Due to a multitude of outside factors, I will keep this post pretty concise and leave a lot up to YOU to fill in the blanks.
Do you remember the beginning of your blog?
It has been a year since I created “DailyFlabbergast”. I would have never imagined that I would be sitting here right now, writing this blog. A year later.
Yet, here I am, going strong, not planning on stopping. Statistics say that a lot of bloggers quit before reaching their first year anniversary. I am glad to see that it is not going to be me.
Because today I think back to the beginning on my blogging journey, I would like to present you with some blogging statistics that might help (and/ or surprise) you.
The Number of Bloggers is expected to reach 31.7 million in 2020. (i.e. The prognosis is that this “industry” will continue to be on the rise. In 2020 your blog will be AT LEAST two years old. Think about how knowledgeable and experienced you will be then.)
- Blog articles with images get 94% more views. (Well, there go my views. But then, I do put up a “feature image”. Does that count?)
The average word count of top-ranking content (in Google) is between 1,140-1,285 words. (I think I am up there most of the time, but also try to be considerate of your time and attention span, so I do post some shorter pieces as well.)
- The average blog post takes 3 hours and 20 minutes to write. (That can really vary for me. Sometimes I sit down and write it all down in one sitting, while other times I come back to it on different days. I normally do not pay attention to time when I write.)
- 81% of bloggers write at home or their home office. (Definitely true for me.)
- 61% of bloggers writer during business hours. (I write during the day on the weekends. Sometimes. Most of my stuff is being written in the evenings/ at night, because that is when I have the time and when I am most productive.)
- 30% of bloggers are reporting “strong results” from blogging. (That is a rather subjective statement. Rather a low number. Chances are you might NOT get rich from blogging.)
Blogs that post daily get 5X more traffic compared to those that don’t. (Personally, no matter the numbers, I am not the biggest fan of daily postings. But every now and then, I do post daily.)
Once you write 21-54 blog posts, blog traffic can increase by up to 30%. (I’m certainly there. Are you?)
Twitter users are 506% more likely to write a blog, and 314% more likely to post a comment or review than other internet users. (I am not overly into Twitter, but I see a lot of bloggers on there, so I see how that might be a cause-effect situation.)
6-13 word titles tend to attract the highest and most consistent amount of traffic. (That actually surprised me a bit. It seems a little lengthy.)
43% of people tend to skim blog posts. (I am aware of the fact that a lot of people do that. I really try to read entire posts, though.)
- The median average time spent reading an article is 37 seconds. (This one surprised me a bit, especially when you compare it to the time it takes to write a post.)
- Odd numbered listicle headlines outperform even ones by 20%. (This one was pretty peculiar. I would have never thought of it, but now that I think about it, most of the posts/ articles that I see do have an odd number in the title.)
- Including a colon or hyphen in your title can result in a 9% improvement. (I will have to try and remember that. I imagined that would make the title more clunky.)
Sometimes, I think to myself: “If I knew a year ago what I know now, then…” But then again, you live, you learn. I hope these statistics can help you on your blogging journey even more.
I do not remember too many “big” things from a year ago. Do you?
Did something major occur to you a year ago?
What were you doing a year ago? Are you still doing it?
Was your life better, or worse back then?
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