Getting More Pageviews for Your Blog

September 2, 2014
When I started my blog, I was a full-time student working a part-time job. Then, last year I worked two part-time jobs which was pretty chaotic. I usually worked at least 6 days a week between my two jobs, and sometimes would work all seven days. I put time into my blog, but what time I did have was pretty limited.  As many of you already know, I am between jobs right now, so I have been able to focus more on my blog this summer.  I have been getting more pageviews this summer than I ever got before, and below I'll list what has worked for me in the past and also what I think caused my number of pageviews to rise.



* Post consistently.  This is key for growing your blog.  By consistently, three times a week or more is ideal.  This is easier said than done, but if you don't already schedule your posts, it might be a good idea to pre-write a few if you know you have a busy week coming up.  

* Consider timing when posting.  When I first started blogging, I would post something at 7 pm and wonder why I got just a few pageviews.  This may differ for everyone, but I find that I get the bulk of my comments in the morning, so now I make sure my posts are up then.  Also, I think many bloggers would agree with me when I say that blog traffic is higher on Monday-Thursday versus Friday-Sunday, so I rarely post on a Saturday or Sunday.

* Have a Pin-It button for your blog.  I'm talking about a button that hovers over every photograph used in your posts.  My pretty, feathery Pin-It button pictured below came with my blog design, but I'm sure this can be purchased a la carte or you can always do it yourself.  When I come across a post I like or a recipe I might want to re-create, I pin it for future reference if there is a Pin-It button on the picture already.  Without the button, I might not bother.



* Sponsor other blogs.  I know that when I find a blogger I like, I'll see who they have on their sidebar and visit their blogs.  Besides getting views from regular old ad space, I like to purchase packages that include social media shout outs, a spotlight, and other extras like the option to participate in a giveaway or to guest post.  When I sponsor other blogs, I find that I get the most views from Twitter shout outs, so even though I might not get too many clicks on my actual ad, sponsoring other blogs still brings new readers my way. Check out Another Clean Slate, Jade and Oak, The Rachael WayBecoming Adorrable, and The Samantha Life if you're looking for good blogs to sponsor!  I have sponsored all of them and can say that these ladies are dedicated and on the ball!

*Exchange buttons with other bloggers.  This is free and can get you some views. 

* Try to create a pinnable image for your post so that your readers can easily add your post to their Pinterest board. Before this summer, I never really used Pinterest as a tool to drive traffic to my blog, and whoa was that a mistake!  If a reader likes your post but there is no picture, they're not going to want to pin a page full of text to their Pinterest board, so you'd lose out on those views.  A good pinnable image will have the a the title of your post on it, but it also is probably a good idea to include your blog's name on it so that Pinterest users can find their way back to your blog in case a link gets broken.  

* Comment back.  If a new reader stops by and comments on my blog, I try to visit their blog in return and leave them a comment.  I find it a little discouraging if I go to a blog and leave multiple comments and never get a response or a comment back.  I admit that I sometimes stop visiting those blogs. 

* Reply to your reader's comments on your blog via e-mail or use Disqus so that readers automatically receive your response.  Those who comment on your blog will probably feel appreciated if you take the time to respond.

* Host a link up.  Rachael and I have hosted our Weekly Wrap Up link up for over six months, and it did bring traffic to my blog since other bloggers were cool enough to use our button in their own posts.  

* Participate in a link up.  My favorite link ups are Humpday Confessions with Kathy and Friday Favorites with Amanda.  People have flat out told me that they discovered my blog from these link ups and it helped me gain a few followers! 

* Make your blog visually appealing and be sure that it is easy to navigate.  If I can't navigate my way around a blog or if there are crazy fonts that I can't decipher or if there is music blasting out at me, I probably won't be back.  

* Interlink.  If you can incorporate a link to a previous post in a new post, it will help your older post gain some exposure.

* Join a blogging group.  I'm in two blogging groups right now: Southern Girl Blog Community and Blog Life Chose Me.  Every weekday, I can link my post up to one of their threads and ask for comments, pins, or tweets.  Of course, I have to return the favor to other bloggers, but I don't mind.  I have discovered some great new bloggers this way and I know that my blog has grown a little from my participation in these two groups!

* Join a group Pinterest board.  Paulina was nice enough to create one for Blog Life Chose Me that I am a part of.  Now when I pin something to that board not only can all of my Pinterest followers see it, but so will every other member's followers.  

* Host or join in on a group giveaway.  Not only will you gain some followers from the giveaway, but I always add the Rafflecopter code at the bottom of a post so that those visiting my blog for the first time can see what my blog is all about and hopefully decide to stick around a little bit.  

* Add a popular posts section to your sidebar.  I almost always click on other bloggers' popular posts, so I recently added this feature to my blog and think that it gotten my most popular posts even more views.

* Interact with other bloggers.  Via e-mail, on Twitter or Facebook, etc.  If a blogger is nice to me or helps me out, I usually go check out their blog!

What other tips do you have for getting more pageviews?  Do you have any words of wisdom you'd like to share in the comments below?

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52 comments on "Getting More Pageviews for Your Blog"
  1. These are all awesome tips! Figuring out the best time to post was important for me as well, amazing the difference it can make!

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  2. yes to all of this! i haven't had the time i want to dedicate more to my blog (damn work!!) but i have noticed that when i was at my blogging peak, i was getting close to 100 comments! then i dropped off because work crapped all over my life and i try to maintain my reading/commenting but it's just not the same so the number of interactions has dropped quite a bit. that's ok though; i still love the connections i have :)

    ps - thanks for the shout-out!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. Thanks for the tips Lisa. Really useful and I love the new style of your blog!

    http://golovelife.blogspot.com

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  4. All are really great tips! I do almost all that you have mentioned.

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  5. So helpful thank you! Loved how many there were-I have been doing some but there are so many more I definitely need to try!

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  6. You're right about the weekends being fairly dead for blog traffic.

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  7. My stats are always highest on Monday morning. I schedule my posts to publish at 6am and the busiest time of the week for me is always Monday between 7am and 9am and then again from 12pm - 2pm. The rest of the week is steady but that's when it booms!

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  8. Thank you for these tips! I am looking to grow my page views!

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  9. Awesome tips! I'll be sure to use them!

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  10. These are some great tips! I have been working recently with making images pinable. I find that I am getting quite a bit of traffic from pinterest :)

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  11. These are all great tips. I think the first one is the most true for me - the more often I post, the more views I get. I know that not every single thing I write is relevant to 100% of the people who follow me, so I guess the more variety the more people are likely to click overall? Or something. Publishing your post at optimal times may also help, but don't forget that you can always schedule social shares (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to go out at the times when you think you'll get the most interaction.

    I've been meaning to do more linkups and link parties myself, thanks for the suggestions!

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  12. When I clicked on the link to this post I didn't even realize it was you! Great new layout. I work hard on my blog too, I try to create consistent posts with good content and photos but it does take a lot of work. I think it is difficult for newer blogs because blogging has become so popular and there are so many of us. I just surpassed 312,000 views so I'm getting there, albeit more slowly than I prefer. These are great tips, you do have to pay attention to when you post, I don't find that Monday gets me that many views, I actually get the most traffic on Wed, Thurs and Fri and if I do publish anything on a slow weekend I share the same post on both Sat and Sun.

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  13. I think I get most of my views from comments and actually returning them. I love chatting with Readers and getting to know them better and what they may want to read :D Great post and tips!

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  14. Great suggestions! Scheduling posts to go out at the same time everyday and scheduling social media in advance has been a huge help in keeping my traffic consistent and growing. I'm still terrible about Pinterest though!

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  15. These are all great ideas on getting more traffic. I'm looking into the adspots and maybe posting more as well. Thanks for your advice!

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  16. Great tips!! I find that the best way that I got traffic was starting to consistently comment on as many blogs that I can a day. Many bloggers return the favor and blogging relationships form.

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  17. I'm bookmarking this for future reference. It's great advice... and especially when I'm trying to grow my blog. Thank you, Lisa! Wonderful as always. :)

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  18. All good tips! I definitely need to start being more consistent- I was good for a while though.

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  19. These are all excellent tips! I always preach to post consistently and sponsor others- it really does help!

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  20. Thanks for mentioning me, Lisa! :) All of these are great tips. The only little tip I'd add for disqus users is to ask questions in your reply comments... It'll get your readers to come back a SECOND time to answer you! I know... It's so sneaky.

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  21. These are all great tips! I do most of these already, and now I'm going to start incorporating others into my daily blog life as well. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  22. All great tips!! Commenting is super important!

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  23. These are all great tips!! I also have a Facebook page for my blog which I promote things on and I think that helps a lot too. :)

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  24. Facebook is one area that I still need to work on!!

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  25. Agreed!! I think that's how I found your great blog in the first place!

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  26. No problem! Do you have any tips that you find particularly helpful?

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  27. You're a blogging genius!!! :) I did that a couple of times just because I wanted to know something (like when I asked you how often you visit Savannah), but yeah, I can definitely see how that would drive traffic. Good point!

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  28. Yes!! Plus when sponsoring others those nice Twitter shout outs kind of make my day!

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  29. I hope I can keep on posting at least three times a week once I start working again!

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  30. Glad to help, Zoe! I'm still learning as I go, too! :)

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  31. Agreed! That is how I got some of my blogging pals!

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  32. I confess that I don't schedule social media in advance...I'm such a last minute kind of gal, but can see how that would definitely benefit your blog!! What?? With all those cute outfits you post, I think you could get a lot of traffic from Pinterest!

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  33. You're welcome! Best of luck to you as you grow your blog. :)

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  34. I noticed that you are a great commenter. :) I kind of want to devote a day to commenting instead of writing a post...Maybe Thursdays since for some reason I usually have that as a "rest day."

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  35. Oh wow, see, I don't think I get much traffic at all on Fridays. I got views on Monday because I hosted that weekend recap link up, but now that I won't be doing that anymore, I wonder how it will affect my stats. I'm nowhere close to 312,000 views, that's something to be proud of! :)

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  36. Yes, scheduling Tweets is something I haven't done before and I could see how that would be really beneficial.
    Oh you should totally link up to the Friday Favorites one--just because I'm sure you have a lot of beauty recommendations. :)

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  37. Yeah, for sure! I wish I would have started doing that sooner!

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  38. I hope that they help you grow your blog!

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  39. Lol, I got a ridiculously low number of views the last time I published on a Saturday and I thought, "Never again!"

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  40. Also check out what the other commenters on here wrote. They gave me some ideas for new things to try!

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  41. Do you have any other tips that you think work well & would like to share? :)

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  42. I hope that you are able to do so!

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  43. Monday mornings have been a high traffic time for me, too. However, I did host a link up every Monday since gosh...February, I think. This coming Monday will be my first time not hosting it, so I wonder if my pageviews will really drop.

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  44. Hopefully some of the tips work for you! And thanks, I love my new design, too. :)

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  45. Yeah, when work got in the way of my blogging I noticed a huuuuuge drop. 100 comments on a post!? That's impressive! Though, I'm not surprised because you're hilarious and one of the best commenters out there!

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  46. Yeah, no more posting on the weekend for me! I can almost hear the crickets when I do that!

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  47. I JUST started doing it this week. It's amazing, and makes Twitter so much more fun for me since I don't have to self-promote since it's already done :)

    Pinterest hasn't really done anything for my outfit posts... I think I need to join some group boards to "self-promote" better or something.

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  48. Yeah...I just got more into Pinterest myself and am still looking for other group boards to join. I wish I had looked into it earlier because it really can drive traffic your way!

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  49. Great tips! Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest and Facebook, so obviously I pay extra attention to those two social media tools. And I always try to reply to every comment left on my blog and visit their blog in return. I'm made lots of blogger friends that way.

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  50. I think sticking to a blog schedule is super important and trying to post at the same time every day. Consistency is crucial! And also engaging with other bloggers. Creating relationships is the easiest way to create loyal followers!

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  51. Yeah, I try to post mine at 8:00-8:30. The only time I'll ever post something later than that is if I find out about a link up that is happening that day and want to join in on the fun.

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  52. My Facebook page could use some TLC for sure! I've also made some bloggy buddies through commenting! It's the best!

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