As a mommy blogger, I did things a little backwards. I wrote a book and then I started this blog. Why is this backwards? Well, typically a new author would probably want to build a following before trying to a market a book. This would make more sense than the way I did it.
I began with a need to write. There was a story I needed to tell for my own sake. It was cathartic, to say the least. I thought my story might resonate with other women and provide some much needed hope. After I finished my book, I said aloud, “But I have so much more to write about!”
So, I started this blog. I wrote a few posts and shared them…with my family and friends. Twitter? That’s for following celebrities, right? Social media…what? I had no clue. The school year began and I put my blog to the side and just about forgot about it.
As the school year came to a close, I reflected upon what my goals and dreams for the future might be. I talk about it all the time with my daughter and my students, but what about me? I love being a teacher, but I want to be a writer, too! Someday…I would like to be a writer full time. In order to accomplish this goal, I needed to come back to my blog and really work at it!
Blogging is NOT for the faint of heart!
When I began writing again, I realized there is SO much about blogging I do not know. Let’s just say a degree in technology or computer science would be very helpful! I am a teacher, so I know the best way to fill my brain with new knowledge is to read!
I began reading tips and tricks by other bloggers…more experienced and successful bloggers, if you will. Click here to read some of the first tips I learned from other bloggers. These tips helped get me started, but there was still so much to learn and I know I have not even cracked the surface.
One thing successful bloggers do is set goals and hold themselves accountable for these goals. BrittanyAnneF
I began blogging with renewed gusto in July and so I sat down with my husband and developed some goals. He is the math whiz, so he helped set goals that were achievable mathematically. It was important for me to set goals that were attainable, but would also keep me chasing after that dangling carrot. Once school began again, I knew it would become too easy to put my blog on the back burner once again!
Allow me to go back in time to share my previous month’s goals. Spoiler alert! My traffic is growing and although I am still small potatoes in the blog-o-sphere, I want to share with you what has worked for me and what has been an epic fail!
August Traffic Goals
- Unique Blog Visitors: 1,000
- Blog Page Views: 1,200
- Twitter Followers: 2,500
- Pinterest Followers: 250
- Facebook Page Likes: 125
- Earn First Affiliate Dollar Through Amazon
- Write 16-20 Blog Posts
August Traffic Results
- Unique Blog Visitors: 1,050 Yay!
- Blog Page Views: 1,634 Yay!
- Twitter Followers: 2,584 Yay!
- Pinterest Followers: 315 Yay!
- Facebook Page Likes: 133 Yay!
- Earn First Affiliate Dollar Through Amazon Nay! Not $1!
- Write 16-20 Blog Posts Nay! I only wrote 10 posts. This was too lofty of a goal!
What Worked to Drive August Traffic
#1 Creating Quality Content
I focused on writing content that I cared about and would be of use or service to my readers, however few those readers may be. Nobody is going to come back to read poorly written posts! I read that Google likes longer posts (1,000 words or more) and I did that, too. Although, I tend to be rather verbose, so this was not exactly a challenge!
#2 Creating Images for Pinterest
Ummmm…duh! I am on Pinterest ALL of the time! It just makes sense to create pinnable images! I use Canva to create all of images and it is SUPER easy. They have numerous stock photos that you can download for as little as $1 or you can use your own high quality images. I am technologically challenged and I can create a beautiful image for Pinterest in fifteen minutes or less.
#3 Adding Page Breaks
Reason #775 that you should follow other bloggers: they have amazing tips! This one I stole from Jenn at Drink Coffee and Prosper. The idea is that if you add a page break, you will increase page views. While this is true, I also like breaking up my content.
Maybe it is the teacher in me. Students often lose interest if they feel a passage is too long and i do not want my readers to feel the same way. So, this tip is a two-for-one special: increase page views AND break up your content for better readability.
How do you add a page break in WordPress? Simply add this html code: <!–nextpage–>. Voila! Page break!