What Drives Traffic to My Blog?

I love stats. I’ve said this many times before, and it’s a reason I post monthly reviews of my blog stats. It’s interesting. This year has been big for traffic on my blog so far. With almost four months finished, I’ve been able to come to some conclusions about blogging and generating content that’s interesting for readers. Here are my brief thoughts.

The most obvious thing I’ve noticed are that February and April have been my slowest months this year. Why aren’t they getting as much traffic? What do they have in common? In February, I did a blog tour involving author interviews. This month, I’m doing the A to Z Challenge showing my own writing. Past experience has taught me that interviews perform poorly in terms of views. Also, showing my own fiction tends to not be that popular. I think that’s quite normal and I expected that.

There are things that people want to see, and interviews, flash fiction, and book reviews are not what generate a lot of traffic. Sure, people are interested in that kind of thing, but a lot of people are more interested in informational posts that provide advice and posts that invite discussion. My most popular posts tend to be about the writing process itself. But there are also hot topics, especially things that are trendy. My most popular post continues to be the analysis of my personality. I get a lot of INTJ people coming here.

What gets traffic are topics people search about. People want to know things. That’s where SEO comes in. I won’t go into it, though. I frankly don’t care about it, because I just want to write about what I like. And you know what? Even though my A to Z Challenge posts don’t generate a lot of traffic, I’m having a lot of fun with it. And that’s what matters. What I do get with it are the return readers who never fail to comment on them. My fans? Haha.

One final thing that I find drives traffic to my blog has nothing to do with what I post. It has to do with commenting. I notice that when I reply to comments promptly, I get more views. Not only that, when I comment more often on other blogs, I get more new readers and a higher number of views. In conclusion, interaction with other bloggers is probably one of the biggest ways to get readers. Support them and they’ll support you. It’s really simple.

What do you think?

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The Surveyor

Here we are with the letter S in the A to Z Challenge. This time, a little bit of a trip away from the main colony. And not everyone is happy. And not all is going well with the colony. Something isn’t right. Find out what it is in this installment.

The Surveyor

Ariadne

New Brasilia site

Seventeenth day, twelfth month, third year after colonisation, Ariadne Era (12/17/03 AE)

Hoots and whistles filled the rainforest with a cacophony of sounds as the group of twelve men and women stood around the VTOL aircraft in a small clearing. James Kipchumba shifted his weight from foot to foot while he waited for the team leader to give them instructions. Frank Garner stepped up onto the VTOL stairs and raised his hand to quiet the group.

“Your task here is pretty simple,” said Frank. “We’re going to fan out around a kilometre square area and measure the topography. You have your assigned areas with your partner. There will be six groups. Make sure you coordinate your figures with the data block in the plane. If you run into any wild animals, remember your training. I’ve heard there’s a giant herbivore around here, but it’s rather gentle. But it’s better to be safe. You know what to do.”

Frank stepped down and James turned to his partner, Felicia Gomez. “Well, we have the waterfront,” said James. “Want to check out the beach?”

“Probably more like a swamp there,” said Felicia.

“You’re probably right.”

They ambled through the trees to the west. James found it impossible to see the tops of the tallest trees. The canopy blocked the view of the sky. The darkness didn’t cool the air. It was humid. But as they approached the shore of the great inland sea, a light breeze helped change the atmosphere. It no longer felt like a sauna.

“James,” said Felicia. “Do you ever wonder what happened to the second ship?”

“Why are you asking me now?” he answered.

“Well, it was supposed to arrive by now. It’s kind of strange that we’re doing this after it was supposed to have landed.”

“I guess so. From what I heard, they were going to be delayed, so I think that’s why.”

“My sister is on that ship. I talked to her before we left, and she heard nothing about any delay.” Felicia looked out to the sea which was now coming into view through the mangrove-like swamp. “I don’t think they’re telling us everything.”

“Maybe not, but moping around about it isn’t going to help us get our job done faster. Let’s just get this done and worry about that later, okay?” said James. He put his hand on Felicia’s shoulder. “Look, I’m sorry you haven’t been able to see your sister in so long. I have friends on the other ship, too. But I keep saying to myself that I will see them again. It may not be this year, it may not be next year, but they will come.” He looked Felicia in the eyes. “You’ll see your sister again.”

“Thanks, James.” She sighed. “I wish I could be as optimistic as you.”