Now I’m going to try to be completely open & candid with you in this post on How My Blog’s Page Views Grew Over 500% in One Month.
Let me start off by saying that this isn’t a post to brag about my page views, because to be honest I can’t take any of the credit (Romans 11:36). I have been greatly humbled to see how God has grown my little meager blog, even though I was ready to give up just a few months ago.
When I first started to see my views steadily rise I debated whether or not to share this exciting turn of events (outside of my monthly life lately post). There was a lot of back & forth, but something I had recently read kept popping back into my mind. It isn’t right to only share my problems, disasters, & struggles, I need to also share the good things that happen in my life so that we can celebrate together!
How can I celebrate without you?! My faithful readers who have struggled with me, supported me in the hard times, & encouraged me when I was ready to give up, over & over again.
And while I know the high might not last through the holidays & into the new year, I am going to enjoy it as long as it lasts & strive for more months like this.
In August I shared in my Life Lately post that I had 33,682 page views. Then something amazing happened around Labor Day weekend. My daily page views started to go up & they stayed up. By the end of September I had 172,851 page views! Wow!!
And while there are probably a million factors that contributed to the growth of my page views, I have been making some changes to the way I blog & I have been able to see where the views are coming from, which allows me to summarize How My Blog’s Page Views Grew Over 500% in One Month.
So, here are 5 tips that helped my page views grow tremendously over the last month that I hope will help you too!
1. Write More Blog Posts
I know some people say quality over quantity, but why not have both?
In the past I have posted on average 2-3 times a week. But that just didn’t seem to cut it, so I started working on upping my average to 4-5 times a week.
I try to post in the morning, right after my husband leaves for school, but sometimes my posts don’t get up until around 10 am.
In the past, if a post wasn’t finished I would just postpone sharing it, which contributed to the fact that I only posted 2-3 times a week. But I have discovered that it doesn’t matter when in the morning I post (especially since I don’t have a newsletter), but that the important thing is that I post.
It’s better to post later than to not post at all.
2. Harness the Season
I start each season extra early & try hard not create anything that is opposite of the current season.
Also, at the beginning of September, Hometalk shared several of my fall DIY decor projects on their Facebook page, which really helped boost my views & I have seen a continual slow stream of views coming from them, & specifically for my DIY Fall Acorns (from Easter Eggs).
At the beginning of September I noticed that I was also getting a constant stream of page views from something called TheseReads. I discovered that it was a new app that allows you to follow different blogs, websites, & users & you can read their saved posts in TheseReads “pretty” format or in “web” format.
So I downloaded the app, set up an account, & started using it to save my new & old posts.
While I still haven’t figured out how to add a profile picture, I love the app! I already have over 23,000 followers on my personal account (Domestically Blissful) & I am seeing a continual flow of readers coming from TheseReads to my blog.
Update: Here is a link to my post about How to Use TheseReads to Grow Your Blog.
4. Updating Old Posts
This is something new that I am working on that takes quite a bit of time, but I am already starting to see the benefits!
For example, my Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe that I posted last year has been pinned over 100,000 times. While I haven’t updated the pictures (& I think they desperately need an update), I did update the format, add my new signature ending, adjust the picture sizes, change the picture title, & created a long picture specifically for Pinterest.
Pinterest is the main source that is bringing my blog views.
My top 3 Pinterest posts are Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup (slow & steady from last fall), 50 Fall Date Ideas (a new post that as of October 8 had over 85,000 page views), & Caramel Apple Slices (new post this September with over 9,000 pins).
So here’s the thing, I wasn’t really using Pinterest until this fall & now I am kicking myself for not having developed productive Pinterest skills sooner.
Honestly, Pinterest had become a sore subject for me. Before I started blogging I was as addicted as a lab rat to Oreos, but once I started blogging Pinterest became a chore & one I was happy to ignore.
Now I am working on harnessing the full potential of Pinterest for my blog.
I started testing other blogger’s theories, created a few of my own, & am now pinning as often as I can.
So my biggest piece of advice is to start pinning as much & as often as you can! I know that sounds so simple & basic, but it’s true!! You don’t have to be an expert, you just have to start pinning. You will be amazed at the growth it can bring your blog!
And if I am able to reach my Pinterest goal of 2,500 followers by November 1 (without falling into the trap of following a million people in hopes they will follow me back), I will write a post filled with tips & advice (just like I did for my posts on How I Tripled My Facebook Followers in Two Months & 7 Useful Tips for Growing your Instagram Followers) on how I am using Pinterest to grow my blog!
With love, G
The earth is the Lord’s,
& everything in it,
the world, & all who live in it…
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