2006 Goals Review – January

The first month of the year has come to an end and it’s time to take a quick look at how I progressed toward the goals I set for this year.

Increase unique visitors to the main site to 5,000 a day

We had a large drop in the number of uniques to the site in December, but it has picked up again in January. We’re well over the half way mark here and we’ll continue plugging away at it.

Double membership to 11,500

This one is going to be a tough one to accomplish. At the beginning of the month we decided to clear out all the emails that were bouncing and that took out about 1000 members, so we’re actually at a lower membership rate than what we began with at this time. I

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6 Responses to 2006 Goals Review – January

  1. 2million says:

    I have had similiar problems with technorati. It has been very fustrating.

  2. ~Dawn says:

    I have been no where to be found on technorati myself for the last 3 months. I finally gave up. People will find me, I’m in no rush.

    The feed number sounds good- though you may have 300 people signed up for your feed, that means 80-90 read it for that day. I never quite understood how that worked- again, I just want to see it go up and not down.

  3. Caitlin says:

    I’ve seen a lot of complaints about technorati out there in the blogosphere…and for quite a while (meaning….they don’t seem to have heeded those complaints).

    As far as your feed…three things:

    1) on the main page you have feed chicklet overload…I would go with one chicklet for feed (say…your feedcount chicklet) and when someone clicks on that, they can select from several options on the resulting page — feel free to keep your other chicklets my all means…its just that the “right” one to use to subscribe to a feed isn’t immediately apparent to those new to feeds.

    2) Once you’ve got it down to a single feed chicklet, I’d move it up above the fold (between archives and other site links, for ex) and finally…

    3) make sure that subscribe chicklet is on your individual posts! right now you only have it on the main page (yes…I know there are text links in the footer, and yes I know a lot of us just use bloglines to auto-discover…but you have to make it insanely easy…many folks are still learnin what feeds are)

    …and bonus…you might consider adding a feedblitz subscription box for those folks who are more used to “email updates” … feedburner counts those as subscriptions and they’re more “old skool” friendly for those not quite digging on rss readers yet.

    best of luck!

  4. pfadvice says:

    Caitlin,

    Thank you for your suggestions. I think that the blog will get a complete make-over this month…

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