If you’re just starting out your blogging journey and researching how to build your blog views and you see clickbait like “How I gained 150,000 page views in my first month” and think…wow that incredible. Let me put you out of your misery. It probably ain’t going to happen that way. I want to really help you gain those first thousand page views organically.
Meaning all my methods won’t cost you a penny! No ads, subscriptions or buying followers. Following all of these methods, you will reach your first 1000 page views within the first three months of blogging. All you have to do is put the work in.
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Keyword research is a really important part of writing a blog post. In order to get found on Google, you need to think about SEO. A large part of SEO is your keyword research. For a small blog starting out, the best option to do is a long-tail keyword.
- Long-tail keyword – Brown oversized fluffy jacket
- Short keyword – jacket
The more specific you are, the better! ‘Jacket’ is a common word that will have been used a million times on the internet and sadly a brand new blog isn’t going to rank for generic terms. Dig deep.
Although there are a lot of paid platforms out there for finding keywords, I have three strategies for doing it for free!
Google search bar
Once you type in the term that you would like to use, Google will highlight other terms that people are searching for. This gives you other ideas for secondary keywords to use in your blog post.
Google other related search
At the bottom of your Google search page, there will be a box of related search items, again that people have looked at when searching for a brown oversized fluffy jacket. Using these terms, repeat the above process. I would focus on one long-tail keyword for a post but also include a secondary keyword.
Moz is a paid tool but they offer free options which are of great help. Moz offers 10 free search queries per month where you can search a long tail keyword and they will analyze who ranks the highest, the difficulty of the keyword and other related keywords.
Moz also offers a free chrome extension for showing the DA score of a website once you’re on it. I find this tool is extremely useful and also a free alternative to Ahrefs.
Write content worth reading
When creating content, it has to be worth reading. Readers can tell when not much effort was put into a piece of writing. Offer value to your readers. Also, ensure that you are making it as easy as possible to read. You can do this by:
- Spell check all your work before it’s published.
- Use small paragraphs, no one is looking to read a 40-page novel.
- Use graphics to break up the blog post.
- Bullet points or lists to break up the post.
People aren’t looking to read a five thousand page essay on how to paint your nails. Keep it interesting and informative at the same time.
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Share your blog posts
At the very beginning, Google isn’t going to rank you on page one. Google SEO takes time. In the meantime, use your social accounts to share your posts.
Social accounts that you can share your content on are:
It’s also doesn’t work if you share it once and it’s never brought up again. You really have to share, share and share again. People miss posts all the time, sometimes your posts become relevant to a person in four months time. Sadly not many people are going to go looking through your entire website to look for a specific post.
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Ensure your website is easy on the eyes
Although the design isn’t always the main factor – you need to ensure that your blog post is easy enough to navigate and read.
If you have a black background and lime green writing, it’s going to be impossible to retain readers as people will just get frustrated trying to read your post. Your post could be an incredible page one worthy post but sadly it’s going to stay on page 103,403.
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Write about current issues/current problems
Keeping ahead of the curve is important. If you’re writing posts about what to do if your telephone wire breaks… sadly no one is going to be searching for that. Keep your posts current and up to date with the world.
I found that on my personal blog, controversial pieces and taboo topics always performed better. If you’re not a controversial writer, don’t worry about it. Just keep your content updated with the times.
I’m not saying three blog posts per day but then one every month isn’t going to worth either. It’s about finding the happy medium. Enough to keep your readers engaged with your blog and also giving yourself enough time to create worthy content.
A lot of new bloggers are still working full-time, therefor posting three times a week isn’t doable, but not to worry! If you have to start out with one blog post a week, stick to your schedule. It’s better to produce quality content than sharing a load of rubbish. (You are looking to retain readers as well as expand)
Have another blogger guest post on your blog
Guest posting is good for a number of reasons such as SEO and backlinks but in this case, it’s great for building traffic. If another blogger writes a guest post on your site, they will then promote the blog post. You are then reaching their audience as well as your own.
The bigger the blogger, the bigger the audience. This is a great way for finding other opportunities for you to guest post on blogs.
Create round-up posts from other bloggers
This can be similar to the guest posting but you have more control over the content. For example, you could create a post on the top 50 bloggers that make over £1000 per month. You are then including a mini interview with 50 other bloggers. Once the post is live, those bloggers can then share your piece!
Round-up posts do take time as it requires reaching out to people, which is usually cold calling. You then need to wait for responses, people are busy etc – but the posts are worth it!
Creating an email list
A great way to retain readers is to have an email list. Once people are signed up to your newsletters, you then have access to sending out new blog posts, updates and product launches whenever you like! Just don’t overdo it.
An email list is a vital part of blogging if you are looking to retain readers. With social media changing, you never know what platform we will all be using in ten years. With an email list, you control the list. Therefore you can drive traffic to your blog regardless of social media.
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How do you know it works?
The Bloggers Incentive received 1.1k views in the first month of the site going live by following the above steps.
These steps work and as long as you’re willing to put in the work, your page views will grow.
Conclusion – How to reach your first 1000 page views
Reaching the 1000 milestone for page views is a big step and requires hard work and constancy. Following the above nine steps, you’ll reach your first 1000 page views in no time. Although page views are a large part of blogging, it’s important to not obsess over them. I try to only check my analytics once a week. It’s important to not focus on them all the time, building an audience takes time.
What are some things you do to build your traffic?
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