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Saturday Site Stats Report #5 – Aug 25, 2007

August 26th, 2007 · 3 Comments

It’s that time again…time to reflect on the progress Zen Zoomie’s Place has made in the past week. My main goal this week was to break into the Technorati Top 200,000. We turned two months old on Aug 20, 2007, and achieved a Technorati rank of 177,547. Not bad!

Thanks Lorelle!

Zen Zoomie’s Place jumped 68,000 positions in the Technorati rankings this past week, thanks in no small part to a feature article by Lorelle of the fantastic Lorelle On WordPress entitled When Your Comment Inspires Posts. If you haven’t stopped by Lorelle on WordPress, I highly encourage to do so—her stuff is absolutely one of the consistent "must reads" about blogging.

The Power of Comments

Blog comments don’t typically have the drastic impact of being Dugg or Stumbled, but they are powerful social networking and marketing tools! Check out Lorelle’s article for one perspective on how good comments can inspire a blog’s author to write a new post (as one of Lorelle’s excellent comments did on this very blog!). In her article, she gives a number of tips for writing your own inspiring comments. There’s one thing you can do to make your comments many times more powerful.

Be Ready..Be First!

I was recently lucky enough to spot a brand new post on one of my favorite blogs—almost immediately after it was posted. I jumped into action, posting a well-thought out, relevant comment within minutes. When my comment posted, it was in the #3 position…behind only two other short comments. Within minutes, high-quality traffic started flowing into my blog. I’ve never seen so much traffic flow into my blog from a comment before! Yes, it was a very popular blog, but I never would have guessed that a mere comment could attract so many visitors in such a short time!

A few hours later, some other comments that had been awaiting moderation were approved, and my comment was dropped from the #3 position to #8. Referral traffic immediately slowed to a trickle. Lesson learned: The closer you are to the top of a stream of comments, the more likely you are to have your comment read. No rocket science here—just pure common sense. So it pays to always be on the lookout for fresh posts.

Summary for the week ending August 25th, 2007:

Alexa Traffic Rank: 294,573
Technorati Rank: 177,547
Yahoo Inlinks: 1,570
One Week Incoming Traffic Referred from Search Engines: 52
Google PageRank: 0
(As of August 18th, several of the Google PageRank prediction tools were predicting that Chronicles of a (Wannabe) Pro Blogger will soon have a PageRank of 4. Let’s hope they’re right!)

 

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lewis Empire // Aug 27, 2007 at 12:54 am

    Way to go Zen!
    I’ve just passed my 2 month anniversary and celebrated by completely forgetting until reading your post!
    I think I’m still getting to the point where I can actually set goals for myself and have them mean anything. Now that I know a little more about what it takes to blog and stay active in the blogging community, I can start to take a little more action with respect to my targets.

  • 2 Lorelle // Aug 27, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, and for helping me come up with an idea for a post of my own! Ain’t it amazing how this all works.

    As for the stats, as is well know, I gave up looking at mine many years ago. They don’t tell me anything about how “I’m” really doing, just what the numbers are. Numbers come and go. Blogging goes on. You’ll learn that, too, in time.

    Congrats on the success though!

  • 3 Zen Zoomie // Aug 27, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    @Lewis, thanks. I actually only realized it had been two months when I was going back and reviewing the last week. Time flies… :) You’re definitely right about the goals..it’s a lot easier to know is realistic after doing this for a while. Best of luck in achieving yours…you’ve had some great posts lately and I really enjoy reading your content!

    @Lorelle, you’re quite welcome..on both counts. I’m not sure I’ll ever get over my attraction to stats though ;) …I’m pretty analytical and I tend to do much better if I have a measurable goal I can work toward.

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