Whoa, can you believe 2016 is now (over) half over?!
I’m back sharing my Q2 (April – June) blogging results as a transparent way to show growth and any successes and speed-bumps I may have had along the way.
Quarterly Report Q2 2016
I haven’t been specifically focused on any kind of social media growth.
I definitely do my best to utilize the main social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) but in 2016 I haven’t been employing any particular kind of growth strategy yet all of my accounts are still steadily growing. I certainly can’t complain about that!
- Facebook – grew 16% from June 2015
- Twitter – grew 8% in Q2 and 35% from June 2015
- Instagram – grew 9% in Q2 and 105% from June 2015
- Pinterest – grew 61% from June 2015
While Q1 2016 was great for growth and pageviews, I definitely noticed a down-tread in 2016 specifically starting in June. My pageviews dropped off by 50% and while it’s easy to get frustrated and upset over a drop in pageviews, I know it’s only natural to have a fall off when summer starts, which is why I took time to write some goals and define other areas of focus.
Until this year, I really didn’t pay any attention to where my traffic was coming from. I’d write a post, share it, and carry on. Now I’ve actually started looking at that area in Google Analytics (Acquisition –> Channels) and I find it good to know where, and how, people find me.
- Pinterest – 12% of referrals; 6% of traffic
- Stumbleupon – 8% of referrals
- Facebook – 20% of referrals. I’ve started using CoSchedule templates for sharing and now include my personal Facebook page.
- Twitter – 7% of referrals
Moral of the story? Pin things. Stumble things. You never know when it will pay off.
My referrals were down Q2 compared to Q1, but I feel like that’s just part of the summer slump.
I always find it interested to see what you like, because it doesn’t always line up with what I think will be a well-received post. For that reason, I’ve divided this section into one your favourites, most shared, and my favourites.
(Based upon views)
- What It’s Like to Go From a Size 4 to a Size 8
- How to Fit in Strength Training and Marathon Training <– this post is over a year old and is still doing well!
- Why It Isn’t Necessary to Workout in the Morning <– I’ve started running to work 2 days a week and so far it’s okay 😉
- Why I Won’t be Representing the Calgary Marathon as an Ambassador
- Four Blogging Rules I Break and One I Never Will
Conclusion: honest posts get a heck of a lot of views.
(based upon shares, duh)
These calculations exclude Twitter, since Twitter stopped allowing third parties (like CoSchedule) to track the number of tweets and shares that are tied to a post, so this is based entirely on Facebook and Pinterest shares.
- Nutrition Requirements for Runners: Carbohydrates
- Nutrition Requirements for Runners: Protein
- Nutrition Requirements for Runners: Pre and Post Workout
- St Patrick’s Island Fun Run Recap
- When (and why) Should You Downgrade Your Race
Conclusion: posts about running and nutrition are well-liked.
(because I said so)
- 5 Plugins Every Blogger Should Have
- How Barre Has Made Me a Stronger Runner <– barre has quickly become one of my favourite ways to get active and stronger
- Online Dating in 10 Steps
- Spruce Meadows: Heroes Behind the Heroes
- Accounting for Bloggers: FAQ
Conclusion: I enjoy writing about races, barre, and blogging.Cowgirl Runs Q2 2016 blogging report is up! #blogchat #blogginggals Click To Tweet
Are you feeling the summer slump yet?
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