I started getting paid to blog in late April. I’ve made $50 since then because I have been trying to figure out all the different ways to drive traffic to my blog.
Now, I’m not getting thousands of views per day as much as we’d all like to. I was at a point a few months ago where I would maybe get 5-10 people to visit my blog but I wasn’t promoting it like I am now. I had a Facebook page and Twitter but I wasn’t using them like I should have been this whole time. In this blog, I’m not going to tell you ALL the ways to increase traffic because some things work better for some, but it doesn’t always work for everyone. I’ve seen a million of those blogging income reports. Although it inspired me to want to get that point one day, I had to be more realistic.
There’s only one word that will help you gain more traffic and that word is GOALS.
It’s important to have goals to get anything done in life. Without goals, you’re just aimlessly working towards something without a final destination in mind. If you want to make a successful blog you have to figure out what that means to you. A good rule of thumb for new bloggers is to set a goal of 1,000 views per month. That’s less than 35 pageviews per day. If you aren’t getting that kind of traffic, take a look at your blog; have someone else take a look, and figure out ways you can improve.
No Goals, No Progress
If you get 35 views or more per day, you know you’re well on your way to completing your monthly goal. When 15 people visit your blog per day, but you don’t have any goals, you’re happy with 15 people because at least someone is reading your blog even if it’s just your friends and family. At 15 views per day, you’re getting 450 views per month and most people would be happy about that, but success is about growth.
The first thing I did was sign up for every free course that I could. The first thing they suggested was to overhaul my social media accounts. The courses were mostly about Pinterest, but they have given me a lot of solid information that I was able to use across all my social media. For the last year or so, my Twitter profile had 2,400 followers and I was stuck for many months. I started posting my blogs and affiliate links on Twitter and just being more active in general. Even though I’m not getting a drove of new followers, I do get a couple of followers per week. It has increased and has stayed steady over the last few weeks.
I designed a new logo for my Facebook page and set up links that I really enjoyed on StumbleUpon on a schedule so that my page would appear to be active. Sharing articles from Stumbleupon also increased my followers on there, as I now have 100 followers. I’m still struggling to get new Instagram followers, but according to Google Analytics, I am getting a handful of people to click the link on my profile.
I’m still navigating my way through Pinterest but I changed my board covers to the same background with different text to look more like a brand or business. If you haven’t already, you need to convert your Pinterest to a Business account. It’s free to do and you get access to analytics that can be very helpful. I’ve also been pinning a lot per day and I check my Pinterest stats every 3 days.
In just over a month of implementing these newly learned strategies, I now have 5,000 average daily views and 25,000 average monthly profile views on Pinterest. Of course, I learned this means nothing if they aren’t clicking your link. Before I changed the board covers, only one person had clicked on the link. It took about 4 days since my coding is a little rusty, but I finally enabled rich pins. Rich Pins are essential to getting traffic on Pinterest, so I would look into that if you haven’t already. Since my new changes, I’ve had 31 clicks. 31 clicks out of 25,000 people are nothing to boast about, but small progress is still progress.
I made some personal goals for June and July, but I didn’t want to share my strategies until I could show some results.
My goals for June were:
- 1K+ Pageviews and Unique Pageviews
- 100+ New Users per week (500 new users for the month)
- A penny per day in AdSense (minimum $0.30 per month)
This is what really happened:
- 1,052 Pageviews and 819 Unique Pageviews
- New Users:
- Week 1: 66
- Week 2: 34
- Week 3: 87
- Week 4: 389
- For the Month of June: 604
- Money for May: $6.81 ($2.81 more than the previous month)
- AdSense Money: $1.81
It’s important to note that I got 2 ad clicks during June. I would have made $0.11 just purely based on views.
My goals for July are as follows:
- 2K+ Pageviews and Unique Pageviews
- 200+ New Users per week (1K+ New Users for the Month)
- $5 this month from AdSense
Here is my dilemma: I had 443 page views yesterday (July 7, 2017); I have already received 825 Unique Pageviews for the month of July and 627 New Users the first week. With those 400+ views, I got 2 ad clicks and I earned $3.33. That’s already half of the money I make per month. My question is, should I change my goals for the month to reflect the change and continue to challenge myself or be happy with the progress and keep it going the way I have it now (100, then 200, then 300, etc.)? I’d love some feedback, so please leave a comment.