Someone then Tweeted me and asked me to do an annual one. Seeing as I knew what my stats were at the start of January 2016, I thought it would make for an interesting post.
You can see the monthly blog income and stat reports below:
- January Blog Income and Stat Report.
- February Blog Income and Stat Report.
- March Blog Income and Stat Report.
- April Blog Income and Stat Report.
- May Blog Income and Stat Report.
I know caring about page views and stats can be often frowned upon in the blogging community, but for me, it’s a very factual and data based way of seeing growth. You can use measures such as your writing and photography improving, but those things can be very subjective and more of an opinion than a fact that can be backed up with data. I don’t always care so much about my statistics. The past few months I’ve hardly cared at all because I’ve been too busy. But you can read more about those subjects in the following posts:
- Why I care about pageviews and stats and I’m not afraid to admit it.
- Why I care about pageviews and stats
But I don’t want to focus that much on the why’s and how’s here. Let’s take a look at how I grew in 2016.
January 1st 2016: 4438
January 1st 2017: 10921
That’s a gain of 6482 followers in 2016. That’s not bad at all! I slacked at the end of the year though and do need to work on my engagement in 2017.
January 1st 2016: 2055
January 1st 2017: 6309
That’s a gain of 4254. Again, that’s not bad at all. The thing with Instagram is that it’s even more fickle than Twitter. If you stop engaging and posting, people will unfollow. I find the trick to Instagram growth is to gain followers faster than how many people are unfollowing. Because people will always unfollow. Dicks.
I’m sure most of you reading have had companies follow you on Instagram, people selling Younique or weight loss supplements – these are generally the accounts that will unfollow shortly after.
I really wasn’t happy with Instagram. Over the past few months, I’ve not enjoyed scrolling through my feed as much so over Christmas I unfollowed lots of accounts. I went from following 1600 to 700 accounts and now when I go through Instagram, I see the pictures I want to see. I’m going to work on engagement on these accounts and enjoy Instagram again!
January 1st 2016: 1259
January 1st 2017: 3741
That’s a growth of 2482. Again, I’ve not been on the ball as much with Pinterest at the end of the year. I grew most in the first few months of 2016 and kind of coasted along only scheduling Pins every few weeks. Not good!
January 1st 2016: 2,441
January 1st 2017: 3885
That’s a gain of 1444. Pretty good for Bloglovin as I find grow on this platform is the hardest unless you put a lot of effort in!
Then compare the two:
So in 2016, I had twice as many users, twice as many sessions and 70% more page views! I’ve averaged 15k per month. I’d love to see that go up to 20k in 2017!
Twitter and Google was my biggest source of traffic in 2016. It’s good to see Stumble make an entry, too!
How did you do in 2016?