A progress update on the blogging challenge to get 100,000 visitors in a month, up from around 17,000 at the same time last year.
Well web traffic has considerably increased in comparison to the same time last year (21,643 visits versus 4572 for last year) but as I said in the last update, I’ve certainly realised how big this challenge is!
Some thoughts about setting big hairy audacious goals
Is it better to set a goal way bigger than you can achieve so that you make as much progress as possible?
On the plus side I’ve already achieved more web visits in about 2 weeks than in the whole month of January last year.)
Or do you set goals that are relatively easy to achieve with a good plan, so that you can feel good about achieving them?
Everything is relative.
I’m ecstatic with the web traffic to my blog already so far this month, and the feedback that I’ve been getting from my readers. But because I set such a big challenge it doesn’t seen like nearly enough!
If at first you don’t succeed… try try again.
I haven’t conceded defeat yet but I’ve already decided that I’d like to do the challenge again in January 2014, to see what I can achieve using everything that I’ve learned this year.
A few other points
Increasing your web traffic
In terms of increasing your web traffic, so far I’ve covered creating valuable content and using keywords strategically. Next week I’ve cover building relationships, which for me is the third piece of the puzzle. Once you’ve created the content, it’s relationships that will help you find opportunities for guest blogs and interviews, and people who will share your content via social media.
Google Analytics Real Time Stats
I think I would cry now if someone took Google Analytics Real Time stats away from me. There’s a lovely feeling after tweeting and sharing a new article to see how many people respond and read it.
Anticipating what information people will search for online
My biggest day so far was Saturday 13 January (over 4000 visits) because three different tennis tournaments finished that day and a lot people found my blog via Organic Search while looking for the prize money. By knowing my audience and anticipating that people would search for that information, I had it ready and available.
Time is of the essence
If something happens in the media that makes people jump straight online and search for more information, the faster you can get the information added to your website (and indexed by Google) the better.
I’d like to finish by saying “I’m having such a good time!”
The tennis blog is my hobby. I love writing it and getting connected to other tennis fans. The challenge has made me more creative with the content I can share, and much faster at writing up articles and publishing them.