Okay, I lied: it’s not exactly from 3,000 to 7,000, but from 2,952 to 7,319.
I’m seeing so many bloggers struggling to grow their blog traffic everyday.
Starting a blog from scratch and trying to grow your traffic ain’t easy, especially when you’re starting out with no social media following and no email list. We’ve all been there!
I had 3,000 views in my second month of blogging, and 7,000 views three months later in my fifth month, which I think, is not bad at all! So today I’m telling you EVERYTHING about my blog traffic growth, giving you my best tips, tools and strategies to grow your traffic, and more!
How I Grew My Blog Traffic From 3,000 To 7,000 Monthly Page Views
1. Pinterest, Pinterest, and Pinterest
It’s no secret among bloggers that Pinterest is a gold mine when it comes to bringing traffic to your site.
It took me so much time to figure out how to use it the right way; I was seeing so many bloggers talking about how great Pinterest was, showing their stats, telling their readers that they HAD to use Pinterest like their life depended on it… I heard about Tailwind, Board Booster, and other schedulers, I was hearing from one blogger that Tailwind was the best, I was reading somewhere else that manual pinning was the only way to really grow your traffic with Pinterest, one was saying that I needed a crazy following to be successful, others were saying that followers meant nothing and that group boards were all that mattered, and… STOP! At some point I felt like my head was going to explode.
I couldn’t find two bloggers saying the same thing, and it was SO confusing. Leave me a comment if you know what I’m talking about, because the little blogger in pyjama that I was (and still am) felt really alone and confused at this time!!
Anyway, so I ended up trying Tailwind first, then manual pinning, and I’m now back to tailwind with everything I have learnt from manual pinning. Let me explain.
2. Exactly how I used Pinterest to grow my traffic to 7,000 page views:
First of all, as a disclaimer, this is what worked for my blog, and since each blog is different, I cannot guarantee that this will work for everybody. But this is exactly what I did:
Started out with Tailwind:
- I started using Tailwind a while ago. Like, almost a year ago with my previous blog. At first I didn’t see much result because I wasn’t using it regularly; I was scheduling pins when I remembered which means I could go days without pining anything on Pinterest. But from the moment I started getting serious about it and was scheduling my pins every week (I was scheduling 100+ pins per day), I started seeing a progressive traffic growth thanks to it, nothing crazy, but it was growing.Page views in August 2017with Tailwind: 2,952
Went with Pinteresting Strategies:
- BUT the impatient capricious child that I am wanted things to go faster. My traffic was growing thanks to Tailwind, but it wasn’t fast enough for me. I stumbled upon a post about manual pinning, and seeing this blogger’s stats made me want to give it a try. So I purchased an ebook that I had been eying for a while: Pinteresting Strategies.If you haven’t heard of Pinteresting Strategies yet, it’s an ebook by Carly from Mommy On Purpose where she describes the EXACT manual pinning strategy that she used to bring her blog traffic to 200k views per month. Tempting huh?So I purchased the ebook and applied the strategy to my blog. I LOVED the ebook, learnt tons of things thanks to it about the Pinterest algorithm that I had never read anywhere else (which was so satisfying after reading the same posts over and over again), and it worked pretty well!I less than two weeks I had DOUBLED my daily traffic and I was ecstatic.
One problem though: ain’t nobody’s got time for that.
Manual pinning is time consuming (at least one hour a day), and I was struggling to keep up with my schedule especially with the time zones that weren’t helping; most of my audience is from the US, and I live in France. Which means I had to pin my pins around 11pm to midnight because it’s 5pm to 6pm on the East Coast, the peak time where you’re supposed to share your pins if you want them to be seen. So much for my nights out and movie nights. No, thanks.
Page views in October 2017with Pinteresting Strategies: 5,898
Went back to Tailwind with Pinteresting Strategies in mind:
- So after a month of manual pinning, I decided to give Tailwind another try. I was afraid that my traffic would go down to the small number of views that I had before I started using Carly’s manual pinning strategy, but I was prepared for it. And it did go down for a few days… Before it went up again, even higher than before!Applying everything I had learnt about the Pinterest algorithm in Carly’s ebook to Tailwind made my traffic go down for a few days, then made it go back up to the way it was when I was using the manual pinning strategy and stabilised it for a few weeks. So not only I was saving SO MUCH time, but my traffic was still growing!Page views in November 2017 with Tailwind: 7,319
At the time of writing this post (January 5th 2018), I can tell you that my traffic stayed the same for the month of December (7,470 views). Until the end of the month (December 26th): One of my pins has been repined more than usual and my blog traffic has been going up since then!
I can’t predict if this pin is going to keep bringing me that much traffic or not, but if it does, I might reach 10,000 views for the month of January. This is only a assumption though, who knows what the future holds!
Good to know:
– I’m scheduling 100+ pins per day and it now takes one hour for me to schedule two weeks of content for Pinterest with Tailwind.
– If you’d like to try Tailwind, you can get a whole month for free with this link only (you won’t get a free month if you go directly to Tailwind’s site without using my link).
– You do not have any obligation to purchase anything when your trial ends if you do not want to.
– Pinteresting Strategies is the ebook that helped me “decode” the Pinterest algorithm. This ebook is more than just a pinning strategy: it provides so much info on how to create pins that get shared by a lot of people, when to pin them, to what board and how. That’s why I recommend that you read it even if you do not wish to use the manual pining strategy, because all the information that it contains can (and should) be used not matter what strategy you choose to go with.
– Be consistent! No matter what strategy you choose for your blog, the key is to stick to it.
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You know all of my little secrets now! What is your biggest struggle when it comes to growing your blog traffic?