Preaching to the choir

I had some time to review some of my posts both here and on my other blog No Scam Work at Home. In the process, I decided to take a look at some of the statistics of these blogs and I have to admit to being not only stunned but seriously disappointed! The first post on this blog was made in November of 2008 and it it now March of 2012. Over that time I have exactly 23 subscribers! Holy smokes! I have 20 subscribers on the other blog.

Where did I go wrong?

I try to write relevant content that is of decent quality, I do not spam keywords in my blog and I have a fair to midland ranking in Google. I’ve promoted the blog through a Facebook fan page, Twitter and a few other sites. I’ve done all of this in moderation. I’m not sure what in the devil to do at this point, but I am seriously considering giving up one of the two sites. I try to post regularly (this particular blog has over 500 posts and over 300 comments) but if no one is reading it, then there is little value in writing a note to myself :)

Replan and regroup

I will have to evaluate what I do with this blog going forward. Since it is my “signature” blog, I’m not entirely convinced that abandoning it is such a good idea, but at the same time, I’m not sure that posting on a daily basis is serving any purpose besides letting me spend some more time blogging.

Perhaps I’ll move my portfolio in here, as a way of “grouping” all of my work in one area. I have been working on a Blogger blog to do that but perhaps it’s time to consider moving them in here. ┬áIt’s odd, this blog averages about 100 page views a day so I’m not sure what I’m missing.

So, if you are reading this, PLEASE leave your ideas and tell me where I’ve missed the boat! What do YOU think I need to do to attract some readers!!!

Have a great weekend I think I’ll take some time off!

About Doreen Martel

Well-rounded freelance writer who contributes to various blogs, paid to write sites and revenue sharing sites. Doreen is legally blind and has worked at home for more than 10 years. She uses the lessons learned from this experience to enhance her writing and share information with others.

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10 Responses to Preaching to the choir

  1. Wendy Morse
    March 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Don’t give up- you have a great blog here, and I recently sent you an email saying how much I liked your site (which unfortunately was probably deleted as spam).

    I just subscribed, so add me to the list of appreciative readers!

    • March 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Wendy! I am sorry I definitely didn’t get your email! Glad that someone is finding it helpful ;)

  2. March 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Hello Doreen! I just found out about your blog today and I think its awesome!
    I’m still a newbie in freelancing and your site really helps! Have you ever tried Guest Blogging for other similar sites? I think that could really help you. It could get the word out about you and your site some more. Try these sites and offer to guest blog. (you probably know some of them): problogger.com; youngprepro.com; makealivingwriting.com; freelanceswitch.com; therenegadewriter.com; writingspark.com
    I’m not sure if they all accept guest blogs but they have huge readership and I think having a post there could help you.
    But frankly, with the quality you have here, I think you have lots of silent followers. I especially like your writing site reviews: very helpful!
    Hope you have great day!

    • March 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Glori! I’ve been a bit frustrated with traffic (obviously). I never really intended to make money from this blog, my interest was in drawing in people and helping them succeed and navigate the tricky waters of online writing. I generally do not have much time for guest blogging as I have a group of private clients and frankly, I have troubles with working across different platforms due to vision problems. I appreciate you sending me those sites, I will look into them.

  3. March 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I think you’re doing quite well myself. According to my toolbar, you have a PR2 which is nothing to sneeze at. I agree that you can’t go by the number of subscribers. Keep on keeping on, I’m listening!

    • March 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

      I think I was having a bad day. The chances of me really abandoning this after so much work is probably not very high LOL. But it’s still a bit frustrating. This morning I got up to almost 50 comments and only two of them were “real” :)

  4. March 10, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Doreen, don’t be discouraged. I have read your articles many times, and you write very topical, excellent material! I don’t think the stats reveal what is really happening. I don’t blog every day either, remember it’s quality, not quantity–and the material you are writing is excellent source material! I would suggest you even consider assembling it into an eBook!
    You have had THOUSANDS of spam responses because spammers always try to attach themselves to excellent sites!
    I think May is right, I don’t think Feedburner shows everything either.
    You shall do just fine! ~R

    • March 10, 2012 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for the vote of confidence! I have considered an ebook (more than once) but I waffle between using existing content and something brand spanking new. I don’t seem to run out of words, just motivation LOL

  5. March 10, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I don’t think the number of subscribers, by itself, says much about the popularity of a blog. There are many ways that people may read a blog regularly besides subscribing through Feedburner. They may bookmark the front page (which will show up in stats programs as “no referrer.”) They may type the name of the blog into Google. If you have a URL that’s easy to remember, they may type that directly into their browser. They can subscribe to the RSS feed through Blogger or through Google Reader, among many other ways, and I’m not sure whether all of those would show up in the Feedburner stats. (One way to see how many people you have reading the blog via Google Reader is to do a search for your own blog from within the Reader, as if you were going to add it.)

    I don’t blog every day (who has the time?) and I don’t think it’s necessary, unless you really enjoy it.

    Oh, another thing about Feedburner is that (I think) it doesn’t actually show all of your subscribers, but only those who accessed your feed in the last day or so. It’s very confusing, actually, and I almost never look at the Feedburner stats myself.

    • March 10, 2012 at 5:30 am

      Thanks May just a bad week I guess :) I’ve had THOUSANDS of spam responses LOL