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How I Got over 16,000 Page Views in the First Month of Blogging

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How I got over 16000 page views in the first month of bloggingWelcome to my first ever Blog traffic update.

After toying with the idea of starting a blog for almost two years, I finally started it in July.

What was the primary intention to start Crowd Work News?

I wanted to help others to find online work opportunities and side gigs that can be a good source of income.

So, how was my first month?

 

Traffic

Within first two days of the launch, my traffic was over 1k page views.

I did a lot of ‘word of mouth’ marketing before my launch. I knew that many of my friends, people I know and many others were looking for work from home job opportunities and could not get past the scams.

I posted about the blog in forums, talked about it in different Facebook groups related to remote jobs.

Now, after one month of blogging my page views are over 16k.

google analytics screenshot first month

 

 

The things that helped me to get this traffic

  • Popular Posts
  • Pinterest (My biggest traffic source – 60%)
  • StumbleUpon
  • Facebook (this is from the Facebook groups I participate in)

 

Some of my posts had massive page views, maybe that is not much for a seasoned blogger, but for me it was HUGE.

7 WAH Jobs without any Expertise (3,634 )
Top 25 Companies Hiring Remote Workers Regularly (2,208)
Ultimate List of Legitimate WAH JOBS (3,315)

 

Pinterest

pinterest screenshot first month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had zero followers on Pinterest and now I have 280 and it is growing. I want to increase the monthly viewers to 200,000.

Two things helped me to get most of my traffic from Pinterest

  • Group Boards
    I joined about 15 group boards and started pinning on them. I would say this is the most effective way if you want to see your traffic coming from Pinterest even with fewer followers
  • Boardbooster
    Automation is something you should do if you want to up your Pinterest game. I was manually pinning my pins to the group boards, and it was taking all of my time

Boardbooster automates all of your pinning processes. You can schedule your pins to the boards, decide the best time to pin, see your best-performing pins, run campaigns and so much more.

The monthly plans start at $5 and your first 100 pins are free.

If you are having trouble getting a hang of Boardbooster, Rosemarie Groner of The Busy Budgeter has awesome videos on every feature of this tool.

Update: The MOST USEFUL resource that helped me to get traffic from Pinterest is Pinteresting Strategies. This is by far the most useful ebook for beginner bloggers to get started with Pinterest. I jumped to over 2.5 million views on Pinterest after implementing tips in this ebook. It’s gold!

 

Facebook

Most of the traffic came from my participation in the groups.

One resource which I found very useful for understanding the Facebook game was Brittany Ann’s ‘Strategies Worth Sharing‘. This ebook comes with super actionable tips on making your Facebook page look awesome and getting likes.

 

StumbleUpon

This was a BIG surprise for me; I was not sure if I would get any traffic from this social media channel at all. But as it turns out, StumbleUpon is my second biggest source of traffic.

Once I knew it was bringing good traffic, I started making some changes to my profile.

The things that helped to get some traction were

  • I stumbled in the ratio of 1:9 of my posts to others posts. Quicksprout has a very good post with tips on how to get started on StumbleUpon
  • I made it a point to be consistent in adding pages or stumbling. I read that it makes an impression on StumbleUpon to participate on a daily basis

 

Twitter – 200 followers

I know, that’s not a big number, but it is growing slowly. I am aiming to double that number for the month of September.

 

Instagram- 60 followers

I am a bit slow on Instagram. It is a visual media, and I find that along with your content, photos do well on Instagram. Lucky me, I am photography buff, so I keep posting the photographs that I take along with my posts. Hope to see the number grow next month.

 

Related:

Month Two Traffic Update: How I Got Over 25,000 Page Views With A New Blog
Month 3 Blog Update: 50,000 Page Views and My First Income Report
How I Made $2,347.17 in 4th Month of Blogging
How I Made $3,226.89 in 5th Month of Blogging

 

Email – 45 Subscribers

I am totally new to email marketing and did not have a plan for the list building when I launched.

I did have a pop-up with my newsletter and job leads opt-in. What I had learned is, content upgrades and opt-in’s are the starting points of building a list.

If you are new and struggling with building your email list, then you will find Meera Kothand’s blog extremely helpful. She has many posts which are exclusively meant for newbies.

 

Things I did

I believe in doing at least one thing every week towards the growth of my blog. Maybe, I should do more, but for now, I want to learn a lot and do things slowly.

I created a simple content upgrade for one of my posts and promoted it.

I reached out to a transcription company to interview one of their freelancers.

Monetizing my blog is one of my goals and in that process, I signed up for Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. I have followed Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s blog ‘Making Sense of Cents‘ for a very long time now. She makes $50,000 a month only from affiliates. Awesome, right!!

I know the power of affiliate income as I have some Amazon stores from which I earn a good side income, which is entirely passive. So, investing in this course to learn more about affiliate income strategy was something which I would definitely go for.

I will be publishing a review of the course soon in detail.

If making money from your blog is your goal, I suggest you should invest in this course.

 

What I learned

You have to promote on different platforms. I thought promoting on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram was enough. But, StumbleUpon surprised me.

It is a good strategy to promote on different platforms and see which one gets you the most traffic and then work more on that channel.

Researching and writing posts take up most of my time. I do love promoting but what I have learned is automating the promoting part can save a lot of time and can give the best results.

 

What’s next

Traffic

I know my traffic spiked because of my pre-launch promotion, but I will continue to follow the strategies I am using now and see how I can grow further next month.

I am aiming for 25,000 page views in September. I know that’s a big target, but I think it is achievable if I try harder.

 

Subscribers

I am focusing on growing my list. I am trying to work on getting the list up to 100 subscribers. Fingers crossed!

 

With many more posts about making money from home, interviews and a super useful freebie, I am excited about my next month.

Stay tuned!

 

Update: All the below resources have helped me immensely to reach this point. I highly recommend them, and they can be quite helpful to all of you no matter at what stage of blogging you are. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about these resources.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This is by far the best course I had ever taken, and it has helped me in many aspects of affiliate marketing. This course is a must for anyone who is serious about making money from a blog.

Pinteresting Strategies – Carly’s Pinterest strategies helped me grow my traffic exponentially and in turn my income. I have tested them, and they work.

Facebook GPS – Tracie is a pro when it comes to Facebook strategies, and her course is a complete guide to growing your Facebook growth. My reach is increasing every day as I keep implementing tips from this course.

Traffic Transformation – I love Lena’s eBook for the fact that she dives into the areas of getting traffic from less frequently used platforms like StumbleUpon and Google+.

Strategies Worth Sharing – An eBook which I bought even before starting my blog, and it helped me to reach 700+ likes on Facebook. With Facebook being the second biggest referral for traffic for many bloggers, you need to invest in this resource to grow your traffic.

 

How was your first month? Please share in the comments, I would love to know about your update.

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work-at-home mom of two beautiful princesses and a firm believer in making 'working from home' a success for everyone (working in a virtual job for over 9 years now). I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, Skillcrush.Read more...

38 Replies to “How I Got over 16,000 Page Views in the First Month of Blogging”

  • Elna | TwinsMommy Reply

    Sireesha,

    How exciting! I love reading about blog income and traffic reports. They are inspiring and motivating.

    That’s amazing you had 16K pageviews for your first month! I only had 4k! You are definitely on your way to a growing tribe of followers!

    August 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Elna,

      Thank you so much for commenting. Traffic and income reports inspire me a lot. I am working on growing my subscribers this month. I love your traffic reports and hope to see your income report soon :-). You are such an inspiration!!

      August 30, 2016 at 12:31 am
  • Lloyd Reply

    That’s an epic level of traffic for your first month! Well done. Can I ask what levels of traffic you’ve been getting from StumbleUpon?

    August 29, 2016 at 11:13 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Lloyd,

      Thanks, hoping to increase the numbers next month. StumbleUpon drives 40% of my traffic to the blog.

      August 30, 2016 at 12:36 am
  • Phil Paterson Reply

    Very good, I’m going to try some of these. Being a new blogger is very daunting especially when you have no idea what your doing. Thank you

    August 29, 2016 at 11:21 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Phil,

      Thank you, I know how it feels. It definitely helps if you have some tools or resources to make the process easier. Glad this post helped.

      August 30, 2016 at 12:42 am
  • Cynthia Reply

    Congratulations Sireesha! What an wonderful achievement, thank you for breaking it down into segments – its interesting to see how people use different social media channels and traffic boosting strategies.

    August 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Cynthia,

      Thank you!! Happy to know this post was helpful. Yeah, it is always good to test out which social media channel performs better for you. I know many bloggers who get HUGE traffic from Instagram, which is something I am testing now.

      August 30, 2016 at 12:46 am
  • Marissa Reply

    Will definitely have to implement these tips! I’m having a bit trouble joining Group Boards, though– any tips for how to go about this?

    http://www.theeditorialistla.com/

    August 30, 2016 at 12:53 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Marissa,

      Glad you found this post helpful!! Initially, I had some trouble joining group boards. I normally send emails to the group boards requesting to join. They do usually reply with an invite, sometimes it might not be very quick. Don’t go for big boards, try to join smaller boards at first. This worked for me, hope it does for you too:-)

      August 30, 2016 at 2:33 am
  • Melanie Reply

    This is amazing. Congrats on the awesome first month numbers. I’ve been blogging for almost a year and I’m stuck at less than 100 views each day. I’ll try some of the things you did especially Pinterest boards and hopefully it will increase my page views and ultimately my engaged readers. Thanks for the info 🙂

    August 30, 2016 at 1:33 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Melanie,

      Thanks!! I definitely suggest you try the Pinterest group boards and Boardbooster. These two things are the biggest reasons of my Pinterest traffic. Hope your numbers go up soon.

      August 30, 2016 at 2:37 am
  • Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) Reply

    Thanks this is super helpful and I am pinning for future reference, I’m a newbie so soaking in all the info I can 🙂

    August 30, 2016 at 3:36 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Kari,

      Thanks for sharing!! Glad to this post was helpful for you:-)

      August 30, 2016 at 11:06 am
  • Sowjanya Reply

    Hi sireesha,
    Awesome post and mind blowing stats. U created records. Congrats on your phenomenal growth.
    The images are totally enticing. Good work.where do you create them?
    I’m there on pinterest, recently joined two major group boards,they are not working for me. Will give a try for smaller boards.I’m there on Facebook groups, which ones do you find are interactive and generate traffic?

    August 30, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Sowjanya,

      Thanks a lot:-) I am using Picmonkey for editing my images. You can also use Canva, but I am more comfortable with Picmonkey. You can find more group boards for Pinterest on PinGroupie, it’s a group board directory. I am in around 8 Facebook groups. I am in Women Winning Online, SH Nation, Turbo Blogging & Business. All of these groups are amazing, they share so much information. Happy to help, if you have any more questions.

      August 31, 2016 at 12:42 am
      • Sowjanya Reply

        Hi,

        Fine tips delivered by you😃
        Keep up the great work👍

        September 2, 2016 at 8:03 am
  • Angela Philemon Reply

    Great! I will follow this in future 🙂

    August 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm
  • Renee groskreutz Reply

    What incredible information. This is seriously some great tips. StumbleUpon has been a bit of a mystery for my blog but I am going to look at the QuickSprout post now.

    August 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Renee,

      Happy you found this post helpful:-) I am still working on making few changes on my profile in StumbleUpon. I know it’s not the ‘usual’ traffic source for many, but I am testing to see how it does in the coming months.

      August 31, 2016 at 12:45 am
  • Stephanie Kay Reply

    For some reason this made me think of my numbers.
    Twitter – 172 followers
    Pinterest – 161 followers
    Instagram – 39 followers

    I never post about my blog to Pinterest or Instagram, and it MAY help for me to do so. I hear Pinterest is a great for views/traffic, and I should probably do something about it.

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

    August 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Stephanie,

      Thanks!! You should definitely post your blog content on Pinterest, it is the MAJOR traffic source for many bloggers.

      September 1, 2016 at 11:50 am
  • erica avery Reply

    this was a great read. I have grown my blog so fast in the last two months. I love hearing different ways i can keep doing that.

    August 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Erica,
      Thanks!! Nice to hear about your blog growth. It is hard to grow a new blog exponentially, happy to know you are growing fast. All the best:-)

      September 1, 2016 at 11:52 am
  • Jackie Reply

    Wow that’s so great! Congrats on your first month of blogging!

    August 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Jackie,
      Thank you!!

      September 1, 2016 at 11:53 am
  • Christine - Jar Of Lemons Reply

    This is such a great breakdown! Thanks for this post, I love seeing how other bloggers grow their brand!

    August 30, 2016 at 10:43 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Christine,
      Thanks for commenting:-). Glad you liked the post. I love traffic and income reports, they are so inspiring:-)

      September 1, 2016 at 11:54 am
  • Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds Reply

    Wow, fab stats! It sounds like you have a really good strategy. I really need to sit down and work out a schedule and strategy to be consistent with promoting.
    I have a personal finance group board you can join if you like 🙂

    September 1, 2016 at 7:19 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Francesca,
      Glad you liked the post:-). I am still new and learning to promote. It is quite exciting to discover new ways of promotion. I would love to join your group board. Thanks for the invite!!

      September 1, 2016 at 11:58 am
  • Rohit Reply

    Hey Sireesha,

    Congrats on getting 16k page views in the first month. I am also trying to use StumbleUpon to increase page views and am surprised to see my results. Do you have any suggestions on how to get more comments? I don’t seem to much comments on any of my posts.

    September 7, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Rohit,

      Thanks:-). StumbleUpon is a social tool which I think can give you good traffic. I am happy that you are seeing good results with your strategy. I don’t do anything particularly for comments. One thing that I do is connect with other bloggers, which results in they commenting on my post, if it interests them.

      September 8, 2016 at 3:49 am
  • Susrutha Reply

    Sireesha…

    Wow…its so inspiring to see your stats.
    I am pretty new at this and its so overwhelmeing…. your post certainly inspires me. I will check out the courses you suggested. Thanks

    September 10, 2016 at 5:52 am
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Susrutha,

      Thanks:-) Happy to know my post was helpful. It is still overwhelming for me, but I believe in using tools and resources to maximize the results. Definitely ,try the courses they are the reason for my surging numbers. Send me a mail if you need any help:-)

      September 10, 2016 at 10:29 am
  • Raelyn Reply

    Sireesha, you may want to double check that your Google Analytics Code isn’t duplicated on your site, could be leading to inflated stats!

    People’s bounce rates aren’t usually that low – usually a sign of duplicated code 🙂

    September 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm
    • Sireesha Narumanchi Reply

      Hey Raelyn,

      Thank you so much for the tip. I am going to look at the backend if there is any duplication of the code. You are always so helpful:-)

      September 22, 2016 at 1:28 am
  • Brittany Quinn Reply

    Congratulations on your first month I definitely need to read that ebook. I’m still lucky to get 10 visitors daily.

    May 20, 2017 at 3:54 am
  • Roslin Dwivedi Reply

    Hi Sireesha, I am so glad I found your blog. Wow, you are such an inspiration. I am hoping by using some of your tips I would grow my audience Too. Great job.

    January 18, 2020 at 7:13 pm

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