Six Months of Blogging | The Stats

Six Months of Blogging | The Stats

Don’t worry about stats, create good content and the rest will follow…

At least that’s what all the top bloggers who have all the good stats say! To be fair they’re right, but then I’m very competitive, not with others in the blogging world but with myself. If I achieve a certain number of views one month, I need to try and beat it the following month. This is part of the fun for me, I enjoy investigating my stats, what’s working and what isn’t.

I’m no expert in analytics and the first 6 months of DADVWORLD.COM have included a house move that took a lot longer than it should have, several interruptions in internet accessibility, once having to go more than a week without being online, in 2016 that’s a disaster and my effort levels have fluctuated as life has sprung up surprises as it will always do. Basically I’d say it’s taken me 6 months to finally settle on how to run my blog. Trial and error will continue as I compete with myself to take my blog to the next level.

Right, what have I achieved in my first 6 months?

At the time of writing this, 25th August 2016, this will be my 43rd blog post. Can’t believe I’ve written that many!

Blog Views – Average 1K views per month

Facebook Page – 371 Likes

Twitter Followers – 1661

Instagram Followers – 861

DA Rating – 15

PA Rating – 29

Now these numbers represent a host of factors. The time and effort I’ve been able to commit, the niche I’m in (Dad/Parenting Blog) and the experience I’ve gathered in a short time. If you’re an even newer blogger than myself and you look at these stats and have no idea whether they’re good or not, that makes 2 of us. Some people blog for fun, some as a career and some purely to earn money. This means that you could never really compare yourself to anyone, however I know when I first started blogging I wanted at least some ball park figures however inaccurate I have now found them to be, so this is why I’ve shared mine.

Now it’s not all stats, despite still being fresh to the scene I’ve managed to run a promotion for DC Comics and one of their YouTube series, I’ve promoted brands such as Bakerdays and Jacamo and I’ve also become a contributor to The Dad Network where I write blog posts for their website too. I’ve built a small community of online friends and blogging has given me the confidence and opened the door to the world of YouTube. DADVWORLD.COM now also has a YouTube channel where you can keep up to date with our family adventures on a weekly basis, new EP out every Sunday.

Both the blog and vlog have now started bringing in a little pocket change. I’m not earning enough for the Mrs to quit work and shop everyday just yet but something I started for myself and my family is now looking very likely to becoming a full time career.

My vision was always to use the first 12 months to find my feet, learn and try as many different things as I could to build knowledge of exactly how to conquer the world of blogs and vlogs, I will continue with this mentality then move into the second year hopefully with some real purpose, putting into play everything I’ve learnt enabling me to then maximize my social platforms to build my brand.

I also wrote a post after only a month of blogging letting other new bloggers know what I’d discovered so far, read it hereΒ To, Newbie Bloggers. From Newbie Blogger.

It’s building slowly but surely and good things come to those that work hard and go get them πŸ˜€

As always, I appreciate you reading and always enjoy reading your comments and feedback, interaction is key for me – See you online @dadvworld

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  1. 25th August 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Quick question: Did you tap into your personal network (friends and family) for your social media followers?

    • 25th August 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Yeah, however it turns out they count for very little in terms of numbers. For example I’m not sure there’s even one family or close friend that’s active on Twitter. In terms of social media I’ve tried to interact with people as often as possible and follow people with the same interests. Thanks for reading! All questions/advice welcome πŸ˜€

      • 25th August 2016 / 3:03 pm

        I find it overwhelming to try and tap into social media channels and write every day as well. If there was one I had to choose, which would you say you get most traffic from?

        • 25th August 2016 / 3:08 pm

          My stats tell me I get the most from Facebook by a long way. However I’ve found building my likes on Facebook extremely difficult. StumbleUpon is very good I would definitely recommend sharing your posts to StumbleUpon. Despite all of this however, Twitter is my favourite for interaction, making friends in the blogging world and it’s been fun building my brand on there. πŸ˜€

          • 25th August 2016 / 3:10 pm

            Thanks. I will take a look into Hootsuite. I made a Twitter account but I really have no idea how to build a following on it. I think I need to spend some time diving into it. May come back to pick your brain some more – thanks!

          • 25th August 2016 / 3:24 pm

            Always happy to help πŸ™‚

        • 25th August 2016 / 3:08 pm

          Have you heard of Hootsuite? It allows you to share to multiple social media platforms at once.

  2. 25th August 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Well done, l like the way you write in an easy to understand way and things very well explained.Many newbies start worrying about traffic almost immediately then give up if they are not seeing very quick results.
    Really enjoyed your post,thanks so much for sharing your journey

    • 25th August 2016 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks for your great comments!! I really appreciate the feedback. Appreciative comments such as yours make it worthwhile! I’m glad it’s understandable πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

  3. 25th August 2016 / 6:48 pm

    I think those stata are respectable. I’m new to blogging too (4 months in) and absolutely loving it. As you said, the online community is great. Lovely that you’ve managed to make a full time job out of it. Well done. πŸ™‚

    • 25th August 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks! How you getting on? It’s a very nice environment to work in isn’t it. I find everyone I interact with pleasant and everyone encourages everyone else, not sure many sectors are like that πŸ™‚

  4. 25th August 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I’m really competitive with myself too but I’m a few months behind you. It’s very brave of you to publish your stats. I think you’re right that it’s very hard to compare with other people, though, because everyone has different content, aims, and time allowance.

    • 25th August 2016 / 8:09 pm

      I wanted to break the mould. I’ve gathered it’s like asking someone how much they earn, maybe it’s a British thing I dont know but people don’t like to say. Some may think I’ve done brilliantly and others may be waaay ahead at the same point however no one knows how many hours I’ve spent blogging or haven’t spent so you can’t really compare. I hope to help at least one person who may be encouraged by my stats and/or achievements – Thanks for readong and commenting I really appreciate it and good luck with you blog πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

  5. 26th August 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Always an interesting debate this one. Good content is key but then again none of us wants to only write for three people do we? Building up a readership takes time. I think you’re doing well. Keep up the good work! #BinkyLinky

    • 26th August 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Thank you! You’re right, stats aren’t everyone’s motivation but like you say, if only 3 people are readong then maybe set up a WhatsApp group or write a diary lol πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

  6. 26th August 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Great stats for your first 6 months, good luck with your journey πŸ™‚ #binkylinky

    • 26th August 2016 / 1:50 pm

      Thank you! Appreciate you reading:)

  7. 26th August 2016 / 7:53 pm

    I can relate to your competitiveness in trying to beat your own figures and continuously improve. I am always looking to produce valuable content, but the distractions of work, family and competing against myself in other distractions, probably means I don’t particularly excel in either. I might never achieve your stats, but sharing them shows how engaging content and interaction can grow your audience, which to newbies and flakey bloggers like myself is a great barometer. πŸ™‚ #BinkyLinky

    • 27th August 2016 / 11:22 am

      I always think about what content I can create and make it sound amazing. Then I always decide on writing exactly what I think day to day. It’s amazing how interesting (Sometimes) just your own thoughts and feeling can be. Plus, I appreciate honestly when I’m reading about other people so feel it’s the best way to go. It’s tough and I have no routine whatsoever, if I introduced routine then my mind would go on holiday and leave me blank! Do what you can when you can and over time it will build. Thanks for reading and commenting, really appreciate it πŸ˜€

  8. 27th August 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Looking good man. Those social numbers are very respectable. Patience is the key. It seems like new readers come at a very small pace, but keep putting out interesting things and they will find you. #binkylinky

    • 27th August 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you! Yes patience is something I’m learning I have to have. In actual life I don’t haha! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  9. 27th August 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I’m at a very similar stage to you dadvworld. I have only recently started to take notice of stats and that was after a PR company asked me for specifics. I only ever intended to blog for fun but it’s nice to see growth both in readers and followers and I’ll admit I get quite competitive. Keep up the good work mate πŸ‘πŸ‘ #binkylinky

    • 27th August 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Keep the fun element definitely. For me the fun is beating my own records. Yeah I’ve been asked about unique followers per month, what colour pants my followers have on, all sorts haha!! I like to think my stats are for me, everyone else should judge me on whether they like my content not my follower count. Thanks for reading mate and keep it fun πŸ™‚

    • 28th August 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Ah thanks!! Appreciate the help I get from big Nige πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜€ Love #BinkyLinky

  10. diynige
    28th August 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Totally echo johns thoughts content is important but it’s important to watch your stats to make sure your blog is growing I must admit when I started I was obsessed with stats Im not so bothered now Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky come back next week please

    • 28th August 2016 / 8:01 pm

      I love a bit of #BinkyLinky

  11. 31st August 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Keep up the good work. Being competitive with yourself is absolutely fine. Just don’t let anyone sway you into thinking your blog is worthless unless you have X page views or Y DA or something else. The two most important things are (a) that people are reading and commenting on your blog and (b) that you are happy with how you’re doing. If you can answer yes to both of those, the actual numbers aren’t important – unless you want them to be (and that’s okay too).

    • 31st August 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks Tim! Really appreciate your comments, you;re already the real deal in the blogging world. You’re reading and have commented so….. πŸ˜€

  12. 19th September 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Nice work for 6 months in. I am new to blogging myself. For me twitter has taken off followed by instagram and facebook has nothing. Blog traffic isnt high and im stuck trying to figure out why lol.

    • 19th September 2016 / 6:43 pm

      It’s the same here lol. Facebook has proven a real grind. Twitter is the easiest I think because I enjoy chatting on there so much! I’m just hoping traffic comes over time. This past month though I’ve noticed though that opportunities will come even if traffic doesn’t!! Just keep producing content and see where it goes. Thanks for reading, I’m off to stalk your website now πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

      • 20th September 2016 / 2:58 am

        I have found with twitter that taking part in twitter partys is a great way to get traffic to you. You intract with so many people and learn some great stuff plus you might even win something. I take part in ones involving cooking for recipies and parenting/kids ones. Its a great opertunity to find like minded people.
        I will always keep up on adding content. Having 3 kids at varying ages gives me endless things to talk about but trying to pinpoint one thing over another can be difficult lol. Thanks for stalking my site, hope you like it.

        • 20th September 2016 / 6:03 am

          Your site is great!! Yeah there’s always something to talk about, parenting is so vast it’s amazing. Yes there are tonnes of things to do on Twitter to get interacting with, I love it!! Stumble upon and Pinterest work sometimes too, if you haven’t tried them yet. πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

  13. 24th October 2016 / 11:20 am

    Interesting article and blog, I came across you while searching for other dad blogs. I’ll be back to pick your brains from time to time!

    • 24th October 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks for reading Anthony! I’m available to talk anytime my friend just get in touch πŸ˜€

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