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June Traffic Report

June was a much better month than May was! I was much happier with this month’s stats than I was with May’s. As a reminder, I’m trying to get to 20,000 monthly unique pageviews on Google Analytics. I’ve decided to focus on increasing readers and improve this blog over making money. Obviously, I’m more than happy to make money by this blog, especially with starting school in less than 2 months, but that’s not my first focus.

How To Build Blog Traffic - Kate the (Almost) Great

Traffic Report

How To Increase Blog Traffic - Kate the (Almost) Great

Unique Pageviews – 3853 (+1.90% from March and -0.40% from May)
Bounce Rate – 82.66% (-.70% from March and +5.6% from May)
Sessions – 2953 (+5.08% from March and +6.84% from May)
Users – 2413 (+6.39% from March and +25.41% from May)
Blogger – 13,030 monthly views (+8.58% from March and +14.14% from May)
Bloglovin – 1446 (+7.4% from March and +0.9% from May)
Email Subscribers – 34 (started at 0 and +17.2% from May)

Social Media:
Facebook – 658 (+9.48% from March and +3.78% from May)
Twitter – 1665 (+7.69% from March and +0.12% from May)
Instagram – 533 (+32.9% from March and +5.75% from May)
Google + – 98 (16.67% from March and +4.25% from May)
Pinterest – 1389 (+51.8% from March and +6.11% from May)

Top Posts:
How To Pack for a Summer Trip
2015 Reader Survey + Giveaway
40 Blog Post Ideas
How Do Adults Celebrate Their Birthday?
6 Reasons Why Bloggers Should Do a Reader Survey
Presenting: The Essential Grammar Handbook
Happy Birthday to Me
Spoonie Spotlight: Stefanie
Erin Condren End-of-the-Year Review
How I’m Preparing for Grad School

How To Increase Blog Traffic - Kate the (Almost) Great

Traffic Analysis

What I Did
How I promote my blog posts
– Shared posts in Google + communities
– Released an ebook – big thanks to my Internet friends who shared the post about it!
– Multiple giveaways (reader survey plus regular June one)
– Free printable
– Promoted a pin
– Sponsoring Helene in Between

What Worked
– Promoted pin – As Pinterest suggests, I chose nearly 30 tags of what to target. It worked incredibly well! Seriously. I am definitely going to do this again.
– Writing a post about what to do in Boston. It was shared a lot!

I Haven’t Seen Results From
– The eBook – The Essential Grammar Handbook. There was a lot of activity that first week, but it wasn’t ginormous and it didn’t last long

My Thoughts and Plans for the Future
– My goal is to get over 5,000 unique page views next month. I’m going to have to be creative because doing a little bit more than the same old stuff isn’t going to work. It’s time to think bigger!

Did this help some of you? What tips and tricks do you have?

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  • Reply Sarah @ Seriously, Sarah?

    I've been thinking about doing a promoted pin. I'm glad you shared that! I have comparable traffic, but I don't get much from Pinterest. Most of my posts aren't very Pinterest-y. Like, I can see how What to Do in Boston would be great for Travel boards, etc.
    How did you decide which pin to promote? (Most of my traffic is from search engines, but I'd love if more of it came from FB/Twitter/Bloglovin- so they would be regular readers, but I think that Pinterest people could become regular readers. I do get emails from people with dystonia who found my blog on Pinterest, which I always thought was interesting! Search engine people who do leave comments are usually really… troll-like and unhappy, unlike Pinterest people.)

    July 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon Lauren

    This was really interesting to read – I like the you shared it 🙂 My goal is 20,000 views as well – but I'm adding it to my 101 and 1001 list.

    July 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm
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