Gathering a fan base and listing your articles is one way to gain views - this works on facebook, but works faster on twitter.
A better way I've found is to find posts, and especially those "sponsored" posts that pop up in your news feed, and post your articles in the comments section if they're relevant to the post. Because of this, it's important to "friend" accounts that are similar to the topics you write about - that is where your fanbase lies.
Not only do my views skyrocket in the couple hours after I do this, but I sell more items from my online shops the same way.
So many ways to promote online for free - use them up before they're all bought out!
Lee @ Lee's Teas