I’m home from the hospital! Woohoo! I was discharged Monday night and got to end my birthday at my house. Thank you to everyone for the birthday and get-well wishes – it helped make a sucky birthday a bit better. But because of the hospital visit (and the virus that landed me there in the first place), we’re already a week into the month and I’m just now posting the May blog traffic report. It isn’t a good as I would like, but as I mention in this post, May was kind of a wild personal month, so it makes sense.
Unique Pageviews: 5089 (-18% from April, -31% from last year)
Bounce Rate: 54.7% (+1.5% from April, +232% from last year)
Sessions: 2969 (-12% from April, -59% from last year)
Users: 2547 (-12% from April, -53% from last year)
Bloglovin: 1740 (+0.05% from April, +3% from last year)
Email Subscribers: 261 (+3.1% from April, +59% from last year)
Facebook: 936 (+0.4% from April, +10.5% from last year)
Twitter: 2902 (+0.9% from April, +17.8% from last year)
Instagram: 2177 (-3% from April, +65.8% from last year)
Google+: 213 (+2.8% from April, +21% from last year)
Pinterest: 4873 (+3.5% from April, +75% from last year)
Tumblr: 3766 (+0.9% from April, +4.9% from last year)
- Loving Someone with Chronic Pain
- Accepting Your Body with Chronic Illness
- A Weekend in Boston
- Tips for Writing from Famous Writers
- How To Pack for a Summer Trip
- Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad (Or Anyone)
- The Cost of Chronic Illness and How To Make It Easier + Giveaway
- What To Do in Boston This Summer
- 40 Blog Post Ideas
- Chronic Illness Bloggers To Follow
Top Sources of Traffic
- Pinterest – This is great because it shows that the effort I put into Pinterest (scheduling Pins ahead of time, making images for posts specifically for Pinterest, etc.) is really paying off.
- Google – Similarly, I always make sure that at least 1 post a week is set up for SEO, so it’s great to know that that turns into post readers.
- Facebook – I’m a member of several Facebook groups, many of which have post sharing threads that I share my posts in. This shows that posting in those groups is leading to blog post readers. Yes, several of my posts are shared on Facebook and the views could be coming from that, but posts aren’t shared as much as the views that they’re getting.
- Bloglovin – Awesome! The people who follow me are actually reading the posts!
- Twitter – Twitter is my favorite and most-used social media network, so it’s great to know that sharing there is leading to pageviews.
What I Did
- How I promote my posts
- Went through broken links (idea from Erica)
- Very busy personal month: final exams, my sister’s graduation, one of my dogs died
- One thing I didn’t do is focus on one big traffic boosting tool a month. With everything that happened (see previous bullet point) I didn’t have the energy
I Haven’t Seen Results From
- Fixing the broken links
What I Can Learn from this Month
- It’s necessary that I share blog posts when I don’t have new ones in order to keep my traffic up
Goals for May
- Increase pageviews – Fail
- Lower bounce rate – Fail
- 9-12 posts – Success!
Goals for June
- Increase pageviews
- Lower bounce rate
- 9-12 posts
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