May Traffic Report

Time for an update on the blog traffic I had in May. Driving traffic to your blog or website can be difficult if we all work alone; hopefully we can work together and help each other! I’m on a journey to grow my blog to 20,000 monthly views on Google Analytics. Here’s where I was last month.

Increasing Blog Traffic - Kate the (Almost) Great

Traffic Report

Current Stats (May 31)
Unique Pageviews – 3868 (+2.3% from the start and -10.1% from last month)
Bounce Rate – 78.26% (-6% from the start and +1.9% from last month)
Sessions – 2764 (-2% from the start and -7.5% from last month)
Users – 2268 (+17.8% from the start and +5.7% from last month)
Blogger – 11416 (-5% from the start and -21.3% from last month)
Bloglovin – 1433 (+6% from the start and +2.6% from last month)
Email Subscribers – 29 (started at 0!)
Social Media:
Facebook – 634 (+5% from the start and +3.3% from last month)
Twitter – 1663 (+7.5% from the start and +3.6% from last month)
Instagram – 504 (+25.6% from the start and +10.5% from last month)
Google + – 94 (+11.9% from the start and +3.3% from last month)
Pinterest – 1309 (+43% from the start and +9.2% from last month)

Traffic Analysis

What I Did:
– Shared posts in Google+ communities
– Participated more in other Facebook groups
– Shared posts on Tumblr, which I hadn’t done in a while
– Didn’t promote my posts as much in May … which you can probably see the affects of in my views. Read about how I promote my posts normally.
– Got the hang of posts to share on Stumbleupon that get more engagement
– Got the hang of which audiences to boost my posts to on Facebook (boosted 2 posts)
– Didn’t promote my sponsorships as much. You wouldn’t think that would affect things, but I get hundreds of views a week to my sponsorship page, and that decreased when I wasn’t promoting it.
– Promoted Pins (promoted 2 pins)
What Worked:
– Sharing posts in Google + communities
– Getting the hang of which posts are the best for me to share to Stumbleupon. Stumbleupon was my 3rd greatest referrer last month after Pinterest and Google!
– Changing the audience to which I book posts on Facebook. I normally get a couple hundred impressions when I boost posts, but this time I got a couple thousand.
– Participating in more Facebook groups

I Haven’t Seen Results From:
– Promoting Pins on Pinterest. I’ll keep trying, though!

My Thoughts/Plans for the Future:

– I can’t slack on my normal promotions. It makes a hugely negative impact!
– I need to think of which Pins might get me more traction on Pinterest. I know it can be successful, so I just need to figure it out.
– Stumbleupon is a huge possible source of growth! I need to stick with it.
– I need to read more of the things that I have saved on Pinterest. Maybe a great way to boost views is in there!

Do you have any suggestions for me? What has (and hasn’t) worked for you to increase blog traffic in the past?

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  • Reply The Girl who Loved to Write

    I loved seeing everything laid out like this..thanks for sharing!

    June 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Ashley S

    What is stumbleupon?

    June 4, 2015 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Gold&Hearts Blog

    I need to try StumbleUpon!

    June 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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