Wondering why your blogs are getting ignored on a Wednesday, but crowded with comments on a Saturday? Or why your traffic surges in the morning, but never goes up at night? New research from Kissmetrics and Shareaholic could just hold the answer – it seems that blogging, like many other things in life, is about being in the right place at the right time. Here are some of the most useful stats to help you time your blogs and attract maximum views and engagement.
The best times to post your blog articles for the highest numbers of …
Page views: Mondays at 11am
The average blog gets the most traffic on a Monday. We can only assume that this is because people have come back to the office and are catching up on the news after the weekend. What time on a Monday, we hear you ask? The majority of blogs tend to get the most traffic at around 11am. However, the period of 8am-11am is pretty busy in general, so it seems that morning publication is key.
Comments: Saturdays at 9am
Despite Monday’s ability to increase your traffic, the best day to post a blog that attracts lots of comments is apparently a Saturday – also in the morning, at the slightly earlier time of 9am. We suspect that this is because people tend to have more leisure time at the weekend, so whilst they may only skim your article if it’s published during the working week, they’re more inclined to read and respond to it when they have the time and the headspace to consider it away from the daily distractions of the working week.
Social shares: Thursdays between 9am and 10am
The best day for social shares is a Thursday, with a 10% increase on any other day of the week. Once again, a morning spot seems to be preferable – in fact, if there’s only one piece of advice that you take away from this piece, it’s that the AM timeslots rule the roost.
Kissmetrics and Shareaholic have undoubtedly produced some useful data about when and how you should be posting your blogs.
However, it’s important to remember every blog’s audience is different, and what works for many may not necessarily work for you. The proposed dates and times in this piece are certainly helpful as suggested guidelines, but if you’ve been posting for years and happen to know that your followers are likely to have a lot of time on a Tuesday afternoon, then by all means, post your blog then!
Ultimately, it’s all about tailoring your posting schedule to the needs of your readers. Take some time to experiment and find out what works best for your brand – whether you want to achieve traffic, comments or social shares, you’ll soon find a pattern that suits you and your audience.