May 2018 was a record-breaking month for my MPS blog in terms of readership figures. The blog, which strives to inform readers and writers about the easiest and or best ways of doing things, continues to go from strength to strength. We almost reached 10,000 pagereads last month!
The record-breaking statistics are: unique visitors up by a whopping 83% from 5,365 to 9,818; total visits up by 39% from 29,618 to 41,397 and total pageviews up by 34% from 164,208 to 221,315. Visitors are spending an average of 7 mins 22 seconds per visit.
This means that there has never been a better time to book advertising on the MPS blog. There is a range of advertising opportunities designed to fit most needs. They range from interviews and reviews to banner advertisements in most of the common dimensions, and links.
Our blog is primarily for SWAMP people (sculptors, writers, artists, musicians and painters), and people who appreciate them, but there is nothing to stop firms that service them promoting themselves on the blog as well.
However, the leading advertising package is the Set and Forget 365-day Ultimate Promo Pack, which has just been enhanced with two extra posts and the resultant podcasts!
Check the deals out on the title bar at the top of this page or click this link:
All the deals on the MPS blog are implemented by me alone, so there could be a slight delay. If you want to co-ordinate a promotional package with a special event – like, say, the release of a novel, please book as early as possible and I will try to fit you in.
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This post is meant for all those who have advertised on this blog (MPS) and all those who are thinking about it! I want to give you an update on the site’s visitors’ stats.
The last time that I published site stats, it was a month or so ago and I was talking about 5,000 page-views a day…
Well, listen to this! Over the last six days, five days produced well over 7,000 page-views a day, and the other day was 6,968!
5,000 page-reads a day is not small fry, but 7,000-7,500 is fantastic!
This is AMAZING! But there are also new podcast listeners too!
So, book your advert and get in now before the rush, which is bound to happen with such stats – because advertisers current and previous are now getting 50% more value for money than they were last month
So, click the following link, read the deal and book your slot now, because prices may have to rise if demand outstrips the amount of time I have to do this work!
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Using Keywords to Attract Interested Visitors
As you progress with the establishment of your blog or website, one of the main things that you need to keep an eye on is using keywords to attract interested visitors. This is a major part of white-hat SEO, and it means using relevant keywords in your content to attract visitors who are interested in items that those keywords attract.
The first thing you have to do, of course, is determine which keywords are relevant to your site. If you started out right, you will have targeted your blog to a niche audience, but still you can be surprised at what words they use to find you. In order to discover these relevant words, you will need access to your logs, which most hosts provide through cPanel.
My logs revealed today, the end of the month, that the most popular words used to find this site were: digital-text, thriller, publishing, Asus 541UV, Amazon, publisher and books.
This doesn’t really surprise me since this blog, Megan Publishing Services, is a site for readers and writers, and I have written many articles on publishing, publishers, and Amazon on my new laptop, an Asus 541UV. Not only that, but I write books, some of which are thrillers, but all of which are in digital-text.
I try to highlight the main relevant words used to find my blog every month, and I hope that this article has provided a good example of how that that may be done.
If you study this article, you will find that I have managed to insert the most relevant words used to find my site last month at least twice into this piece, thus increasing the density of those words on it, so that search engines will register me more highly for them.
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As usual at about this time of the month, I will give a brief analysis of the visitors to this site for the benefit of anyone who’s remotely interested. Hopefully, that will include current and prospective advertisers and other bloggers who are wondering how they are doing in the scheme of things. I have put some August Site Stats on the page titled ‘Banner Advertising’ in the header above, where they will be easier to find for future reference.
So, the August Site Stats are:
We had: 5,503 unique visitors come back 30,314 times to view 128,745 pages which created 247,679 hits
which makes August our site’s most visited and most read month ever. In fact, May had 800 more unique visitors, but August had 25% more visits (up from 24k to 30k).
(I think the ‘Thai’ readers are expats living over here, including my own visits).
In comparison, the UK population only read 983 pages, which I find disconcerting. However, the UK used the third highest amount of bandwidth, 33% more than the Slovak Republic. The Slovaks read five times more pages than the Brits, but used 75% of the bandwidth doing it. I have to admit that I don’t understand this, unless Slovaks are reading the site on mobile devices which compresses images or even leaves them out, whereas Brits read the pages on ‘real’ computers with large screens which download the whole page.
Anyway, no matter what the reason, according to August Site Stats from other sources, I didn’t sell a book in the Slovak Republic all month, whereas Brits were my best customers by over 50%. Still, I have been choosing the times I post more carefully to coincide with hours that Brits are most likely to be available to use their Internet connections.
This is paying off, because as of today, the number of pageviews from pople living in the UK is up 42%, but it is still in fourth place behind the USA, Thailand and the Slovak Republic, the visitors from where have read three times more pages than the Brits.
So, it time to say, ‘Greetings, citizens of the Slovak Republic, you are very welcome on this blog!”
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I awoke this morning to discover that Wales had lost to England at the annual Six Nations rugby internationals, or is it Seven Nations now?. I’m not a sports person but I would have watched that game, if the alarm had gone off.
It was on at three a.m. here.
I went to bed at one and put four beers in the fridge before I did so, two for me and two for Neem, my wife. She is very keen on sports, especially football and rugby, but neither of us watched the defeat and the beers remain undrunk.
So, with my usual breakfast of black coffee and cake, I started my daily routine of listening to the Radio 4 news, while checking and answering my email.
No, that’s not completely true, I only wish it were and that I possessed sufficient sangfroid to be able to accomplish it. I always check my overnight book sales first, but it was average, nothing to write home about. Then I did my email, followed by a short burst of advertising on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
I have read with utter astonishment other authors writing that they sell lots of books on Facebook.
I don’t, I put nearly all my sales down to word of mouth, my web sites and Twitter in that order. Perhaps Facebook comes fourth in my scheme of things.
I try to split my promotional activities into three sections, morning, afternoon and evening, because I often do six or more hours a day, and although I can handle that, it does become tedious and when working on automatic pilot, I find that more errors creep in. After all, there’s no point spending hours promoting an address that will produce a 404, is there?
Yet I have done it before.
If you are prone to making errors like this, or are scared that you might be but don’t know it yet, it is worth copying the code of your best page, the page that you want every visitor to read, even if they read nothing else, and pasting it into a custom 404 on your web site, with a link back to your home page. There are other error pages you can copy it to as well, but 404 is the most important by far.
You may need access to your control panel for this, but I’m sure I’ve seen a widget for WordPress called something like 404 Redirect.
It sounds right anyway.
I am writing this blog diary post on a Kindle Fire in a shop around the corner from my home in the village. It’s the nearest thing to a pub for miles around, but I’m the only one who uses it, as there are no other foreigners for miles either. I do a large proportion of my writing in ‘Jem’s Shop’ over a beer. I find that being outside is far more stimulating than my office, where I tend to do my promo, boring routine work.
I’ve spent three hours here drinking three beers, not a very competitive rate, I grant you, but I finished another chapter of my latest book, ‘Dead Centre 2’, unless I can come up with a better title for it, and I have written this post to you, dear reader, so now I am going home for something to eat and a bit more promo.