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Tier One Challenge: Week One Report

Status Report: Lensrank 3,497 on Oct 18, up from 84,121 on Oct 10

Weekly traffic: 137, up from 27. (Prior to about Oct 6, it was usually around LR 100K with 10-15 visits a week).

Summary: slow and steady progress.

It doesn’t have enough traffic or clickouts to get above tier 2 yet, and it’s not doing that great in the SERPs. I see some potential for growth there, but it’s going to be tough.

Here’s my in-depth stats breakdown for traffic sources, SERPs and more.

General Stats


DATE 10/10/10 10/17/10
Lensrank 84,121 3,983
Traffic 27 137
Pageviews 46 208
Clickouts 0 8 clicks,6 links
Likes 1 24
Favorites 0 6
Lifetime 286 462
Comments 0 18
Blessings 0 0
Purple star 10/13/10

Traffic Breakdown

DATE 10-Oct 17-Oct-10
SquidU 2 16
Tier 1 Challenge Lens 0 8
StumbleUpon 0 20
Livejournal 1 5
Other lenses 7 21
Profile 0 5
Image search 2 5
Mythphile 0 5
Misc 1 2
Google 12 31
Yahoo 0 2
Ask 1 1
Bing 0 1
Direct 1 15
TOTAL 27 137
Temporary Traffic 3 49
Sustainable Traffic: 24 88

What I call “temporary” traffic comes from social promotion — posts in SquidU, an announcement in a livejournal community, StumbleUpon — which tends to come in a quick burst, then taper off once the thread or announcement is stale. ¬†What I call “sustainable” traffic is traffic that seems to be coming from backlinks– including the Discovery Tool– plus traffic that’s coming from search engines.

Backlinks (according to Yahoo)

SquidUtils (using Yahoo Site Explorer data) sees 55 backlinks from 9 domains.

Yahoo Site Explorer also sees 31 cross-links from other Squidoo lenses.

This is not all backlinks, since Yahoo doesn’t report all links, but it’s a benchmark.

SERPs in Google

I should really be checking SERPs in several search engines: Yahoo, Bing, and Ask, obviously, are sending traffic. But for now I’m going to work on King Google. I’m using Scroogle.org to determine SERPs position in Google results.

keyword Global monthly search volume Position in SERPs 10-18
(A) 36 4
(B) 320 7
(C) 260 9
(D) 1600 14
(E) 2400 21
(F) 210 21
(G) 5400 25
(H) 1600 29
(I) 3600 29

That’s not very good at all. But then, it’s only been a week. One can’t expect changes in SERPs to happen overnight.

Okay, back to work! The trouble with compiling stats is that they take time away from building content.

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