You may have noticed that I’ve been blogging a ton lately, actually I’ve been publishing a post every single day Monday through Friday for a bit over three weeks now. For starters this hasn’t been an easy task but I’m getting more in the flow with every new post I publish. It’s been a lot of fun but moving the needle is equally important. I have other profitable ventures to be working on so the time I spend blogging has to be justified.
Like most good things you can’t expect instant gratification so I’m building steam and nothing is going to stop this train. Now it’s time to reflect on the results and have a reference point for later on down the road. Also I want to share how I’m staying organized and what my creative process looks like. First let’s dive into my analytics and see what kind of traffic growth has resulted.
Total New Posts Written = 17
An interesting note, my blog total is only 52 posts now, so it didn’t take a lot of posts to get my blog established, just good ones.
Alright something has to be going on to make those squiggly lines. Well a big driver is my email list, each one of those spikes is when I blasted my list (about 9k) and linked up my latest posts.
In the previous month, sleeping at the wheel we had the following:
Page Views: 13,586
Avg session duration: 1:36
And this month so far (still a few days left), brace yourself for my explosive growth:
Page Views: 25,865
Avg sessions duration: 2:12
Not bad, we’re definitely getting some traffic. Next let’s see what content was the most popular.
My post on keyword research is the leader but it was the very first post I did so that probably has something to do with it. Next up is this guide on building big SEO sites, I really had a lot of fun putting that together. Judging by the comment count though, people really didn’t give a shit about that one.
In third is my personal favorite, how I bashed my way through broken link building using Scrapebox and excel.
I haven’t been doing the best job promoting my content so we’ll have to tackle that soon. I’ve basically just been tweeting more and posting once to Facebook everyday. Nothing revolutionary, you can see I got a nice 350 visitor spike form Facebook one day to my building bad PBNs post, that was cool. If you didn’t already know I’m a big fan of Twitter. I also only have one set of hands, so that’s where I plan to focus primarily. I’d rather do a really good job on one social network instead of a mediocre one across all of them.
My Twitter strategy is like this:
1. Tweet more funny, interesting, useful shit.
2. Tweet my posts, pin the most recent one to the top of my profile.
Maybe not quite $7 e-book worthy, could definitely be a $3 one though.
How about making $$?
Meh, affiliate earnings are about the same, got a few new members to my forum, then quite a few client inquiries that I don’t want. Sorry but where could I possibly find the time to manage client campaigns along with everything I have rolling? Not possible unless you want some shotty work.
I’ll take these numbers as a win. One number specifically is motivating me to keep going. Before I started this blogging rampage I was barely getting 50 direct visitors a day. Now it has been consistently 3-4 times that amount.
Meaning a shitload more people are typing jacobking.com into their browser every day. That makes me happy, that tells me I’m doing something right.
I could be doing better though, I realize that and don’t want to be lazy with this because I have other big projects.
What about links?
How could I forget, did any of this crap get any new links? I exported the top content report from analytics and dropping those URLs into the aHrefs batch checker.
Well look at that, got a few referring domains popping up. Of course it’s not going to happen overnight and putting some effort into actually promoting my content is crucial. I’ll get there eventually and I promise it will be super funny when I do.
My Creative Process
This has been evolving as I go but I think I’m finally in a good routine. At first I was just writing like a banshee for a couple weeks before even starting this. So I had at least 10 posts drafted before I sent my first email blast announcing the madness. All drafted in Evernote, I love Evernote. I use Evernote for the reliability and ability to access things quickly on all my different devices. It’s on my phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. So whatever I’m in the mood for using I can always grind or make a quick update.
It’s super simple, I’ve got a notebook for jacobking.com with a bunch of posts drafted then I tagged them so I can find them easily. Then I have one note for my ideas, I’m constantly trying to add new shit to that so when I can’t think of something to write I have it to reference. That’s about it really, I’m forcing myself to write a new post everyday first thing in the morning. This way I’ll never run out of material combined with my stock pile of posts even if something catastrophic comes up. I also gave myself Saturday and Sunday off to relieve some pressure and give me time to get ahead.
Well there you have it, you see all the work I’ve done and these are the results. The grind continues and hopefully this inspires some people. If you’re reading this thinking, yeah I can do this shit too…then let’s see it!