2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

What’s really fascinating about this is that I posted nothing on my blog in 2013. If you’ve been around the blogosphere for long you’ll probably have heard that “content is king”. The fact that my blog has had no new content in almost a year and still maintained a steady stream of visitors is proof of this.

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So what was bringing in all this traffic? Turns out it was the set of tutorials I wrote about Joomla, a website platform much like WordPress. These tutorials where rich with natural keywords related to questions that many readers had, and their Google search queries lead them to my posts. The strong amount of keywords naturally included kept my pages high in the Google ranks, equalling more traffic.

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So that’s my testimony! Despite my absence, my blog’s traffic climbed to over 10,000 views. Now that I’m back I’m hoping to take it even further.

Moral of the story: SEO works!

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On Google and Record Traffic

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The traffic spike in consideration

How does one attract traffic to one’s blog?  While writing my recent Joomla! 2.5 tutorial, I noticed that my traffic was dramatically climbing.  It started on the weekend, and Sunday through Tuesday were all record-breaking days (new busiest day each day)!  Not only that, but a Google search for ‘joomla 2.5 on mamp’ listed a link to this blog 2nd and 3rd down from the top!  So, what would bring readers to this (sort of) small blog?

There are all kinds of businesses out there offering ‘SEO’ (Search Engine Optimization) services, where you pay to get better traffic ‘naturally’, but I achieved natural high rankings without even trying!  And I did this by subconsciously following almost all of the SEO tips on the web – high keyword count and correct tagging.

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