30 day old blog...went from 30 UV's to 200 in 24 hours WITH NO SEO
I dont do any backlinking outside of social media....it takes a lot of time and the blogs Id want to target are nofollow....im sure I'll get more exposure eventually in my niche's "blogging community" which will help with SEO....but, just to give you an idea, as of today in the last 30 days, including today, ive gotten 0.016% of my overall traffic from serps...barely worth mentioning.
I focus on social media... now it might be a little presumptuous to assume that I know my niche enough to essentially ignore doing SEO, but everything ive seen says that SEO takes a lot of time to really start showing results. So...while working on ways to better optimize seo and waiting for google to recognize my existence...I figured Facebook has a lot of targeted traffic, why not start there? It was either that or spend even more countless hours on here and other forums NOT DOING ANYTHING...just for the sake of "learning"....I decided to just DO instead of trying to LEARN.
I found a lot of FB groups in m niche that I joined and simply started contributing comments and my content on there with links to the site....thats it. No paid advertising, no spamming (I dont think posting 3-4 links, pictures, comments to different groups is spamming, especially if Im adding niche-related content to the group) nothing more...just facebook.
I started seeing a little bit of traffic success after wading through groups and finding ones that were large and had active members. By about week 2 I was getting about 75 UVs from the daily content I was linking on the groups.
After this I started thinking "Wow if FB can give me this much traffic...I should put a bunch of effort into Twitter, tumblr, pinterest..." yeah that didnt work out so well. For one, im not as familiar with those platforms as FB so I may not be as efficient in those areas, or FB tactics may not work as well, niche might not be right for it... whatever the reason... i get about 2-3 UVs daily from all those sources and I put a lot of hours in on those platforms within that week, with obviously little to show for it.
The other day I decided, screw these other places (for now)....its taking up a lot of my time (without seeing a lot of results) to get these going and FB is the only place im getting traffic from....SO..... lets find out better ways to increase my traffic from facebook since thats where I seem to be seeing success and engaging readers.
So I decided to go back and do some more research into posting on pages and researching more groups. What I found was that there are a TON of FB groups out there that I could be putting my content on...the funny thing is that I found a lot of groups that were huge, had members that I knew would want to see a large chunk of my content, but werent EXACTLY within my niche.
I decided to do a little testing.... Id write a few pieces that were still very relevant to my original niche, but while writing content, I made sure to pick topics that would appeal to these groups' audience and not just pinpoint MY specific niche. Had I posted something in these groups that was 100% tailored to my niche audience, I wouldn't have gotten much of a response... but blending my niche and this other niche together was the best of both worlds....its still relevant to my niche and its capturing a broader audience....therefore providing value to TWO types of readers at the same time.
I usually dont do any blogging on the weekends so on Sunday/Monday (holiday weekend) it had been several days since my lasts post on my blog or links on FB....I had a little over 20 UVs on Sunday, and about 50 on Monday.
Today I took that new piece of content that was "targeted" to these new groups, posted it, linked it to the groups (used the weekend to get approved to post there) and as of right now I have had 216 UV's today. Obviously thats not a MASSIVE accomplishment....but for me it's a pretty big deal...and not too shabby considering the site is 30 days old and Google wants nothing to do with me right now lol.
Obviously after years of reading posts of successes on WF, the first thing I had to do was go post about this minor win for me. My very first goal with IM was to reach 200UVs in a day....well Im there. Woot.
Before anyone says anything about SEO...I know....I'm getting there....it's going to take time....but this strategy has allowed me to get some fairly decent traffic within my first 30 days of the blog, moved that $0.00 to about $6 in revenue and more than anything, has given me the confidence I needed to keep going with this thing. Its hard cranking out articles, learning as you go and promoting your site without seeing results. I think that's where a lot of newcomers to IM get discouraged....I know I did.
This isnt a post about "oh I use FB and its awesome so you should too!" what Ive taken out of the last 30 days is that while Ive read A LOT of stuff on WF and other forums over the years, none of it really means a dang thing until you're out there and doing it. Just get started....pick a niche, dont worry if its going to be successful, dont worry about the theme being right on the site (mine's a so-so looking free one btw lol) stop analyzing and just go out there and do it. Trust me, you'll learn along the way what works for you and what doesnt... the only thing you can do is keep trying. Reading forums all day, buying WSO;s etc etc...thats all well and good, but its not MAKING money or generating traffic....that hair-brained site idea you've been putting off starting very well might....you'll never know until you try.
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