Writing & Blogging

October Blog Traffic Report

Well, we’ve passed Halloween and are barreling towards Thanksgiving. I don’t hate it! This is my favorite time of year, except for the stress of school that comes with it. But I’m starting November off with happy blog news – my traffic increased in October, as did my social media followers! Before I get into what I did, let’s look at what exactly increased and by how much.

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Want to grow your blog traffic? Here's what I did that helped grow mine and my social media networks.

Traffic Report

Current Statistics

Unique Pageviews: 7422(+6.9% from September, +5.4% from last year)

Bounce Rate: 10.53% (+15.7% from September, -82% from last year)

Sessions: 3637 (+18.6% from September, -9% from last year)

Users: 2632 (+12.2% from September, -25% from last year)

Bloglovin: 1767 (0% change from September, +3.4% from last year)

Email Subscribers: 307 (+4.4% from September, +36% from last year)

How I keep my bounce rate so low

Social Media

Facebook: 969 (+1.8% from September, +10.4% from last year)

Twitter: 3093 (+2.6% from September, +16.4%from last year)

Instagram: 2557 (+0.9% from September, +58% from last year)

Google+: 237 (+1.7% from September, +20.9% from last year)

Pinterest: 5439 (+1.9% from September, +44.6% from last year)

Tumblr: 3827 (+0.3% from September, +4.9% from last year)

Top Posts

  1. Loving Someone with Chronic Pain
  2. Accepting Your Body with Chronic Illness
  3. What Abled People Need To Know about Disability
  4. A Weekend in Boston
  5. Top Drugstore Makeup
  6. Endometriosis: The Disease Women Aren’t Talking About
  7. What You Need To Know about Arthritis
  8. Beginner’s Guide: Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis
  9. 40 Blog Post Ideas
  10. 5 Life Changing Books

Top Sources of Traffic

  • Pinterest (34.89%) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Pinterest is a blogger’s best friend. I’ve heard people say that you should think about it as a search engine, and I completely agree. But it’s unlike a search engine like Google because the quality of the image is just as important as the search engine terms. I started focusing on optimizing my images for Pinterest back at the beginning of the year, and I’ve continued what I learned. I strongly suggest you look into optimizing your blog for Pinterest!
  • Direct (24.75%) – This makes me happy because it means nearly a quarter of the page views in October came from people coming directly here.
  • Twitter (15.73%) – I love this because Twitter is the big thing I focused on this month! Scroll down to see what I did. Honestly, I didn’t think Twitter had helped until I was looking at traffic sources. Last month, Twitter brought me 6.92% of my traffic, less than half of what it did this month.
  • Facebook (9.51%) – As I mention in my post on how I promote my blog posts, I’m a member of multiple Facebook groups for bloggers. That plus my Facebook page really help drive traffic.

In October, I focused on using Twitter to grow my blog traffic. And it worked! Here's exactly what I did, as well as the other things I tried and whether or not they worked.

Traffic Analysis

What I Did

  • How I promote my blog posts
  • Big tool this month: getting traffic from Twitter. Things I did to optimize my Twitter to get more blog traffic include changing the header, updating my bio, started pinning a tweet that promotes a blog post and changing that pinned tweet every week or so, and added a link to my mailing list.
  • Joined Helene’s free Instagram challenge
  • Featured in Logojoy’s Expert Roundup
  • Went through and added more CTAs to more post
  • Changed the email signup in my sidebar
  • Spoke at Blog Camp Boston
  • Got incredibly sick (bronchitis) and only published 1 post the week of the 16th

I Haven’t Seen Results From

  • Adding more CTAs to posts
  • Spoke at Blog Camp – This did increase my social followers, but it didn’t affect my blog views.

What I Can Learn

  • Twitter can affect your blog traffic, but it might not be obvious
  • If you want to grow your Instagram, you need to be intentional about it.

October Goals

  • 7,000 monthly page views – Success!
  • Maintain bounce rate below 20% – Success!
  • 9-12 posts – Success!

November Goals

  • Maintain page views
  • Maintain bounce rate below 20%
  • 9-12 posts

Has Twitter helped your blog traffic?

Like this post? Check out:

How To Use Twitter as a Blogger + Free List of Things To Post, 8 Ways To Lower Your Bounce Rate, 10 Things Every Blog Needs, Why an Editorial Calendar Is Really Worth the Time + 164 Blog Post Ideas

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  • Reply Lauren Imbriaco

    i love reading reports like this! thanks so much!

    November 3, 2017 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Kate the (Almost) Great | Boston Lifestyle Blog - 12 Blog Traffic Boosting Tools To Try in 2018 - Kate the (Almost) Great | Boston Lifestyle Blog

    […] October: Use Twitter To Grow Your Blog – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Twitter. Words are my favorite, so Twitter is my favorite. But is it great a building traffic? I think it is, but part of its usage comes from building an audience. If you don’t have any followers, it’s not going to be as useful as if you already have 500 or 1,000 or 10,000. I already share each blog post at least 10 times after it has been posted (the day it goes up, a few days later, 1 week later, 2 weeks later), but I also optimized my profile and more. But working on Twitter doubled how much of my traffic was from Twitter, so is definitely worth it. Read all about what I did for Twitter here. […]

    December 29, 2017 at 8:01 am
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