Is it possible to go from zero to 10,000 monthly page views in a few months? Some say blogging is much easier than it was back then, but others would say that you could just stuff keywords and rank well in the past.
With more and more blogs surfacing, competition is no doubt increasing. Then again, there are more people on the internet these days, which means more traffic. No doubt, everyone wants a piece of the traffic pie!
Here are some of the measures I took to get at least 10,000 views a month on this blog.
1. Blog consistently
Regardless of whether you choose to blog daily, 2 – 3 times a week or once a week, be consistent.
Consistency plays well with Google and of course your blog readers. They can expect when you’ll be releasing the next article.
It can also depends on your blog niche and whether you only have a single niche or multiple niches.
Naturally, you have to post much more in a multi niche blog to cover all of the areas. For e.g. if you blog on travel, food and fashion, you should at least write on those topics once a week.
Some might disagree with me, but it’s okay. It’s your own blog, so you should have the final say, to be honest.
2. Promote your content on different platforms
You know what they say, promote more than you write. You can promote your articles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Stumbleupon and many other social networks.
These days, it’s hard to follow the method of “write and they will come”. There are exceptions to this, like new niches that aren’t competitive or less popular long-tail keywords.
Hence, you should promote your content whenever you can. Some might say focus on one platform like Pinterest, while others may adopt the “spray” everywhere method.
Based on experience, just promoting in every single platform doesn’t really work. Perhaps you should master at least one platform first, especially Pinterest since they give a lot of traffic to some bloggers.
I’m guilty of not following this rule though. I’ve been using Tailwind to schedule my pins and just automating the sharing process of my articles. That’s probably because I don’t get much traffic from social networks. That said, social proof probably helps a little in Google rankings.
Most of my traffic is from Google, so I tend to publish articles more often than not. I used to publish three times a week, but very recently I’m trying to publish every day.
Let’s see what happens with my search traffic in a few months.
3. Change your perspective
If you’re a new blogger, you may think that 10,000 pageviews a month is a big hurdle. Think of it differently.
10,000 pageviews a month is just about 333 pageviews a day. So your aim now is to get about 333 visitors a day on your blog.
Visitors is not equivalent to pageviews. 1 visitor can visit a few pages and contribute to many more page views.
Furthermore, your aim is just 10,000 pageviews a month, so you need less than 10,000 visitors.
300+ visitors a day on your blog is more achievable. Imagine if you can get at least 10 visits a day per article, then you just need 30 articles.
I know that each article may differ greatly in terms of views, from zero to even thousands, but it’s less stressful to see it this way.
4. Write evergreen and long form content
Evergreen content are those that will stay relevant regardless of time. It normally excludes short form news articles.
Listicles (list articles) are a good way for writing evergreen content. Those are normally long-form in nature and can stand the test of time.
According to Neil Patel’s article, blog posts that are above 2,000 words tend to rank on the first page of Google more often.
This shows that even Google loves longer articles. Try to write comprehensive articles that aren’t just fluff.
5. Have an email list
You should definitely start an email subscriber’s list for your loyal readers.
Imagine if your blog loses Google traffic for whatever reason.
Your email list may be the ones giving you the most targeted traffic.
If you have a product to sell, your subscribers are also those you should count on.
You can use MailChimp or MailerLite if you need a free email subscription service for the first 1k or 2k emails.
6. Don’t give up
It took me a few months before getting Google traffic, and much longer to get even higher amounts of traffic.
SEO is a long-term game. Think of your website as wine. The older it gets, the more valuable it is!
Older websites have a higher domain authority and as such, it is usually easier to rank with an older website.
Ranking well on Google translates to even more traffic!
Furthermore, if you continue to blog continuously for a long period, you should have a lot of articles on your site.
This usually means you should be getting an increasing amount of visitors and pageviews.
How long did it take you to hit 10k pageviews a month?
Some bloggers may have done it in 1 month, but that’s more of a rarity. Most bloggers are like you and me.
It can take a few months at least for SEO to kick in. Give yourself maybe 6 months before you hit that goal.
It also depends on your niche. If your niche is too narrow, there won’t be many people searching for your niche.
Don’t worry too much if you don’t get much traffic on a small niche. Traffic is useless unless it converts to sales or more targeted readers.
Let me know in the comments below how long it took you to reach 10,000 monthly pageviews!