Here I am again with my latest challenge update.
Again, I have been utilising the forum and blog commenting methods. My latest traffic stats are higher than the previous day’s, which is encouraging, but I think I need to start ramping things up a bit. Tomorrow I’m hoping to try an additional free traffic method. If it goes to plan then all will be revealed tomorrow…
Today I’ve been working a little on the behind-the-scenes aspects of my site. Today I read a post in our licensee partners’ private Facebook group from one of our members who was concerned about her Google ranking and indexing. This is something I know very little about and as I was contemplating her concern I began to think about my own site and the fact that there are likely SEO aspects that I’m overlooking. So I’ve done two things:
1) In addition to having Google Analytics already set up I’ve now set up Google Webmaster tools. This gives me a bit more specific information about my site and its visitors, etc.
2) I’ve installed a free WordPress plugin called Yoast WordPress SEO. In a nutshell, this is a plugin to help improve my site’s SEO. One thing that it’s done is to create sitemaps, which is something that I haven’t addressed before. These serve as a kind of contents page that the search engine robots can lock onto and get information from. There’s probably a lot more to it than that, but that’s the basic function so far as I understand it!
I have been considering whether or not to carry on posting daily but I’ve decided to continue, at least for now, as it’s helping to keep me focused and accountable. If I have in mind that I have to post an update then this will ensure that I actually do the required work through the day and don’t allow myself to be tempted to slack off!
Well I think that’s about it for the moment. Tomorrow will be the last day of the first week of the challenge – let’s see where we stand at this first milestone!