This is the story of a lens that gets most traffic. Today it gets, as you can see, about a hundred visitors a day. That’s enough for a permanent spot in the squidoo top 2000, and with people voting on it regularly it’s enough for a regular spot in the top 100 as well. It is one of my oldest lenses.
As you can see it had 30 visitors a day nine months after it was made. That must be just about when I became aware of the potential of squidoo as a traffic puller for my site. To be fair, this is a keyword that hasn’t been popular for more than a few years. I think I started the lens roughly when people were starting to search for this term in google a lot (which is a few years AFTER I had started making content targeted at that niche, just because I loved it).
Why am I showing this graph? Well, my main point is that traffic growth is generally slow. It is also not a linear thing. As you can see there are jumps and starts to the traffic this lens got. There was roughly linear growth till July last year. Then a few months of ‘only’ visitors a day again. Then suddenly in September traffic went up a LOT. This is just about when I became Giant Squid, and also when I started my blog and went on twitter. I guess all that extra promotion helped my lens a lot. But that growth wasn’t permanent. In fact traffic slowly got less over the next few months. The low point being again a ‘mere’ 30 visitors a day. But as you can see in the last 2 months traffic has been going up again, though with a lot of spikes.
The start of the latest growth in traffic can be dated pretty directly to the links I got off being a member of the Giant Squid top 100 club. Those links didn’t come from just becoming a member of the club, but from taking advantage of the promotional opportunities all Giant Squids have. I’m talking about that lovely blog: the Giant Squid Community showcase.
We can safely discount my LOTD in early January, because the LOTD blog still hasn’t featured my lens about The Netherlands yet. 🙁