Over the past few months I have been working hard to build my blog’s growth. After trying a few things, I have created a “plan” that has helped me to triple my page views over the last few months! For the first year I had remained steady at between 2,000-3,000 page views a month. I already knew that I was writing good content so I knew I needed to step up my game when it came to other ways to get my blog out there. When I first started, I only had my personal Facebook page to share on. I had Pinterest, but didn’t realize how powerful that tool was until later (more on that in a bit). A few months later I joined twitter, which was one of the best moves I made. I pretty sure twitter was designed for bloggers! Its the perfect way to meet SO many like-minded people that live all over the place. When I shared on Facebook, pretty much only my friends and family read my work, now I have people all over the world reading it! It’s amazing! After implementing my “plan”, my page views have TRIPLED! The last two months I have hit 10,000 page views! Now, this is chump change to some bloggers, I’m sure, but to this blogger it’s awesome. I have seen a steady increase each month so I know if I stick with it, only more growth will be heading my way.
Want to lean more about my “plan”? I’m going to share my 5 tricks that I credit to my growth, besides my awesome content 😉
1. Write more “pinnable” posts
– Currently I am receiving, on average, 60% of my page views coming from Pinterest. After that it’s twitter, Facebook and Bloglovin’. Although the order of those last sources vary month to month, Pinterest always seems to remain at the top. Why? Because I have made it a point to write at least 3 pinnable posts a week. Different bloggers explain “pinnable” a bit differently, but my definition is a post that can be helpful to someone else: a recipe, craft, diy project, or this type of post. Some of my posts are funny stories about my kids. Those types aren’t as “pinnable” as the helpful kind. I make it a point to write these kinds of posts for two reasons, 1) because they can be pinned to Pinterest and because 2) they can be shared on linky parties (more on that on #2!) Be sure to create a great “pinnable” image to go with your post. Either edit an image you have or create a “button” (like the one at the top of this post). I use PicMonkey for almost all my editing. It’s a good rule of thumb to have at least one pinnable image per post anyways, but it’s especially important to have one in a post you are planning on adding to Pinterest.
2. Party it up!
– Linking up at different linky parties each day is a FANTASTIC way to get more exposure. There are 3 different types of linky parties social media hops (where you just link up your social media accounts), themed link ups (where everyone links up with a specific kind of post, like a funny kid story), and where you link up any creative post (like a recipe or craft). All kinds are fun for meeting other bloggers and getting your content out there, but the last kind is where you see the most growth. The fun part is if you write 2 or 3 posts a week that are pinnable, you can link them up to as many different link ups as you can find! I have approximately 6-8 link ups I do each day. Most are the social media kind or where I’ll share my recipes, crafts or diy projects. When you link up to lots of these parties, you’ll start seeing visitors from all over the place! Figure out a system for organizing your link ups so you know which ones to go and that will make it easier each day. Fun fact: I do a weekly link up here every Wednesday called Wine’d Down Wednesday! Come stop by and link up a pinnable post with us 🙂
3. Schedule your tweets.
– I use hootsuite to schedule my tweets, but there are other sites that are just as good. The main difference between twitter and Facebook is that twitter is so fast paced and things get buried in a instant. A good rule of thumb is you should share tweet about each post at least 3 times a day, I do one in the morning, afternoon and evening. When I publish my post, I’ll tweet about it right away and then I’ll open up hootsuite and schedule it twice more that day and once a day for the rest of the week, so it can continue to get exposure. I do that with every post I write. This gives lots of opportunities for it to be seen by my twitter followers. I also like to pick two older posts to highlight each week as well. On the weekend, I search thorough my older posts and choose two share and schedule one-two tweets a day about them. This helps to continue to get exposure for some older posts. I like to try and have around one tweet an hour going out. That would be a lot on Facebook, but not on twitter!
4. Build connections with other bloggers.
– Comment, comment, comment. If you read a post you like, leave a comment. If I read a few posts I like by a blogger, I’ll usually reach out to them on twitter and follow them, and tweet them saying how I found them! I LOVE it when people follow me on twitter and say it was because it was from a post they read of mine! If someone leaves you a comment, be sure to reply back! Sometimes I reply back the next day, if it’s a especially busy day, but that’s fine! Just do it. Building connections is what turns one time readers into followers. Most people that find you on Pinterest find you because they are looking for something specific, like a chicken recipe, and they may never return again. The bloggers that you connect with are the ones that will read your work daily. Bloglovin’ is a great tool for this. Follow all the blogs you love on here so you can have everyone’s posts in one neat and orderly place. This is one area I am always striving to do better on. Sometimes, being a busy stay at home mom, after I get my own post written, scheduled and shared, it’s time to be mom and then I forget to read other people’s work! I have been trying to find 15 minutes a day to read. Even if that means you only read 3 posts, that’s ok! It’s all about balance.
5. Share other’s work.
– This goes hand-in-hand with #4. I try to seek out 3 people a day and share a post by them on twitter, sometimes it’s someone that already follows me, and sometimes it’s someone whom I hope to begin to build a connection with. It’s sort of a kin to dating, you seek out someone whom you think may have a good “bloggy connection” with and then flatter them by sharing their work! Always be genuine though, share a post you REALLY like, don’t pretend. Follow that golden rule “do onto others as youd have them do unto you.” Eveyone likes having their work shared!
So doing these things everyday, or almost everyday, is how I have helped my blog to grow. Some days are busy and I can’t get to everything, and that’s ok. Most of these don’t take too much time, it’s just a matter of finding balance!
Have any additional tips for blog growth?? Please share them because
I’m always looking for more tips and tricks!