This “How I Increase My Page Views from 0 To 170K in 9 Months” describes what I did and have done in the past 9 months to improve my blog’s page views. This post contains affiliate links/ads. See disclosure policy.
I was a new blogger at the start of this year. Even when I had read other blogs on their tips and tricks, I still couldn’t make these tips and tricks work for my blog. I can tell you that many blogs state “content is king” million times, that “I should find a niche…”, etc. They claim that these tips and tricks helped them increase their page views.
To tell you the truth, most of these tips and tricks did not work for me.
It is really frustrating when a lot of bloggers or blog posts state that you should do these or do those but you seem to not know how to do them or where to even start. I know I kept seeing almost the same tips and tricks but I couldn’t make sense out of them. Let’s go with the “content is king” cliché that a lot of bloggers seem to claim is one of the most important things for a blog or blog posts to be seen.
Back then, I asked myself what really is a great content versus a good, not-so-good, or not-so-great content. I couldn’t find the answer to that question. Maybe it’s just me and my inability to understand even the most basic concepts of blogging. Or maybe it’s something else.
At one point, I gave up on searching for tips and tricks. This point was the turning point when I decided to start relying on what I felt were good for my blog and what weren’t. I told myself that if I failed to increase page views of mine, then, it’s my fault and I’d be ok.
A couple of months forward, my page views hover around 150K to 170K. Coming from only 100ish views per month to 170K, I can say that I made some good choices for my blog.
A lot of people have asked me what I did and have done to increase page views in a short time. I believe it’s the time to share them. Just a disclaimer, these tips and tricks may or may not work for you. They did and do work for me though.
I’m not going to talk about “content is king”, “find a niche”, etc. Let’s get those things straight out of the way. The tips I provide here are those that bloggers tend to overlook or overdo that cause them to remain where they are now (i.e. low page views).
How I Increase My Page Views
I am by no means an expert on increasing blog page views but I just want to share my thoughts and experiences on how to increase page views. So, please take my tips and tricks with a grain of salt.
Stop spending too much time researching.
Sounds like a bad tip, right? It may be but this is what I did a couple of months ago.
When I realized I was reading the same thing and getting the same information, I stopped reading and researching. That’s when I started doing everything on my own. I started testing my blog theories, ad placements, content length, writing styles, and among others.
While it’s good to learn from those who have been in the blogging industry for quite some time, it is better to do something else instead of trying to learn the same things (i.e. in this case finding the same information and expecting for different results).
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Focus on one or a few social media platforms.
When I started blogging, I was posting heavily on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media platforms. I thought that I would get more exposure by doing such that. I was wrong. So, I focus and am still focusing on my biggest referrer, that is, Pinterest.
I am not saying that you should focus on one or a few social media platofrms when you first start. What I am saying is that when you feel like you are not getting the traffic you want from various social media platforms, then, it may be best to focus on one or few that are bringing the most traffic to you site.
For me, majority of my traffic comes from Pinterest. So, a couple of months ago, I focused on it and studied ways to increase page views via Pinterest. I also researched tools that would help make my life easier when it comes to working with my Pinterest account.
That’s when I stumbled with Tailwind.
Tailwind is the reason that my traffic has dramatically increased. I’ve only been blogging for nine months but my traffic per month is already around 150K – 170K. I credited that, mostly, with Tailwind. If you sign up through my link, you will also get $15. You can subscribe for just $9.99/month when you sign up for a year.
What I learned is that focusing on too many platforms does not translate to a lot of page views.
Avoid “click, read, and join” scheme.
This may sound controversial and I may get a lot of comments from other bloggers about this comment.
When you are looking for ways to increase your page views, you will come across with paid marketing courses created or ran by bloggers.
While I have not enrolled or joined these courses (but really thought about joining them some time ago), I do have a couple of blogger friends who have told me that they joined some marketing courses for bloggers but they did or haven’t seen any development in page views.
Of course, I cannot comment on specific courses because, like what I said, I have not joined a marketing course. But what I do recommend is if you are a new blogger, don’t just take the courses right away. Wait for a couple of months while you are implementing what you read from other bloggers who offered free tips and tricks before jumping into paid courses.
What I can also say is research and read both positive and negative reviews of marketing courses offered by other bloggers. In my opinion, it is best to get both positive and negative perspectives on such courses.
Connect, connect, and consistently connect with other bloggers.
When I started blogging, it was only my blog and I. A couple of months after I started blogging, I had a network of bloggers who continuously help out each other.
Don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers. You and other bloggers can help out each other to become successful. You may be in the same niche as with the other bloggers, but don’t treat them as competition. Treat them as friends or blog family.
I’ve gotten sponsored ads, articles published at The Huffington Post, etc. because of my blog network. When I say network, I mean blog friends. I do keep in touch with them from time to time to know what they’re working on, what I can do to help them, etc.
I tell you… these bloggers dramatically helped me increase my page views over the past couple of months. I’m not taking advantage of them. Well, I guess I am. But, in all seriousness, having a great network of bloggers can help you and other bloggers make it in the blogging business.
Write longer posts but fewer posts in a week.
This may sound like “content is king” but it’s really not.
When I started blogging, I was posting daily. Literally, every day I was posting a new post. Where did it get me? Nowhere. Why? Because I was focus on the number of posts rather what’s in the post. A couple of months back, I did go back to my old posts and re-wrote them to make them worthy of readers’ time.
When you are trying to increase your page views, make sure you put a lot of value in posts. When I say value, I mean put a lot of research materials in there, quotations from famous people, facts to back up your claims, etc. This doesn’t mean that your blog posts have to turn into a news. Your blog posts should be you but with more facts to back up your story.
While I don’t do a lot of data support in my post, I always make sure I use simple examples that readers can relate. I don’t like reading posts that have a lot of information and, yet, I am not able to understand what they have because the information is too technical or something like that.
Remember, your readers are diverse. You will have readers that are young, not-so-young, professionals, etc. Make sure that your write-ups are easy to understand.
Listen to your readers.
Whenever I write new posts, I make sure that I write for the readers. I don’t need to write for myself because I already know my story. I write for the readers because they are the ones who are reading my posts. Does that mean that I take their stories and I write them? No. What I write are my stories and I make sure that these stories are relatable to my readers.
I also take the questions readers ask me and use them as topics for my upcoming posts. The other day, one of the readers emailed me. He asked if I could write a post about how I have increased my traffic from when I started to now. Now, the answers to that question is what I am writing now.
As you make new posts, you will find that you feel like you are running out of ideas. I know this feeling because I have been there a couple of times.
Take your readers as inspiration for your new posts. Listen to what they ask. Write based on what they ask. You’ll soon find out that if you listen to your readers, you’ll create more and better posts. The better posts you create, the more readers will come to your site.
Learn how to wait.
If you take all my tips and tricks, which I stated above, and you still haven’t received the blog traffic you hope for, don’t be upset. It takes time to build a reader base. If it is so easy to do just that, then, there will be more blogs out there. When it comes to blogging, patience is key. You can’t build a successful blog without patience.
If you want readers to consistently come to your site, you need to learn the art of patience. Don’t expect that they will come right away. It takes time. It took me 5 months or so to see good traffic. It took me almost 8 or 9 months to see 170K or more page views in a month.
A lot of bloggers quit within a year of starting. I have a couple of blogger friends who started right at the same time I did and are no longer blogging. They quit or put blogging on a hiatus.
I hope that you find this post as valuable and worthy of your time. If you have any other questions or comments, please let me know via the comment section located below this post.
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