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I’ve said from the start that I will only do these monthly reports up until the site turns one so we’re getting closer and closer to that mark now. If you’re new here, each month I share the exact websites and keywords that sent traffic to ViperChill over the course of the previous month.
May, in all honestly, did not include much “ViperChill time” as I had my 21st birthday and a lot of coaching clients to work with. However, June is a new month and I’m ready to get back into work-mode and see where I can take this blogging case study.
May had an extra 12,000 visits and 16,000 pageviews compared to April so I can’t complain with that. Most of the growth did not just come from StumbleUpon but there was a huge increase in search engine traffic as well. The articles written in May, 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 May:
There were a total of 5,093 visits via 1,370 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%.
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.
Not quite the 900+ subscriber growth we’ve experienced in each of the last two months but I did literally nothing to promote the site in May so I’m very happy with the growth. Although the site received more traffic than last month, a lot of it was from sources like StumbleUpon which doesn’t convert very well, so the ratio of traffic to subscribers doesn’t really match up.
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May saw me open up coaching for people who wanted me to personally look at their websites and I was amazed at the response. I ended up with so many people paying for my services that I’ve actually taken down the page altogether. I simply don’t have time to keep accepting new work with the amount of people who have now booked sessions with me.
Right now I don’t think I will re-open coaching once I have worked with everyone who has already paid but I’ll see how I feel once I get to that stage. Most people think coaching is easy work because you get a lot of money for the hour you consult, but they miss the initial 30-60 minutes where you write down what you’re going to say on the call and the emails that you follow up with afterwards.
On a personal level I have allowed my social life to take up far too much of my time this month. That’s to be expected with my birthday and other things going on, but I need to get back into working mode, as that’s the sole reason I’m in South Africa. It is going to affect some of my relationships but I have more important things to focus on right now.
(I do know about work-life balance, I just get better results when I go hardcore).
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes; this is my favourite photo from my main party if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
Otherwise, here’s to a successful month ahead!