Hey guys! Welcome to my 2nd blog traffic report.
I’m going to switch things up this month. Instead of focusing on traffic and income, I’m strictly focusing on traffic going forward. I will put more of a focus on income generation once my traffic is where I’d like it to be.
So without further ado…
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June Blog Traffic
My general attitude toward my traffic stats has been that I want to see growth, and as long as I’m seeing growth, that’s good enough for me. Not going to lie though, reading some of the blog traffic reports floating around Pinterest has been equal parts encouraging and discouraging.
The chart below shows the steady increase of traffic from early May to the end of June. So glad Google Analytics shows these graphs so you can really see your performance rather just at looking at stats.
In June I saw an increase in sessions, users, and page views. Woot woot!
That bounce rate though…yuck. *Shrugs it off for now*
As I was going through the month, I felt discouraged that my traffic wasn’t growing at the speed of which I’d hoped, but now that I’m looking back on my monthly stats, I’m pleased with the results.
Last month I didn’t make a goal related to my page views, but I’m going to start that this month. Ideally, I’d like to grow my page views at a minimum of 500 per month. My page view goal for July will be 2500.
I’ve seen an increase in page views month over month, which went from 1,494 views in May up to 2,005 in June. Again, progress!
I know a lot of well-established bloggers say that you shouldn’t focus on page views too much; it’s not the end all be all. Having a high number of page views doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re writing quality content, nor does it mean that you have a loyal reader base. But at the same time, page views are a heavily weighted metric that many brands/sponsors reference when they consider your blog for a sponsored post. There’s got to be a middle ground somewhere, so I have a goal of increasing my page views by 500+ month over month, but it’s not my number one priority.
Goals from Last Month
- Increase Pinterest Followers to 300.
Beginning of June: 228. End of June: 256 Feel free to follow me on Pinterest. Drop your profile URL in the comments sections and I’ll return the favor.
- Write one guest post (I didn’t focus on this goal at all.)
- Comment on at least 30 blogs to help increase traffic
I commented on exactly 30 blogs. This did very little to increase my traffic. I only saw roughly 4 referral readers from those comments.
- Make at least $25 in affiliate sales
My sales have been exclusively from my kitchen cabinet gel staining tutorial
- Write 8 blog posts
7 published posts in June
- Complete Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Master Course – Check!
I still highly recommend this course for anyone who is serious about increasing their income through affiliate marketing.
I wrote 7 blog posts in June, just 1 post shy of my original goal of 8. Here they are if you’d like to take a peek.
- Looping my blog post pins via Tailwind
I followed this tutorial on how to semi-loop your Tailwind pins, and this has made my life so much easier! Looping my pins on my Pinterest group boards has not only freed up some much needed time, but I’m seeing consistent spikes in traffic because of it.
- Gaining Followers by Pinning Less Frequently on Pinterest
In May, I pinned a TON and while I did see some growth, I found that when I pinned less, I actually gained followers quicker. Not sure if that’s just a one-off, but I’m going to try pinning less frequently in July to see if my number of followers continues to grow quicker. I know, it sounds complelely counterintuitive, but I need to see what happens.
What Didn’t Work
- Facebook Groups
I have mixed feelings about Facebook blogger promo groups. Sure, they help to drive traffic to a particular post, but I’ve found the boost in traffic is only limited to 36-48 hours after you’ve posted in the group. Groups where you are required to share blog posts and pins have been more lucrative.
- Too many resources
Less is more. You’ve probably seen the various courses and blogs offering their latest strategy on how to boost traffic. Talk about information overload! I tried reading them all, and the only thing it did was make me less productive and scatter brained. Going forward, I’m going to focus on 1 or 2 strategies or challenges per month.
- There are a lot of Facebook blogger groups floating around, but I’ve found two in particular that offer great insight, suggestions, opportunities, and also drive traffic. You should join them if you haven’t already!
- Blog Clarity’s DIY Critique
This DIY Blog Critique ebook from Mel Culbertson at Blog Clarity is FILLED with insanely useful advice! This is great info compiled into one free ebook, which is such a steal because she could’ve easily charged for it. Grab your copy if you’re looking for ideas on how to spruce up your blog.
2500 monthly page views
325 Pinterest followers
Finish Blog Clarity’s DIY Blog Critique
Start/Finish Blog Clarity’s free 5 Day Pinterest Summer Challenge
As you can probably tell from my July goals, I’m going to focus on tightening up the look of my blog as well as concentrating on increasing referral traffic from Pinterest. I’m looking forward to checking in with you next month.
This post was proofread by Grammarly
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