In the interest of full transparency, here is this month’s update on the blog’s traffic, social media reach, and lessons learned. For a full archive of updates, please click here.


Greetings from Missoula, Montana, in the USA and welcome to another blog update for Nico In Real Life!

I am a couple of weeks into my trip back to the United States and I feel like I “lost” most of the back half of May catching up with my friends and interviewing for a new full-time job (keep your fingers crossed for me 🤞🏽).

Now, it is back to business pumping stuff out, though!


Site Traffic

Blog Posts Published

4

May 2019 Goal

12

I was really hard on myself last month and I need to be a little kinder if I’m going to stick to this blogging thing.

The three posts (not including last month’s update post) I published last month were all focused on my time in the ‘new’ Boracay Island in the Philippines. I worked extremely hard putting that content together and I’m really proud of how it turned out.

Here are the new posts of note from last month:

May 2019
Page Views

396

Page
Views

+209 ⬆️

MoM increase/decrease

May 2019 Unique Visitors

212

Unique
Visitors

+25 ⬆️

MoM increase/decrease

I was pleasantly surprised to see some traction on the Boracay posts as well as other content I’ve published previously. Unsurprisingly, Facebook referred over 66% of my traffic after I asked some family members to share my posts.

What is really surprising is that 20% of my traffic was organic, coming through Google searches which means my posts are now starting to rank when people search for travel-related things on Google. Woohoo!


Social Media Reach

Instagram

815

followers

Instagram

±0

MoM increase/decrease

Twitter

947

followers

Twitter

4 ⬇️

MoM increase/decrease

Facebook

65

likes

Facebook

5 ⬆️

MoM increase/decrease

YouTube

184

subscribers

YouTube

2 ⬆️

MoM increase/decrease

I’m going to gloss over this for now because it wasn’t much of a focus at all although I got really into capturing my experience flying on the award-winning Qatar Airways QSuites Business Class on Instagram that you can replay by going here.


Lessons Learned & Goals For June 2019

I was definitely swinging for the fences last month and fell really short of the 12 posts, 2,000 page views, and 1,000 unique visitors I set for myself last month. It stung a little.

At the end of the day, I write this blog because I love doing it and putting so much pressure on myself to be ‘successful’ makes it a lot less fun. While growing a blog is really important, keeping the passion alive is more important in my book.

With all of that said, I will be shooting for a more realistic goal this upcoming month and focused on hitting 8 published posts above all else. I’ve got all the content so I just need to pump it out instead of keeping it all tucked in my hard drives.

June 2019
Posts

8

June 2019
Page Views

1,000

June 2019
Unique Visitors

500


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Nico Atienza

Travel + Technology Content Creator

Nico is a third culture kid extraordinaire who has spent time living in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the U.S. He travels the world looking for the best stories, views, and eats.


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