I hope you are having a great weekend. I figured a quick pulse check is in order. You folks are this site, as much as I am, and I know you like to be well informed, so, I hope you find this post enjoyable.
TheInfoPreneur Week In Review
To say this was a typical week for you InfoPreneurs would be….ummm…similar to the Head of BP proclaiming right now “Everything is under control”. Monday started with James letting all of you know that he was going to be unable to continue manning this site, and bidding all of you farewell. I have still been in communication with James this week (and will be into the future – I care about him also), and I want you to know…he has been checking in, and I think it probably brings him happiness seeing how so many of you are rallying to help support me with the site. He greatly appreciates all the kind words that were said.
Along with that, 3 of my kids are now off school for the summer and were home starting Monday. Talk about wrangling things…between keeping up with this site and chasing them….whooo-weee. My head was spinning.
The TIP Team has been fantastic. However, Mars Dorian, unfortunately, did decide to step away from the team, and we wish him nothing but the best of luck. He’s a good guy with great branding tips. I have found a replacement and will bring you up to speed on that soon, as well as some other TIP Team developments in the works for you. Don’t worry…all good stuff. Bottom line, I’ve been in communications with the Team, our plan is starting to come together, and I hope to help equip them better over the next week with some tools and a video.
Hosting: I know I’m getting a little crazy here, but I really don’t like the BlueHost hosting I have right now. I love the upgrades I get for free in my Hostgator account (cpanel is much better and the fantastico wordpress installs are much easier), and am moving the forum, this site, and the Motivated as Hell workbook site all over to my other account. This is happening on Monday at 10:00 AM EST. Hopefully all will go smoothly, but along with that, I’ll be pointing my domains to the new server soon, and needing to create new email accounts at the new host.
So, if you see the site down for a bit, hopefully, I’ll get it back on line ASAP. But, I figure now is as good of a time as any to get the changes done with.
- I’ve managed to get through some of the pages and get some of the stuff changed over.
- Getting a good feel for the TheInfoPreneur Forum, and how to administer it, etc.
- Getting the hang of the routine James administered daily (man, that guy is a mad man!) But it’s all good stuff. Now that I’m starting to get a rhythm to everything, I’m making progress on stuff.
- Alexa coming back up (more on that below)
- Getting more comfortable with the Thesis theme. I’m a big Flexsqueeze lover myself. I don’t think I want to change from Thesis. I know many folks use it, but it’s dashboard is a lot more difficult to use out of the box that Flexsqueeze. Plus, I like the squeeze page capabilities for us non-HTML’ers of Flex. Maybe Thesis will grow on me.
Next I have a Video for you. I know we had a large spike on 5/31 and 6/1 just due to the announcement James made, etc. For the previous 6 weeks or so, as James was posting less and less, there was less content coming onto the site each day- it was primarily the TIP Team holding down the fort (that led to fewer Retweets, fewer Google searches, etc), and the traffic began to dip. I am so happy to see how many of you are coming back here over the past 3 days and just continuing to learn about becoming the best InfoPreneurs we can be.
What would you think taking over someone’s site. Man, they are irreplaceable. The site may flop and everybody will quit coming. Yes, I expected and see a bit of a dip since the Monday post that received 100 comments. But, guess what??? We’re not too far off that traffic level.
THAT, is a thanks to you, the readers of this site who are contributing. We are rapidly approaching 12,000 comments on this site. I expect we may hit that by the end of next week.
You guys have been awesome. Thank you to everyone for all the comments, the appreciative words about the videos, and your desire to continue to follow your passions to fruition.
One BIG Side Note:
Probably THE biggest area for improvement I see on the site so far…Keyword topic post titles. Now, please do not think I’m saying write your posts and topics solely for SEO. I completely do not agree with doing that. I do believe we need to be focused on the readers. However, when I look at what many of the search terms are that Google sends traffic to this site for…you would be amazed.
You can make small changes, and get the best of both worlds…SEO and “Reader-ability”.
Try this. Instead of your post title being “Are Your Christmas Cookies Coated with Oil?” and suppose the topic you want to tie in is about “how sometimes your sweet blog posts are attacked by ignorant commenters”…or something like that. Who knows.
Maybe Change it to: “Blog Commenting : Your Christmas Cookies Coated with Oil”
What you will get is a bump in SEO for the keyword “blog commenting”, plus entice your readers further.
Watch the 2nd video below to see why this is important.
PS. Please let me know what you think so far about how I’ve been doing. Like it, don’t like it. What do you feel I can improve on? I can take it. I would really like your feedback. Please leave a comment below. Thanks!
Without further delay:
Video of Traffic Stats Update
Video about Keyword Post Topics
InfoPreneurs, again, I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of you for making these past several days a success. It COMPLETELY motivates me even more that this is what I was destined to do. Between the comments, the contact forms and emails…the tweets at me…thank you to you all.