2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided




Solo-Build-It (SBI) Website Traffic




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Thinking about adding another sbi site and have a question about traffic


Thinking about adding another sbi site and have a question about traffic

 #1386257  by Sarah from sarahpesaventogolf.com 
 12 Nov 2017 16:14

Hi,

I used to have another sbi site on golf and had about 500 visitors per day. This was before the google penguin and panda updates. I got all this traffic from the search engines and was just adding content regularly. When google changed things around, about 6 years ago, my traffic started dipping and I ended up cancelling my other golf websites and now only have the site for my golf lesson business. 

It seemed that other ways to build traffic either costed $ or took too much time. Now I've discovered instagram and it seems that with the #'s you can get a lot of views and potentially traffic to a website. This made me think maybe I should create another golf site to sell ebooks on like I used to. 

Basically, my main question is can I get 500 to 10,000 visitors per day to a new site? It would be focused on golf and I've sold a lot of golf ebooks that I wrote 5-10 years ago. Would instagram help get traffic to my website? Are there any other ways to get traffic that really work well? I don't want to spend the time to do a new site if it's going to be a ton of work to get a little traffic. Before the google penguin and panda updates I was getting a lot of traffic (500 visitors a day) relatively easily by just adding good content. I was able to monetize this by selling ebooks and using google adsense and was making $500-1000 per month.

Thanks,
Sarah Pesavento


I would think 500 visits a day on a site less then 3 years old would be difficult for most any site these days, because you need a LOT of pages to gain traction these days and it takes a year or more to write up that many pages and only sites a decade old ever seem to get 10,000 visits a day.

I would think 500 visits a day on a site less then 3 years old would be difficult for most any site these days, because you need a LOT of pages to gain traction these days and it takes a year or more to write up that many pages and only sites a decade old ever seem to get 10,000 visits a day.

Since 2013, most my SBI site has ever gotten was 77,000 views in one month, but that was a fluke, back in February that had been caused by some tweet Trump said, so everybody who had a page on that particular topic suddenly got lots of traffic. I couldn't understand it at all, because that page normally got a few visits a month (as in maybe 10) then it suddenly got 77k all at once. And then didn't get any more traffic again, went back to normal. It was about 2 months later I found out about the Trump tweet and I was ooooooh, now I get it.

Most months my SBI site gets around 14k views (on slow months it dips down to 7k) which is about 400 visits a day (200 on the low months). But it has 1,627 pages (as of today) and each page gets only 1 or 2 views a day with many pages getting no views for weeks to a time. Right now my goal is to get to to 25k every month (done it a few times but it's very hard to do) and then once I'm getting 25k consistently, my next goal is to reach 50k a month. I'm thinking I should be able to get to 50k a month (about 1,500 a day) by the end of 2018 (for it's 5th anniversary) ... hopefully.

But here's the thing... I get between 50 to 60 views a day from Google and 20 to 30 views a day from Bing. Search engine traffic is sending me fewer then 100 views a day!

Most of my views come from YouTube (link to my site in description of each of my daily vlogs), Twitter (I've been on Twitter since 2008 and have 10k+ followers, most of whom are readers of my books), FaceBook (I run 17 groups and pages, mostly for short story authors and fantasy novelists, plus also fanpages for my novels), Tumblr (a writer's/authors blog), BlogSpot (another blog), and Reddit (I run 8 subreddits/forums that I built there). I also get traffic from my LinkedIn, LiveJournal, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+ but not that much, maybe only 10 a day from each.

Plus I'm on several forums for authors and gamers and my SBI is in the sig of each of my forum accounts, and every time I post in one of the forums (about a dozen different ones) I'll get about 20 or 40 views that day and a few more each day for the rest of that week. I try to make at least one new post on each forum each week.

If I wasn't daily making 1 to 5 new pages on my SBI site, then daily posting them on each of my social network accounts, and daily writing posts for my blogs and subReddits, all that in between daily working on my next novel, I wouldn't have the traffic I've got.

Search engines only send my about 1/5th of my total daily traffic. The rest is all from me being very, very, very, very active on social media.

Days I'm sick and can't post, I get almost no traffic.

My fans love my work, but they don't just randomly head to my site looking for it. They wait for me to post on a social network and tell them: "Here's today's new page about....Enjoy!" They come if I post the link out there. My notification squad fam is loyal, but they wait for me to tell them there is something new for them to come read.

So, yeah, 500 visits a day, is doable, but it REALLY takes a LOT of work. I'm putting about 6 hours a day into writing new content, making new pin pictures, posting on social media... and not just posting links... but actually talking with my readers and answering their questions and stuff as well. 

Then I'm putting in 8 hours a day writing and editing my novels, which I in turn publish on Amazon and link to my SBI site and sell off my site.

So, yeah, I know you can get 500 a day, without search engines, just relying on social media, because I'm doing it but, I'm also doing it as a full time career/business/job with long full time hours to do it. And doing it with a LOT of social media accounts all over the place, not just one. For me instagram only accounts for 1 or 2 visits a day, so if I relied just on instagram I wouldn't get much traffic. But that could be because of my niche.

All you can do is try it and see what results you get because every site, every niche is going to be different.


Re: Thinking about adding another sbi site and have a question about traffic

 #1386265  by Joseph from resumes-cover-letters-jobs.com 
 12 Nov 2017 20:12

Hi,

Joseph from resumes-cover-letters-jobs.com wrote:I pity the webmasters who are not with SBI as their traffic must be null and void.


Yep. I still have a few non-SBI sites that I haven't shut down yet. Traffic plummeted on them. Most are lucky if they get 100 views a month. Horrible. SBI is definitely better.

The HTTPS Change Over - Traffic Stats 1 Month Update


Ideas on How to Recover After the HTTPS Transition

 #1387315  by Jill from sftourismtips.com 
 28 Nov 2017 12:47

There have been a lot of posts lately on how to recover after you transition from HTTP to HTTPS, so I wanted to start a post to gather some ideas for those that have transitioned and lost some traffic.

After my transition, here are a few things I did to get my pages reindexed and moving toward the top of the SEs again.

New Pages: Each week, I’m adding pages to show activity on the site, but also continue to build out my business. Google likes to see fresh content and it’s always good to bulk up your site with new and fresh ideas.

Old Pages: I also spent some time updating older page. I have more to do, but I looked at some of the pages with the best numbers that don’t rank well. I updated those to improve the overall user experience.

Social Media: I also continue to be active on social media. I’m posting my newly created pages as well as older pages on Facebook. I edited my most recent Pinterest post with the new HTTPS links to start to drive traffic to them directly.

Email Marketing: I’m currently sending out weekly emails to my subscribers. This will drive in more traffic and show interest in my pages outside of the SEs.

These are just a few quick options to get the ideas flowing. What have you done after your transition to get reindexed? 

Jill



Re: Ideas on How to Recover After the HTTPS Transition

 #1387327  by Jacki from drought-smart-plants.com 
 28 Nov 2017 15:07

I submitted my two biggest sites to blogarama.com and ping-o-matic.com - although I'm a little gunshy after getting pecked by the Penguin. I also 'fetched and rendered' by Google bot (in Webmaster Search Console) in both desktop and mobile. If that still doesn't get things going I'll start submitting urls page by page. It looks like everything http that was indexed is now indexed as https, so it's just a matter of time. I also ran a broken link checker.


  • Oct 19: switched to https
  • Oct 19: got/added new Google code
  • Oct 19: created new Google Search Consol profile for the https url
  • Oct 19: made new custom .xml/rss feed for the https version of my site (using Xml It in my SBI dashboard
  • Oct 19: submitted the new .xml/rss feed to Google
  • Oct 19: submitted the new .xml/rss feed to Bing (creating new profile not required)
  • Oct 21: 400+ https pages reported indexed by Google
  • Oct 21: 700+ https pages reported indexed by Bing


The one I highlighted, I highlighted, because I think it is the step I did, that caused me to have an increase in traffic, instead of a decrease in traffic the way many others are reporting seeing. I also think that step is the reason Google and Bing had my https pages indexed in less than 48 hours after the https change over.

Stats as of today November 28:

  • Clicks from search: up 38%
  • Appeared in search: up 95%
  • Pages crawled: up 98%
  • Crawl errors: up 57% (that's bad)
  • Pages indexed: down 4% 


(those %s are according to the chart on my analytics dashboard, from the chart that shows changes for the last 30 days, with date set to show from Oct 1 to Nov 25)

  • Nov 28: my site has 1,663 pages
  • Nov 28: 1,160 http pages indexed by Bing (was 1,217 before the change to https)
  • Nov 28: 818 http pages indexed by Google (was 845 before the change to https)

So, most of the pages are already indexed, and the few remaining should be soon, as a few more seem to be added each day.

I've not made any change in creating and updating pages. I'm still publishing 1 to 5 new pages a day, updated 1 to 3 as well.

My social network linking has not changed. I just share my new and/or updated pages on Twitter/FaceBook/Tumblr/Google+/Pinterest/Reddit(my user profile)/LinkedIn. (So 1 to 8 pages get shared per day, each page on each social media). So there has been no increase in social networking, it's just the same as usual.

Google and Bing, though they show an increase in both clicks and appearance in search results, both continue to each make up about 12% of my traffic, with the bulk of my traffic (about 70%) coming from my "notification squad" (the people who follow me on social media and arrive to check out my new pages daily, as soon as I send out the links on social media).

So, even though there is an increase in SE traffic, social media traffic is still my primary traffic source. 

If you haven't done so already, I highly recommend you go to Xml It in your dashboard and create a new custom rss feed for your site, and submit it to Google Search Console and Bing. Cause I think that's why my https pages got indexed so fast and why my SE traffic increased instead of decreased. It's the only thing I did different from my normal every day stuff, so it's the only reason I can think of to explain the results I got.

Hope that helps.

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*This answer was to a fellow site builder using SBI hosting service. BrainstormIt is an SEO keyword search software program that comes with the service. If you were unaware of it, I use SBI to host EelKat.com.

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