My first month of blogging is coming to an end! I actually started writing blog posts five months ago but I didn’t make my blog public until early this month. It has been an amazing first month. I started blogging because I have looked through so many blogs during my parenting journey and I wanted to be able to give back to other moms by sharing the tips, struggles and triumphs I have had along the way. I struggled with when to publish my blog and whether or not I was ready. I finally decided to just jump in and make my blog public! I set goals for my first public month of blogging and I am proud to say that I accomplished ALL of my first month blogging goals! This month I learned so much about growing blog traffic and I want to share what I learned with all you fellow bloggers!
Here’s how I grew my blog traffic:
1. Grow your Social Media Followers:
The ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to grow your blog traffic is by using social media! Social media is the perfect way to get the word out about your blog and the best way to advertise when you write a new post. Social media also allows you to make connections with people who you wouldn’t normally be able to reach. If someone feels connected to you they are much more likely to visit your blog and more importantly, follow your blog! Growing your social media is so important that I created an entire post on how to grow social media followers. You can view my HOW TO GROW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING blog post here.
2. Become a Contributor to as Many Pinterest Boards as you Can:
It is important to gain followers on Pinterest. However, it is even more important to get your pins out to as many people as possible and the best way to do this is to become a contributor on group boards. As you are looking through Pinterest boards of people you follow, pay special attention to whether or not they are members of any group boards. You can tell if a board is a group board because in the bottom left corner there will be a symbol of two gray figures. Make sure to visit these boards and read the descriptions. Most group boards will tell you how to join in the description. If not, just send a direct message to the creator and ask for an add. I only have 370 Pinterest followers but I am able to reach thousands of people through the group boards I am part of! The more people your pins reach the more traffic you get! I also started two of my own group boards because I really want my blog to be a collaborative effort and starting a group board is the perfect way to embrace this approach in my social media accounts!
Side Note: I used Canva for free to make pins for each of my posts.
You can follow me on Pinterest by clicking the button in the left corner of this page!
3. Be consistent on Social Media:
I made a 1-10-20 challenge for my social media accounts. I challenged myself to post 1 time a day on Instagram, 10 times a day on Twitter and pin 20 times a day on Pinterest. I also made sure to not only post my content but to also support other bloggers. I retweet a lot of other bloggers tweets and most of the content I pin each day isn’t my own! The more active you are on Pinterest the more likely your pins are to be promoted throughout the site. In addition, you want to help your followers by giving them as much useful information as you can! It is also so important to support your fellow bloggers!! To be honest, there were several days that I failed at this challenge, especially toward the end of the month because I was busy working on some other exciting things to grow my blog! However, the days that I succeeded in this challenge and posted consistently on my various accounts my blog traffic was significantly higher than the days I didn’t. I’m looking into tools that will schedule pins for me. I’ll report back when I find the best one!
4. Use StumbleUpon:
I had never heard of Stumble Upon until I started blogging and I didn’t learn about it until half way through this month. I wish I would have known about it sooner! When I started using StumbleUpon, I saw a dramatic increase in my blog traffic. I was amazed that this one site could triple my daily blog traffic! I had a few posts that did very well on the site which resulted in amazingly high traffic! I would definitely recommend StumbleUpon to any and all bloggers! If you don’t have StumbleUpon, sign up NOW! Just be sure you are active on the site and you like other posts and not just your own!
5. Use Plug-Ins for Social Media:
You have probably noticed that I have social media icons in the right hand corner of each of my posts and floating social media icons on the left side of my posts. It is important to have both sets of these icons. The icons on the right are follow buttons. This is an avenue for people to follow me on my various accounts and the more people you have following you on social media, the more consistent traffic you will have! The icons on the left, are share buttons. This allows people to share my posts on their various social media accounts which results in my posts reaching even more people than just those who follow me. This is crucial to blog traffic.
I use Super Socializer and Ultimate Social Media PLUS as my two plug ins.
Use Automated Direct Messages on Twitter:
I use CrowdFire to send automated direct messages to everyone who follows me on Twitter. In my direct messages, I give the links to all of my other social media accounts and ask people to follow me in these various venues. And of course, I include a link to my blog! Some people may find automated messages to be annoying but it would be impossible for me to send a personalized message to every single one of my Twitter followers. This is a great option to reach out to all of your followers and to encourage them to follow you in other places!
6. Send personalized messages:
I send automated messages to every single Twitter follower and you can read why on my post about How to Grow Social Media Traffic. However, I also send personalized direct messages through both Twitter and Instagram. I am starting a new section on my blog about Birth Stories so I wanted to collect as many stories as I can. (Check out this amazing section of my blog here.) I tried posting general messages about my project but I received little interest. When I started to reach out to people through personalized direct messages, I was shocked by the response and by the increase in my blog traffic! This was totally unintentional as I just wanted to include as many strong Mamas as I could in this project, but it ended up being a great help to my blog traffic! It was also a great way to reach out to fellow bloggers and I am so glad I was able to connect with all of these amazing ladies!
These easy steps helped me grow my blog traffic far beyond what I expected in just the first month! I am so excited to continue this blogging journey and I will share all of the tips and tricks I learn along the way. Happy Blogging!