Over 470,000 Page Views in 2007

Part of the Kenno's Blog series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
December 26, 2007
The year in review. I have to say that 2007 has to be considered a successful year for the You Can Learn Series website. Page Views were through the roof as measured by Google AdSense. I had nearly half a million page views this year. That totally blows me away.

I am drawing my numbers from Google AdSense because I didn't sign up for Analytics until late in the year. Historically, my numbers drop in November and December. I guess everyone is out shopping and they don't have time to visit? No, actually it is because of the different categories on my website.

If this is the first time you have visited my site you may not realize that I have 9 different sections to my website. I write on Blogging, health, C Sharp programming, SQL, Landscaping, Travel, Internet Business, and I write on Weightlifting. I don't exactly know how it became so many different subjects, but for now it works for me. And because of all the asssorted categories I get greater traffic for the entire website.

Over 1200 Page Views Per Day

In 2007 that traffic exceeded 470,000 page views. On average every month I was getting more than 38,000 page impressions. That is over 1200 page views per day. THe average advertiser on my site could expect their ad to be viewed 53 times every hour. That is like one view every single minute. Wow! To me that is very exciting.

Which category produced the most views?

Which category produced the most views? It was (music here, ta dahhhh) the Landscaping section. My biggest 3 months were April, May and June with the highest traffic coming in May with 45,813 pages viewed. That is no surprise to me. Gardeners begin to think about adding new plants in the spring time in the United States. People are visiting my site to find out about plants they want to add to their garden.

I think gardeners love my site because it loads fast. There isn't a lot of noise along the left and right navigation bars. The articles just give the facts people want to know. I have photos of the plants that people are interested in viewing and adding to their own gardens.

Alexa Numbers at 45,969 in the United States

My Alexa numbers are strong for 2007. I averaged in the range of 180,000 to 225,000 through out the year. I personally don't take much stock in the Alexa traffic counters, but there they are for those that find that number important or relevant. According to Alexa half of my traffic comes from the United States. My Alexa rank for the United States as of this date, is 45,969. I think that is pretty good in the world of Alexa Rankings.

One of my best Alexa numbers is the average load time speed. It is listed at 1.6 seconds. Alexa considers that as FAST. And you know what? I consider it an excellent speed for my visitors.

Strong On Page Optimization

Many will be directed to my site because of strong on page optimization. The search engines love to crawl my pages and then share them with searchers around the world. I love going to Google and finding out that my top 20 search terms are found on page 1 of the SERPs.

I did get penalized this fall from Google. The penalty didn't affect my traffic at all but it did affect my on tool bar Page Rank. I have corrected all the issues with the penalties. I think. Since Google doesn't tell you anything you can only guess and hope you guessed correctly. I think I was penalized for selling text link ads and not having rel=nofollow in the anchor tag. I have bowed to Google and added that to all my paid text link ads. So, I expect to have the toolbar show PR again after the next PR toolbar update.

Other High Performing Pages

The next two sections of my website that have performed well are the CSharp and weightlifting categories. I haven't written an article on CSharp in well over a year, but my articles that I have on the site are basics that new programmers go to on a regular basis. I actually get a lot of traffic from India on my programming pages.

Injury Hampered my Enthusiasm for Weightlifting

I injured myself while I was weightlifting last spring. I hurt my elbow. Because of that I haven't finished up my series on different lifting routines. I hope to get back into the gym in 2008 and give my readers more articles to help them buff up their bodies.

Each of those categories, weightlifting and CSharp, brought in over 90,000 page views each. The blogging and travel sections were brand new in 2007 so I still need to bump up the SEO on those pages. I am not surprised with the numbers and fully expect to extend them in 2008.

2007 Was a Successful Year

Overall, I consider the 2007 campaign successful and I am shooting to double those figures for 2008. I think over a million page views is a realistic number to shoot for in the new year. Some categories that should be an easy number to reach, others I will have to really stretch. But, it is all very possible and I am thrilled to have the opportunity.

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