Last updated on July 11th, 2018 at 11:00 am
It’s that time of month again where we look at my blog growth to see what happened. I’ve been working on this blog for over a year now and I love creating my blog growth updates because it’s a way to see what worked and what didn’t.
My goal is to share what I am doing to grow this blog in hopes of being able to help you grow yours. There are so many people starting blogs, it’s crazy.
I guess people want to earn money from home, I know that’s why I started this blog. But most new bloggers have no clue how much hard work and dedication goes into growing a blog.
I’ve had several blogs in the past, but this is the first blog that I’ve actually stuck with for this long. Usually, in the past I’d already be off looking for something else that promised faster results.
Take it from me, there’s no such thing. If you want to earn money online with your blog, you’re going to have to work hard at it and treat it like a business.
This means that you’re going to have write a lot of content, promote that content and start paying attention to your blog data analytics to help your blog grow.
Yes, there are some people who have faster results than you do. There’s also some niches that do a lot better on Pinterest than others.
But no matter what, every blog takes work to get it to where it becomes a sustainable income. The work to get there isn’t always pretty or easy, but it is what it is.
This is the biggest growth in a month for my blog.
Reaching 11,000 Pageviews – A Look At My Blog Growth
I am pleasantly surprised that my blog was able to get over 10,000 pageviews. I started Billionaire Blog Club (BBC) on April 13 and then started working on the 10K challenge a few days later.
My goal was to get to 10,000 pageviews in May because I had never done that before. Heck, I had never really gotten over 6,000 pageviews except maybe once since I’ve owned this blog.
So I made it a goal to put my head down and work towards my first 10,000 pageviews. Needless to say that I managed to get over 11,000 pageviews in May.
I can honestly say that with more pageviews comes more money and subscribers. This is one of the reasons that you see so many people in Facebook groups asking how they can get more page views.
Inside Look At My Google Analytics
Here’s a screenshot of my Google Analytics so you can see the numbers. I know that they are just numbers and don’t really mean a lot. But I am pretty happy with the results I got for may.
Just letting you see my blog traffic for May is not going to do anything to help you out. Instead, I am going to show you what I did to get blog traffic.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to put this advice into action and see results in the next 30 days.
How I Got Traffic to My Blog
I finally decided that it was time to really focus on what’s working for my blog and drop everything else. After all, with the Summer here, the last thing I want to do is spend more time on the computer.
I’ve decided to stop working on the weekends and only work Monday – Friday. This means that I need to make sure that what I am doing is actually making progress in my business.
So last month, I cut down on blog comments and I didn’t do any guest posts. Chances are I won’t be doing any guest posting during the Summer.
Instead, I am keeping all the content for my own blog. Maybe later on, I’ll jump back into guest posting but right now, it’s just not worth my time.
4 Things I Did to Drive Traffic To My Blog
There’s only 3 things that I did to increase my blog views last month and they are:
- Tailwind Tribes
Changed Up My Content
My blogging schedule has been to publish 3x per week on this blog. However, when I signed up for BBC Scriven’s talks about the type of content that will actually drive traffic to your blog.
I already had several blog posts scheduled and ready to be published. But since I was doing the 10k challenge, I decided to reschedule those posts for a later date.
I’m still going to be publishing those blog posts in a future date or when I don’t have the time to write a new blog post. But right now I am focused on creating the type of content that is discussed in the 10k challenge.
If you want to know more about the Billionaire Blog Club, then you can sign up for the free 12-day Blogging Bootcamp.
Getting People to Read Your Blog
One of the most challenging things for a new blogger is finding their audience and getting people to read and share their content. I’ve noticed that since I started changing my writing style, I’ve been getting more shares.
If you still don’t have a social sharing plugin on your blog, then make sure you get one. I am using the Social Warfare Plugin and I absolutely love it.
Hopefully, this upward trend continues, but I’ve heard so many people say that their traffic dips in the Summer.
That’s okay, I’m just going to keep my head down and keep doing what I know I need to do. I have no doubt that the work I am doing today will generate blog traffic overtime.
Improving Pinterest Strategy
I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. Just when I think that I figured something out, it changes and it’s back to the drawing board.
I’m actually not sure if I’ll ever understand what Pinterest does. The only reason that I even take the time to learn it is because it does send me traffic.
As you can see, my traffic from Pinterest almost doubled from April’s traffic results.
How I Increased My Pinterest Traffic
I’ve been using Pinterest about 3 months after starting this blog. This course helped me lay the proper foundation on Pinterest. But then I wasted over a year of not really understanding or taking the time to learn the platform.
For the past 4 months or so, I’ve really been focusing on improving my Pinterest strategy. I can say that I am happy with the direction that my traffic is going.
Instead, I make it a point to manually pin at least once throughout the day. Thanks to this eBook, I learned how important it is to spend some time manually pinning.
You don’t have to go crazy and pin all your pins manually. Pinterest doesn’t really care if your pins are coming from a scheduler or not, here’s a video you need to watch if you’re not certain what they are looking for.
I think they just put out a new video, but I haven’t seen it yet. The best thing to do is read their business page to get an idea of what you can to improve your marketing.
Created More Pins
Last month, I spent more time creating new pins. In the past, I was only creating maybe 1-2 pins for every blog post. Now, I’ve been creating about 5-6 pins per blog post.
Although, I have to admit that I don’t always do this. When my blog post goes live, I usually only have one pin created. Then I will go back and create another one either the same day it is published or the next day.
I still have a lot of posts that only have one pin. I’ll get around to creating more pins for them one day 🙂
Right now, I am only focusing on creating more pins for my popular pins. You can find your popular pins via Google Analytics by going to:
Acquisition >> Social >> Landing Pages
This will show me which of my blog posts are getting the most views from Pinterest. I then make it a point to create more pins for that particular post.
Creating Better Looking Pins
A lot of my older pins look like crap. I’m not a designer and never plan to be. But if you want to get traffic from Pinterest, you’re going to have to learn how to create amazing looking pins.
I’ve started browsing the Pinterest feed to see which pins catch my eye. If I see something that I really love, I’ll create my own version of that pin.
It takes time to do this, but last month, I was able to create about 5 new pins per week. I am hoping that I’ll be able to do the same this month, but not really sure.
Now that the weather is much warmer, I don’t plan on spending a lot of time in front of my computer. So we’ll see how it goes.
Using the Right Social Share Plugin
I know there are tons of social sharing plugins for WordPress. I personally use the Social Warfare Plugin for this blog.
It makes it so easy for people to share my blog posts. I’m personally using the Pro version and that makes it easy for me to set up the social media images that I want to people to share.
You can use whichever plugin you want. Just make sure that you’re making it easy for people to share your content.
Using Tailwind Tribes
I have been a member of the Tailwind Tribes forever, but one of the mistakes that I made in the past with the tribes is I would only share my content once and that was it.
Now I make it a point to share my best pins more than once in the Tribes. I’ve also taken the time to join some better tribes that actually share my content.
One thing you’re going to find out about Tribes is that some work better than others. Unfortunately, you won’t know this until you join them.
If no one is sharing your content, then you need to leave the Tribe and find a new one. It’s time-consuming to find the right Tribes, but so worth it.
Improving My SEO
I’ve been working hard on improving my SEO to my blog. One of the things that I have neglected in the past is focusing on SEO. Right now, my blog does get some organic traffic, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.
When I started my blog, I was writing content on keywords that were just too competitive. My blog is sitting around the 4th or 6th page of Google for a lot of those keywords.
I’ve been trying to use LongTailPro to help me find lower competition keywords that hopefully I’ll be able to get better rankings for.
As you can see, my blog doesn’t get a ton of traffic from Google.
Now that I have a Pinterest strategy down, I am going to start focusing more on SEO. I still make sure that my pins are optimized for both Google and Pinterest.
But there’s a lot more than I can do to improve my organic traffic. I’m still not building backlinks, that’s just something that I don’t enjoy so I don’t do it.
That’s All I Did
Those are the 4 areas that I focused on to get more visitors in May. I didn’t focus on Twitter or Facebook. I figured why waste my time on platforms that aren’t just working for me.
If you really want to learn how to get more visitors, then you have to be okay with NOT trying to be everywhere. I know that everyone says you should try to be everywhere.
It’s just not possible to be everywhere and see growth. Instead, focus on the platform that is actually helping your blog grow. Then throw your time and energy into that platform.
Don’t be scared to drop the others. You can always set them up on autopilot with SmarterQueue or another scheduler. (that’s what I’ve done)
I truly believe that when I finally let go of everything, that’s why I finally hit over 11,000 page views.
Let’s Look At The Growth
Now it’s time to break it down and see if my blog visitors converted to subscribers and followers. I personally don’t care about social media followers. My goal is to grow my email list and get subscribers.
May Blog Growth Numbers
- Email Subscribers (new opt-ins for the month): 178
- Overall List Size: 556
- Twitter Followers: 1354
- Facebook Followers: 49
- YouTube Subscribers: 134
- Pinterest Followers: 1154
- Page Views: 11,307
I included my April blog growth numbers, this will make it easier for you to see how my blog grew. Of course, if you want to see all my blog growth reports, you can see them here.
April Blog Growth Numbers
- Email Subscribers (new opt-ins for the month): 84
- Overall List Size: 388
- Twitter Followers: 1334
- Facebook Followers: 46
- YouTube Subscribers: 127
- Pinterest Followers: 904
- Page Views: 6,802
As you can see, my blog improved in May. The best part is that I added 178 subscribers to my email list, that’s the most I’ve ever gotten in a month.
My Pinterest Growth
I’ve also been accepted into some better Pinterest Group boards and I think it’s because I’ve finally gotten over 1,000 followers. I owe it tall to the MiloTree Plugin.
Since I started using it, my Pinterest followers just continue to grow without me doing anything. If you’re not using it, you might want to try their Risk-Free 30-day Trial.
Now That I’ve Reached 10,000 Page Views
Reaching 10,000 plus pageviews was extremely challenging for me. Now that I’ve done that, it’s time to see if I can get to 15,000 pageviews.
It’s hard to say if it will happen this month as Summer is here. Plus we really don’t have full control over the traffic to our site. All you can do is keep taking steps towards your goals every day.
Whatever happens then I’ll know that I have done everything on my part for marketing my blog.
Final Take Away
Starting a blog is the easy part if you still haven’t started yours then check out my step-by-step tutorial to help you get your blog started in the next 5 minutes.
You’ll become one of the millions of blogs online and you’ll get to share your expertise and opinions with the world. I love blogging and love the fact that this blog actually makes some money.
Heck you can create a blog and I have no doubt with persistence and TIME, you can make some extra money. The hardest part for any new blogger is learning how to drive more traffic to your blog.
Don’t worry, we all struggle with that. It’s always a work in progress and if you just keep at it, you will look back one day and see the amazing online empire you created.
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I enjoyed giving you a look at my blog growth for May. Hopefully, you found some tips to help you promote your WordPress blog. If so let me know what helped you the most and what you plan on using to help you with your growth.
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