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Is Your Blog This Popular?

Improving blog popularity is something all bloggers strive for, because it’s usually associated with more traffic, more subscribers and potentially more income.  It’s like the really popular kids in school — everyone wants to hang out with them.

Your blog can be that kind of place.

But at what cost?

What’s required to make your blog more popular?

Do you need to live and breathe the darn thing, or can you dramatically improve your blog popularity and still lead a fairly normal life?

What about part time bloggers — those people who blog “on the side” after finishing work for the day, or stay at home parents who blog in between their kids’ naps?

Do they have a chance at improving their blog popularity?

Today, I’m going to show you how you can drastically improve your blog popularity in 60 days or less…. while writing just 2 posts per week!

If I can do it working 60 hours/week as a Healthcare Professional, so can you.

How Do You Measure Blog Popularity?

Before I tell you how I was able to make our blog more popular, we must know how to measure it.

There are many ways to measure blog popularity, but I chose 2 main areas on which to focus:

  • Traffic (using Alexa Traffic Rank and Number of Page Views)
  • Reader Interaction (Number of Comments, Subscribers and how long people stay on the blog).

You can find your blog’s Alexa Rank over at Alexa.com, or you can download the Alexa Toolbar on your browser.  Alexa Rank is a little weird — the more traffic your blog gets, the LOWER the Alexa Rank.

If you missed it, be sure to read:   How I Boosted my Blog’s Alexa Ranking by 108% in 30 Days.

Improving Blog Popularity:  Our 60 Day Results

We started out this blogging journey to see if it was really possible to improve our blog’s popularity with limited time to spend writing and promoting.

Because of this, we limited our blog postings to 2 times per week.  We also never spent more than 10 hours/week on our blog.

Here is what our blog statistics looked like on April 5, 2011.

blog popularity table

Now here’s the same snapshot taken on June 5, 2011, 60 days later:

blog popularity table

 

What about the MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS over the last 2 months?

blog traffic graph

 

During the last 60 days:

  • We boosted our blog’s Alexa Ranking by over 280%
  • The number of COMMENTS more than quadrupled.
  • MONTHLY VISITORS?  4x more
  • We doubled our MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS
  • Our blog subscribers more than doubled, as did our “Free Giveaway” optins
  • All done with publishing only 2 blogs posts per week (total time on blog- 10 hours/wk or less)

Our blog popularity even extended over to our Social Media Accounts:

  • Our Twitter followers increased by 500 (without us adding any followers directly on Twitter)
  • Our Facebook fan page “Likes” increased from 77 to 119.

Our Readers Liked What They Saw

Over the last 60 days, each reader spent an average of 4 minutes and 30 seconds on our blog.  That’s considered pretty good, and means that we are writing content that our readers resonate with.

It also means we are attracting the right people to our blog!

Pretty cool stuff, right?

So now you’re wondering….

How Did We Improve Our Blog Popularity so Drastically in Just 60 Days?

As we explained in our previous post showing our success 30 days into this blogging experiment, initial improvements were a result of:

  • Setting and Sticking to a Blogging Schedule
  • Taking Blog Promotion Seriously
  • Joining a Blog Commenting Tribe
  • Developing a Blog Commenting Strategy

If you haven’t thought about a blog commenting strategy yet, check out A Highly Effective Blog Commenting Strategy for Busy Marketers.

The results in 30 days were great, but what happened in the next 30 days was nothing short of amazing.

Huge spikes in traffic, blog comments, and subscribers were the result of adding just a few tweaks into the mix:

1.  Promoting on Niche Social Networking Sites

We had already been promoting our blog posts on global social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Digg.  When we added Niche Sites into the mix, things started to explode.

The sites we promoted our blog posts on included:

Blokube

Blog Engage

Blog Interact

ThatMLMBeat

2.  Replying to Comments

We made it a habit to reply to all comments on our blog posts, and continued the discussion in the comments section.

We also pinged all of our comment replies, to be sure that the search engines knew about them!

3.  Incoming Links for our Commenting Efforts

This one happened as a consequence of our efforts in commenting on other blogs.

We were named as Top Commenters of the Month in at least 3 blogs that we know of.  This resulted in lots of incoming traffic and link juice for our blog.

Gotta love it when you get rewarded for your efforts, right?

4.  Downloaded the Alexa Toolbar

In the last 30 days, we downloaded the Alexa Toolbar to our Firefox browser.  This is a little trick told to me by blogging expert Yaro Starak, who found that simply by installing the toolbar, your Alexa rank would improve.

I’m not sure how much this helped, but why not?

5.  New Header Graphics

We spent some money here, but not as much as you might think.

We hired a Graphic Design specialist from the Philippines to make our blog header look more clean, neat and professional.

What do you think?

The whole idea was to make the whole blog experience better for our readers and make it easier for them to find what they want.

From the feedback we’ve received, I think it was a worthwhile investment.

Of course, we also continued doing everything we did in the first 30 days as well, to keep the momentum going.

Improving Blog Popularity:   What’s Next?

Our goal is to get our Alexa Ranking down to below 100,000 in the next 30 days and to quadruple our traffic and blog subscribers.

To do this, we’ll need to throw some more cool strategies into the mix, but we’ll wait to tell you about those in our next update (30 days from now).

What do you think?    Will we achieve our milestones?

Stay tuned.

Your Turn

What have you done to increase YOUR blog traffic?  What works, and what doesn’t?

LEAVE A COMMENT and join in the discussion.

And of course, if you found this post valuable, please SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

Bob Clarke
Dr. Bob Clarke teaches Part Time Marketers how to better leverage their time, effort, money, skills, and other people's knowledge in maximizing their business success. Don't forget to grab your Free Training Grow a Thriving Business in 30 Minutes/Day or Less -- an essential resource for anyone struggling to build their business Part Time.
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  • nikkilao
    Reply

    Hello sir bob thank you for sharing this post. It is very educational and helpful to your readers like me thank you very much

  • craig the magician
    Reply

    great post. The problem with Alexa is this:

    You could have thousands of unique visitors a day but you rank gets worse. The reason is that alexa only counts the visitors to your site that also have the alexa toolbar installed.

    The majority of casual internet users don’t have this toolbar installed. So it can be really hard to get a truly good alexa rank. The main users that DO have the toolbar are website creators, designers etc. Soo to get more toolbar users to the site, make sure to advertise wisely on webmaster forums.

    Anyway, great post, thanks and will help a lot

    • Bob
      Reply

      I agree about Alexa… it definitely has it’s limitations but it can at least be an indicator of whether your blog is getting attention out there or not.

      Thanks for your insights, great comment, Craig.

  • Brian and Felicia White
    Reply

    Excellent advice Bob & Rosemary! We promote on social site, but weren’t aware of the specific niche sites you mentioned above, so we’ll definitely have to try that out. You really do learn something new everyday! Thanks so much for sharing such helpful info with the masses! You guys ROCK!

    • Bob
      Reply

      Glad you found the information useful, guys. Niche sites are a great way to get your blog in front of people who have a keen interest in your subject matter!

      Great to see you here!

  • Mitt Ray
    Reply

    Great tips Bob – Thank you for sharing them. – Mitt

    • Bob
      Reply

      You’re welcome, Mitt.

  • Hope Davis
    Reply

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  • Julie Bell
    Reply

    What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over
    on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of
    emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young
    people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people
    just a few years older have not! Really good post! 🙂

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    Reply

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  • Anonymous
    Reply

    Wow! All of this time I thought it was Comment Luv creating that link. I’ve noticed it several times, but thought it was because of the Comment Luv’s configuration. I’ve fixed mine. Thanks!

  • Prodip Shaha
    Reply

    What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over
    on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of
    emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young
    people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people just a few years older have not! Really good post! 🙂

  • Zia01
    Reply

    That’s really important, . It shows you what a bit of determined effort can achieve and the benefit of having website stats so you can track and see the improvement your changes make.

  • Marivic43
    Reply

    I think I am only going to post three times a week, instead of five, and am trying to cut back on how much time I spend on the blog.

  • Sahara Khatun
    Reply

    Good and very informative post. I will come back to your blog regularly. One thing: I do
    not exactly know what do you mean in the second paragraph. Could you please explain
    your opinion?

  • hunterX0506
    Reply

    I don’t have any more time to devote to it than I already am. In fact, what encourages me most about your post is how little time you spend on it.. | 😛

  • Sentu Mia
    Reply

    I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely can i encounter a blog that’s the two educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail over the head. Your idea is actually outstanding; the issue is a factor that not enough people are generally speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that stumbled across this around my search for something relating to this.

  • Fazal Hosain
    Reply

    I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely can i encounter a blog that’s the two educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail over the head. Your idea is actually outstanding; the issue is a factor that not enough people are generally speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that stumbled across this around my search for something relating to this.

  • Kona Akhtar
    Reply

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  • mineY01
    Reply

    I guess most of the Niche Bookmarking sites I used provided fairly equal traffic, with the possible exception of Blog Interact there was a bigger bump of traffic here for some posts.

  • Betty
    Reply

    nice, there’s a lot of great ideas that are very helpful. thank so much for putting all this up together.

  • Fazlur Prodhan
    Reply

    What a brilliant post. You should do a series! :)I did a sort of blogging for dummies over on one of the craft forums and I thought it was too simple for them, but the amount of emails I got asking questions just like what you addressed was unbelievable. As young people today we have grown up with computers, but it’s easy to forget that even people just a few years older have not! Really good post! 🙂

  • Ashley
    Reply

    You’re such a great motivation in my experience, congratulations for the final results you actually ought to have this. It’s a great information and that I discover several things. Many thanks for this great share Bob.

  • Hakim Ali
    Reply

    Good and very informative post. I will come back to your blog regularly. One thing: I do not exactly know what do you mean in the second paragraph. Could you please explain your opinion?

  • colbie5
    Reply

    I’ve found that writing it down makes me feel more accountable. I also tell my wife Rosemary to ask me about it, and she loves to be my accountability partner! | 😛

  • conan0506
    Reply

    Great job on your blog marketing and social media growth. It’s fun that you tracked your results and saved screen shots. | 😛

  • Bob Brown
    Reply

    I’m happy to know that you made a big improvements in your blog in a short period of time, 60 days (2 months) was not enough for me actually. You are such an inspiration Bob, no doubt, you deserve your improvements. Keep inspiring!

  • akamaru
    Reply

    Great job on your blog marketing and social media growth. It’s fun that you tracked your results and saved screen shots. I would be curious to see if you’ve tracked what the percentage of traffic was that you received from the 4 sites promoted your blog on. Were they pretty equal or did one give you more bang for your buck? | 😛

    • Bob
      Reply

      Actually they were all fairly equal in their effectiveness to drive traffic.

  • Kimberly
    Reply

    Great post! this could greatly help those you use blogs for business . thanks for sharing.

    • Bob
      Reply

      You’re welcome, Kimberly!

  • Anthony
    Reply

    Hello Bob!

    You’re such a great inspiration to me, congratulations for the results you really deserve it. It’s a good information and I learn a lot of things. thanks for this great contribution Bob.

    • Bob
      Reply

      You’re welcome, Anthony…. glad you found the information useful.

  • Ricky
    Reply

    Awesome thanks for the advice. I love ComLuv as well, lol. Mine has not made that much of a change maybe you could help me out a bit, if I helped you out back?

    • Bob
      Reply

      Ricky, check out the new Comment Luv Premium plugin that is on sale this week (just Google it)…. it’s 10x more powerful than the old one.

  • Amanda
    Reply

    i guess It is not so much about how much time we have for our business, but how effective we are during these hours.why dn’t just try and make things possible..

  • crystal
    Reply

    improving blog popularity in 60 days? is that possible? i would love to personally try this one and see if it works for me.. thanks for sharing!

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Crystal,

      Yes, give it a whirl…. and be sure to report back here with your results!

  • Helen Chris
    Reply

    60 days is not so long so I think I have to try this strategy…

    • Bob
      Reply

      No, Helen — 60 days is not long at all to have yourself a popular blog! Good luck and keep us posted!

  • joelle
    Reply

    very nice post! very helpful indeed for starters like me and pretty sure it will be helpful for others also.. thanks for sharing!

  • Joelyn
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing your steps! I just started my own blog and am looking for some ways to get it going… I’m definitely going to take your suggestions.

    • Bob
      Reply

      Great, Joelyn! Stop back and let us know how you’re coming along!

  • Shari Weiss
    Reply

    Great tips, Bob. My own personal favorite is as simple as interacting with your commenting community and trying to keep them as regular visitors. To be honest, though, the blog comment tribe idea as its “artificial” side in that people comment “because they have to” — but the fact that they discover you when they wouldn’t have before is a definite plus ESPECIALLY if they stick around!

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hey Shari,

      When I first started in our Commenting Tribe, I thought the same thing… this is just going to be people who HAVE to comment, just a way to build comment number on my blog. But it turned into much more than that.

      Through this tribe, I have met some amazing people who are truly knowledgable in areas that will help me in all areas of my business. They have become my tribe members and my friends. We support each other, share ideas , shout encouragement and keep each other accountable.

      It is an awesome opportunity for growth!

      Thanks for bringing this up, Shari!

  • Scott Ames
    Reply

    Thank you for providing that. The stats are especially helpful to see how fast you made progress. I think getting traffic is almost as much fun as getting checks. ( almost ) 🙂

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Scott, welcome to the blog!

      We made such great strides in relatively little time because of consistency (keeping a schedule and not letting things get in our way) and Persistence (not giving up when the inevitable obstacles stand in the way).

      Getting traffic can be addicting, but so is receiving those checks in the mail! 🙂

      Thanks for your contributions, Scott!

  • Uri Sheinbaum
    Reply

    Congratulations on this success! Thank you for sharing your experience and hopefully I’ll get the same luck. Thank you.

  • Adnan Ali
    Reply

    I have written some articles on blogging but this is really good advice and you have shown proof of it too. Great stuff.

  • Dont Click Me
    Reply

    Amazing result. Like this post and i’ll try it for my blogsite. and thank you very much

  • Heilagr
    Reply

    Really weird stuff going on at my blog.

    My page rank is the same, my traffic has increased five times

    My profit from said blog has dipped about 25% although my traffic went through the roof in a period of 30 days.

    Not sure what I can do to reverse this trend, I fear I have been smartpriced by Google 🙁

    I feel that is unfair because I have no control over what people are advertising on my blog and can’t help it if they are not completing the action the advertisers want.

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Heilagr, welcome!

      It’s my understanding that Google Page Rank is more a reflection of your links than traffic, although I am no expert. I’m not sure what you mean by being “smartpriced” by Google.

      Hope you figure it out soon!

  • Adrienne
    Reply

    Okay, now I’m impressed. Wow!!! Great stats my friend. You did good…

    That could be a course in itself teaching others how to get your Alexa ranking down. Mine is around 128,000 and it’s not quite six months old. Still no PR ranking though but I’m pretty proud since I only post once a week. Not as impressive as your stats but guess I have something to look up to.

    Thanks again for sharing these Bob. Again, fabulous joy! Well done…

    Adrienne

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Adrienne!

      That’s an amazing Alexa for posting once a week! You should be very proud! Google Page Rank is a bit quirky — I know of some bloggers that don’t believe in it. I’m on the fence, but it just makes sense to try to maximize your GPR.

      Congratulations on your successes, Adrienne. Keep moving forward!!!

      See you again soon, Adrienne.

  • Jane
    Reply

    Hi Bob,

    That sounds like a great strategy. I am sure you are just like me, blogging part time. And, part time bloggers need more organization and solid strategy than full time bloggers, coz all we get is so little time, yet our competition isn’t easy just because we are part time bloggers.

    Installing the Alexa toolbar does help in improving your rank. The point is Alexa traffic rank is based on the number of people who visit your blog AND have Alexa toolbar installed. That is, Alexa counts the number of visitors only through the toolbar 🙂 And if you have the toolbar installed, it is natural that you will visit your own blog many times a day, and that will help you to improve your rank 🙂

    Cheers,
    Jane.

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Jane….
      Thanks for the explanation about the Alexa bar benefit…. makes perfect sense!

      All of us part time bloggers must find ways to leverage what time we have to write and promote our blog. I am a huge fan of leveraging plugins that do work for you automatically, as well as leveraging the power of others, as in a tribe (like the Clever Marketer tribe!).

      Great to see you here again, Jane!

  • Dev
    Reply

    Congratulations Bob for the awesome success. You done a great job with this blog in just short months.

    Another great way to improve Blog popularity is guest posting in your blog niche. I’ve been doing it from a year now and have great success with it.

    Enjoy your rest of the weekend, bob.

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Dev,

      Thanks for the kind words. Agree about guest blogging… in fact, my goal is to submit 2 guest posts in the next 30 days as a way to push our Alexa even further.

      Appreciate your insights as always, Dev.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stacy
    Reply

    Hi Bob and Rosemary,

    Those are really impressive improvements!! Well done, your hard work is surely paying off. You’ve suggested some ideas that I haven’t tried. I’ve experienced some growth that I’m proud of this year too, it’s a great feeling isn’t it! I am going to check out your other post that you referred to.

    Thanks!
    Stacy

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Stacy, great to see you here!

      Yes, it is a great feeling to reach certain milestones that affirm your belief that you’re on the right track and building something that will ultimately change your life. And we really believe its very important to celebrate those accomplishments, to help you keep moving forward!

      We appreciate your insights, Stacy. Look forward to seeing you again!

  • Mavis Nong
    Reply

    Hey Dr Clarke,

    So great to see the buzz here on your blog!

    Wow! Incredible results! That’s nothing short of amazing! Hearty congratulations! 🙂

    There is no doubt in my mind that you’ll achieve your next milestone.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Mavis

    • Bob
      Reply

      Thank you Mavis for your kind words and incredible support. Much of what we used to create these results we learned from great bloggers like yourself, Ana Hoffman at TrafficGenerationCafe.com and Kristi Hines at Kikolani.com.. and of course, Heather at CleverMarketer.com.

      We are very grateful for all the incredible information you share so freely on your blogs.

      Thanks, Mavis!

  • Rowena Bolo
    Reply

    Hi Bob and Rosemary,

    You know how much I love the fact that you’re helping a lot of part-time networkers (although full time networkers can of course benefit from what you share here too!). I am so thrilled to hear about your amazing results. I completely agree about keeping the momentum too. It was so easy for you to post lesser or do less commenting after the first 30 days, and you already saw results. The key is always persistent, consistent action, and as Oliver pointed out, the focus! It is not so much about how much time we have for our business, but how effective we are during these hours. I mentioned before that I am looking for a part time job, and I am training myself to be more effective, and your blog is definitely helping me to do exactly this.

    Thanks and big congratulations again!!

    – Rowena

    • Bob
      Reply

      Well said, Rowena –“It is not so much about how much time we have for our business, but how effective we are during these hours.”

      That is it exactly. Too many people use a lack of time as a convenient excuse not to try, which is ironic, because the people who truly fail are the ones that never try.

      Quite a paradox, don’t you think!

      Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, Rowena, and good luck finding that P/T job!
      Hopefully our blog will have even more meaning for you once you do so.

      Great to see you here again!

  • Heather C Stephens
    Reply

    Hi Dr. Bob!

    Fantastic results! Wow, I’m impressed!

    Great job on your blog marketing and social media growth. It’s fun that you tracked your results and saved screen shots. I would be curious to see if you’ve tracked what the percentage of traffic was that you received from the 4 sites promoted your blog on. Were they pretty equal or did one give you more bang for your buck?

    Congratulations!
    Heather

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks for your insights here. Tracking results comes second nature to me, with my science background… a big plus when it comes to marketing.

      Regarding your question, most of the Niche Bookmarking sites I used provided fairly equal traffic, with the possible exception of Blog Interact (there was a bigger bump of traffic here for some posts). But that may have to do with the fact that I signed on as a sponsor to BI.

      Great to see you here again, Heather. We appreciate it!

  • Ivin
    Reply

    Blokube, Blog Engage, Blog Interact and bisugar is also part of my strategy, byut Be is mostly the site I focus on right now.

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Ivin,

      They are all great, and I certainly love BI. In fact, I’ve signed on as a sponsor at Blog Interact, I like it so much!

      Great to see you here, Ivin. Thanks for contributing to the discussion!

  • Lou Barba
    Reply

    Hi Bob,

    Those sound like a great list of things to do to get traffic. I use some of them, and I have noticed increases in traffic from using them. Congratulations on your increased success, though I don’t know how you keep such a schedule. You must be a REALLY fast typer.

    Lou

    • Bob
      Reply

      Haha Lou, always the jokster!

      As a matter of fact, I AM a fast typer, thanks to an 8th grade typing class taught by a really cool guy. Talk about a useful course for later life!

      I am glad you’re using some specific strategies to get traffic to your blog, Lou. Whatever is working, just do more of it!
      Thanks for the congratulations and support!

      Great to see you here again, Lou!

  • Terrific Tonya Heathco
    Reply

    Dr. Bob,

    I am so glad I cam across this link through Facebook. I’ll definitely be looking into your other information. As my blog grows I am considering creative ways to get more traffic. As you will understand after reading through the pages of National Seizure Disorders Foundation blog, I have taken on an important and huge responsibility. The more traffic to my site, the more people I can help.

    You can do me an additional favor as a health care professional. Look thorough the NSDF site and let me know if there is anything seizure disorder related you would like to see on the site. You voice is important to me.

    Thank you for bringing quality content to my attention –

    Terrific Tonya Heathco
    National Seizure Disorders Foundation

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Tonya,

      Welcome to our blog. We appreciate you taking the time to comment.
      I’m glad you found our blog content useful to your NSDF blog.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Samantha Bangayan
    Reply

    Absolutely amazing achievements, Bob! Thanks so much for sharing your strategies! =) I had no idea how powerful niche sites could be. I have not explored that venue at all, but it definitely seems worthwhile after seeing your results. I also loved your rationale behind installing the Alexa toolbar — haha! =)

    Bob, do you have a blog post on the importance of pinging? I’m totally new to that, but I’ve seen you mention it here and in your post on your blog commenting strategy. Would love to learn more!

    And I wholeheartedly feel that you’ll be able to achieve your Alexa goal in 30 days. =) Can’t wait to hear about those

  • Shari Weiss
    Reply

    Interesting stats and growth. I wrote a post several months ago on the difference between Popularity and Influence. My personal feeling is that having a real effect on people’s lives — no matter how many or how few — is what really counts.
    It is true, however, that if you have valuable information to share, than getting it seen by more people does enable you to have that “real effect” on more people.

    • Bob
      Reply

      I agree Shari… influence is much more important than mere popularity. But having both is when you’ve hit an all-star combination, right?

      Thanks for the comment, Shari. I appreciate your insights!

  • Sadie-Michaela Harris
    Reply

    Hello Bob and Rosemary,

    Sadie here in France

    I just spotted a post all about this post, from Kimberly Castleberry, in my Facebook feed.

    This is an excellent post! My goodness me you have done brilliantly well with your Alexa ranking and so quickly. It was a stroke of brilliance that you documented the experience that took you to this achievement.

    Sharing information like this will undoubtedly ensure people pop back often too so the Alexa ranking will continue to shirk in improvement too!

    I’m going to share this with some of my clients who are less than enthusiastic about the benefits of blogging!

    This shall give them some true inspiration – c’est fantastique! and thanks to Kimberly for highlighting it to me 🙂

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Sadie,

      First, any friend of Kim’s is a friend of mine! 🙂 She is awesome.
      Also, thanks for the kind words and support. My training is as a scientist, so I tend to keep careful records and document everything. I guess that’s proven useful in this regards!

      It was great to connect with you over on Facebook as well. It will be great to get to know one another.

      Thanks for the comment, Sadie!

  • Chester Dealmeter
    Reply

    Thanks Bob

    There’s a lot of great ideas here. I am always interested in how to move up in the ranking. Love to be on the first page when people are looking for a clown!! I’ll have to implement some of your ideas.

    Have a Great Day
    Chester

    • Bob
      Reply

      Welcome Chester!

      I’m glad you found this information useful. And I agree …. it’s always great to be on the top of the Google search results for your desired keywords!

      Thanks for the comment, Chester! See you around!

  • Oliver Tausend
    Reply

    Hi Bob,

    your successes speak for themselves, congratulations. What is the essence ? No matter how much or how little time we have, being serious and committed is crucial in any endeavour, is it not ? You can have all the time in the world, what’s it worth without the former two ? You can have little time but with seriousness and committment you will make it happen.

    An important message is also: It has nothing got to do with writing posts – you didn’t mention it at all in your list. It wouldn’t even better if you wrote three times a week, but you would have more stress.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Take care

    Oliver

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hey Oliver, you’re so right! The absolute amount of time you have to spend on a project isn’t as important as the WAY you spend that time. Consistent effort on meaningful tasks can get you to your desired goal much faster than the person with all the time in the world who never has any focus or drive.

      I appreciate you Oliver, and your great contributions to our blog!

  • Charlotte
    Reply

    Wow, that’s a really impressive improvement in 60 days. It shows you what a bit of determined effort can achieve and the benefit of having website stats so you can track and see the improvement your changes make. Keep up the good work.

    • Bob
      Reply

      Welcome Charlotte and thanks for your support and kind words!

      Tracking your results in so important. With my scientific training it comes as second nature for me, but anyone can and should do it. It’s the only way to know if you’re heading in the right direction!

      See you around, Charlotte! Thanks for the comment!

  • Jaden Daniels
    Reply

    Dr. Bob,
    Thanks for sharing your strategies. I am guilty of not staying on a blogging schedule. I am going to start posting blogs on a schedule, and i am going to check out your article on commenting too.

    Thanks again for sharing. I work around 55 to 60 hours a week also, so this will definitely help.

    Jaden

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hey Jaden,

      As I just told Jeanine in the last comment, consistency is the key. It helps your rankings and it helps your readers when to expect to see something new from you. I use Google Calendar and actually schedule it into my week, but any way you choose to remember will work. I’ve found that writing it down makes me feel more accountable. I also tell my wife Rosemary to ask me about it, and she loves to be my accountability partner!

      Welcome Jaden, and I look forward to seeing you here a lot!

  • Jeanine Byers Hoag
    Reply

    Hi Bob! I am really impressed with how well you have done with this blog in just two short months!! I am working on improving my blog as well and I have done well but would love to get it under 100,000 too.

    On the other hand, I don’t have any more time to devote to it than I already am. In fact, what encourages me most about your post is how little time you spend on it. After this month, I think I am only going to post three times a week, instead of five, and am trying to cut back on how much time I spend on the blog.

    But I have been afraid that if I do that, it will have a negative effect on my blog. Your post gives me hope that it won’t.

    Jeanine

    • Bob
      Reply

      Hi Jeanine… you have an awesome blog. I told Rosemary about your blog contents and she told me to let her know whenever you post. She is so into fashion… you two will get along great.

      As for cutting down on your blogging, I think its more important to be consistent, no matter if you post twice a week, three times or daily. Consistency is key. And I truly believe that answering comments and getting a discussion going adds a lot to the success formula.

      Keep me informed when you make the switch. I’m curious to see how it turns out, too!

  • Ilka Flood
    Reply

    Hi Bob,

    That’s nothing short of amazing! Great job, congratulations! I’ve been taking notes 🙂

    Keep it up!

    Ilka

    • Bob
      Reply

      Thanks, Ilka… glad you found it useful.

      We’ll be adding another status update 30 days from now, so keep an eye out for that!

      Thanks for your participation on our blog… see you again soon!

  • Dennis Edell
    Reply

    Awesome awesome job Bob, now lets get below 100,000 Alexa! 😉

    Btw, thanks for the reminder to download the toolbar, I’ve been meaning to do that for months. lol

    • Bob
      Reply

      Thanks for the support and kind words, Dennis. Don’t feel bad. It took me over 2 months to remember to install the Alexa toolbar. It was on my “to do” list forever!

      Cheers!

  • Jayne Kopp
    Reply

    Hey Bob, those are truly amazing results. YOu are an inspiration.

    I have GOT to get a FB Fan Page. I am so daft when it comes to just doing that. Imagine how much further ahead I would be.

    I am really enjoying your progress. I will take a couple of leafs out of your book.

    good work you two!

    Jayne

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