How I Grew a Blog to 10,000 Monthly Visitors in One Year

Nick Nolan
5 min readSep 6
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This month one of my websites reached an exciting milestone — 10,000+ visitors in one month.

I’ve worked on websites that get millions of monthly visitors, but this is way more exciting.

I love starting new projects and getting them from 0 to 1.

Getting early traction is also the most challenging part of SEO. Once you’ve gained some momentum, getting more traffic becomes much easier.

I’m going to share exactly what I did to grow this website over the past year.

Keyword research

Doing good keyword research is the primary key to growing a new website.

I don’t start working on a website until I have a list of 100 low-competition keywords. The top priority is to get the website ranking in Google. When Google sees your website in the search results, they’re more likely to rank you for more keywords. It’s also proof that Google likes and trusts your website.

If you can’t rank for a keyword with 0 competition, you won’t rank for anything.

I used Ahrefs for keyword research and focused on terms that had N/A competition. That usually means that it will be very easy for you to rank, but it still doesn’t happen overnight. is a great keyword research tool if you don’t want to pay $99/mo for Ahrefs. You can get started for free.

At the start, search volume doesn’t matter too much.

Some people will tell you to focus on higher search volume keywords.
Some people will tell you to start with no-volume keywords.

The keywords I added to my initial list ranged from 10 to 3,000 monthly searches. It’s also important to note that none of the keyword research tools are 100% accurate.

I go into more detail and share an example + template for how I do keyword research for a new website in this article:

Nick Nolan

Freelance marketing consultant | Writing about Copywriting, SEO, and Social Media