July Goal Review

We had a good July (knock on wood) and have seen some improvements on performance on a few of the satellite sites that hadn’t been performing as well as we had hoped in the past. In fact, we have reached the stage where the decision has been made that come next January, Nate will also come on full time if we continue our current growth. I’m really excited about that since I think we can do some pretty great things and add a lot of tools to the sites.

Double membership to 11,500

Sign-ups for the main site did well this month with an average of about 20 new members a day. That brought the number from 8,500 last month to over 9,100 this month. It’s a little deceiving, however, since all those aren’t real members. We’ve also been getting an increase of spam and those members get banned or deleted. Still, we’re moving it the correct direction and hope to continue to increase the membership in August at the same pace or better.

Increase sat sites to 50

We’ve fallen behind on adding new satellite sites. Besides the three new blogs I mentioned a few days ago, we haven’t added any. That doesn’t mean that we have been lazy – a few of the sites have had some major upgrades and content added. We have all the domains we need to make it happen, I just need to make the time to create the content and get them up. I haven’t given up on meeting this goal, but it will be a busy last quarter if we are to succeed.

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, changed to 7,500 in March)

I’ve given up on Technorati. It’s been nearly three months this time since the blog has been last updated and all the emails continued to be ignored. It just isn’t worth the time any longer to try and get it straightened out.

Have at least 200 feed readers

Feed readers are basically the same as they were last month. While they stayed the same, I saw the readers for the Feedblitz email notices grow about 40 to nearly 100. I have no idea why the email readers would increase fairly dramatically and the rss readers would stay the same. Something to ponder…

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5 Responses to July Goal Review

  1. Retireyoung says:

    It is great to hear everything is pushing forward. Attending some conferences should help a lot. In some ways it is difficult to get this information in Japan.

    I was hoping to make it to Webmasterworld conference in November, but I am not sure it I will be able to make it now.

    I am also planning on going full-time from next January. It is just a matter of getting some good infrastructure set up now and taking it from there.

    All the best for the rest of the year!

  2. Jane Dough says:

    Looks like you continue to make good progress. I think the aggregators may be causing some folks to abandon RSS readers. Not 100% sure, but that is my suspicion.

  3. Ian says:

    I’m a new feedblitz subscriber – I like the email that tells me there is a new post, it’s much better than trying to remember to check any certain blog to see if it has been updated. In addition, I like the idea of not having to install a reader.

  4. I treid to be a new RSS subscriber but it didn’t work, thats why I went with the feedblitz…

  5. Frugal Momma says:

    Sounds like you are moving along. :)

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