I hit an incredible milestone this month on my DaniWeb TechTreasures by Ron Miller blog. I passed 100,000 page views for a single month. In fact as of today, I blew through it, powered by my best post ever, which is a tad shy of 60,000 page views as of today. It wasn’t always this way. I’ve been writing this blog since April 2008. My first month I had about 15,000 views. A year later I had my first 50,000 view month.
It takes time and patience. DaniWeb is an IT community with over 600,000 members. As such, it has some reach that your site might not, so you shouldn’t compare numbers on a pure level. The lesson you should take away is that it takes time to build an audience, lots of time. As Julie wrote the other day in If you Build a Cafe in the Woods, you can’t just build your online presence and expect they will come. That’s just the first step.
As a blogger, you have to write regularly, produce quality content and constantly promote yourself in your network. If your content is good enough, the audience will get there. Keep in mind at the beginning, you are only going to get as much traffic as your most recent posts drives to you, but over time quality content lives on in search engines, and you will find that your daily traffic increases as you build up a back catalogue of older posts.
So be patient, keep writing and keep pushing. Your blog will build an audience. It might not be as fast as you like or as big as you wish for, but as long as your numbers trend upwards over time, you should be pleased.
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