In February I reported that my site had had 500,000 hits since I started it. Well I’m pleased to report that it’s had another 100,000 hits since then in only 3 months. That’s 33,000 hits per month! It’s definitely growing. Also when I recently checked my blog’s Page Rank I noticed that it had gone up from a 3 to a 4.
The growth may have been natural, although I expect that using Twitter has helped. Also I started using Feedburner and put the RSS feeds in more prominent position on my blog.
Often business and success coaches say what you measure grows and I know that this is true of things like money so it’s interesting to watch my web traffic stats and see them grow (due to me taking action and implementing things that make them grow).
Page Rank Drop
One major bummer is that I just checked my page rank again and the blog is 2 (down from 4) and the main site is 0 (down from 3) !!! So I believe that I’ve finally been penalized for selling links to gambling sites. My friend Juuso at GameProducer.net warned me that this was a possibility but the money was too good to refuse and way better than the peanuts I get from Adsense. I’ve made nearly $2000 from selling links this year so far (and good money in previous years) – it was easy money because the advertisers approached me and adding a link to the site only takes a few minutes. I never knew it was frowned upon by Google until Juuso told me. Perhaps I “manifested” the drop just by knowing about it
Anyway, I guess that means that I probably won’t get many more requests for ads whilst my Page Rank remains low. Maybe when the ads expire it will pick up again. I think you can request a reassessment from Google so I could try that in a year. I’m not too bothered by this issue right now because my site is still linked to by lots of others and it still shows up well on Google, plus I have lots of loyal visitors who I’m sure will keep on recommending my site. I think the Page Rank is mainly just a number that other advertisers use to check your viability for placing ads.
However, if any of you have advice about this issues, please comment. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!