Are you struggling to increase your blog traffic? I always thought this was the hardest part of blogging too. But trust me, it actually isn’t if you apply the right strategies and tips to increase blog traffic.
It is my third month of taking my blog seriously. In the past two months, I went from less than 1000 page views to 12,000 page views in July. Then last month, in August 2021, I increased my blog traffic to 30,000 page views (which is more than double the blog views!)
I hadn’t seen this much traffic in all of the past 9 months since I started my blog last year. There had been months when I hardly had 50 page views a day and even 1000 page views a month seemed great.
But I also hadn’t taken my blog seriously and had been focusing my efforts on all the wrong things. So I know that If I had done the things which I started doing, I would have gotten such results much earlier.
If you haven’t yet started a blog, but would want to start one, consider reading this post- 10 things to do before starting a successful blog
But if you’re a beginner blogger and are keenly looking for ways to increase blog traffic, however with no luck, I definitely get you. When you’re just beginning you don’t even know where to focus and everything is so new.
That is why in today’s post I’d like to share what I did to increase my blog traffic to 30k in two months. I hope that through this post you will be cleared with many things and you too will be able to increase your blog traffic.
How I increased my blog traffic to 30k monthly page views
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Before I start, I want to tell you that this is completely achievable even if you’re a new blogger.
I am a new blogger myself and there is still a lot of things to learn. But I was able to achieve 30k page views in just 2 months, that too solely from Pinterest. (Yes! Pinterest still gives great traffic to new bloggers too!)
So if I can, and if so many others can, so can you.
Now without further digressing, let’s dive in to know how you can increase your blog traffic to 30,000 page views.
However, everyone’s blogging experience is different and these are all the things that worked for me which can work for you too.
1. Set my blogging goal
I had taken a break from blogging and I had completely neglected my blog for two whole months in May and June.
This was my situation in May and June 2021. In June I had mistakenly deleted Google analytics tracking ID and it shows completely blank!
But by the end of June, I decided I would begin afresh again. I decided that from July I would start over and take charge of my blog.
The first thing I did was I wrote down my goal enthusiastically. I hadn’t ever written a proper goal regarding my blog, so the first thing I did was I wrote down my goal for the next 6 months.
I wrote it this way
As you can see, in the first month of taking my blog seriously, I crossed my first 10k page views a month mark!
Then for August, I had set the goal for 20k but instead got my first 30k page views a month!
I don’t think I would have been able to grow my blog traffic if I hadn’t been clear about my goals in the first place. It was the reason I hadn’t achieved the result in all of my past months.
There’s something really powerful about writing down our goals. It makes your goals 10x more achievable.
So if you’re serious about increasing your blog traffic, write down your exact goals. Write down with high enthusiasm and be very clear about what you want and what you aim to do.
Specifically, your goals should be your monthly page view goals and your blog post goal (how many blog posts you plan to write)
2. Decided to invest in my blog
Every business requires investment and if you actually want to make money from blogging, you NEED to treat blogging as a business and invest in it. There Is Absolutely No Other Way.
I had been hesitant and had been putting off spending money on my blog for the longest time.
But now I know that it is not spending money, it is actually investing money- because it all actually pays off!
The first thing I invested in was this pretty theme by 17th Avenue Designs. It changed the whole look of my blog and made me more eager to start blogging seriously.
Then I invested in buying the ebook- Traffic Transformation guide after seeing so many bloggers recommending it. Now that I have been through it twice, I know for sure why they do.
This e-book is a game-changer. It has taught not only what you must do, but also what you must not do in your blogging journey with 21 actionable strategies!
It is for bloggers for both beginner level and intermediate levels. So if you want to increase your blog traffic, don’t delay any further and buy this e-book.
I also invested in being a member of styled stock society for beautiful pictures for my blog. Now I don’t have to spend hours looking for the right images to fit my blog and Pinterest.
Now I am open to learning and applying. Anything that will save me time and help me increase my blog knowledge, I will invest. Because time and personal knowledge are the greatest of all assets.
Next, I want to invest in the highly acclaimed SEO course, Stupid Simple SEO after I have saved enough money.
3. Created a blog content plan
I didn’t have a proper blog content plan. It used to be a struggle to come up with blog post ideas every week. Plus I was writing posts that weren’t right for my niche.
I can’t believe I was leaving so many things on the table. Now I have so many great keyword-focused blog post ideas but less time. Lol.
This change happened when I created a clear blog content plan.
This made me write the right posts which I knew would do well for my niche. I also started writing similar kinds of posts which were already doing well based on my google analytics report.
If you want to transform your traffic too, having a proper blog content plan is a must. Remember, blogging is 80% your content strategy and you must give time to cit.
Thankfully it is not as hard as I thought it was if you do it right.
This is my step by step simple guide to creating a blog content plan and here is how you can come up with endless plus right blog post ideas.
4. Focused solely on Pinterest to gain blog traffic
Learning SEO and getting organic traffic from Google will take you a lot of time- in the least 6-8 months. But with Pinterest, you can immediately start gaining traction.
My 30k page views is solely Free Pinterest traffic!
I had bought in this Pinterest Course back in January, but as I already said, I wasn’t that serious in my blogging effort.
I went through the e-course once again, but this time also writing down all the points. Then I applied all the strategies as said.
I cannot tell you exactly what I did with Pinterest because you can learn it only through buying her course and it would be inappropriate if I share about it.
But it is solely because of her manual pinning strategy and also some changes and improvements I made to my blog (strategies from Traffic Transformation Guide) that I was able to increase my blog traffic.
However, if there’s one piece of advice I had to give, it would be this- focus on Pinterest Keywords and write keyword-focused pin descriptions.
5. Made beautiful key-worded Pins
I cannot tell you how bad my pins looked earlier. It used to be everything a pin shouldn’t be- dark, small, and scripted fonts with images everyone else was using because it was free.
Finding good pictures for Pinterest became really essential because Pinterest loves beautiful pins with beautiful images and simple-to-read fonts in the pins.
So I invested in becoming a member of styled stock society which has beautiful pictures you can download unlimited times.
I focused on creating simple and beautiful pins and it started gaining traction in no time.
It was because of a handful of pins that started to do really well on Pinterest that increased my blog traffic immediately.
These are all pins that were put out just one two weeks ago and it immediately starting giving me hundreds of pageviews every day and continue to do so.
But one thing you can never afford to neglect is -Keywords, keywords and keywords!
If your keywords aren’t in the right places and especially in your pin descriptions then no matter how beautiful your pins are, Pinterest will never find them!
6.Updated old posts
Another change I did to increase my page views was updating my old posts. Earlier I hadn’t focused on the keywords and many other little things.
So I updated my old posts to add the right keywords, inserted beautiful pin images on my old post, added links to other related posts of mine.
This proved to be very helpful in increasing my blog views.
7. Interlinked posts together to increase blog traffic
This was again something I learned from Traffic transformation guide. It is such an easy way to increase your page views.
I started to write posts that could be linked well together. For example, I had written one post about 10 things you must never do in the morning, so I wrote another about 10 morning habits you must start.
Then I realized I hadn’t written about my own morning rituals, so I wrote a post about my own morning routine before 8am.
Then I realized I hadn’t written about how to actually stick to a morning routine, so I wrote that one too.
I did more of these interlinking posts for other topics too and I started to put many links of my other posts inside my blog post as related posts in paragraphs I thought would fit.
This did really well for my Pinterest board as well as inside my own posts.
I plan on doing this more as a strategy to increase my blog traffic and you can do the same.
8. Did things slowly with patience
The reason I had to take a break from blogging was that I was feeling too burned out. I was focusing on the wrong things, but I was wasting too much energy by constantly trying to rush the learning process and becoming too impatient.
Impatience makes you aggressive and builds up unnecessary stress that we don’t even realize.
Taking a break from blogging helped me bring back focus to myself and allowed me to re-think what I was doing right and what changes I needed to make.
So this time I started to do things slowly. I didn’t rush. I did do all my tasks and put in effort and work, but without any hurry.
Not being attached to the result eased me so much and the results actually came this time.
So now I do things slowly and I allow myself to take time learning and implementing.
As long as we don’t stop and continue to pursue one thing at a time, we will get there and the results will certainly come.
In the end, I just want to say that blogging is a journey. Don’t rush. Focus on the process. Focus on learning one thing, investing in one thing for one-two month, then move on to another and then another. Don’t try to do it all at once.
Allow yourself to be a beginner.
This is all I wanted to share. I hope you found my post useful and I hope you too will be able to increase your blog traffic in no time.
P.S here are some posts you might love
- How to let go of the fear of uncertainty (because I know how uncertain blogging can feel at times)
- How to create a daily routine ( because having a routine is very important if you want to be a successful blogger)
- Why be okay with wasting time
- What happens when you embrace slow growth
- Why focus on quantity instead of quality
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All the best!