It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That was November here at A Mama Tale. This was a busy month! I was able to implement several of my goals and more importantly, create content that I am proud of. However, I was also faced with a new and unexpected situation as a blogger that was downright nasty.
November Blog Traffic: The Good
I hit or came super, duper close to reaching several of my November goals. If only November had thirty-one days! That is the story of my life. Willing there to be more time in the day or days in the month. I need an invention to freeze time or at least get me a really good clone.
Blog Page Views: 2,500 Close! 2,440 But, this may be a good thing! Find out why below!
Twitter Followers: 5,000 Close! 4,842
Pinterest Followers: 1,200 Yay! 1,286
Facebook Page Likes: 450 Yay! 473
Earn Second Affiliate Dollar Through Amazon Yay! $9.74
Write 10 Blog Posts (On a consistent schedule!) Yay! 10 exactly!
November Goals Analysis:
Blog Page Views
I did not reach my 2,500-page view goal, but after looking into my Google Analytics. I realized that this may not be a bad thing. To be honest, I am a complete novice at using Google Analytics, but I am a teacher and thus have a strange love of data. I have been doing some investigating into bounce rates.
Bounce rates are the percentage of single page visits before a user “bounces” on to someplace else. For a more technical explanation, click here. It is fairly common for a blog to have a high bounce rate. For example, a retail website might have a bounce rate of 20-40%. However, a blog may have a bounce rate of 70-90%. Basically, blog readers want their info and they want it now. Then, they are gonna bounce.
My bounce rate for the month of November was 74.26%. When I looked a little more closely, however, I saw that some of my posts and pages have bounce rates of 49% and one even has a bounce rate of 33%! This means that people are spending time reading what I have written!
Furthermore, an average reader on my site reads two of my blog posts! Can I tell you the joy that this brings me? Maybe I do not have a flood of visitors coming to visit me (yet!), but my readers are coming to visit and staying at least a little while. Like Monica Geller, I love being a good hostess. If people are visiting and enjoying my writing, I honestly cannot ask for more.
I hard time focusing on Twitter this month. Instead, I directed the majority of my attention to Pinterest. One, I am rather addicted to Pinterest as I am a visual learner. I love gathering recipes, crafts, and of course, pins related to blogging to further my education as a newbie.
Pinterest has also been driving the majority of the traffic to my site for the first time this month. Previously, I received the majority of my traffic from Facebook, but Pinterest has taken the lead. I discovered a very nifty trick for adding pinnable images to my blog posts. First of all, if you have not yet investigated Canva, go there now. You can create all kinds of pins and infographics for your site for free!
I am thoroughly addicted to creating pins for my site, but too many images can affect your site speed (another Google Analytics fun fact!) So, I have begun creating multiple images for my posts, but hiding some of the images with the nifty trick below. This way, when someone wants to pin an image, they can click the “pin it” button and choose which image speaks to them!