Monday, 26 November 2007

Goal 1 Update

I made the decision today to try and get more link trades with Dog rescues from both the UK and the U.S

I want to put the plight of dogs that need rescuing at the forfront of the site.
Previously when I emailed dog rescues, my emails were less personal and quite long and waffly, asking for pictures, etc as well as a link.

In my quest to get 100 hits a day I thought it can't hurt to try again and contact those that previously didn't reply. This time I kept the email shorter and to the point and made it more personal. I got through all the Uk dog rescues and will do the rest tomorrow.

Later added in: I finished the day with 52 unique hits.

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Saturday, 24 November 2007

Beaware when setting goals

Okay its the next day after I set my target to first achieve 100 hits a day as of next week and then maintain it.

Well, I did that goal kind of on impulse, I've been busy creating content and decided it was time I get some traffic.

However, this morning, after sleeping on it, I remembered that one rule of setting goals is not to set goals that are outside of your control. Well that is exactly what I did. I have no control over whether Google or other search engines index my new pages or the timeframe they do so. Then no control over any traffic those pages may pull in, or as is very likely, may not.

I do have control over how much content I can create and how much effort I can put in to link building.

However, even though the goal does seem a little more difficult than I first thought I'm still going all out to achieve it.

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Friday, 23 November 2007

New breed pages

I uploaded approximately 60+ dog breed pages today. Most are incomplete or at least not of a standard I would show them to owners of each breed. My hope is that some of them will be picked up by the search engines and starting contributing a little to my hits target for next week and by then I'll have work through most and improved them.

I've been working all day, going through each one and spell checking, and interlinking with the rest of the website. Still got some interlinking to do.

I'm intending to go through each breed page one ata time and improve them and then see if other related sites think they are worthy of being linked to. Many of them I don't even have breed pictures for.

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Thursday, 22 November 2007

Goal - 100 hits a day from next week

I've been working alot behind the scenes of the complete dogs guide building lots of content for the web site, although most of it is spread across many part finished pages which aren't ready to be fully uploaded just yet. Most of those being dog breed pages.

I haven't done any promotion at all since trying to partner with some Dog Rescues web sites a few weeks ago.

Currently the site is getting 36 hits a day based on last weeks daily average. I just think now, coming to the end of the month it's about time the site started getting a bit more traffic and more visitors can actually start benefiting from the hard work going into the site.

My goal is to reach 700 unique daily hits next week, starting Monday, so an average of 100 a day. Importantly it must be done in a way so that the average number of daily unique visitors will remain at 100 a day (preferably more). This will be great as it immediately means I'll be set for reaching over 3000 visitors for the month of December.

My plan starts now and involves me completing and incorporating into the site as many new pages as possible so they start picking up the odd hit from the search engines, which they will do if they are deemed good quality content.

At some point I'll try and get some more links to the site., which is obviously easier the more good quality content I have!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Working on Dog Rescue Centers Section

Today I made a start on the Dog Rescue Center section of the website. I think it's hugely important that visitors to the site are constantly reminded of how many dogs are awaiting to be rehomed and that while looking at cute puppy pics is all well and good, its well worth considering the rewarding experience of rehoming a dog that has so far not had the best start in life but may well be a very well natured dog and a perfect loving companion.

Not only that, but these dog rescue centers need donations and support in numbering ways, so if I can just help them out in the smallest way possible I'll be very pleased. The way I intend to do that is send them visitors from my web site.

I've contacted some dog rescue centers today via email and I hope I get a good response and that many will want to belisted on the Complete Dogs Guide.

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Sunday, 14 October 2007

Setting Website Goals for Authority Site

I've been busy all day piecing together pages of the website from content I have been writing the last couple of weeks.

Making changes, checking spellings and grammar, adding meta tags to each page. Boring stuff I know, but only because I had a backlog of written content built up. When the foundations of the website are in place I will much prefer concentrating on specific pages and then adding them to the site as they are completed.

Anyway, one thing I did do on the About Us page was to set my goals in writing. It's important to have goals so you know what your aiming for.

My ultimate site goal is:
1)Create the ultimate interesting and informative dog site. An authority dog site.
2)Build a huge traffic site, I'm aiming for 3 million visitors a month and 15 million pageviews.

The traffic goal is what give me an extra buzz. It's all well and good creating an awesome website, but if hardly anyone is benefiting from reading it, whats the point?

I've set the traffic goals seemingly mega high. Previously I have worked on 2 sites that could be deemed authority sites in there fields. However they were in niches. With my dogs site I'm going mainstream. :)

Niche Site 1 has approximately 30,000 unique visitors a month with over 300,000 page views.

Niche 2 site has approximately 140,000 unique visitors a month and 850,000 page views.

I figured something mainstream like dogs, I should be able to get more than 15 - 20 times as many visitors.

How long will it take? No idea, I haven't even had a single hit to my blog yet.

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