How to Increase Blog Traffic (and How I Went from Zero to 8K Page Views in 3 Months).
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Today, I’m going to share with you how I went from zero to 8K (8.6K to be exact) page views in 3 short months and how I learned to increase blog traffic.
In my 2nd month blogging (September 2017), I had 715 pageviews. But in my 4th month blogging (November), I had 5688 pageviews.
I cannot believe it’s already been 4 months since I officially launched HNL. In the last three months alone, I have gained almost 9K page views.
I also made my first three sales through the Amazon affiliate program, which means I have been officially approved for the program. It feels good to know I won’t be getting banned from the program (yay!).
Do let me know in the comments below if you want me to write a post on how I made my first 3 sales (actually more) as an Amazon affiliate.
I spent the first month mainly learning and launching this blog, so it all really kicked off in the second month.
Within this short space of time, I have not only gained a heap of knowledge about blogging, but I’ve also managed to make a bit of side income out of it (which is a bonus). You can also read about my hilariously small first blogging income right here.
But before we get started, I want to let you know a couple of things. (Go ahead and skip to the blog progress report if you’re in a hurry).
How it all started
I started out this blog for a number of reasons, the main reason being as a creative outlet. I love to discover and write about all the ways we can simplify life and improve our lifestyle.
I also love to connect with others and offer tips and ideas that have worked for me and made my life easier.
Besides, loving the aspect of reading, writing and sharing that comes with blogging, I also wanted to work on something that will hopefully get me out of my day job (a little crazy, I know). So, I decided to invest in this blog right from the start by purchasing a self-hosted domain.
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Why post blog progress reports?
I also need you to know, this is a blog (not a brag) report. I decided to publish my own blog progress (and income) reports for two reasons. Firstly, I want to share what I’m learning with new bloggers.
I have learned so much from reading the blog progress and income reports of other bloggers. So much so that I probably wouldn’t have started a blog if I never read any of those ‘case studies’ if you will.
Funny as it may sound, it kind of made me realise that it’s something I can do too. And if this has the potential to do that for somebody else, why not share it, right?
I don’t plan on making this a monthly habit, but I will do an update every few months. I last did an income and blog report two months ago. You can find it here.
Well, you came here to know how I gained almost 9K page views in three short months (as you can see in the screenshot below), so let’s jump right into it.
Considering all the strategies I have yet to utilise, I’m amazed at the traction this blog received. And I have to admit, it’s been a little crazy trying to do this with a toddler and a newborn (4 weeks old, you guys!). But that’s the mom life and I accept it.
The strategies I’m sharing are purely what worked for me in helping to increase blog traffic. Blogging is really about trying different strategies and seeing what works for your blog (and what doesn’t).
If you’ve just started out, I really believe these basic steps will help you gain traffic a bit quicker. Do try them and let me know how you go.
Tips to Increase Blog Traffic
Automating Pinterest re-pins
If you are a blogger, I’m sure you already know that Pinterest is a powerful blog traffic generating tool. (If you’re not already actively promoting your content on Pinterest, what are you waiting for?)
The biggest time-saving thing I did (and what helped to increase blog traffic for me) is using a Pinterest scheduling tool on the regular.
So, I decided to sign up for BoardBooster for only $5 a month, which gives me up to 500 repins. Great value for money if you ask me.
Also, considering approximately 70% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest at the moment, it’s money well spent.
I just love that these tools allow me to spend less time pinning and more time on other aspects of blogging. You should be pinning at least 50 pins per day. I pin 70-100 pins per day (manual pinning included).
At the moment, I’m using BoardBooster and loving it, but I’m currently seriously considering adding Tailwind to my Pinterest strategy. With Tailwind, you can also schedule your Instagram posts as well.
You can always use both scheduling tools, which some bloggers like to do. Or you can sign up for their free trial and see which one you like best, just like I did.
At the moment, I’m using BoardBooster and loving it, but I’m currently seriously considering adding Tailwind to my Pinterest strategy. With Tailwind, you can also schedule your Instagram posts.
Manual pinning strategy
Besides automating Pinterest, I also started manually pinning to group boards. Manually pinning my own work also helps me to keep re-pinning more of other bloggers’ posts from group boards. It basically translates to being more active on Pinterest.
Let me tell you, Pinterest must love active participants. Since I started manually pinning, I have noticed that I get more re-pins and my average monthly views went up by 92.39%!
I also made a few new images for my old blog posts and gave them ‘new life’ so to speak. I found that my old pins were not the best looking to put it nicely.
Once I created more visually appealing pins, I got more re-pins and click-throughs in comparison to the older pin images.
So, every now and then, spruce up your pin images and re-pin them all over again, and watch your blog traffic increase.
I heard about how awesome Facebook groups can be for increasing social media engagement and reach. But I have to admit I was slightly sceptical, which is why it took me a couple of months get on board.
If you’re on the fence about joining Facebook groups, do it now. Within most of these groups, you can have your questions answered, support other bloggers and participate in social media threads to increase blog traffic.
Don’t know how to source some? Just login to your Facebook and search for your niche. For example, if you’re a travel blogger then you can search ‘travel bloggers’ or something similar, and click join.
Most of them are closed groups and you will have to wait to get accepted, but it’s super easy. Once you have joined a few, the awesome Facebook itself will give you suggestions to join similar boards. Easy!
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEO (search engine optimization) is super important for getting ranked by Google and in helping to increase blog traffic through organic search. The term may sound too technical to bother with, but let me assure you, it’s not that hard.
It definitely helps to use a plugin to assist you with optimizing your website for SEO. I use the Yoast plugin for WordPress, and I find that even the free version makes it easier to post SEO-friendly content.
The Yoast plugin takes you through a few critical steps you need to take every time you write a post. It may take you a few more minutes to do this but it’s so worth it for the overall health of your website.
Besides increasing my social media sharing, I truly believe this is what helped me gain traffic so quickly.
Main challenge this month
Now, as with anything, I have had my fair share of challenges. My main challenge was having too much to do and feeling like I’m not getting everything done. (Hence why I love BoardBooster. It makes my life a little easier).
When it comes to blogging, the easiest thing (but also the hardest thing!) is that you’re your own boss.
It’s really up to you how much work you put into your biz. And of course, the more time you invest in it, the better the results.
I’m slowly learning to organise myself better, as well as fighting the temptation to overload my schedule with too many tasks.
So there you have it, blogging buddies. I’ve shared with you the latest in my little corner of the internet. Now it’s your turn.
What are your best tips to increase blog traffic? And what’s your biggest challenge at the moment?
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