How I received over 1000 page views in my first week of blogging

In case you didn’t know, at the beginning of the year, I accidentally deleted the blog that I had been working on for two years. Not only was I unable to recover any of the information from that blog, but I had lost all of the page views that I seriously worked so hard to achieve. I love blogging, more than a lot of things, and I was so close to quitting that it was scary. After a good few hours of crying, I pulled myself together and began writing. I knew that was the only way I would ever see 1000 page views again!

I knew that I wasn’t going to have traffic as I did, and I knew that no one even knew what happened. Once I began sharing the story on my social media platforms, things had a slight glimmer of hope. Maybe I would at least get one view on my brand new blog, right? At the end of the week, I went to check out my analytics, and to my surprise, I had achieved over 1000 page views on my brand new blog in just one week.

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Consistent Engagement

I attribute the amount of engagement that I dedicate to my social media platforms the key to success, seriously. I take around one hour a day, sometimes more, sometimes less, and I just engage with everyone. Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. After all, social media is free marketing for blogging, so why not?! Since I basically had a new chance with all of my social media accounts, I started everything completely over. I decided to go ahead and brand myself across the platforms so that my colors and fonts would be recognizable. Those are still the colors and fonts that I am using, and I am really happy with it.

I hit the ground running with a pretty great amount of engagement on Instagram, and my numbers are slowly rising again on various other channels. I’m also making sure to go through my followers and remove anything that comes across as bots, or like they are not genuine. We are building a community over here! By the way, have you joined The Brunch Club? Engagement is an amazing way to not only connect with other bloggers but to get your name and content out there as well.

Tailwind, Tailwind, Tailwind!

I used the free version of Tailwind for a while back in fall. Even then, I started seeing a huge increase in the traffic I was getting to my blog. I knew that if I ever wanted to see 1000 page views, I had to get back on Tailwind. Investing in Tailwind has made such a difference in my Pinterest account, as well as my blog. I’m able to push my content so much further than I could do on my own, and I’m also able to share amazing content from fellow bloggers. Really, everyone wins here!

When I use Tailwind, I typically will fill the first four days of the week. As I add content to my blog, I will add those pins to Pinterest. If you’re looking for some info on how to create amazing Pinterest graphics, here is a post all about that! With the help of a Tribe Boost, I can add all of my graphics to my Tailwind Tribes. Oh, another amazing thing about Tailwind, they have an Instagram Hashtag Finder that basically does all of the work for you! Find out more about that in this post! Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have hit 1000 page views in my first week without it!

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SEO makes all of the difference

I’m one of those weird marketing people that kind of has an obsession with SEO. Many people don’t realize the impact that it can have on your blog, and other platforms use SEO as well (hello, Pinterest!). I have a post here talking about SEO and why it is important if you want to check it out. It goes further into detail about different aspects. For now, I’ll give you a quick rundown. SEO stands for search engine optimization. To put it simply, it is how Google finds your content, and ranks it on search engines.

Placing the right word in the right area could be the difference in 10 views or 1000 page views. If you’re a WordPress user, you need to be using Yoast SEO. It guides you step-by-step to get your blog post perfect every time. It lets you know if you need to use your keyword more often, helps you make sure that you’re including internal and external links, and even checks your writing for you! It’s seriously an all-in-one tool. Plus, it’s a free plugin, but there is a Pro version you can pay for as well.

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26 Comments

  1. January 27, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the tips! It took me my first 3 weeks to reach 1000 views. I would much rather have had that in the first week! I’m going to invest in tailwind and up my SEO game because oy 3 views a day are coming from organic searches! It’s my worst avenue of traffic.

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 27, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Yes, I can not recommend tailwind enough!

  2. January 27, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    Nice read!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 27, 2019 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much!

  3. January 30, 2019 / 9:33 am

    I am starting a blog this year. Haven’t done it before out of sheer fear, thanks for the insight

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      January 30, 2019 / 10:24 am

      It’s not scary at all! Let me know if you need help or advice! Good luck!

  4. April 6, 2019 / 7:34 pm

    I loved this post! I don’t have social media for my blog for personal reasons, but also, what am I doing wrong? I have been consistently blogging for about three months and blogging in total for almost 2 years but I’ve never reached 1000 page views and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong… 😩

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      It’s hard to do it without social media. Do you have Pinterest? That is a great way to get traffic to your blog!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      April 7, 2019 / 7:47 pm

      I love it, it is an amazing tool!

  5. Sandra
    April 14, 2019 / 6:30 am

    I’ve been blogging for a year on and off. Have not got 1K views in a single week. How much content and how many pins you had during that week?
    Did you had a big audience in Facebook or IG?

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      April 14, 2019 / 9:19 am

      Hey Sandra! I was posting 7 days a week, and shared 30 pins per day on Pinterest. My audience isn’t big on either haha.

  6. September 5, 2019 / 11:39 pm

    I think consistency is key to a successful blog. Pinterest is a great way to be noticed as well as SEO. These two methods i implement on my own blog.

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      September 6, 2019 / 10:35 am

      Absolutely, those are both great ways to grow traffic!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      November 7, 2019 / 11:12 am

      Thanks! I’m glad they can help!

  7. November 21, 2019 / 6:57 am

    Hi Ashlee! Thanks for the great info. For some reason I don’t have much luck with Tailwind. I have to share like 50 pins to get a reahare 😤. I have a wide variety of graphics and content submitted – maybe I’m just not in the right Tribes. Anyway, so glad you bounced right back and are seeing great success this time around. Thanks for posting great content!

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      November 21, 2019 / 11:12 am

      Thanks Andrea! Tailwind definitely has highs and lows. I have found that if I share my content more than others (and basically use tribes less as of late) that my Pinterest is sending more traffic to my blog.

  8. December 6, 2019 / 1:23 am

    Loved this! I feel like I found a lot of useful information. However, I do have a question. There is soooo much information at our fingertips anymore is blogging really still a “thing”. It just seems like the blogs I am interested in writing have probably been done. Is this just self doubt rearing it’s ugly head?

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      December 6, 2019 / 3:36 am

      Thanks Karen! There is a ton of information out there, but the beauty of blogging is that you get to share your voice. I read blogs everyday, and even if it is on a topic I’ve read about, I still find new info that I didn’t know! It’s just self-doubt for sure!

  9. December 9, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    I have been blogging for 10 months now, using Pinterest and Tailwind as well as Instagram and I have yet to see even 300 page views in any one month. I’ve been focusing on improving my SEO both for my blog and specifically for Pinterest. I love blogging but I must say it’s rather discouraging after putting in so many hours and money I don’t have in the first place. I’m most definitely negative as far as the financial end paying off as a blogger. And money is a big reason I started a blog to help our family. Hopefully one day I’ll find the real key to this blogging success.

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      December 9, 2019 / 9:35 pm

      Hey Paisley! When I started my very first blog almost four years ago, I was exactly the same way! SEO is definitely the way to go, it not only helps you create better content, but it helps your content be found! Using Pinterest and Tailwind are both amazing tools, I tend to focus on Pinterest the most instead of other social platforms because I get much better results. It is all about trial and error, you’ll get there! If you need any help feel free to reach out!

  10. December 28, 2019 / 11:05 pm

    Hi, I just started my blog with a friend of mine about a month ago. When sharing on Pinterest are you posting the same content to the same boards each day?

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      December 28, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      Hey girl, no! I put everything into tailwind and it rotates so that the same content is overwhelming a particular board. Smart loop is a great tool if you have Pinterest!

  11. May 31, 2020 / 3:15 pm

    Downloaded Tailwind because of this post! Let’s see how it goes! Ox

    • ashleestuart
      Author
      June 9, 2020 / 9:15 am

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it!

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