A quarter of 2006 is now gone and it’s time again to take a look at the goals I had and how I have been progressing toward them, but before we get into that, April was the big decision day. At the end of last year Nate and I made the decision to have me work on the websites full time taking in all the money we earned instead of splitting it. We decided to review that arrangement at the beginning of April and decide whether to continue it or make some changes if we hadn’t progressed enough. After talking for awhile we decided that we are on the correct path and I will continue to work on the sites full time for the west of this year when we will once again review the situation. I feel good that we are making progress in our goal to have us both work on the sites full time, but also realize we have a ways to go and still a lot of work in front of us.
Increase unique visitors to the main site to 5,000 a day
This one looks like it’s going to be a hard one to achieve unless something dramatic happens. I haven’t given up completely on it, but numbers over the last month to the main site have been flat and we’ll have to come up with something in a hurry if we’re going to reach 5000 on a daily basis. On the other hand, visits to the Real People, Real Finances area has increased quite a bit. It will be very interesting to see how things develop – if we continue to get new people writing and the growth curve continues as it currently is, they may very well become bigger than the main portion of the site over time.
Double membership to 11,500
As mentioned in the previous months, this one is going to be a tough one to accomplish due to clearing out all the emails that were bouncing at the beginning of the year. We’ll probably clear out emails again this month which will erase a couple of hundred from our list. Sign-ups continue at about 10 a day.
Increase sat sites to 50
I managed to get two new satellite sites up and running. Nate and I also made out a plan fro a whole series of sites and purchased about 10 new domains – it will be interesting to see if we have any sense of where the Internet will be in a couple of years or not – if we are correct, we’ll have some good domains and if we aren’t, we won’t 😉 .
For this little journal, I would like:
Get it into the top 15,000 of all blogs as ranked by technorati (changed to 10,000 in February)
At the beginning of January I had just squeezed into the top 50,000 so I originally made the top 15,000 my goal. By the end of January I had reached 14, 798 according to Technorati’s ratings. At that point I readjusted my goal to the top 10,000. I crossed that barrier this month, but I know that the going gets a lot tougher now. We’ll shoot for 7,500 as the new goal – since I have far exceeded where I thought I’d be, I won’t be spending much (if any) time on this and let it work by itself:
March 31, 2006 – 9,826 (418 links from 153 sites)
February 28, 2006 – 11,920 (306 links from 128 sites)
January 31, 2006 – 14,798 (294 links from 106 sites)
Have at least 200 feed readers
Last month I broke the 100 reader level, but march was really slow going for people signing up. Feed readers are now fluctuating between 125 and 145. It looks like I’m still in a pretty good position to meet the goal of 200 by the end of the year and may have to raise it here in a few months
Overall another decent month toward the goals. There is always more to do, but i only have 24 hours in a day so I will have to work a bit more on my organizational skills.