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  1. bquass
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I've been a webmaster for over 10 years. Three months ago, I launched my first WordPress site, thinking that it would help me get better visibility in search engines.
    My new site contains audio comedy routines using text-to-speech voices and sound effects and features the Who's on first comedy routine of Abbott and Costello, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, etc. (www.quass.com)

    I find it hard to believe that nobody ever searches for audio versions of these classic comedy routines, but that's what my stats seem to suggest. I have received NO search engine traffic, for instance, for the comedy routine by Abbott and Costello and only ONE referral for my recorded reading of Edgar Allan Poe's Raven. ONE.

    In fact, I have now created about 60 comedy routines for which I've provided custom meta tags using an SEO plug-in -- and I have received almost NO traffic for any of these posts from search engines???

    I had thought that WordPress would help me make pages that potentially had better listings -- or at least would help me get organized and attend to my meta tags better.

    But the meta descriptions and titles I'm using seem to make no difference whatsoever.

    People say, you have to get links TO your blog to get better listings in search engines -- but how can I do that when my site has (almost literally) NO visibility online? People have to at least know my site exists before they can love it or hate it.

    Also, what's up with the subscriber stats: I show 124 subscribers on my wordpress site but only ONE subscriber at Google -- to which I submitted the site three months ago.

    Should I bring the site down and try something new? Or launch an advertising blitz? Or am I doing something wrong regarding meta tags and site organization?

    Thanks,

    Brian

  2. Getting traffic is more than just making a good site. Though with a good site, things show up a little faster.

    See, the best way to get more traffic is to advertise. Go to similar sites and ask if they'll link to you. Link back to them. Tweet/Facebook about it. But until you TELL people about your site, your SEO won't help. People need to know to come and that's spreading the news :)

  3. bquass
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the response. I think you're right. I've been so busy trying to "get right with Google" that it never occurred to me that that might not be enough in any case.

  4. dowbright
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    How did your earlier sites get traffic?

    I think it would help if you did some cruising around, reading about how to promote your site.

    SEO is no longer quite the cash-cow it used to be. (I know. I had a lot of music sites back in the 90's.) It's a whole different ballgame.

    Check into "social media," "promote your site," and as the person above said, start communicating with other similar sites.

    Search engines aren't king anymore.

    Best of luck! : )

    Paula

  5. jtlowe22
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Just to make sure, did you check if you have the "allow search engines" option enabled in your wordpress admin panel?

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_Privacy_SubPanel

    Also, how much research have you done on your target audience. Do you know if there is a large demand for what you have created?

  6. bquass
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay, thanks for the input. It's all good advice.

    I haven't done any research, JTL, but if the site stats are any sign, then the answer is that nobody is interested in what I'm doing. (Either that or the descriptions that are getting through to search engines and such are confusing or unclear.)

    The only problem is, I've received a few very positive e-mails about the site, plus I've gotten about 125 subscribers so far according to my WordPress stats plug-in.

    I'm not sure if the subscribers are real, however, because none of them leave comments, and the Google blog subscriber count remains stubbornly at zero.

    Still, the subscriber total increases by a few almost every day -- but it seems fishy to me given the situation.

  7. I've gotten about 125 subscribers so far according to my WordPress stats plug-in.

    I'm not sure if the subscribers are real, however, because none of them leave comments, and the Google blog subscriber count remains stubbornly at zero.

    Oh, they're real. 125 is a very healthy number.

    Typically, folks won't comment unless they either have something profound to say, or they're a spammer. On average, you'll probably see 1 regular commentator for every 100 subscribers, so having no regular commentators at 125 is still within the realm of average.

    As for Google's subscriber count, it only reports the number of folks who have subscribed using Google Reader. So, in this case, you have 125 subscribers, and none of them are using Google Reader.

    Also, keep in mind that it's far more convenient for folks to read your articles in their feed reader than it is to visit your site. It's quite common to have frustratingly low visit numbers with high subscriber numbers.

  8. bquass
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks James,

    That info is very useful for me. I don't subscribe to feeds as a rule, so I didn't realize that so many users were using feeds like that, without actually always visiting the sites from which they come.

    Brian

  9. Oh yes, subscribing to feeds is very popular.

    At this time, I've subscribed to 84 blogs, which means that I get to see all of their posts in one handy place (Google Reader).

    It takes me about 15 - 30 minutes to go through all of them every morning. I can't even imagine how long that would take if I went to every single site directly. :)

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