19 day old blog, 39,059 page views, 3,304 unique visitors and no SEO. A few insights.

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Greetings, I just thought I would share a few things I've learnt from a blog I started on the 1st of this month (December 2011). As of now, the blog which is in my signature, has had 39,059 page views and 3,304 unique visitors in just 19 days. And without doing any SEO. No keyword research, no back linking and no forum posting, unless you count this post. All I've done is share each post on ping.fm, and that's basically it.

View a screen grab of the statistics here.

Firstly, it's currently not a money making blog. I just set it up as a way of getting myself in the habit of writing on a regular basis. Then, if I were to build up a following, the plan was to release an ebook every so often. All content is of course 100% unique. But since I'm still yet to acquire any real search engine traffic, I don't how much of a difference that will make when it comes to SEO. It's also a brand new domain name I picked up for $1 during a GoDaddy sale the other week. I think it was during Black Wednesday? Sorry, I'm in Australia, so I'm not familiar with US holidays.

It appears that social networking has been the number one source of traffic here. And in particular Tumblr and Flickr. As far as I can tell, somebody found my photos on Flickr shared them on Tumblr where his post was reblogged and liked over 5450 times.

Below are a few things I did that I believe helped the most bring in all this traffic.

1: Include your URL in your images. Without doing this, there's no way I would have achieved these results.

2: Provide a description in the image itself. This will probably be hard to explain unless I show you what I did. Here is the image that got my site the most attention. I created this specifically for the blog post I was writing, showing people that I would be eating on a budget of $3 a day. The numbers refer to a description of each product I wrote in the blog post itself. But even without the blog post to accompany it, there's still enough information in the image to get people interested.

3: Write about something that challenges people's beliefs. In my case eating vegan, gluten and soy free for $3 a day. It's not too difficult to think of similar things you could do and write about. I got the idea from a guy who was eating for $3.38 a day and just wanted to see if I could do it for less.

4: Post your descriptive photo to as many social networking and photo sharing sites as you can. You never know who's going to see it.

And that's basically it. Other than that, a few friends have shared my posts a couple of times on Twitter, but nothing more. The theme is just the basic Profits Theme. I didn't make any changes to the default. All I do is upload a small image with each post.

As for making money from it, I'm currently writing an eBook on the $3 a day meal challenge. Although I won't know what the results will be until I do it. Hoping to have that done at least by the end of the year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Nice. Hope you can replicate your success for the rest of this month. Did any of the social media traffic result in any sales for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Awsome! Really appreciate you sharing this.
    Will try this in future projects for sure.
    Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Hits mean nothing. Page Views is the second important number.

    If you have a page with 5 images on it, that is 6 hits... 1 html and 5 images.

    I count unique visitors and page views as the two metrics worth following.
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    • Profile picture of the author MattVit
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      Hits mean nothing. Page Views is the second important number.

      If you have a page with 5 images on it, that is 6 hits... 1 html and 5 images.

      I count unique visitors and page views as the two metrics worth following.
      I take hits to mean page views anyway, but it seems that I'm incorrect.

      Even page views I take with a grain of salt. I run a niche network of websites which generate a million page views per month but only 50k to 100k unique visitors.

      And unique visitors can be higher or lower depending on the length of measurement. ie if you calculate unique visitors every hour, you will have significantly more than if you calculate unique visitors every week. The norm is daily, but still!
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by MattVit View Post

        I take hits to mean page views anyway, but it seems that I'm incorrect.

        Even page views I take with a grain of salt. I run a niche network of websites which generate a million page views per month but only 50k to 100k unique visitors.

        And unique visitors can be higher or lower depending on the length of measurement. ie if you calculate unique visitors every hour, you will have significantly more than if you calculate unique visitors every week. The norm is daily, but still!

        Time on site average is also an important measure.

        Any time someone is on your site in hour one, then still there in hour two, it will skew your hourly computations.

        It is also pretty difficult to measure how much of your traffic actually originated from Google or any other location.

        To the point, we know how many clicks came directly from Google, but we don't know how many of those clicks came from the same person, or how many pages they looked at when they arrived from Google...

        If you visit your own website on Tuesday, then again on Wednesday, the software calculates two visitors, when you are only one visitor.

        No analytical software is perfect, so analytics is best used to get an overall impression of your traffic and traffic trends on your websites.


        Originally Posted by MattVit View Post

        I run a niche network of websites which generate a million page views per month but only 50k to 100k unique visitors.
        Observing your site in the form of trends, your performance is a lot better than most.

        You are showing 10-20 page views per visitor.

        My main site generates 6.5 page views per visitor.

        Other sites that I own do 1-2 pages per visitor.

        Viewing this number set alone, I'd say that you have a stronger user base than most sites out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    Thanks for sharing. At the very least it shows that there are other methods of generating traffic outside of traditional SEO. Something that I've been forcing myself to work on more and more. IMO, traditional SEO (as it is now) is going to slowly fade away as more things like Siri, social media, etc, overtake Google searches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Glenn72
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      I count unique visitors and page views as the two metrics worth following.
      You're right.. Title changed

      Originally Posted by JSProjects View Post

      Thanks for sharing. At the very least it shows that there are other methods of generating traffic outside of traditional SEO.
      That's right. I had no idea Tumblr was so popular or that people could even reblog a whole blog post there. Definitely a learning experience.

      Originally Posted by Kal Sallam View Post

      Awsome! Really appreciate you sharing this.
      Will try this in future projects for sure.
      Thanks again.
      Cheers!

      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Nice. Hope you can replicate your success for the rest of this month. Did any of the social media traffic result in any sales for you?
      I hope so too. Nothing to sell yet though.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    SEO will always be around, but Google is trying to close many loopholes that allow people to spam the crap out of their search engine.

    What Google wants is what its users want, and that is links to the best quality information out there.

    In order to get what I want... my links at the top of Google, I give Google what it wants, by focusing on what its users want... good quality content.

    Regardless, it is important to always diversify your traffic sources, so that your business does not thrive and die on Google alone.
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  • Profile picture of the author aldentan
    Thanks for the share!
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexDoerian
    Wow...real eye opener...I would apply this to my site. Thanks a bunch mate
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