A couple of days ago I had a great idea for a weekly feature to add to Push Standards. Instead of posting the generic ‘how to get more traffic’ articles seen on many sites, I thought that I would post a weekly ‘blogging diary’. The diary will be completely unbiased, just a factual account of what I’ve done to my blog for each day that week. I won’t be telling you ‘this is how to get 100 subscribers!’ or anything like that. Instead each day I’m spending 10 minutes noting down everything that I’ve done in terms of content and promotion. The diary will work as a real-life example of how a blog can grow, and nothing will be left out. I’m willing to be completely open, and share my successes and failures. I want people to learn from my mistakes, but also to profit from my gains.
For each day so far I’ve recorded my unique visitors, page views, return visitors and rss subscribers. I’ve also written any promotion I’ve done, articles I’ve written and other essential information. On Tuesday of next week I will post a graph of my stats for this week so that you can see how the site has grown. The idea is similar to Google Trends, but rather than simply providing a rough explanation for traffic surges you will get a full account of everything happening with the blog each day. Now how many blogs do you know that are that open with their stats/strategies? At the end of each month I will post the final weekly update, and make sure to include a summary of the month as a whole. Whilst this will take up quite a lot of my time, spread over multiple days it should be easily possible. I really think that this could be a valuable resource for new bloggers who are keen to see how to expand their blogs.
Please let me know what you think of the idea, and check back Tuesday to see my in depth report!
In other site news I’ve improved the blog in various ways:
I always appreciate opinions on the site so far, so please post your feedback in the comments section. Thanks!