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One Change That Doubled My Blog Traffic

February 11, 2015
How to Double Blog Traffic

Let’s get right to it. The one change I made was improving my blog photos.

I’ve been thinking about this for months, but between clients and writing the blog posts themselves, it didn’t happen. Right before Christmas I decided to just dig in and try some out. I redid a handful of photos, shared them on Pinterest, and got an excellent response overnight.

Since then, I’ve redone a few more and continue to get loads of traffic from those first few “new” images. Pinterest has now become my top referral source. My traffic also increased from many other sites, like StumbleUpon, Facebook and LinkedIn. I started re-promoting the older blog posts that had gotten a facelift.

It’s still a work in progress, but I had to share in case any of you are not focusing on your images!

pinterest traffic

Changes Made to Blog Photos

  1. A few months ago Sarah recommended that I make my images as wide as my blog text.
  2. Invested in a $10/month stock photo site called Death to the Stock Photo
  3. Optimized them for Pinterest. I started choosing vertical images and adding large, clear text.

Tips for Perfect Pinterest Images

  • Ideal Size: 735×1100
  • Best times to share: 2-4pm and 8pm-1am
  • Large, clear text
  • Add a good description – blog post title + hashtags + any other relevant info

I’m working on a blog redesign, so you may notice my images continue to change as I figure out exactly how I like them.

P.S. I use PicMonkey and Canva to create and edit the images on my blog.

If you make any of these changes, come back and let us know how it went!

Do you optimize your blog post photos for Pinterest or any other social network?

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  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona February 11, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I use Picmonkey too and it’s great. It didn’t take me too long to learn either.

  • Bri @ Simple Delights February 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I am interested in that stock photo site, but they have no way of letting people see what type of photos theyhave until they sign up for the $10/mth. How many photos do you have access to with the membership? Thanks! Great tips on here… I am bookmarking this.

    • Dzeigler February 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Hey Bri! There are hundreds of pictures. I’d suggest signing up for the free monthly photo pack first. If you like the style, then you can sign up for one month at $10…and really you could download all previous packs and then go back to the free option if you wanted. You just won’t get quite as many each month. That’s kind of what I thought I’d do but ended up keeping it!

  • Nichole May 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    This was such a helpful post thank you so much. I’m somewhat a newbie blogger I’ve only been doing it for a couple of months and I love it but I don’t get as many responses as I would like… I will try this tip and improve my pictures… hopefully it will work for me too! 🙂

  • Nicole May 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This was such a helpful post, thank you!! What kind of camera do you use to edit your photos?

    • Dzeigler May 3, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful. To edit the photos I usually use Picmonkey.com, actually. It’s super easy! For taking photos I use either my phone or a Canon Rebel SL1 DSLR camera that I’m still learning how to use.

  • Jessica New Fuselier June 24, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I recently came across Canva.com suggested by a friend and now I rarely use picmonkey.com anymore! 🙂

    • Dzeigler June 24, 2015 at 8:22 am

      I do love Canva.com. I need to spend some time getting more familiar with it. It definitely has A LOT of potential.