Hey guys!!! I am so STOKED to write this month’s traffic report. For those that are new around here, I started my blog August 8 of this year, so I am still completely new at this blogging thing. I have a full time job that keeps me extremely busy and an insanely cute 3 year old who keeps me on my toes. I work on my blog after he goes to bed and on the weekends. I say this not to brag but to help anyone who is considering starting a blog but think they dont have time. In the short time that I have been blogging I have met a bunch of amazing people and it has been a great experience.
Okay… I know you all are here for numbers and lessons learned but I have a little surprise for you all first…
I am happy to announce that High Five Dad Baby #2 is coming March 2018!!!
We are so excited…
For those curious about baby names, currently we call it Baby T-Rex… #2ndBabyProblems
Alright enough celebrating, lets get into the numbers.
As I have become a part of the blogging community I have stumbled upon HUNDREDS of blogging reports, income reports, traffic reports, etc… If it has to do with blogging there is probably a report out there. I have to be honest with you that A LOT of them are useless. Now I dont mean this in a mean way. I look up to a lot of these bloggers. But for a new blogger or someone trying to improve they dont offer enough specifics to be useful. Too many times they focus on reporting the outcomes but never talk about the process they used to get that outcome. If they DO talk about the process it is usually to funnel you into their opt in or an affiliate link.
Rather than focusing on pure numbers or trying to get you to opt into my mailing list, I want to provide as much useful information as possible. I originally had only 2 reasons why I wanted to share these reports:
1. Accountability to myself- If I begin documenting my progress, I will not lose focus and continue on this journey.
2. Benchmark for others- Too many times new bloggers jump into the blogging arena and see massively successful bloggers and compare themselves to them. You cant. They have been doing this for years! Soooooo….. Compare yourself to ME. A brand new blogger with no experience running a blog. I 100% agree you should look up to those other guys, but when you are comparing your progress find someone on your same level to see their progress.
but I want to add a 3. Not because I think I am some amazing blogger, but because I think someone can learn from my mistakes.
3. Provide Actionable Information for others- My hope is that after reading my reports that there is something you can take away, learn, and make your own.
September Monthly Goals
- Join 100 Pinterest Group Boards– Failed I think I am in 30ish…
- Get 250 Pinterest Followers– Failed (this was insanely ambitious) up to 65
- Hit 3000 pageviews- CRUSHED IT! 13,651!!!!
- Get 600 Twitter Followers – NAILED IT! 950
- Post 2 Articles a week- Sorta but there was a HURRICANE
- Comment on at least 1 bloggers post per day (30)- Failed
I will share more in detail about these goals in the lesson learned below.
Monthly Traffic Report
In August I super excited to get 2,816 views. For a new blog I thought that was pretty good but I had one post that I thought was a little click bate- Why I Hate My Son that got a huge portion of my page views. I set a goal of 3,000 page views because I didnt know what traffic I would get without a post like that…
Holy SMOKES!!! Look at those spikes! The first spike started September 15 (late) and hit over 4,000 page views on September 17. Then there is a mini bump on September 22-23rd over 1000 page views per day.
So with some traffic reports this is where bloggers stop and then people reading it are left scratching their heads trying to figure out how the blogger got that much traffic. They then begin to wonder what they are doing wrong with their own blog or even worse they start searching the internet for quick traffic fixes. I truly want my traffic reports to be helpful soooooo….. Check out this graph:
This is the EXACT same time period with ONE single post removed. HUGE difference!!! Total Page Views 4,507.
You may be wondering which ONE post had over 9,000 page views this month???
The winner is…..
Any post that gets that sort of traffic deserves to be analyzed. This single post was shared over 640 times according to wordpress with most of that occurring on Facebook. The second spike was when it was shared into a private Disney group.
Let’s break down why I think this post worked:
- Title- Unlimited Disney Fastpass Hack
Maybe not the most interesting title but what it does do is make you think “Hmmmm is there really a way to get unlimited Disney Fastpasses??? No there couldnt be. But what if…” and then the person clicks it. The title plays on a persons desire to know something, a “hack”, that not everyone knows.
- “Solved” a Problem
Nobody going to Disney wants to stand in line. Currently Disney allows 3 Pre-planned fastpasses. However, once you finish the third you are allowed to make another reservation. This posts details exactly how to get the most of the system by learning a couple tricks you may not of known. The post provides value to the reader in the form of new information that will make their vacation more enjoyable.
Unlike some “Fake” news ha! This method actually does work which leads to it being SUPER shareable! Like I mentioned earlier, this post was shared over 600 times. People in the Disney niche love to share extremely useful information with each other. The post was extremely detailed and gave exact strategies to get the most out of the system.
- Hungry Audience
There is a HUGE audience for anything Disney. They are passionate and hungry for content. If you spend a couple minutes on Facebook you can find a TON of groups. I shared my post to one group and it spread like wildfire.
Everyone talks about writing quality content and providing value. I 100% agree with that. But what that means is not what I thought it meant. I originally thought just write well about anything loosely related to your niche and traffic will come.
However what I now believe it means is:
providing value = solving a problem/pain point for your audience or giving detailed step by step instructions to help your audience
*To gain the MOST traffic, the solution to the problem should have your unique spin on it making it new and slightly different.*
I wrote this post with the PURPOSE of providing useful information to a specific audience. I then went out and found where that audience “lived” online and shared it with them. These were KEY to why this post did so well.
2nd Month Post Summary Top 10
Unlimited Disney Fastpass Hack 9,144 Page Views
A Side Hustle You Probably Never Heard Of 1,436 Page Views
Dont Fear the Zero Based Budget 360 Page Views
Mr. and Mrs. Adventure Rich (Debt Story Guest Series) 305 Page Views
August Blog Report 226 Page Views
15 Quotes to Teach Kids about Money 185 Page Views
How to Slash $700 from your Budget 151 Page Views
Do you need an Emergency Fund? YUP 106 Page Views
How a Ghost Cost me $1000 83 Page Views
Laurie’s Debt Story(Guest Post) 51 Page Views
Similar to last month, I will continue to focus on Pinterest. Growing followers on Pinterest is not nearly as easy as it is with twitter but I am beginning to see momentum. Out of the non-viral post traffic, about 10% came from Pinterest which was up from 0% the month before.
- Join 100 Pinterest Group Boards
- Get 250 Pinterest Followers
- Hit 6000 pageviews
- Get 1200 Twitter Followers
- Post 2 Articles a week
- Comment on at least 1 bloggers post per day (30)
I will say it again, this month has been INSANE!!! Both for my site and my life. We experienced Hurricane Irma which knocked out electricity for a couple of days completely killing any productivity. This highlighted the need to get more posts scheduled to post rather than waiting.
- Pinterest Traffic is REAL!
I will be honest before blogging I was NEVER on Pinterest. I still think I have no idea what exactly I am doing. But looking at my traffic report I received over 400 page views from Pinterest. If we exclude the one viral post, that would mean 10% of my traffic came from Pinterest. Not too bad for month 1.
- Pinterest Group Boards
It is the QUALITY not the QUANTITY. Well I guess if you could have a lot of quality that would be AMAZING. Getting on low hanging fruit group boards isnt that hard. However, getting on better boards is a bit more difficult. This next month I will continue reaching out and refining my pitch.
- People Want Value
Ok this may be a controversial statement but… People can get Entertainment ANYWHERE! We live in a Netflix and YouTube world where people can get entertainment at their fingertips. If you are writing posts SOLEY to entertain your audience you are going to struggle. I am not going to say its impossible, but its going to be tough. Instead, you should focus on providing a solution to a problem your audience is having. Think about the purpose of the post and what you are trying to provide for your audience.
Remember Blogging is NOT a Competition, it is a Community.
Until next month…