For many of you who have been following SeoWebHelp from the beginning, you will notice we changed our look, our writers and our writing format. As our readership grows we wanted to add more and more to keep things fresh. If you look back to your humble beginnings you will see how many times a blog changes over months and how things in your life affect your posting to your blog. This got me thinking about how and why SeoWebHelp has changed and how my failures might help you with your blog.
I think this will be a comprehensive list of what I did, why I thought I needed to do it, and how it ruined things on the blog.
1. No ads -Beginning a blog is easy, especially when you’re writing about your passion. Now I’m not the best writer in the world (far from it) but I have have a true passion for SEO. In fact it’s one of my loves like chocolate and donating. Starting Seo Web Help was a way for me to feel as though I was reaching out to the SEO community and helping them get their information straight. Blog after blog and forum after forum that I read had such nonsense and old information that I had enough.
Posting began by doing small SEO tutorials which you can still read in my Beginner SEO section of this SEO website. It generated a lot of traffic for me. More traffic than I really needed or was concerned with getting. I wasn’t trying to get the first spot on Google and I wasn’t trying to sell ads at that time. That was my first mistake. Ads would provide a reason to go out of my way after new things in my life starting taking up time, to write more posts. My freelancing took over and the posts seemed to get farther and farther apart. That’s when traffic began to fall. Mistake number 2.
2. No traffic – Since my posts were fading from days apart to weeks apart, my traffic decided they would do the same and split their visits between my blog and the other 213812 SEO company blogs on the interwebs. Yea, if I showed you my RSS feed statistics from feedburner you might feel bad and send me $1 or bake me cookies. Selling the site to go off and do a project with a company didn’t help traffic either. I had to tell my readership that I was leaving and some random new writers would be filling in my spot.
The small team wrote hard for 2 months and the traffic was looking up, as if our audience was ready to read but just missed me as their companion. Then I decided to come back to SeoWebHelp. Writing as my week allowed and not posting often gave me an insight. Don’t do that! The traffic started following off again and now is hovering between good and fair.
With the launch of a new site in the works and more time to spend with my audience and friends, writing will be increased again. For all our readers, I would just like to say thanks!
3. No community – If you look around the site you might notice there’s traffic but not many comments. Now in the beginning I assumed this was just the way a blog was run. There’s lots of people reading but 1 in 1000 actually comment. I’m still not sure what it takes to get someone to comment, unless it’s trash talking. It would be grand if you were a part of this SEO community and you would share your thoughts with me and the other readers.
Not having comments here makes us look dead or we stink and no one bothers reading our junk posts. I take time and energy from my day (not for pay) to provide something of an interesting read for people getting into SEO and those who want some new tips. What do I get in return? I get a good feeling of accomplishment. Write your blog the way you want and show you passion for your topic and the readers will join in and share.
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