Track Your Website and Blog Stats: What You Can Learn
NAIWE: The professional association with a career-building difference.
by Janice Campbell
“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect.
There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.
So what. Get started now.
With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
-Mark Victor Hansen
I just checked the website stats for the first week in July (2009), and member Noelle Barrick's blog post, Adventures in Freelance Teaching, or How to Use Cuss Words to Your Advantage is the top post among the linked NAIWE blogs.
The second highest post in traffic is a NAIWE NewsWire announcement of the Poem-a-Day Challenge, and the third highest is my post on "What do you value most about the freedom to work independently?" Together, these posts have brought hundreds of eyes to the NAIWE site in the past seven days.
The numbers are interesting all by themselves, but why should you care? You should care because traffic means eyeballs. Noelle's post has attracted 186 sets of eyeballs to her site in the past week. From the blog post, they get an idea of her writing style, and they can click right over to look at her professional profile. Noelle's chances of being contacted to quote on a job increase every time someone visits her site. Every single time.
By taking the time to write an interesting and creative post, Noelle has accomplished far more than she'd ever achieve by a boring and static "brochure about me" post. Her post will be there for as long as she's a member, and it will continue to draw visitors. Those who enjoy it enough to bookmark it and return will help to build her traffic, and when they need a copywriter, who do you think they'll think of?
The best part about traffic-attracting posts like the three mentioned above is that ultimately, they bring visitors to all of us. A reader may first stop at Noelle's post and profile, but from there, they can click on the NAIWE logo to visit the home page and the rest of the site, and perhaps browse through the searchable database to visit your profile and read your blog. The site is designed with search engine optimization (SEO) in mind, so that each and every post is quickly indexed in the search engines, and can begin bringing in traffic within hours (occasionally even minutes).
Is your NAIWE site ready? Are you making the most of your biggest NAIWE benefit? Or will visitors to your site find the original welcome text, designed to help you make your first posts (these are designed to be replaced by your own text). If you joined NAIWE just to have an association membership to enhance your professional credibility, having an empty site may be fine. However, if you're hoping to build your professional reputation or attract new clients, you need to have something on the site to introduce yourself and your books or services. It doesn't take long-- just log in to your blog today, and get started!*