July 2009

I thought it would be interesting to do a quick post, just before we begin the 2009 Thirty Day Challenge.  Over the next 30 days, we’ll learn a lot – about a lot of different topics.  We’ll hear about things like markets and niches, keywords and conversions – and one of those topics will be traffic.

Now this blog is not really focused on conversions – it’s a resource, and as such it gets a little bit of traffic.

A few months ago, I got an opportunity to use a tool to help with bookmarks and backlinks.  It’s called “Traffic Bug” – let’s see what happened to traffic once I started using it:

Traffic Stats Before And After Traffic Bug

Traffic Stats Before And After Traffic Bug

I started using Traffic Bug in May, 2009 – you can see what happened in June and July…

From an average of about 300 visitors per month (September through May) to exactly 2,000 visitors in the month of July.

Is it all from Traffic Bug? Probably not entirely – there were also a few important mentions and links from the 30DC forums. But the fact is, I got serious about backlinks and bookmarks in May by using Traffic Bug – and this picture is worth at least a thousand words…

When we’re learning about the important of bookmarks, directory submissions and backlinks, remember how important they really are when it comes to YOUR site’s traffic.

And best of luck to you throughout the 2009 Thirty Day Challenge


Because 7 8 9 – (or seven ate nine)

I know – a silly little joke for small children (family friendly and thirty day challenge appropriate) – but since today is 07-08-09 I thought it would be funny to share…

Just a quick post today – I’m making a public resolution today. I don’t care if we’re halfway through the year. I’m just tired of banging my head against a wall…it boils down to constraints.

There are things everyday that get in the way. I start out with a to-do list and most days end up distracted, putting out “fires” pulled in a lot of different directions and when the day is done – maybe I checked a few things off my list…maybe not.

So – I’ve taken a step back and looked at the things that get in my way – the things that slow me down. It’s time for me to start eliminating constraints.

The first one on my list?

Let me give you a little background info. Last fall, I was fortunate enough to be able to switch from a PC to a MAC. And I love it.

For work – I still need to do a bunch of PC based stuff – so I use a program called “Parallels” and cloned my old PC hard drive for use on my MAC. No biggie, right?

Well, not exactly – there’s something wrong with that old PC – it hogs the processor (about 50%) on the MAC as soon as it starts up – so when it’s running (all day) the MAC is kind of slow.

So – I created a second virtual PC in Parallels to see how it would work. And it only takes 5% to 10% of the processor – way better. I’ve gradually pulled my documents and data over to the new virtual PC, everything but my e-mail.

I’ve been using Microsoft Outlook since 2000 – and I have e-mail archives going back that far. I know it’s crazy – tens of thousands of e-mails and house plans and pictures…Anyhow – it’s time for me to port that stuff over to the new PC and put the old one out of its misery (read, my misery). So that’s my task.

I will have it done by this weekend or else…I won’t – but seriously – It’s a bottleneck in my work flow that I need to get rid of once and for all…and now that I’ve made it public knowledge, I will.

As the 2009 thirty day challenge is about to get underway – What’s your biggest constraint? And what are you going to do about it? Please feel free to leave your comments below…