3000+ visits in a month?
For an experienced blogger that does not sound solid at all. But why don’t you open your Google Analytics account and see how good was your very first month of blogging?
I think those of you who started fresh, without any background in blogging or knowledge in internet marketing, failed to get at least a thousand visits in their first month. Please share your results in comments, I’m really interested in a benchmark like that!
BloggerJET Monthly Report
I don’t think every blogger honestly shares his stats these days. And I rarely see someone posting screenshots from his Google Analytics account. But I have nothing to hide, except for how satisfying my first month was:
I don’t even have to explain this screenshot. You can clearly see here that I should’ve published new posts more often in the second half of the month. So this will be the #1 rule of this article:
The other thing you might have noticed is that I had a couple spikes in my visits graph and you are probably wondering which posts did that.
No problem, here’s the “Top Content Report” for you:
If you were with me from the start you don’t need to see the stats to name the winning articles:
- 29 Brilliant Posts You Have to Read Before I Call You an Internet Marketer is obviously my flagman post, that already got 174 tweets and still getting some occasional ones from time to time;
- How I Got 37 Tweets On My Very First Blogpost: Unveiling a Secret Tool – this post was mostly successful because of it’s headline… Well, this one is quite self explanatory, so why don’t you go and read it, if you haven’t done that before;
- Boring Story of a Single Post That Increased My Traffic by 128% – amusing thing about this one, is that it was actually a case study of how I created my flagman post and promoted it.
I have already shared a lot of tricks I’ve used to create engaging content and promote it (more to come soon!), so I guess I will just wrap them up here as a few more “rules of success”:
So what’s the next piece of analytics you’d like to see? Let me guess…
Hmmm… would that be “Traffic Sources”?
I only have top 25 sources on my screenshot as the full list is quite long. And I don’t think that the sources that got me 1-5 visits are of any interest to you.
From the report above you can clearly see that most of my traffic was generated by social networks, while Google only sent me about a hundred visits.
If you look closer, it appears that a major part of my search traffic came from “branded terms”. I think that’s because some people didn’t bookmark me once they visited BloggerJET for the first time and some time later they were searching for the blog address in Google:
Search Engine traffic is really great! People that come from search are usually more engaged when compared to accidental visitors. And yet in my first month only 2.8% of visits came from search.
Considering the fact that BloggerJet already has 1.8k incoming links and a dozen articles – the amount of search traffic may seem unfair. I guess I’m simply too young for Google to rank me well. Or either I need to spend more time on linkbuilding.
In any case, here’s my takeaway:
BloggerJET Future Plans
3k visits in a first month. This means I have to double my traffic each month to get to 100k monthly.
This is gonna be tough!
But as you know, I haven’t spend any money on BloggerJet by now. Some smart investments may really help me out.
And here’s the recap of those rules I’ve shared:
Follow them and you will be able to get even better results in your first month of blogging!
PS: by now I have some really smart people and even a number of professional bloggers among my readers, so I’d be really grateful if you could share some of your own “rules of success” in comments.