1,000+ followers and blog analytics

Wow…1,000+ followers!! This is truly an unexpected milestone and one which I am struggling to comprehend – I didn’t expect to receive 100 followers let alone 1,000. (In fact, I vividly remember my first post, which was some 3.5 months ago and had accumulated a total of 0 views), so thank you all so much for the continued love and support. 

To me, growth is about more than obtaining followers, it’s about engaging with the community and gaining new ideas about the world from different posts. After all, knowledge is power and reading is healthy for the brain! It also just so happens that WordPress is a free library, which is home to a diverse range of subjects and perspectives 😜

My blogging story: 

From my relatively short blogging journey, I feel that I have learned a lot. At the start of this journey, I had expected to meet a community of like-minded artists and soon realised that perhaps WordPress wasn’t the right platform for me. In essence, I should have stuck to the likes of Etsy, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Deviant Art, to showcase my work and meet other inspiring/upcoming artists. 

Instead, I was discovered by a poet and writer, who followed me and was the first person to leave a nice review under one of my posts. I was humbled by her act of kindness and reciprocated the gesture, by supporting her work in the same way that she did mine. Soon, I came across a wonderful community of writers, poets and lifestyle bloggers. By that point I was sold to WordPress and now looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Thanks to each and every one of you that makes up the 1,000 follower count. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the amazing community of bloggers who have supported, uplifted and welcomed me with open arms. 

Top tips for WordPress growth: 

So here are my top tips for seeing growth on the platform, without having to pay for an upgrade:

  1. Ensure that you have completed your website and have a website title. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than having ‘site title’ at the top of every blog post! I personally found that once I re-designed my website, people wanted to visit my website more often and took more time reading my posts. 
  2. Like/comment on people’s posts and engage with people. Bonus points for commenting. People are likely to reciprocate on your posts and other people who haven’t discovered you, will see your comment and ‘visit’ your blog, increasing website traffic. 
  3. If you see that someone liked your comment or post and they seem to be an interesting blog, give them a follow. They will likely follow back, as they are initiating an interest in your personality/content! 
  4. Use relevant hashtags on your posts. This will attract the right audiences to see your posts, even if they don’t follow you. 
  5. Don’t neglect your blog. If you don’t post regularly that’s fine, but make sure that you continue engaging with people, via their blog posts on a regular basis.
  6. Monitor your website/blog performance using analytics. (See below).

Measuring website traffic using analytics: 

One of the many benefits of using WordPress, is that anyone can receive web analytics to assist in measuring the performance of their website/blog. Best of all, this is completely FREE to access and requires no upgrade. 

The analytics feature allows website owners to see how many views they are receiving across the different blog posts/pages on their website and make the necessary tweaks to improve performance. Below are my website analytics:

In totality, I’ve received 9,290 views and my website has attracted 3,212 visitors. Below is a breakdown to show the views on my latest post: 

This is based on my latest post ‘I Spy with my Little Eye’. It’s been 18 days since I posted (I wrote this in advance of posting) and I have a total of 737 views, 383 likes and 422 comments. The breakdown includes the number of views per week. I posted on the 2nd September, hence the weeks 10th August – 30th August have 0 views. The first week after posting has seen the best views, as expected. Between the 7th – 13th September, I took a mini break from WordPress and the impact that my lack of engagement has had is apparent, with less views during this period. However, upon my return, the views have increased again, emphasising the importance of having a presence and interacting with blog posts. 

Location analytics: 

It’s also interesting to see where my viewers are coming from. According to the analytics, there appears to be a global spread, with viewers coming from different continents around the world. A deeper look into my blog analytics shows that most of my viewers come from India, followed by the U.K. and USA. However, this can change from one day to the next, as sometimes I’ve seen that the U.S. has taken the second spot and Canada has made an appearance. 

What would make this even more interesting, is to be able to see what cities/states viewers are most concentrated in. This feature doesn’t appear to be available yet, but is useful, as it would enable the tailoring of posts to suit the interests of different audiences. For example, some states in the U.S. are quite religious, so I could look to incorporate religions references into my art. 

Well, that’s all from me. Thank you for reading and happy blogging! 😊

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  1. wow congrats! Posts like these inspire me more to blog! Thanks for sharing! I am still 300+ followers with 4k views, but I am positive I can do and be more! HAPPY BLOGGING!

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    1. Thank you so much, it’s comments like these which inspire me to keep going 🤗 Everyday is a new life lesson and I’m sure that with your ambition and dedication, you can set out to achieve anything 💫✨

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      1. Strangely enough, the second 500 are tougher than the first. At least for me. The next 1,000 should be easier. Of course, as we know, many of those are actually gone, but it’s all right.

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      2. I felt it was the same for me, once I passed 500 followers it became a lot more different to find new bloggers and to attract different audiences to my blog. I really valued the 1,000 as it took patience and hard work to get there 🙂

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  2. Congratulations on your 1,000 followers Hannah! That is definitely an exciting mile stone. I am getting close to 5o and will be super happy to celebrate that little mile stone! Hoping to achieve that one soon! Here’s to the next 1,000 for you!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! I wish you every success on your blog too, I reckon that we can set out to achieve anything once we put our minds to it 🙂 I hope that you have a great week ahead ✨

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    1. Yes, the growth became a lot more difficult after 500 followers, so I really appreciate the 1,000 😀 thank you for being one of the 1,000, your support means a lot 🥰

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  3. I am loving this post! Web traffic is so important when it comes to SEO and making those sales that we all strive for as online marketers. You made some very valid points. One thing I struggle with at times is to keep people engaged long enough. I know there is an art to content marketing. Another issue I have found is that people struggle with what to do next with their audience. Lead capture pages etc. Great job!

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your insights, I find this to be a very interesting topic 🙂 It is hard to keep people engaged…if you gain their attention, people will only read the first or last part of the post. Keeping messages short and breaking text up with pictures, bullets and bold sentences is key to helping audiences stay engaged. I always find that asking your audience what they would like to see next in the comments helps to keep them interactive with the post and may prompt them to subscribe to see more content. Maybe even splitting content into 3 parts, like a story can help people want to see the next post. I hope this helps and I’m interested in your thoughts 🙂

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  4. This was an awesome post! Thank you for sharing. Web traffic is crazy important in any aspect whether you just want good SERPS or are trying to sell products whether it be your own or as a affiliate. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Absolutely, it’s such an important subject that gets overlooked by many, but it is key to driving traffic and encouraging people to interact with your brand. I hope that you have a lovely new year! 🙂

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  5. I am loving this post! Web traffic is so important when it comes to SEO and making those sales that we all strive for as online marketers. You made some very valid points. One thing I struggle with at times is to keep people engaged long enough. I know there is an art to content marketing. Another issue I have found is that people struggle with what to do next with their audience. Lead capture pages etc. Great job!

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    1. Sorry, your message landed in my spam folder! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I agree, web traffic is crucial for online marketing and e-commerce. Keeping content short and relevant and breaking up text using photos and bullets helps. Asking the audience for their input on what they want to see next in the comments is a way as well 🙂

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  6. How unbelievably imporant web traffic is for any website! All the backlinking, syndications, etc. You made awesome points! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I am loving this post! Web traffic is so important when it comes to SEO and making those sales that we all strive for as online marketers. You made some very valid points. One thing I struggle with at times is to keep people engaged long enough. I know there is an art to content marketing. Another issue I have found is that people struggle with what to do next with their audience. Lead capture pages etc. Great job!

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  8. Wow congrats ! Love to see you reached this milestone in your blogging career. I would love for you to follow my blog as I want to reach that goal someday and love your work by the way !

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