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200,000 blog sessions a month:
How I drive traffic to my blog
If someone had told me when I first started blogging that I would be at over 200,000 sessions a month in less than two years, I would have probably laughed at them.
Yet here we are.
I know that 200,000 blog sessions aren’t a ton compared to some bigger bloggers, but it definitely is a way bigger number than I thought I would reach, especially this fast!
Before I start with explaining what I’ve been doing to get this many blog sessions to my website, I do want to share my stats for the past 30 days.
Here is exactly what I have been doing to grow my blog traffic.
By far the highest referrer of traffic to my blog is Pinterest.
I started using Pinterest about a month after starting my blog, and I believe I started off with 15 posts that I’d pin to multiple boards.
Back then Pinterest was easier to manage, because it didn’t require as many fresh pins as it does now.
With the new algorithm changes this year, Pinterest prioritizes fresh pins more than repins. Repins won’t hurt your reach, but if you only pin fresh pins once a week, you won’t get as much traffic as if you were active on the platform every day.
Pinterest marketing has really changed the game for me. If I weren’t using Pinterest, I’d probably have just a couple thousand blog views a month.
A lot of bloggers I know struggle with Pinterest marketing and either never really learn the ins and outs of the platform, or just get frustrated and quit.
But I promise it’s worth learning about.
It’s free traffic to your blog which you can use to monetize your blog, and grow it even bigger than you imagined like I did.
Because of Pinterest, I have gotten my first paid sponsored post, have over 5k email subscribers, and I make thousands of dollars every month from ad revenue.
If you’re still not using Pinterest to get your blog traffic, consider changing that ASAP.
I recently relaunched my Pinterest marketing guide which is 100 pages of Pinterest marketing advice. You can get your copy here for $14 off with the code MONEY. It’s normally priced at $44, so I’d grab it while the discount is still active!
If you are looking for more general and quick Pinterest tips, you need to get your hands on my free Pinterest marketing guide. Grab it below and make sure to check your spam folder for the confirmation email!
I only started paying attention to SEO a few months ago, and I wish I’d started sooner.
I already have one post on the first page of Google, but the goal for the end of the year is to add at least 4 more.
Nevertheless, I managed to almost double my organic traffic in just a few weeks’ time using proper SEO practices.
Here are my reports for both November and December to compare.
I started working seriously on SEO sometime in May last year, and by the end of June I’d already seen a big difference in my organic search stats.
Here’s what I’ve been doing to work on my SEO.
The first thing I did was work on finding keywords that will help me rank in Google searches. I had no idea that it mattered what my keywords were, but it’s actually REALLY important for SEO.
I learned about keyword research using SEO Keyword Research for Bloggers, and it’s been one of the best investments I’d made for my blog. This affordable guide helped me understand which keywords are worth writing about.
Before I write most posts now, I go on Keysearch and look up some keywords I’m interested in writing about.
If the competition is too difficult, I don’t write about it unless I really want to. Because if nobody is going to find my post on Google, what’s the point of writing it really?
Of course I can still pin that post to Pinterest, but as far as organic views go, it doesn’t make sense to write about something which won’t be read.
I would highly recommend getting SEO Keyword Research for Bloggers to better understand what keywords are, and how to find keywords that are going to help you get on the first page of Google.
If you’d like to use the same keyword research tool I use, you can get Keysearch for 20% off with the code KSDISC. It’s very easy to use AND very reliable.
On page SEO
Another tip I have for SEO is to structure your blog posts correctly. This was something I had NO idea about before I started my SEO research.
I used to write my blog posts whichever way I wanted, not really knowing that there is a right way and a wrong way to structure them.
Now I understand the importance of headings (and that you can’t just guess which heading goes where), how to use keyword variations, how to create the slug for each post, and so much more.
It’s a lot to learn and digest but that’s why I purchase courses. I fully believe in working smarter not harder, and investing in good courses helps free me from having to dig through a million articles myself to figure things out.
For information regarding on-page SEO, I can’t recommend the Easy On-Page SEO For Beginners ebook. I read through it in 2 days and made pages worth of notes which I still revisit to this day. If you’re planning to take SEO seriously, I really recommend getting a copy.
The last place I promote my blog posts and get a few hundred clicks daily from is Twitter.
I absolutely love the blogging community on Twitter and if you’re not on there yet, do yourself a favor and create your blogging account now.
The way I get clicks from Twitter is by using a plugin which tweets my posts for me every few hours. I use the Revive Old Posts plugin which I really recommend.
In addition to using the plugin, I also schedule my own blog post promotion tweets throughout the day, especially if I have a new post out which I’d like to bring traffic to.
To conclude this post, I do want to stress about the importance of patience when you’re working on building your blog traffic.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but the time you are investing now will pay off later with the correct strategies.
I highly recommend you invest in tools which will help you grow your blog, implement the strategies learned, and have patience. You will get there, and you will thank yourself for putting in all this work.
Before you go, remember to pick up your copy of my Pinterest marketing guide for $14 off with the code MONEY before this offer expires soon!
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