In January I discussed my social media goals for 2015. Some of my goals are realistic and some are ambitious. I’ve also learned that some social media platforms are not as easy to crack as others. My biggest challenge has been Twitter and Instagram. I think Twitter just puzzles me because I get so many followers but my followers count keeps dropping (it doesn’t actually ever go up). This has been really annoying to me but I have just learned that Twitter might just not be the best social media account for me personally. Instagram has been another account that has been puzzling to me. There was one time where I would get easily 3-4 followers a day just by interacting on there. Now I am lucky if I get 1 each day.
So March is here and I wanted to share with you where I am with all of my social media accounts and share once again my 2015 goals. I also am going to share my Google Analytics numbers since last time and share what has been working.
My top 5 sources of traffic this month are Foodgawker, Facebook, Pinterest, Yummly and Stumbleupon. I started using Yummly during the later part of February and its very quickly becoming a big source of traffic for my blog. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it til now! Thanks Pinch of Yum! When I told Adam about it he said “Oh yeah, I’ve used Yummly before to look up recipes” I was like “Oh, ok… that’s cool…” I feel as though I am behind on knowing a lot of things but each day I learn more and more and I am seeing the numbers go up on my blog. Yay for research!!! 🙂
(A little side note: Every now and then websites get hit with some spam referrals. For example, this month it was 0-0-6-0-0.com and bestwebsiteawards.com. Whenever this happens I block them from my google analytics but it takes a day or two and since these spam websites are relentless, they ping your website many times a day… hence all those hits that throw off your numbers… oh well that is the name of the game. I do my best to stay on it and filter them out).
One of the biggest changes I made was to install the WordPress SEO Plugin from Yoast. I know that many food bloggers have used it before but I waited to get on the bandwagon because I thought my theme already did SEO stuff… well, it does but what I love about the WordPress SEO Plugin from Yoast is that it tells you how to improve each post/page for SEO. I have learned so much from using it and highly recommend it. I can’t give you any numbers on how well its working yet but I have noticed more organic hits in the last few weeks.
Finally, I added Conversions Box to my blog in an effort to turn more readers into Facebook followers. I added it on 2/9 and had 137 followers on Facebook. I now have 148 followers (2/23). I wish that I could somehow check to see if those new likes came from clicking the like button or if these new fans found me some other way.
If you are a blogger, do you use any of the tools/sites mentioned above? What is your best source of traffic for your blog? New bloggers, hope this post has helped you out in your learning journey 🙂