It’s my one month blogging birthday!!! Woo hoo! *throws gold confetti in the air*
I’m seriously blown away by how much feedback, support and LOVE I have received since launching the Be Inspired Creative blog just one month ago on April 1, 2015. Come on in for a big ‘ole cyber hug, guys! (Head over to my Instagram and you can see a real video of me giving you one!)
All silliness and excitement beside, I really want to get down into the good and juicy stuff. I’ve decided I’d like to create a monthly traffic report to share. I’m doing this because I believe transparency is important and I want to show you exactly how I launched this brand and the tools I’ve used along the way.
Without further ado here is my first ever traffic report on how I had over 4,000 page views my first month blogging.
First things first. I must tell you that I have blogged before! When I was in high school I was an avid LiveJournal-er, followed by novice blogger. I chronicled my pregnancy, birth, and even had a “mommy” blog for about 2 years before I abruptly stopped. Life just had this magical way of taking over and I didn’t feel the passion for my niche, my “brand” (or, lack thereof) and I never really learned or knew how to build it to its full potential. So, I’ve spent my time since then reading loads of books, taking courses and testing things out for this blog’s launch.
Be Inspired Creative Traffic Report
My goal coming into my first month of blogging was to focus on building my brand, start forging relationships, engaging on social media and creating content that helps inspire, teach and help creative entrepreneurs.
I fully believe that the passion I have for sharing this is what is a driving force behind my immediate growth. There is a ying and yang force in the blogosphere. What you get in terms of traffic and growth is directly linked to the time, dedication and heart you put into your blog and networking.
Top 10 pages viewed in April:
I was pretty certain that my post on growing my Instagram following was going to be my driving force in April.
I was in direct sales and network marketing for a while so I focused on building my social media platforms before launching this blog. When I discovered Instagram I put my heart and soul into it because I LOVE it. I learned everything I could about growing an engaged following and I figured others would love this post.
Traffic Sources for April:
I believe a good portion of my direct traffic of unique users/sessions is coming from Instagram. (See below on how I’m going to start tracking it!)
My social referral is hands down Pinterest.
I know we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one basket, but seriously.
Pinterest is the place to be.
Social Media Stats
- Facebook: 373 (+66 from pre-blog)
- Twitter: 233 (+118)
- Pinterest: 686 (+374)
- Instagram: 6,419 (+896)
- Bloglovin: 66 (+66)
How I did It
Every post I created had the following:
- Consistent branding.
- A Pin-worthy, shareable, readable, likeable image.
- Images with detailed titles including keywords.
- Easy to read (read: scannable) content.
- Attention grabbing titles.
- A unique style and/or content that helped/taught something.
- Interlinking to other posts I created to help increase page views per reader.
- Call to actions.
- I offer a Free eBook for signing up for my mailing list.
I spent my time:
- Authentically commenting on blog posts I enjoyed.
- Sharing my content on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Sharing my content on Facebook Groups. (Stay tuned for a post on Facebook Groups!)
- Being active on Facebook Groups.
- Participating in my first ever Twitter chat. (#ellechat – it’s every Thursday with Lauren of Elle & Co.)
What I Will Do Now
- Continue everything I’ve done.
- Create a landing page for my Instagram account to track it as a referral (tutorial to come).
- Build my Twitter following and engagement with others.
- Invest in and learn automation tools for Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter (I currently do everything manually).
- Work on SEO and learn how to use keywords properly.
- Keep on keepin’ on.
Who’s Ready for a Bonus!?
Let’s talk Pinterest. The mother of all traffic driving platforms.
I cleaned up my Pinterest act and I’m continuing to do so. There were some fantastic posts with RIDICULOUS value recently by two of my favorite bloggers and I just soaked that stuff up!!! You know what, it totally paid off and I have some proof. Chief Olivia shared the Pinterest Ultimate Guide while Marianne covered how to create images that pin like a Bad Mama Jama.
My personal hot tips for Pinterest:
- Diversify your pin boards. People want to get to know you, don’t be generic and/or only pin your content.
- Take the time to clean it up! Get rid of pins that don’t have any repins, that don’t speak to you or your brands message.
- Pin multiple times a day. It’s great to do 5-10 pins here and there!
- Use the Rich Pin feature. It makes your pins look professional and wonderful. (Tutorial to come.)
- ALWAYS include an alt description on any pin-able image on a post. Include keywords and an awesome description. You have up to 500 characters… 300 is optimal. Use them wisely.
Let’s hear it!
I hope that this gave you an inside peek on how I got Be Inspired Creative off to a running start.