Page views are the bomb diggity for bloggers. Not only does it mean people are reading your posts (and hopefully loving them!) but it also means all your hard work is paying off (literally) because more page views = more potential earnings from your blog.
With my first blog, it took me months to get a hundred views on my blog. Granted, I had no idea what I was doing, but it still hurt. I felt like nobody wanted to read what I was writing, but actually I just wasn’t implementing the right strategies. Once I started doing things the right way, I was getting thousands of views a day.
When I launched this blog, I was curious as to how my page views would do, since I had a slow start with my first blog. Last month was my first full month live and I actually got a few thousand views, which means these strategies work, even for a new blog! Here’s everything you need to know about what I did last month to get these results!
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MY PAGE VIEWS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
First, I want to show you my stats and explain what went on behind the scenes. So, let’s dig into my favorite part- the numbers!
I LOVE watching numbers change throughout the month, and it’s especially cool to see with my blog’s page views. Technically I published my first post at the veeery end of July, but my first full month of blogging was August, so I’m only showing you my page views from August.
Okay, some of you may have notices that technically my page view count is over 4,000, but for the purposes of this post I’m only looking at the number of users that viewed my blog, which is why I said that I got over 2,000 page views (which isn’t a lie, but really I had over 4,000).
Here’s why I’m doing it this way. Let’s say someone visits my blog and clicks on 5 different pages. That gives me 5 more page views but really I only had 1 person visit my site. So I chose to go based off of my user count so I could see how many individual people found my blog, so my numbers weren’t so easily skewed.
One of the biggest things I focused on this month was experimentation. Around the 23rd, you’ll notice that my page views dropped quite a bit. That’s because I tried posting on Mondays instead of Fridays. Obviously my page views suffered as a result (which is why I switched back to Fridays) but hey, that’s how you learn and grow your blog! You’ve got to experiment and adapt, otherwise you may never truly grow your blog to its full potential!
You may have noticed in this post that one of my blogging goals was to hit 100 readers in August. Obviously I didn’t expect such great results so quick, I thought it’d take a little more time to achieve these kinds of stats but it’s definitely not a bad thing!
HOW I GAINED OVER 2,000 PAGE VIEWS IN MY BLOG’S FIRST FULL MONTH
Whether you’re a brand-new blogger or a little more experienced, these are simple steps you can take with your own blog and they can really help you no matter what stage you’re in!
1. I CREATED FOUNDATIONAL CONTENT
I blog about, well, blogging, but also about bullet journalling, and my top post of August was this one. The reason this post did so well is because it solves a problem for readers.
As a blogger, every post you write should aim to solve a problem for your intended audience. A high-quality, well-thought out post is 10 million times more important than one that you sat down and wrote in 5 minutes just to get something published today. If you’re posting 5 days a week and struggling to create foundational content every day, maybe you need to cut back to 2 days a week, or even one. Quality content is your best friend.
For me, I created an editorial calendar to help me keep up with my posts and make sure I have time to write an amazing post every week. This has really helped me since I’m now working full-time as well as going to school.
2. I INTERLINKED MY POSTS
Interlinking is literally just linking to your other, relevant posts in your writing. It's super easy to do (I've been doing it throughout this whole post) and yet so many new bloggers forget about it!
Not only does interlinking help lower your bounce rate (which is good for SEO) it also shows your reader other helpful posts that you've written. The part most people forget about is going back to older posts and linking to your recent ones, so make sure you do this! We don't know what post will be the first one someone stumbles upon, so you want to make sure you interlink on every post!
3. I CONNECTED WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
The blogging community is huge and, let’s be honest, kind of scary. But you’ve just gotta jump in and let people know that, hey, your blog exists!
There are many ways to do this. You can comment on a blog post, interact on social media, or just email a blogger and let them know that you’re picking up what they’re putting down. This can lead to further collaborations down the road, and some bloggers may check out your blog and maybe even follow you on social media or join your mailing list!
My goal last month was to comment on at least one other blogger's post every day, but honestly I didn't quite stick with that since I got a little overwhelmed. BUT this month I'm going to really focus on this, because I truly believe that building a connection with bloggers helps further build a community and hey, that's what we're all trying to do!
4. I ADDED SHARE ICONS...EVERYWHERE
Guys, put share buttons everywhere and make it ridiculously easy for people to share your posts. In every post I even add a pinnable image and say something like 'don't forget to pin this!' as a helpful reminder for people to share it. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to share your post, otherwise they probably won't waste time trying to find out how they can do so.
Not only did I make it easy for people to share my posts, I also shared my content across my social media (mostly Pinterest.) So many bloggers spend all this time writing a beautiful post, they create an amazing headline and gorgeous images. And then they expect people to just flock to their side of the internet.
Unfortunately the internet doesn’t work that way, which is why you’ve got to go out and promote your post everywhere. Schedule your post via Tailwind to group boards, let your fans on Facebook know, tweet about it! Whatever you can think of, do it!
5. I SCHEDULED THE CRAP OUT OF MY PINS
If you've been around this part of the internet before, you know your girl LOVES Tailwind. Like, I'm slightly obsessed. But by using Tailwind to schedule my pins, I was able to look like I was on Pinterest all day.
This means that I can reach more people, and I don't have to worry about pinning throughout the day.
Now, not only did I schedule my own content, I also scheduled other blogger's stuff. This may seem counter-intuitive, but pinning someone else's content gives your audience valuable resources outside of your domain. This makes you look like an authority in your field and shows that you know your stuff.
Some bloggers will tell you that there's this 'magic number' of pins (around 30) that you need to be pinning each day, but I'm calling bull crap. In my own experience, I've found pinning fewer pins has actually been effective in increasing my follower count, typically around 10-15 pins a day. Now, I'm not saying you need to be pinning that amount, I'm just saying you should experiment to see what works best for you!
As far as when you should pin, I use the optimized time slots that Tailwind suggests, but again I recommend experimenting with those times and seeing when you get the most positive response!
These were all of the strategies that I implemented in my first month of my blog being live, and the results speak for themselves. Whether you're a newbie or a veteran, try out these tips! They can really change the game for you!
DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS POST TO PINTEREST!
How did your blog do last month?
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