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The very best feeling for any blogger? The moment when you work your ass of for something you want really badly and you start to see results that are larger then you could have ever hoped for. This is the story of how I increased my blog traffic with 500% in less then one month.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the exact amount I earned with my blog in 2015. Hopefully the taboo on that subject will be a bit less because of that. Today I will share another “mysterious” side of blogging. My statistics.
The last couple of week,s my statistics started to grow dramatically. The number of blog visitors Without Elephants had, was always very low compared to the number of blog visitors comparable blogs had. Even smaller blogs and blogs that just started had more visitors then I had. To be honest, this was de main reason that I have always been a bit hesitant with sharing my statistics. I never understood how others could have so many visitors. What was it that I did so completely wrong?
Statistics aren’t everything
It is so easy to get all possessed by your blog statistics. Personally, I love graphics, numbers and percentages. This makes me easily obsessing over my statistics. Especially when my blog isn’t growing as fast as I want it to, or when the number of blog visitors is even shrinking, I can get very upset. I can even stay upset for a couple of days. Even tough these things aren’t pretty to admit, I never stopped blogging. I blog because I love to write, take photo’s and be in contact with my readers. Blogging is my passion and it makes me very happy. It doesn’t matter if three people read what I have to say or 3.000. I love blogging just as much.
Growing my statistics with almost 500% in just one month is just bizarre. I didn’t know what overcame me when this happened. I still can’t quite believe it. I am always learning new things about blogging, always trying to improve my blog and my online business. When all the hard work pays of like that, it is extremely satisfactory. How I success in growing my blog this fast I will tell you in a couple of lines, first I’ll show you my statistics. (see above)
Before I implemented the things I will write about in a minute, I had about 4.000 to 5.000 unique visitors a month. Not bad at all and a number I know a lot of bloggers would be more then happy with. However, I wanted more. I knew there were a lot of bloggers in the same niche as me, that had started years after me and they were already performing better with more then 30.000 or even 100.000 unique visitors a month. This fact was driving me nuts. Right now I have about 25.000 unique visitors a month and I am planning on increasing this number a lot more. However, I really appreciate this number and I am incredibly grateful for all people that visit my website every day.
Social Media is very important to a blog, but since there are more media almost every single day to keep up with (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc.) it is slowly becoming a day job to keep them up to date. While working on Social Media all day, there is no time for doing what you love most: Just blogging. However, Social Media can be a very important source of traffic, so skipping Social Media completely wasn’t an option. Luckily I found the perfect solution. Viraltag is an amazing and easy to use program for managing and scheduling your Social Media posts (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram) On one dashboard, it allows you to plan and edit your social media texts, video’s and images. Scheduling Social Media posts is the most incredible invention ever. It provides for the possibility to schedule one hour every week for your social media. In that hour, you can plan all your Social Media for the rest of the week and the rest of the week can be spend on actual blogging.
You can create a posting schedule and with the build in statistics, optimize this schedule in order to make your Social Media usage as effective as possible. Viraltag gives you the opportunity to view on which days and what time of the day, your Social Media posts are performing the best and you can schedule your posts accordingly.
Viraltag has become my favorite blogging tool and I can recommend it to every single blogger out there. Especially when you want to increase your traffic, but spend less time on Social Media. Viraltag provides a free test period for 14 days. After that period, it costs from $24,- dollar a month. A price that I am willing to pay for a great tool like this. After a while, your revenue will outperform the costs of Viraltag by far.
Professional Blog Planner
Another tool that has helped me a lot with my blogging the last couple of months, is something I created myself. Combining the knowledge I had gained by reading lots of books and other blogposts, but also by watching video’s and joining webinars and lectures. I bundled this knowledge in a practical blogger workbook that will help you improve your blog step by step. I hope I can tell more about this huge project very soon. I am very enthusiastic about it, but it is a lot of work to get this project to the market. Together with Viraltag, this planner has helped me get the amazing results I have seen on my blog traffic the last couple of months. I would really love it when these two tools can help all of you with growing the thing you love the most: your blog.
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