By Michele Scism
The Results Lady
CELEBRATION!! Laissez les bon temps rouler – means let the good times roll! It is the Cajun anthem of those of us who live in southern Louisiana.
I have to say that this month has flown by. Well part of it cruised by since I spent 7 days in the Caribbean! 30 blog posts in 30 days! I am proud of myself and very proud of all my friends who completed this challenge.
I started that first blog post on June 1st, 2010 with the following question: “What do you think would happen to your blog if you actually posted 1 blog post per day for 30 days straight?”
I am so excited about what it has done for me and my business:
Alexa Ranking – The amount of traffic to my site has been amazing this month. I will give you specific numbers in a moment but a quick way to tell how your website is ranking against other sites in the world and/or in the US is to visit Alexa.com. There are a few website ranking sites but I have always used this one. So drumroll please: On June 1st we ranked 501,000 in the US and today (30 days later) it ranks 225,476 (the lower the number the better). My goal is to get it to 100,000 or less and this is a huge push in the right direction.
Contacts – I have meet and had conversations with a lot of the almost 300 participants. Some truly amazing people who have retweeted my blog posts, commented on blog posts, joined my Facebook Fan Page and requested my FREE e-book. I am so excited to say that I will be working with a lot of them in the near future. I think I will do a blog post in the next couple of days to introduce you to them and to tell them thank you for being so supportive.
Site Traffic Statistics – The traffic statistics are something we should all be checking. If you aren't sure how to get your numbers, check with your webmaster. I will compare June with May since that was a pretty standard month for me.
Unique Visitors: May – 585 June – 1142
Number of Visits: May – 2499 June – 4707
Length of Visit over 5 minutes: May – 8.8% June – 12%
Links from Outside Pages(Unique): May – 126 June – 186
I know these numbers aren't huge but I feel really good since the site was only launched in March 2010. The fact that almost all the numbers I look at have pretty much doubled was extremely exciting!
I know as a numbers person I can sometimes get carried away with the numbers so I will stop here.
I want to say Thank You to Dr. Jeanette Cates for sponsoring this blog challenge. It was extremely helpful for me to have a goal set and a lot of people watching to see if I would finish. I also want to say Thank You to each and every wonderful person I met through this challenge. There are so many that I can't list them but you know who you are. Thanks Again!!
So now what? Keep on blogging of course – don't let the momentum slow!
Congratulations, Michele! It is a daunting task on the first of the month to think about posting 30 days in a row. But you did it! AND with a cruise! So no one has an excuse NOT to participate in the next Blog Challenge.
And congratulations on doubling your numbers. I’ll be reporting on mine on the Celebration Webinar, but very similar results.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet so many nice people and I know that the relationships we’ve formed during this past 30 days will persist into the future. Thanks again for your wonderful participation and encouragement for everyone else!
Thank you Jeanette – Thank you for doing all the work to get the challenge together! I truly appreciate what it did for me and I have spoken to so many others that feel the same way! I can’t wait to hear about all the results on the celebration call. Thanks, Michele
Congratulations, Michele! I, too, saw similar results and that makes me very happy, especially since I didn’t really start blogging till May! This challenge has been great to not only meet people, but to be exposed to different ideas and thoughts. My only regret? That I can’t devote full-time to Savvy Freelance Writers, since I have a writing and editing business to run, too. Ah – the things we take on. But it’s all fun and good!
Keep up the great work!
LOL Lis – You are too much! I want you to think back about 2 months ago to some of our mastermind calls and look at how much you have done and the progress you have seen. It is amazing what you have accomplished in such a short time – keep up the great work! Michele
Reading you blog today inspires me to check my stats and share what I have learned along the way. I am happy I have connected with you and about to implement you facebook strategy- have made the video.
Yes it is a great challenge and I net great people- reinforcing for me why I love working online
Awesome Suzie! I can’t wait to hear how you did. I am also very excited to have met you and so many other great people during the blog challenge. Thanks, Michele
Awesome Michele!! I admire you and all the women that took on this challenge. I am not quite there, English is not my mother tongue and I have some other challenges right now. But it gives me energy to just read what you initiated and you all really did it!
I am still working on some other projects, but I will read more about blogging and what it does for you.
I am excited about your success and the joy that you found in it. Congratulations! Gila Joy Pascale
As you know, I was member of the #Blog 30 Challenge, and I’m ready and registered to the Ultimate Blog Challenge in August 1st.
As Gila Joy Pascale said, it’s not easy to do a Challenge like this when our native language isn’t english, but it is possible!! Already, I discovered how to make a multilingual site with less effort, and I’m converting the blog I used in the #Blog30 to a multilingual site. It’s a little more work (30 minutes a day instead of 15 writing, because you have to do 2 post instead of one, but the investigation is ready, so is not so much work extra). So I recommended not to be afraid and do the challenge anyway!!
Hi Gonzalo – Yes I visited your blog earlier today and was able to convert it to English to read and post a comment. I am so glad you figured that out. I am looking forward to reading all your posts! Thanks, Michele