How I Increased My Page Views from 10K to 125K in 3 Months

How I Increased My Page Views from 10K to 125K in 3 Months

Trust me, I am just as surprised as you are at this title. When I started my blog as a food and fitness blog in March 2017, I never would have imagined starting over with a whole new niche in September 2017. My life and priorities took a major flip and I decided the blog should come along with me (even if it meant I had to give up on the idea of making money from it.) Well, to my surprise, the blog did the exact opposite; it sky-rocketed and started making money. Now, this doesn’t mean that if you start trying to make your blog just like mine you’ll be successful. Quite the opposite. I say make your blog as unique to you as possible. Put the statistics and worry aside and stick to what you know and who you are. After that, let me share with you the strategies and techniques I used to tell you how I increased my blog traffic from 10K to 125K in 3 months!


The Golden Rule of blogging

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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 mean, I thought my content was quality; but truthfully, I rushed through a lot of it. Somehow I spent all day creating half-assed content (excuse my language) and obsessing over the images versus the words. Whoops.

Whenever I read this there was a part of me that thought, “Yeah, yeah, we get it, we should write good stuff.” (Insert eye roll her.) Now that I’m almost a full year into this blogging gig, it’s all become crystal clear why this is the Golden Rule.

Why quality content is so important:

  • People stay longer.
  • People share more.
  • People subscribe.
  • People click your links.
  • People come back.
  • People trust you.

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. Naturally, they are going to want to read what you put out more often, they are going to tell people or share to their social medias, they will click your internal links and your affiliate links and they will want to come back for more. So, so, so important.

If I didn’t up my content game I wouldn’t have pages that get thousands of views each day! They would have easily fizzled out and died because no amount of social media promotion can make up for lack of content! 

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Let the numbers speak

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. 
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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.

Alert the media

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.

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. If you feel like adding me out of pity, go ahead HAH, I’ll leave the link here! 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
  • Instagram
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • Facebook (both my personal and professional page)
  • YouTube

Pinterest has always been my biggest traffic driver and I would always get a few friends and family who would click over from my Facebook, but nothing major. However, I realized the major change in my traffic for the month of January came from Facebook! So let me break down the steps I took and I promise, they weren’t really that hard.

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Join the club

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.

How to find blogging groups

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.

The low down on blogger share groups

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.

Find like minded people

Notice how I said people, not bloggers. 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 blog 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!

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Get organized!

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!

Getting organized in blogging groups

  1. After joining a group, read the rules and check to see if they have a daily share schedule.
  2. If they have a consistent daily share, make note of the time(s) that these posts go up.
  3. Try your best to share your links as close to the posted time(s) as possible. This gives you a better chance of your posts being seen and shared.

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.

Get your Blogging Group Schedule Printout

Getting organized in Facebook groups

  1. Make note of any rules. Some groups do not want you promoting yourself or products on their page.
  2. Be sure to interact with other members and their posts. Become a known participant in these groups.
  3. Take the time to separate your groups into categories that will easily fit your blog.
    1. Example: I mostly blog about minimalism, finances, family and blogging. These are 4 categories I could break my Facebook groups into so that when it comes time to share one particular post I can choose the category that fits most with the content

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.

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Final reminder

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!

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Food Blogger Pro – Food Blogger Pro is a terrific online course you can take that was created by the creators of Pinch of Yum. They have seen tremendous growth from their food blog and share all their knowledge with you to help you succeed as well.

JetPack – Jetpack offers so many features to keep your site safe and secure. With backups, site monitoring and spam protection.

Linqia – Linqia is a great way to start working with brands. You fill out your profile and the brands come to you!

MailMunch – MailMunch helps you to create visually appealing e-mail opt in forms to help get people signed up for your e-mail list!

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Share a Sale– Share a Sale is a great place to find a ton of affiliate programs that fit your niche.

Tailwind – Tailwind is a great scheduling tool to help with your Pinterest posting and Instagram sharing. It takes a lot of time and guesswork out of building your social media so you can spend your time doing other things.

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72 COMMENTS

  1. Veronica | 13th Feb 18

    I am so glad you posted this, I feel like this is what I need! I have been struggling to get views and I feel like your advice is going to make a world of a difference! I have joined a few facebook groups which have helped but I’ll definitely be implementing the Pinterest idea and many of your other tips too! Thank you! 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I’m glad it was helpful to you! I definitely know that struggle!

  2. Josephine | 13th Feb 18

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Thanks Josephine!

  3. Anne | 13th Feb 18

    Wow! You have impressive growth. I could learn a lot from you,

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Just happy to share whatever tid bits I learn.

  4. Raina | 13th Feb 18

    Thank you for such great insight! My blog is in its 2nd month and I’ve already incorporated a few of your suggestions but I can see I need to up my game!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      That’s awesome Raina!

  5. Courtney | 13th Feb 18

    This is definitely an article to bookmark! SO helpful! Thanks!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Thanks Courtney! I’m glad to hear it!

  6. Hebah | 13th Feb 18

    Oh wow, this is absolutely incredible and truly admirable. Will be bearing your tips in mind for sure. 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      So glad it was helpful to you!

  7. Laura @ The Mindful Mom Blographer | 13th Feb 18

    Great information! I have joined blogging groups and groups within my niche, but admit I’m not as active in the niche groups as I know I should be. Your printout will be SUPER helpful to keep track.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Thanks Laura. I hope you do find them helpful. This blogging gig is no joke for sure. It has taken me forever to FINALLY feel like I know what I’m doing and I JUST know there is still so much more!

  8. Megan | 13th Feb 18

    Thank you so much for sharing such great tips! I was starting to feel so lost that helped a lot!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I have been there. Most of September I didn’t blog at all because I just had to re-evaluate what I was doing. Then October was HUGE!

  9. leah | 13th Feb 18

    I really needed to hear this, I am desperately trying to break out into the blogging world but I just cant’t seem to get my numbers up, I have joined loads of blogging groups on Facebook with thousands of members but its not improving my views by that much, do you have anymore tips?

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Leah, I am trying to slowly do more posts to share any knowledge I have gained over the last few years. I have a 5 day Blogging Blooper Course you are welcome to join! There are sign up forms in all of my posts! I share 4 major areas of blogging where I made big mistakes starting off and then 1 day worth of the things I did right!

  10. Michelle | 13th Feb 18

    Everyone always talks about Tailwind but I just don’t see the results from it that others say that they do. I schedule pins, I share others’ content, I am in tribes, I share my own content and… nothing… I feel like maybe I am just not doing something right when it comes to Tailwind.

    Great post — you have some good tips! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I tried Tailwind when I first began blogging and I can definitely see the convenience in it. However, I used to pin constantly before LOL so I just find times throughout the day to do it on my own and have really liked the results. My Pinterest followers steadily increase a little bit every day and I’m ok with that.

  11. Ginger | 13th Feb 18

    Very inspiring, it’s hard to keep going sometimes when it feels like you see no result. I think I’ll check out some more blogging groups 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I say celebrate every small win like it’s the biggest and best thing that’s ever happened! That’s what I do! It gives you the encouragement and faith to keep going. Keep in mind the 8 months before these 3 were very mellow and uneventful! It wasn’t easy. Little changes and tweaks and lessons throughout the year were necessary for my growth.

  12. Joanna Stephens | 13th Feb 18

    I have joined some blogging groups and have seen some increase in my numbers, but I am still such a young blog that I would be happy with 1000 views a month. I think you make a great point that content is key because if it isn’t worth someone’s time the first time, they are probably not going to come back.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Joanna, my first few months were all in the hundreds and I celebrated EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I think that’s what is absolutely crucial. 1,000 a month IS a huge deal! And yes, content is the absolute most important thing…for sure!

  13. Lucy | 13th Feb 18

    This is so helpful. I will definitely be looking into some more specific Facebook groups for my type of blog. Congratulations on the incredible increase in page views 💗

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Yes! Definitely search around for groups you think would be nice to join. Thank you!

  14. Shelbie (9to5hiatus) | 13th Feb 18

    Wow. This was so clear! Thanks for all of this so helpful to a newbie like me! I haven’t tried Stumble Upon yet, that may be my next social step.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I am not great with Stumble Upon BUT I do get occasional views from there. Definitely not a make or break situation in my opinion.

  15. Claudia | 13th Feb 18

    My issue is organizing; I just got Tailwind. Do you recommend starting with the free version or just do the pro? Thanks for sharing you have great tips.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I started with the free version so I could really see how it worked. It was definitely super easy to use and I think people who do their blog while working full time or things of that matter it could be highly beneficial.

  16. christin | 13th Feb 18

    I’ve joined facebook groups but sometimes my comments get over looked! Thank you for sharing your points.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Yeah…that’ll happen too!

  17. Mirlene | 13th Feb 18

    What a great post! I totally agree with you, once you are true to yourself the blogging world will change. I learned this lesson my second year of blogging. I no longer cared about what others thought. Facebook groups are very helpful. I now. We’d to master tailwind.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      It’s so strange to me how that works. I tried and tried and tried and then as I let go…everything just seemed to flow way better. Imagine that.

  18. Leigh | 13th Feb 18

    I have joined some blogging groups which have definitely helped but not quite up there in numbers yet! The template to write things down is so helpful though — I always forget and it makes me so anxious! lol

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Ohhh man I get that anxious feeling! It’s not a good one! Blogging actually got me into running to let out some of the stress…which I guess is a good thing?! haha. I’m glad you can benefit from the printout!

  19. Maninder | 13th Feb 18

    Such a helpful post! I have been thinking of taking my blog to the next level, even though I share my posts on Facebook, I overlook a lot of the groups. However, that will change now.

    myfootprintsaroundtheglobe.com

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      So glad to hear it! I hope you benefit from some additional sharing! Your page is so colorful and bright!! Makes me want to hop on a plane!

  20. Shoma | 13th Feb 18

    I love this so much tat I even bookmarked it! Thank you so much for writing such an informative post!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      I am so glad you found it that valuable!! Thank you.

  21. Erika | 13th Feb 18

    Thank you for this useful information! I’m really looking into starting to monetize my blog and I’ve joined a site similar to Linqia, which also helps pair bloggers with brands. I’ve just checked Linqia and, apparently, I’d have to live in U.S. or Canada… bummer. I’ll check for more options!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Oh shoot! I’m glad you found a company that works for you though!

  22. Ashram | 13th Feb 18

    i love that you said like minded people and not just bloggers because i am in so many groups but my niche is not broad so i’m sure that’s why i don’t get to many views on them . thank you for that tip, i need to start joining my niche groups

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 13th Feb 18

      Absolutely! It’s a lot easier when you KNOW the people you’re interacting with are already interested in the same things as you! Good luck!

  23. Cha | 14th Feb 18

    Having a quality content in a blog is absolutely right. And Im also doing group joining, they are really a great help.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      They are but yes, if the content isn’t there then you don’t have much!

  24. Nicole | Glamorously You | 14th Feb 18

    Congratulations on the growth! These are fantastic tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Thanks so much Nicole!

  25. Deborah | 14th Feb 18

    Renee – great post – Will be following 🙂
    Some things are common sense – but we don’t see them at first!
    Shared to Pint & SU 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      For sure! Thanks so much Deborah!

  26. ShootingStarsMag | 14th Feb 18

    That’s awesome you’ve had such success with sharing to Facebook. I’ve noticed that I get a lot of views from there too through the blogging groups I’m in. It’s a work in process though. 🙂

    -Lauren

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Yes, it’s definitely got to be intentional, but that’s awesome!

  27. Deborah | 14th Feb 18

    Renee – I’m back commenting again… your blog so inspired me I put you on my
    list of nominating you this award – Copy here 🙂 http://deborahhunterkells.com/2018/02/14/brotherhood-of-the-world-award/
    Warm wishes

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Thank you so much Deborah! I will try to get this done!

  28. susie | 14th Feb 18

    so true, content is kind and is a must! Thank you for sharing this

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Absolutely!

  29. Jennifer | 14th Feb 18

    I so agree with finding like minded people! It is great to be a part of the “Blogging Community”. My greatest struggle is often making myself write. It is odd, because I love writing!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      I 100% understand that! I think often times people who start blogging love writing when they “feel inspired” and learning to make a habit of it is tough! (At least it was for me)

  30. Maegan | 14th Feb 18

    I need to find some niche groups that allow you to post your relative content, all of the groups I’m in don’t allow it. Thanks for the wonderful tips—this growth is really inspiring!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Yeah, you definitely have to keep an eye out for those rules!

  31. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups | 14th Feb 18

    This is super helpful, thanks for sharing and congrats on your success!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Thanks so much Emily!

  32. Emily | 14th Feb 18

    As someone who is just starting out, this is all such useful information to me. Thank you!!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Good luck Emily! There’s a ton of info out there, so try not to get overwhelmed!

  33. Zahra | 14th Feb 18

    love the idea of connecting with people, not just accounts! thanks girl!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Absolutely! It really just makes everything so much better when you put effort toward others!

  34. Stacey | 14th Feb 18

    Congrats on your growth and success! Thank you for sharing this awesome tips

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Thank you so much!

  35. Erin Haugerud | 14th Feb 18

    Great info!! I’d love to increase my traffic and I’m just learning the tricks! They seam endless!!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 14th Feb 18

      Yes, yes they do! Haha I know I will have to continue to keep learning! But I will love to keep sharing as well!

  36. Denise | 15th Feb 18

    Thanks for sharing this, i started my blog back in september and have had a couple of low months. I am focusing on creating good comtent and I am also working on finding like minded people not just bloggers.

  37. Angie | 16th Feb 18

    Great post! My numbers are growing steadily on Insta, but my actual blog is just sad sad sad. My first year was basically non existent so I don’t even count it. I think one of my issues is that I need to move to a self hosted blog. But I guess that will remain to be seen…..

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