April, A Month of Great Things – Top Commentator Announcement!

Hi everyone, it’s great to be back again and also to give us a low down on how things have fared in the last one month as it concerns this blog. As we all know, we always start every new month with the announcement of the winners of our top commentator contest with the first post of the month.

However, there was a little adjustment on that because I’ve to attend to some other things which led to my being away for some time. When I discovered that I was going to be away for more than I planned I had to schedule some posts just to keep the “pace” on things here. And so the first post that appeared on the blog this month was therefore not the usual top commentator announcement post.

Before Announcing the Top Commentator for the Month

First, I want to use this opportunity to appreciate everyone who has contributed to the success of the WebIncomeJournal thus far.  I must say the month of April has being a wonderful time for the blog.  A few of the things I want to draw attention to are:

1. Increased activity on the blog: – The month of April witnessed increased activity in the areas of blog commenting and personal communications through emails. I truly appreciate this because to me a blog is about interaction and building relationships.  

2. Increased Traffic: – Another area where there was improvement on the blog is that of traffic. Frankly, this was beyond my expectations. The traffic was so much that for the first time since I moved the blog to this new domain name, the traffic was about tripled! And because I was not checking the stats for sometime now, this increase went beyond the blog’s allocated bandwidth and so the blog was out of reach for a few days while I was away.

I must thank Christopher greatly for his email that drew my attention to the fact that the blog was not responding when he tried accessing it. Following his email, I was able to take care of the problem after the blog has been inaccessible for about 3 days. Thanks so much!

3. Improved Search Engine Ranking: – Talking about increased traffic, it’s also worthy to note that search engine-generated traffic also increased compared to the previous months. I’m happy about this because it shows that the blog is doing better on the search engines a sign that the blog is gaining from the recent google algorithm change!

4. Increased Subscription: – I’m also glad that so far the blog subscriptions has increased over these past 3 months. Seeing this has encouraged me as I’m actually working on something that will be beneficial to our email subscribers. Our email subscriber should expect this very soon.

All in all, the performance was not bad and I want to thank every one of you for this. I look forward to better things in the coming months!

Now, the top commentators ….

At #1 is…

Ok, first let me say that the same person took the first and second position but using two different blogs. I’ve decided therefore to put him at #1 so that I can recognize the third position at #2!  I think this is fair enough!

So at #1 is Christopher of Technologybloggers.org. Indeed he was our last months winner! However, this time Christopher’s winning blog, is his brand new community blog which, according to Christopher, “everyone owns, and everyone should benefit from.”

I truly love the idea behind Technologybloggers.org as a community blog.  If you’re thinking of promoting yourself as a blogger then you would do yourself some good by joining the community at Technology Bloggers right now.  Please note that the blog is not just about those who wants to write something that has to do about technology. Like Christopher said about the blog:

“When you write an article, you benefit, as you get to show off your writing style, get relevant dofollow links to your blog, and you get great comments (or feedback) from people about your writing!

When you read a post you benefit from the knowledge you gain from that article.

 When you add a comment, you benefit from the dofollow links via KeywordLuv and CommentLuv.

But we’re not just about technology, oh no. We also write about search engine optimisation, science, blogging, media, social networking, and loads more!”

Learn more about Technology Bloggers by clicking here.

Now, at #2 is…

Oh yes, once again we have Dennis of Direct Sales marketing! This is the third time in a roll Dennis is coming second in our monthly top commentator rewards package! Frankly, I wish I can do something better than just write this piece about him. You know from the records so far it shows that Dennis is truly a friend and a committed reader of this blog.  I think I’ll be appreciating Dennis specially some time later. 

For now I tried looking over Dennis’ blog to see something new I can say about the blog and I must say I was never disappointed! This time my attention was drawn to the about us page titled: “About The New All-In-One DennisEdell.com – Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know…” I must confess that it is one of the longest “about us page” I’ve read! You wouldn’t believe it but Dennis said, “This labor of love took more than one day to create. It is currently 1913 words. I’d greatly appreciate you reading it all the way through at least once, even if you think you know everything in it.” More than one day to write! 🙂

Wondering what is in that about us page that it took so long to read? Then I encourage you to read it, right now!

That’s it for now. And for all who could not make it this month I do hope you get in this month. Once again thanks to everyone.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Chadrack you are too kind 🙂

    I was really hoping Technology Bloggers would win, as it could do with some promotion, as this crucial period just after it’s launch!

    Thanks very much for my other mentions Chadrack, and sure it’s ok for you to roll my entries into one 😉

    Could I ask to keep my website image as it is on the sidebar, Technology Bloggers won, but I would like to keep promoting my site.

    Thanks again Chadrack!
    Christopher – Technology Bloggers Admin Team

    • Hi mark, of course yes, in fact you’re already entered for the contest for this month! There is no formal application needed once you add a comment you’ve the chance of winning. You can read our terms for the details. You can find the link at the top of each post.
      By the way Mark, I checked on your site and I must say copywriting is something I’m really passionate about. Unfortunately I couldn’t read your post because they are not done in English. I looked all over the site to see if there is any translator but found none. Don’t you think you should add a translator? You can get a plugin to do that easily.
       

  2. Hey Chadrack,

    Beautiful work here. I showed up just to see DennisEdell has been here to. We will start a list named: Find a site Dennis hasn’t commented on!
    I am new here but will be back.
    I’ve heard that a site shouldn’t appear to ‘busy’. But indeed, you have done busy quite well. 

    • That seems like a very odd thing for someone to say Rob, did they give an explanation?

      Dennis Edell recently posted..100 Down Thousands to Go!

      • Hey Dennis,
        I’ve read it more than once. Won’t be too hard to find if you searched something like that in Google. The idea is that too busy can look like clutter.
        Mind you, this isn’t my opinion necessarily. As you well know, if asking 10 different IM’s the same 10 questions, you just might get 10 different answers.

        My point was to compliment the style of this blog because although there is much for the eye to see, it’s just right imho. So when it is done right, it can work well.

        But, I guess the question begs: If the content wasn’t so good, would it still be alright?
        I know your answer about content being king, but alas, I have seen plenty of sites with lots of visitors with, shall we say, lesser writing.
        Is this not partially based on aesthetics?  Or, is it just marketing?

        Thanks, and I ask humbly as I am learning through any discourse.   

      • @Rob,
        Been reading over and over again your comment about a site not being too “busy” and then your reply to Dennis. You know in this game we are always learning and I’ll be glad if you can “stretch out” a little what you mean by being too “busy.” I think I can learn one or two things that will make things better.
        Thanks for the comment.

        • Hey Chadrack,

          It’s obvious I came across different from my intention.
          My intention was to compliment your blogs appearance. I was speaking about the  header area being full, loaded (ads, rss, etc.)

          This is just one place of several that I have read something along these lines: ?http://www.bloggingwithoutablog.com under take one thing off.

          I have tweaked my site several times and still do not have the stickiness I am looking to get. So, I am still learning and learned from being here.

          My apologies for not being clear.

          Continued success.  

          • Oh, no ill feelings Rob. I got the good words quite right. For example, “Beautiful work here,” and “I’ve heard that a site shouldn’t appear to ‘busy’. But indeed, you have done busy quite well.” I took that as a compliment however, I’m the type that is always out for some more improvement. That’s why I picked out that statement about being too busy to see what can be done about it.

            Any way I think I got what I wanted 🙂 You’ve just made it clear you were talking about the header area and yes it really look a little “loaded.” But as we both agree, we’re all learning, right? So let do some of that! 🙂

            I know you’re not targeting the make money online niche but still you want to make money with your blog. I know, I saw those banners ads down the sidebar! Now, I don’t know yet if you’re offering advertising space there or those banners are just affiliate banners. But if you want to offer advertising you may need to know that advertisers care about the position of your placements. There is what is called a site’s “heat map” and that has a lot to do when it comes to placing ads. For now I’m not selling ad space the banners up there are affiliate banners but one thing I’ve done is to make these spaces available now while still tweaking things. By the time I’m ready for ad sales, I’d have gotten some stats I can show for it.

            So I’m only using the knowledge of the blog’s “heat map” to draw attention to certain things on the blog! You can take a look at some of the “problogger” blogs and will see some of these things. All in all the setup depends on what you want to achieve.

            Thank you for helping clear things. We are all learning.

            • Perfect Chadrack,

              I got to learn a couple of things! But seriously, if asking 10 different marketers the same question, you’ll get at least 5 different answers. Many different ways work. Some do not. I admire your system of tweaking to see what works best for you. I believe in the same model. That’s one of the reasons I am here! Thanks for the input and undrstanding.
              Continued success my friend.

              • @Rob, Yea we’re always learning everyday and marketing you cannot learn without tweaking and tracking.

                And about different marketers giving different directions, that should of course be expected. We must understand that this is not some mathematical formula where every one must have the same answer. It’s about knowing the principles once you do you can always find your own “level.” It’s really a science and an art – that is, knowing what to do and how to do it!

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