Monday, August 24, 2015

Road to 10,000: Weekly Goals & Updates, Week 6

Road to 10,000:  Weekly Blog Goals and Updates | Sarah Smirks | Keywords:  social media, building your social media following, building your blog traffic, growing your Instagram followers


Hello, hello!  I cannot believe I am on week 6 of this series.  As I was researching this post, I read through my first week.  O.M.G.  I have come a far way.  My goal was to get to 20 Bloglovin followers (I was at 9), and now I have over 7 times that!  Setting goals has really helped me grow because I push hard to make (or come close) to my goals each week.  It has been a fun ride so far.  Let's go over last week's goals.

Catch up:  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5

Blog Goals from Last Week


Instagram:  1,000 followers
Status:  #Fail

I hustled.  I hustled really hard, but I only hit 950 this week.  No cigar.  I still grew by over 50 in one week.  To do that, I used some awesome hashtags that were posted in Venus Trapped in Mars (you can see that article and four others that helped me grow my IG account here.).  I also went on what we call our SGPT (Self Guided Photography Tours).  We traveled around Evanston and spent a day in the country taking photos for my Instagram account.  I also upgraded my Hootsuite account to premium because they now allow you to schedule your Instagram posts(!!).

Road to 10,000:  Weekly Blog Goals and Updates | Sarah Smirks | Keywords:  social media, building your social media following, building your blog traffic, growing your Instagram followers


Sessions:  60/weekday
Status: Rocked it.

I did it!  Last week, I couldn't meet my goal to hit 60, this week I exceeded it.  I averaged 76 sessions/day!  I only reached 57.4 last week.  What a difference - 18.6 more people a day.  The big difference is that I am getting a lot more traffic from Pinterest.  And, I have to thank Boardbooster - a Pinterest scheduling software - for that.  Pinterest recently changed its algorithm.  It now takes into consideration when you post.  I don't know about you, but I'm a binge pinner.  With Boardbooster, I still can be, but it will publish my pins throughout the day instead of all at once.  AND, it will loop my pins.  So, if you have a bad ass post that you wrote and pinned early in your blog life, and then you built a following, it will repin those pins and delete the old ones.

Road to 10,000:  Weekly Blog Goals and Updates | Sarah Smirks | Keywords:  social media, building your social media following, building your blog traffic, growing your Instagram followers
This week^^

Road to 10,000:  Weekly Blog Goals and Updates | Sarah Smirks | Keywords:  social media, building your social media following, building your blog traffic, growing your Instagram followers
Last Week ^^

I went from 6 referrals from Pinterest to 94 (123 if you count the weekend) in one week.  What?!


Blog Goals This Week


I am writing 4 posts for this week on some hot marketing and social media topics and guest posting on Take Action WAHM.  I am hoping to finish up my Twitter e-book this week too and send copies to my waitlist.

Instagram:  1,000 - It's going to happen!  I am going to hit 1,000 this week.  I will aim to do that by engaging with my followers, following interesting accounts, and posting gorgeous photos.

Sessions:  90/weekday - is this goal a little lofty?  Eh, maybe.  I'm going to try though.  I will work on creating different photos for each social media platform to make my accounts more visually appealing and comment on every blog post that I find interesting.  All of this is of course in addition to writing 4 stellar posts and guest blogging. 

Wish me luck!!

 

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