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I know, it’s a blog traffic report. Everyone and their mother does these, but I feel like I have some very helpful information to provide for my blogging readers. See I am not just going to tell you I got 3,000 page views in 3 months and then leave. I mean do I ever just post something about myself and then leave you hanging? Of course not. If you stick around until the end I’ll tell you how I did this. I know many of you are struggling with page views right now.
Before I get into how I hit the 3,000 page views mark, I want to share the struggle of blogging. A lot of people think it is just sitting around the home and sleeping all day. I mean yes I have done that. But what people don’t understand is that if you don’t put the hard work in, then it never pays off.
I started blogging because I hit a rough spot in my life. At the beginning of the year, I discovered my husband had been seeing other people while deployed and I was soon a single mother. This changed my life a great deal. Soon I was at a terrible job that required me to be away from my son for way too long. It just wasn’t going to work.
I decided to quit my job, live off my savings, and blog full-time to be closer to my son. And let me tell you it has been more work than I thought it would be. I had to put in the hours and pretty much stop showering. I am not kidding. Some nights it was either eat or shower. Blogging takes dedication.
But it paid off. I am now seeing a couple hundred dollars a month from blogging and I expect it to continue to grow. Now, this isn’t an income report. I am not going to tell you exactly how much I make and things like that. The money a person makes with their blog is so cased by case. Some people make more and some make less. It is page views that need your focus. The more views the more money-making potential.
I might do income reports later down the line, but right now I want to share with you how I gain my page views and what I do to help my SEO for the future. I already wrote a post about keywords for your blog post, but these tips will talk about things you need viewers to do to help your rank.
Now that I have talked your ear off (or wrote your eyes out?) here are the things I did to boost my page views.
I joined Facebook groups. This exploded my blog traffic, and I even gained new email subscribers who return to the blog daily. The key with joining Facebook groups is that you need to make sure the people within them are following the rules. The Facebook groups I join post promotion threads daily. They allow you to promote a social media account or blog post.
Now the good ones require you to engage with other members who post in the thread as well. A few red flags to notice when trying to decide if a group is good or not. First, they require you to engage with everyone who post in the thread. This doesn’t work for many reasons. Many other members will say that participated but didn’t. If people aren’t participating then the thread and your hard work are doing nothing to help your blog.
Another red flag is the group is too crowded. Admins just can’t keep up and make sure everyone is following the rules if there are too many people. I have been in many groups that just had too many people and little engagement. I quickly leave these as they do nothing for me.
Now engagement on your blog is good for Google rankings. Google likes blogs that get lots of comments and likes. These groups allow you to promote your blog to a more engaged audience. And I have noticed that I get more organic commenters once I already have a few comments on a post. No one wants to be first to the party.
Here are a few groups I use to better my blog.
Pinterest Group Boards
Now I didn’t include this first for many reasons, but I still find it extremely important. Joining group boards helps promote your blog as well and will bring in more page views when done right. Join boards that are niche specific and have a large engagement. I subscribe to mommyonpurpose for Pinterest tips that come straight to my inbox about once a week.
Now I didn’t list it as number one because this month they had an update that tanked my page views from them. Now I am waiting for Pinterest to even back out, or someone to post a blog about what the update changed so I can fix my Pinterest game. I have noticed them slowly recovering this week though.
Really that is all I did to gain the page views I now have. I don’t post regularly. Honestly, sometimes I just don’t feel up to it. And I don’t always use my newsletter. I just promote my blog every day to the right people. Blogging can be hard, but getting your voice out there doesn’t have to be.