Nearing the end of the first month, I’m currently sitting on ~1k sessions, ~800 users, and ~1.8k page views. Half of those occurred in the last couple days because one of my articles picked up some steam on Reddit.
The whole experience was pretty eye-opening, and it certainly bifurcates from Financial Samurai’s advice. Within roughly twenty minutes of publishing a link to this article, I received more page views than I did after posting hundreds of comments to other personal finance blogs. Having one or two readers trickle over from smaller blogs by piggy-backing their viewership feels a little dumb now. If that’s really how Financial Samurai was able to achieve ~300k+ page views per day, I’d be surprised.
But even with well-researched multi-paragraph comments, I never received more than 45 views in one day.
Rule: Find different ways to promote your content. Commenting on other blogs will probably fail to secure you the viewership you want. Guest post, participate on forums, share on social media, and publish links on Reddit.
As my viewership increases, though, I’m running into other problems: 1) There’s something seriously wrong with my “Page Load Time,” 2) people are receiving PHP errors every time they want to make a comment, and 3) I’m barely getting any viewers from organic search at all.
It might have something to do with loading a new sidebar for every post, which is getting pretty tedious. I’ll probably scrap those sidebars and keep six different quotes every time a page loads. Mostly, though, it’s the images.
I’ll work on it.
I’m hoping to expand as time goes on, reaching 10k+ sessions a month by the end of the year.