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They say time flies by when you’re writing awesome blog posts (;)) and I certainly believe ‘them’ as November disappeared before I was even ready for it. And while it is the start of a new month, it’s also time for another ViperChill monthly report.
These monthly reports serve a number of purposes. Firstly, I get to be transparent with you lovely people and allow you to use my blog as a ‘case study’ which can help you on your own journey. Secondly, I like to incorporate personal updates into my sites and the end of these posts allows me to do just that. Finally, I just find the stats of other people ‘cool’ so assume some people must like reading them here.
In case you wonder what I think about these stats then…I don’t. I really don’t care about them one way or the other. It’s nice to look at them each month but this website is not here for me to make money. Instead, it’s here to give something back. I’m not going to stress about the numbers and hopefully I’ll just watch them increase by writing remarkable content.
Here are the top referring traffic sources for the month of November:
There were a total of 436 visits via 159 keywords this month. The top 10, were:
It’s nice to see that the brand of the site is easily being remembered and getting on people’s radar, but I expect traffic from larger, more popular terms shortly.
With this blog, I’m not focusing on subscriber stats as much as I have with others. I still think it is an interesting metric though so I’m happy to monitor it here.
I’m both surprised and happy with the growth of subscribers. If the current rate of growth continues, hat works out to be almost 6,000 subscribers in one year. However, I have had a number of blog posts go live on popular sites this month that have contributed to the growth.
I also ran a small experiment that meant I paid people with over 500 Facebook friends $10 to post a link to my RSS feed. I installed click tracking on this and my CPC (Cost per click) worked out at $1 which is awfully high. However, this is a personal recommendation from friends so I assume around 30% will have subscribed.
That’s not something I’ll do again, but it’s nice to test these things. That’s my job.
Some of you will know that I both work and travel at the same time. Last week I left Newcastle, England and now live in an awesome apartment right in the center of Amsterdam (Netherlands). I’m staying here with my best friend and we’ve rented an apartment for two months. I’m really loving the lifestyle and the culture here right now and can definitely see myself coming back.
I’m very happy about the $1m case study I have started and really appreciate the awesome response from you guys. I admit that I’m struggling to get back into a good work / travel ratio now that I’m in a new country again. Right now, 90% of my time is spent travelling around, meeting locals and having new adventures. If I’m going to make 2010 a more successful year than 2009, I need to find a better mix between work and play.
Thanks again for reading ViperChill! That means you’re awesome.