Well, here on the west coast of the United States we’re about 6 1/2 hours away from leaving 2012 behind us, and I wanted to take the chance to say Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I will be publishing my “Best of” list for the year once I’ve seen Zero Dark Thirty after it’s January 11th Nationwide Release, so keep an eye out for that.
In the mean time, I recently posted a summary of my page put together by the folks at WordPress and received a lot of wonderful compliments from you all. Some of you asked about Search Engine Optimization, so I thought I’d explain what I’ve been doing behind the scenes for the last few months. Before we start, this is what I’m referring to.
That’s from today at about 5:00 pm my time, and as you can see I experienced a bit of a drastic rise a few days ago in my view count resulting in my top day ever yesterday with nearly 3,000 views. While I have no idea how sustainable this is, I can at least tell you this:
- The Majority of my views were to my review for Django Unchained
- Nearly all of the views above my normal average are accounted for by referrals by Google
- Google Image searches account for about 20% of those, the rest simple google searches
- Nearly every search term that people used to find me could be found among the tags I used for the post
Now from these facts, here’s the advice I have for any of you looking to increase traffic to you blog.
- Use as many tags for your posts as possible (preferably under 20 though)
- Make your tags specific; imagine what you’d Google if you wanted to know more about the movie you just reviewed
- If you don’t already, try using pictures to rope in people from Google Image Searches
- Pay attention to the referrals section of your Stats page; figure out what is working and adjust how you tag things accordingly
I’m not pretending to be an expert, and it is true that a lot of the views from these methods will be much less likely to get you additional followers, like, comments, etc. There are only so many of us bloggers though, and if it’s views you’re after, these are just a few ways you can cast a wider net out to the world wide web.
As a final note, there are about 8 different tags that are currently funneling views into my site from Django Unchained, but there’s one in particular that amused me. Try googling “Jamie foxx nude scene” and see what comes up in the first few entries. Unless something’s changed in the last five minutes, you may see what I’m talking about
As a final final note, I do recognize that this is nothing close to a permanent increase in views, but I hope you’ll all forgive my wanting to enjoy the moment 🙂