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Post Number One Thousand…

December 1, 2010

As of today, I have posted to this blog 821 days in a row – every day since September 1st of 2008.

Today is my 1000th post since launching this blog on September 4, 2006.

First Blog Post 09-04-2006

First Blog Post 09-04-2006

If you don’t blog or haven’t blogged consistently, I highly recommend it.

“Stick to it steadily and you will see great effect.” Benjamin Franklin

I have put Mr. Franklin’s assertion to the test and I can confirm doing as he suggests will produce the results promised.

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This Blog Ain’t No Lemonade Stand

August 10, 2010

Who invented the Lemonade Stand?

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand

BusinessWeek Testing Google Voice Call Me Voice Comments

November 23, 2009

Clicking through to a BusinessWeek article today, I noticed what I thought was an ad for Google Voice.

Call Me Google

Call Me Google

After closer inspection, I realized BusinessWeek is testing a “voice comments” feature for their Byte of the Apple column.

When I first saw the ad, I had no idea what it offered. Even after several minutes of playing around with it and clicking on the learn more link did I realize the BusinessWeek page had refreshed with the following explanation page:

In the three years or so that we’ve been producing this blog, we’ve learned one thing: Opinions about Apple always run strong. Our readers love to leave lots of comments agreeing or disagreeing with our posts here. We thought we’d try a little experiment using Google Voice to give you the ability to tell us exactly what you think in your own voice.

Here’s how it works: Click the Google Voice widget over to the right, and enter your phone number. Your phone will ring, and when you answer you’ll be prompted to leave a message just like on a regular voice mail system. We promise not to share your phone number with anyone else for any reason. But if you leave us a voice message you do so with the understanding that we may publish the audio of your message here, especially those that are insightful, clever or funny. So give us your best, but be nice. All calls go straight to voice mail, so don’t expect anyone to answer in person. We hope you enjoy this feature and that it adds to the quality of our always-interesting and ongoing conversation about Apple.

Understanding what the ad offered, I then gave it a try.

I entered my Google Voice telephone number in the fields provided and clicked Connect.

Connect Call

Connect Call

Within a second or two of clicking connect, I reached a voice mail box where I heard Arik Hesseldahl of BusinessWeek explain why they are testing the Google Voice product.

I was then urged to leave my comments about their Byte of the Apple column.

This is the first time I have noticed a website of any kind incorporate voice commenting into their user engagement mix.

Although I don’t have any comments about their Apple column per se, I do have one question about the Call Me Google Voice messaging product: When can I get a Call Me Google plugin for my WordPress blog?

Isn’t this type of audience interactivity something every publisher would want for their website?

Wordpress Blogging Achievement: A Post Published 365 Consecutive Days In A Row

August 31, 2009

When I launched my first website back in 1999 – blogs didn’t exist.

To get my site MarketingPrincples.com launched, I had to use ad agency designers who knew how to write code which in turn published my content on the nascent world wide web.

After my site launched, I realized I needed to make some content changes.

Because blogging platforms didn’t exist and I hadn’t bought the code they had used to develop my site, the designers initially charged me $100 for each change I wanted to make to my site.

Outrageous!

I quickly set out to find my own web developers who could build my own content management system.

While giving a presentation at a local university’s engineering college, some young guys came up and said they would be interested in working with me.

I agreed to give them a shot.

They built me a content management system in .ASP where I could upload and control my own content without any ongoing costs.

Off to the races I went.

Little did I know at that time nor did it occur to me that the idea of a back end content management system would be something other businesses would want.

Nor did I foresee that content management would ultimately become known in general as blogs and blogging.

If I had, I guess I would be on the other side of this post founding and running WordPress.com not my consulting practice.

Anyway in the early days of the internet, the content platform providers all suggested bloggers just sit down and blog every day for a year to generate their own unique set of pages and content.

Well – 10 years later I have done it.

I have blogged here every single day for the last 365 days over a period of exactly one year beginning on September 1, 2008.

I have learned a lot and will write more about what the experience has taught me – tomorrow.

Wordpress Domain Change and Google Indexing Issues

March 7, 2009

On January 28, 2009 I moved my several year old blog to a new domain while still hosting the site at WordPress.

In addition to the blog no longer being picked up by Google blog search or Technorati, the new domain hasn’t had any new posts crawled or indexed by Google since switching domains.

Google Search Marketing Communications

Google Search Marketing Communications

I verified the site with Google as suggested several weeks ago yet still no luck.

On the other hand, I haven’t verified the new domain with Yahoo or Microsoft Live.

Yahoo Search Marketing Communications

Yahoo Search Marketing Communications

Yet both Yahoo and Live are crawling and indexing my new blog domain address hosted at WordPress.com.

Live Search Marketing Communications

Live Search Marketing Communications

What gives?

November 2008 Wordpress Blog Traffic Stats

November 30, 2008

This blog: Search Marketing Communications generated its third highest month in terms of traffic during November 2008 with 9,179 views.

Previously, this WordPress blog’s highest trafficked month was September 2008 with 22,897 views.

Roughly 40% as many views occurred during November 2008 as compared with September 2008, however combined traffic totals from September, October and November 2008 have generated 43,740 views – or slightly over 45% of all blog traffic received since inception.

By the end of November 2008, cohn.wordpress.com had been viewed 95,839 times since its launch in September 2006.

In its first month of existence this blog had 1,593 total views.

November 2008 traffic was approximately 6 times greater than September 2006 traffic.

Few people subscribe to this blog, thus the vast majority (an estimated 99% or greater) found this blog through some type of search query, which is why this blog is titled:

“Search Marketing Communications”

Search Traffic November 2008

Search Traffic November 2008

Third Largest Month Blog Search Traffic: 9,179 Views

November 2008 Total Blog Traffic

November 2008 Total Blog Traffic

Total Search Traffic November 2008

October 2008 Wordpress Blog Traffic Stats

November 1, 2008

This blog: Search Marketing Communications generated its second highest month in terms of traffic during October 2008 with 11,664 views.

Previously, this WordPress blog’s highest trafficked month was September 2008 with 22,897 views.

Roughly half as many views occurred during October 2008 as compared with September 2008, however combined traffic totals from these two months alone have generated 34,561 views – slightly over 1/3 of all blog traffic received since inception.

By the end of October 2008, cohn.wordpress.com had been viewed 86,750 times since its launch in September 2006.

In its first month of existence this blog had 1,593 total views.

October 2008 traffic was 7 times greater than September 2006 traffic.

Few people subscribe to this blog, thus the vast majority (an estimated 99% or greater) found this blog through some type of search query, which is why this blog is titled:

“Search Marketing Communications”

Search Traffic October 2008

Search Traffic October 2008

Second Largest Month Blog Search Traffic: 11,664 Views

October 2008 Total Blog Traffic

October 2008 Total Blog Traffic

Total Search Traffic October 2008

Why Aren’t WordPress Possibly Related Posts NoFollow?

May 15, 2008

I recently noticed WordPress.com hosted blogs started displaying three to four links to “possibly related posts” WordPress has deemed related to their hosted page’s content.

Usually the first link is pointed to somewhere else within the same blog while the balance of the links are then distributed to other blogs which more often than not appear to be other WordPress blogs.

I have been watching my referrals and haven’t noticed hardly any new traffic coming in from other WordPress blogs but I have noticed my search related referrals have dropped by nearly a factor of 10.

My drop in search traffic appears to coincide with the launch of the WordPress “possibly related posts” automatic link generator.

cohn wordpress traffic

If I were to to guess why my search traffic dried up I would guess it is because my blog posts that had enjoyed near constant search positions have been devalued vis-a-vis the links WordPress has now inserted in all of my pages.

WordPress blog comments automatically receive the “No follow” link attribute so as to not unnecessarily pass site value to spammers so why does WordPress think they can rob all of their bloggers of the value each one has built in their blog by redistributing their sites search value to other blogs – especially other WordPress blogs?

Regardless of whether my search engine traffic dropped because of the addition of the “Possibly Related Posts” links now being generated by WordPress, WordPress.com should add the “No Follow” attribute to their “Possibly Related Posts” link scheme to preserve the continued good will of the bloggers who’s content produces WordPress traffic.

Today’s Hot Blogs, Today’s Hot Posts

May 23, 2007

A single article on Google Trends single-handedly lifted this blog to both the Hot Blogs and Hot Posts columns on the WordPress.com home page today May 23, 2007.

What goes up must come down?

Hot Blogs Hot Posts