October Blog Stats Check: Room For Improvement

Room for improvement is a good thing. Getting it right the first time is no fun. You don’t get to explore all the things you could have done. Now I do.

Now before I get to the actual numbers how about if we agree to call September a “month out of time.” Isn’t that what the Mayans have in their calendar every once in a while when they need a “time out?” I figure with all the chaos here in September and early October I deserve a month out of time. So let’s just say that September was a wash and in October unique visitors increased by 50%. Works for me.

Ok, enough with the rationalizations. Let’s get to the numbers.

In August there were 1017 unique visitors to Evolving Times. September’s unique visitor number was 1406. And in October there were 1553 unique visitors.

Yup, I’ve got my work cut out for me. Actually, this has been a great opportunity to get really clear on my level of commitment to this intention. I’ll be posting about that soon.

There is some good news in all of this. Actually it’s all good news. Look at it this way, in July I had a whopping 200 unique visitors. Obviously something is happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear. Clearly, there are a few folks out there, maybe you’re one of them, that is finding some value and benefit from the content I am posting here. That’s my big intention, my purpose.

So what’s the statistical good news? Enough people are enjoying what they’re reading here that the site is averaging just under 2 visits/visitor, more than 4 pages per visit and the average visit duration is just under 5-minutes. And there were just about 200 visitors who spent more than 30-minutes on the site. All of which is very encouraging. At least to me.

And, I recognize that there is a lot of room for improvement. So, I’ve come up with a list of both practical steps and more esoteric, Law of Attraction type steps, to increase visitors. Here are the practical steps listed in a vaguely prioritized order.

Increase my relationship building efforts with other bloggers.

Improve my headlines.

Install and utilize the Ultimate Tag Warrior and Tags in the Head plugins.

Contribute to blog carnivals on a more consistent basis.

Install plugins for adding Evolving Times to del.is.cio.us and technorati

Install Related Post plugin.

I’m very open to input/suggestions. Do you see something obvious that I’m missing? Please let me know.

And here are the key Law of Attraction steps I need to more consistently integrate into this intention process.

Spend time on a daily basis envisioning the visitor number I want to see at the end of November. (3000!)

When writing posts, envision myself speaking to an audience of at least that number. Thanks to Steve Pavlina for that tip.

Let go of attachment to the outcome. Check stats, at most, on a weekly basis, preferably just once on December 1.

Remain in a state of positive expectation throughout the month. Know that when I check my stats on December 1 I will see the number 3000 under the words Unique Visitors! Practice continuous positive expectation.

And one final note before I sign off for the night. I truly appreciate your presence here on the Evolving Times blog. Knowing that you are out there makes the time and effort that I am putting into this project 100% worthwhile! It truly is my hope and intention that everyone who visits this site will find something of value to take with them.

That’s all I’ve got for now.

Watch for more entries on both the practical steps as well as the more esoteric actions. It’s all about balance, after all.

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      7 Responses to “October Blog Stats Check: Room For Improvement”

      1. Gleb Reys on November 2nd, 2006 2:57 am

        Hi Ed,

        Great going! Keep it up. The tip about envisioning the number is actually a very good one, thanks!

        The rest of your plan is very much like a similar one of mine, too. So I guess this proves we both are moving in the right direction!

        I wish you all the best with your blog, and with both technical and general practices applied, I’m sure you’ll be on top of things.

        Talk to you later!

      2. Edward Mills on November 2nd, 2006 6:50 am

        Thanks for the encouragement Gleb.

        I’m excited to watch your blog, http://www.greyspk.com/ grow also!

      3. Jason Clegg - Mindful Entrepreneur on November 2nd, 2006 8:02 am

        Ed- Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

        You have an excellent action plan here. Your intention-manifestation model is sound and I’m sure you’ll be enjoying a flood of visitors soon enough. 🙂

        You might be interested in signing up for my free email course on Time Management & Web Stats at Mindful Entrepreneur.

        It seems you have a strong hold on your goal, but a little weekly boost might help strengthen your plan.


        Jason Clegg
        Mindful Entrepreneur

      4. Edward Mills on November 2nd, 2006 11:07 am

        Hi Jason

        Thanks for the note.

        Are you implying that I’m a stat-checking addict? Well, I must admit, through September and the first half of October I probably could have used a local group of stat-checkers anonymous. I feel like I have it a bit more under control now. Hey, I haven’t checked my blog stats since yesterday morning!

        The link to your ecourse wasn’t working, so here it is, if anyone else is interested. I’m signed up and looking forward to hearing what you’ve got to say!


        Warm regards


      5. Chris Gribble on November 3rd, 2006 7:13 pm

        We’re here, that is we are beginning to visit.

        Stick at it and keep up the good stuff. I have a very similiar experience with my blog. I haven’t focussed on the numbers as much but have tried to keep a good range of content.

        I too see room for improvement and will do some of the things that you have suggested for yourself as well.

      6. Edward Mills on November 4th, 2006 9:18 am

        Thanks Chris

        I’m glad you’re here. And I love your tagline: Be Yourself… Everyone Else Is Taken!


        Take care

      7. Steve Johnson on November 5th, 2006 4:49 pm

        When writing posts, envision myself speaking to an audience of at least that number. Thanks to Steve Pavlina for that tip.

        Hey, Ed!

        I LIKE that idea!

        BTW, it looks like I’m getting a double-helping of the subscribe checkbox. One says “Notify me by mail…” and the other says, “Subscribe to comments…”

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