You can make money with low page views as a blogger. There was a time when all bloggers did was care about traffic to get ad network revenue. But what if you’ve got lower page views? Maybe your main traffic source (perhaps social media) changed their algorithm or you are a newbie blogger still learning the ropes.
Either way, you should know that there is a way to make money as a blogger with lower pageviews.
Before I share the JUICY tips on making money as a blogger with lower pageviews (that you will PROMPTLY try and increase,) I have to tell you WHY I’m qualified to write this.
Long story short- my pageviews have been TERRIBLE!
Like…SCARY terrible, ugghhhhh!
So for a while, it seemed like my Google analytics (how I measure my website traffic) wasn’t working. I kept getting error messages and then it got straightened out and I learned what my traffic had been the last few months.
It’s embarrassing, actually.
A whopping 8,000 page view per month the last time I checked. Talk about being deflated!
While other bloggers get 100K, 200K or more, here I’ve been at 8K- and not even aware how terribly it had been going. Between home schooling kids and caring for an ill relative, things have just been wacky for me time-wise and my traffic shows it.
At my blog’s peak, I still only got to around 37K pageviews. Still depressing, lol.
Anyway, the good news is that my income hasn’t suffered terribly because of my dwindling traffic. In fact, I’ve been able to maintain $3,000-$7,000 in online income for 2017.
Well, that the topic of today’s chat.
If you think you need ALL THE EYEBALLS on your blog to earn money from it, then you need to read this. Some people don’t start a blog for fear that they won’t have anyone reading it and thusly won’t be able to monetize it. WRONG!
If you are on the fence about starting your blog, rest assured. There are PLENTY of ways to monetize an online presence without tons of pageviews so you can get paid from advertisements. Here are some ideas to help:
Though you started a blog to avoid trading dollars for hours, it can’t hurt to add a services option to you blog. For example, I know many bloggers that offer coaching services, proofreading/editing, freelance writing and even virtual assistance services to boost their online income potential.
I’ve recently added freelance writing to my income portfolio and it has paid in spades- to the tune of thousands a month in extra income for me! I’d call that a win for sure. I even use a lot of my freelance writing income to seed many of my blog expenses. A blog without investment won’t grow, PERIOD.
Here are some other services (and links to resources to get started) you could provide as a blogger:
If you don’t have all the traffic yet, you still want to capture the traffic you get via email subscriptions. When people come to my website, there are plenty of options to sign up and be added to my email list. Why? Email list subscribers are your most loyal, attentive segment of your audience. When you start talking to them, they listen. From there, they either share your content or buy it, or both!
I’m so passionate about building a HUGE email list, that I invested $2,400 in a coach to help with this aspect of my business! I also wrote a book on the subject called Grow Your Email List, Grow Your Income. In it, I discuss strategies that helped me nearly triple the size of my list in less than 60 days.
Email is said to convert almost 4 times higher than any other marketing channel. It also helps to have a good email service provider. I use ConvertKit and it has helped me grow my own email list substantially and keep “my peeps” engaged. Click here for a free trial of ConvertKit.
3) Affiliate Marketing
Though your income with affiliate sales will be better if your traffic is higher, affiliate income can really come in handy when your pageviews are down. Earlier this year, I had an affiliate sale campaign that made $3,000! Selling one product to an audience that really wanted it scored a HUGE chunk of change for my blog that had the WORST pageviews ever! LOL…
If you REALLY want to win with affiliate marketing. I suggest you get Rosemarie Groner’s Core Affiliate Strategy. The principles and strategies in this guide got me $2,600 in my FIRST affiliate campaign with the tiniest email list and BARELY any traffic.
You’ll get a very specific strategy on how to sell affiliate products plus email templates to market to your list. Shhhhh….don’t tell Rosemarie this, but it’s priced waaaayyyy too low for the value you get. So just nab it before she figures it out (and she has definitely raised the price on other products, so act quickly!) Get your copy here: Core Affiliate Strategy.
4) Product Creation
With platforms like SendOwl, GumRoad and Teachable, it’s pretty easy, these days, to create an infoproduct that will sell well. The only caveat is that you’ve got to do your homework ahead of time and really validate your idea FIRST. Then, create your product. Ask people in your circles (blogging, church, school, etc.) what they struggle most with and create a product that will speak to that need.
As Brian Dixon once said, “What’s obvious to you is valuable to someone else!”
You might have a valuable set of skills on seemingly random life experiences like:
- Being a successful foster parent
- Paying cash for college
- Surviving a certain kind of illness
- Deer hunting
The list can go on. But you get the point. What is that random little piece of knowledge you have that someone would pay for? Figure it out, create a product then sell it to those that need it!
If your pageviews still SUCK and your online income is low despite your best efforts, consider grabbing a FREE eBook from mega-blogger, Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less, 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight. There will be some other strategies in there to help you
Also, you may need to actually increase your traffic. For me, Pinterest has always been a great source of traffic. Though lots has changed with Pinterest recently, it still pays to learn as much about it as you can for a traffic boost.
Here are two resources I recommend for mastering Pinterest. The first helps you automate pinning, while the second helps you with a MANUAL pinning process. I think you should start with a manual pinning strategy THEN automate:
Finally, none of this works unless you’ve started your blog! Click here for a full tutorial on starting your blog up.