Blog Traffic | January 2017

After a record breaking 16,000 pageviews last year, I was expecting my stats to go up and onward. Sadly, it didn’t quite. My January 2017 blog traffic shows a slight decreased.

January 2017 blog traffic

I was in two mind on how my traffic would go. I was off course expecting an increase but I was also expecting a decrease. There no point crying over spoiled milk, I’m still happy overall with my January blog traffic. Maybe over the year I will see a traffic increase.

I posted a total of 23 posts this month, a few less from December. If you can remember I was doing Blogmas and doing a mixtures of blogging challenge that month. For now, I’m not going to join in any blogging challenge as it eventually drained me and I ended up getting bored with it.

So with that I decided to set myself my own little blogging schedule this year. Blogs during the week and have the weekend off. Otherwise sitting on my computer all day every day was starting to drive me stir-crazy and give me a serious bout of writer block.

Sound like a good plan, right?

My Top 5 most popular posts from January:

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Review

New Year New Look

My Young at Heart Habits

Going from dark brown to strawberry blonde

How I earned my first £100 from blogging

The majority of my popular posts are any that is on me. I had people tweeting and messaging me on how I’m opening up and telling people more about myself and it something I should keep on doing. I always been a really shy social anxious girl who don’t feel comfortable talking about myself. Yet when I decided to be a full time blogger and have blog with my name on it, it kind of forced me to be open and tell you more about myself. We shall see how this more open Anna go.

January 2017 blog traffic

How did people find my blog?

Facebook

In January Facebook gave me 4,000 again as part of my overall traffic. No jump but hopefully it will climb up. How the hell did I achieve so much traffic from Facebook? As I said last time it helps by joining various blogging Facebook groups. It’s a simple as that. By joining loads of blogging Facebook Groups and being active by helping people with their questions brought in new readers and new traffic to my site. My advice would be it’s worthwhile contributing to a few Facebook groups. I will say Facebook group is only worthwhile doing if you contribute to a thread. Don’t just link dump.

Blog Links Parties

People also found my blog from various blog links parties (or links up as they are also called!). What I do is contribute to various blog links parties throughout the week. People can easily find your blog and click on though.  You can find blog links parties by Googling or by looking on this blog links parties’ directory.

Stumbleupon (SU)

Stumbleupon is like a rocket that just go off into the night sky. However, it crashed down into earth. Last year it was a blessing on traffic for me. But this month was an epic fail. I think it was down to me not really giving it much attention and kind of ignoring it.

Those I do still believe Stumbleupon have been a blessing this year on traffic. A few of you asked me last time on how SU work. It really simple. Every time I publish a new post I simple add it on SU and then stumble on a few pages. I also add my link (which has a SU button) to a few Facebook SU threads which allowed people to then add my site to their SU. So you get not only traffic from your own SU but from other people as well. Don’t just add your link and wait for the traffic to come as it more likely won’t.

Pinterest:

Now that really did went off like a rocket. My pinterest traffic was amazing throughout January. It helps that I did a very short Pinterest advert campaign. I did it as I was curious to see how it work and is it worthwhile for my clients to do. My answer is yes and Its really cheap to run a pinterest advert campaign. I made all images look visually inviting and linked it back to my blog.

Organic searches

My organic searches only slightly increased in January which I’m so happy about as I have been working hard on my SEO. I know sometime SEO feel like a drag and often feel like you’re not getting anywhere, my advice is to keep on it and you will see result.  To help you increase your site organic searches it might useful to read my post on how to make your blog more seo friendly.

What didn’t work in January:

  • Stumbleupon as I mentioned before. But that is due to me not giving th platform my full attention. I will do better next month.
  • I also failed again on Twitter and Facebook.I promised myself that I will be more active on my twitter pages. But I didn’t. So next month I will use it as platform to write extra content and for me to be more open. Add images and start (perhaps) some Facebook live show.

Goals for February:

  • To try some Instagram/Facebook Live show.
  • Keep increasing my SEO and organic searches. To go back through old posts and to update it.
  • Give my Facebook/Twitter profile page more attention.

Overall I was really pleased with my traffic on January. I see it as good start to a new year. As I said earlier things can only look up. Keep my fingers crossed for an upward trend.

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24 Comments
  • Patrick
    January 31, 2017

    Looks like you had a strong month…..at least compared to me! Had to start over with my blog but even at my best,never drew anywhere what you did so keep doing what you are! Have a great Tuesday!

  • Hanka
    January 31, 2017

    Hey, Anna, heads up! The new year is just at the beginning? May I asked how many FB groups have you entered so far?
    Thanks.

  • Anna Nuttall
    January 31, 2017

    I think about 50-60 Facebook group. I will at one point do a complete list of blogging facebook groups.

  • Jen
    January 31, 2017

    Wow! Thanks a lot of Facebook groups! I thought I was in a lot, but I’m only in about 20. I would love a post with the list of blogging Facebook groups, you should definitely do one.

  • Sarah
    January 31, 2017

    I love knowing what is working for others. Hope you February is better!

  • Blessing Noah
    January 31, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your traffic sources with us. I’ll try some of them out. Great post.

  • GiGi Eats
    January 31, 2017

    STUMBLE UPON is a serious traffic source for sure – only if you know how to use it though!!

  • Hanka
    January 31, 2017

    OMG! What a number :O How do you manage to keep track where you put links to your blog? Excel sheet?

  • Sarah | I Heart Frugal
    January 31, 2017

    Thanks for sharing!! Hoping things go well with your blog in 2017!!

  • Tianna
    January 31, 2017

    you’re improving even if it doesn’t seem like it – blogging is not a straight line in my experience. you got this! thanks for sharing your progress 🙂

  • kristin mccarthy
    January 31, 2017

    Wow- that is really awesome traffic!

  • Lacey- The Glitter Gospel
    January 31, 2017

    I’ve never really used stumbleupon, but I need to add that to my daily shares! Great post!

    xx,

    Lacey
    http://www.theglittergospelblog.com

  • Louise
    January 31, 2017

    This is a really interesting post, it’s so helpful to know what is and isn’t working for other people and to learn some really useful tips. Thanks for sharing.
    Louise
    http://www.thewhatnowblog.com

  • Andrea
    January 31, 2017

    I loved this blog post! You have amazing time on growing your blog.
    I need to come and read it again!
    Love,
    Andrea Snow
    snowbyheart.com

  • Jacquelyn BIRKELAND
    January 31, 2017

    I really liked this post! It definitely gave my a little insight as to what works and what doesn’t. Very informative!

  • Paulina Szczepanska
    January 31, 2017

    Just keep working and the results will be amazing! You are already doing great, girl!

    xoxo from California!

    Paulina
    http://www.shenska.com

  • Beth (GrannyBeth3)
    January 31, 2017

    I love this. I gives me a sense of what I could be doing regarding my own blog stats. I’m trying to blend real-world business skills with blogging fun.

  • Healthy & Psyched
    January 31, 2017

    I had a similar experience with stumbleupon- I read about it on another bloggers resource page and it was brilliant for a month but then I didn’t really get any traffic from it.
    I love this blog report post though and I found you through a facebook group 🙂

  • Jaki
    February 1, 2017

    Handy little post to see how others get their traffic. Thanks. #twinklytuesday

  • Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy
    February 1, 2017

    For me different things work for different types of posts, anything food, tutorial, or home based works really well for Pinterest and Stumble Upon. I get about 60% of my traffic from Pinterest, around 500 views per day to the same post! Keep at it and your page views will keep growing. January is quiet for a lot of people #TwinklyTuesday

  • Lyndsey
    February 2, 2017

    I took a weekend off and saw a decrease in traffic. I am working hard this week to catch up. I’m sure one of my main problems is that I have only been blogging for a month so I haven’t had the time to build a huge amount of traffic just yet. I am hoping to get there though. I have been going back and forth on when to start a Facebook page for my blog. I am trying to grow my Pinterest account first. I don’t want to put to many eggs in one basket and not be able to succeed with any of them! Glad to know what has worked for you! Thanks!
    -Lyndsey

  • Renard Moreau
    February 2, 2017

    [ Smiles ] We all want more blog traffic!

    Thank you for sharing this with me!

  • Johanna
    February 3, 2017

    I found that rather helpful and interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    I’m working on building up my blog and hopefully making a bit of a job out of it. For now I’m learning and researching and I’m finding learning from other bloggers is the way to go. so I thank you. You have a lot of helpful information on this blog.

  • Claudette Esterine
    February 8, 2017

    Blogging can be a full time job! I love your diligence and the effort and focus that you have! All the best for February!

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