I wasn’t going to post this as it is quite delayed, but this blog wouldn’t be a very good case study if there were a month missing from my stats reporting. Especially if I’m only doing them for 12 months. Each month I reveal the websites and keywords that drove traffic to ViperChill, and share some personal insights into what is going on in my life.
I don’t care about the stats and don’t have any goals, but instead view this as a great way to help you all see how I’m growing my blog and the kind of traffic sources you can use to do the same. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
Every time I publish a new article, there’s always a spike in the stats for the site. With that in mind, it’s obvious to see why this month had less traffic than most, although the figures are still rather high for writing so little. The article written in July, was:
Here at ViperChill there are a lot less articles published than most sites, but typically these articles are 2,000-3,000 words and cover topics in massive detail. You could say that we prefer signal over noise.
Here are the top referring traffic sources for the month of July:
There were a total of 5,629 visits via 1,434 keywords this month. The top 10, were:
While search engine traffic is still a tiny portion of the traffic that arrives at ViperChill, it is growing steadily month on month with the number of referring keywords increasing by another 25%.
Feedburner is so erratic that I just can’t take it that seriously anymore. Despite the current flaws in the system, I will continue to report on the numbers that it gives me. Although I don’t have any goals for the size of the community here, I still think it is an interesting metric to monitor.
For writing so little, and having a lot less traffic than most months, July didn’t turn out too badly at all in terms of feed growth. If I managed to achieve this every month, that would be a growth of 7,200 subscribers in just one year, which I don’t think many people would complain about.
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It feels like there are a lot less things to do and talk about in South Africa now that the World Cup is over. If you read my last post, you will see that I decided to make a big change in my life and move to Thailand. One of my best friends is staying there – though that is not the reason for my move – so that should make the whole experience even better.
I visited Thailand for two weeks in 2007 and loved the place so I’m looking forward to getting back into the Bangkok vibe. As for why I’m leaving South Africa, I really just feel like it’s time to move on. I’ve loved my time here, have tons of awesome friends and a great girlfriend, but if you don’t feel right in a place, no matter what you have around you, you’ll always feel like something is missing.
I’ll be there in less than a fortnight, and I’ll be sure to update you all with pictures on the next monthly report.
Thanks for all of your support and patience for July. The rest of this year is going to rock!