I quadrupled my page views in one month and I cant even believe it! Having learnt a few things while doing this I thought I would share because sharing is caring!
Ok so recently I stumbled across my old statcounter account that I used instead of Google analytics between 2009 and 2013. Depressed is not even the word for what I felt like while looking at my stats from back then. I was clocking in over 150k uniques a month and getting 200+ comments per post. Yes I understand blogging was way more of a thing back then but still, if I could do it then I can do it now.
To be quite honest I didn’t fall off the blogging boat, I basically jumped. I pushed my blogging aside for quick fixes like instagram and even though I created a huge following on that platform I still missed blogging. I do still feel that blogging is important and I actually love doing it.
You probably didn’t click on this to read about my sob story though! Here is how I quadrupled my page views in a month!
Everything they tell you about Pinterest is 100% true! Since opening a new account, optimizing my pins and spending some time repinning I could definitely see the change! Pinterest is still in number four in terms of how much traffic it generates for my blog. I can however see a change and definite growth everyday.
I changed to rich pins, and started creating them on Canva to look good. I also joined some travel Pinterest boards and even made my own one. It seems like a lot of effort but I only spend about 15 min on it everyday which isn’t a lot.
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Search engine traffic is coming in at number three for me in terms of monthly traffic so I am still working hard on my content.
So to actually have content worth searching for on google you need to create it! I was kind of in a mental blog block for ages. I had loads of content but I just didn’t get it out there. As soon as I started writing again though the ideas did not want to stop. I have been trying to post at least 4-5 times per week and it helps a lot with traffic.
Use Social Media
I have really been trying to use my social media platforms to their full advantage. I share my new blog posts on my instagram story ( usually using the graphic I made for pinterest ) and use the swipe up function. I also share photos or albums onto my facebook page with a link to my blog instead of just the photos like I usually did.
Facebook and instagram have actually been my two top sources of traffic for the month of August so you definitely musn’t forget about them!
Start A Mailing List
After reading on just about every single blog about the importance of having a mailing list I started one! I only have a couple of hundred subscribers that I have acquired since I started about 5 days ago. Yesterday I sent out my first newsletter and I have already gotten clicks, comments and replies from it!
I gave an incentive to join ( my favorite lightroom preset for free if you subscribe ) and I am adding discounts and other interesting extras to my newsletter.
Have you tried any of these?