I know for a fact there are a lot of readers out there that will read something, but never change anything.
Why would you waste your time pin pointing a problem, Google it, then read about it, yet not implement the change?
I am not sure what I noticed was wrong with my blog at that time, but I Googled it, and when I found Traffic Generation Cafe on March 3rd of this year, I instantly fell in love with it.
If I did not understand something, I asked; if I had a related question, I asked. Ana has always answered and she always answers between 6am – 8am my time – that alone tells me she has a scheduled and sticks to it. Because of this I also created a schedule.
“If Ana does it, I am doing it.” – is my new blog motto.
If you don’t get it yet, what Ana tells us all to do really does work.
I started my blog on Feb 3rd of this year.
I have done blogs in the past and I set blogs up as my side job. I consider myself more of a design guy and always had issues with traffic. All my blogs have received a ton of traffic in the past, but it always took forever to get to that point.
I think most of the traffic I received in the past was because of the sheer volume of posts.
I’m sure you believe that the number of posts published corilates to the amount of traffic you receive.
This is true, but there are a lot of other things you can do to get to the top and get noticed. Ana explains them all and she explains them well.
As I said, I started my most recent blog about 6 weeks ago. Below is an image of all weekly traffic received since day 1.
From day one my traffic has gone up, it might have been on pace to get to “high traffic status” quicker than any of my other blogs, but there was a spike in traffic for the week of March 13-19
This was the first full week I implemented everything I read on Ana’s blog.
The white section on the right of the spike is this week. March 20-27, already it has 63 hits and the night still has a few hours left.
Now I am not considering my blog high traffic, but I am saying if I continue to implement everything Ana has to say I will have a high traffic blog in a couple months.
This second image is the one that makes me go WOW, what she says really does work.
The graph consists of two lines.
- Blue Line – Is my traffic since I first read Ana’s blog on March 3rd (March 3 – March 20) 18 days.
- Green Line – Is my first 18 days of the blog. I used 18 days for both to keep the chart neat.
The first thing I want you to notice is the blue line – It stays pretty consistent in the beginning. Takes a dip for a couple of days. Then shoots way up. This is because I implemented a few small things on March 3rd and had to plan some larger things out. I took a break, implemented the changes and BAM traffic shot up.
I also want you to notice the Site Usage below the chart. All 6 categories had an improvement.
- Visits after adding Ana’s tips up 150%
- Page views up 180%
- Pages per visit Nothing major but still up.
- Bounce Rate dropped which is great!
- People are staying longer on the site
- Finally, new visits is 69% Meaning 31% of my visitors are repeats – Previously 80%
I am not going to get into detail as to which posts I read that mad a huge difference or which ones made a small difference. Because then you, the readers might go to the posts that helped me and implement them and nothing else.
You need to implement everything you read on this site. It works.
I will be glad to supply my charts again in a couple weeks if any one asks.
One of the things I noticed on her blog but did not find a post for was the tweet box below each of her posts. I loved it and have since wrote a how to guide on it: Find out how you can add a Personal Tweet Box & Brand Tweets
Marketing Takeaway from Ana
My first reaction when I read Eric’s post was I need to call it “Ode to Ana and Traffic Generation Cafe”!
All jokes aside though, Eric is absolutely right – everything I did to bring my blog from zero in July of 2010 to 12K Alexa ranking as of right now I wrote about right here, at Traffic Generation Cafe.
Learning about something and not acting on it is a waste of time and time is something that we, online business owners, don’t have.
Read it, act upon it, reap the benefits – it’s that simple.
And Eric – thanks for this post; it makes me want to not just keep going, but flying.
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