How are other people’s results after two months of ongoing blogging efforts? This is a question that has been going through my mind lately. I have been making daily posts to this SEO blog and I even managed to get some traffic from Google, Bing and Yahoo. But how did others do in the first two months of their blogging endeavors?
I started this blog with as goal to share as much information on digital marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) as possible. We all know that it takes the right tools, knowledge and support to take your business to the “next level”. I am here to help with free SEO tools, software reviews, content marketing tips and more.
There are days that I get 100 visitors (which is pretty good after 2 months considering that I don’t use social media or other websites to drive traffic) and other days that I receive only 30 visitors (which I think is ridiculously low, shame on you WordPress!). The exact amount of traffic fluctuates based on how search engines are treating me, whether or not I have been commenting on other blogs, and how WordPress interprets my comments and sends me traffic that is somehow related to the content I review and post. WordPress seems to have a secret sauce I have not yet been able to fully figure out.
Below you can see my WordPress stats:
Google usually sends traffic to specific articles that seem to become popular shortly after I publish them. For example, I wrote an article named how to increase Google Adsense earnings on WordPress which received 100 hits within a week. Another example of content that received a bit of traffic: answerthepublic and Serpstat, both are free SEO tools many people like.
Finding my Voice
I have done a lot of SEO work in the past but I’ve never considered myself a writer. Lately I am doing more content writing and I am finding the style that best matches my personality. I notice I am getting more comfortable just writing what’s on my mind, and I am also able to adopt more easily to different styles.
It’s not easy to produce quality content and to still mix in the right amount of targeted keywords so I have to stay focused. After all, nobody wants to be forgotten by the search engines. I really enjoy it when people engage in the conversation and comment or ask questions, so it’s really important that SEO doesn’t make the content look unnatural.
Finding my Tribe
Finding a tribe is important for bloggers. It is the crowd you will be sharing your life story with. You may have noticed that I have a wide variety of interests and I often find it hard to stick to SEO and digital marketing. Instead, I wonder off reading poetry and travel stories, or I end up talking about summer vacations and intercultural recipes.
What I did find is that a tribe consists of many different kinds of people, some which fit the profile you have in mind, and others who’s presence will positively surprise you. I am really thankful for all the people I have met here on WordPress, and it is privilege being able to reach out and getting to know you better.
To Promote, or not to Promote
That is the question. Over the past week I have been adding affiliate links to some of my posts to see how people would react. Now it appears that Google and WordPress do not like this. When I checked the Moz tool for my page- and domain authority score I noticed that it had dropped 15 points. I suspect this is because I use a free WordPress account and because of this I am unable to add no-follow tags to the affiliate links. But then again, one should not focus on marketing until a decent amount of followers and traffic has been secured, so it is fair to say I went ahead of myself. I just couldn’t help but wondering how other bloggers would react to content marketing, at least I am wiser now.
I have been thinking about upgrading this free account since I already met the goal of obtaining a first page ranking on Google and other major search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo (this was the initial bet when I started this blog). Unfortunately upgrading to a different domain name will cause me to loose all value of the current location which I dearly foster. I may stick with WordPress.com or upgrade to a self-hosted package on bluehost later this year.
Bloggers I’ve grown fond of
Since I started this blog I’ve been networking with wonderful people. You may already know them but I will share a link to their blog below just in case. Many of them, but not all, have an interest in digital marketing and SEO. Below I have linked to their blogs, check them out and make sure to read, like and follow.
Hugh’s Views and News Hugh is a successful blogger and writer. I really enjoyed reading his article on how to promote a blog for free, but there is plenty of other content on his blog that may tickle your fancy.
AmerBekic is an excellent writer knowledgeable on everything that has to do with digital marketing and SEO. I chose an article about SEO and creativity because I think you will appreciate it as well.
New Lune is a twenty-something year old freelance designer and translator born and raised in France and living in London. She describes herself as a lipstick hoarder, bookworm, polyglot, cat-person and chocolate addict.
MostlyBlogging is run by Janice Wald, in this post she explains how visuals relate to SEO. Visuals should engage readers which keeps visitors on your blog for longer and makes Google happy.
Joanna Journals Joanna is a professional SEO blog writer and freelancer who has experience with hundreds of blog posts for SEO. If you need a blog post done or you have questions about SEO make sure to send her an email.
Kally from MiddleMe has created a strong profile as a writer and a recruiter. I have linked to an article on her blog about SEO tips for freelancers. It is about mastering the art of freelance marketing and branding yourself. Enjoy!
And there are many other people whom I truly appreciate but unfortunately I can’t fit them all in one post. If you have a blog with content related to SEO or digital marketing and you would like me to list you, feel free to leave your link in the comment section below and I will consider it for inclusion in my next link roundup.
Thanks for reading ’till the end 😉