Hi everyone, this is my 7th-month journey of blogging.
I've been looking forward to sharing this for a long time. Indiehackers have been great so far, and I want to give as much value as possible to the community.
For newer bloggers, this article sums up what you can expect for your first 6-7 months of blogging.
As the title stated, it took me 7 months to get to 20,000 organic pageviews per month (no direct, referrals, social, mail, or display traffic sources).
This is strictly from organic search.
Here is the monthly traffic breakdown for the past 7 months (in pageviews):
Jul: 21,884 🔥 (present)
Looking at this breakdown, you might be wondering how I managed to go from 7,000 to 21,000 pageviews in one month.
This happened because I started a content-push in Jun to Jul. I haven't been writing consistently before that (huge mistake).
In addition, months 6 to 7 is where my articles started getting out of the URL-level sandbox and a couple of my articles started ranking in position 0 (snippet) on Google.
Unfortunately, most bloggers quit before hitting the 6-month mark.
Google takes a long time to trust newer sites, so it'll take a long time before you'll be able to see results. This has been proven over and over again—the Google Sandbox does exist.
Moving on to my article breakdown, here are the total number of articles, words, and average words per article:
Total number of articles: 66
Word count: 102,750
Average words per article: 1,557
Here are the number of articles I published per month:
In Jan to May, I haven't been focusing much on content marketing because I was too busy promoting my site through other means.
I started watching tons of videos on YouTube and began to dive further into SEO and blogging. It wasn't until my first article started ranking on the first position of google did I realize the potential of it.
Here are the overall strengths and weaknesses of my site.
What I look forward to, and what I don't.
*Google has an indexing issue where URLs aren't correctly indexed (even though it's fully optimized), and some pages go in and out of the SERPs. Though Google claims that the issue is solved, a lot of people are still facing it.
Blogging is not dead—but changed. In the present, the conventional 'write whatever you want' style of blogging has evolved into informational content that people actually search for.
It takes a long time to see results in blogging, and there are lots of ups and downs.
I have to admit that this isn't easy for me. There are some days where I just don't feel like writing at all, and other days where I felt like this was a complete waste of time.
I hope this is of use to you, especially if you're looking to start SEO and content marketing (blogging), what you can expect, and how long it takes to see traffic.
Ultimately, if you trust your content and its keywords, you will be able to rank.
⚡️ P.S. If you liked this article, feel free to follow me on Twitter (I'll be sure to follow you back): https://twitter.com/notlhw. Might start sharing some SEO tips and tricks soon.