As of today ProcrastingDev.com officially turns 1 month old. I know a lot of websites do monthly/yearly reviews on their traffic and I wanted to do the same. I’m planning on doing this on a month by month basis to try to get an understanding on how well I’m doing promoting the blog.
Here are the first months statistics:
Number of Articles: 36
Number of Comments: 8
Visitors: 2,801 visitors
Page Views: 5,442 pageviews (1.94 pages/visit)
Average Time: 2:04 min. avg time on site
Bounce Rate: 63.87%
RSS Subscribers: 19
Direct – 1,067 visits (38.17%)
Feedburner – 686 visits (24.57%)
Google (Referrer) – 306 visits (11.01%)
Google (Search) – 183 visits (6.33%)
Twitter – 148 visits (5.22%)
As you can see from the Top Content for this month all of the posts are my live-blogging from DjangoCon. A lot of my traffic came from live-blogging the conference because the feeds showed up on Django’s main website, on a lot of people’s twitter feeds and all over the place. While the conference is now over I’m still getting a lot of residual search engine traffic from these articles.
The big spikes in the traffic are during that conference as people searched for #djangocon2011. The blog also got mentioned by a lot of high-profile Django developers so that helped as well.
So far, other than adding my feed to a couple of feed aggregators and tweeting out my articles I haven’t really done any promotion. When I comment on different tech blogs I include the URL when available but the traffic from this is very minimal.
In the future I’d like to start guest-blogging for larger sites to try to gather a larger following. This is something I’ll try this month.
DjangoCon certainly gave me a boost in traffic and while it has decreased now that the conference is over the overall traffic is still greater (3-4x) than before the conference.
I’m going to try to continue posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as this seems to be working.
Stay tuned for more goodness…