Do you ever wonder where I learn the blog traffic generation tips I pass on to you?
I read a book by a blogger who became so successful she monetized.
She discussed milestones you reach as a blogger that relate to page views.
The first milestone, she explained, is when you reach 10,000 page views per month. (Check, I got that!)
The next milestone, she continued, is when you hit 16,000 page views per month.
Well, I’m 3/4 of the way there. I reached over 14,000 page views in March.
That’s after only two years of blogging in my niche.
This post, presented in a case study format, will share the traffic generation tips I followed so you can see those kinds of results at your blog as well.
As you can see, in March, I received 14.063 page views to my blog. I averaged 454 page views per day.
Traffic Generation Tips That Work in Any Niche
Let’s look at a few screenshots, shall we?
Sunday, March 12
My post, This is How to Rank for Long-Tail Keywords, 5 Free Secret Tips, picked up 258 page views the day it was published.
Tip 1: Use “how to” in your headline. People go to blogs to be empowered. They want to learn how to do something new. Using “how to” in your headline promises they will be able to solve a problem they have by the end of your article.
Tips 2: Offer your readers something “free” and use the word “free” in your headline. “Free” is an effective word to use in a headline since people love to receive free things.
Tip 3: Use the word “secret” in your headline. People love to learn secrets!
Note: Make sure you keep the promises you make in your headline. Otherwise, readers might accuse you of having a “click-bait” headline, a headline that didn’t keep its promise in the post.
Tip 4: Backlink to your other, relevant articles. In the keyword post, I linked to my post with related content, 13 Best Free Tools You Need to Improve Your Long-Tail Keywords, which picked up an additional 20 page views that day.
Saturday, March 18
As the screenshot shows, on Saturday, March 18, my article 18 Facebook Groups You Need to Join Today received 541 page views.
The post will go down in the annals of 2017 as my best-performing post of the year. How do I know when the year isn’t half over? That’s how many page views this post has picked up and continues to pick up.
It is already my seventh best-performing post of all time, and it only just came out two months ago.
Wanting to share my traffic generation tips, I blogged about what I am calling this phenomenon in my post How to Quickly and Easily Write a Viral Blog Post, 12 Ways.
Tip 5: Use “need” in your headline. It denotes urgency.
Tip 6: Use “today” in your headline. It implies there are tips people can follow today. They can favorably control their blog’s success on that very day.
Tip 7: You need to fill a need. It will make your blog sticky. People are always looking for new Facebook groups in which to promote their posts.
Monday, March 20
Tip 8: Don’t ignore your search engine traffic. Optimize your posts for SEO. I rank in search engines for my Fotor post. As you can see, the article picked up an additional 44 page views on March 20.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
With stats as impressive as 14,063, I feel like this post should offer complex instructions– far from it.
On March 25, I took two actions which resulted in my seeing high page views.
Tip 9: Promote in Facebook groups. There are many Facebook groups that allow daily self-promotion. I promoted my post in those groups.
Tip 10: Hold a Meet and Greet. Everyone loves a party! As you can see by the screenshot, I held a Meet and Greet which is a blog party. Blog parties give bloggers a chance to grow their communities. Both of these actions, conscious choices on my part, resulted in high stats that day.
I say this since many bloggers think luck results in high page views. This wasn’t luck. These actions were deliberate on my part after much forethought.
Sunday, March 26
Okay, so there is a lot to see in the screenshot:
According to WordPress, Sunday is my best day of the week for page views.
Is it yours, too? I ask since on weekends your page views will be the best. Therefore, if you have any “heavy hitters,” posts you predict will send your page views through the roof, publish them on weekends.
Tip 11: Publish your post on the day of the week you receive the highest page views. I published on my best day of the week, a Sunday.
My guest author’s article, 7 Best Blog Posts That Will Make People Subscribe in 2017, was not supposed to be published this soon. When the guest author sent me the post, I explained I had a four-month waiting list for me to publish guest posts since I normally only publish guest posts on Tuesdays.
So, why did I let this particular guest author jump the queue and be published immediately? Will you humor me? Come on, look at the headline and make a prediction. (I am playing teacher here, I admit it.)
As you see, the post did well. The article received 268 page views the day it published. Try to analyze the factors that made this post a hit.
Did you guess? Look at the last 4 digits. I read a secret tip. As my long-standing readers know, I love secret tips!
Tip 12: Add the current year to your blog headlines. (Isn’t this easy? It’s so easy, it’s downright fun.)
I read if the headline has the current year in it, it will receive high page views. Readers want to know what is popular this year, what is trendy this year, and so forth.
Since the first quarter of 2017 is already over, I published this post almost immediately. I couldn’t bump people I already promised a date. That would be rude. Therefore, I published on the weekend when I normally write.
Tip 13: Put a number in your headline. I have two numbers in my headline– 7 and 2017. Odd numbers do better than even and prime numbers do best. Sure enough, 7 is a prime number.
Did you notice a post with another prime number picked up page views this day? 79 of the Most Effective Ways to Get Free Blog Traffic is over a year old, and it picked up 20 page views that day!
Did you also notice this headline? I have two numbers in my headline. 17 is an odd number and a prime number, and 14,063 is an odd number.
Tip 14: Have a Meet and Greet on a Saturday. Continue to promote it on Sunday. Can you tell from the screenshot on Sunday it picked up an additional 81 page views? It was easy to witness this kind of traffic generation. I wrote a few sentences inviting people to promote their blogs and leave a link in the comment section. It took mere minutes!
Tip 15: Have a linky party. The Blogger’s Pit Stop Linky Party published four days prior and still picked up an additional 38 page views!
Tip 17: Have other people stumble your links. That’s the way to see more traffic from StumbleUpon. As you can see from the screenshot, StumbleUpon sent me 40 page views that day! (Note: Mostly Blogging has a StumbleUpon group if you’d like us to stumble your pages for you.)
Conclusion: One Last Traffic Generation Tip
In conclusion, there is an additional traffic generation tip that applies on every day across the board:
As my post about how to have a successful blog explains, you need to work hard.
Even on holidays work hard. You will beat the competition. Your post will live on in search so people can find your article when it’s not a holiday.
Also, people might be home to read your post on holidays.
I have often read blogging is an activity we do rain and shine, day and night. I am adding: in addition to those times, even on holidays, work hard. Enjoy the blogging, but do your best. Your readers deserve it, and you deserve to be proud of your legacy– your blog posts.
You can see from reading this post, high page views are within your control. Follow the traffic generation tips I shared in this post. Take the actions I took. Then, watch, and you will see high page views at your blog too.
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Readers, please share so other bloggers learn these traffic generation tips too.
Are there any additional traffic generation tips you can recommend? Are there any new ideas from this post you are going to try? I look forward to your views in the comments section.