My Guest Posting Experiment – Revisited
Recently I had an email about a business opportunity or moving money from a Nigerian bank (it was definitely a life changing, legitimate offer that required almost no work on my part) from someone who had found me via a guest post I did for DailyBlogTips which you can view here.
Because of my planning and filing systems which involve me trying to remember things off the top of my head and searching through scribbled A4 pages through the trash I completely forgot about the experiment I started. To be fair (or to make a poor excuse) the guest post was published 4 months after I submitted it. The original details and ideas behind the experiment can be found here.
So I can here you all say “with your amazing abilities as a writer and wonderful personality, not to mention your sporting accomplishments and devilish good looks, how many times did your server crash?”. Well the short answer to that is that it didn’t crash not even once. Obviously I suspect there was some sort of catastrophic world-wide communications failure that meant my post went by almost unnoticed, but still I thought it would be interested to look at the stats.
- Published: May 12
- Traffic: 27 visitors
- Pages: 2.7
- Time on Site: 3:21
- Bounce Rate: 37.04%
Well for a site that has 40,000+ RSS readers, 27 visitors is extremely disappointing. However considering the article took me probably half hour to do and that the visitors bounce rate was lower and the time spent on my site were much higher than normal, suggests that guest post is a step in the right direction to try and build the community around the blog.
I guess the question that is most important is not “were the results expected achieved” but rather “was it worth the effort” and in that case definitely. Partly because I got two articles on this site out of the effort, and also learnt some useful lessons along the way, and partly because I may have a few possible long term readers. Also any efforts I make online are never a waste of time because it all becomes a catalog of my achievements and profound knowledge which historians will be able to study centuries from now.
Where to from Here?
Well fear not faithful readers, many of whom probably found this article via the search engines and have no intention of ever returning, but I am already in the process of writing another masterpiece to test out this guest posting gig further. My thinking is that the article I wrote previously, whilst solid in terms of factual and useful information, was poorly constructed and lacked any personality or more importantly any reason to check out my other post here at Scribblescratch. Once a large number of people see my unbelievably likable personality through my uncanny ability to manipulate letters into words and sentences that tell a story, the likes of which has not been seen since Shakespeare, my business decision to get three dedicated servers will finally begin to pay off.