February Monthly Update- 45 Referrals, 7 Premium
This has been inspired from other members that have left behind some clues in the past.
But it's also so I can keep myself accountable as I know a lot of things are about to change over the coming months, and when change comes so does my productivity levels!
Here's the stats
SEO traffic- 6164 (up from 3200)
New posts- 25
Total posts- 225
Words written- 64,896
I realised that I hadn't really been tracking things that I could control until recently. So things like how many posts written and how many words written have become a crucial part of my focus.
It's amazing when you change your focus to this how much more you're able to do!
I pretty much doubled (12 to 21) the amount of reviews I wrote in Feb compared to Jan and I tracked the word count for the first time. I think it took me about 10 months to write my first 65,000 words and I did that last month!
(also note my first 50-60 posts on this site were so bad and pretty much useless! I didn't mean them to be but I was dotting all over the place i.e. saving money, investing, book reviews, travel tips etc... there was no focus or writing about one niche)
Some Useful Things to Note
I've tried to do a lot to my site recently...
I've added a landing page mainly promoting WA with a video of me explaining it, which I thought was easier for beginners to understand than my review.
However, if anything the amount of referrals I've gained has slowed down.
I also tried to see what it was like to have an "opt in" form for people to put their email address in to come to WA first and then I could send them a 7-day guide on what to expect from WA and how to make the most of it.
I've changed the theme, the whole front page and refined my templates for reviews.
The conversions have still been pretty good but here's what I've found...
As my site is gaining traffic from Google, it's impossible to tell what is and is working when I keep changing things.
Moving forwards- how this can help you too...
I need to leave things and test them for a certain amount of time rather than chopping and changing it as I go.
I changed the page I've been directing people to numerrous times throughout Jan and Feb and changed the way they come to WA (direct link or through an email opt in). It was impossible to see what was or was not working! Lesson learnt...
I need to let things sit and carry on writing content.
This month will be different and I won't get as much done due to some things coming up. But I plan on getting 12 reviews done still.
Things are clearly working (such as almost 100% increase in organic traffic) but I've massively hit a slump this last week. I've heard so many people talk about this either on my podcast or here and I know it's all part of being an "entrepreneur". But when it hits you it's a weird feeling that is very hard to explain or snap out of!
What do you do when you've lost your mojo? Have you lost your mojo before?
P.S. I've also been helping a friend out with some local SEO stuff and it's sparked a real interest in doing lead generation stuff that I could see a lot of potential with in the future.
Has anyone else ever done any local SEO for small businesses or lead generation work? Or know anyone that has? Am I just being led by another shiny object?!