I am amazed that I’m writing this post so soon after making “Get 80,000 pages views a month” my New Year’s Resolution.
No, I’m not at 80k yet. But I hit a milestone…one that I thought would take much longer to reach.
This month, I hit 40k. In only two months, I have more than doubled my monthly page views.
How I More Than Doubled My Page Views in 2 Months
Now, the things I’m doing now won’t work on their own. A lot of my success has been due to perseverance and momentum. It took me over TWO YEARS (and a lot of work to get past my self-doubt) to get to $20k. However, I probably would have had more luck sooner if I had been plugging away as hard as I’ve been the last couple of months.
As I’ve mentioned in How I Monetized My Blog and How I am Improving my Photography in 2015, a lot of my inspiration came from the books I’ve read. Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul (affiliate) and Chelsea Lords’ How I Made $40k My First Year of Blogging (affiliate) were both INCREDIBLY motivating and showcased all of the things I did wrong. Which was incredibly frustrating, but it gave me the opportunity to fix those things. I started doing that in November and the results, as you can see, have been amazing.
Here is what the Analytics for my page views looks like in January:
Note: My Google Analytics account was opened at the end of February, so I don’t have accurate numbers until March 2014.
1. Hit link parties hard
I don’t mean just linking up to a bunch of parties and then leaving. Go through other links and COMMENT.
I used to link and run and I did…eh. Since I’ve been commenting, most of my traffic is coming from other people’s blogs. And the type of comment you leave matters, too. Don’t just say, “Great post!” and leave it at that. I talk about something that the post made me think of or I give my own experiences on the matter. And then I pin and stumble their content–and I tell them. A lot of bloggers will be so grateful for the social media sharing that they’ll find a way to do the same for you.How I More Than Doubled My Page Views in 2 Months Click To Tweet
If you don’t know where to start with link parties, I have a (constantly growing) list here.
2. Work on your photography.
And then join FoodGawker and Tastespotting.
If you’re not a food blogger, there are other “gawker” sites you can join…like CraftGawker, DwellingGawker, StyleGawker, and WeddingGawker. If you don’t deal with photography at all, then ignore this.
I’ve already talked about FoodGawker in How I Am Improving My Photography in 2015. so I’ll spare you all the details here.
Adding on to that–if your blog has a lot of old photos that are kind of bland, redo them. Choose one or two recipes each week, add them to your menu, and upload some new photos. It’s taking me a lot of time, but it is SO worth it! I have so many evergreen posts that are getting lots and lots of traffic because of the new photos!
Improving my photography, in general, has done nothing but great things for my blog. In the last month, three different bloggers have approached me about guest posting (one of them turned into a regular paid contribution). Another asked me to co-host the link party I mentioned above. I’m getting seen more often because my posts are getting pinned a lot. I was also approached by the editor of Reloved, a magazine in the UK who wanted to feature my Guitar Shelf (after I redid the photos).
(Btw, that post will be in the April issue! They’re working on it now and I’ve sent them new photos with a more streamlined tutorial! You can find the magazine in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. See the How to Buy section of their site to find out exactly where. I’ll let you all know when the issue has been published.)
Edit: I received a question from one of you who wanted to know if you should repost that old post when you update the photos so your readers know something is new. Very good question! I’m sure many of you are wondering the same thing, so I’ll answer here. Do NOT repost a post when you update it. Google’s search engine crawlers will pick up on duplicate content and that will hurt your SEO.
Your next question might be, “Can’t I just delete the old post?” You can, but that will ALSO hurt your SEO. The crawlers have already picked up on that old post and when you delete it, they’ll detect a broken link (which hurts you). It’s best to just update your evergreen posts and then heavily promote them on social media. (This is where #5 will be very important for you.) You can also write new posts (maybe something inspired by the old one) and link to that old post within the new content.
If you have a newsletter and you want your email subscribers to know you’ve updated a post, include it in the newsletter. (Keep in mind that if your subscribers are signed up for blog updates and not for a newsletter, you cannot just start sending them newsletter emails because it is not the email they agreed to receive.)
I hope this clears that up!
3. Do round up posts
Also, it DOES matter what kind of round up it is and where you’re getting your round up links. I often start in my Facebook groups to see if anyone has anything unique I can add…and I often feel bad for excluding people, but it has to be done sometimes. Sometimes their content isn’t that good (sometimes food bloggers just post the recipe and add no personality to it), it’s a copy of a post another blogger did (who did it better), or the pictures are complete junk (which I know is mean, but photography IS very important). Sometimes I’ll edit the pictures for lighting and color balance, but there’s only so much I can do.
Find GREAT content, check the blogger’s copyright, and use it in your round ups. And give an OBVIOUS link back. My links are huge because I want people to be able to find them easily.
Just as an example…my New Year’s Eve Cocktails and my DIY Headboard Ideas are my two highest grossing posts EVER. People love round ups because it’s nice to have everything in one place. And the more links you have in them, the better (ideally 30+, but sometimes it’s hard to get that many).
Also, a lot of bloggers have their sites set up so when you link to their post, a trackback shows up in their comments section. I’ve gotten a decent amount of traffic from that, as well as bloggers who have linked to my page because I linked their content.
4. Guest post
When I was a newbie blogger, I tried to get guest posts without actually knowing why it was important. I just knew it was what “real” bloggers did. So when I suggested one of my guest posters link back to the post she was writing for me and talk about it on social media, she responded with, “That seems unfair. Why should I promote YOUR blog? Putting a link in my blog post will alienate my readers!”
At the time, that seemed like an overreaction. Now that I know better, I KNOW it was an overreaction and my requests were not unfair.
Guest posting helps SEO and gives you more credibility in the eyes of your readers. Letting your readers know you were featured somewhere does that, as well, and it opens you up for more guest posting opportunities. Instead of posting a message like, “Hey, I guest posted here!” and linking to it, write a whole post about a similar topic and use it to link to your guest post.Guest posting helps SEO and gives you more credibility in the eyes of your readers. Click To Tweet
Yes, it’s a lot of work to write a post for someone else’s blog. But people wouldn’t do it regularly if it wasn’t paying off. Here’s a great hangout on How Guest Posting On Other Blogs Grows Your Site:
Guest posting once is also not nearly as good as guest posting for the same person multiple times. So I do prefer to find bloggers who are looking for regular contributors when possible. And if you want to be a regular, then you need to treat their blog and their audience as if it’s your blog and your audience. Treat them like they matter to you as much as the people visiting your blog, because they absolutely should and because if you aren’t impressing the person you’re guest posting for, you won’t be asked back. (Needless to say, I won’t work with that blogger again. Not only because of that, but she was incredibly condescending.)If you want to be a regular, then you need to treat their blog and their audience as if they're your own. Click To Tweet
I also try to feature my guest posts somewhere in my blog (in fact, I have a plan to put them in my sidebar, though I am also planning on changing my theme sometime soon, so it may wait until after that). Instead of writing a post that says, “I guest posted here, go check it out!” write a post that will boost SEO for both of you. For instance, I wrote a post for a Valentine’s Day cheesecake and then included it in a Valentine’s Day roundup.
What you want to do is draw other bloggers to it and say, “Look what I did for THIS blogger! You should let me guest post for you, too!” FYI, some of my guest posting opportunities have turned into PAID contributions because I make sure to do a good job.
So, yeah, promoting someone else’s blog if they feature you is a pretty good idea.
5. Utilize social media better
In the last couple of months, I have worked incredibly hard at increasing my social media presence. And, honestly, I could still do better.
The first thing I did was what is known as The Holly Homer Method on Facebook. For that, I have another hangout for you:
I could highlight the most helpful parts…but there is too much. The video is long, but incredibly worth it, trust me.
Here’s the most important thing with Facebook, though: don’t give up just because you don’t immediately see results. As Holly pointed out, it took her a FULL YEAR to find success with this method. Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. Click To Tweet
In the Learn to Blog group, we all had very different experiences. Some people started to notice their numbers drop as they were shedding their dead-weight followers–and then it jumped back up because their reach was higher (a result of not having dead-weight followers). Some started gaining followers immediately. Some saw NOTHING and then after a few months of perseverance, it started paying off.
I didn’t see anything for months until I finally went through and started manually removing my dead-weight followers (which I talk about in Why I Am Deleting My Facebook Followers). I got rid of people whose names I had never seen before and, yes, Facebook freaked out at first because it thought all of those people were unfollowing me. But a week or two later my reach and engagement were both QUADRUPLE what they had been. (As you’ll discover from watching the video, reach and engagement are WAY more important than your number of followers.)
For Twitter, I started using HootSuite to schedule. I do 5 posts a day because Twitter’s peak times are from 1-3 PM. I start at 11 AM and I have a tweet go out on every hour until 3 PM. I also linked my Facebook account to my Twitter, so now every time I post to Facebook, it auto-posts to Twitter. You can do that easily here.
The stuff I share on Twitter? Basically the same as on Facebook. It’s 1/3 my own content (that I am ACTIVELY sharing–I have plugins that share a large amount of my content every day), 1/3 other people’s content, and 1/3 “page builders.” Basically, ecards, funny images, questions for my readers, calls to action, etc. Things that get people involved or things they can relate to.
The most important part of that, though, is other people’s content. I make sure to tag them, when possible…which means I get favorited and retweeted and then my name gets seen by more people. A lot of those bloggers I’m tagging hadn’t even heard of me until they saw my name pop up in their notifications. Many of them have followed me and visited my blog since being tagged.
One more Twitter-related thing: the plugin Revive Old Posts is amazing. It basically tweets out your old posts for you. You can set it for any time period, have it exclude any categories, etc. A lot of my evergreen posts have gotten some attention lately because of that plugin. Lesson: automate as much as possible.Make your life easier by automating as much as possible. Click To Tweet
I’ve also been increasing my Tumblr following by setting up posts to “Queue.” I have my queue set to post 10 times a day and I make sure to give each post relevant tags. With Tumblr, though, you want to be careful. I have a lot of wonderful followers, but Tumblr (and Reddit) are huge echo chambers for political and social issues. Sometimes that anger will get directed at my blog. I just ignore it and I recommend you do the same. (In fact, there are a lot of people I simply have set to “Ignore” because they are always rude. This means they can say whatever they want, but I can’t see it. If someone is really irritating you on Tumblr, this is a great solution.)
6. Use StumbleUpon
This should be in social media, yeah. But it’s so useful I decided to make it its own thing.
StumbleUpon is an amazing resource, but you have to be careful with how you use it. If you’re posting too much of your own stuff, the SU staff will mark you as spam (and possibly Ghost Block you, which means you don’t even know you got blocked). They like a ratio of 15:1…meaning for every one thing of your own that you stumble, you also stumble 15 things from other people.
And I ALWAYS stumble my own stuff as soon as it goes up. That way, it’s been categorized and given keywords already and it makes it easier for others to stumble. The easier your readers’ lives are, the better off your blog will be. Most of the traffic from those roundups came from StumbleUpon.The easier your readers' lives are, the better off your blog will be. Click To Tweet
Don’t have enough blog posts from other people to Stumble? Get the app for your phone–it makes stumbling other things SO much easier. “Thumbs up” what you like until you reach 15 and you’re fine.
7. Add obvious sharing buttons to your blog posts
Look at the top and bottom of this post and you’ll notice that there are social media sharing buttons everywhere. I do this to make it easier for my readers to share, without them having to scroll all the way up/down.
They’ve actually been there for a while, but weren’t doing so well. And then about 2 weeks ago, I changed their size. Instead of using the smaller icons because they blended in better, I opted for larger ones. They’re more obvious, which makes people more likely to share.
Other ways I made sharing easier:
I added a counter. No one likes to be the first person to share or comment, so when they see that counter and see that someone else has shared the post, it gives them more incentive to share it, too. Which means that I also share my own posts first thing in the morning. This REALLY helps with StumbleUpon, because they make the first person to stumble a post categorize and tag it. Very annoying. I don’t want my readers having to do any work.
Also, I added alt text to all of my blog photos, so when someone shares my post on Pinterest, the text I want showing up (title, description, URL to my blog, tags) is automatically populated. You can change your alt text when writing your blog post by clicking on the photo, clicking on the “pencil” icon that pops up, and then typing the text in the box beside “Alternative Text.”
This is all very important because the more your posts are shared, the more they will BE shared, so….
8. Join sharing groups
I no longer participate in “follow” groups because they don’t do much for me. You get a bunch of dead-weight followers who are only following you so you’ll follow them (even in those threads where you have to pinkie swear that you’ll interact. It doesn’t generally happen that way).
This hurts you on certain platforms (namely Pinterest and Facebook) because if you have a bunch of followers who don’t engage, the site deems your page “not important” and stops showing it to people. Including your followers. (This is why I went through and deleted followers from my Facebook page.)
Sharing works the same way, sure–they’re only sharing so you’ll share their stuff in return. But it’s WAY more valuable. Especially on StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and Facebook…because all three of those platforms do this thing where the more engagement (likes, shares, and comments) a post receives, the more people they’ll show it to.
For food blogging, I’m in Food Blogger Social Media Support on Facebook. I also sometimes link up on threads in the SITs Group.
Because of this, my engagement and reach have gone up, which means MORE people get to see my stuff which means MORE engagement and reach. It’s a domino effect, basically.
9. Work on SEO
This is one thing that won’t get you results overnight, but the results you get will be lasting ones. I’ve spent months working on SEO and it’s finally paying off big time. Search engines are always in my #1 or #2 spot for traffic and that is EXACTLY how I want it. But I’ll say it again, this will NOT happen quickly. You’ll have to work on SEO for MONTHS before you see results (mostly because it sometimes takes the crawlers a while to scan and rank your site).Working on SEO won't get you results overnight, but the results you do get will be lasting ones. Click To Tweet
There are a TON of tutorials out there on SEO, so I’ll spare you all of that (I went into it briefly in Easy SEO, though).
My recommendation would be to get SEO by Yoast. It’s helped me see where I need to be more mindful of keywords (how many times I’ve used it and where). It has also helped me discover what my keywords should be. When I can’t decide on a keyword to go for, I often type in something vague (like “page views”) and a list of more specific keywords will pop up (“how to increase page views”). I pick one that I think is the most relevant to my post and I try to use that keyword throughout the post.
One more awesome thing–if you click on the “Social” tab in the plugin (which will be right under where you write your posts, by the way), you can choose the title, text, and photo that populates for Facebook and Twitter. Which finishes the point I made in #7 about making it easier to share your content.
Note: If you aren’t seeing the “Social” tab, it’s because your plugin isn’t set up correctly. Go to your WordPress Dashboard, hover over “SEO” and click on “Social.” From there, you can set up your accounts so they’ll shows up.
As I pointed out in #1, leaving an authentic comment (not a “Great post!” comment) on other bloggers’ sites will do A LOT of good. Most bloggers appreciate the comment and will return the favor. And if you’re “real” enough in your comment, their visitors will feel like they can relate to you and they’ll want to check you out. Commenting has done WONDERS for my blog. I’ve met so many great bloggers and gotten a lot of awesome opportunities as a result.
A few more notes…
1. Content is king, but social media is queen. Without networking and socializing with your readers and ESPECIALLY with other bloggers, you’re going to have a hard time getting your blog off the ground.Content is king, but social media is queen. Click To Tweet
2. I have also pulled a few late nights and weekends. One of the perks of blogging is you set your own schedule…but sometimes you have to set a schedule you aren’t happy with if you want to have a chance of getting the work done. Especially if you’re planning to take a vacation. A lot of my free time is time I have to schedule so I don’t burn out.
You know that trope movies use when they want you to know a character is addicted to work–where he has to literally schedule “play ball with son” or “take wife to dinner”? Sometimes that happens. I have to remind myself to take a night off to watch TV with Zach. Not because I don’t want to do it, but because sometimes I get so caught up and I say, “Oh, 10 more minutes.” And then three hours go by and I’m still working. It’s a reality of running your own business.
Even if I’m out with friends and family, though, I still sometimes have to do networking stuff–answering emails (I get a lot of emails from people in different countries who are 6+ hours ahead, but they still need responses from me ASAP). Or I get a great post idea that I don’t want to forget (Evernote is great for this). It happens. Fortunately, my friends and family understand (and the ones who don’t can bite me–though they’re probably not people I spend much time with anyway).
There have even been times where I have gone to bed, I’m half-asleep, but then a blog post comes to me. Sometimes it’s just a topic, so I write down a note and go to sleep. But sometimes it’s the content that comes to me, so I get up and I write (the I love Siri, because I can just get in Evernote and dictate what I want the post to say if I don’t feel like turning on my computer).
Would I rather not divide my attention like that? Absolutely. But I also know that this is not a 9-to-5 job and I need to put as much work into it as I can now if I want to be successful (and be able to relax) later. I’m hoping all this hard work will pay off so that I can take it easy (maybe hire a VA) in the future.
3. Try not to get discouraged. That’s the hard part. I got discouraged plenty of times and I have seriously contemplated just giving up. I’d be hard-pressed to find a blogger who hasn’t…it kind of comes with the territory.
If you have not hit 20k yet, don’t expect to get to 40k in 2 months. But I bet you could double what you have now. In fact, I’d love to hear your results! And if you find another strategy that works, let me know that as well! (In fact, email me and we can even discuss a guest post.)
This post is absolutely outstanding, Chelsey! I’ve been blogging for 2 1/2 years and I’m not anywhere close to your numbers! Not only am I posting this the Pinterest, I sharing on all the other social sites, too! And, guess what? I found you on a linky party, Motivation Monday; isn’t that ironic? And, I’ve just started joining linky parties last week, after 2 1/2 years of blogging! Didn’t understand their value or the value of social media until recently (yea, I know; I’m “late to the party”!) and I’m sure that’s why I’m struggling to grow. I’m going to implement your strategy immediately and I’ll check back with you in 2 months and leave you a comment on this post and report my growth! Thanks for creating a truly awesome, step-by-step way to crack the code on building an audience!
I would LOVE that, Carole! I so look forward to hearing from you, then! It can be a frustrating road, so don’t give up! And thanks so much! 😀
Carole – I’m with ya! I’m kinda on the same path as you, but I’m finding mad inspiration from Chelsey. Hopefully, I’ll see you around at some linky parties.
I am a new blogger and these types of posts are always helpful me to me. I am only 4 months in but have double my page views since the first month. I am hoping continue this trend. I do find myself up a lot later but I love the fact that my post is done or scheduled. I also work a full time job so fitting it all in sometimes seems impossible. Thanks again!
I agree– having my post up and ready to go and not having to rush it feels really nice. Definitely worth the weird work hours. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle!
This is incredibly helpful! I’ve never heard of Dwelling Gawker, so I’m going to go check it out. And I know I need to be using Stumble Upon more. Thanks for all the tips!
Until November, I honestly hadn’t heard of any of these sites. They’re SO handy. I hope you have luck with it! Thanks for stopping by!
Congrats! That is so awesome!! I more than doubled my pageviews when I rebranded my blog and it was so exciting! I’m still at small potatoes with just under 6,000 views last month but I’m finally realizing the value of doing all these things and I hope this month I will explode! I haven’t gotten brave enough to apply to FoodGawker but I know I need to! I finally bought a DSLR with my tax money and I’m so excited to start learning more about it 😀
That’s awesome! Rebranding is something I’ve considered doing, but having “budget” in my title is great for SEO and it just feels like so much work that I’d be undoing. -_- Maybe one day. But 6000 monthly views is a lot, considering you did that recently (from what I recall in Learn to Blog). I hope you see results, Meaghan! Good luck! 🙂
Such great tips…can’t wait to really dive into your piece and learn from it. Aka….waiting for my kiddos to go to bed.
Hahaha! Here’s to hoping you can get them in bed without a problem, then. 😛 And I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Congratulations on the mestone! That’s awesome. I love link parties because I can find great posts & other great bloggers to follow.
Agreed! A lot of my best roundups have been inspired by something I’ve found at a link party. 🙂 And thank you!
congrats! So happy for your success and I’m pinning this to read through again, again, and again!
Thank you, Kristen! I hope it helps! 🙂
These are great tips! I doubled my pageviews last month, and I think one of the biggest things was the improvement in my photography. Pinterest has always done well for me, and it’s no surprise that better pictures get pinned more!
Definitely! I’ve noticed my stuff getting more attention on photo-centric sites (Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook) since improving my photography, as well. Definitely can’t stress it’s importance enough. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Popping over from Teach Me Tuesday =) Fellow Learn To Blog FBGroup friend here ! Bookmarking this post! I need to work on Stumble Upon… I enjoyed this post, it didn’t feel too preachy and scolding me for doing it all wrong 😉 Thanks for sharing! Be sure to share your crafts & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!
Haha! I can definitely get preachy (especially if I’ve been watching people whine a lot about a topic, rather than learning and trying to fix the problem), but I’m glad this didn’t come off that way. 🙂 Thanks for the invite, Sarah! Always looking for new link parties. 🙂
I absolutely love this post. I’ve been blogging for a while now and nearly gave up at the end of last year, actually shutting down my blog. Then I realized that I am doing this for me just as much as I want to do it for others. You are sharing a lot of great advice here and I’ve been implementing some of your tips already. But, most importantly, thank you for the encouragement not to give up!
Absolutely! It’s good to think about your audience when drafting content, but the most important thing is that you love what you do! I’m so glad this post helped you, Rena. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I am a photographer so at lease I have that in the bag 🙂 I just started SU and am trying to get it figured out. I don’t hear much buzz so it’s nice to know others use it too haha. Pinning this post so I can reread and digest it. Thanks!! Oh, and happy to answer photog questions or point you to great resources.
Haha! Yes, knowing how to take a decent photo in the beginning would have saved me SO MUCH heartache. 😛 Thanks so much, Shannon! I’ll keep that in mind. 🙂
These tips are so helpful. I’m just starting my blog, and my numbers have been an at upward trend since January. I’m hoping this will continue and this post will certainly help me do that. I like your point about blogging too: that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. A lot of effort goes into blogging, and it’s a ton of work. But as you said, the pay off is worth it. Thank you for so many helpful tips!
Thanks, Maria! I’m glad you found this helpful and hopefully it will pay off for you! Like you said, it’s a ton of work, so it’s a good thing we enjoy it 🙂
This post came at just right the time for me. I had been contemplating throwing in the towel but, I know I can make it. Thank you for all the great tips and advice – I fully intend to put many to use. I found you at The Winthrop Chronicles Link party. Cathy
Awesome, Cathy! I’m so glad I could help! 🙂
Hi! I just found this awesome post of yours on the Teach Me Tuesday link party and I must admit that there is some awesome information in here for me to use. I recently tried to focus more on my page view growth and I’ve worked on promoting with link parties a lot more and it has also worked great for me! I’ve bookmarked this for later reference! Thanks for all of the info again!
Awesome tips and so helpful, glad I read this and thanks so much for writing it! It is discouraging at times and I know I need to put in a lot of time and effort now so that it does hopefully, pay off later. Thanks for the encouragement on that, too. 🙂 Pinned, stumbled and shared on my blog’s FB page! Stopping by from Totally Terrific Tuesday.
Thank you! The discouraging days are rough to get through, so it’s a good thing this job has so many perks. 😛 Thanks so much for the shares! I appreciate it! 🙂
Thanks for sharing such an awesome post on How To Get organized At Home. This article if full to the brim of useful tips to get those views up and more people to your site. Thanks again for sharing:) It is possible to increase your page views and to increase your overall readership it just takes a lot of hard work!
It really does! And so much of it is unintuitive. I feel like the hardest part is figuring out what works!
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
This post is AWESOME! I learned so much just in the last 10 minutes- thank you so much! I’m a new blogger and am absorbing as much info as I can and this is so motivating. Thanks again!
Thank you, Erica! I hope you see results. 🙂 Glad you liked my post!
These are great ideas. I’m doing some of them already but I could really up my game in others. I’ve been hesitant to share roundups on link parties. I guess because it’s not content originally created by me. So, you’re saying I need to get over it?
Heather, I share my roundups on parties all the time and they do GREAT. And the people I feature in them get more exposure that way, too, so it really benefits everyone. 🙂
Congratulations on the amazing numbers! I am sure you will hit your mark of 80K before you know it. These are wonderful tips that I will be utilizing asap! I have been trying to find ways to up my viewer numbers. I love the idea of roundups and I think that is where I will start my building! Thank you for the wonderful information!
Thanks, Kristin! I hope so. 🙂 I’ve found roundups to be a lot of fun to make and incredibly useful (not just to my readers, but to me–I have to go back to my own roundups a lot to retrieve recipes 😛 ). Hopefully it works out similarly for you! Good luck and thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Wow, what an amazing post! I love how honest and down to earth you were. Lots of great tips and ideas, I’m looking forward to making some improvements in my photography skills for the year. I am pinning and will be referencing this through out the year as I try to meet my blogging goals.
Thank you, Nicole! I’m glad you found it useful and I hope it helps! Good luck! 🙂
Great post! Lots of great information. I’ve just recently discovered Learn to Blog website and joined the Facebook group. Their great! I have been trying to do the stuff I’ve learned from them, then I started having problems with my blog and the big problem was I lost all my previous comments and my blog wouldn’t except comments )-; I was so upset. How can you engage if your blogs not working right. Well the good new is I got my comments working but still haven’t got the previous ones back yet. So I’m back to scheduling post for facebook, joined Linky yesterday, and went through every link that interest me and left a comment. And WooHoo! I have 4 new comments. I work a full time job and away from home long hours so that cuts into my time for trying to grow my blog. Some days I can do some from work, so that helps. I am in the middle of SEO for my blog along with other things that need to be done. It all just takes so much time that I don’t have, knowing that I just keep plugging along because I know I will eventually get where I want to be, it’s just going to take time.
I think the biggest obstacle for me, is photography. I am not good at it, and it does not interest me, but I know it is very important.
You have a new follower.
Sharing your great information! ;-D
Hi Chelsey! I’ve seen this post in almost every link party I join and I finally clicked on it. So glad I did, great info here! I always forget about StumbleUpon. I need to get more into it but honestly, I get confused in there. Pinning your article to reference later, thanks!
Loved it, pinned it!
I am really focusing on Social Media this month and will have to watch that video about FB when I can actually hear it.
So many great tips, thank you.
SUPER awesome tips!! I love having these types of tips and tricks I can add to my bag. I totally agree with all of it, and especially the commenting and social media! It’s huge, and engaging and encouraging other bloggers is where it’s at. Pinned!! 🙂
This was awesome! I learned so much, some of the things I know and do but as you mentioned, never realized the importance of. I pinned this so I could take more time later to really read it again and implement some of the great tips!
I enjoyed reading your post about how you increased your blog traffic. I found many of the tips very useful and we all look for ways to bring more readers to our blogs. Best wishes and thanks for the helpful ideas.
What a great post!!Amazing and helpful tips.
This is my favorite post featured in the upcoming Turn it Up Tuesday party:)
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and congratulations!!!
Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you liked it and so honored you chose it as a feature. 😀
These are some amazing tips! I definitely need to step up my game with link-up parties. I don’t really share recipes or DIYs, which seem to be the focus of most parties. And I’m not a parent, which is also a common theme of link-up parties. I’ve found a few that have worked well for me, but I experimented with a long list for a few months and dumped the ones that didn’t produce results. So now I’m on the hunt to find new parties to try for a few months. I’ve already bookmarked your list!
Thank you so much for the great tips. I will be using them.
The only parts that will be an extra challenge for me is social networking. That has never been easy for me.
I also need a new camera, my camera doesn’t take the quality photos I
In the process of growing my blog, been blogging for about 6 years, but I only now have the vision for my blog.
Thanks for making my vision cleaerer.
Thank you for submitting to Motivation Monday!
Thanks for these wonderful tips. I had never heard of Foodgawker and joined it after reading this post. So far, I have submitted four recipes and all have been rejected. Even thought they are telling me what’s wrong with my photos, I can’t see it, but I’ll keep trying. (I just needed to vent!!!)
My goal is to increase views too. I’ve pinned and I’m excited to see what I can do. I’ll try SU again. I stopped because the first month I stumbled, I got a bunch of garbage views (meaning people who would click and run). I didn’t like it. But I’ll try it again! Thanks for sharing! Your co-host at Turn it Up Tuesday.
I seriously adore reading your posts and get excited seeing new ones go live! I love stumble upon and I have received so much traffic from them, the only thing I dont like is that adsense drops your cpcs because they do not count stumble views as anything and that stinks. Once day I had over 1000 page views from stumble within a few hrs and I made 2 cents that day. bummer! But great for traffic and getting my blog seen by more people!
I broadcasted your post! (meaning all social media channels lol) thanks for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I love having your around and I cant wait to get your guest post up to share with my readers 🙂
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend girl!
I find Adsense pretty frustrating for that reason, as well. Some days it’s hard to think about the long-term with numbers like that. -_-
Obviously a great post here as you were the most clicked link at our linky party last week 🙂 Love the spreadsheet you use to track your monthly stats and I’ll have to start using one.
You will be featured at this week’s party and have been pinned to our special board. Thanks so much for linking up with Teach Me Tuesday. Grab a button if you don’t have one already!
Yay! Thank you so much, Bobbi! Using a spread sheet has made my life so much easier, I definitely recommend it. 🙂
Great post! You have given some great advice to bloggers and I could no agree more with your tips. I am big on commenting and apart from getting great back links I am meeting some incredible people that have awesome sites. I found you on #turnituptuesday.
I saw your FB post that you were writing this and was so excited to read it this morning! Pinning to keep referring back!
What an inspiring and incredibly written post. I only started a month ago and I’m just seeing where I go with it for now but sharing what I’m writing is definitely high on the list.
I don’t use analytic as I couldn’t work out HOW to so if you want to write a post on that I’m sure I can’t be the only one!!
Right off to discover stumble upon!
This has truly been one of the best blog posts on how to grow your blog…seriously! Your suggestions for how to use social media effectively is very helpful. I started my blog 2 months ago and initially I felt like I was being successful. Then things got stagnant and I did get discouraged. Honestly, this post gave me the kick in the rear I needed and I’m motivated to push through. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Wow! Thanks so much for such a “meaty” post. TONS of great ideas…some we’ve implemented, but many we have not.
I’ve definitely seen an improvement since communicating with other bloggers. Growth wasn’t the goal, but it was an obvious result and a definite “Aha!” moment. 🙂
Thank you so very much for this post. I’m a new blogger so this help is invaluable in so many ways. The content was great, like the info about fb and twitter strategy. So often how to posts, make promises, but don’t deliver. Yours truly delivers the goods. Thanks again.
Thanks so much for this post. These tips are really informative for someone like me who has been blogging for a few years, but now wants serious growth. Link up parties are not only great for increasing numbers, but fun too! I recently joined a Twitter party and not only added more followers, but made some new friends! 🙂
What a great post! I really appreciate your insight into how you’re getting more page views. And how blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. I would also add that even though it is work, it is also supposed to be fun! I’ve been taking one day off a week from the computer and though it was difficult at first, it has been so nice to recharge and come back fresh the next day. Often I have my best creative day after that day of rest! Pinning your post! Have a great day!
Thanks, Jennie! When I first started blogging, I wrote a post every single day. It’s really easy to become burned out that way, so now I only do MWF. Having those days in between is DEFINITELY a good way to recharge and make sure my content is as good as it can be.
Thanks for the pin! 🙂
I have just started in the last few months, but slowly growing. This are all great tips and I need to work on some myself. Thanks so much for haring all of this with us!
I have been trying to do linky parties daily. I think they do help with commenting. I need to improve my photos too I just use my phone camera.
There is some really, REALLY great stuff here. I’ve taken some social media marketing classes for work, and you’ve gone into even more depth than those! Thank you for the reminders, and the new info. I’ll be re-reading and making my to-do list on my next day off!
This is a really great post! As a new blogger it is really inspiring to see that you CAN grow the blog in a short amount of time! Appreciate the tips SOOO much!
Lots of great advice here! I’ve had my blog for about 7 months now and I’ve seen views increase over the past month, but I’m still working on trying to figure out everything. I think blogging is unique because there are so many ways to go about getting readers and growing your traffic. I will be pinning this!!!
Honestly, this is first of post I have seen on doubling traffic that was detailed! Everyone was giving fluff! You really gave great insight on what to do. Every step is explained out. Thank you so much for this!
this is awesome! I need to learn SEO and pinterest.. those are my goals right now! 😉
Pinterest is still something I’m figuring out! Learn to blog is a never-ending journey. I wonder how relevant this post will be in 6 months. 😛
Chelsey, This has to be one of the most informative posts I have read thus far. I am new to blogging and I still have no idea what I am doing, LOL. There are days I feel so confident and others that I think to myself, “Why would anyone listen to me?” syndrome. UGGGH! Now here I stumble upon you via Pinterest and WOW, I realize I have so much to learn. It is my goal to have an income that would replace my day job within a year. Thank you for sharing what you have learned here… I look forward to looking into these suggestions and applying them to my blog. I am INSPIRED! 😉
Very instructive post! I was wondering when you say to retake the old pictures, which is something I wanted to do, do you repost? How will people know there’s something new? Mainly for the email or blog followers. Thanks for your answer.
Absolutely do NOT repost! Google will pick up on the duplicate content and it will hurt your search engine ranking. The only way to avoid that would be to delete the original post, but that ALSO hurts your SEO (Google sees a broken link AND the evergreen post will already have been picked up by search engines, so it’s best to just update that).
When you put up the new photos, promote the old post heavily on social media (I post to Foodgawker when I update the photos. It’s a great way to get traffic to my old posts). If you want your email subscribers to know that the post has new photos, I’d recommend writing a newsletter and including updates in that (keep in mind that you cannot just send your current readers a newsletter they didn’t sign up for).
Unless, of course, it’s something you can write another post about–like say you changed the recipe and you want to write a whole new post about that. In which case, you can casually mention the old post and deep link back to it. But reposting is something you want to avoid doing.
This is such an amazing post thank you so much! I am really going to try and put some of these into practise. As I am heading into my 3rd month of serious blogging, I am realising more I could spend double the time I spend blogging on actual marketing!
Thanks for the amazing info! I’ve got to get to work and put some of these tips into practice. I’ve been struggling to get my numbers up but have seen a lot of improvement in the last year. But there is still plenty of room to grow more. 😉 I’m featuring your awesome tips tomorrow at Show Me Saturday. Thanks for linking up.
Thanks so much, Ginger! 😀 It’s definitely an uphill battle, but so worth it!
Chelsey, I still have to get this SEO thing so saved this info to read and study lol. Great share for sure :). Love having you over at TIUT.
I came across your blog through a link party, how good! Last months I have been working hard on seo for my shop, but have left my blog a bit aside, while it should be 50/50 or more. This post is really helpful, gives me back hope for facebook and explains me why my tumblr is not working ,hum. I’ll need to come back here a few more times to grasp it all, suppose you don’t mind 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.
Hello!! Just wanted to let you know I will be using this in a round up (posting soon) from the Teach Me Tuesday party! Very much appreciate you linking up with us 😉
Hi Chelsey, thank you! I’ve been back to this page so many times, and keep getting more out of it each time. The good news is that there’s so many things I can and should be doing to accelerate. The first step – I added SEO Yoast and started adjusting previous posts. There’s so many areas that I can do better on.
Do you think speed is important, on the level of your shortlist? My blog features photography, which is never as snappy as just text. SEO Yoast linked to Google’s tool that measures it.
Link parties – I somehow hadn’t even heard of them, and am reading up.
I’ve had a travel blog for a few years, ever since spending a half-year adventure through Asia, but my travel blog stalled when I needed to shift my focus my career. I’m back, and have growing rapidly in the first few days (not a typo) already.
Page speed is important, especially for mobile (and most of my readers are viewing on mobile devices). Though fixing it is really difficult. As far as my photos go, I always compress them before uploading. Which I do by going to TinyPNG. Just drag and drop your photos and then download the compressed files to your computer. They still look the same, the data is just smaller. My file sizes are usually reduced by about 75% that way. (Though my pagespeeds are still low because I need to go through and fix all the photos I had before I found out about compression. 😛 ) I also downloaded the Smush.It plugin, but it doesn’t do much for me. A lot of people like it, though, so you might consider giving it a try.
There are actually a lot of other things you can do to increase your page speed. I downloaded the plugin Pagespeed Insights. It will tell you what you need to fix to increase your page speed. I just Googled how to do it and have been trying to figure it out on my own.
Good luck! 🙂
Thank you SO SO much for writing this. I’ve been blogging for about 7 months now and am barely clearing 150 views a day….if that… This is something I love but has been a struggle. I’ve read countless posts on how to get better and I gotta tell you yours is the best I’ve found. Some of the tips I’ve heard before, but you say WHY they work and WHY they’re important. So thank you for that!!
I feel the exact same way! I’ve been blogging for a little less time than you (since October 2014), but I feel like no matter what I do my page views are staying stagnant at around 100/day. It can be so frustrating!
I just found this post on Pinterest, and it could not have come at a better time for me. I’ve been really struggling lately with getting my photos rejected on sharing sites, so I’ve been feeling really down about the traffic I am (or am not!) getting from some of those sources.
I only started my blog in late October of last year, so I still have a lot to learn, and this post is so, so helpful! I pinned it and will absolutely be coming back to keep checking that I’m doing everything I can to drive traffic. Thank you!!
I love the information you’ve given here! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to read some of the other tips, as well. 🙂
Thank you! I hope you find it helpful! 🙂
Wow…what a great post! I am very new to blogging (I’ve been at it about 4 months now) and still have so much to learn. I’m reading as much as I can but this has probably been one of the most informative posts I’ve come across.
I have gotten discouraged at times and wondered if I should thrown in the towel. However I really love doing it and my traffic is increasing, just not as quickly as I would like. This post was very encouraging and I can’t wait to read some of your other ones!
Thanks for a great post! I am still in shock that a guest poster was taken aback by your request that she share links to your blog. That seems like an obvious thing to do! I have been blogging for years but am still working on building my views to a place that I’m satisfied with. Guest posting opportunities don’t seem to abound. Any suggestions for where to find them?
Haha! I was so naive back then that, “Um, because obviously?” was essentially the only reason I could come up with. 😛 If only it had been convincing enough!
Guest posting opportunities are difficult to find, so I know what you mean. A lot of blogging professionals suggest building a tribe (a group of 5-10 bloggers who are roughly the same size and similar enough that they can guest post for each other, but they don’t have to be the same niche). I found it difficult to find a reliable tribe, though, so that hasn’t been going so well for me. 😛 A lot of my other guest posting opportunities kind of just fell into my lap. My best advice would be to find blogs you love and comment on frequently (so they’ve seen your name and know you’re telling the truth when you say, “Hey, I’ve been a long-time reader” or something) and then send them an email. Make sure to include a link to your blog and try not to sound too formal (because I confuse people for spam bots if they sound very formal). I generally maintain the voice I have on my blog. You could also join some blogging groups on Facebook and put a request out there for guest posting opportunities, but you’ll likely get a lot of responses from smaller blogs. In order for it to be worth your while, you want find a blog that is similar in size and following to your own.
I’m definitely not an expert on guest posting, but I hope that helps!
Thank you for the advice! I have to start working on building a tribe…though happily I have gained one. 😉
Thanks for the awesome post! Regarding your round up posts: if the blogger does not state any particular rule for using their images/links, do you ask them individually for permission? The majority of the blogs I’d like to use for my first round up post do not have any policies published (at least, not that I can find). In this case, is it okay to use an image as long as it’s properly labeled and linked back to their site? Or is it necessary to contact each blogger individually? Thanks in advance… 🙂
Lori, that’s a good question with a rather complicated answer. 😛 Blogger Etiquette has this unspoken rule that as long you only use ONE photo and your link to their site is very obvious, you can use any post in a round-up, even if the blogger doesn’t have a policy stating such.
It is BEST to leave a comment on the post you want to use (emails are easy to ignore and I know plenty of bloggers who don’t check their email very often, anyway) and ask if using their post is OK. However, a lot of my round-ups are last minute, “Oh, crap, I forgot to write a post for tomorrow” deals. So I don’t have time to wait on people to respond. What I do is make sure their blog doesn’t have anything saying I can’t use it (I check their footers and their About pages for that) and then once the post is published, I leave a comment saying, “I loved this post and I used it in a round up, I hope you don’t mind!” I have never had anyone ask me to remove their post. Though if they ever did, I would.
I hope that helps!
Thanks, Chelsey! That’s a GREAT solution. I will do that for those that don’t list any policies one way or the other. Sounds like a fair way to handle it. This has also prompted me to post a very clear policy in my own footer. After searching on so many blogs for their own policies (which is very time consuming), it’s made me realize how important it is for readers to be able to find that info easily. Thanks so much for all the great advice!!! 🙂
I agree! Adding a policy to your footer is a great idea and will make other bloggers’ lives SO much easier. 😛 Glad I could help!
Thanks for all your links at Two Uses Tuesday this past month! This post held on strong to the most loved link spot from the day you posted it! Watch for your feature!
Awesome! 🙂 Thanks, Sarah!
Hi Chelsea! I am a brand new blogger, coming up to my 2nd month shortly. Congratulations on the 40k! Do you happen to have any advice on where to look for guest blogging opportunities?
Thanks! At only two months old you will likely have problems finding guest posting opportunities. Most bloggers want to work with someone who has a dedicated readership already. However, if you can find bloggers who are of a similar age and size to your own blog, you should look into building a tribe.
A tribe is a group of bloggers with 5-10 members. You share each others’ posts, guest post on each others’ blogs regularly (being a regular guest poster helps your SEO better than being a one-off guest poster), and you create weekly or monthly challenges that you all have to do to help your blog grow. A lot of tribes create their own Facebook groups to communicate with one another. The secret to a successful tribe is naming one person Leader, but it has to be someone who isn’t afraid of confrontation, because they have to make sure the other members don’t slack off. Learn to Blog has an excellent hangout video about tribes, which you can find on this site.
I hope that helps!
This is so helpful! I’m doing a lot of these, but I definitely took a few notes while reading.
My Yoast SEO plugin doesn’t have that social tab though. Weird, right?
Yeah, that is really weird. I have access to blogs besides my own that use Yoast and they all have that tab. Maybe yours needs an update or something?
Thanks, Keri! I hope it helps!
Keri, I looked at my plugin and the reason you don’t see that tab is probably because you haven’t set your social media account up in it.
All you have to do is sign into your WP Dashboard, hover over “SEO” and click on “Social.” From there, you should see 5 tabs (Accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+). Set up each tab and you should be good to go!
Love this post. I moved my blog to WordPress in November and am plugging away to build up a community. There is lots of great advice in this post that I shall start following. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thanks, Debbie! I hope it helps! 🙂
Thanks for clearing up my confusion on stumbleupon! Pinned and stumbled this page! I hope to see you at a link party!
I really enjoyed your post about doubling your page views in 2 months. i just started the beginning of February and I am looking for any advice I can get. I have links to social media, but this is definitely a learning curve for me. Thank you for your posts.
OMG, If I didn’t want to quit before I do now after reading all this! I’ve been blogging for two months and I thought all I would have to do is write. Well, talk about being overwhelmed. Everything you said makes sense, but to make it all happen, ohhhh, not so sure. It is already sucking my time. Great tips for sure. I will have to pick and choose for now since half of it I don’t understand. Linking up from Almond Place
Thanks for the informative post. I’ve pinned it and stumbled it 🙂 I’ll also be following your blog….I think we have s lot of the same interests. I Found your blog when I was searching about stumbleupon. I am just getting my blog going and have really only seen any traction from stumbleupon but I’m curious that it doesn’t get mentioned a lot from what I’ve seen. Wondering how “legit” my page views from stumbleupon are?
Thanks and look forward to reading more of your posts.
Thanks, Amy! StumbleUpon page views are just as legit as page views from any other source. In fact, it’s one of my top referrers right now. The only problem I see with StumbleUpon is that bounce rate (caused by people leaving your site quickly) is much higher. Most people come in, click “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” and leave. However, you said your blog is just starting out, so I wouldn’t worry about that right now. What I would concentrate on is writing a lot of great posts, improving photography skills (though I haven’t looked at your site just yet, I’m mentioning this because it’s something most new bloggers struggle with), and developing a social media following. Those are the three things most important to the people who may want to work with you in the future, whether they’re bloggers or sponsors.
I hope that helps!!
Thanks so much Chelsey…that does help. There’s so much to do and so many different things you can focus on it’s hard to prioritize. 🙂 I def need help with images and need to build up more posts to really get my blog going.
Regarding stumbleupon do you know why my Jetpack site stats show stumbleupon referrals but Google Analytics doesn’t pick them up?
Thanks and I’ll be following! 🙂
Thank you so much for this post! I just recently started “seriously” blogging and I need all the tips and advice I can get! Your post is one of the best I have come across because of all the resources you included! Thanks again, and I hope to one day be getting as many page views as you!
Hey Lisa, well done for taking the plunge and turning the blog “Serious” 😉 My encouragement… keep at it, even if it feels like there are only crickets encouraging you along the way 😉
Thank you so much for posting this!! I am a new blogger and all of this information was so helpful! I’ve done a lot of research on how to gain viewers, but I think your post is the best one I’ve read! I can’t wait to try all of these tips out.
Great Post Chelsea, I’ve been thinking [and improving] my pinterest imagery on my blog of late [and I could kick myself for realising the importance of pinnable imagery only now]… whilst it’s great to see I’m doing a couple of these things, I have already thought of a few tweaks needed… Thank you!
I LOVE your graphics. I know you’re saying that you want to improve your photography but the text over all of your pictures is so pretty and unique! (Maybe weird, but I just kept thinking it on every post! lol) Thanks for all of the insight!
Thank you, Amanda! You can find all kinds of awesome (FREE) scripts on dafont.com, FYI. 🙂
A lot to take in! I’ve recently started my blog and have been focusing on the content, but this is a great reminder that without all the other stuff, great content will just go to waste!
I have a lot of late nights ahead of me I think….
Love your post! Just stumbled upon it on Pinterest, and will definitely be checking out your list pertaining to link parties. I didn’t have any pics when I started my blog but now I’m going through and adding pics.
As I read point 4 I had to shake my head, I guess there are still people who have never heard that one good turn deserves another. I’m still trying to get the hang of WordPress, and as of now I’m only on Pinterest, which is where I found this wonderful post.
Once again thank you for this wonderful article, I wish you all the best and much success on your journey, Have an awesome weekend!
Love love love! I have been working hard on my blog this past year and seeing great numbers and then about a month ago I had some really crappy “stuff” happen at my 9 to 5. It sent me on a spiral of depression that I’m just now climbing out of… I have been posting consistently all month but all the little things I used to do out of habit ( comment on lots of blogs, link parties, schedule my facebook) have fallen by the wayside. I am going to use your list to restructure my days and get back into good habbits! Congrats on your success!
Congratulations on your exponential growth!
I wanted to clarify my understanding of a “Round Up” post. Is that simply visiting good sites and personally commenting on them somehow in your post?
I’m still trying to figure out what my niche is, too. I think it would be just being a housewife stuff, then I think maybe I;ll share some of my successful story times and lesson plans.Every time I see a great site, I question what I want my niche to be. Any suggestions on helping hit a target?
Thank you for this very down to earth and helpful post! I read it with my pen and notebook, taking notes. I’m a brand new blogger, and it feels like stepping into a whole new world! Ok I’m off to put some of your tips to work! 🙂
This is SO helpful. I love that you’re being candid and sharing what didn’t work for you to help others. Definitely pinning this so I can review it later. P.S. I love stumbleupon! I have no idea why people don’t use it!
Wow, Chelsey…this is the BEST post I have seen on blogging as a whole. It’s so helpful in every single area. I truly appreciate you taking the time to be so detailed and include all of the essentials! I am so over welcomed by the link parties and groups..I didn’t know where to begin..but now I do! Thanks so much again.
This is a super post. I only recently discovered the ghost ban from stumble upon. Although they now state that this is fictional made up term but confirm there are certain “restrictions” they put in place for self promotion / spamming. Also they have recently started doing paid for adverts, so will probably be cracking down more and more.
All of these algorithms and secret rules really make it difficult as a new blogger to get my site seen anywhere.
Andy, I 100% agree. They’re making it difficult for veteran bloggers to stay afloat, to be honest. -_-
Photography is so important for a successful blog. Thank you for explaining that to your readers.
Hi! I’m contemplating starting a blog in the near future, so I’ve been doing some research before I finally take the plunge and dish out for self hosting. I’ve been going through several of your posts regarding blogging and have found them to be extremely thorough and detailed in addition to helpful! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and advice! (While I’m all about learning from my own mistakes, I’m taking as much advantage as I can of other’s learning :))
I’m glad it’s helpful to you, Emily! Good luck! 🙂
Thanks for posting this Chelsey! I found it quite late but looks like the info is still very relevant! I’ve been doing some of these with my blog but have to improve in some areas for sure!