If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I have been having an extraordinary week and a fabulous start to the new year. I had implemented a few new things over the past few weeks and it seems that my new focus and determination is paying off. After having switched platforms and blog names several times, I was afraid that I had irrevocably harmed my chances of harnessing huge pageviews again. I am thrilled to see results and it has given me a much needed boost of enthusiasm for my blog again.
Honestly, this post is not to toot my own horn but to infuse you with excitement as well. I do not want you to feel discouraged by my stats but inspired to press forward. I know how it feels to read about other bloggers’ success with oodles of pageviews or thousands of dollars and think, “That could never be me.” I am here to tell you that it can be, you just have to be patient. It takes time to build an audience and a comfort level with your writing that transcends and connects to your reader.
I know what you are thinking and saying. I have thought it many times myself.
All the big, successful bloggers blog about blogging.
And while that appears to be true on the surface, I assure you that it is not necessarily so. Most successful bloggers, even if their niche is not about blogging, have some posts on their blogs about blogging. In fact, so do I. And I bet that most of you think that is where a majority of my views come from. I want to show you that in fact, my blogging posts are not even in my top 5.
Look at those titles. I bet you are surprised by some of them. But I hope most of all, it shows you that you do not have to blog about blogging to get massive pageviews. In fact, I find it easier to get traffic to my non blogging posts. There are so many new bloggers now blogging about blogging that it is so difficult to get noticed and carve out your slice of the pie. Which means that in your niche, whatever that is, you have a better chance of standing out and driving traffic to your blog.
So how do I drive traffic to my blog…
3 Ways To Boost PageViews To Your Blog When You Don’t Blog About Blogging
1. Create a lot of content
I know that the trend now is to write fewer posts but while I think that this strategy works for niche specific blogs, like blogging about blogging, the opposite is true for lifestyle or journal type bloggers. I like to suggest to new bloggers that they will not get into a groove with pageviews until after they have published their 100th post.
There are several reasons for that:
- not every post you write is epic but within 100, you should have a few stand outs
- 100 posts starts to yield you important information about what type of posts you should be writing
- you should have found some blogging buddies or mentors at this point that will support your journey and give you advice
And most importantly, the more content you have, the more your readers have to choose from. It’s simple math really.
More Posts = More Hits
I have almost 200 posts and almost every post gets a hit every day. That is 200 pageviews, without breaking a sweat.
2. Create a social media strategy
Without a concise and focused strategy, I can tell you right now, you are probably wasting all of your time on social media, throwing darts at a board and hoping something sticks. How is that working for ya? I bet not.
This was one of the main changes I implemented this year. I was determined not to waste so much time on social media. And not just because that could be time well spent on my blog but because after the social media and blogging duties and blogging clients, there was no more time left for me. No time for real life.
How sad is that? Isn’t blogging about sharing your real life? No wonder I had nothing to write about anymore. I wasn’t doing anything anymore.
That has all changed now that I have created a super effective checklist to keep me on track. You can download and print it for free by clicking the image.
3. Harness the power of Pinterest
I know I say that a lot but I can not stress enough how Pinterest has been the driving force behind my success.
Those are my refers for one week. ONE WEEK. That could make a huge difference to your stats too right?
If you need help with Pinterest, here are the courses that will help you learn how to pin like a boss!
Blogging is so much more fun within a community. And I don’t want to lose any of you this year due to stress or giving up. Please try my tips and let me know if there is anything I can help you with. I want us all to look back on 2017 as our best blogging year yet.
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