I was blogging for 7 months before I decided to give up. You see, I had been blogging about food and fitness and honestly, it all felt forced and fake. Once I decided to write what I know, the blog took off. Not all on it’s own, of course. For 7 months, the most views I had had per month were around 5K. In October that number shot to 10K and by January my views were at 125K! Now I want to break down for you exactly how I increased my page views from 10K to 125K in just 3 months!
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Before I even started my blog, I researched blogging like a mad woman.
I tore Pinterest apart finding as many posts as I could from well established, experienced bloggers. Then I decided to invest in Abby Lawson’s course, Building a Framework and one thing Abby taught me was that quality content is your top priority!
This is the Golden Rule of blogging and I’m going to be honest, I sort of ignored it for a while. I rushed through a lot of my content. Somehow I spent all day creating half-assed content (excuse my language) and obsessing over the images versus the words. Images are important, but words are even better.
Why quality content is so important:
Showing people time and time again that you are busting your butt to only give them your absolute best creates trust and a relationship that they can count on.
If I didn’t up my content game I wouldn’t have pages that get thousands of views each day! In fact, I created a course to help you be successful with your blog, money and social media and you can get 5 lessons for free!
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Before we dive into the “how,” let me show you the proof. (Excuse the blurry screen shot.)
In October 2017 my total monthly views were at 10,375. Now THAT was amazing. I told all my friends because that was over twice what my last 2 months had been.
November made it into the high 20,000s, and December was pushing 40K.
When I wrote down my goals for the month of January, I got a little “gutsy” and wrote down 60,000 page views. It felt daring and scary, but I really felt like I could do it…and WOW! I hit that goal before the month was even half way over and it just kept going. In fact, in one day I had just under 10K page views. The same number I had been so excited to get in a month just 3 months before.
How in the world did I make this happen?
Whatever I did, I knew I wanted to keep it happening, so I thought back to the few minor changes I had made in my blogging promotion, scheduling and organization and I made sure to keep it up.
Yes, you absolutely have to share to your other social media outlets. You don’t have to be perfect at all of them, but just do your best to share to them. I even added an easy to use printout in my Fun Sized Blogging Course to help you keep track.
It’s also crucial not to spend too much of your time promoting on social medias that really aren’t bringing in any page views. For me, that was Instagram. This made me so sad because I love Instagram, but Instagram didn’t love me. Of course, I kept sharing to Instagram, but I stopped making major time consuming efforts in order to build my Insta following.
The social medias I promote on after every post:
Pinterest has always been my biggest traffic driver and traffic improved even more after I invested in Pinteresting Strategies. Carly’s tips and tricks helped grow not only my Pinterest views each month but also the amount of followers I have.
I would always get a few friends and family who would click over from my Facebook page, but nothing major. However, I realized the major change in my traffic for the month of January came from Facebook! How could that be and what did I do that created this major change in traffic?
At this point , I was already a part of different blogging groups on Facebook that help one another share content, but I decided to “up my game” and join some more.
To find blogging groups that share one another’s content just simply search the terms, “blog,” “blogger,” or “blogging” on Facebook and you will be opened up to a huge world of blogging groups.
I say join as many as you can. Most of them have brief questionnaires they will ask before they add you to the group. Things like, “What’s your URL” and “Promise you’ll share?!” Nothing major. After you click to join, be sure to keep an eye in your notifications so you know when you have actually been accepted to a group.
Most blogging share groups have daily shares. For example: Mondays is Pinterest, Tuesday is Twitter, Wednesday is Facebook…be mindful of which groups have these easy shares and always make sure to read the rules because each group will have different ones.
There is a little bit more to making sure you get the most out of of these groups, but I will talk about that in a little bit.
Contributing to blogging groups is helpful, for sure, but finding groups that are focused on things you write about is even better!
I started seeking out minimalist groups, frugal family groups, and other types of groups where people may be interested in reading my content.
Doing this is absolutely genius because you already know these people are interested in what you’re talking about. While blogging groups are helpful, having a food blogger share my content on how to keep a budget might not be interesting to most of their readers and therefore may go greatly unappreciated.
When sharing to Facebook groups that have similar interest, you will also get the chance to engage in conversations that interest you. Often times people will give me their opinions or ask questions about the posts I share and this allows me to connect more with my potential audience and gather new ideas for future posts.
The second I started sharing my posts to like-minded groups, my Facebook traffic shot through the roof. While I love this major change in my traffic, I will be honest, I still get nervous sharing because I don’t want to be an over-sharer. The last thing I want to do is come across as a spammy blogger that is interrupting everyone’s good time. That’s why I space it out and only share if I really feel the people in these groups will benefit from the content. That means, sometimes I don’t share anything to these groups at all.
Content is key and so is your character!
As you start joining blogging groups and Facebook groups that are in your niche, make sure you write them down! In fact, I’m going to encourage you to do a little studying in order to make the absolute most of your Facebook promotions!
I have created an easy to follow printout that goes along with your blogging group organization so you can easily keep track of which groups you should be sharing to and when.
Don’t worry, I have an easy to fill out printout that goes along with these groups as well. You can easily separate each group into categories so you know what posts to share where.
Get your Facebook Groups Printout here.
Be true to you. The second I got real with who I was and how I live, is the same second that the whole blogging game changed for me. Do your research, invest your time and finances if need be but most of all, make sure you are being a genuine person. You got this blogger!