Happy July, guys! I know everyone says this, but I can’t believe that we’re through half of 2017. Where has time gone? I’m sure if you told me I’d feel that way at the end of my pregnancy, I would have disagreed, but hey…you forget the pain with time, right? Anywho, I’m finally settling back into a routine with Emma and that’s giving me some more time to dedicate to the blog. I’m super pumped to be able to focus a little more on it, especially since it gives me 6 months to see where I can get it before 2018 comes! Plus I seriously love data, and reading other people’s income and traffic reports, so why not? Without further ado, here’s my July Blogging Goals!
It’s time guys. If you look at my traffic in June, you can see I have a lot of work to do. I’m trying to give myself a little bit of a break here since I didn’t really do much but keep Emma happy this month and reclaim our house from the clutter beast the took over after she was born, but I still want to do better. It’s disappointing, but I know with some hard work and some research it’ll get there. I can’t wait to see where I am in a month!
My traffic was mostly new sessions, with a smaller percentage of returning visitors. Compared to May, I went down in both sessions and page views. In fact, this was my worst month this year since February, when I only had 92 users. The good news is, if you look at the past week or so, the future looks a lot brighter.
In the last week, I have people staying on my site more, my bounce rate has gone down, and the pages per session has gone up. If I keep going at this exact rate (my goal is to grow even faster, but let’s stay conservative), I would see 1,524 pages views by this time next month, which would be my best month yet. I have hope!
Here are some things that I’ve done in the last few days to get those page views up.
- Join Tailwind and get active in a bunch of tribes. This accounts for a lot of my traffic since I’m seeing more sessions than ever coming from Pinterest. I still see a lot coming from the various Facebook groups too, though, which I’ll touch on in a second.
- Being active in my Facebook Groups. I’ve pushed this a little less lately because I just don’t see much actual engagement. Most people will come and leave a comment or two, but don’t ever have any intention of coming back. They’re just coming to check off the ‘comment or share’ requirement of the group and there’s no real connection. I’m still going to do it, but I’m going to focus on Pinterest way more next month since this strategy is so time intensive.
- Post more. Let’s be real guys. You have to create content to share content. I only posted twice this month, so I’m committing to do better with this next month. My new goal is three posts a week on a schedule.
Domain: GoDaddy $1.26
Hosting: DigitalOcean $5.00
Scheduling: Tailwind $15.00 (I want to switch to the annual plan to get unlimited scheduling, but I’ll probably do that next month)
PO Box: $4.66 (For safety so our email list has a real address, but it isn’t ours)
Zilch. Still working on this. 😥
Goals for July
- 4,000 followers on Pinterest (gaining 636 followers, planning to use Tailwind)
- 500 followers on Instagram (gaining 349 followers, planning to use Tailwind)
- 200 followers on Twitter (gaining 167 followers)
- 100 likes on Facebook (gaining 84 followers)
- Post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Schedule posts ahead of time, and promote them on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Take Sunday off so I don’t burn out.
- Get my page views up to 2,000 views a month.
- Guest post once for another blog in my niche.
- Earn some money! Even if it’s $0.01.
- Create opt-in.
- Redo pages to have a Read More cut to increase engagement.
- Consider using Quora to drive traffic.
- Apply for RewardStyle once I get my numbers up a bit.
I’ve rebranded our blog so many times I’ve lost count, which means lots of hours working on it with not as many hours producing content or promoting it. I think I’ve finally found a design that I like and a font set that I love. As a design blog, it means so much to have an impressive and attractive website, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve that. I like the direction that it’s going It’s a clean, bold design that leaves lots of room for the photos to be featured instead of the background graphics.
I think that once I’ve found my rhythm, I’d like to go back and rebrand some of my top posts from before. That being said, I want to write in this new ‘brand’ for a few posts before I put all that work in. I also would like to go back and fix the SEO on several of my posts since using Yoast has really helped my traffic from search engines aka: Google.
I think the biggest part of why I can’t stay consistent in blogging is that I have trouble waiting to post something once I finish writing it. It’s so exciting to share it with the world that I don’t want to keep it to myself any longer! I also want to promote it as soon as possible so it stays fresh, and if I schedule it, that doesn’t happen. I think I can find time every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning though to promote a little and then promote more heavily on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
I’ve learned a TON so far in this blogging journey, and I’m excited to keep going. I haven’t grown my readership as quickly as I would like, but the nice thing about the internet is that it always gives you a second chance. There’s always an opportunity to do more, and hope I can live up to my goals for July. See you in August!