Late last night I realized that my Demolition Forum has been running vBSEO for a little over a year now. So I wanted to put some quick numbers together and let you know how itâ€™s gone for the past year.
I installed vBSEO on May 18th of 2007, since then obviously have had some growth over that period, in members, post and revenue. Here are some numbers and stats.
Page rank increased for a pr2 to a pr4, although I donâ€™t put much stock in page rank, thatâ€™s just my opinion. But I figured people might ask.
From May 18th 2007 to May 18th 2008 the monthly averages, using Google Analytics are listed below. The numbers in parentheses are the increases from the year prior to installing vBSEO:
2,346 Visitors per month (+ 21%)
26,669 Page Views per month (+50%)
Traffic Wise for the year, almost 13.5% of our traffic came from Google and 10.73% came from Yahoo.
Can I say vBSEO had an impact? I donâ€™t know for sure. Itâ€™s really hard to say.
Let me know what else you would like to know or see.
I have been working on so many projects lately, I am not sure where one ends and the other one begins. I had some of this post in my unpublished file in WordPress and was going to finish this post about a week ago, but you guessed it, I got busy.
I used to use my MS Outlook calendar and it just got to be too cumbersome and a lot of stuff I would just dismiss or snooze for a week or sometimes longer. Most of the time some of those things would never get done.
Ever since I got back from Affiliate Summit West in February I having been writing almost everything down on a white board and add-to or use it almost everyday. Using the white board, to me is so much more effective and it’s staring me right in my face and I can’t help but at least do something on the list.
If you’re looking for some great tips, Ian Fernando has a great post about how he uses his white and bulletin boards. Check it out.
So what do you use to keep track of things to do?
I had to call on a potential new advertising partner for one of my forums yesterday. I have never spoken to before, although I have talked to some of his co-workers before, but never to him personally.
So hear are a couple of tips that I have learned and use when making a cold call.
Always be positive, remember that cold calling is a powerful business strategy. First be positive with yourself. You must have some enthusiasm in your voice that the person your calling can feel it right away.
One of the things I do is to prepare a list of whom to be called and how the introduction should be done. Things may not go the way you want them to, so have always have some type of backup plan in place. Being well prepared can turn a simple cold call into real business.
Anticipate that you’ll be declined, that’s it! It’s really hard, but never ever take it personally it just may not be the right time.
Be patient and learn from your mistakes it will all work out in the end. If you’re rejected, ask them with â€œMay I call you back in 3-6 months?â€ Always leave the door open.
Oh and I did get a deal done with him and look forward to a lasting partnership.
First off, I havenâ€™t run Shopping Ads on any of my sites for awhile, due to all the problems they were having. But I thought I would look into them again since I was sitting right under the payout point the last time I looked, no need to have free money just sitting.
So I headed over to the site yesterday and noticed that their â€œLive Adâ€ wasnâ€™t showing, but I thought well I will check it out anyway. So I signed in and took a look around grab some code and placed it on one of my sites, not by surprise my ad wasnâ€™t displaying either, even gave it about 10 hours and still nothing.
I figured I would look to see what if they had posted any problems they were having, nothing. They had problems on May 3rd, who knows maybe itâ€™s just a continuation of the last outage.
Well even though itâ€™s not that much money, but itâ€™s the principle. I know people are going to say, why are you even looking into to Shopping Ads again? Well like I said, itâ€™s free money just sitting there.
Media Business is publishing a special report on the â€œ10 Great Media Web Sitesâ€. The issue will be in the June 9th edition.
They are looking for nominations in the following categories, IT, trade (non-tech), business news, new launch, relaunch, b-to-b media pure play, subscription and portal, as well as the use of multimedia/video and Web2.0/community.
You can send your nominations as well a short explanation on what makes it a great site to ebooker [at] crain.com. (of course, replace the [at] with the @ sign)
The deadline for nominations is May 15th.