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Today is the first time I am writing something like this, and will be doing blog traffic updates at the end of every month from now on.
One of the first things that got me really inspired as a blogger before even starting out was reading how some of my favorite bloggers grew.
It gave me a lot of insight about what goes into creating a successful blog, and also allowed me to see exactly what’s possible!
So toward the end of 2018 I bought my domain, wrote 5 posts, made a Facebook account and left it all. Then in April 2019, I decided to actually give this blogging thing a go!
The end of July marks the end of my 4th month blogging seriously, and I am really happy with how my traffic has been going up.
I want these traffic updates to help all aspiring bloggers who are currently getting started and need some advice, inspiration and motivation! Follow me on my blogging journey every month, and hopefully your traffic grows with mine!
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July 2019 Blog Traffic
July 2019 saw Richard-t.com get over 24 000 page views, and all of this came from Pinterest!
This is a massive increase from the 8934 page views I had in June.
To be honest with you, when I started blogging seriously 4 months ago I had no idea what to expect. I read some reports of people saying it takes you a year to get any type of decent traffic, whilst others said it takes only a few months.
I was seriously buzzing this month watching my traffic start to take off!
At one point, I even had 42 users on my website at once. Never have I had this many!
This journey so far has been a hectic ride, and I have spent countless hours writing content, creating pins, working on strategies and just hoping that something will work!
My goal for the end of summer is to get to at least 40 000 – 45 000 page views a month and to finally be eligible for Mediavine (more on that later).
What’s Gone Well In July’s Blog Traffic?
I think the reason my traffic tripled this month was due to the hard work I have been putting in.
I have ignored follower count completely, and I advise you to do the same. Followers mean nothing on Pinterest, as it’s more of a visual search engine than a social media.
Rather focus on producing new content – both blog posts and pins.
I have 500 followers and my Pinterest reach is really good. Check out this screenshot:
With Pinterest, I have found success coming from three things:
- Creating more content that’s actually being searched on Pinterest;
- Secondly, being consistent. Posting new posts at least 4 times a week with brand new pins seems to be working well;
- And lastly, making multiple pins per post. I make about 8-10 pins per post and schedule them all. If none of them take off, I’ll make a new batch!
Also, writing content that already has a built in audience is key to getting posts to go viral.
By this I mean coming up with content about topics that you can see are already getting 1000s of repins on Pinterest.
Let me quickly show you an example of how to find content that is really popular on Pinterest.
Let’s say you want to write an article about vegetarian recipes.
You search the term “vegetarian recipes” and you see the following results:
Now “vegetarian recipes” might be a little vague and over saturated, so you can go in a little further and look at some of the keywords below and see how popular these posts are.
Now I’d select “Healthy” and check out the first few pins on the top line for the amount of repins.
As you can see, Pin 1 has 16k repins and Pin 2 has 26k repins.
So “healthy vegetarian recipes” seems to be popular!
Now this is very basic and you should do a little further research, but it’s a good way to start to find content that people are searching, and really helps you with Pinterest SEO!
I have also spent a few days re-making pins for older posts. These are way more improved to the first few tries, and have brought in new traffic.
In April I purchased and started implementing the strategies I learn’t from probably the best Pinterest course I could possibly have bought, which is the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course.
It took me a few months to see results, but damn am I happy!
This course, in my opinion, is the number one Pinterest course available right now, and is extremely in-depth!
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It’s interesting to see what type of content your readers will enjoy, and what type will just become duds.
I have found that listicle articles do really well.
The following articles were my most popular in July:
- 90+ Recycled Crafts That’ll Transform Your Home
- 200+ Frugal Money Saving Tips
- 100+ Ultimate European Travel Bucket List
- 17 Genius Camping Hacks Every Outdoor Family Could Use
- 134 Life Saving Home Hacks
These types of articles are easy to read and can be a lot more interesting than long, essay style posts.
People seem to enjoy reading and sharing this sort of content, so it’s good to take note!
Goals For August
Naturally my goals are all about continuing with growth.
I’d like to achieve the following:
- Hit 35 000 Page Views
- Write at least 3-4 posts per week, together with quality pins
- Get to 700 Pinterest followers (although Pinterest followers don’t really mean much)
- Research my exact future monetization methods. Affiliate programs, planning & potential sponsorship posts
- Actually start showing my Facebook page some love
- Qualify for Mediavine
Blogging really is an A-Z thing.
You can’t really just focus on writing content and nothing else, as there’s so much to keep on top of!
Things like creating content, editing the content and making sure there are no errors. Creating featured images for your content. Creating pins. Scheduling these pins. Making sure your website is up and running. And so on!
There’s a lot going on, so you need spread your time wisely.
Long Term Goals For Richard-t.com
As it’s still early days for my blogging, right now I am SOLELY focussed on mastering Pinterest.
The first month of blogging I literally had a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest page, and could never actually try and become good at any.
Rather master one completely, then move onto the next.
That’s what I think.
So my plan is to get my Pinterest to a certain level where traffic is really good. This will then lead me to my monetization phase, and thereafter I can start focussing on other social media platforms.
As mentioned earlier, I want to try and get on a premium ad network ASAP.
Mediavine and AdThrive being the two biggest ones.
For Mediavine, you need 25 000 sessions over a 30 day period to qualify, so hopefully this happens sooner rather than later! I am so close at the moment.
I’m nowhere near where I can even consider myself a successful blogger.
But damn, it already feels so good and rewarding just having gotten to where I am now.
Within a year from now I will look back at this very first report and be amazed at how far I have come.
I am sure of this!
Until next month!