Charting My Traffic – May 2008

If you’ve been following this blog for a little while, you’ll know that early on I decided to do a monthly post on my blog’s traffic. Seeing as this started and continues to be something of an experiment in SEO/free traffic, I figure my progress or lack of it can provide some helpful insight, taken in context with the traffic tactics I’m posting about. (See April stats here)

So here’s May:

Popularity Indicators
Alexa: 1,291,056 (up from 3,559,160)
Google PR: unranked (I heard somewhere PR gets updated quarterly????)
Technorati Authority: 6
RSS Subscribers: 8 (up from 0)

The Golden Rule
April 2008 Absolute Unique Visitors: 353 (last month I had 297)

Inbound Links
Unfortunately the tool I originally started using at SEOChat now produces meaningless results, so I’ve kind of lost my baseline for inbound links. By some measures I have somewhere around 250 inbound, as best as I can gather. If anyone has a really great inbound links tool I’d love for you to speak up!

Conclusions
My Alexa rank continues to improve, which is nice to watch. I suppose that is good for something. It is important to note that last month, nearly half the traffic I got was from one or two large spikes, while this month, traffic has been a lot more constant, indicating a gradual increase in the base level of the traffic (largest day was only 38 visitors). I’ve been doing my best to optimize every single post for search (I use All-in-One SEO Pack), and it is gratifying to see traffic continue to come in on old posts directly from the search engines.

As an interesting aside, as of today, I’ve now had 900 visitors to my site (yes, exactly as per Google Analytics) from a total of 54 countries.

4 Responses to Charting My Traffic – May 2008
  1. Ian
    June 3, 2008 | 11:56 pm

    Been following your blog for a while now. Got any tips for those on ground zero? e.g. av 10 hits per day who’d like to get more + have read all the various free tips on warrior forum too. Am using A-I-1-SEO for WP, have hubpages, indexed on google, do updates to technorati, generate technorati tags, keywords, contribute to forums etc etc

    Keep up the posts!

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  2. Jonathan
    June 4, 2008 | 7:32 am

    Hi Ian,

    Just checked out your blog – it looks good! One thing I might recommend to try getting more traffic is to throw in some non-product related posts relevant to your subject. I see most of your posts are promoting one type of product or other. I think you’ll be more likely to build a lasting readership if you’re providing added value in addition to the good deals you’re linking to.

    When you write each post, try to keep in the back of your mind the types of terms people might use to find the information you’re looking for. If you’re using Woopra or Google Analytics or something, have a look and see what terms people are using to find your site and see if you can develop those in any way.

    One other thing – how many services do you ping each time you post? I’ve setup my wordpress to ping ALL of the following. (I’m not sure if this is recommended, but it’s been working for me so far!) This ensures that each post you make gets out there as quickly as possible.

    http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
    http://api.feedster.com/ping
    http://api.moreover.com/ping
    http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
    http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
    http://ping.amagle.com/
    http://ping.bitacoras.com
    http://ping.blo.gs/
    http://ping.feedburner.com
    http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
    http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
    http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
    http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
    http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
    http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
    http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
    http://rpc.newsgator.com/
    http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
    http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
    http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
    http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
    http://www.blogoole.com/ping/
    http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
    http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
    http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
    http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
    http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
    http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php
    http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2
    http://www.wasalive.com/ping/
    http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/

  3. Ian
    June 4, 2008 | 7:49 am

    Jonathan, some great ideas thank you, I can see that some non promotional information would be beneficial, more likely to get book marked for future reference and keep readers coming back. I have posts in some photography forums I could recycle and add reference to the blog.

    I think my ping list is about 1/2 the length of yours – but I used pingomatic and was worried about duplicates.

    I have also tried the warrior forum – it’s good however I felt some of the methods there were a bit unethical? have you read that forum?

    I have a woopra code though today but have been relying on feedburner stats until now. Not sure how accurate feedburner stats actually are – be interesting to see a comparison.

    Ian.

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  4. Jonathan
    June 4, 2008 | 7:54 am

    Ian, I also was/am concerned about duplicate pings. Not sure how to verify that though – I’d love to find a definitive answer to that. In the meantime I’m sticking with giving it both barrels =)

    I haven’t been to the warrior forum, though I’ll check it out. Thanks.