I had been 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 knew, the blog took off. Not all on its 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 using blogging Facebook groups (and a few other little tips!)
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Quality is key
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 and obsessed over the images versus I used instead of the words. While images are important, words are the key to your blog’s success.
Why quality content is so important:
- Readers will stay on your site longer
- You are more likely to get that content shared
- People are more likely to subscribe
- Your links will get clicked on more
- Readers will return for more
- You build trust with your audience
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! Want more info on what it takes to make money with your blog? Click here to register for my free $1K Blogger training!
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Blog traffic report
Before we dive into the “how,” let’s look at the proof.
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 halfway over! 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.
Whatever I did, I knew I wanted to keep making it happen, 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.
Use all social media outlets
Yes, you absolutely have to share to your other social media outlets. I know the major focus here is Facebook blogging groups, but don’t neglect your other outlets!
It’s also crucial not to spend too much of your time promoting social media sources that really aren’t bringing in any page views. For me, that was Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram, but it doesn’t always love me back. Of course, I kept sharing with Instagram, but I stopped making major time-consuming efforts in order to build my Insta following.
Where to promote after every new post:
- Facebook (both personal and professional page)
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 number of followers I have. Click here to learn more about Pinteresting Strategies.
Pay attention to where blog traffic comes from
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!
This is why it is so important to make sure you are tracking where your traffic is coming from — so you know where to put your promoting focus!
Finding Facebook blogging groups
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 locations. For example,
- Monday is Pinterest
- Tuesday is Twitter
- Wednesday is Facebook etc…
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 make sure you get the most out of these groups, but I will talk about that in a little bit.
Find like-minded Facebook groups
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.
Get ideas from Facebook groups
When sharing with Facebook groups that have similar interests, 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. 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 with these groups at all.
Collecting return readers
When you’ve already been able to promote to “your people,” and have brought them to your site, it’s important to try and get them coming back. The best way to do this is through an email list!
If you want to learn more about email lists, join my free blogger training and I will take you behind the scenes of how to set up your first email funnel!
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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
- After joining a group, read the rules and check to see if they have a daily share schedule.
- If they have a consistent daily share, make note of the time(s) that these posts go up.
- 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
- Make note of any rules. Some groups do not want you to promote yourself or products on their page.
- Be sure to interact with other members and their posts. Become a known participant in these groups.
- Take the time to separate your groups into categories that will easily fit your blog.
- 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.
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!