Welcome to my 21st monthly blog update, all about what I got up to behind the scenes of Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in March 2016.
I know what you’re thinking… erm, didn’t you only just publish your February report? And yes, you’re right, but I’m so so so so excited about this months report as I hit a really big milestone that I just couldn’t wait to write it 🙂
A little bit of background…
For anybody that’s new to these updates and is wondering what on earth I’m going on about, I write these posts each month as a way to keep me focussed on building my blog (fear of sitting down to write the report and finding I have nothing to say is great for ensuring I keep trying new things). It is also to try and help other bloggers (or people thinking of getting started) to learn from what I’ve tried and to copy the good bits and avoid some of my mistakes. I also share all of my blog’s key stats so you can see how it’s going and decide whether my advice is worth listening to or not!
That big blogging milestone…
Normally I start my report by talking about all the things I got up to last month, but this month I’m going to plough straight into the numbers and then get on with the talking. There’s a very simple reason for this switch around and that’s because I’m so super-duper proud of the fact that I got over 100,000 pageviews in March *big grin*
I suspect it’ll drop back down in April as I had a big boost from Mother’s Day and Easter but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
Charlottes Lively Kitchen – Visitors
Charlottes Lively Kitchen – Pageviews
If you’re looking at these graphs and wondering what caused any changes in the past you can find all my old reports in my monthly reports index.
So where did all of these visitors come from…
- Google – 36,134 (+26%)
- Direct – 20,871 (+35%)
- Pinterest – 10,854 (-31%)
- Yummly – 2,028 (-9%)
- Tumblr – 1,131 ( +50%)
- UK Pinterest – 1,054 (-15%)
- Facebook Mobile – 798 (+173%)
- Foodgawker – 679 (-39%)
- My Recipe Magic – 467 (new in March)
- Dan 330 – 355 (new in March)
It’s lovely to see the inclusion of some of the newly discovered submission sites I mentioned last month (My Recipe Magic and Dan 330). I’m getting an extra boost from these sites at the moment as I’m submitting most of my older recipes in addition to the newer ones.
The big shocker this month was Pinterest with visits falling 31%. I’m not too worried as I suspect that much of it is due to Google Analytics struggling to identify Pinterest referrals and therefore classifying them as Direct (which rose 35%) rather than a genuine drop. However, the strange shift in Pinterest I observed last month is still there.
Whilst I was very excited to share what had happened with my visitors this month, there’s absolutely nothing exciting to report on the social media front. Still all ticking along. I’ve added Tumblr onto the chart this month as I’ve started to grow followers there so keep a look out for it over the next few months to see how it does.
Charlottes Lively Kitchen – Social Media Followers
What I got up to in March
Now I’ve got all of my excitement out of the way there’s a couple of other things I wanted to share with you that I got up to last month
The (really annoying) cookie warning popup
I’ve finally sorted myself out and added the cookie law popup. I’ve been putting it off because, quite simply, I find them quite annoying. However, it’s a legal requirement and I don’t want to get into trouble.
I had the Cookie Law Info plugin recommended to me and it’s really good. Firstly it sits at the bottom (or top – your choice) so isn’t too intrusive. Secondly (and most importantly in my opinion) it’ll only appear once for each visitor, so once you’ve seen it and clicked off it, it’ll disappear never to be seen again (unless you reset your cookies that is).
An example of the cookie popup at the bottom of my homepage
Getting in front of the camera
I’ve made a few videos in the past but only featuring my hands (you know, that shot from above and 4x faster than it actually happened style that’s very popular on Facebook). I’ve been wanting to get in front of the camera and actually present a recipe since before Christmas but it’s something that takes a bit of courage. I finally did it this month (joined by my little man Josh) when we made Easter Nest Cupcakes.
I’ve attempted a few in the past and never been too happy with the results. Whilst I still have a way to go before I look completely comfortable in front of the camera (notice the lip pursing and camera glances in the video) there’s two things I did that got me to a point where I was happy to actually share it…
- Not being alone on screen – Josh was a brilliant distraction as it meant I could talk to him most of the time rather than the camera.
- Knowing what I looked like on camera – I decided to start making little videos, not to share them with anyone, but to be able to watch myself back and work on the things I was’t happy with. For the past few weeks I’ve been making all sorts of daft videos chatting, singing, reading the news, anything I felt like really, and it’s really helped me to work on looking “right” on screen.
It’s definitely something I want to do more of in future so keep a look out for it and if you have any tips for me then let me know.
That just leaves me to say thanks for reading. I know this month’s report is a little shorter than normal but I just was so excited to share my news. Also these reports have been getting later and later in the month so I thought it was a good opportunity to bring it forward. I’m planning to publish it in the first few days of the month in future so keep an eye out of it.
As always, if you’ve got any questions then I’m more than happy to help xx