With 2 years of experience participating in National Blog Post Month, I believe I have enough experience/evidence to give advice on how to double pageviews in 30 days.
I’m a huge believer in blogs and blogging and bloggers.
People are blogging for many reasons. For some it’s simply a creative outlet, for others it’s a business, and sometimes the two collide. But whatever the reason a person is blogging, I think they really do want to be heard. I know I do.
In the past I used to judge my readership by the number of comments I received. Well, that seems to be the past … not many people are commenting and I wrote about that in my post Blog Comment Pressures which ironically got a lot of comments!
I still enjoy blogging and my blog is my baby. Last February I confessed to a failed attempt at keeping up my blogging schedule in Have You Hugged Your Blog Today?
My main message in that post was that it’s OK to fail. Just get up, hug yourself, and keep on keepin’ on.
So what is the secret on how to double pageviews in 30 days?
It’s kind of simple … Post every day. Simple, but not easy. And the effect only lasts as long as you keep on posting.
Both Novembers where I posted every single day, my pageviews doubled. How do I know that? Google Analytics. I have solid evidence that when I posted every day my pageviews doubled over the month before, as well as the previous Novembers (when I didn’t post every day as in 2014 and earlier.) I even had the hubs corroborate the evidence.
Was it easy? NO. Some days it was painful.
But has it been satisfying? Tremendously so. Perhaps I can only say that now that I’ve reached my goal of posting every single day in November for #NaBloPoMo. Some days were downright awful, but when I look back I can see that I shared some pretty kick-a** posts (yes this Grandmother of 5 swears ;)
I wrote posts that I most likely would not have shared otherwise, and will probably bring in traffic for years to come … how do I know that? Past experience and Google Analytics.
So there you have it. The secret on how to double your pageviews in 30 days is to post every day for 30 days.
OK. So I posted every day for 30 days … what else did I do? There is always more to the story, right? I’ll share that in an upcoming post. But let me just say, that for the most part it was about posting every.single.day.
Thank you to anyone who followed me on this journey; leaving comments and clicking “like”. I appreciate you more than you could know.
Day 30 of Posting Every Day in November! High Fives all around.
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I totally agree! This is my first challenge and I’ve seen an increase in traffic for sure. Traffic that isn’t just bouncing. Traffic that is engaging and commenting and finding me on social media. Participating in the challenge has been so rewarding and not just for the page views. Thank you for sharing your post!
Thank you Erica! and thank you for stopping by. I visited you lovely blog and left my congratulations there!
Hehe, I will comment! I know that it certainly can’t hurt with posting daily. I also worked very hard at completing this job. It was fun and I’m happy to be able to sit back and say I did it. I need challenges once and awhile to get me moving. I post some what regularly but def not everyday so I’m thrilled with this accomplishment. Good job to your success as well.
Thank you Rose! Yes challenges are great motivators! Congratulations to you as well (I stopped by your blog and left a comment).
K. Lee Banks says
Thanks for the encouraging post! I do have one blog where I post daily, and just cut back the second blog to posting 3 days/week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays).
I still only average in the low to mid “10s” range of views. It would be nice to hit upper “10s” and into the 100s, but maybe that will come with continued consistent daily blogging.
Now if only the number of comments would begin to match that trend! ;-)
You are so welcome! and it’s all relative. Some people have 10 views, some 10,000, some 100,000 and on and on. But double is double :) Good luck with your blog – keep on posting!
Great post Barb ! Blogs really have changed since I was doing it , and for the better I might say . Do you have something I can sign up for to recieve your posts by email? It’s the only way I remember .
Hi Lynn! thanks! Many bloggers today don’t offer RSS feeds delivered to inboxes, instead opting for newsletters. If you subscribe to my newsletter you would get a selection of my posts sent to you. I also follow blogs via Feedly and Bloglovin.
Oh ok thanks :)
I know you struggled with posting some days this month, and I really admire you for sticking with it. I used to post much more regularly 2-3 times a week) when I was posting “homework” on my blog, but I know I could never manage every day – unless it was perhaps just a photo. Congratulations on completing your challenge!
Thank you so much León! Yes, I did struggle at times and I was so appreciative of your kind comment on one particularly hard day … your words “hang in there Barb” were a huge boost to my resolve … I can’t thank you enough. xo
Ann Davis says
Way to go. Where did the month go. Thank you for all the valuable information and for making it so
Easy to comment on your blog. One of the issues with blogging.. is between IG, FB taking photos reading a few blogs. When is there time for life. ???. So reading seems to be put on the bottom of the list.
Thank you Ann! Yes I agree … there’s only so much time and energy for all of us and we must choose to spend it wisely! Thank you for stopping by!
Kelly Kardos says
I wish I could blog daily and when I retire, the summer of 2019, I’m hoping my blog explodes. I do what I can and what time permits. But I do love seeing you rise through blog-o-sphere….i’m rooting you on all the way!
Hi Kelly, oh I can’t even imagine working full time and blogging full time (although I know people do it). You’ve hit the nail on the head … do what you can with what you have and let go of expectations. Just keep on blogging from the heart, that’s all I’m doing.
Libby Wilkie says
Years ago, when I started blogging, I would post 5x a week and that was just the way it went! Now I can’t believe I did that! For one thing, I just don’t have that much to say anymore… And now other social media, namely IG, has come into being. I’m too busy!!!! And you know, people just are not responding to blogs the way they used to, right? So now I usually do 2x week but even then I sometimes miss a day. Ah life…too busy. But that you, Barb, for such very on point subjects and posts!
Hi Libby, yes the blogging world has really changed and there is definitely not as much interaction. But, I’ve done a lot of thinking about my blog, and overall it brings me the most joy … funny how that is. So I’ll just keep on keepin’ on until that is no longer true :)
Linda Sattgast says
I enjoyed reading this blog post. A simple truth—posting every day. Not so easy to accomplish, but a goal for sure.
By the way, I LOVE seeing all the pretty pictures when I come to your blog!
Lisa McG says
You are so right! When I had a blog for my design business, it was the every day posts that seemed to boost my page views. It can be painful on the days you have no energy or creative juice in your blood but keep at it – like a marathon , the goal is to finish and not necessarily do it with speed or style! LOL
Your posts are great and I enjoy reading them!