This post is a bit different to my usual beauty posts but I really enjoy reading them on beauty and lifestyle blogs so I thought ‘why the heck not?’. September last year was around the time I started really feeling like I was ‘getting’ my blog more – and what I wanted. I had my best ever, to this day, traffic month. I also published twice a week consistently for the entire month! I’ve been trying to get back into this habit through better planning.
To plan, I mainly use my phone’s notes app since it was updated a few iOS’s ago to include bullet points, check boxes etc. I also use my Secret Blogger’s Business Yearly Planner which is really falling apart. For next year I’ll definitely either pay to have it professionally made at Officeworks or buy the hard copy – doing it all myself was more hassle and money than it was worth for the quality!
To plan, I mainly use my phone’s notes app since it was updated a few iOS’s ago to include bullet points, check boxes etc. I also use my Secret Blogger’s Business Yearly Planner which is really falling apart. For next year I’ll definitely either pay to have it professionally made at Officeworks or buy the hard copy – doing it all myself was more hassle and money than it was worth for the quality! I track my stats in the page at the back of this book as well which I do on the first of every month, almost without fail. I record my page views, bounce rate, time spent on my site, visitors, Instagram followers, Pinterest followers, Twitter followers, Facebook followers, Bloglovin’ followers and email subscribers.
I’ve seen the most growth through my Pinterest and Twitter, minimal growth (almost going backwards), and my page views have fluctuated all year so far. I’m really proud of my growth through Pinterest as I’ve found this improves my blog page views the most.
This year my main blogging goals have been to publish consistently at least once a week, post as much as I can on Instagram, improve my Pinterest following and join more group boards to improve the chance of my blog pins being seen. I have rarely failed to upload at least once a week, have failed however on posting to Instagram as often as I used to. I just don’t feel the love I once did for Instagram – everyone now has a ‘perfect’ feed and I love looking at them, but I’m not interested in competing with them.
I’ve improved my Pinterest following by 734% from 125 followers on 1 January to 988 followers on 1 October. I’ve joined about four group boards and even started one for Australian Beauty Bloggers recently (head here to view and email me to join). Group boards are fantastic to gain traffic and new viewers to your blog. I honestly spend hours a week on Pinterest, which leads me to find absolutely heaps of fantastic new blogs to follow – why shouldn’t mine be one of them? It only takes a short Google to find out a heap of reasons that Pinterest and group boards are worth it to your blog.
My goals for the rest of the year include:
- Post 3x per week on Instagram
- Reach 30 likes on my newly launched Facebook page
- 180 Twitter followers
- 1,050 Pinterest followers
- Reach 4,250 followers on Instagram
- Reach 2,000 page views on my blog in October
- Upgrade 8 blog post’s Pinterest graphics (header image of my blog post)
- Work my way through ‘Secret Blogger’s Business’ Traffic Kick-Start e-course and ‘Melyssa Griffin’s’ Triple Your Traffic e-course again
- Find a plugin which recycles my posts in tweets to be seen more
What are your blogging goals for the month?