Last year I decided that I'm going to start blogging more seriously. My goal is to generate traffic and subscribers so I decided to do some experimenting to see what would work and what would not.
My first experiment was to just post something everyday during the week. As a result I posted 50 times in December. I still need to take a close look at the results to understand them, but the basics are:
- Traffic did increase a lot. Basically from 1 or 2 a week to about 30 a day (hardly something to brag about)
- My posts that linked to other blogs generated the most traffic
- Most of the traffic bounced.
- Average time on my site was around 1 minute. About long enough to read the article and then go away
I don't think anything I posted was all that interesting. In general it was just a bunch of links. However, it is kind of fun sharing what I'm reading so I'll probably continue that practice. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue some of the other stuff though.
The other change is going to be that I'm going to start producing one or two 'significant' articles each week. This might be too ambitious, but we'll have to see. I'll stay in the areas of technology, motorcycles and coaching/NLP. My goal is going to be to generate comments. It will be interesting to see how traffic volume and comments relate.
This phase will probably take longer for a few reasons. Most important is that I changed the location of my blog and it will take awhile before Google and everything catches up.