SAT Report Month 3 - The Treble Yell!
Hope all your blogging fabulously well, my apologies as this is a little late by 10 days. I have been working away keeps my butt of the beach this "Blogustus" and keeping myself busy.
This series of blogs is to document my own progress, as Jerry H puts it fabulously in his mind sent training you can only connect the dots looking backwards.
And now for Month 3.
SAT Month 3, July'19 The Treble Yell!
No Of Post Published in July: 62
Total Posts Published On Site At July 31: 184
Site Age: 3 months
Moz DA: 20
Organic Search Traffic: 341 - Up from 130!
Referrals: 10 up from 3 (Trebel yell!! woo-hoo, double digits!!)
Total Referrals: 16 (Sweet 16!).
I am making the bare attempt to build the site in the MMO niche promoting Wealthy Affiliate using traffic sources that are completely passive.
The first major objective is to rank and get rock solid traffic and rankings using "bare naked SEO" that is onpage SEO for wordpress with no or as little content promotion as possible and no off page seo or link building.
The general concept is to get good rankings naturally based on the quality of content, good onpage seo and later I can solidify those rankings by using content promotion strategies and off page seo.
This month something incredibly interesting started to happen for a good part of the month, GOOGLE WAS NOT MY TOP ORGANIC TRAFFIC SOURCE.
Can you guess what for about half the month, what was my top source?
I won't BS' you guy's here, it was kind of depressing seeing google traffic fall, particularly as the beginning of the month I looking set for 450+ (total organic) and about 300 of that from Google. I almost felt like giving up, and if it was all worth it.
Then, I realised a lack of google traffic is actually a good thing for a couple of reasons
- Less dependency on google = less effected by updates
- If I do decide to Optimise for google and give a ...(sound's like duck!) I'll get even more.
Social Media & It's Relevance To SEO
As I mentioned, the intention is to be as passive as possible as far as traffic is concerned. Social media (most of it) is very active traffic source other than perhaps YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit and LinkedIn where you content hangs there easily searchable and findable.
However, I am not using social media for this site at all.
For some reason I am still getting some interesting results from some platforms - some I am not even on!.
That is, the power of what is taught at Wealthy Affiliate and focusing on content quality.
The reason I am not focusing on social media is it what I call a hustlers traffic source, you need to hustle for it.
Not my style, besides, the site is not ready for social traffic yet and neither am I.
I am too busy creating content, something that will generate more traffic long term. A far better long term ROI for my effort.
(If I stop or take a day off I'll still get traffic, not so much the case when your fully dependent on newsfeed based social media).
To demonstrate my point a picture speaks a thousand words.
Besides, if you create quality share worth content you'll get that social media traffic anyway!. You could fairly say SEO is a social media strategy!.
This study by SEMRush clearly shows the effect of Social signals on Search Engine Optimisation and thus rankings and thus emphasising my point of social media, SEO and content forming an integral and important part of that.
I have not posted to Facebook so, by my reckoning 213 sessions for zero effort is pretty good! Who ever is posting to FB my content..Thank You, Gracias, Grazi Mille, Terima Kashi, Cam on Ban, Khop Khun Mak Krabp, Danka ..and dont't stop!
With the average person reading 200 words per minute I'm happy with 2,500 words being read.
During July I did not track trakings per say but I most certainly can report back some Page 1 rankings and being right up there on page 2 for some highly competitive 2.5k search keywords.
I have been keeping an eye more of Google Search Console and yep...going in the right direction focusing on getting a lower average positiol both globally and for US based traffic, which is happening and more impressions but there does seem to be a huge miss correlation between No of Clicks reported by GSC and Google Analytics - even though I do realsie GSC is only reporting back on Google clicks still huge misrepresentation of the numbers.
Getting Organic Comments - including one from a Billion Dollar Asian company, which was pretty cool, not bad considering I reviewed them and did not recommend their product/service yet got commended by them for a "some what positive review".
Definately something in remaining positive even when you don't recommend a product or service.
Currently Ranking for 1000+ Keywords in the top 100 of google and a Alexa rank of 700,000ish.
Finally, keep at it folks, the following graph show you how things really do just scale up over time - time frame is 3 months.
Note at the beginning that is around 200-250 impressions while at tthe end looking at 2,000 to just under 2,300 imepresions daily, 10x increase in 3 months.
All ther more reason to keep going.
Since Aug is 1/3 gone already I can report so far that traffic looking like it will touch base around the 600 mark - Organically speaking, predictively I can project 2,000 to 2.500 organic traffic for December (estimated).