You want it.
You see it.
You can’t attract it no matter what you do.
I hear ya, mama!
I have several blogs, and I’m working hard on generating traffic for each of my blogs, and you know what? Each blog has a different traffic strategy!
But, getting to that first 25k pageviews for ANY blog is the same. I’m going to share with you the steps and tips to get your new blog to 25k pageviews. Let me preface this by saying, this isn’t a 100% strategy that will automatically work.
It will, however, give you a foundation to work from and tailor it to your blog, brand, audience, and content.
Okay, here we go.
1. Churn Churn Churn…Like Butter
I LOVE blogging. I love writing. Maybe that’s why I get paid to blog! 🙂 I know the value content has on getting traffic.
I write blog posts for my clients to help them rank for certain topics, generate leads and get their blog out there.
And many of my clients post daily or weekly. You may have heard from other bloggers or seen from other bloggers that traffic isn’t based on churning out content.
I beg to differ.
I have proven multiple times that when I post consistently – every day for a set time or twice a week for a set time – I boost my pageviews the following month. And this just makes sense.
The more blog posts you have, the more pages you have on your blog, which means the more pageviews you can have when people come to your blog.
That’s why you see from established bloggers that they don’t create a blog post for months.
They’ve been blogging for 8 years and have hundreds and hundreds of blog posts. Those pageviews are giving them tons of traffic.
But, I bet you’re screaming at me right now saying, Elna, I’m a mom with a baby and a 15-month-old. My husband works the night shift, and I have no time to blog except at night. And at night I’m exhausted. Whenever I have time to work on my blog, my 15-month-old starts clawing me wanting me to play, and my baby isn’t napping. How can I blog at all with little ones?
I hear you!!!! I really do. My twins were around that age when I started blogging and freelance writing. This is what I did:
- I only blogged when it was nap time. I was a nap nazi and had my twins on the same schedule from the day they were born (eating, sleeping and even pooping at times!). Work on naps for both your children or at least quiet time. A pack-n-play can do wonders for 30 minutes of blogging time.
- Batch your tasks. When you have a chunk of time, work on ONE task. This might mean block one: think of 4 blog post ideas, block two: think of 4 blog outlines, block three: write a draft for one blog post, block 4: continue to write that draft until it’s done.
- Use the Pomodoro technique. This is a pattern of 25 minutes of productivity with a 5 or 10-minute break. Set your timer for 25 minutes and during that time create the pin graphics for your four posts.
- Give your little ones a messy activity. This can occupy them for hours! Really it will!
- Don’t worry if your blog posts aren’t perfect. I can bet you 100% all my blog posts have grammar errors in them. Just today I realized my Facebook image I’ve been promoting had a HUGE spelling error! And yes, I know the irony of all this since I am a professional writer!
- Give yourself a deadline. This can help you BIG time. Give yourself a deadline for writing that blog post or all those 4 blog posts. You will feel amazing when you accomplish your goal.
Try posting at least weekly, but if you can, try twice a week and if you want to challenge yourself, try every day for 5 days or 10 days straight.
Your posts can’t be short and “fluff.” Your posts do have to have value for the visitors that read your content. I find creating list posts the easiest and fastest way to write a blog post and provide immense value.
Use Pinterest to see what is popular in your niche to get some ideas for list posts.
You can boost the value of your post also by adding video to them. This can also help you when you don’t have time to write but have time to create a quick 5 minute Facebook Live.
2. Be Consistent
Google loves when a blog has consistent fresh content. They don’t like if a blogger pumps out 10 posts right away and then neglects their blog for 3 months.
So, it’s better to be somewhat consistent (3 times a month) than not at all.
When I have no time to blog this is what I do:
- I listen to music. It’s proven to increase your focus and productivity. I often listen to something upbeat while I’m blogging like I’m doing right now.
- I take a typing test. This is a challenge for me, and I like to try to beat my last time. It also gets my creativity and motivation up! I use Key Hero to take practice typing tests. This helps me write faster to churn out content faster.
- Create outlines. Sometimes an idea just occurs in my head when I’m in the shower or cooking. I have to write my idea on paper, and then I go to my laptop to write my idea down and create a quick outline. This makes the blog post REAL and accomplishable.
- Writing begets writing. The act of writing every day helps you become a better and faster writer. This helps you pump out more content, be more consistent and give you more creative juices.
But, I know there will be times when life gets in the way. For me, if I’m super stressed out, I have no desire to create content.
I drag my feet for days. So for me, I have to step away.
I play with my kids, I laugh, I dance, and I have fun.
After a good laugh and non-blogging time, I’m ready to blog.
3. Promote Your Content Using a Strategy
So, you can blog every day for a month and still not reach 25k pageviews. And it’s not because you don’t have killer content or that you’re not promoting it.
The real reason is that you don’t have a strategy for promoting your content. It’s all willy-nilly.
When I started Twins Mommy, I created a plan to grow my blog. And in the first month, I reached 4k pageviews. Each month I grew until I reached 25k pageviews seven months in.
I suggest you put your focus on one or two social media platforms. For me, it was Facebook and Pinterest. I found I got the biggest engagement with these platforms. You might find it’s Instagram and YouTube.
Whatever it is, figure out the platforms that will attract the right readers to your blog.
And with your strategy, you have to be consistent on it. That’s why I automate a lot of my promotion. I use Tailwind for Pinterest and Buffer for my Facebook groups.
My strategy has changed lately, but I still rely on automation to help me push my content out there when I can’t.
4. Check Your Google Analytics
It’s important after the first few months of blogging that you go into your Google Analytics and check your most popular posts. This can give you some direction on what your audience is craving.
For my new blog, Smart Mom Ideas, I blog about different topics appealing to new moms and moms with toddlers. So my most popular posts are all over the place:
Right now, my post on lactation recipes is my most popular. As a new blogger, I would take your top 3 or 5 posts and write more posts on those topics – which I am planning on doing.
5. Write Content That is Popular
Sounds easy, but how do you know what’s popular with your audience?
For me, I look at Google Analytics, my blog comments and what is popular on my Pinterest feed and trending sections.
For example, food and frugal tips are popular for my Smart Mom Ideas audience. So, I’m leaning into those topics and creating blog posts around those popular topics.
I could be wrong of course if I lean too much into Pinterest. For example, I noticed that beachy farmhouse ideas was trending on Pinterest. So I scrambled and created a post on that. But, it didn’t do well.
But, that doesn’t mean it won’t do well next year or sometime later in the year when this topic may pick up again.
So, even though I say write popular content, don’t rely on that for every blog post you create. I would try it out with one or two and see what happens. Trust your Google Analytics much more than what Pinterest is showing you!
There Ya Go!
Those are the five tips you need to do as a new blogger to reach your first 25k pageviews. Don’t worry if it takes you several months – it took me 7 months – but it will happen if you are consistent and providing value to your audience!
Have fun blogging and please share this post!
Now tell me, what is your plan for growing your blog? I want to hear your plan!