Good morning. Good morning.
I know that many of you were interested if my blogging goal tactics were going to work so I thought I’d give you the third update.
But first, if you’re new let me bring you up to speed.
I like to challenge myself, so in November I decided that I would increase my blog traffic from 10,000 page views per month to 100,000 per month – all in a six month time span. Easy peasy, right?
Anyway, since blogging is a legitimate (and fun) way to earn some extra cash I wanted to share my progress with you all.
Here are more posts in my blogging series if you want to check them out.
- How to Make Money Blogging
- My Starting Blogging Traffic Stats and Goals
- How I Tripled My Google Traffic In 30 Days
- How to Quickly Write an eBook for Your Blog
On to the strategy.
Search Engine Optimization & Guest Posting
My strategy for increasing my blog traffic is to implement basic SEO practices (done), guest post on several other blogs (work in progress), and better utilize social media (we’ll see.)
The first month I solely focused on working on SEO…..and it totally worked.
This past month I continued to implement SEO in my new blog posts and I also guest posted. I had guest posts on the following blogs:
- 5 Accountability Sources to Help You Reach Your Goals @Money Saving Mom
- 3 Practical Steps to Launch Your Freelance Writing Career @Making Sense of Cents
- How a Single Mother Can Gain Financial Control @Mom and Dad Money
- 7 Work From Home Pitfalls (And How You Can Over Come Them) @The Work at Home Woman
Big thanks to the bloggers who let me guest post!!
I also have one more guest post to be published this month and I need to get a few more submitted to other blogs.
On to the numbers.
How My Traffic Has Increased
I’m nowhere near the 100,000 page view mark and my chances of getting there by the end of my six month period probably aren’t very high, but I have made progress. Without challenging myself there’s no way I’d have already doubled my traffic.
To take you back, when I first made this goal on November 7th my monthly traffic (Oct. 6 – Nov 7) was as follows:
- Visits – 6,505
- Unique Visits – 4,064
- Page Views – 11,680
- Average Time on Site – 2:18
And from Dec. 6 to January 7 my traffic stats are now:
- Visits – 16,764
- Unique Visits – 14,075
- Page Views – 25,356
- Average Time On Site – 1:31
Not too bad for two months and a little bit of work!
And, in case you were wondering my main source of traffic has come from Google. I’m amazed at what a little bit of SEO work can do.
I have a feeling that increasing my traffic from here is going to start to be a little more tricky, but I’m gonna keep at it. I’m perfectly fine with not reaching my goal, too. I’ve already learned a ton of useful information that I can apply to other projects I’m working on and in blog posts I write for others.
On to phase three: social media. (Which I suck at!)
Which brings me to my market research question: what’s your favorite (personal) social media site? 😉