  • We averaged 551.2 page views per day in 2013

*** These stats are based off the 267 days we were in business in 2013, since we started on April 8th.  All stats come from Google Analytics.

Miscellaneous Stats

  • We received 2,836 blog comments in 2013
  • We published 414 pieces of content (34 pages and 380 new blog posts) in 2013

Year 2 Results (2014) Blogging

We saw some great success in 2014.  Here are a few of our big achievements:

Website Traffic

  • We had 191,342 total visitors in 2014 compared to 66,982 in 2013 (286% growth)
  • We had 150,165 unique visitors in 2014 compared to 54,118 in 2013 (277% growth)
  • We had 278,807 page views in 2014 compared to 147,165 in 2013 (89% growth)
  • We averaged 524.2 visitors per day in 2014 compared to 250.9 visitors per day in 2013 (209% growth)
  • We averaged 411.4 unique visitors per day in 2014 compared to 202.7 in 2013 (203% growth)
  • We averaged 763.9 page views per day in 2014 compared to 551.2 in 2013 (39% growth)

Miscellaneous Stats

  • We started our own podcast and published 30 podcasts
  • We received 3,006 blog comments in 2014 compared to 2,836 in 2013
  • I generated 4,111 leads, which consists of 2,974 leads for my MLM Boot Camp, 317 weight loss leads, 624 leads for my business opportunity and and 196 leads for my mailing list
  • We started a private MLM Mastermind Group of Facebook and added 296 new members
  • We added approximately 34 videos to our YouTube Channel
  • We created 6 pages and 365 blog posts for a total of 371 new pages of content
  • joined a new business opportunity in May 2014 and personally sponsored 33 people between May and December

three year plan bloggingYear 3 Results (2015) Blogging

Website Traffic

  • We had 322,211 total visitors in 2015 compared to 191,342 in 2014 (59% growth)
  • We had 250,339 unique visitors in 2015 compared to 150,165 in 2014 (60% growth)
  • We had 458,373 page views in 2015 compared to 278,807 in 2014 (61% growth)
  • We averaged 882.8 visitors per day in 2015 compared to 524.2 visitors per day in 2014 (59% growth)
  • We averaged 685.9 unique visitors per day in 2015 compared to 411.4 in 2014 (60% growth)
  • We averaged 1,255.8 page views per day in 2015 compared to 763.9 in 2014 (61% growth)

Miscellaneous Stats

  • We published 285 podcasts and had 26,393 total views/downloads
  • We received 3,076 blog comments in 2015 compared to 3,006 in 2014
  • We grew our private MLM Mastermind Group of Facebook from 296 new members in 2014 to 677 members in 2015
  • We generated 4,815 leads, which consists of 3,871 leads for my MLM Boot Camp (previous year: 2,974) and 944 leads for my MLM Company (previous year: 624)
  • We generated 894 leads for Elite Marketing Pro
  • We published 365 pages of new content in 2015 (10 pages and 355 posts) compared to 371 pages of content in 2014

Year 4 Results (2016) Blogging

Website Traffic

  • We had 486,035 total visitors in 2016 compared to 322,211 in 2015 (51% growth)
  • We had 385,449 unique visitors in 2016 compared to 250,339 in 2015 (54% growth)
  • We had 668,951 page views in 2016 compared to 458,373 in 2015 (46% growth)
  • We averaged 1,331.6 visitors per day in 2016 compared to 882.8 visitors per day in 2015 (51% growth)
  • We averaged 1,056 unique visitors per day in 2016 compared to 685.9 in 2015 (54% growth)
  • We averaged 1,832.7 page views per day in 2016 compared to 1,255.8 in 2015 (46% growth)

These stats are from my Google Analytics account and can easily be verified.   About 98% of my traffic was free traffic from social media and the search engines.

2016 Year in Review Misc. Stats

  • We published 297 podcasts and had 60,694 total views/downloads
  • We grew our private MLM Mastermind Group of Facebook from 677 new members in 2015 to 1,298 members in 2016
  • We generated 5,436 leads, which consists of 4,219 leads for my MLM Boot Camp and 1,217 leads for my MLM Company
  • We generated 3,454 leads for Elite Marketing Pro
  • We published 286 pages of new content in 2016 compared to 365 pages of content in 2015

What I Have Planned for 2017

2017 should be an epic year for me.  I would like to have 750,000 visitors, 600,000 unique visitors and 1 million page views.  I will launch some new products and probably even do a redesign to convert more visitors into subscribers and customers.

My Vision for My Blog

My long-term goal is to create the # 1 MLM Blog in the world, and eventually sell it for several million dollars.  This is my 10 year goal.  I consider it a valuable asset and I hope to cash out and some point in time.

 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, good things take time.  I really have a 10 year vision with my blog.  It currently provides a full-time, livable income for my family.  I own another highly successful blog as well, but this one is my real passion.

What do you think about my blogging success story?  Are you a blogger?  What has your experience been like with your own blog?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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4 thoughts on “Blogging Success Story: Realistic Traffic, Website Visitors, Growth and Time-frame for Success with a Blog”

  1. I believe blogging is just like network marketing and any other business a person starts; we must be diligent and realize that success doesn’t just pop in immediately. It takes hard work…but really now, is blogging hard work?

    Of course it is.

    Writing isn’t easy and making sure your blog looks good to all viewers is another part of the equation. With more and more people using mobile, we need to make sure our blog is mobile friendly.

    I also believe some bloggers get so caught up in SEO that they forget about the readers. If our readers are happy, the search engines will be happy too.

    Thanks for sharing these stats Chuck. I truly hope my blog can catch yours.

    1. You’re welcome. It’s been a tough road, but life is great now. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Anything worth doing takes time, hard work and sweat. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  2. Hey chuck, I’m so glad you laid it all out, for real. I had been looking for months online for someone to tell me exactly how long it would take to get a blog good traffic. 414 posts is insane for the first year, but I think that really launched your success. Nothing is easy, fast or free, but it is definitely worth it!

    I love how you talk about how you didn’t like writing when you started. But now, your writing is fantastic, practice does make close to perfect. And, your writing can help people in some many other ways. I truly want to change lives and not just in the MLM and network marketing niche.

    I just wrote today about anxiety and Alcoholism. If i can help one person reduce anxiety or quit drinking, i truly believe I performed a miracle. That’s what this life is all about. Helping others.

    Thanks for the mention, love collaborating with you Chuck.

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