(In My Second Month Blogging)
If you’ve read either my 1-Month Blogiversary and Weekly Roundup or March Updates and April Goals posts, then you know I’m only in my third month blogging! I went from 2,143 pageviews in February to 4,642 in March – that’s more than double the amount of views in just one month! Curious to know how I did it?
When I talked about my crazy pageviews in my March Updates and April Goals post earlier this month, I really didn’t expect so many people and bloggers to ask how I did it! I mean, yes – doubling my views as a new blogger to numbers many don’t see is quite a feat, don’t get me wrong. But I was surprised to be asked by bloggers who have been in the game waaay longer than I have, and who I honestly am a little envious of tbh.
While my numbers so far for this month (April) have dropped a bit, I’m confident that my views will either be a little more or right around the same as March. Especially when I have posts about everything New Orleans scheduled for next week! Anyway, getting back to the point….
I believe that these are the reasons my views spiked so much in March, and I hope this helps all of my fellow bloggers!
1) Facebook Page
So when I first started blogging, I was a bit embarrassed to have my friends and family constantly see it on Facebook, so I held off on making an official Facebook page for my blog. When I finally did create one right at the end of February, I could see a pretty big spike in views. Since creating it, I’ve posted at least once every day, but lately I’ve been posting 2-3 times each day. I always make sure to share my blog posts, but I also like to throw in a few random lifestyle-related things. Be sure to check out my Facebook Page if you want to see what I mean!
2) Facebook Groups
You always hear the phrase, “If you want a million, you have to help a million.” thrown around in the blogging world, and I can’t emphasize enough how very true this is. When I first decided to start blogging, I scoured the internet (Pinterest mostly tbh), for anything and everything blogging. I especially loved reading posts with titles like, “X lessons I learned in My Xth Month Blogging” and “X mistakes New Bloggers Always Make”. Things of that sort. I learned pretty quick that readers weren’t going to just appear if I didn’t put my name out there. The easiest way to do this? Social media groups for blog promoting on Facebook. I’m currently actively participating in only 3, just because it takes so much time to reciprocate so many things on each thread, but I’m a member of several others as well. My top three are:
Grow Your Blog was the first one I joined, then Millennial Blogger Network shortly after. While MBN has more blogs/bloggers in the same niche (and they are all my age!), Grow Your Blog has a ton of members. So while it might not be my favorite thing to reciprocate commenting/sharing/etc. for mommy bloggers, I know I’m getting a ton of views from them doing the same. Most of their threads allow you to pick which ones you reciprocate for, you just have to do a certain number. Which is really great and saves me a ton of time!
Blog Support Group is definitely more recent, and I only participate in Pinterest and Instagram threads for them. At least with the GYB group, there are so many other bloggers with amazing content that I don’t have a problem finding ones I like. But with BSG, all of their threads are 100% reciprocation. And no offense to my fellow bloggers in that group, but most of the content I come across doesn’t remotely apply to me (or my Facebook friends that would be seeing it) at all. And the threads get pretty full (30+ people), and it just takes so much time. While that might be a ton of people viewing my page, and probably the main reason my views are down for this month, it isn’t worth it to me.
Ah, Pinterest – how I love you. Pinterest is literally the easiest way for me to promote my blog and content. I switched to a business account so I could see my stats, joined a few group boards, pinned like a madwoman, and poof! Views like crazy. The key is joining specific boards related to your niche. Do you blog about fashion and beauty? Join boards specifically related to fashion and beauty.
I personally blog about a little of everything, so I’m in a few college student/millennial blogger boards, but I also joined a few bullet journal and planner groups right before I started my Planner Series. I pinned my bullet journal and bullet planner posts like crazy to these few boards, and almost overnight my pins had been re-pinned thousands of times. Not “viral” by any means, but pretty darn amazing if you ask me.
I’m currently trying to join a few more group boards – specifically travel and hobby-related ones – to hopefully boost my blog even more! Joining a group board is pretty easy – just search “___ Group Board” in Pinterest, switch over to the “Boards” tab of the search results, and start looking at a few! Each has it’s own set of rules and instructions on how to join, so be sure to follow their instructions!
Here’s what my stats looked like for February:
And for March:
If you notice the huge spikes in February – those are my 5 Must Read Authors and my Europe Backpacking Trip : Our 2 Week Itinerary posts. The spikes in March were my Weekend in New Orleans and Friday Favorites : Lush Haul posts. These are all still some of my most popular posts to-date, right behind my more recent Planner Series.
While all of this sounds fairly simple, I accomplished this through putting in hours and hours of time and effort. While the tasks are fairly easy, they require so much more time than you would imagine! I couldn’t be happier with my results though, and hope for the same in the upcoming months! Happy blogging!
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