I don’t mind being open about most things. I really don’t have much to hide and I’m always curious how many visits other domain blogs get. Maybe you are as well so I’ll share mine. I figure I’m probably in the top 5 as far as traffic goes in the domain blog world. Of course our world is tiny so that it’s like saying you are the fastest kid at fat camp. Here are my numbers for the last month
Average time on site: 1:32 ( a little lighter than I’d like)
Percentage New Visits: 48% (I thought this is great because new people are finding me every month)
I’m happy with my numbers. One, they are much higher than Compete gives me credit for. Two, none of this is social media traffic. It’s real, targeted traffic, that’s brought by unique, original content. I’m not saying it’s the greatest content in our sphere, but it is mine and straight from my brain and heart. I think it’s good enough traffic to attract advertisers but rightfully, I’m not considered as good a place to advertise as Morgan Linton, Elliot, DNWire, DNNews, and The Domains. Wait, I might be not be in the top 5 blogs. Heck, I might not be in the top 8. Because of my traffic numbers I recently raised my advertising rates. My grandfathered advertisers are getting a great deal (IMO) and it’s not like people are burning up my email to advertise. What I have found though, is I’m much more creative in advertising than most people. Helping companies is more than putting up a 125 X 125. More than writing some robot like post about their greatness. For instance, Big Jumbo has been good to me and I decided what better way to get their name out than to have some fun. They had fun drawing caricatures at the show and I thought we could have a little more trying to get people to guess who the domainers were. They didn’t pay me to do the contest, I did it because they advertise with me and everyone would benefit from it. I get readers to come and play, they get their name out in front, and people got a laugh out of it. Everyone wins. I think my traffic is indicative of this different approach. If it’s not, don’t tell me different. Just let me live in my fantasy world.
Where My Traffic Comes From
Google: 15.47 %
NameBee: 5.66 %
Google (referral): 4.3 %
The rest is made up from everything from Facebook, ElliotsBlog, Estibot, and DnJournal. Again, I’m happy with it. My Google traffic goes up every month and my reliance on Domaining dot com goes down. I have no problem relying on Domaining.com, it’s a symbiotic relationship. That’s where I go to get my news and at the same time my regular daily posts are an important part of what makes Domaining successful. I am noticing an ever increasing amount of lesser quality posts being put up at Domaining from certain blogs and there’s no doubt in my mind they are merely put up for traffic numbers. To me the traffic is so small to this blog and the potential traffic is so small I don’t feel the need to put up junk to get a few extra pageviews. Again, not saying mine is quality journalism, but I am usually consistent in terms of number and topics that I write about. I could certainly rise my traffic by 50% but it would mostly be fluff. I don’t have time nor do I want to constantly be pushing my stuff on Facebook or Twitter. I figure if it’s good enough then someone else will post it for me. Many of the most successful bloggers receive a ton of traffic from Google News. I haven’t applied for a couple reasons. One, you have to have more than one writer to be considered. I don’t, that hasn’t stopped others from pretending to have staff but it’s not for me. Secondly, I’m not worthy. I don’t write news, I write opinion and Google News is that, news. I have no place there.
So there you go. Per usual, you get a little data and a whole boatload of opinion. It wouldn’t be DomainShane if it were any different. And the picture to the left….it’s my heater at work. All I see all day is that thing smiling all day. Even my heater is happy.