500,000 | Five Hundred Thousand Page Views for 2008 | Half a Million Page Views for 2008

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
July 25, 2008

I Almost Missed It

I was so busy working on a new project that I hadn't been spending much time looking at my stats pages. I knew it was coming. I had calculated toward the end of July that somewhere mid-way through the month of August I was going to go over the halfway goal for the year.

Officially, On August 7th, 2008 I achieved the distinction of having 500,000 Page Views for the year. Yahoo!!! Here is a brief rundown of my numbers.

Search Engine Numbers

Interesting things to look at is the amount of traffic I receive from the search engines. Currently, that number is at 76.72% of my traffic comes from all search engines. I need to go back and update some of my pages for better search engine optimization. I find it fascinating that I get those kind of numbers from the search engines especially Google, since Google smacked me for selling links on my site. How dare I try to make money on MY BLOG without the official consent of the all powerful Google.

My official Page Rank is still zero according to the toolbar. But, I am now following all their rules and I still get a ton of search engine traffic. I guess I need to apologize to the gods at Google to get reinstated into the club.

The Entrecard Effect

I like that my page views per visitor is at 2+. I think the Entrecard effect makes that number lower than it should be, but I am happy with that for now. I know that many people are doing a search on a particular topic. They go to one page, get the answer they need and leave. So, the ability to still keep that number high say's a lot about the people that are finding many pages on my site to visit, read and enjoy. Thank you! You know who you are!

I complain about the Entrecard bounce rate, it's currently at 90.5%, but I have to admit my visitor statistics wouldn't be this high without the Entrecard traffic service. Thank you Graham and Phirate from Entrecard and most importantly thank you Entrecarders that visit me each day. I truly do appreciate you taking the time to stop by. As a side note to Entrecard, my StumbleUpon bounce rate is 45.07%.

How You Can Replicate These Numbers

Now, you might be wondering what I do to get numbers like this? Can you replicate my success? Assuming that you think these numbers represent success. I can share with you what I have done up to this point to reach this goal. I definitely have worked on my SEO. You can find the simple things I have done on each page to increase my chances of being at the top of the SERPS. Check out the article, Secrets of Search Engine Optimization.

Traffic doesn't just happen. Sometimes you have to tweak and cajole more traffic to your site. Here is a popular article, Ten Things to Make Your Blog Successful that shows the points I think have worked for me up to this point.

Getting Blog Traffic is like Going Fishing.

Getting Blog traffic is like going fishing. Just because you have a fishing pole and a hook doesn't mean you are going to catch anything. You have to place bait on the hook. Then you have to wait for the fish to find you. Then you need to carefully reel the fish into your hands. If you start reeling in before the fish has "set" on the hook means you lose the fish.

Find out some things you can try to get more traffic to your site this year. These tips don't take a year to happen. They can happen for you now. You should be able to double your traffic in the next 4 months by following the tips in these articles. You might gain an advantage by getting my Blog Success Daily Routine and Checklist. A checklist to follow each day to help you become a master blogger.

A New Blog Traffic Generating Site Coming Soon

I have it on good authority that a new blog traffic generating site is launching sometime in September, that should really step up traffic to my site. I will give more details when it goes live. From what I hear, $30 a month will get you 500 to 2,000 more visitors per day.

Thanks again for all of you that have come back more than once this year. I appreciate that you have visited me often and have read more than one of my articles.

A Secret To Blogging Success You Don't Want to Hear - How Long is It Going to Take You to Strike It Rich in Blogging? That is a good question right? All these successful bloggers you are trying to imitate did not become full time successes overnight. It took some time.

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We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

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We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.

Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.

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We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.

Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.

Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

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Walking Through the Pyrenees

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