Before I start, a big thank-you to Amy for putting in the time and effort to organizing this years PBC.
It’s that time of year again, so here goes..
How long have you been blogging and provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we can refresh our memories.
I have been blogging for over three years now. Last year’s PBC post is here.
What do you consider the most important goals you set out in last year’s post?
To increase visitor traffic and Google AdSense revenue.
Have you made progress toward those goals, or have your goals changed over the past year?
No. Last April, my website was hacked and had a redirect URL injected into the script to some spammy Russian website. Since my software was old and I didn’t have a proper back up, I lost everything and had to rebuild from scratch.
Last year I my average daily website visitor count hovered between 1800 to 1900 with monthly page views of 260 000, with 700 daily views to the blog. Since I got the website up and running again in August, I have 1600 to 1800 website visitors, with monthly page views of 130,000, with about 300 daily views to the blog. Stats from January 2012 to April 2012 were lost.
My Alexa ranking went into the toilet, too. Last year, I had my best ever Alexa ranking of 310 851. This year it is 593 896.
My traffic mostly came from links to my resource pages. I had to change the URL structure of my website so the old links are broken. It will take time for that referral traffic to come back.
How often do you post?
Twice a day, three times on Thursday.
Has your opinion of blogging on a schedule or as the spirit moves you changed? What do you do for inspiration when it feels like you’ve covered every topic?
I still put up posts twice daily. It keeps Google crawling the site frequently and traffic coming. People that aren’t interested in the morning DIY post might be interested in evening picture post.
Running out of inspiration? There is ALWAYS something wrong on the internet
How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs?
It depends on what’s going on. If I’m just doing DIY & picture posts, I probably spend about 2 hours a week. If I’m writing a “serious” post, it usually takes several hours to a day to complete.
I have over 100 blogs in my reader and I usually spend 3 or 4 hours a day just reading stuff. If I find interesting pictures or DIY tutorials, I’ll use Pintrest to bookmark them for later. Pintrest is my favorite new toy. It’s bookmarking with pictures.
How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general?
I don’t get many comments on my blog, so I look at visitor traffic as a measure of success. If a post is really good, it will get a lot of Facebook shares and track backs from other blogs.
I also measure success with my Google AdSense cheque. Google says I can’t reveal the actual dollar amount I get paid, but it was a decent 3 figure amount that made a difference to me. Half the traffic left me with half a cheque.
What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?
Get my old traffic numbers back and get the AdSense cheque back to where it used to be.