17 Reasons High Page Views Should Make You Panic

By: | March 5, 2016 | Tags: , , , |

get high page views to blogDid you have a great stats day? That’s wonderful. 

Now panic!

Do not feel complacent.

Do not get comfortable.

Do not be cavalier.

Success is no excuse for inaction. You need to milk the success, so it continues and replicates itself.

Many articles exist on what to do after an article goes viral. Do any articles exist that tell you what to do after getting abnormally high page views? This article will give you a 17-step action plan.

I once had a friend who had lost a great deal of weight. While trying to maintain his new, slimmer physique, he was criticized for obsessing over wanting to maintain his new weight. He not only agreed he was fixated but insisted obsession, in order to maintain good results, is desirable.

Consider these comments from bloggers:

I am an avid stats watcher. I track, log, measure, obsess over everything! Watching my stats is a part of blogging that I love. I love watching my views go up… from Dream Big, Dream Often.

Stomper Dad jokes about his obsession with his stats– February was good to me. It was even better to me than January so I broke up with January. January is now my ex-month.

Daniela Uslan writes about people who sneak off to the bathroom in the middle of a social gathering to check their stats.

Jason Cushman echoes their feelings. To be clear, my numbers mean everything to me. I work on them, I focus on them, and I work to make them better.

Consider this all-too-true comment from a reader—
I had one post that went crazy, at least for me, reaching 20 or 30,000 in one week. But, then, back down again. 15 minutes of “fame” (ahem).

Consider these less-than-enthusiastic comments from famed blogger Jeff Goins after his post went viral:

After the article went viral, I was confused and anxious. What did this mean, if anything?

Should I change what I write about… Should I try to keep as many of those visitors as possible? 

The next week… the Internet had already forgotten about me. My traffic spike had mellowed out, and I was back to zero, forced to earn people’s attention all over again.

I tried to drag out the success, of course, tried to prolong that temporary feeling of fulfillment that fame brings. But for some reason, it wasn’t enough. And through the process, I learned something:

Every week I go back to zero. And so do you.

That is why I propose you have an action plan when you see a spike in page views. You need to analyze your cause(s) for success so that you can replicate them.

HIgh Page Views for blog

Even Neil Patel says, Track all your efforts and results, then eliminate waste: You never want to guess what is and isn’t effective.

Instead, start by tracking your stats, what you did to promote your content, how much time you spent on it, and what you got in return for your efforts.

Even the famed blogger Yaro Starek claims that given a choice between quantity and quality, he will take quantity every time.

How to Determine the Cause of Your High Page Views

Go to Dashboard, Site Stats, Referrers.

  1. Do you find yourself getting traffic from a blog where you left comments? In the future, be sure to comment there again.
  2. Are you getting traffic from Reddit? Figure out what subreddit is sending you traffic and resubmit there.
  3. Are you getting traffic from StumbleUpon because someone stumbled your article? Resubmit your new link to the place where your previous link got stumbled. For example, there are Facebook threads that will stumble your link for you. My StumbleUpon group will also stumble your link for you.
  4. Did you leave your link at a Meet and Greet and you are seeing the blog on your referral traffic? If they have regular Meet and Greets, return there. 
  5. Are you getting referral traffic from a guest post you authored? Clearly, guest posting is worth the time you invested, so guest post again.
  6. Analyze your headlines. Did you use a headline analyzer for a post that went viral? Use it again.
  7. Did you use an odd number in your headline? Did you use a prime number?
  8. Are you using a new format? For example, are you using a list post? List posts are so popular, they are nicknamed “listicles”. If yes, your readers like the format, so use it again.
  9. Have you submitted to a new social media site that’s bringing you traffic? If yes, resubmit there. A reader wrote explaining someone else had put his articles on Flipboard, and he received traffic from the site as a result. Now, he puts his own articles there.
  10. Did you write a post about a topic that resonated with your readers? Write about that topic again.
  11. Did you schedule your posts at different times? Use an auto scheduler to schedule your posts at those times again.
  12. Analyze your Pinterest pin if you are finding your pin is going viral. What was the topic? Color? Orientation? Size?
  13. Look at Clicks. “Clicks” are viewers clicking outbound links on your site. Seeing what they clicked show you what your viewers are interested in.
  14. Click Other Sources. Get even more information about your referrers.
  15. Insert Read More. Have you ever checked the difference? You get double page views by inserting the Read More tag.
  16. Click “Blog”. Then, click the links of your new subscribers. Ask them where they found you so you can promote there again.
  17. Click the + each time you see it. It has a drop-down menu to all your links that were clicked at that site.  If I see StumbleUpon, Flipboard, or Twitter, I look to see which links are getting me traffic. I even click the + sign if I see Pinterest on the referrers list. I want to know which of my pins are getting clicked. I add it to my Pinterest board “Somebody Clicked Me” which gets transferred to Twitter.


In conclusion, at midnight, you don’t turn into a pumpkin like Cinderella’s coach, but your page views vanish and you start over at zero. Knowledge is power. You have the power to replicate your amazing stats day if you have the knowledge of why the greats stats day happened.

Lucy Mitchell, of BlondeWriteMore, proposes ten celebratory actions you can take if your posts do well. I suggest you don’t do an air punch or a happy dance or any of the other actions she cites as options. I say you get analytical instead.

Do not rest on your laurels. When people do well, they get complacent, and the factors that contributed to their success go by the wayside.

To quote Danny Ray, blogging is a grind. You need to keep grinding out success.

There is a song by the Weather Girls with the lyrics, “It’s Raining Men; hallelujah it’s raining men.” When I see it’s raining page views, I don’t sing, “Hallelujah.” I am too busy trying to figure out why it occurred, so I can replicate the cause. So should you.

Readers, please share so others know what to do when they get high page views.
What do you think? Do you deserve a night off after a day of great page views or should you fixate on your high page views in order to analyze, and then replicate, the causes?

Do you agree with the adage, “The more the merrier” when it comes to page views, or do you feel quality should take precedence of quantity? I look forward to your views.


After publishing, I thought of another tip: If you are getting traffic from someone’s blog because they linked to you, thank them. It’s polite, and they may link to you again.

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  1. Richard Schulte

    Another idea: one can always edit posts. Once you figure out where the traffic is coming from, edit the post and welcome those particular visitors, invite them to explore your blog further. Maybe add a link to another post that they might enjoy visiting.

    Like many others, stats fascinate me. They’re where the rubber meets the road. They reflect realities. The realities of the internet, the realities of human behavior. One can maximize success by exploring and understanding precisely WHY things happen. It’s like untangling a mystery. And it’s just darn fascinating! As someone who enjoys writing, I enjoy observing how people interact with cyberspace.

    I recently wrote a new post welcoming people coming to my blog from Pinterest. I’ve had several photos recently go semi-viral. If anyone is curious, click the link below and you’ll see what I did. Looking at my stats, I think maybe it has helped a little.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Richard,
      Thank you for writing me and commenting on my article. That is an interesting idea. I had never thought of that. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Mera

    Great post. I love all the links you added in too, especially for the headline analyzer and I’m gonna check out your stumble upon group. There’s so many things you listed that I need to try out and learn about. Thanks for the motivational post!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mera,
      I greatly appreciate your comments. I hope you didn’t think me rude not replying before now. Unfortunately, your comments ended up in my Spam folder. I fixed the situation. I should not reoccur. I would love it if you subscribed to my blog and joined my StumbleUpon group. We are all getting great traffic from SU since I started the group. Thank you for the wonderful comments about my article.

  3. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    I had a recipe post go viral on Pinterest. It was an older post and the image wasn’t optimized for it. It was dinky. Go figure. I work on my SEO and share to all outlets using Co-Schedule. However, I don’t want to write a formula post (list, etc) only for the purpose of driving traffic. I’d like it to be because they actually enjoyed what I wrote. Great tips.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Rebecca,
      Great to see you! Congratulations on having a recipe go viral on Pinterest! Exciting!
      Regarding your comment on list posts: I genuinely enjoy writing them. I am interested, of course, in the content. The format is easy since it’s kind of like an outline. If it drives traffic, that’s the icing on the cake. Thanks for your compliment on my article.

  4. Hugh

    I would never take quantity over quality when it comes to blog posts, Janice. I’ve unfollowed many blogs because the quality of posts was poor and they were being published every hour or so. Quality is what makes people come back and is what makes people share your posts. This then leads to more traffic coming to your blog. Other than that, your 17 points are certainly the key to your blog becoming successful.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hugh!
      Thank you for writing me. Great to hear from you.
      When I asked what was more important quantity or quality, I did not mean quantity of posts; I meant quantity of page views. Is it worth sacrificing the number of views you get to write the content and format you like, or is it preferable to write list posts and other traffic-inducing formats?

      • Hugh

        Hi Janice,

        Okay, thanks for the clarification, but I’m still not sure by what a ‘quality view’ is. When it comes to the number of views surely you can only look at them as quantity? I agree, that without good quality posts then you’ll unlikely to ever get a good quantity of likes.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Meg,
      Thank you so much for visiting my site yesterday and commenting on my post. I am glad you liked my tips for replicating a great traffic day.

  5. John Doe

    Put another notch on your belt. This was a great post full of great tips. Anyone who subscribes to your blog should increase page views, traffic, and followers very day if they religiously follow your tips. I imagine your blog critique service must be thriving.

  6. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Janice,
    I always look from analytics about the sources of my websites traffic and then put my work focus on the same source from where I get a good amount of traffic. And No doubt Reddit and Commenting on others blogs always work.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Robin,
      Sadly, I have not had much luck with Reddit. Initially, it was hit and miss. Now, it’s just miss. Can you recommend a subReddit you’ve had success with?
      By the way, speaking of getting traffic from blog comments, I still get traffic from the comments I made on your blog about the skyscraper technique and do follow links.
      I love hearing from you. I learn from your comments on my blog as well as your articles on your blog.

      • Robin Khokhar

        There is nothing special about Reddit. But i got more traffic more Reddit when i subscribed to the subreddits where i pos links to post.

        • Janice Wald

          You didn’t find subreddits were more receptive than others? I thought you could recommend the receptive ones. I haven’t tried the SEO subReddits. I should. Your guest post is being published this Tuesday.

          • Robin Khokhar

            most of my contents are published on these subreddits, namely “SEO”, “Advertising”, “money”, “WordPress”, “WordPress themes”.
            And I am excited about the guest post, thanks,

          • Janice Wald

            Thank you for the subReddit suggestions. I will try them.

  7. Melinda

    BBFFJ, you almost caused me to have a panic attack! jk
    Great ideas, as always!!
    I love it when you reference so many people.

    • Janice Wald

      Too funny Melinda– a PANIC attack?! Thanks for bringing your brand of humor with you to my blog.
      I reference others to offer credibility that there is support for my recommendations. Thanks for writing.
      BBFF Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      I am linking to your blog tomorrow. I am using this quote in my new post on Sunday.

      • Melinda

        I’m so excited!! Now I’m hyperventilating!!

        (caught my breath) Thanks!!
        You are the bestest BBFF ever!!

  8. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Great info, Janice! I know a few bloggers who do not care about their stats…they just want to write. We are all in this for a variety of reasons.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Terri,
      I hope no one misunderstand me– I LOVE to write. I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t. However, if I can help people too- that’s icing on the cake! Great to hear from you. Thanks for writing. When are we playing Boggle again? =)

  9. Eric

    Thank you so much for the pingback. While I don’t dote over my stats, they are what they are, I do look at what brings the traffic and what doesn’t. I just don’t spend a whole lot of time on it. I write what I think I my readers want to read and what suits my fancy. I enjoy writing, but the stats are interesting to watch. You have some great advice and your 17 tips are spot on.

  10. Janice Wald

    HI Eric,
    I appreciate your nice comments about my post. It was my pleasure to link to you. I found your comments valuable, as you saw. I tried looking you up at Twitter, but there is another StomperDad I think. I couldn’t tell if it was you in the avatar. Could you look me up? I am MrsPaznanski there. Thanks.

  11. Adebisi Adetunji

    Great tips Janice. I did like the idea of commenting on other blogs and hope to improve on this. Working on my content is another thing…still learning the ropes though. However I’d celebrate my success but not rest on my laurel. Feels good to celebrate my successes no matter how little…it is an energy booster for me. You’ve got great blogging articles…well done and thanks for sharing.

  12. Leanne

    wow – I don’t think I’ll ever have a post that gets 30,000 views – I’m pinning this in case a miracle ever occurs! I try not to look at my stats compulsively because I don’t want that to be a driving force behind my need to blog. But (being a tad anal) I still check the overview just to see how I’m going!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Leanne,
      I agree! Not just 30,000, but 30,000 in a week! Crazy high! Sadly, I am compulsive. Good thing I work or I might check stats even more! Great to hear from you. Did you change your profile picture? Thanks for writing.

  13. Ann Fisher

    Janice, thank you — great set of tips for staying on track and increasing traffic. I think most of us focus on our stats; I mean, how could we not :-).


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Renard,
      Great to see you! Thanks for dropping by today! I so respect you, your praise means a great deal. Thank you sincerely. I am glad you found the article valuable.

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