Under the hood.. Some work on my blog

Getting my hands dirty to pump the numbers up

I’ve made some changes at my blog the past week or so. Because my blog was quiet for a chunk of time I have an odd traffic mix my 1st few weeks back, my numbers being low I’ve depended on search engines to feed enough hits. So I made big changes to optimize my SEO position because my blog is not very popular these days compared to previously and I can’t drive heavy traffic to links like normal, which is not good for building up traffic at all.

Thankfully changes have so far worked some. I’m getting more 1st page results on a lot of searches at google this week which is very helpful, no small feat when going up against the NY Times & Jerusalem Post lol. I doubled my google returns in the past 5 days which is good but I’m looking to jump that higher.

RSS – Most of the changes are in source & blog code so it may not be visible though they are extensive, what is visible however to the 50 or 60 people who subscribe here overall is the change to the RSS feed. My blog posts are no longer being represented in full at RSS, only the 1st few lines. I changed this as part of my SEO optimization tests and I apologize because I know how annoying that is.. I need another week or so to see some of the effects these changes have made and maybe I’ll slap the full feed back in.

My return visitors are very low since I’m pumping mostly engine traffic to my posts, I’ll have to see if this is because my posts suck like crap lately or what, which is certainly possible since I haven’t blogged a long while. Also I blog very long, but people want to read twitter two liners – That’s a problem I am aware of and discussed with a few of my regular readers, Oh well. In more exciting news McCain is speaking tonight in the US, and the NFL is back in play - go Raiders!

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