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My Journey to Growing Blog Traffic: April Blog Traffic Report

As you guys know, I have been on a journey to growing blog traffic for several years now. 2019 has been an interesting one in this journey. I started the year recovering from my deadly illness, then, just as I was finally recovered, my personal life kind of exploded in March. Also, I’m still off of all arthritis medications except for steroids, as my doctors don’t want me to become as ill as I was (understandably), so they’re trying to be very intentional with my medications. But this means that I still haven’t recovered to be where I was in November 2018, pre-illness.

As such, April was pretty hit-and-miss blog traffic-wise. I didn’t post as much as I planned. And I hope to get back to normal (or close to normal) in May – just in time for my blog traffic to decrease for the summer. Fun! Anyway, let’s get into it.

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Boston lifestyle blogger Kate the (Almost) Great shares her journey to growing blog traffic, including her blog statistics in April 2019 and what she did that affected that traffic.

My Journey to Growing Blog Traffic: April 2019 Blog Traffic Report

Statistics

Google Analytics Statistics

Pageviews: 10205 (-26% from March, -42% from last year)

Bounce Rate: 30.82% (+2.8% from March, +147% from last year)

Sessions: 4913 (-19% from March, -39% from last year)

Users: 4356 (-17% from March, -38% from last year)

Bloglovin: 1791 (-4.2% from March, -2% from last year)

Email subscribers: 670 (-0.8% from March, +54.7% from last year)

How I keep my bounce rate so low

Webhostinghub.com Statistics

Pageviews: 41373 (-24% from March)

Sessions: 21236 (-12% from March)

Users: 855 (-25% from March)

Social Media

Facebook: 1061 (+0.7% from March, +5% from last year)

Twitter: 3379 (+1.3% from March, from +3% last year)

Instagram: 2610 (+0.6% from March, -1.4% from last year)

Pinterest: 8118 (+1.9% from March, +36% from last year)

Tumblr: 3920 (+0.02% from March, +1.5% from last year)

How I manage social media for my blog

Top Posts

What I Wish I Knew When I Received My Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

Loving Someone with Chronic Pain

What Does Endometriosis Feel Like?

POTS and Heat Intolerance

Most Popular Books of the 21st Century

My Biggest Fear Realized

Fun Things To Do in Boston: A 3-Day Guide

Beginner’s Guide: Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis

Accepting Your Body with Chronic Illness

The 8 Things a Millennial with Arthritis Wants You To Know

Top Sources of Traffic

  • Pinterest (61.67%) – As I’ve mentioned in previous reports, I work really hard on Pinterest specifically, so I’m always glad to see how big this number can be. It’s not just about having pinnable images, which I mention in a post linked below. It’s also about treating Pinterest like a search engine, which I highly recommend.
  • Facebook (7.9%) – I am a member of many Facebook groups for bloggers, which is the main source of this percentage. Would I like it to be higher? Of course.
  • Search engines (6.26%) – I would also like this percentage to be higher! I try to have at least half of my posts be SEO-friendly

This does not include direct traffic

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Traffic Analysis

What I Did

  • How I promote my blog posts
  • I spent a lot of time offline (my grandpa’s funeral, Easter, etc.) – This month was the month in which I posted the least on the blog without being hospitalized. Yikes! My personal life was a bit of a mess, which happens some times, and I can’t fight it and have to roll with it. So I had to take some time off here, including off of promoting posts.
  • Went to HealtheVoices – This was super fun, and I also got a lot of new Twitter and Instagram followers from it.

April Goals

  • 4 posts – Thank goodness I set the bar so low this month! I published 4 posts exactly.
  • Improve pageviews – Fail, sadly

May Goals

  • 4 goals – I don’t trust my body, so I’m going to keep this low.
  • Improve pageviews

What have you tried for growing blog traffic?

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