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ChinaBlog.cc: My First Six Months of Blogging

Jul 6, 2009

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Six month ago, on Jan 7th, ChinaBlog.cc came online. I’d like to make a review here and share some thought about my experience of authoring this blog.

1. Posts: I posted 61 posts and 9 pages in these six months as of 07/04/2009. They received 52 comments in total.

2. Visitors and pageviews: In June, Chinablog.cc had 986 visitors and 1686 pageviews. According to a technorati survey, I have median level visitors, but less than median level PVs.

Here are unique visitors and pageview stats of 6 months from google analytics.

3. Subcriptions: As of 07/02/2009, I have 15 subscribers as shown by feedburner.com.

4. Traffic source: 54.5% visitors are from search engine (90% of these are from Google; thanks, google!); 32.7% are from referral sites (30% of them are from google images search; problogger and facebook are also top referrals); rest are direct traffic.

5. Traffic ranking:

Google Pagerank: 2.

Current (July 4th, 2009) Alexa ranking: 859,367. It had reached 3xx,000 with cs-weekly.com domain. This number is not accurate, because I have alexa plugin myself, which generates lots of traffic to alexa stats. I guess any rank below 300,000 makes no sense.

My goals: 300,000 -> 150,000 -> 90,000 -> 25,000 -> 10, 000 (last two are hard to reach). Some example sites: chinasmack.com is now stable at 40k; yeinjee.com now at 50k; chinapage.com at 90k.

6. Post popularity:
Most viewed posts:

Most commented posts:

7. Map: This is the geolocation map of all visitors around this small planet. Briefly, Singapore is the city of Chinablog.cc readers; and United States has most readers among countries.

8. Domain name: When I started this blog, it was originally easternstory.com; I switched to cs-weekly.com on Jan 15; later, when google page rank reach 2 in may, I switched to current chinablog.cc. I think I will stick to this one.

9. WordPress theme: I used three themes so far: Corporate by oripearl -> iNove by mg12 -> Arthemia by colorlabsproject

I’ve learned a lot about HTML/PHP/CSS during these months. It’s really enjoyable to tweak themes to fit your need.

10. Promotion: I tried a few ways to promote my blog. Such as commenting on other blogs, such as problogger.net, blog carnival, facebook, twitter, ads, etc. But it seems I don’t have enough time for marketing. So I decide to focus on posting.

Summary: That’s pretty much for the first 6 months. I did not achieve amazing traffic or readership, but at least I have successfully posted continuously for 6 months and haven’t abandoned this blog. That’s pretty good!

Wish I can keep posting on and on. See you after another 6 months~

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  1. July 6th, 2009 at 23:33 | #1

    Congrats on your first six months!

    I don’t think mine were as good. Just keep on blogging and it will pay off. Don’t worry too much about marketing… great articles always attract people.

    We are using the same theme I noticed 😉

  2. July 8th, 2009 at 18:27 | #2

    @Zhu Thank you for your encouragement. Wish my blog could be as popular as yours one day.

    And interesting that we’re using the same arthemia theme. A Chinese saying for this: Heroes share similar opinions (or Great minds think alike 😀 )

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