Getting more blog views has been the one thing I’ve worked on consistently since I created Accidentally Adulting. And it’s the most popular question I get asked. Let me tell you guys something: IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY! When I started Accidentally Adulting, I thought that creating cool and interesting posts would bring people to my site. And it sorta did…for a second. I had a core group of 15 followers. They were awesome, they commented. Life was great. But I wanted more. I wanted more people visiting the site and reading my posts. I wanted to feel like I was creating content for actual people, who were actually reading. So I started researching. I legitimately spent the first year of my blog reading blog posts and articles all about what I needed to do to get more people on my website.
A lot of it was actual bullshit. But some of it actually worked. So now I’m here to sort through all the bullshit for you and give you the goods straight up.
Before I even get into all of my advice let me give you this huge piece of advice. The first thing you need is a blog. My sister started a blog after I did. She created here on Blogger. She hated it. I’ve also had a blog on Blogger. It doesn’t do nearly as much as WordPress does. So get yourself a WordPress blog. And if you’ve already started you blog on a different platform, you can easily migrate you blog absolutely HASSLE FREE by clicking this link. And now we can move on.
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
I want to get this one out of the way first. It’s important to have some other platforms, or social media account to interact with your followers. I learned this early on and was prompted to create an Instagram account for this blog. It was extremely helpful in growing my following here on this site. It was easier to kind of advertise each blog post to groups of people who weren’t already on WordPress. But most importantly I could find people who I thought would be interested in what I was creating, and interact with them directly.
I was also able to network with other bloggers via Instagram. That opened me up to comment pods, which created buzz on my Instagram page. Because of all that I was able to do on Instagram I quickly grew my following to well over 9k in a little less than 9 months. And if you want to find out EXACTLY how I did that, hit the subscribe button on this site, drop that e-mail in, and you’ll my free mini e-book!
With that being said, I think that diversifying your social media platforms can be a little distracting. While I was able to have enormous growth on Instagram, and some of that growth trickled over to my blog, it did not exponentially grow my blog following and views. It’s really good for little view boosts, but nothing long term. So my recommendation is to get another social media platform to display your blog work, but don’t focus too much on it.
E-Mail lists are pretty necessary. And it’s something that I didn’t pay attention to or work on for a lot longer than I’d like to admit. The first mistake I made was creating a subscribe prompt with absolutely no incentive to subscribe.
Think about all the times you’ve ever subscribed to a blog. Why did you do it? You got something for free, didn’t you? So why do you think that your blog is so special that people are just going to sign up because they love you? Let me break this down for you: YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL. It’s okay. I’m not special either. There are a crap ton of other blogs out there in the big blue blog sea. And they’re all trying to achieve the same goals we are.
So basically what I’m getting at is, in order to have people actually sign up/subscribe to your blog, you must offer them something that they can and really want to use. Some sites offer free stock photos, some offer advice (like my little mini e-book). What they all have in common is that whatever they’re offering is complimentary.
If you’re new to blogging and you can’t even imagine how to begin creating one of these subscriptions prompts, I’m here to let you know it’s super easy. I personally use MailMunch for my subscribe prompt. It’s really awesome because it just takes you step by step through the process. It’s very straightforward. It essentially only asks you how you want it to appear, and behave (aka drop down, just appear, etc.). And best of all, IT’S FREE! Well, it’s free if you’re okay with leaving the logo on. And the free version has limited color and design options. But I still use the free version, and it’s great for me. Click on the MailMunch link to get your Subscribe prompt started!
So everyone is obsessed with Pinterest. It’s like the holy grail for blogs. It’s another one of those things that I really ignored for a while. Which is kind of weird because I am actually really active on Pinterest for my personal life. I love Pinterest and I’m on it for fun all the time. If you’ve spent any time researching how to grow your blog views then you know that bloggers swear by increasing your traffic through Pinterest. I have finally jumped on the Pinterest train. I’ve turned to this site to start growing my blog traffic and the difference is truly night and day. Using Pinterest has created a ton of traffic for my site. And unlike my Instagram account, it has brought viewers that stay on the site for a long period of time, and who also (and most importantly) subscribe to the blog. This is a HUGE deal. You have to implement Pinterest in your blog strategy if you really want to see growth.
With that being said it took me forever to really figure out how to use Pinterest to grow my views. And I didn’t start seeing results until I made one little tiny decision.
Tailwind and Pinterest used in conjunction will change your entire blogging career. If you’re trying to grow your following, then you’re probably not working on your blog full time yet. Which means that you’re probably busy with literally everything else in your life. So it’s really hard to pin a bunch of blog related posts, to very specific boards every day. Particularly if you’re working full-time, or if you’re chasing around kids at home. Tailwind actually schedules your pins for you! So you can sit down one day, and have your pins set for like a month! The best part is that Tailwind goes through your Pinterest and figures out the best time to post your pins for you! That means you’re getting your pins out there, and the best most active times, and you don’t even have to lift a finger.
I’m telling you, the moment I started using Tailwind my blog viewership increased 235%. Tailwind has a dashboard that keeps you updated about that kinda stuff too. It really is a life saver. And I actually have a special deal for you guys! If you use this Tailwind link you can get Tailwind for free for ONE WHOLE MONTH! That’s a whole month of free traffic! That means you can grow your following, and you can see which posts are performing well on Pinterest. This kind of insight allows you to make little changes that assist your post in going viral faster!
That’s all I’ve got for you guys! Let me know in the comments below what you think of this post. What are you guys struggling with in terms of your blog? What are your blog goals? What are you doing to achieve your blogging goals?