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June 29, 2005

Plummeting Traffic « Blogging »

I've lost about a third of my normal traffic over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, my lowest weekly total was 250 hits, on a Saturday. This week, however, my highest peak was somewhat less than 250, and yesterday was barely 225.

...and yet, I'm actually pleased. Why, you may ask?


Well, I'm going to tell you anyway.
Over the last 2-3 months, more than 1/3 of my hits were for variations of searches on "Mentos Bird Commercial". More than half my hits were from search engine hits of any type. And on any given day, I could boost my traffic by 20-50 hits just by linking the GM blog. So although I could boast* of averaging 300 unique visits/day, I realized that less than half of it was from people coming back to see me because of what I wrote. Hence, some of the petulant whining and snarky self-deprecation.

But now, the bulk of my hits are from links coming in from other sites, and "blocked referrers", which to me means someone who has me bookmarked, or perhaps browsing anonymously but still coming to Brain Fertilizer deliberately. Which is good.

I wasn't going to stop blogging in any case, but having more of what I consider "solid" hits certainly helps make blogging more satisfying.

Posted by Nathan at 08:03 AM | Comments (8)

You're still blogging?

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at June 29, 2005 08:14 AM

Did you say something?

Posted by: Gordon at June 29, 2005 08:21 AM

I knew I could count on you guys.

Considering this display of touching compasion, have either of you ever considered manning a suicide hotline?

Posted by: Nathan at June 29, 2005 08:42 AM

Are you kidding me? I wrote the script for 'Dead Man on Campus'.

Posted by: Gordon at June 29, 2005 08:56 AM

Nathan, that's how they meet the layyyydees. ;)

Posted by: Jo at June 29, 2005 09:04 AM

I've never actually understood how a blog could be considered 'Wildly Unpopular'.

Then I came here.

And, I'll have you know, I had the record for most calls handled while working a suicide hotline. Of course, the calls never lasted long with my 'Hello. Thanks for calling the suicide hotline. Please hold' routine.

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at June 29, 2005 09:51 AM

People are staying away in droves, I'll grant you that.

Posted by: Nathan at June 29, 2005 09:57 AM

You know, my traffic has spiked recently...I wonder if it's because I used "Brain Fertilizer" as a keyword in my meta data? :-P

Posted by: Gordon at June 29, 2005 05:21 PM
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