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To update those of you who are new to ViperChill, each month I change my opacity levels to 90% and reveal far more than I should. Besides sharing how many new feed subscribers I’ve gained and how many pageviews this site has had, I also reveal the top traffic sources and referring keywords to ViperChill.
I have absolutely no goals for this site (which is why I think it’s doing well) so don’t mind if the traffic goes up or down. I judge my success here by the positive comments that each article receives. At the bottom of this post you’ll also find a personal update, which I write every month.
The traffic has taken a large dip from last month, purely because StumbleUpon sent 22,000 visitors in January and just 1,600 in February. Thanks to that, the time on site has doubled and there has been quite a large increase in other traffic sources. The articles written in February, were:
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 February:
There were a total of 1,372 visits via 472 keywords this month. The top 10, were:
As the site is starting to fill up nicely with content and the posts here are getting quite a lot of links, the search engine traffic is increasing nicely. It’s growing around 33% every single month so I’ll be interested to see where this is at by the end of the year.
Monitoring your subscriber stats is probably the best way to track how well your audience is growing. Although I don’t have any goals for the size of the community here, I still think it is an interesting metric to monitor.
Last month the site grew by just over 500 subscribers but that was partly down to a number of my guest posts going live. This month, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of big name bloggers talking about me, so even though I wrote no guest posts, the site is still growing well.
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As I revealed last month, I have decided to cease globe trotting and stay in one location. This will help me get things done and reach my next (admittedly large) goals. I’m back in Cape Town, South Africa, which I first visited when I was 18, and I’m really loving it. I definitely made the right decision to come back.
The only downside so far is that I’m constantly having to schedule friends and turn people down because somehow (I don’t remember this being the case in the past) I have way more close contacts than I remember. And that’s after filtering out the people who just want something from me.
I’m living in an apartment that is 30 seconds away from the biggest mall in Africa and I go there at least once per day to go shopping or grab food, and it’s also really quiet during the week. Here are some pictures of how my new place looks, if you’re interested in that kind of thing:
(As a typical 20 year old, I’m planning on getting a large flat screen TV for this wall and moving that cabinet)
The apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (yes, I live on my own) and even 2 parking spaces. It also has 24 hour security which is a must when living in this country.
Right now my plan is to stay here until around March 2011, as by then I should have accomplished most of the things I set out to do over the next year. When I came here at 18 I didn’t miss home at all and I think that’s because everything was so new and exciting. I’m still really, really happy to be here, but I miss this girl and my expanding family back in the UK like crazy, at times.
This month I also found out I won a SEMMY (internet marketing award) for the best post on blogging in 2009. I had been nominated for two years in a row but never picked up anything. Thanks to all of you who voted this time (and to Matt for putting it together). It’s great to have my work recognized in front of the big guys in the industry.
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