Hey friends! I mentioned that I’m working on growing a new blog this year and I wanted to share some of the strategies that are working so far.

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When I took over the site, it was averaging about 200 pageviews per day. I’ve been working on it for about a month and a half, and I’m currently averaging around 750 pageviews per day, so I’m happy with the growth so far!

Blog Analytics Update

My goal is to hit 25,000 sessions to qualify for Mediavine. Mediavine requires 50,000 sessions for new blogs, but only 25,000 sessions if you’re a Mediavine pro member.

How I’m Growing My Traffic

While I’m testing out a lot of different things, here are a few ways that I’ve been able to grow my traffic pretty quickly:

Google Webstories– These can be very hit or miss, but it’s a great way to get a small boost of traffic every now and then. I’ve had a few webstories take off and bring in a few hundred hits in one day. So I’ve made a few webstories every day, hoping to hit a few more home runs.

Writing Rank IQ Posts– I signed up for Rank IQ. (That’s my affiliate link.) I tested it out for my main blog last year but didn’t use it much. However, I think it’s a great tool if your blog is smaller and you’re still working to build up traffic and backlinks. This tool helps you find low-competition keywords to target in your niche. I know the payoff for this will be slower, but I want to create content that will eventually generate more traffic from Google. This requires a small monthly investment but for me, I think it’s worth it.

Facebook groups– Since I’m in the food space, there are lots of niche-specific Facebook groups for recipes. I’ve had the most success with very targeted groups (like gluten-free baking, low-carb recipes, etc.) Obviously, not all of my recipes fit into every group, but it’s an easy way to give certain recipes a little boost.

That’s what’s working so far! Let me know what questions you have and I’ll try to answer them in the next blog post. Thanks for following along!