Week 11 already? Mobile Site Speed Down!
Just one of the issues I need to address on my SAC site, but first my update...
Summer and SAC Don't Mix
Well, I knew this round would be a hard one.
With my kids home for the summer, and planned activities and vacations under way, falling behind in June is an understatement.
We've got a couple of days left, but I think it's safe to go ahead and say that I'm not going to meet ALL of the tasks on this month's list. I'm going to push through to the very end though and complete as much as I can. I have done some of everything. Of course now, my focus is strictly on posts.
While my family's been on the road the past few weeks, first through New Mexico, Texas, and into Louisiana (A TX Road Trip to Remember), then back through Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota to visit one of our favorite places, the Black Hills / Mount Rushmore, I have had very little (or no) access to the internet.
Since logging into the platform and trying to work on my phone is maddening, I decided to complete a lot of research while out and about, and play catch up with publishing more content when we got back.
My focus has mostly been on material helpful to starting a blog, as my SAC site is my MMO site. I'm currently writing an affiliate marketing post, and am nearly finished.
I also took some time to go back and update some material, add new internal links, change some formatting, etc. I like how my site is looking the more I add to it. Evolution is good. I absolutely love that as time goes on, my posts are consistently longer without the effort. My last article was about 2300 and I could have continued but found a good point to branch off and link to another post. I like the 1700-2300 word mark. It's a good length for my style of writing.
Aside from the continuous writing, my next goal will be to work on site health. Now that I have a good foundation for my site, I peeked at the analytics and site health info, and it's not good! My mobile speed is horrible! Luckily I happened to bookmark a few recent blog posts by other members on steps to take to remedy that. I may be reaching out to the community in the process if I fail to see progress on my own.
I have 1.9k views and 71 followers in my first month. Not a bad start, I think. I'm still getting the hang of creating awesome pins in Canva, and am getting more comfortable with using the Pinterest platform in general. I'm not following very many people yet, which I think is key to getting followers, so I need to follow more people and be a little more active, but I'm really liking it. I see the potential in using it to create traffic to my site. I'll definitely put in more effort this month and compare numbers.
Ohhhhhh Facebook. How you frustrate me.
Since I had all of my posts that contained links to my website removed some weeks back, I haven't done much there. I've debated whether I should keep the page at all. I don't see the point if I can't send traffic to my website. I know some other members have had issues too with the MMO niche. Facebook really doesn't like MMO sites. Doesn't seem to be an issue with other niche sites.
So, not putting any effort there at present except to debate now and again on what to do differently, or take the page down. Don't know yet.
The Next Leg of the SAC
I don't know where I'll end up this month, or where we're heading next month, but I'm excited all the same. I've learned so much already through being a part of this challenge. In July, I'll only be gone for one week, so I'll have much more time in the office, and hope to stay on track as I did the first month.
Overall, I'm not stressing about it. My kids are only home for two months in the summer, and family time is priority. They are LOVING all our travels, and their smiles make me smile.
Come August, when they go back to school, I'll be back to full time efforts here.
Til then, I just keep on keeping on!
Have a great day :-)