You know the saying, ‘Build it and they will come?’
Yeah, blogs don’t quite work like that.
Your brand-new blog isn’t going to magically have thousands of page views in a day. It’s just not gonna happen by itself.
As a blogger, you’ve got to go out there and make sh*t happen.
Trust me, I know. I had to learn that the hard way, when my first blog absolutely flopped.
It took me MONTHS to get my first few visitors when I started blogging. With this blog, it took me about a month.
Now that I’ve learned from my mistakes, I want to help you have better success! So, here’s everything I did to (quickly) get my first 100 page views on my brand-new blog.
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I published my very first blog post on October 11th, and I hit 100 page views on November 22nd.
So in a little over a month, I was able to hit my first milestone.
Just to show you, here’s what my analytics looked like during that time:
As you can see, it’s not exactly pretty.
When your blog is new, your progress probably won’t be linear. You’re going to have days where nobody is visiting your website. And that’s totally okay!
The important thing is that you stay focused and keep on, keepin’ on.
That’s one of the reasons why I don’t recommend checking your analytics several times throughout the day. It’s a major distraction from what you need to focus on, which is…
CREATE HIGH-QUALITY CONTENT
Bloggers like to say ‘content is king,’ and for good reason.
It’s especially important in the beginning that you’re creating high-quality, kick-ass content that resonates with your readers.
Because first impressions are everything, my friend.
And if you can prove early on that you know what you’re doing and can provide value to your audience, those first visitors will be more likely to read your other content, and maybe even purchase products from you!
So, don’t worry so much about the appearance of your blog just yet.
I know, I know. Designing your blog is a lot of fun, and you SHOULD make sure it looks nice + organized.
BUT don’t do what I did with my first blog and waste so much time focusing on making your blog look ‘pretty’ that you fail to provide amazing content to your target audience.
When, in all honesty, as long as your blog is fairly clean, your readers aren’t going to care what it looks like.
They’re only going to care if you’re giving them some sort of valuable info, which is what they came to your site for.
If you’re unsure of how to create high-quality content, check out this post.
POST AT LEAST 1-2 TIMES A WEEK
Not only should you want to create high-quality content to your readers, you want to give them that kind of content often and consistently.
This is super important in the beginning because the more content you can produce, the more chances you have of getting more page views to your blog.
Think about it- If you only have one post on your blog, it’d take a lot longer to hit 100 page views. But if you have 50 blog posts on your blog right now, you’d probably get to that 100 page view threshold a lot quicker.
Ultimately, it’s up to you how often you post. But find a number that works for you and stick with it.
If you can consistently create 5 amazing posts every week, go for it. If you can only create 1 great post every week, that’s okay too!
Right now, I only post once a week. This is what works for my schedule and what I can handle without sacrificing quality.
For those of you that work full-time or have young kids that are struggling with even posting once a week, I totally understand.
As a college student and SAHM to 2 young kids, I know that it can be hard to find time in the day to write.
That’s why keeping a posting schedule will help immensely.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy (I keep mine in a bullet journal) but creating an editorial calendar of some sort will help you know when a post needs to be published so you can write posts in advance.
INTERLINK YOUR POSTS
Interlinking is an important part to increasing your page views.
When you interlink your posts, that means you place links to your other blog posts within another post.
You might’ve noticed, I’ve already done it a few times in this post. 🙂
Sometimes bloggers forget to go back to old posts and add links to their newer content. Make sure you don’t forget to do this so visitors who stumble upon your old content can easily find your new stuff also!
There’s a bit of an art to interlinking posts. You don’t want to just throw in your links where it doesn’t make sense.
Your links should enhance the current post, not distract from it.
So, if the post doesn’t need a link added, don’t try to force it into the post!
SHARE YOUR POSTS EVERYWHERE
Okay, so you’ve got the amazing content. Check. You’re consistently publishing it. Check.
Well, now you need a way to get people to your blog!
That’s where social media comes in handy.
Some bloggers will absolutely tire themselves out by trying to be on every social media platform out there. And I was definitely one of those people once upon a time.
But I learned that if you just focus on ONE social media platform at a time, you can focus all of your energy on it and it’ll actually be much more effective.
So if you’re stressin’ and trying to be on EVERY platform, don’t even bother with it.
Pick ONE (I chose Pinterest) and focus on it until you feel comfortable adding in another one.
I picked Pinterest because it’s the most effective way to drive traffic to a blog (other than Google.)
Also, I know that my target audience is active on Pinterest. If your audience is super active on Twitter, you might focus on that platform also.
If you’re unsure where your audience is, I’d start with Pinterest because it’s the easiest platform to gain massive amounts of traffic for pretty much all niches.
One of the keys to being successful on Pinterest is being super active on there. Like, pinning constantly throughout the day.
And, if you’re like me:
- you want to grow your blog but…
- you ain’t got time to be pinning on Pinterest all day.
That, my friend, is where Tailwind comes in.
Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool that you can use to schedule your pins (+ other people’s pins) in advance.
Not only is it a HUGE time-saver, you can join Tailwind Tribes and get even more eyes on your blog.
I’ve received a TON of re-shares on my posts just from joining tribes and re-sharing other blogger’s content.
So, while you’re busy running your blog, Tailwind is in the background, hard at work getting more visitors to your blog.
If you want to try out Tailwind yourself, use this link and you can try it out for free!
MAKE SURE YOUR PINS ARE HIGH-QUALITY
Not only do you need to be active on Pinterest to get more page views, you need to make sure your pins are nice-looking.
YOUR PINS SHOULD BE:
- long, vertical pins (a ratio of 2:3)
- clear images
- 2-3 easy-to-read fonts
You need your pin to stand out from the hundreds of other pins out there on the same topic.
There’s a balance between standing out in a good way, and standing out in a bad way. Try to keep your pins fairly minimal and simplistic.
This is everything I did to get my first page views to my blog! I hope these tips are able to help you as you begin to grow your own blog!
Let me know in the comments if there’s something you’ve been doing to grow your blog that’s worked for you! 🙂