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Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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Blog Traffic | May 2017

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I don’t know about you, but I felt May went very fast. It was over before you had a chance to blink. Here how I achieved my 20,000 page views in May.

May blog traffic 2017

My May blog traffic didn’t exactly set the roof on fire this month. But I can’t be too disappointed as we are in what a lot of bloggers are calling the ‘summer slump’. This month we had nicer weather, two bank holiday weekends and longer days, just meant that more people were enjoying their self. And quite frankly I can’t blame them.

My top 5 most popular posts from May:

Once again I decided not to based my popular posts on page views, but on how much engagement each post received. I mentioned in my April Post that 2 of my blog post went semi-viral; however, I had nothing like that this month. But I did get a lot of new readers and a lot of new views. So if you are one of the new people here, well hello there. My advice would be to pull up a chair, brew a cup of tea and get comfy, as folks I’m only getting started.

How did people find my Blog?

My top 3 results came largely from Stumbleupon, Twitter and Organic Searches:

Stumbleupon (SU):

SU was another fantastic and brilliant result. This month I gave it my full attention and it has paid off. I think this what I needed to stop my traffic from crashing.

Since I wrote my SU post from last month, so many of you have been asking me questions. And a lot of these questions are about the lack of traffic from SU and being ghost banned. Well here is my response and how you can you can work to resolved this problem:

It seems like your site has been ‘ghost banned’. This is when SU put a block on your account. It might have felt that you were spamming your account – which I’m sure you weren’t! But perhaps their anti-spam tool picked up something.

My advice is – be active and leave SU alone for your site for the time being. Meaning don’t try to build traffic from it. When I say be active on SU, try to build followers and just browse the platform. What I love about SU is that it helps me discover really cool sites that I would otherwise never have found. So just pick an interest and just browse.

I myself for example, love browsing on all the paranormal stuff so I tend to spend hours looking at everything. When you find something cool – give it a thumb up and add it to your like. I also find that if you enjoyed one such cool site and it has social media buttons then share it on your platform. I find SU reward you if you share people sites onto social media. I also find it reward you if you comment on a blog post – but don’t leave a spammy comment.

Also browse other people following – what are they stumbling? Take a look and that can hopefully help you build up a following.

Once you done that for a while, slowly start adding your site, give it a test run and see how it goes. Slowly start adding other people sites to your SU. If you join in with lots of Facebook SU threads – try to just join in with one and see how that goes.

It might take a while for SU to take off your block but it not permanent and there is way to unblock yourself.

If you haven’t read my SU post, then read it today.

Twitter:

Another month of unexpected and pleasant surprise from Twitter. I think it did help that I encourage my readers more to share my blog post on Twitter and it turns that brought in more readers and new traffic.

I found people were retweeting my blog links tweets, my mentions were filled of people tweeting both my old and new blog posts. This was amazing and I didn’t expect such lovely attention.  One thing I did do was post more on twitter and use the appropriate hashtags.  It well worth turning your attention to Twitter.

I have written a blog post on how to get traffic via Twitter.

Organic searches:

My organic searches were another big success throughout May. This is what I think kicked my traffic into gear. Let just say, without it – my traffic would have been a lot lower.

I’m planning in June to start to writing more in-depth SEO blog series. I think it will be beneficial to you as everyday I’m always reading how people are confused with this SEO business. I’m here to clear things up.

I achieved high traffic source from organic searches by using various simple technique.  I wrote high keywords post, what I mean by this is I wrote post that I know will do well in Google. It all comes down to me using my Google keyword tool into my SEO strategy and using high search term within a blog post.

If that sound confusing, don’t worry as I’ve written a tutorial on how to use Google keyword tool for your blog.

Also it might be helpful to read my post on how to make your blog more SEO friendly.

What didn’t work in March:

Pinterest. It was another month of it just hovering off the ground not moving anywhere. I’m still unclear on what happen. Those by the end of the month I was getting a lot of re-pins so It could pick up again June.

May blog traffic

And that was my May blog traffic report. It was a bloody brilliant month and a big thank you so much for supporting me. It means the universe to me that my blog is doing so well and I couldn’t have done it with you – Thank you so much everyone.

 

 

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  • Shirley Corder
    May 31, 2017

    Well done, Anna, on a really good month. I haven’t spent time like this for ages. I need to do it again, and see how well my site is doing. Thanks for the nudge. A Lesson in Communication

  • GiGi Eats
    May 31, 2017

    STUMBLEUPON is a very valuable search tool… That is, if you use it correctly!! 🙂

  • Kerry
    May 31, 2017

    i never get a lot from Pinterest either, it’s so hard! Really interesting post thanks 🙂 #bestandworst

  • Sarah Howe
    May 31, 2017

    You have fab stats hun….I had a good month at 15k so you stormed it! I know what you mean about SU…it can really help! Great tips and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  • Nadalie
    May 31, 2017

    Congrats Anna! That’s so amazing.

    I am so going to check out Stumble Upon, I’ve heard mixed reviews as to whether it drives traffic or not. But I shall try!

    Thanks for the insight,
    Nadalie, It’s All You Boo
    NEW POST: How to Automate Your Success with Good Habits

  • Victoria Brown
    May 31, 2017

    Hey Congrats on 20,000 Views! Thats Huge!
    Loved the post.
    Im almost at the 1 month point on my blog and almost at 1,500 views. Cant WAIT to get to 20,000! lol
    Keep up the good work!

  • Michaela
    May 31, 2017

    Congrats on your traffic this month! I need to check out stumble upon. I’ve been really focusing on getting better at Pinterest recently but for some reason, I’ve been putting off stumble upon… need to fix that!

  • Celia
    May 31, 2017

    Really great way of tracking your progress. I’m gonna save this post for later when I start tracking mine!

  • Cheryl
    May 31, 2017

    I would be over the moon with 20,000 views in a month lol. I was hoping to hit 1,000 this month but don’t think I’m quite going to make it. I need to get some tips from you on how to generate that kind of traffic.

  • Great job! I like how you share what’s working for you. It’s helpful 🙂

  • Kate
    May 31, 2017

    Awesome break down! I am going to go check out your article on Stumble Upon. I have been wondering how to leverage that for my blog!

  • Lauren
    May 31, 2017

    Thank you so much for sharing Anna! There is so much helpful information in this post! I will be sure to check out some of your other posts as well! xo

  • heidi
    June 1, 2017

    It’s been really odd lately as traffic goes and to be honest I always get a rise in the summer and you’d think it would be different. For me the complicated thing comes to play because having 4 blogs my top referrers differ so I still don’t catch a social media break ha. Congrats that’s a great month

  • Chelsie
    June 1, 2017

    I recently bought a pinterest ebook from Mommy on Purpose and it has TOTALLY changed the way I approach Pinterest. I’d highly recommend looking into it if you want to grow your Pinterest! 🙂

  • Patrick
    June 1, 2017

    Very nice,Anna! Those are some huge numbers to a lot of us!! I had 568/1,079 and a 1.90 avg so you can see that you were humming along!!

  • Emily
    June 1, 2017

    Nice wins!!! Thank you for the insight.

  • Jill
    June 1, 2017

    Congrats on 20,000+ views!

    Jill
    http://www.jilldap.com

  • Jessica Devlin Design
    June 1, 2017

    i’ve been trying to get “un-banned” so far no luck. ill keep trying

  • Elizabeth
    June 1, 2017

    Congrats! I think you did great and it’s inspirational for someone like me who just crossed the one and a half month blogging mark! I got 700 page views last month so my goal for this month is 1k 🙂
    Elizabeth | Confidentlyelegant.com

  • Veronica
    June 2, 2017

    Congrats on the views! I haven’t heard of Stumbleupon but if it gave you results like these, I definitely will to see if it works for me! Thanks for the advice!

  • Kelly
    June 2, 2017

    Stumbleupon sounds like a great way to find new blogs. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Samantha Lee
    June 2, 2017

    I really need to get my butt into gear and learn about SEO. Also Stumble Upon sounds so intriguing! I’m definitely going to check that out.

    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  • This is very interesting. For the last couple of months my Pinterest was going really well, but I feel like its been throttled and its not working as well anymore. I’m going to learn more about stumbleupon because I know I’ve used it, and it messes up my bounce rate. But my traffic is never consistent from there. So maybe I need to change it up. Thanks!

  • Yvonne
    June 2, 2017

    I never considered Stumbleupon as a way to increase traffic for my blog but reading about your success with it make me think that I should!

  • Andrew Kevin Alpin
    June 16, 2017

    I find your blog very helpful. Thank you for the tips especially stumbleupon, never knew that one

  • Yayra
    June 23, 2017

    Great job Anna. I need to pay attention to stuble upon too. I have left it alone for too long. Thanks dor this reminder

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