Hallo dUSers aka dUS readers, how are you?
Today I want to share with you the 2nd report update of my 1000 posts site experiment that has been running for 2 months.
If you’ve just followed this experiment, you might want to know these 2 following information:
- The experiment starts on July 26th, 2015. Click here to read the post.
- The 1000 posts was completely published on August 14th, 2015. Click here to read the post.
There are 3 things I would like to talk about in this 2nd report update:
- The trend of the site’s traffic growth in the last 2 months.
- The explanation why the growth is like that.
- A Bonus: How I doubled the average Page View of the site.
1. The trend of the site’s traffic growth in the last 2 months
Back then, with confidence I said I can absolutely do this, but the reality it’s not easy…
And my daily life makes me further and further away :),
Hopping I can keep sharing my knowledge and make some money, but it’s too far from the reality.
I don’t know what to do, I just feel sad.
There’s an uneasiness in the words she used. I’m sure most bloggers can relate to that. I know I can.
Now let’s get back to the topic, many bloggers think having many contents would leverage their traffic. Let’s take a look on the performance of my 1000 posts site. Below is the weekly traffic:
The dark blue bars show the number of visitors. We can see there’s an increase in trend, but it’s very small and tends to be flat. The daily visitors are only around 20-40 people.
Seeing the trend my hunch is after 4 months, the story won’t be much different from the story of Miss Melissa. Even though I have a lot more articles.
From this experiment, we could take a lesson, that we can’t expect a jolt of traffic by depending merely on a quantity, especially with a new domain without backlinks.
O by the way, the light blue bars indicate the Page View. On the last week as you can see, it is a lot higher than the previous weeks. This is not a coincidence, I’ve done something. If you want to know what, keep reading. :)
2. The explanation of the site’s traffic growth
First you need to know that getting the organic traffic from search engine takes time.
Some time ago, I attended the Long Tail Keyword webinar held by Spencer Haws – NichePursuits. I asked Perrin, a friend of Spencer, “How long does it take for a page that goes after a long tail keyword could rank no. 1 on Google?”
He answered, “With a new domain it probably takes 3 months while with an old domain it could take weeks.”
Perrin is a person of experience in building niche sites. Based on his answer, even with long tail keywords which generally have lower competition, they take 3 months to rank with a new domain
Neil Patel, a marketer with all his link building experiences admitted, that Google holds the incoming traffic:
I’m not a patient person, but SEO takes time, and there isn’t much you can do about it. It doesn’t matter how much content you write or how many links you build, search engines don’t just open the floodgates to your site.
They make sure that you are continually improving and that all the signals look good. If they do, you’ll see more search traffic. It’s been like this for years. Typically, every time I start a new blog, it usually takes 6 to 7 months for search traffic to really kick in.
Of course, Neil was able to increase his traffic between 500-3800 sessions per day in 5 months using white hat backlink and social network strategies. He achieved this with total posts under 100 posts.
Why Google behave this way?
I think it’s because there were many people in the past who did the churn and burn technique. Some of you might wonder what’s that?
Churn according to Cambridge dictionary:
to move something, especially a liquid, with great force.
In the world of SEO, churn means ramping up the rank of a site or a page on SERP by backlinking it from high PR private sites.
With this tactic in just a couple of days, they can sit on the top of SERP and enjoy a flood of traffic. They even rank higher than the authoritative sites.
These backlinks are not natural and not likable by Google.
The churn and burn players can make quick money before Google caught them and gave them a penalty (burn). They can repeat this technique over and over again. So even they got penalized 1000 times by Google, that won’t be a problem.
Of course, this affected the quality of Google search result.
That’s why Google came out with the Sandbox algorithm. Even though they never admit it. But the churn and burn players noticed that they can’t rank as fast as before. As the consequence, we who start blogging today has to live with the consequence too.
According to some posts I read the Sandbox effect started to roll on March 2004.
3. Bonus: How I doubled my Page View
The reasons why you want a higher Page View rate are:
- You want people to consume more of your contents.
- It would be more profitable if you use CPM advertisement.
- Search Engine Bing said directly that they use Page View as one of their ranking signals.
If your content does not encourage them to remain with you, they will leave. The search engines can get a sense of this by watching the dwell time. The time between when a user clicks on our search result and when they come back from your website tells a potential story. A minute or two is good as it can easily indicate the visitor consumed your content. Less than a couple of seconds can be viewed as a poor result. And while that’s not the only factor we review when helping to determine quality, it’s a signal we watch.
Source: How to Build Quality Content,
There are a lot of tips that I read on the internet on how to increate Page View. But I don’t know which one is working and not. Because there’s no evidence. They could be only myths and most blogs say the same thing. I wonder did they copy each other.
But there’s one tip that I applied and my Page View went double. I used a plugin called Auto Load Next Post.
How the plugin works: When a user scrolls up to a certain distance, the previous post will be load automatically right below the current post. When the user scrolls to certain distance on the second post, the next one will come out again, and so on.
So you don’t wait for people to click, you hand your posts right onto your visitors’ hand.
The weakness: Unfortunately this plugin can’t be applied to any theme, due to one reason and another. Furthermore, you need to have HTML knowledge to make this plugin works.
Some things that should be noted:
- Will this method be seen by Bing as a valid signal? There’s still no clear answer. But I got in touch with the developer and here’s his answer:
“I can’t say for sure that it is valid or not, but I don’t think a page load is considered only just because a page was loaded after a link was pressed on.
– Sebastian Dumont -“
- If you have AdSense on your post, this method will become a problem. Because each new page will show the ads. If you had 1 page with 3 content ads, then if 2 pages get loaded, thus 6 ads would appear. This against the AdSense policy.
- The traffic trend increasing very slowly.
- Personal experience.
- The experiences shared by readers.
- Neil Patel experiment that has cost several thousands dollars and the results.
I predict that even if I wait another ten months, the traffic won’t be good. Because there’s a minimum traffic required to make $100/month from AdSene, which is between 2000 and 8000 visitors depending on the CPC and CTR variables. The calculation can be read on: Search AdSense: Why Your Earnings are Always $0
I think, to create a successful site by depending only on quantity is not a good idea, especially when we work alone. We should work with “leverage,” except if we want to spend years moving rocks one by one by hand to build a pyramid.
This may sound a bad news for new bloggers. But it is better that you know the reality up front, and think better ways.
Hopefully, the report of this experiment is useful and you can make a better site.
Remember motivation is important, but it’s not enough to pay the bill.
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