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As a new blogger, the most common question asked is “How do I get more traffic to my blog?”
Last month, I had reached some major milestones on my brand new blog. I made my first $500 blogging and I hit over 25,000 page views. In fact, I got 26,759 page views, I’m actually rounding down! Did I mention I was only blogging for 3 months?
Ever since, I have been getting a lot of questions about what I did to increase my traffic. In this post, I will lay it all out. There are no secrets.
My May 2018 traffic:
As you can see, I received over 26,000 page views and had a mega viral Pinterest post from May 14-May 25.
And now, onto the strategies I used:
1. I wrote high quality content that people actually want to read
I wrote high quality posts that people actually want to read. I wrote posts for my target reader that addressed a very specific problem she is facing.
My posts are also extremely detailed – I try not to leave anything out. All of my posts are at least 1,500-2,000 words. Some are even in the 3,000-word range!
Lastly, I used Google Analytics to figure out what my most popular posts are. I then started writing content that is similar to these posts!
2. I published posts consistently
I published new blog posts at least 2-3 times per week. The longest that I went without posting was 1 week.
In terms of traffic, I found that posting almost everyday was the most effective for me. The more often that I posted, the more often my visitors were returning to my blog. They really wanted to read the new stuff that I published!
3. I interlinked between all my posts
Wherever appropriate, I added interlinks within my blog posts (links to my other blog posts). This proved to be highly effective. I added links in the middle of my blog posts, as well as at the end.
I do this both manually and with a plugin. For the recommendations in the middle of blog posts, I do this manually so that I can hand-pick the posts that are most relevant.
A plug-in that I highly recommend is Contextual Related Posts. I just installed the plugin and it generates suggested related posts at the end of each blog post. So easy!
4. I leveraged social media to promote my posts
5. I networked with other bloggers
This was a very important one. I started reading other people’s blogs in my niche and leaving comments. Now, I have a good handful of bloggers who I interact with on a near daily basis.
I also joined Rockstar Finance’s forum to connect with others in the personal finance community. I love networking on this forum. The people are so helpful and they are just like me – they love talking about money and blogging!
6. I mastered Pinterest
It was my second month of using Pinterest and I got super lucky with a mega viral post that brought me over 17,000 page views. I was manually pinning for my first month on Pinterest but then I switched over to a scheduler, Tailwind. I have never looked back since.
I totally recommend using a scheduler for anyone looking to grow their traffic with Pinterest in an easy and consistent way. Tailwind a bit expensive but I think it’s totally worth the money. You can get a free 1-month trial by clicking my referral link!
You can also read more about my Pinterest manual pinning strategy here. In the post, I outline what makes a pin “click-worthy.” In general, click-worthy pins:
- Follow the 2:3 size ratio. I use 735x1102px.
- Are visually appealing and attention-grabbing (with bright colours with beautiful images). I use Canva (free) to make all of my Pinterest graphics!
- Feature high quality stock images. I get my stock images from Unsplash (free) and Styled Stock Society (not free but they send you monthly freebies if you sign up to their newsletter).
- Use a call to action. For example “10 frugal dinner ideas you must try.“
In addition, to master Pinterest, I highly recommend the following resources:
- Pinteresting Strategies ($32) – An amazing ebook which outlines how to manually pin to hundreds of thousands of page views on Pinterest. By using this strategy I was able to get my account up to over 100,000 monthly viewers and more than 200-400 daily clicks to my blog!
- The Billionaire Blog Club Pinterest Manual ($39) – I love this book! Scrivs manages over 10 blogs and he uses Pinterest to drive hundreds of thousands of page views to his blogs every month! This book was a life saver for me on learning how to automate my pinning!
Of course, you don’t have to invest in any of these resources to be successful on Pinterest, but it sure does help. Learning the methods that worked from the best of the best really saves you time because you don’t have to do any testing yourself!
In this post, I outlined 6 strategies I used to grow my traffic to over 25,000 in my third month blogging. Good luck to you and I hope this works for you too!
My last word of advice is to just be patient and not let the numbers get you down!
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