Doing the Best With the Website Visitors you Have

Darren Rowse of ProBlogger recently posted to his Google + profile a “Bloggers Discuss” post. In it, he asked what some of the techniques were that people used to increase readership/traffic to their website/blog. One of the key points he mentioned that has worked for him is “The Readers You Have.” That’s an interesting statement. I always thought I needed thousands of loyal readers and hadn’t thought of taking care of the few I have now…

Who are My Readers Right Now?

To answer this question, I’m going to do a little experiment. I know there are at least a few people that read this blog, some for every article, and some here and there. I want to know who these loyal readers are. I have an idea of who some of them are, just by examining comments over the past month or so, but want to make sure I narrow it down. Here’s a list of who I believe are current and at least somewhat regular readers of my website:

If I didn’t include you in this list and you are a frequent visitor, my sincere apologies – please let me know in the comments below, so I know to serve you as well.

What I’m Adding to Your Lives

First, I’ll admit that I don’t know what I’m doing here on my website, except writing when I feel inspired. I don’t have a set plan or theme for my website. Yes, I do write about topics such as personal growth, business, success, and money, but for the most part, most of my writing is pretty broad. As such, the bounce rate (the rate at which a visitor leaves after visiting 1 page) is high. I wonder, is it important that I have a common theme for my website here?

This is where you come in, the reader. Here’s my thoughts about why each of you read. You can tell me if I’m spot on below or if I’m totally nuts.

  • My wife, Heidi, reads because she loves me and I’m truly blessed to have her as a companion.
  • My sister-in-law, Wendy, reads because she is a very supportive person and takes an interest in my endeavors, which I appreciate.
  • My older brother, Paul, reads because I told him of my website and it’s something to do in his spare time.
  • Trisha Trixie reads because she found me from somewhere and seems to like what I write. She first talked to me on Google Plus. Trisha, how did you find out about me? :)
  • Valerie Mondesir I met online in Steve Pavlina’s forums a few years ago. I think we clicked right away and we have a great deal in common. She reads because I think she values my opinion. She’s truly a great friend.
  • KrantCents reads because he is selfless and supportive. I think he sees me as a younger person trying to make his mark and he’s a wiser and older man trying to help someone younger and more at the beginning of their journey.
  • Sam the Samurai reads because I think I built a good relationship with him in the early days of his website. I found him from another website, PlantingDollars.com. I offered my services for free on an Alexa website ranking widget. We even had a phone call back when I first started this website. I’m very grateful to know you Sam.
  • Faye reads because I believe she connects with me on the personal growth and life improvement level. I think my most popular articles with her are the one’s where I feel inspired and energetic and share the good things happening, particularly with my marriage.
  • Dave E Wilkes is a recent reader of this website. I believe he got value out of my “Get It Done Now Series.”

Well, did I hit the mark or am I way off? I’m thankful that I have the readers here that I do. I really want to provide value with my websites and sometimes I feel like time passes and passes and I’m not making any progress. Regardless of that, I’ve made some true friends online here and I’m really getting emotional now thinking about it.

Sam, you really have made an impact on me more than you know. Seeing you lead on your website and form the Yakezie network is so inspiring. You are a humble person and I know would never boast about this achievement. But it’s really remarkable what you’ve done and you have a talent and work ethic that are of a high level.

Valerie, we have so much in common, from Star Trek, to personal growth and development. I’ve truly enjoyed connecting with you. I remember a while ago working on “Project Focus” with you. That was a learning experience. I realized without a plan and a strategy, it’s really hard to create something that works and adds value. Thank you for being such a good friend and I hope we stay in touch always.

To Trisha Trixie, thanks for sharing your feedback and critiquing my work. When you said you’d buy an e-course from me, that made me very happy – to know I’ve reached someone in that way, that they’d trust me with buying a product of mine.

To KrantCents, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my articles. You’ve consistently done this for a little while now and I appreciate you being a voice of support.

To Dave E Wilkes, thanks for sharing your comment recently. The fact you took the time to write anything made my day and I appreciate it.

To Faye, we’ve had some good conversations here about the journey I’ve been on and the relationship I have with my wife. You’ve left some of the most encouraging and insightful comments here. I’m thankful to have you as a friend here and perhaps someday we will meet in person.

To my brother Paul, thanks for reading and supporting me. I hope there are things I say here that help you. It is my goal to make a difference, and to do that, I realize I have to start small, with my family and the few others who are out there.

To Wendy, my sister-in-law, thanks for being such a wise owl who helps me see angles and perspectives outside my own. Wendy helped me write the novel, Eglathia. She did it even though I am a complete noob when it comes to writing. Her patience with me in getting the book released is very inspiring to me. Thanks Wendy for being such a great sister-in-law!

To my wife, Heidi, thanks for being such a kind and compassionate wife. I’m a terrible listener and often Heidi has to repeat herself over and over. She does this day after day and doesn’t complain. When I writhe in the bed at night and wake her up, she doesn’t tell me what a disturbance I am, but instead is patient. She gets up with our little girls at night when I have to work the next day. Every man should be so lucky to have a woman at his side who supports and loves him.

I have a good life. I wrote recently that I am afraid. After writing this article, I’m not as afraid. I feel like I’ve made some true friends and have the support of a loving wife. What more could I guy really ask for? And what would you like to see me write about more?

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3 thoughts on “Doing the Best With the Website Visitors you Have

  1. Very interesting concept! I agree with much of what you said, but I also learn from everything I read. Blogging facilitates that exchange of ideas which makes life interesting. Although you may at the beginning of your journey, I am far from the end. I might even say that I am in the middle!

    1. Larry – I think I just remembered that is your first name – thanks for sharing that you are far from the end of your journey. This helps me see your perspective on where you’re at. My challenge is applying what I think I learn so that I’m able to influence others for the better.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. Jeremy, thanks for your kind words!

    I just got back from Fincon12 in Denver, and it was wonderful meeting everybody face to face. There is a lot of love in the community!

    I look forward to working with you more closely on your endeavors.

    Best,

    Sam

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