Sometime in the early hours of December 13, 2013, my blog received its 100,000th view. My first post went up on December 30, 2009, so it took just short of four years to pass that milestone.
I think that perhaps that establishes this as a successful blog!
Some of the keys to getting there have been:
- Using WordPress. It makes it so easy! I chose a theme, came up with a name, and posted something. Later I learned about widgets and how to further customize it. I changed the name of the blog (from The Zafu Report) and bought my own domain name. I’ve switched themes several times over the years, giving it a different look and feel. That process is like playing. You can convert to a different theme to see how it looks without committing or losing any content. A courtesy caller from GoDaddy complimented me on how professional it looks just this past week.
- Tagging. Far, far more readers find my blog through search engines than subscribe to it or access it through Facebook or WordPress. I’m not an expert on SEO, but I do know that tagging your posts well helps people find them. (If you’re completely unfamiliar with blogging, tags are descriptors of your post, like keywords. For instance, for this post, I will add these tags and more: WordPress, blog, views, social media, tags.) I generally add 12 to 20 tags to each post. It helps people find my posts, and sometimes they keep reading and even subscribe.
- Being persistent. You have to enjoy writing and keep the content coming. Early on, I posted nearly daily, and when that became too burdensome, I made it a point to post a couple of times a week. I’ve slacked off over the past year as I’ve gotten more focused on my business, but I waited until I felt the blog was successful enough to keep drawing viewers on its own, and I still post at least once a month. All those past posts (with good tags) add up to content that people can find on the web.
- Adding value. I like to provide something of value to the people who make their way here. It may be information they are seeking to help them live healthier lives. It may be inspiration. It may be original content. It may be a reposting of something I found on the web that seemed worth sharing. It may be hard-won wisdom. It may be plain old good spelling and grammar. It’s about giving people a reason to stay and read. It’s about connecting.
That said, here are some stats. The image below is from the stats page that WordPress makes available to its bloggers. This shows the most-read posts since I started the blog:
There are a lot of people interested in Spartan trailers who find their way to my blog. Sorry, mine is still not for sale, and I don’t know where you can find one.
Notice the length of the title about getting your energy back after the flu. I believe that longer titles tend to get more views.
You never know when you are filling a void. There’s a lot of interest in the mystery of the left hemisphere of the brain controlling the right half of the body, and vice versa. Who knew?
On my best-ever day, my blog received 580 views. I’ve received and made 622 comments total. I have 433 followers.
In September 2012, I had my best month, with over 5,000 views. After that, I changed my home page from the blog to my business page (so instead of just being a blog, it’s now a website with a blog), and the viewing rate dropped. I’m not sure why that happened, but I’m okay with it if it helps bring people in for bodywork and add to my credibility as a writer and healer.
Viewers have come from most of the nations in the world. The English-reading nations rank especially high, of course, but I have to say it’s amazing to me to know that people in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Djibouti, and Sao Tome and Principe have read at least one of my blog posts. That blows my mind! English is truly a global language.
Exceptions, as you can see on the map below, are some central and west African countries, some Middle-East/Central Asian countries, some tiny South American nations, Iran, Cuba, Greenland, Papua New Guinea, and some small island nations. WordPress just started tracking this in February 2012.
Most people find my blog through search engines. Google ranks highest by far, followed by Bing and Yahoo. Many views also come through Facebook. There’s a way that you can set up each post to appear on social media venues.
I love finding out what people enter into search engines to get to my blog! Here are the all-time top entries:
Note: If you wanted to create a website for yoga tattoos, you’d get a lot of hits.
Over 1,700 readers have clicked links in my blog posts that took them to Amazon.com. After a couple of years of making no money from blogging, I joined Amazon Associates. If I mention a product that Amazon sells, I link to it through Amazon Associates. If someone clicks that link and orders anything, I get a small percentage of the sale. I’ve made $181.80 since I started in May 2011, mostly in $10-20 chunks. I’m not getting rich by any means. It offsets the cost of blogging by a tiny bit, that’s all.
I run WordAds sometimes. I don’t control who advertises. I haven’t reached the benchmark to get a check yet. Honestly, I’m not sure it’s worth it unless you have an extremely popular blog and it’s your full-time job.
I’ve posted 800 posts so far. I’ve had 908 posts shared, via readers posting to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Digg, Reddit, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, and more.
I use a spam-blocker called Akismet (a WordPress widget) that has blocked about 125,000 spam so far. It works really well. Spammers are a busy lot and terrible writers.
Love, inspiration, and connecting are the most popular categories at present.
You can see the most popular tags on the tag cloud.
That’s it! If you have any questions, ask in the comments! Thanks for reading!