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In Half The Time
In a post last week, a reader asked if I would do a post comparing my traffic stats to a few months ago and talk about what I have done. So I thought I would take a look back and compare my blog a few months ago to the current one and share some insight on how to increase traffic free.
The easiest way for me to do this, is to pick a date a few months back and talk about before and after. So lets start with the before stats.
The Beginning Through July 11th, 2008
As of July 11th, 2008 my blog had been up for almost 6 months. This domain was purchased in February and went live in the beginning of the month. As far as stats go, here is the results my first 5 (and a half) months of consistent blogging:
- 51,361 Visits
- 19,235 Unique Visitors
- 64,649 Pageviews
- Alexa Rank: 200,000 – 300,000
If you visited my site on July 11th, this is what you would have seen:
Googling Your Own Name
Has anyone ever Googled themselves? For the past 2 months, I have been working on trying to rank #1 in Google for my name, Justin Wright. The problem is, there are way too many Justin Wrights out there in the World. I guess I was blessed with a really common name (damn it).
Back in the beginning of August, I first noticed that my name was on the 20th page in Google. Not too good if you ask me. Especially since I blog a lot and have more accounts on social networks than anyone would ever need.
Guess Where I Am Today?
I did a search today and was surprised to see the results. Check out this image I snapped of a Google search I did:
A reader contacted me this weekend and asked how I got my excerpts on the homepage to look the way they do. So I thought I would share my secret with everyone.
If you have chosen to go with a blog homepage that contains excerpts instead of full posts, this tip will help make them look a lot better .
What’s So Bad About The Default Excerpts?
By default, Wordpress takes the first 100 characters of your post and uses them as the post excerpt. As far as length, this might be fine depending on how long your posts are. The problem, is with the formatting. Take a look at this excerpt:
Notice how all of the formatting has disappeared within the post? It simply takes all the words and places them together. This is a problem if you use a lot of formatting, such as H2 subtitles.
Over the last few weeks, I have quietly been reading The 4-Hour Workweek. A book that teaches you how to become part of the New Rich.
The New Rich is a group of people that use the power of automation and mobility to generate income in far less time than the normal 9 – 5 job. Best of all, it provides a way to travel the world without feeling stuck at home due to your “real job.”
After finishing it, I decided to contact Tim Ferriss to do an …