I still remember writing these down in a notebook. And, while that page is long gone, I still vividly remember each of them:
- Year 1: At least 1000 visits a month and $100 in monthly income.
- Year 3: At least 3000 visits a month and $300 in monthly income.
- Year 5: At least 5000 visits a month and $500 in monthly income.
When I read my goals, I now laugh. Not because of what I wrote, but rather because I was able to reach my five-year goal in less than a year of blogging.
How did I do it?
I read. Well, I read what was available at the time. I was a human sponge, taking in what I could. And, then, sadly, I stopped. After all, I was making five figures a month, had capitalized on social media and my site was growing. I had made it!
And then, the unthinkable happened.
It began with an e-mail from an affiliate partner. They said I was making too much money and slashed my rates. The income from them dropped by more than 75% overnight. (OK, well, not technically overnight, but in 4 weeks when the new rates went into effect).
Then, the economy began to recover. People were not struggling as much as they once were and did not need as much help finding coupons and saving at the grocery store.
I began losing traffic — and money.
But, rather than quit, guess what I did? I went back to those early lessons I had read. I began doing more research from other successful bloggers. And, I put into practice what I had learned. Once I was willing to admit my mistakes, things began to improve.
So much so that in October 2019, I was able to sell that site for SIX FIGURES!! Letting go of my site allowed me to pursue my new passion – helping others lean to blog the right way and not make the same mistakes as me.