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BLOGGING EXPERIENCE WEEK 5
Welcome to my blogging experience week 5. This is where I will go over everything that has happened over the past week and what my blogging experience week 5 looked like. If you’re new to PPF Financial then let me start off by welcoming you to my blog. If you’re not then let me welcome you back!
I wanted to make a weekly blog update at the end of every week for the first year of my blogs life. The reason I am doing this is to give any current or future readers an insight into all the making of my blog. Plus it will be something I could look back on later and enjoy the hard work and dedication I put into blogging.
Those of you who have been here before, feel free to skip ahead to the first section. For those who have not, the reason I want to be so transparent is to help build up some trust between you and I. There are many places you could about finance and many other things you could be doing. The fact is you’re here with me now and I want to help build a lasting relationship. Let us begin shall we?
Every week I will cover:
• What next week will look like
• Did I meet the goals set last week
• My websites traffic report
• The social media attention I received
• A list of articles posted during the week
• The goals I hope to achieve next week
My hope is to eventually be able to blog full time and become my own boss. None of this will be possible without the help of everyone who checks up on me every week. So far all of you, I thank you and I appreciate any and all support.
I really do enjoy doing this and I hope that I can help even just one person out. That would be enough for this all to be worth it. Every week I post these articles, I want to be able to inspire and motivate someone to do better for themselves. This is as much about every single one of you as it is about me!
What Next Week is Going to Look Like
Blogging experience week 5 is now in the books. It really does feel like I only started blogging a week ago. Time has sure been flying by on me. I’m sure it’s because I’ve been swamped with my offline work and trying to build my online work. This is one reason why I would love to eventually be able to do blogging as a full time deal. If I’m able to do this much with my blog, on top of working 60 or so hours a week, then imagine what I could do full time!
So that’s not really a weekly goal of mine but it is a lifetime goal. I may create a page with my lifetime goals in it. I’m not quite sure exactly what that would look like or how much would be on it. I do know that it would be a forever growing list. Okay, okay, I’ve already talked myself into doing it. So as I began this blog article, I’ve apparently decided I want to create a page for my lifetime goals. I would like to get this setup sometime next week so that you can follow along with me as I achieve my goals and dreams.
This page is going to include blog related goals, life related goals, and basically an overall bucket list of the things I would like to do with my life. As I complete these life long goals of mine, I’ll strike through them and probably do an article about my completion of it. (Please let me know what you think of this idea!!)
I didn’t get to change my logo last week so that will be apart of what I would like to do next week. I may only get one blog post in so that I can accomplish this and the life long goals page. Even though that’s been about all I’ve been posting as of recent anyways. I hope to change this trend in the near future. Until then, you’ll just have to bare with me!
I’ve also been in contact with a few other bloggers and might be looking to do some guest posts. I may even be able to have a couple of them provide a little something for all of you! That would be a really big deal for me because, as you might know, connecting with other bloggers has been a major goal of mine since I started. Oh and if you think the logo should stay how it is, you should tell me soon!
Blogging Experience Week 5 Goals
• Get back on schedule with posting on time – SUCCESS
• Update all of my SEO for all of my currently published blog – SUCCESS
• Reach 100 likes on my Facebook Page – SUCCESS
• Make it to 750 Pinterest followers – SUCCESS
• Have 550 Twitter followers – SUCCESS
• Publish 2 articles outside of my weekly updates – FAIL
• Change my page logo at the top – FAIL
Okay, so I think this was probably my best goal completion rate thus far. I was able to complete 5 out of 7 of my weekly goals! I finally reached my 100 likes on Facebook! That has been WAY more difficult than I thought it would be. Thanks everyone who helped me reach it by the way!!
Overall I did pretty well in the world of social media! You’ll see exactly how well I did in a little bit. I was actually surprised at these results because I wasn’t able to spend as much time on those as I would have liked to. Hopefully I can change that this week, but I doubt it. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me before the holidays start rolling in.
I wasn’t able to change my logo nor was I able to get in two posts this week. A little too much time was spent trying to do something extra with the post I did do. I ultimately ended up trashing that idea for now, but I may come back to it later on. Honestly, I think I will be trying to spend some time this week finding more ways to make money online.
Whenever I manage to come up with enough decent ways to do this, I’ll be sure to let everyone know what I came up with. Hopefully this could lead to another review or two that I can do later. I know I haven’t mentioned anything about it yet, but if anyone knows of some great ideas that could help me to be closer to my dream of working from home, just let me know! I would be more than happy to hear them.
Website Traffic Report
Weekly Views – 302 (down from 332)
Weekly Visitors – 211 (up from 167)
Top Views in a Day – 99 (up from 69)
Best Day – Tuesday
Alexa Ranking U.S. – 648,369
Alexa Ranking Global – 6,587,906
My weekly views are down but my weekly visitors are up. Im not sure wether to be happy about this or sad. I imagine it could be due to return visitors not needing to reread an article. Which would make sense if that is the case. Or on the more darker side of things, I could just have a higher bounce rate this week than I did last week.
I’m going to go ahead and just assume it is the former! Regardless of which one it is, I didn’t do to bad this week. The amount of my visitors continue to increase so I’m doing something correctly. This surprised me because as I said earlier, I wasn’t able to get involved with social media nearly as much as I would have liked to.
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers get into the habit of using automated applications to help them function more efficiently on social media. I may have to adopt this same application. If I can, I would like to save it for next month though. Trying to cut back on some spending this month until I have earned a little bit from my blog to counter some of the expenses. I’ve always heard, “you have to spend money to make money”. Hopefully I can make some money before I spend it at least!!
All in all I am happy with my blog traffic and I hope it continues to increase. I want to find some other avenues outside of social media that can help drive traffic. There has got to be other ways to bring traffic in, I’ve just got to figure out what those ways are. Regardless of if I find other ways or not, social media will obviously still have to play an important roll in driving quality traffic to my blog!
Social Media Attention
Facebook – 103 (up 10 from last week)
Pinterest – 842 (up 174 from last week)
Twitter – 625 (up 202 from last week)
I wasn’t able to grow quite as much in social media as I did last week. This is obviously a direct result from not spending as much time in this area as I normally do. Regardless, I am happy with the turnout! I was FINALLY able to go over 100 likes on my Facebook group.
It has been a hard fought battle with my social media sites but it is obviously paying off. Hopefully when I grow them a little more I can look to do a giveaway of sorts. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile but I want to build up a little bit of a following before I try it. I am still looking for any suggestions on how I can grow my social media pages up quicker.
Blog Posts From This Week
Blogging Experience Week 6 Goals
• Reach 1000 followers on Pinterest
• Have 750 Twitter followers
• Get to 125 likes on my Facebook group page
• Change the logo up at the top
• Create a lifetime goal page
• Find at least 1 additional source of online income
• Locate another way to boost web traffic outside of social media
I’ve reached the point in my social media endeavors that even if I don’t spend days of my life building them up, I still manage to do decent. For me this could prove to be a bad thing. I like to get lazy on things that manage to work okay on their own. Making it a point to continue to excel on social media is important to me because this seems to be a good chunk of the blogging traffic across the web.
I really would like to find a couple ways to extend my reach online. This goes for making connections and making money. I know you can do decent as a freelance writer but I wonder if my writing skills are good enough to make that work for me. This will probably be one that I will look into during the week. I would imagine getting into something like this could take some time to get started but everyone starts somewhere right??
This was the first week I included my alexa stats in my website traffic report. I’m not quite sure what is considered “good” for the length of blogging I’ve been involved in so I’ll just have to judge it based on my own increases or decreases. Hopefully I can continue to bring more people to my blog. I’m also looking to add something to increase or boost my Newsletter.
This will be the first weekend I’ve sent out my bi-weekly Newsletter so I’m excited about that. I want to be able to include something with my Newsletters outside of articles that you may or may not have read so please leave me with some ideas. In the future my Newsletters will also be the way you will hear about upcoming giveaways. I will be sure to give “extra credit” for those that are already subscribed prior to the start of the giveaway. HINT HINT 😉 (Anybody who wants to possibly be a sponsor, or knows how to find some, for events like this please let me know so I can get it setup! ) That’ll be it for my blogging experience week 5! Come back next week to see what else is new!