On June 10th, 2017 I finally sucked up all my fears and launched my blog. When I launched my blog I only had 3 blog posts up and was not quite sure on how I wanted the look of my blog to be. But I did have one main goal. Traffic! I knew my first week of blogging I was going to focus solely on traffic. I have had many blogs in my day, but I wanted this blog to be different. The plan is to put real effort in this blog and stick with this blog for the long haul.
Now when I started this blog I had no intentions on posting about blog tips. But as I work to make my blog a success I find myself obsessing over blogging advice. I am more so into blogs that document their blogging journey. I love coming across advice and noticing that it is something I am already incorporating. Since my blog is fresh off the block I thought it would be nice to share my blogging journey with you:
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The whole point of a blog is to get others to view and hopefully subscribe. This requires your website to have traffic. Increasing website traffic can be hard when you have no social media presence and you are starting from scratch. This is why I wanted to share with you what sites help quick kickstart traffic to my blog.
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TIPS TO INCREASE WEBSITE TRAFFIC TO YOUR NEW BLOG
Facebook Groups – These groups have been the key to getting my blog off the ground. I heard about Facebook groups when I did a simple Pinterest search using the words “traffic to blogs”. My favorite part about Facebook groups is that they are easy to join and do not have a ton of rules to follow. From these Facebook groups, I can promote my blog and other social media by participating in the daily threads.
Here are a few of my favorite groups:
- Blog Engagement/Promotion on Mastermind 2.0
- Blogging Newbs
- Make Your Blog Beautiful
- The Blog Boss Tribe
- The Blog Loft
- Beauty Trend Report – Bloggers +
The advice I have run across is “join as many as you can” but honestly I have been having trouble actively participating the more I join. My goal is to pay attention this next month on which groups I am more active in. There is no point of joining a group and not actively participating. Other bloggers start to notice that and will stop returning the favor. Also, I spend about an hour a day participating in the threads. Most of the threads ask either that you share via social media a blog post, pin someone picture, comment on a blog post or follow a few blogs social media page. So it’s easy to participate and does not take much time.
Pinterest & Pinterest Board Groups – I do not think I have been blogging long enough to actively see the traffic in Pinterest yet. From the research I have done I understand Pinterest is not a quick result site. It takes time and understanding how to make Pinterest work for you, but all it takes is for one pin to go viral.
I heard about the power of Pinterest when I came across Mommy on Purpose Blog. When I tell you I was blown away by the power of Pinterest for blogs. Basically, Pinterest and Blogs are like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bacon and eggs, cereal and milk, they just go together. Carly, the brains behind Mommy on Purpose created an e-book called Pinteresting Strategies and I have been following her advice for the last week. I try to do as much pinning manually I can a day. But I do work full-time and part-time so a few days out of the week it has been impossible. So I did download Tailwind app, to help with those days, but the majority of the days I am manually pinning.
From her e-book, I also learned about Pinterest groups. So I made it my mission to join them. I typically join groups in which the instructions on how to join are in the description box. I try to follow groups that fall in line with my blog, no need to join food board groups when I don’t post about food. But I did join a few groups that let you pin whatever.
Here are a few of my favorite Pinterest Groups
- Share Your Best Blog Post
- Top Blog – Viral Pinterest Boards
- Post Your Blog | Blogger Promote Here
- Blogging Love
- All About Money
- All Money Matters
- Debt Free Community Group Board
Commenting– Leaving genuine comments on blogs that interest me and that are in my niche has also brought traffic to my site. I found myself receiving comments in which I did not ask for from Facebook groups.
My website traffic goal this week was to get about 20 views. I do not know what is considered a lot of views, but I know I am overly geeked about my 184 views. I look forward to seeing how much I can increase website traffic within the next month.
Social Media Traffic:
As you can see Facebook is currently generating my most website traffic for me. Since I have only been blogging for week I’m positive that this chart will change. I hoping my traffic generated from my Instagram page will go up as well.