This post is a part of Tiffany Dow’s 30 Day Blog and List Building Challenge.
It’s been two months since I did a case study for Blogging with John Chow. If you want to read the previous one, click here.
Today, I’m going to revisit the blog statistics through CPANEL and check the last month of activity from blogging and implementing the tips I learned from John.
On December 31, 2012, 2 weeks prior to the first case study, I received the following statistics from Alexa:
Figure 1: Alexa Rankings, December 31, 2012
The traffic I received is a result of several factors. First, there was Tiffany Dow’s 30 day video blogging challenge that started at the end of October.
I also made friends through 2 Facebook groups: Ultimate Blog Challenge run by Michelle Schaeffer and Michele Scism and the Social Media Mastermind by Sue Worthington.
Both of the groups provide wonderful opportunities to fuel engagement and I appreciate every person who ventures to the blog and shares their wisdom in the comment area.
The Blog Stats
The Alexa rankings continue to show an improvement as I adopt the habit of writing daily on the blog and schmoozing with peeps through Facebook and Twitter.
Figure 2: Alexa Rankings, March 8, 2013
Checking inside CPANEL, my traffic stats look promising. One month into using John Chow’s suggestions, I doubled my traffic in December of 2012 and climbed above that number in January of 2013. (See Figure 4.)
Figure 3: Web Traffic Stats 2012
That number grew in February, but more importantly, if March continues along the same path, I’ll exceed the visitor count from February, too.
Figure 4: Web Traffic Stats 2013
I realize these numbers may be a trickle compared to what a well-established blog might receive, but these are pleasing to the eye when you have nothing else to compare it to but a big fat zero when I first started. 🙂
For the longest time I struggled with my Klout score. I couldn’t figure out how to get the score to climb higher than the 40s.
I realize Klout reflects the amount of engagement I get through the social networking I do. I’ve tried to experiment; meaning, I interacted more on Facebook than on Twitter.
Figure 5: Current Klout Scores
In January, Klout reported I had 55% engagement from Twitter, but today it reports I get 46% engagement through Facebook.
I don’t understand Klout. I can’t make heads or tails out of what I should do there. Do I mark people as my influencers? Do I ask people to mark me as an influencer to them? I have no idea.
Still, my Klout score improved from 47 to 52. I finally broke free of the 40s! If you can shed some light on how I can continue to improve this score, please leave a comment below!
I received a total of 41 new subscribers to my mailing list and/or RSS feeds. I don’t have a squeeze page and probably should consider adding one to the front page of the blog. There’s definitely room for improvement!
I didn’t take a screen shot of my Aweber spreadsheet. It would be too long to display here, so you’ll have to trust me on the figures.
Facebook Fan Page
I started the Bonnie Gean Fans page on December 31, 2012 and the page acquired 9 likes by the time I published the first case study. Today, the fan page has 35 members; an increase of 26 likes since February 18, 2013.
Figure 6: Facebook Fan Page
If you haven’t liked the page yet, would you do me the honors of liking it today? Thanks!
I still have a ton of work to do as far as I’m concerned; though, these results are enough to thrust my butt in a forward motion. I’ll try and work more schmoozing into the equation.
In addition to the information I learned in the Blogging with John Chow course, I have YOU to thank for these improvements. Without your constant visits and conversation, these results wouldn’t be possible.
So thank you!
Your turn! Are these results typical? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Thanks for reading,
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