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May Blog Traffic Report

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.

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Sharing my blog traffic from May, what I did to try and grow my blog this month, whether or not it worked, and what I've learned.

Traffic Report

Current Statistics

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)

Social Media

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)

Top Posts

  1. Loving Someone with Chronic Pain
  2. Accepting Your Body with Chronic Illness
  3. A Weekend in Boston
  4. Tips for Writing from Famous Writers
  5. How To Pack for a Summer Trip
  6. Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad (Or Anyone)
  7. The Cost of Chronic Illness and How To Make It Easier + Giveaway
  8. What To Do in Boston This Summer
  9. 40 Blog Post Ideas
  10. 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.

Every month, I try to get more blog traffic. Here's what I did this month, whether or not it worked, and what I can learn from that. Even failure can teach you a lesson or two!

Traffic Analysis

What I Did

  • How I promote my posts
  • Went through broken links (idea from Erica)
  • Giveaway
  • 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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  • Ashley Hargrove

    This post is so helpful! Definitely saving it to come back and take a look. I need to dig into my analytics and see what is working best. Pinterest is something i need to invest time in!

  • My bounce rate has always been so high and I don’t know why! Even at my best page views it’s like near the 90% area. I also see the most traffic for Pinterest, so I think I need to finally invest in Tailwind

    • If you’re on self-hosted WordPress, get the Reduce Bounce Rate plugin! It does wonders.