So three more months passed since last checkpoint and I again present cute graphs, boring numbers and what they mean (or not) for this blog. :)
In January blog had slowly recovered from Christmas curse and two following months brought more than positive change with solid traffic growth. March closed averaging 239 daily visitors (which is still very short of magical daily thousand figure). :)
RSS count rose steadily and about twice as fast (meaning conversion rate is pretty stable) to around 380 subscribers at moment.
Plenty of comments and some new faces. I had 1000 comments milestone two months ago and already well into second thousand.
74 posts, again declined a little. I gradually went to ~6 weekly post to give myself break from time to time. Scheduling posts ahead works good but I am rarely in a mood to write in bulk – need considerable cool off after writing post.
- Home page (15%)
- Edit files on FTP with Notepad++ plugin (search, 3.3%)
- DrWeb LiveCD – free bootable antivirus (search, 3.3%)
- How to fix “Failed to install catalog files” error (search, 2.5%)
- ClipNabber.com video download service (search, 2.5%)
Flaky spikes of early months were slowly replaced with search traffic. These posts do well in Google but combined make up for little over 10% of traffic so it won’t be deadly if they are de-ranked.
I still completely suck at promotion so traffic is increasing mostly because of search engines. Which is perfect since long-term and good traffic (as opposed to pimp-your-content social one) is exactly what I like.
Top traffic sources:
- Google (51%, +31%)
- Direct (19%, no change)
- gHacks (3.8%, –1%)
- Freeware Junkie (2.8%, new in top)
- Yahoo (2.6%, new in top)
Completely overtaken by search (Google) traffic overall. Kudos to Rob who managed to land in top five at last after continuously loosing to Samer by tiny margin. :)
Social stuff is nowhere in sight.
Up to Page Rank 4 (+1) with recent update. Overall Google traffic is on completely different level.
I just hope it stick this time instead of crashing in rollercoaster style yet again. :)
Can’t say it is theme of my dreams but I am pretty sure I hit limit in how far my skills can take me. Some minor details left to redo (like comment form) but overall I am out of urges to tweak it.
Not as light as in the beginning (thanks to fancy header) but still loads and works well.
I had returned AdSense in March and it had even managed to cover hosting costs for a month (or at least it will in around ten months it will take to first Google check at this rate).
Goals for last three months
- Finalize design. Fail but very close. Will be surely done by end of first year as planned.
- Start to learn SEO. Read pile of bookmarked articles and did extensive fixing of theme internals (one of weak aspects). From here most sane advice is that I should go get links. And I suck at getting links.
- Figure out possible monetizing opportunities. AdSense and affiliate for now. Big AdSense tweaking and optimization pass upcoming, will see how affiliate stuff performs – will post on it soon.
- Produce social strategy and focus on it. Screw social. How is that for a strategy? :)
- Keep up the overall pace. Done perfectly. I guess.
Goals for next three months
- Close all of design and whatever else issues.
- Including setup-and-forget monetizing if possible.
Really, nothing else to do at moment. I just need to complete all managing-establishing tasks so only thing left is writing content and looking into ways blog can be further improved. Oh and promote. Did I mention I suck at that?
Last three months were very uneventful to the point of boring. Much less group writings and contests to participate in.
On other hand traffic improved considerably and I hope trend will keep up instead of fluctuating as it did in the past.
So kudos to community, welcome to recently joined and let’s all see where Rarst.net will stand by the end of first year. :)