Do you wonder exactly what is trending on your blog? Do you wonder which form of social media is netting you the most traffic? If you’re anything at all like me, you check your stats daily. I like to know which form of social media is working the best, don’t you? I think all bloggers will agree that promoting blog posts takes more time than writing blog posts sometimes.
I don’t know about you, but for me, Pinterest is consistently my #1 Referrer. Regardless to what I am posting about, Pinterest drives traffic to my blog at a greater rate than any other form of social media.
Recently as we all know, Facebook has made it increasingly harder for younger blogs to engage an active audience.
Likely due to frustrations with Facebook, there has been an upward trend towards Stumble Upon in the circle of bloggers that I tend to network with most often. I’m still new to Stumble Upon and learning the ropes over there. It is fun and I have seen some really interesting things to read. I’m happy to see SU in my top 3!
How to find your statistics in the WordPress Dashboard
I clicked on the tallest bar which is the orange one in the top photo in the graphic. Clicking the bar will open a new window which is the bottom photo in the graphic.
It’s easy; click the bar, open a new window for more detailed statistics. AND THEN, for even more detailed information, click the + sign where available. See graphic below.
So I clicked the + sign and a dropdown menu opens showing all of the exact Pins which were visited by your readers. Click any link to find which Pins are trending.
If you are not yet using Pinterest analytics, you may want to consider taking time to get that added to your account. There is valuable information to be found relating to what your readers are Repinning. You will want to promote those posts which are currently trending from your blog.
Notice in the above graphic that my #1 repin in October is actually a Christmas post! The Christmas Party Games post has multiple Pins, all of which get Repinned. Yay for people who plan ahead! I promoted the More Trunk or Treat Ideas post quite a bit when I realized it was getting so much traffic. I even opened up my Trunk or Treat Board on Pinterest for Group Pins. (I’d be happy to have to join)
The Plug in recommended to optimize blog and Pinterest together is Yoast.
2. Search Engine
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Again, Yoast is the plug in you will need for SEO on WordPress. Please do not be intimidated by the mere thought of SEO. It isn’t as difficult as it is made out to be. The main thing is to develop a good, searchable title. You want to use a title that folks will find when they conduct a random internet search or use hashtags on any form of social media. There is much more to good SEO but begin with those 2 things and grow from there. A good source of information on SEO can be found at Blogelina.com here.
3. Stumble Upon
My third top referrer for this particular day is Stumble Upon. I hope you will give it a try. Please go follow me here.
A brief look at the last 7 of my top 10
Running giveaway’s on your blog does pay off by driving traffic to your blog. Now, we are not going to get into it here, but if you want to know if visitor are staying and visiting more pages, check your Bounce Rate.
Yay! People really do pop in from Facebook. It’s also # 8. Folks are visiting both through my mobile site which my Theme offers and through their PC.
Both, How Does She and Happy Money Saver are websites who shared my content and linked back to me. YAY! I appreciate that. How Does She is a larger blog and therefore the traffic I gained from that link was really HUGE! I thanked her on her FB page link to my post.
Twitter is one super fast moving website!! I highly recommend using a scheduling site such as Hootsuite to post to Twitter regularly. Twitter is a good place to share your Giveaways. Revive Old Posts formerly known as Tweet Old Post is a good Plug In to use.
Twubs and Twitter are good friends. I participated in a Twitter party through Twubs for Bloggers Get Social. I gained about 20 new Twitter followers during the 30 minute event! I was able to share a Blogger Opp from my blog and gained another participant as a result of sharing during that Twitter party. As you can see, it was in my top 10 referrers to my blog that day. Is a Twitter party worth your time? Maybe so. They give away prizes at Twitter parties too!
I hope that have found this information in some way helpful. I think we can all agree that blogging is a lot of hard work. Hard work does pay off though. I find blogging to be a lot of fun. My most favorite part is meeting nice folks like you!
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