How to Get One Million Pageviews Per Month on Your Blog, My Long Term Plan for Pulling This Off One Day
The answer to the question of how to get one million pageviews per month on your blog has a fairly simple answer, but can have an extremely difficult execution strategy. In today’s blog post, I’ll go through the numbers for how much content, how much time, how much money, and how much effort, it is likely going to take me, a semi-pro SEO specialist, to hit this much traffic on an existing blog that is two years old, and how long an average joe might realistically expect to work at it in order to build a website of this size. With this much traffic, you are looking at a website that gets between $30,000 and $60,000 per month in annual revenue, and can possibly sell your site for between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.00, or use the revenue from it to scale it into something even greater.
Personally, I have never built anything even close to this size, my record month in all of my blogs over the past decade has been like 66,000 pageviews in a single month, something in that range, and this was with a combination of SEO, social media traffic, email list traffic, and even some customer retention and user accounts/customer service over the phone that led to the increased website traffic. I truly believe that I will get to this number however, because I won’t stop until I hit it, and so, in this blog post, I’ll tell you how much content it will likely take me writing in order to get here. For more information on all things business and finance, read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
How to Get One Million Pageviews Per Month on Your Blog, How Many Posts I Will Need
So if we are going off of this website currently, I am getting about 1.25 pageviews per day for each blog post that I have written. Since the law of economies of scale says that this number will increase at scale (higher rankings and larger site = higher CTR, this means higher time on the site, and so on) so lets say I get about 1.7 pageviews per post at the peak of this website. This is 50 pageviews per month per blog post, so it looks like I’ll need around 20,000 blog posts in order to hit my 1,000,000 pageviews per month number.
With each post hovering in between the 1,000 to 2,000 word range per article, and with the average decent quality post taking me 1+ hours to write, let alone to optimize for the SERPs, to submit to Google Webmaster Tools for Indexing, to properly weave into my websites internal linking structure, to setup the unique images on the website, then to setup the ads and affiliate links in the proper schema, and possibly add snippets at some point, we are looking at as much as 2 hours per blog post from start to full optimization. 40,000 hours worth of work at 4 hours per day is going to take me 10,000 days to pull off….or about 35 years, half my remaining lifetime on this planet statistically. Pretty grim stats indeed, there has to be a faster way.
Luckily, you can outsource content which can cut my time to publish a blog post down from 2 hours to like 5 or 10 minutes…..now we’re really talking in terms of scale. Get enough revenue being generated out of the website each day and you can really snowball this lean startup model style where almost none of the original funds are coming out of your own pocket. It will no doubt take me a pretty significant amount of time to pull this off, however, in the end, when I have a passive income source in my front pocket that is able to fill up my savings account all on its own, it will be well worth it indeed.
How to Get to One Million Pageviews Per Month, How Much Money This is Capable of Generating
If you can build a blog that gets 1,000,000 page views per month, congratulations, you are now an expert blogger. In fact there is a website that I used to compete with in a different niche market, Nootriment.com, which I am trying to model this blog off of in terms of their web design, how they structure their content, and the like, which I believe gets between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 page views per month. With this type of traffic, some major benefits that you get from the website are either the lifetime income that it provides, or the massive amount of money that you can sell the content for. While I am a ways away from building Nootriment, which likely gets in the range of $60,000 to $100,000 per month primarily off of their sheer volume of content (they probably have 1,000 to 2,000 articles on that website, all several thousand words long, perfectly optimized and of very good quality, yes they have a very strong optimization strategy indeed) I will tell you that I am on my way, and in just a few more years at the current pace of writing that I am at now, I should be able to 5x or 10x my website traffic, likely making $1,000 per month…and that’s with no money thrown into this website at all and with using the blog as essentially a part time hobby. To answer this headings question, with 1,000,000 page views per month, you are looking at something in the range of $20,000 to $60,000 per month in revenue as an absolute minimum!
With One Million Pageviews a Month, How Much Could I Sell My Website For
I would give this a range of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000.00. What I am finding is that whatever your monthly traffic is, take that money in dollars, and that is your selling price. On top of this, take your daily traffic, and that is your monthly income, these figures are not exact and they are not going to work perfectly in every case, but overall they are decent ballpark range figures. The way I get to these numbers are as follows:
Affiliate Income off of 1MM page views – Say the average is going to be around a 3% CTR on all of your affiliate links. This is 30,000 clicks per month, at a 3% conversion rate for around 900 sales per month. At a $10 average affiliate commission, we are at $9,000 per month from affiliate links. = $9,000
Ad Revenue off of 1 Million Page Views per month – Ad revenue can also really start to stack up at a website of this size. Your CPM’s are going to be at minimum like $10 to $12 per 1,000 pageviews even with really low engagement, and realistically they will be a lot higher than that, so let’s say $13 per 1,000 views as a super conservative estimate. This is $13,000 per month in ad revenue, not too shabby here either. = $13,000
Email List Bonus Income From 1 Million Views Per Month – The number that I have found for email marketing is around $300 per month for each 3,000 subscribers, or about 10 cents per month in lifetime income, per subscriber, no matter how many times you use them, and this is being super conservative. So say you get a 1% subscribe rate each month on 1 million visitors per month, this is 10,000 subs per month, in 2 years, you should have 250,000 subscribers at a minimum, and probably closer to like 300,000. This would get you to $29,000 per month in affiliate revenue after email software expenses. $29,000
As you can see, it is very very easy to scale up your website with this kind of traffic. At a conservative estimate, after some split. testing on your traffic here, you can easily get to $51,000 or $60,000 per month, and sell for $1.5 to $2,000,000.00, not a bad payout at all, and a great way to walk away from your affiliate blog labors a rich man (or woman.)
Should I Use SEO or Content to Get to 1 Million Pageviews a Month?
I would personally recommend using content and on-page SEO optimization in a proper manner to get to this level of scale. You are much better off this way, it keeps your cost down and your risk lower, both in terms of your SEO optimization strategy and your finances, than if you are outsourcing to SEO ad agencies. I have tried using these in the past on other sites, and what I have found is that most of them do not work, and the ones that do cost so much money that you are probably better off putting the money into content. At one point I tried giving one agency as much as $30,000.00 over the course of a year in order to scale my website, and while some of it worked, I realized that I could’ve added about 10,000 posts to my website with this, and that I could’ve…for lack of a better word “made it” to the other side just off of that, with way less rick. But alas, it didn’t quite work out that way, and really it probably worked out for the best.
Final Thoughts on How to Get to One Million Pageviews Per Month, My Thoughts and Opinions on This Subject
Those are my thoughts on getting to the coveted 1,000,000 page views per month number, this is really a huge milestone to accomplish as a webmaster and as a business owner, because with this amount of traffic you are essentially a millionaire. 100,000 pageviews per month is the first step on my journey towards this, and right now we are on track to hit around 13,000 for this month, a personal best by about 1500 page views. My goal is to hit 14,000 page views per month by the end of December, and to be at 100,000 total views on this site by the end of the year. I also would like to be at 30,000 to 40,000 page views per month on this website by the end of next year, which I think is realistic. Have your own website story to share? Read on or subscribe to our blog for additional details and information.
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