Blog Progress Update #2: 50 Posts In [Lessons, Analytics & Future Goals]

I finished writing 50 blog posts now and am a little over 6 months in since starting my blog.

If you didn’t catch the first update I did after 30 posts, then go here.

P.S. I’ve got some exciting news to share with my analytics! 😀

Here’s what I’ll be covering in this update:

  • Lessons Learned After Writing 50 Blog Posts
  • Blog Analytics
  • Future Plans

Let’s get started! 😀

Lessons Learned After 6 Months & 50 Posts

There’s a few lessons that I learned along the way having written 50 blog posts.  Let’s take a look now at what they are.

1. Using The HARO Backlink Strategy

One of the things I wanted to do to increase the authority of my site was start building backlinks.

Thanks to Sam Riksfjord, I was introduced to the Help A Reporter Out (HARO) method to get backlinks with relative ease. 😉

It’s a nice passive way to get backlinks from high Domain Authority (DA) sites and all you have to do is reply to an email.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account for HARO
  2. Choose the category you want to receive requests for from reporters (should be a category that fits your niche)
  3. Sit back and wait for daily emails with a list of topics/blog articles that reporters have requested quotes/interviews for and then simply reply to the ones that look interesting
  4. If you wrote a good response, you’ll likely receive a dofollow backlink (not all give you backlinks but a majority do and will notify you after writing the post)

It’s a pretty sweet way to get backlinks that’s much more passive than writing an entire guest post.

2. Create Daily Backups Of Your Site

I lost everything on my blog… not once, but twice in a single week.

I had updated WordPress the first time and everything broke.  I literally couldn’t login or even view my site.  It would just give an error when searching the domain. 😫

The second time I had updated my Elementor Pro plugin to get a new feature that had come out… Everything broke and my site was unusable.😔

But the good news is that I got it all back!

That’s because I paid to get automatic daily backups of my site both with ManageWP and WPX Hosting.

In both cases, I simply contacted my host (WPX Hosting) and they got everything fixed and restored the backup of my entire site within 15 minutes! 🙂

As I always say, you pay for the best hosting to get the best support.

Blog Analytics

1. Google Analytics

Here’s a quick look at my current Google Analytics dashboard.  The results are shown are for the last 3 months (Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020).

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2. Google Search Console Data

Here’s what my Google Search Console data looks like.  The results are shown are for the last 3 months (Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020).

One of the things that’s exciting about this graph is that my blog is growing, but that’s not the most intriguing part.

Perhaps what’s most interesting is the fact that when I go into my average position chart I see this… 👀😮

From the screenshot above, you’ll notice that everytime my average position goes down my impressions go up.

Now, my average position just went down to the lowest it’s ever been in a long time.

This means that Google’s finally starting to rank my site not just for the occasional rich results or faq results, but for a ton of long-tail variations of keywords that my posts  have been targeting.

Not only that, but my main search terms/keywords that I’ve been going after are finally starting to rank as well.

If I could break it down to a few points as to why my site is suddenly taking off it would be these:

  • My site is making its way out of the 6 month Google Sandbox 
  • A recent Core update to the Google algorithm occurred on Jan. 13th
  • I got a high DA backlink in the first week of January

It will be very interesting to see how things go from here in the coming months and eventually onwards to the 1 year Google Sandbox and beyond.

Future Plans & Goals

Here’s a brief look at what my plans are going forward:

  • Focus on going after Keyword Golden Ratio (KGR) keywords
  • Re-evaluate what categories of post I want to tackle
  • Improve internal linking structure
  • Update old posts
  • Continue using the HARO backlink strategy

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the tools I recommend and use for my own business and also my step-by-step guide on how to start a blog.  I hope you enjoyed this update and don’t forget to leave a comment below!😀

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