At the start of each month, I highlight the best performing posts throughout the previous month. I only include articles I actually posted throughout that month and they’re written in order. I don’t do this to brag, it is to highlight what posts work well and which possibly don’t for those prospective bloggers. Here are the most successful blog posts from the month of November.
November was a month in which I tried to some slightly different articles. As I run out of a backlog of books on my Goodreads to review, I am writing more original content that I hope will help people. These include Blogger Spotlights which I hope will give other bloggers a great platform, How-tos and Tips and Tricks for other bloggers and Bookstagrammers and much more. Bring on December!
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5. Blogger Spotlight: Grumpy Old Books
Honestly, it’s so great to see a Blogger Spotlight on this list. Giving other bloggers a different platform to promote themselves brings me such joy. Being able, with the small audience I have, to shine a spotlight on these other blogs who are equally if not far better than my own feels very much the right way to use this platform.
I think this post did well because Grumpy Old Books has a decent social media following on Twitter and some fans already. Also, there’s definitely a certain element of people just being very interested in reading about new blogs they can find.
4. Book review: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker was one of my favourite books of the year and has quickly shot into contention for being any list of top books of all time I write in the future. I think this article did well this month because it seems to have a fantastic fan base. Chris Whitaker himself responded to my tweet on Twitter which was great to see and this may also have added to the number of views the article got.
I summarised We Begin at the End by writing: “I loved We Begin at the End. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I loved the wave of emotions it made you feel. Chris Whitaker has written a simply stunning book here that incorporates the best of all ingredients of making a really good novel – it’s believable, enjoyable, emotional and written in a way that makes you truly appreciate the English language.”
3. Behind The Scenes of a Book Blogger
In another feature article for the month, I decided to talk you through what I get up to behind the scenes to get my book reviews written, my feature articles written, how I operate my social media channels and so much more. It was an exercise in sharing what I’ve learned over the past 8 months or so since I started doing this.
I think this post did well because people are just interested in seeing what it’s like to blog behind the scenes. When you put up posts on social media or your blog, people can gain a perception of how things work or what things look like, but until you actually show them, it’s all just imagination. So I hope this article helped people with their blogging some way or maybe others thought “ha, he does that the long way”. Let me know below!
2. Four Easy Ways to Earn Money Blogging
Earning money whilst blogging isn’t everybody’s goal. We’re not all driven by how much dollar we can make from an article post. However, for some of us, there’s definitely intrigue in being able to earn some money on the side whilst we blog. For me, it takes a fair few hours a week to keep my blog going, therefore, the idea of being paid to do that, does intrigue me. SO I decided to write an article on different ways you can earn money whilst blogging for those who may have been interested.
I think it’s fairly obvious as to why this article did so well. There’s no doubt that if people think they can earn money doing something they already do for free, they’ll definitely want to find out how to do that. These tips aren’t tricky and can all be set up in a day and work fairly passively towards your income. The harder you work, the more money you’ll make.
1. Bookstagram Tips from the Pros!
Now, if you didn’t know, I’ve got a semi-decent following on my Instagram account. Those that are intrigued by books on there are called Bookstagrammers. However, setting up a Bookstagram account can be very tricky and getting going and keeping it fun, equally so. Therefore, I decided to go out and ask some of the bigger Bookstagrammers what their tips would be for this.
I think this article did well because of the following I have on Instagram. On top of this, I tagged in all of those who took part and they shared it across their platforms, creating some very good traffic. This had a lot of people visiting the page and wanting to find out more about these. tips. The post itself actually did really well and was received really positively too with some appreciative comments from other Bookstagrammers.
So to summarise…
In a month that saw a lot more feature articles posted (whether this was due to a lack of books to review or an active effort, I’m not yet sure with myself) it has seen my blog get a record number of views this month. I breached the 1,000 views in a month milestone and I’m very happy with that.
Other than the Bookstagram Pros post, the others seem to have done well as a result of my following on Twitter who are more interested in blogging in general as opposed to the more book-focused followers from my Instagram. Both offer me a great viewership that I hope to keep going.