If you have more than 100,000 pageviews a month on your blog (total pageviews, not unique) you should be blogging full-time (i.e. earning more than $3,500/month from your blog).
How Many Pageviews Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
As a new blogger, I always wondered how many pageviews you needed to have to make money blogging. But when I spent time on Google trying to find the answer, I came up with nothing. And I spent a ton of time searching.
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How Many Pageviews Do You Need to Make a Full-Time Income Blogging
If you’re looking to make a full-time income from blogging, you’ll need to generate at least 100,000 monthly pageviews. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that the amount of money you can make from your blog will depend on multiple factors, such as your niche, the advertising options you choose, and your blogging strategy.
For example, if you’re in a niche where ad rates are low, you’ll need more pageviews to make the same amount of money as someone in a better niche with higher ad rates.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. For example, some bloggers may need millions of page views to earn a living. In contrast, others with less traffic can still generate a decent income through other means such as affiliate marketing or sponsored posts.
It varies from case to case, but if you’re hoping to make a full-time income from blogging, aim for at least 100,000 monthly pageviews. With consistent effort and quality content, that should be achievable.
I call it the “Do you know what you’re doing?” factor.
That means that if you have no idea what you’re doing or how to blog as a business, you could have hundreds of thousands of pageviews a month and be making just a few hundred dollars a month.
On the opposite spectrum, if you’re very experienced and know exactly what you’re doing… You could have 50,000 pageviews a month and be making $10,000/month from blogging easily. There’s even a cheat sheet called The First 10 Steps to a Profitable Blog that walks you through the things you have to get right in order to actually make money at this. You can get that cheat sheet for free here.
The truth is, it’s not the pageviews that matter, it’s how you use them. But there’s a minimum number of pageviews where you should absolutely be earning a full time income (hold on…. we’re getting to that!)
I’d say I’d aspire to 500 per month at this point. My blog had a 300-peak in April, and that was because I had an article on the Resurrection of Jesus that people used on Easter. And that was on my personal faith blog, not my company blog that I’m actively pushing. Needless to say, I’d take it.
I just been writing articles like every three days, and but for every entry its no less than 500 and have broken the 1000 barrier on one entry. Its been open only 4 months and ever increasing.
I’ve had my blog up for less than 2 months and I’m already getting 25 visitors on average days and around 64 on the days I post something. I guess I’m stuck between the “up and coming” and “loyal following”. The funny thing is that none of those visitors come from google search. They are all here because of my networking. That just goes to show you how important it is to not just sit there and wait, but to do everything you can every day to get noticed.
Thanks for writing about this. Sometimes we are so hard on ourselves when we “don’t measure up” to popular blogs. Your post has inspired me to keep connecting and engaging first and worry about numbers second.
I agree– it’s hard not to worry about the numbers. I personally am more concerned with responding to comments and interacting on Twitter and Facebook. My audience may build up slower but they’ll be more loyal than someone who just liked me because I liked them back!
I LOVE me some Scary Mommy. I really do. Jill is like my bloggy American Idol. But I know my numbers don’t compare to her’s! They probalby don’t even begin to compare to yours either, Mel. And you know what? It’s no big deal! I’m a marketer and it’s my job to analyze the numbers for my company’s site, blog and social media pages. I know the importance of these digits and I know how to increase them. BUT I don’t look at MY numbers every single day. I do it about once a month, and even then I don’t put too much weight on them. I truly think too many bloggers focus on the numbers and as a result content can suffer. I’d bet that Jill didn’t check her numbers constantly when she first started. I think if we focus on content (which is KING as well all know) and growing our communities, the numbers will follow. I’ve at least found that to be true for me and my little blog. I’m slowly growing and I’m perfectly cool with that. 🙂
Starter Ideas for Getting More Blog Traffic
Getting more blog traffic is an extremely touchy topic. It can be very easy to fall into the land of snake oil and spam when researching tactics and techniques.
What you want to look for when seeking advice is people who are going to stress exactly how hard it is to grow a blog and how much work it takes. Don’t listen to anyone who makes it sound like it’ll be easy , or that there’s a simple 1-2-3 process to getting a million pageviews. And certainly look around someone’s site before you take any of their advice — see if they’re truly someone you want to emulate.
With that said, here are a few key ideas when it comes to growing your blog and earning more traffic. Like I said, explore the resources above if you really want to dive into this.
Better Content > More Content
It was really interesting doing research for this article; I stumbled across a lot of WordPress.org forum discussions from many years ago where bloggers were openly discussing their traffic. Many of them were amateurs with less than a few months of posting under their belts, effortlessly getting hundreds of pageviews a day with no real strategy or marketing in place.
We live in an age where the web is literally flooded with content on every topic imaginable. Your 600 word article about how to exercise more efficiently is going to get blown out of the water by someone with expertise, research, data, and visuals to back up the same ideas.
If You Build It, They Won’t Come
Again, the days of holing yourself away and churning out blog posts that rack up pageviews have come and gone. Sure, you can do a lot just by creating amazing content that’s well optimized for search. But to really get over that hump and into the next tier of bloggers, you’re going to have to start investing in promotion.
There are a million places to learn about this, and million different facets to explore. There’s link building, there’s building social authority, there’s even paid promotion.