Hey guys, today’s post is just an update of blog traffic for this blog Ordinary Reviews.
I do have to say upfront that traffic hasn’t been much but it’s rather stable these days.
I can confidently say that I get at least 200 views daily even without actively promoting.
Before I go into the details, what are the main sources of traffic for this blog?
Without a doubt, Pinterest is in the top 2 referrers as far as traffic is concerned.
The great thing about Pinterest is that you can expect to get traffic daily as long as you’re following basic tips:
a) Join more group boards relevant to your niche.
b) Create visually stunning pins (preferably 735 x 1104 pixels or above).
c) Join Tailwind (aff link) and Tailwind Tribes.
d) Pin more often each day. I personally pin more than 60 times a day using Tailwind as my scheduler.
e) Write content that people actually want to read (e.g. solve problems).
f) Convert to a business account.
g) Activate rich pins.
h) Use keywords in pin descriptions.
Those are some of the more relevant tips as far as Pinterest is concerned.
As my blog continues to mature, I get more and more traffic from Google and occasionally Bing.
I can see some of my posts bringing in traffic each day.
For low-competition keywords like those pertaining to food reviews, most of my articles are on the first page of Google.
For high-competition keywords, they are still lagging behind. It’s understandable considering I only have a few backlinks and my DA & PA is low.
I’ll continue to post consistently, hoping that I’ll build links over time and rank better in the future.
3. Facebook Groups
As usual, Facebook groups can bring traffic, but only if you promote it actively.
I don’t engage in these groups that often these days. I’ve also left a number of Facebook groups including Boost Your Blog.
It felt like everyone was just trying to promote affiliate links in the group without engaging.
First of all, Reddit is crazy.
It can give you a huge spike in traffic but it’s not easy to use Reddit for your blog.
That’s probably because Reddit is not meant for self-promotion.
Redditors hate self-promotion and it’s also a site-wide rule that it’s considered as spam.
If you intend to promote in Reddit, do it once in ten times. Contribute 9 quality posts that have nothing to do with your blog and one post from your blog.
It’s a gold mine if done properly.
I’m seldom on Quora these days as well, but I do get a few visitors from it daily.
Do check out my article on how to get visitors from Quora.
I feel like I’m on too many platforms these days and it may be better to just focus on a few.
StumbleUpon can give you a lot of traffic, but they may not be quality traffic.
If you’ve used StumbleUpon before, you’ll know that it works by stumbling random articles.
Once a person has read (or has not even read) your article, he or she will stumble to the next article.
This means that it will increase your blog’s bounce rate.
A high bounce rate may not be good because it tells Google that people aren’t staying on your site.
Anyways, do check out the platform if you’re interested.
7. Google +
I get a few hits from Google + but it’s not something I’m active in.
I just dropped a few links on a few communities and I get a few visitors from time to time.
I rarely get traffic from Twitter, probably because I only have a few followers.
Those followers may not be targeted followers as well.
I don’t think Twitter is a great platform for blog traffic unless you have a huge amount of followers.
I would rather spend my time on Facebook groups.
Now that you know where my traffic normally comes from, let’s take a look at May’s traffic.
Blog Traffic – May 2017
I’ve divided it into 2 images for you to see the whole picture.
As you can see traffic in April was generally lower than in May.
If you can see spikes in traffic, it’s probably due to Reddit. Reddit can give you hundreds of visitors in an hour if done properly.
That’s the power of the platform. However, you do want targeted visitors, otherwise you won’t have conversions.
As you can see, the blog traffic isn’t that impressive.
I’m not sure if I should continue blogging full-time if I can’t support myself.
I wonder if other bloggers are actually earning or they’re just faking it till they make it. If you say that you make 5,000 a month in just a few months blogging, others may be tempted to start blogging and they’ll use your affiliate links. Is this the way to earn these days?
I’m currently trying out another platform to see if I can earn a living or at least a side income.
I will disclose that platform if it goes well.
The only thing I’m happy about is to see my traffic gradually increase since day one.
I guess I was naive to think that I could make a living in just a few months.
Anyway, thanks for reading guys.
Do check out some of my other posts that may help you:
8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Blogging
Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Amazon Affiliate