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Five Easy Ways to Grow Your Blog's Pageviews

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How to improve post statics, and increasing pageviews is on every bloggers' mind. It took me a little while to get into the swing of things, and start seeing a consistent increase in my blog's pageviews. In today's post, I wanted to share what helped me.

Pick a Topic You Love

Writing about a topic you enjoy is the best way to have great blog stats. Why? Because if you write about what you enjoy, readers can feel that, and are more likely to enjoy reading it. When picking a topic (or topics) you want to write about, make a list of blog posts you'd write. This is helpful for many reasons. First, you'll have a go-to list of posts you can write, so you don't have a lull in posts. Secondly, it's a good way to determine if there is a topic you should write about. If you have a list that goes on-and-on, you know this is something you're passionate about and have a lot to share. However, if the list is fairly short, you might want to look at different topics you can use instead of, or in conjunction with the one you were planning on using.

Write Evergreen Content

To get the most out of each post, make sure it will stand the test of time. If your content is tied to a specific day, like that year's Oscar nominees, then you'll see the stats for that post diminish as it ages. On the other hand, if your posts are useful day-after-day and year-after-year, then you're going to get more views out of each of your posts everyday. I'm not saying don't write content that has an expiration date. But I am saying that you need to make sure your have a good mix of content that is evergreen and will expire.

Search Engine Optimization

Proactively managing your site's SEO is key to increasing your pageviews. By following basic SEO tips, you should be able to increase the amount of organic traffic you get. Not sure where to start to improve your SEO? You should definitely read my Beginner's Guide to SEO:)

Share on Social Media

If you're not doing this already, this is going the easiest and fastest way to increase your pageviews. Share your new content with your friends, family, and fans using social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Personally, I love using Pinterest to attract readers to my blog, but it does take a little more work then just posting a photo. To get the most action out of  your Pinterest posts, you need to create bright, colorful, and long graphics that depict what you're sharing about. When done right, those few extra minutes pay off to a lot more pageviews.

Link to Your Other Related Posts

You may or may not have noticed that I already did this earlier in the post. I already have an in-depth post about improving SEO that ties in perfectly with the topic of improving your blog's stats. So I linked it :) You need to be doing this, too. When someone finds your site, you want to give them an easy way to find all the other relevant content on your site. To do this, you need to be mentioning and linking your other posts that relate to one another. Maybe you wrote a new post that ties in to one you wrote a couple months ago. Well go to that older post and link the new one. You need to make it as easy for your readers to find what they need on your site. The fewer clicks and searches they need to do, the better!

Want to start a blog? Read my post "How to Start a Blog" here!


When I Grow Up

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As a young child, we were all asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" My answers ranged from a veterinarian to a fashion designer. Finally, a week before my 22nd birthHighday, I know my answer to this question. This was not easy; it took research, job shadowing, and volunteering to get to my answer.

 

 

 

Before starting college, I wanted to be a hair stylist and make-up artist. Luckily for me, my high school offered the opportunity to dual-enroll with a local cosmetology school during to a few students their senior year (3 classes and 40-50 hours a week at cosmetology school). I was selected to be a part of the program, and graduated from cosmetology school early (three weeks before I finished high school). After graduating I was supposed to go take my licensing test, and I would be able to work at a salon. However, I had a feeling inside of me that there was something else out there for me. So, instead of spending the money on getting my license, I went to a local community college.

While working on a philanthropy project for one of my classes at the community college, I had push in the right direction. For part of this project, we were to complete 15 hours of volunteer hours. So, I helped design signs for the youth director at a local church for their holiday events. She loved what I designed, and told me I should use my talents by going into marketing. This was the first time I had heard of marketing, but if it was as fun as designing posters I had to check it out.

So, I started a little research, which turned into hours and hours of research. The more I learned about marketing, the more I loved it. The different layers of marketing were so interesting, too - public relations, advertising, communications, personal selling, research and much more. It sounded perfect.

I'm seven weeks away from graduating, and I can proudly say that when I grow up I want to be a marketing manager in the beauty industry. Now, the real fun begins; time to find a job that will get me there. Wish me luck!