Podcast Episode 237: Can You Still Grow an Online Dog Community from Scratch?

In this episode, I’m talking with fellow dog blogger Candy Pilar Godoy. We talk about how she grew her blog Boogiethepug.com from zero to over 50,000 sessions per month in just a few years. Of course, SEO played a big part and Candy shares her favorite online course to learn more about that.

In addition to her blog, over the past couple of years Candy started two new online dog lover communities on Instagram. One is Dogs of NYC and the other is A History of Dogs. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that she ran A History of Dogs, it’s one of my favorite accounts. And I was surprised to learn that she’s grown it to over 42,000 followers and counting without doing many Reels. In fact, out of 570 posts, only 36 of them are Reels.

It’s possible to pursue your pet industry dreams your way! This conversation with Candy shows that you can have great success building your online community of dog lovers when you do what works for you, not what everyone tells you to do. Ahhh… my favorite moral of any story! Just be yourself!

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Candy Pilar Godoy Boogie the Pug

An Online Community for Dog Lovers, History Buffs and New York City Pets

Candy Pilar Godoy has visited over 40 countries across six continents and speaks three languages. She often travels with her dogs, Boogie and Marcelo and writes about pet travel on her blog Boogiethepug.com. Candy also runs Dogs of NYC, a community all about dog-friendly New York City, and A History of Dogs, where she tells the stories of good dogs throughout history.

Candy currently lives in New York City with her two dogs, her cat Kitty, her partner and their newborn baby.


  • Where Candy started her pet industry journey
  • Candy’s favorite History of Dogs story
  • Advice on how to manage multiple different accounts
  • When to preschedule content and when to actively engage
  • Why you don’t need Instagram Reels to be successful
  • How Candy grew her blog traffic to qualify for the Mediavine ad network
  • What Candy wishes she knew years ago


Where to find Candy:


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