Being as it’s coming up to Christmas I thought I would do this last post for this year, and take a early break from blogging just for a while I have been blogging consistently throughout this year, although there have been some gaps I have managed to put content out most weeks apart from the odd few.
So this post is about some of the highlights from this year and even though it seems to have gone rather quickly, there has been some really good ones for me at least anyway. It was a relatively quiet start in January and traffic levels were not quite where I wanted them to be.
So after feeling under the weather for quite some time, I decided that enough was enough and at the beginning of February started to look at, my blogging mastermind lessons and also ramped up the amount of content creation I was doing.
I think it was about March time, that some of my posts started appearing on Reuters, which came as a nice surprise all of a sudden seeing traffic coming from sites like USA Today Reuters and many others. Was totally mind blowing to me in fact when I first saw my first post on Reuters I couldn’t believe my eyes.
That to me was the ultimate highlight of the year, apart from getting links from some authoritative blog’s like Pro Blogger, I ended up submitting my site to fitness to alltop, and they welcomed me with open arms this which was very gratifying to say the least.
Someone called Larisa contacted me from Wellsphere, said how much she liked my blog, and would I like it to be syndicated on their website naturally I agreed to this and as time has gone on I do get traffic from Wellsphere now this which was another well added addition to getting my blog noticed more. This year has been extremely good for growth as far as traffic is concerned even though my RSS subscribers have gone up and down somewhat I do hope one day that I will have over a hundred or more.
Also traffic levels have continued to rise throughout the year, there have been some occasional dips but I expect that anyway it is quite normal, it is something that I have learned to just except, if traffic levels dip sometimes after a while they do come back. I can’t wait one day to look at my stats and see 500 –1000 visitors per day to me that would be the ultimate thing.
But for now I am really happy with where I am, with my blog as it stands. You have to compare where you were from the beginning or where you were earlier on this year, November has been one of the best months I have had as far as visitors are concerned according to my web stats program awstats.
I have received some nice comments from people, about how much they enjoy reading my blog which is very gratifying also, there have been other ones which have been little bit critical in nature but nothing too bad, that is just one of the things about blogging it’s a open forum and you have to develop a bit of a thick skin as regards the comments side of it is concerned.
And I would just like to give a shout out to Pete Cohen who has been plugging me where ever he can thanks Pete, also I have an a lot of links coming in from forums where people have linked to a post of mine which has been a nice surprise at times, I can honestly say that even though at times you do to tend to think is it worth it I would say definitely yes it’s hard work no doubt about it but seeing something gradually grow over time is a very satisfying experience.
I would wholeheartedly say to anybody who is thinking about starting a blog be prepared for a long haul but if you put the work in you will reap the benefits. And the only way that you will get noticed is by writing decent content which people will want to read over and over again.
At times it seems like my posts pop up all over the place and this is the sort of natural growth that Google loves, and surely enough I do get plenty of traffic from Google but at times it seems to come all over the place.
I dare say that sometimes even site meter doesn’t always pick up all the visitors the I get so I could be getting referrals from lots of other places also, there is only one way to summarise this year really that’s to say it’s been absolutely fantastic. And I think next year will be even better here is a nonexhaustive list of where I have promoted my blog.
E-zine articles I wrote about 10 to 15 articles which brought me some natural organic traffic.
My posts go out on twitter once they are posted to my blog if you would like to follow me on twitter then here is my profile address http://twitter.com/markcoruk, I also have a presence on Face Book and have posted my posts on their also feel free to add me as a friend
I am part of a service called friend feed which amalgamates all types of social media services like you tube, Flickr and many others if you would like to become a friend of mine on friend feed then please feel free to do so my blog is also part of my blog log and blog catalog which are two of the biggest social media blogging directories.
I think in part this is probably one of the reasons for my blog success because my content is being syndicated all over the place and this builds up relevance on the search engines. There are other things I have done as well like setting up blogs with content on on places like blogger etc and pointing the content to my blog this all creates relevance as well in the search engines and improves overall ranking.
So on that note I would just like to say to all the people who read my blog on a regular basis no matter how few or how many there are. I would like to say thank you so much for supporting me in what I believe to be to be a very worthwhile cause in helping people to become healthier and keep their weight under control.
So Merry Christmas and have a great New Year I look forward to seeing you in 2009 all the best.