Hello and welcome to the Savvy Mom Bloggers best of 2016 link up! I suppose the first thing I should explain is What or Who are the Savvy Mom Bloggers! The Savvy Mom Bloggers is a group of mom bloggers, who come together to collaborate and just generally support each other as fellow bloggers.
The group is one of the friendliest mom blogger groups around. Because let's be honest some of them can get a bit competitive, a bit too overwhelming and a bit too big. This one is not.
Who are the savvy mom bloggers
The savvy mom bloggers is lead by myself. Stacey Kemeys resident editor in chief for a Kid Food Blog My Kids Lick The Bowl and Katusha Henderson blogging guru over at Katusha Henderson Blog. We are 2 mum/mom bloggers on complete opposite sides of the world (New Zealand and Canada respectively) who connected via Instagram and really wanted to collaborate together... so we made it happen. We created The Savvy Mom, and The Savvy Mom Bloggers.
Stacey Kemeys New Zealand
Katusha Henderson Canada
Kat and I are very very different but also very very similar. I am the nerd, into SEO, Analytics, Traffic and Facebook. Kat on the other hand is amazing with Instagram, securing sponsored posts and creating one of the most beautiful mom blogs around. Where we are similar is our drive to make blogging our gig. Our drive to turn blogging into something that can support us financially whilst also giving us a break from our regular mom/mum lives. We are thinkers and doers! So with our powers combined we created The Savvy Mom and The Savvy Mom Bloggers.
It started as just an instagram account
We started 6 weeks ago with an Ins?tagram account. With Kat's amazing aesthetic eye, curating abilities and a few other easy tried and true tactics we already have 1400 followers!
Join the Savvy Mom Bloggers
Kat and I are busy mums, busy mums who blog! We found that many of the mom blogging groups around did not meet our needs. They were not friendly (you know how some can just be a bit competitive and no one actually helps anyone else out). So we did what every sensible social media lover would do. We created our own. And would you believe it we already have 150 members!
of all the blogging groups I am or have been a part of, this one is my favorite. So thank you.
How did 2016 treat you and your blog?
Sometimes I get all disheartened about how things are going on my blog, but today I am chuffed, Because today, I am comparing myself to myself, ie where I was at the start of the year vs. now. Usually I compare myself to other bloggers and blogs. but not today! When I started the year I had 1100 FB followers, I didn't do any other platforms.... and my blog had around 3000 visits a month (on a good month). Things have most postively moved forward!
- Facebook Followers 8.1k
- Instagram 14.1k
- Pinterest 3.6k
- Traffic 27k visits per month and rising every month, traffic from google too
- I have worked with brands
- I have secured some secured some regular columnist positions
Biggest Blogging Game Changer for 2016
I can literally put my blogging improvements this year down to one thing and one person. Rachel Miller's Massive Facebook Page Growth Strategies course. It is unbelievable. Rachel is the most enthusiastic people I have ever come across. And rest assured FB is not dead people!!?
Rachel is like a Facebook Page Magician? she has grown pages into the millions of followers.
I am not working harder on Facebook I am working smarter and I am loving Facebook it is fun ?again! My page likes are increasing daily, (4,500 in 6 weeks in fact!) and my engagement, reach and talking about numbers are up out of the doldrums.
If you are going to do one thing in 2017 for your blog I would recommend it totally. Her Facebook group is free and full of amazing tips. Her course is worth every penny if you are looking to invest in a course! The links? below are affiliate links. Although joining the group has no cost if I refer people I could end up with a coffee date with Rachel to discuss my Facebook page.... which I would die for! Oh and I also have a bit of a gushy video that Rachel captured during a skype chat. As you can see I really am excited about it and so is Rachel!
My Top post for 2016
But that is enough from me. Let's get on with the show. It can be funny when you look back to see what your top post is, sometimes it is not what you expect. My top post are these healthy strawberry santas, part of the reason they are my top post is because December was when my traffic had a big increase thanks to the Facebook Course. I can't wait to see what my top post will be in 2017!
?What was your top post for 2016? Please share it below!