Blog Stats ║Q1 2017

So, every 3 months I write about my blog traffic. Previously, I was using my Jetpack stats as I messed up Google Analytics but that’s all fixed now so it should be a more accurate review!

I will never get the numbers that make people say “OMG how?! Teach me, O wise one!” but my numbers are good enough for me.

  • Monthly Views: Avg – 625. I’m not really happy with that as it works out at about 20 views a day and I would prefer to have like 100 views a day LOL but saying that, March was my best month for views this year. I wanted to get 800+ views in a month and I managed to get 835 in March so mission accomplished.
  • Blog Subscriptions: 33. So that was the number I was aiming for by the end of 2016 but since BlogLovin exists I find it’s kind of hard to get people following on WordPress itself (for me LOL). I probably won’t be counting this in the future.
  • Twitter Followers: 1246 (1,052 in December) – So my following has slowed down a lot since last June where I managed 1052 followers in 6 months but as long as it’s growing then I’m happy.
  • BlogLovin: 114 followers (79 in December). I’m totally loving BlogLovin now I understand it better and have my favourite blogs followed on there so I’m always up to date!
  • BlogLovin Niche: 4,671 in Lifestyle (5,522 in December) which still works for me considering some of the numbers people have got on there.

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My top 5 most popular posts in the last 3 months:

My most popular posts were mainly how-to guides and fitness which I love and hope are helping someone somewhere! Considering I only wrote the blog promo post in the last few weeks, I hope those blogs are getting the credit they deserve with all those extra views LOL. The post about my mental health has been in the top views for the last 6 months so thank you for taking the time to read something so personal.

The first 3 months of the year have been a mixed batch of ups and downs with lifestyle adjustments; lots of uncertainty and not much excitement. I’ve struggled to make time to blog but I feel like I’m slowly getting there! Hopefully, the next 3 months will see more posts, more views and more online friends because there’s so many amazing people online.

How did people find my blog?

My top results came from StumbleUpon which accounts for a massive 70.5% of my traffic, followed by Facebook at 20.6% and Twitter at 5.4%. I still haven’t got the understanding of making Pinterest work for blogs and actually thought most of my views would have come from Facebook so this is an interesting surprise.

I use StumbleUpon by “discovering” my post links on there (basically adding them) with a category and tags. I then Stumble a few times to make sure it’s really in the mix. I also use one Facebook SU group to share my links in but I think I will be finding a few more after seeing those results! Without the Facebook group, I don’t think SU would have worked so well for me.

My organic searches are still low but I think that’s because I have a lot more work to do on my SEO understanding.

Goals for Q2

I don’t really want to add any more pressure to myself than I already do so I think I would just like to maintain my views, keep posting, keep sharing and see where it goes. My blog will be a year old by the time I do my next stats update so it will be interesting to see how that year has gone.

What is your top tip for getting more blog traffic? Share in the comments below!

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Comments

  1. Wow you did pretty good I try to keep track of how my blog and social media is doing monthly. I feel like I am doing ok numbers wise so far that is. I don’t really use Stumbleupon to be honest but maybe I should 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.
    Leslie xoxo

  2. This is a great post and super idea to share with your readers. Keep up the good work your doing super x

  3. Ashleigh says:

    I like the idea of this post, to see how far you have come. Well done on smashing 800 views in March! x

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      Thank you!! Big numbers to me are small numbers to others but a target is a target ha xo

  4. That’s actually a great idea to keep a record of your blog stats and social media followers just to keep track how you did for the previous month. More power to you!

  5. You’re doing really well – I need to sort myself out with StumbleUpon because I don’t use it and therefore I have 0 traffic from it. Sounds like it would be a good one! Mine comes from facebook and twitter 🙂

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I wish I knew how to get more views from Twitter and FB but thank you xo

  6. I find most of my traffic comes from google searches, but it’s good to know where other blogs get the majority of their traffic from x

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I don’t think I’ve had any traffic from google searches LOL xo

  7. I really love tracking my stats! It gives me such a rush when there is a burst in traffic, and motivates me when things are a little slower.

  8. Promote like crazy and write quality posts that people will find useful.

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      Where do you like to promote and what do you find works the best for your blog? xo

  9. danasia fantastic says:

    What a great concept- I never thought about sharing my traffic and creating goals for each quarter!

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I have seen some people do it monthly as well but obviously those blogs are way more popular than mine and some are even earning money LOL xo

    2. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      It gives you an extra post to write if you’re ever stuck for ideas xo

  10. hannah says:

    This is great, getting more blog traffic is fab, all the best for you blog

  11. Joanna says:

    It’s good to read that you have reached your targets. I find Pinterest to work very well for my blog, sending me good traffic every day. I don’t really like Stumbleupon because of its ridiculously high bounce rate.

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I have no idea how to use Pinterest as blogger? I think I will maybe make a goal this month to look into it further xo

  12. Melanie says:

    Hi, sounds like you are doing well, keeping a check on stats and goal setting us important. Twitter is an area where I need to increase following…I just need the know how lol 🙂 x

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      Twitter Chats are a good way to grow followers xo

  13. Anosa says:

    Congratulations on your quarter results. Stumble upon is really giving more views as per my friends. But you are right, just keep posting and sharing your thought. Don’t be pressured by the stats.

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I think it’s easy to get caught up on the stats because blogging has grown so much and people are sharing there tens of thousands of followers and views and it’s like being a fish in the ocean lol easy to miss! xo

  14. Sarah Bailey says:

    I’m glad that you had a good quarter and are mainly happy with your numbers. I find Stumbleupon to be a very helpful platform as well.

  15. its great to keep an eye on blog stats, I only started doing that myself recently. Sharing on twitter has helped me most

  16. Colette says:

    I think I need to spend a bit more time on stumbleupon! I’ve heard that you should stumble too much of your own content though or they will ghost you?!

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      Some groups have a discovery thread so other people can discover your posts for you to avoid this xo

  17. Nice Post.
    A good tip to have my blog grow, I’m posting my blog on different sites.
    https://glitteroneyes.wordpress.com/

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      How do you mean? xo

  18. Lottie says:

    It’s great to keep track of progress. I’ve not used stumble upon for blog traffic before! Congrats on your success so far!

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      Thanks! StumbleUpon is really good if you know how to get the views in from it xo

  19. I like the idea that you keep a record of your blog growth, it’s something I have been meaning to do but just have not got round to it.

    1. Unsigned, Emmie says:

      I’m in a FB group which actually provided a spreadsheet to do so which is probably too much for some but is perfect for an organisation feen like myself LOL.

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