According to statistics somewhere around here I am supposed to burnout and drop blogging. Nah! :) So far so good.
I picked three months periods to sum up my blogging experience and set goals. So here is my first milestone.
What is a blog without readers? Ok, I am nowhere near thousand daily visitors which is considered good goal to achieve. Still I am extremely glad to see people coming, actively browsing my blog, commenting on posts and even coming again.
In last month I had 2000+ visitors (4000+ since beginning).
Since fixing grave mistake with RSS icon placement my subscriber count reached (and froze) around 140. I have no idea why is stopped increasing and can’t link it to any changes I made.
Aiming for daily posts. 107 posts in three months. I know I missed few days but could keep it consistent overall.
- https://www.rarst.net/ (obviously)
- Optimizing blog with YSlow (StumbleUpon)
- https://www.rarst.net/page/2/ (go, page two! you rock!)
- 5 reasons you should use plain text to save your data (group writing)
- Recipe for engaging post (group writing, StumbleUpon)
Many years online but I had no clear understanding of how traffic works. There are sites, there are readers and they somehow meet, right?
Traffic is probability. Probability that someone sees my comment at other blog, visits, converts into faithful reader, stumbles my post and starts avalanche of other visitors. Ok, that was best case scenario. :)
Building traffic is building those probabilities. Large, consistent and long term ones are best.
Top traffic sources:
- StumbleUpon (20%)
- Entrecard (14%)
- Freeware Genius (11% thank you, Samer!)
- Google (10%)
- gHacks (4% should I pitch Martin part of soul for spot at his blogroll?)
Sitemaps created, indexing is good, reached PageRank 2… Got slapped with heavy penalty that totally destroyed my search traffic for last month. Google sandbox or whatever it is.
Seems it started to recover slowly since yesterday. At least I am able to google myself again.
I picked very simple and clean theme from the start. Went through several stuff it/cut it cycles. Really have to finalize it but that requires some heavy plugin tweaking I am lazy to do.
It works, it loads lightning fast, it has crappy placeholder instead of logo which I should really order.
I started with an idea that monetizing is part of serious blog experience. That idea had died sometime around second month.
Blogging and making money online are two totally different things that simply can occur in same place. I am way more focused on blogging, so this blog is financial hole. No stories of getting rich here.
Goals for next three months
- Finalize design.
- Work on branding.
- Build traffic.
- Produce more guest posts.
- Increase interaction with readers.
- Get myself better mobile device.