‘Million’ is a magical phrase. Nonetheless, till just a few years again, it was an alien phrase for me.
I’m from New Delhi, India, and right here we discuss in Lakhs and Crores. Due to globalization and the expansion of the running a blog and startup industries, “million” is now not a phrase that’s thrilling for me.
Why am I speaking about this phrase?
As a result of ShoutMeLoud receives greater than 1.5 million web page views a month, and considered one of my targets for this yr is to achieve 2 million web page views a month.
I believe we are able to get there…
Welcome to this particular transparency report of ShoutMeLoud!
Each few months, I publish a report like this stating what is occurring with our weblog, how we carried out when it comes to visitors and revenue, and quite a lot of new concepts and solutions for bloggers in each area of interest to develop their very own running a blog companies.
In case you are undecided why I publish such transparency studies, then it is best to learn our philosophy right here and take a look at earlier revenue studies right here.
To sum up, I need you to be your individual boss and stay a life that’s really yours. And should you comply with my recommendation, you may undoubtedly get there!
So now, let’s begin with a number of the highlights of July, after which we are going to take a look at our visitors and revenue studies.
First Distant Crew Assembly
As ShoutMeLoud is rising, the largest problem I’m going through is offering the suitable base for constant progress. The one method this may be potential is with the brightest minds working collectively in a large-scale, collaborative effort.
On the time of this writing, we now have a staff of 6 full-time individuals (7 together with me), and everybody has a unique and vital position to play:
- 2 Content material Writers
- 1 Editor
- 1 Designer
- 1 Progress Hacker
One in every of my targets is to take ShoutMeLoud to the subsequent degree, and this will’t be carried out with out bringing all of my staff collectively.
Whereas we use Slack for day by day staff communications, in July, we had our first ever on-line staff assembly (utilizing Zoom), and it was a fantastic expertise.
Tip: You probably have a staff of greater than three or four members, I recommend you host a staff assembly. Crew conferences are nice as a result of in any other case unconnected components of the enterprise get to work together with each other. This goes a good distance in increase staff morale.
Just a few suggestions for internet hosting your first on-line staff assembly:
- Have a transparent agenda for the assembly.
- Announce the date/time 1 week upfront. Ship a calendar invite.
- Use a software like Zoom or Skype’s Group Chat to host the assembly.
- Have one particular person out of your staff be the host.
One Vital Productiveness Hack
For the previous 2 months, I began doing a brand new factor to extend my productiveness, and it’s been understanding nice. I’ve began utilizing a calendar to schedule day by day one month upfront. This has helped me take away the guess work that I face on any given day, and I find yourself ending most of what I have to.
In case you are like me who has by no means been so nice with calendars, I recommend you to begin attempting it out.
Just a few issues that you can do:
- Use the Google Calendar app in your telephone.
- Schedule your entire conferences upfront.
- Whenever you make a promise to somebody for a telephone name or a gathering, add it immediately to your calendar.
- Configure Calendly to schedule your on-line assembly. It’s a helpful app to schedule calls when you’re working with others in numerous time zones.
One main advantage of working with a calendar on this method is that I’ve began to actually worth my restricted period of time. Now, there is no such thing as a such factor as “time wasted”.
One other factor that I began doing was auditing my weekly targets. This helped me perceive extra about my working fashion, and it additionally allowed me to plan my upcoming week extra successfully.
If you wish to learn extra about time-management and productiveness, take a look at this text:
ShoutMeLoud Site visitors Report: July 2017
Within the first week of July, I audited the search engine marketing of ShoutMeLoud and labored on enhancing the present backlink move. Listed here are just a few of the issues that I did:
- Improved the general inside hyperlink construction.
- Deleted low-quality posts.
- Redirected 404 pages with a excessive DA backlink to related pages on the location. SEMrush and Ahrefs helped to realize this in a pair hours.
- Eliminated all damaged hyperlinks. (Use Damaged hyperlink checker plugin)
- Mounted anchor textual content for inside hyperlinks.
Doing this, we had a major enchancment in visitors, receiving near 1.65 million web page views.
However we nonetheless have rather a lot to do to achieve our new aim of two million web page views/month.
Tip: In case you are not using internet push notifications but, you undoubtedly ought to because it’s an effective way to drive recurring visitors. Right here at ShoutMeLoud, we use PushEngage as a result of they provide some cutting-edge options like Segmentation and Automation. You may learn this information to configure PushEngage to your weblog. Right here is the stats from my PushEngage Dashboard:
We’re near reaching zero.three million subscribers on PushEngage & that provides us immense attain. With day by day you’re lacking out rather a lot if you’re not utilizing PushEngage to transform your one time guests into common readers.
Hassle In Paradise: ShoutMeLoud Discussion board Internet hosting
Looks like my internet hosting woes won’t ever finish. I’ll by no means perceive paying for bot visitors…
The ShoutMeLoud discussion board is powered by Discourse, an ad-free discussion board service.
We obtain about 45Okay web page views a month and the discussion board is hosted on Discourse’s server which prices $99/month; the plan permits for as much as 100Okay views a month.
Final week, I used to be contacted by the Discourse staff they usually requested me to improve to the subsequent plan which prices $299.
I used to be stunned to find that, in line with them, we acquired 7 million web page views.
Sadly, they’ve turn out to be a kind of internet hosting corporations that costs for bot visitors…
Most likely, the ShoutMeLoud discussion board might be moved to a Digital Ocean server or one other personal server (which prices about $20/month). To this point, I’ve averted doing this as I didn’t need to deal with what will certainly be one other headache for managing a brand new system.
However now it looks as if there’s no different selection…
Tip: In case you are planning to launch a discussion board utilizing Discourse, you’re higher off self-hosting on a server like Digital Ocean, Linode, or one other self-hosted server.
Earlier than we finish our visitors report, here’s a fast shout-out to our most energetic Shouters on the ShoutMeLoud discussion board for the month of July 2017:
If I mix all the visitors from all of our platforms (weblog, discussion board, cell apps), we acquired greater than 1.7 million web page views this month.
However we’re nonetheless 300Okay in need of our new goal aim…
We will certainly get there.
Fast Thanks To Our July Sponsors
I’d wish to take a fast second to thank our advertisers and companions: