However, the spiders don’t care for hyphens, colons, semi-colons and etc.
A few days ago I wrote a post with a spider analogy. The reason spiders were on my mind is because about 8 days ago, my daughter loaded a new traffic tracker to my web site. It keeps account of 4 items; visitors, page views, spiders and feeds. I’d been feeling depressed that my traffic, for no apparent reason, dropped by one-third. The old tracker wasn’t working. And I soon discovered I had more visitors than I’d known.
I only had a vague clue what a spider was or does. Yesterday there were 85 spiders visiting my site. That number was low. Most days it’s been closer to 200.
Who cares? Right? Apparently we all should if we are want to drive traffic to our websites. And why is that important?
When my traffic dropped recently, my daughter’s first thought was that I’d committed a cardinal SEO sin. It turns out there are plenty.
And sure enough, just before the drop I’d blogged a post which had multiple links…a no-no.
And it turns out that my habit of making every word in bold because it’s easier to see is a BIG no-no. So I went back to many of my previous posts and deleted the bold and left only keywords highlighted.
But blogging isn’t our only resource to reaching an audience we hope one day will buy our books. In my case, while I’m multi-published, I haven’t put anything new out for a VERY long time. I’m writing a high-concept story with a co-author and when it comes out, I’m hoping my efforts blogging will pay off.
A long time ago, I had a very big following on MySpace blogging. I often had 4-500 daily visits to the blogs I posted and consistently hit the MySpace Most Popular Blogs lists. I met many people through those quirky blogs that I’m still in touch with…loved it!
I have a good Facebook presence…but what the heck has happened to Facebook. I think my 1,000+ subscribers, among my 5,000+ friends get my feed, but I don’t know. The messed-up algorithms are discussed as the reason we no longer can see feeds that were once a daily treat.
I’ve become somewhat of a Twitter maniac. In the four months since I’ve become a regular blogger again, my Twitter followers have increased from less than 400 to almost 2,600. And I’ve tweeted almost 13,000 times…up from less than 100. And I can do it spending less than 15 minutes per day there. It takes a little longer now that I’m getting direct tweets…but I’m grateful for them.
If you are self-published you CANNOT ignore Social Media. Through Triberr or at the bottom of my blog posts I can link my posts in seconds to StumbledUpon, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and MySpace. Yes, I remain ever hopeful that MySpace will one day be resurrected.
I’m on several Yahoo Loops, Smutketeers, Goodreads, and I’m more than likely forgetting to mention something. If this seem obsessive, I assure it that it is not. It a necessary part of the new social game.
This time of the year, I have little time to be social…my business card calls me a Senior Tax Advisor 5. It used to call me an Enrolled Agent until the year my mother died and I was two hours short on my continuing education to keep my license. I have a new license, but not as prestigious as the first.
I’m glad to have a chance to remain somewhat social. What about you?
The results of my first official week with my newly installed stats-meter…
18,086 page views
12 hours of over-time at the tax office with an hour drive everyday…and add almost two additional hours for the accidents stopping traffic this week.
And I still got to spend time last weekend with my fabulous grandson! You can be social even when you have little to NO time.