Holy cow! I just checked my google analytics and I have more than 500,000 pageviews in the last 30 days. In fact, over 543,000!
How did I do it? Hint: It's not from blogging every day.
Yes, it's about quality over quantity. In fact this is from under 300 blog posts (I thin 286 to be exact). And, no I did not get here over night (nor will you).
It's about sustained and continued effort generally blogging just once per week. I focus on topics that my customers/readers want to know and ask me about. I focus on SEO (big time) and supplement with Pinterest (yes Pinterest). And, those are my 2 main focuses for traffic.
Yes, I barely do FB (for regular promotion), I've given up on Twitter, StumbleUpon is gone (no loss), never opened an Inst account. [BTW, I found FB incredibly helpful for networking...especially the blogging groups and I know many have very effectively used FB ads...I still haven't gotten there yet...so more upside.]
So far, all of my traffic is non-paid and you can do that too. I've done it the old fashioned way...as John Houseman would say, "I earned it."
So where is my traffic coming from? The majority is SEO Organic traffic - over 330,000 pageviews/month. The 2nd largest traffic source is Pinterest - 218,000 (this number fluctuates a bit). Importantly, Pinterest helps jumpstart my SEO traffic, often reducing the time to get to page 1 by 2-4 months. (So, yes, I have many articles get to page 1 in a month or so. (not all, some take longer and some never get there...but a lot do).
Like I said before quality over quantity. It is NOT about blogging every day. Often when people do this, they write short and mediocre articles. And, you know what? They don't do much for you. They don't get found on google...and that is the key to long term success...GET FOUND.
You become a content mill and you are like this hampster on a wheel...not getting very far.
Instead, if you focus on SEO and writing high quality (and often lengthy articles), you 1) connect with your customer, 2) solve their problem and 3) get found on google...so you have ongoing, consistent and passive traffic.
I have articles written many years ago that continue to get traffic month after month, year after year. These bring in highly qualified traffic. (My main focus used to be getting flooring leads, but now I've learned how to monetize my blog, so I make money in many different ways. In fact, I don't really even need flooring leads...but I still take some of them since they are highly qualified). I also blog about painting too as I've been doing a lot of that and picking out colors for my customers.
I just shoot for writing 1 article per week. I spend time improving those articles. I build easy backlinks to those articles. I then focus on pinterest to drive more traffic to my blog (and in my case, because I have ads and affiliate links on my site, I make extra money just on that traffic). But, more importantly, it helps my SEO traffic which is much more valuable and long lasting.
It's just the combo of SEO and Pinterest that's doing it for me. Soon I will need to write another article about Pinterest.
Oh, and if you don't know how to do SEO that well, I have an ebook to help you. It's been doing really well and is designed for beginners and intermediates.