Road to 10,000: Monthly Blogging Updates and Strategy, Month 5
Hello, lovelies! I am currently typing this with puffy, swollen fingers from being the hot glue queen while crafting with my boy. I built him a Quiet Book that has rendered my fingers nearly useless. You're all lucky I love you and will type through the pain! See some quiet book tutorials here, here, and here. Trust me when I say, my Quiet Book is not making the blog cut....
Catch up on my last Road to 10k here.
So, I have quite a bit of updating for you! Let's first check out my website analytics from November 2015.
In November 2015, I had 2,036 sessions and 2,801 page views. I averaged 509 sessions per week. I ain't mad at it considering I have scaled back to a post a week for awhile.
My bounce rate was 81%, which is EFFIN sad. There is no reason anyone should have a bounce rate so high. I'll tell you why mine is looking so pathetic -- no links. I have been forgetting lately to add links to related posts..so, basically, I'm not sending my reader anywhere but out of my blog. Not so smart.
Where did my traffic come from? Mostly social. My biggest driver of traffic was Pinterest (42% of my traffic!). If you want some tips and tricks on Pinterest check out my post on automating Pinterest and this one on building your Pinterest audience. The next highest were direct and Twitter. I haven't been too involved in Facebook groups lately, which is usually a pretty big driver of traffic. I haven't been focusing on it, not because it isn't a great traffic source, but because I just don't always feel like being social (media), and I just haven't been feeling it lately.
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- For December, I'm going to be really realistic and say my goal is to maintain my current number of sessions, but decrease my bounce rate. December is a slow time for all websites that are not retail related, so, let's be real, I ain't gaining traffic!
- I plan on adding 3 blog posts this month - 2 blog/marketing related and one working mom related --> look forward to an ALL MOMPRENEUR gift guide next week.
On Twitter, I have 2,963 followers - damn close to 3k, but not quite there. You can see from my profile screenshot below that I have updated my profile to add emoticons. I also have a standard header and profile picture as well as a call to action on all of my profiles.
Twitter Goal: Get to 3,000 followers!
I currently have 518 followers (not bad, considering I haven't physically been on my work account in 2 months), and 2.5k pins. I automate everything and have pins pinned and a blog campaign running on this account which is working pretty well! You can find links to my Pinterest strategy above ^^.
Pinterest Goal: I'd like to reach 550 followers on Pinterest in December.
Instagram has been unstoppable. Now, that I understand how to grow my account, it is just a matter of keeping up with it. I am currently at 1,675 followers on Instagram and usually get between 50-100 likes a picture. Not bad, considering it's a relatively new account. You can learn more about my strategy here.
Instagram Goal: I would like to keep up with my one picture a day goal (which I haven't been keeping up with lately) and grow to 1,800 followers.