4 Month Progress Report. April - July 2017. The State of Play
My blog has been 'live', 4 months now. Here's how it looks. Progress! Sometimes very encouraging, sometimes equally disappointing.
The maximum number of visitors in any one day, 58. I had hoped that I could get up to 100 but this was sadly not to be.
April saw people from 22 countries hitting my weebly; May 39; June 51; July 71. With a total of 84 countries over the first 4 months. Encouraging.
What is equally enouraging is that over the first 4 monthts, 62% of my traffic comes as a result from organic searches. People have Google for whatever and my page has been clicked on.
21% was classed as direct. These are returning guests or those who have hit the link in emails I sent out, or from Lonley Planet or Trip Advisor referals or people who have typed in directly from the address having seen it on Instagram. Each photo posted there is not linked directly.
8.5% of my traffic is from referals. These are people who have clicked my links from Caravanistan, and a couple of others.
Other than Instagram, I make no concerted effort to promote on Social Media. I think around 5 or 6 people have posted a number of posts on their FB. Results have been variablein the extreme. My friend Annabel in Manila has posted the most yet her friends are always affraid that the links are spam. Where as a friend in Kazakhstan posted 1 post for me and within 12 hours I had 21 hits.
I now have 136 pages listed on my 'sitemap'. Many still need to be worked on. Photos need to be indexed, text, re formatted, content editted, SEO finished. A never ending task.
I also need a new adventure. I have one in mind. But I need cash, hard cash. My plan now is to continue to reformat old posts and put out 3 new ones a week. I am also looking for small scale sponsorship to help me accumulate enough cash to get home for christmas.
My target is to get 100 unique visitors a day. I hope I can achieve this by years end.
Thank you for clicking and coming back time after time.