How I’m Going to Grow My Blog


Hey there, friends!

I’m super excited to welcome you to my new series of what I’m doing to grow my blog.

I’m all set to take you on a journey behind the scenes of growing my blog from scratch. We’re talking about boosting traffic, growing that coveted email list, and yes, even beefing up that income stream.

Now, before we dive in, let me give you a little peek into my backstory. I have basically been a work from home mom since I graduated college. I have started a few blogs in the distance past, only to give up on them a few months, and sometimes days, later.

So, while I might not be a complete newbie in the blogging game, I’m definitely diving headfirst into the world of growing a blog and hopefully raking in some passive income through all the classic channels – think affiliate marketing, ads, and sponsored posts. I hope you’ll join me grow my blog.

I launched Darlene James to find a way to earn extra income while working from home. With many health issues, it makes it difficult for me to hold a regular 9-5 job.

Between managing my health and taking care of everyday tasks, there’s always something to keep me busy. But amidst it all, I’ve discovered a passion for sharing my journey of building a business and blog from the comfort of home.

If you’re in a similar situation, whether due to bad health or other reasons keeping you close to home, Darlene James is here to offer support and share the insights I’ve gained along the way.


My site is pretty new. Not even a month old.

So, nobody really knows my blog exists.

1 – Setting Up My Site

I purchased my site and watched endless YouTube videos on how to use Kadence. Everyday, it seems I need google a question about my blog setup.

2 – Develop a Pinterest Strategy

I’m in LOVE with Pinterest. I’ve been a Pinner for a while but stopped recently due to finding other apps. I stumbled upon using Pinterest for my blog traffic, and let me tell ya, it’s been a game-changer. Diving into webinars on maximizing Pinterest’s potential, and whoa, my mind was totally blown!

I took the extra step of purchasing Sophia Lee’s Perfecting Blogging course. That was a complete eye opener. Let me know if you would like me to do a review on the course.

3 – Grow My Email List

Notice something missing on my blog? Yep, no sign-up form… yet! But don’t worry, that’s on my to-do list!

Now, why am I eager to get that sign-up form going? Well, it’s all about traffic! That’s where an email list comes in handy.

Without a list, I’m missing out on staying connected with my readers. They might forget about me or my blog, and that’s a no-go! So, I’m getting ready to launch a shiny new email list for this blog.

Now, how am I gonna promote this list, you ask? Two words: lead magnets and content upgrades! I’m still brainstorming ideas for these. If you have any suggestions, please be sure to drop a comment below.

As for an email provider, I’m currently using ConvertKit. If you use this provider, please tell me in the comments what you like or don’t like about them.

My big ol’ goal: I’m aiming for 10,000 subscribers by year’s end! Now, I know what you’re thinking, that’s a mighty tall order for a fresh-faced site like mine. But hey, as the saying goes, go big or go home, am I right?

Currently I have 0 subscribers (because I haven’t started a list yet!).

There you have it

Here we go everyone! I’ve laid out my grand plan to grow my blog, and guess what? It’s happening as we speak! But hey, remember, if you’re on a similar journey, we’re in this together!

Let’s rally behind each other, alright? Drop a comment sharing your plan, and you better believe I’ve got your back too.

Oh, and mark your calendars ’cause I’ll be dishing out updates on my blog growth plan every darn month. Stay tuned for all the juicy progress!

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