Happy July, friends! Before we get into the July blog traffic report (in which I share my experience using Canva Pinterest templates), I wanted to give you all a heads up that this will be the only blog post this week due to the 4th of July. Thank you for understanding my need to take a blog-vacation last week – definitely wasn’t a real vacation because I was at a work conference – and hopefully I’ll be able to do 2 posts next week. That being said, subscribe to my newsletter to get blog updates so you’re in the loop! Now let’s talk blog traffic.
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June Blog Traffic Report
Google Analytics Statistics
Pageviews: 13579 (+16.60% from May, +33.78% from last year)
Bounce Rate: 17.04% (+7.98% from May, +3.9% from last year)
Sessions: 6560 (+19.42% from May, +46.2% from last year)
Users: 5542 (+16.50% from May, +47% from last year)
Bloglovin: 1791 (-0.16% from May, -0.7% from last year)
Email Subscribers: 678 (+1.34% from May, +43.94% from last year)
Pageviews: 74339 (-20.8% from May)
Sessions: 23737 (-16% from May)
Users: 1594 (-28% from May)
Facebook: 1066 (+0.28% from May, +3.79% from last year)
Twitter: 3541 (+1.63% from May, +6.97% from last year)
Instagram: 2625 (+1% from May, -2% from last year)
Pinterest: 8427 (+1.67% from May, +36.96% from last year)
Tumblr: 3934 (+0.48% from May, +1.75% from last year)
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Top Sources of Traffic
- Pinterest (70.05%) – While this is a huge number, it isn’t nearly the highest percentage of traffic. For example, in May, 74.10% of my blog traffic came from Pinterest. I work very hard on Pinterest, which obviously pays off. (Psst – this percentage jumped up dramatically when I started treating Pinterest like the search engine that it is. If you’re not doing that, you’re miss out!)
- Facebook (7.38%) – I participate in a number of Facebook groups for bloggers, so between those and my Facebook page, Facebook is usually one of my top sources of blog traffic.
- Search engines (5.54%) – I try to use SEO in most of my blog posts, which is why search engine results are generally in the top 4 sources of traffic. You can learn more about SEO here.
- Twitter (2.08%) – I love Twitter! It’s my favorite social media network. But my one issue with Twitter is how there’s such a short lifespan for tweets. Something I posted an hour ago is wayyyyyy down in people’s timelines already, for example. But while I do promote my tweets on Twitter, it isn’t my primary use of it, so I stick with it.
This does not include direct traffic.
Can Canva Pinterest Templates Actually Help Your Blog? June Blog Traffic Analysis
What I Did
- How I promote my blog posts
- Big thing: make Pinterest images with Canva templates
- I did this for every June post (5 total). I have heard about how great Canva is for making Pinterest images for years, but since I have Photoshop, I generally don’t use it. My strategy was to make my usual 2 images per post in my normal way and then 1 extra with Canva. I uploaded all 3 to Tailwind to schedule post promotions, including adding all 3 to the appropriate Tailwind Tribes.
- Worked to speed up the site
- Deleted plugins that I don’t really use/need
- Added the plugin W3 Total Cache plugin, which I read helps speed up your website.
- Here are some other ways to speed up your site
- Actually got properly signed up for The Blog Societies and set up
- Stopped using Disqus for comments
- Had a blog post featured in an InfluenceHer Collective weekly email
I Haven’t Seen Results From
- Joining The Blog Societies – I’m not surprised by this. I didn’t join specifically to increase traffic but for the community.
- Using Canva templates – So, before I really get into this, I want to clarify that I’m not convinced that Canva templates do not increase traffic from Pinterest. I’m going to give this another month before I make up my mind. Right now, my pins made in my typical, branded way bring much more traffic than Canva ones do. However, I do see how Canva can be extremely helpful, especially for a new blogger who doesn’t want to use Photoshop.
What I Can Learn This Month
- Many more people wanted to comment on my blog than people who actually were commenting – I haven’t been getting many comments on my blog for a while, and I thought that was just because people didn’t want to comment. Turns out, it’s because they didn’t want to sign up for Disqus. I ditched them and started getting comments on my posts again. Once upon a time, Disqus was THE commenting forum. But blogging has changed a lot in the last few years, and apparently people don’t want to deal with it any more. Lesson learned!
- 5 blog posts – Success! I published 5 posts exactly.
- Keep page views essentially where they are – Success!
- 6 blog posts
- Keep page views essentially where they are
What has been your experience with Canva Pinterest templates?
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