January 2010 Recap – But I Don’t Wanna Blog!

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If ever there were any doubts, they are completely gone now.  I am definitely a creature of habit.

My plan at the beginning of December was to take off one week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but that wasn’t exactly how it worked out.  Once my wife and son were on their winter break from school, there was little hope of keeping up my two-a-day posts.

There was no hope at all when my laptop crashed.  To make matters worse, all of my social networking came to a screeching halt as well.

My routine was pretty well set.  I would write one post in the morning, and in the afternoon after I picked up my son from school I would write the second post.  I would do my blogwalking and social networking on the laptop while watching television or carrying on a conversation with the family.

It’s not that I didn’t want to blog, but the extended break started a new routine that was hard to break without the laptop being available.

The Christian Entrepreneur in the News

It should come as little surprise then that there was very little buzz going around the blogosphere during January.  I managed to post a whole six posts for the month.

The biggest news came sometime around New Year’s Day when we received our visible PageRank update from Google.  The Christian Entrepreneur now has a PageRank of 2 up from the initial PageRank of zero it received in November.

It’s Hard to Comment When There’s No Postings

I was pretty surprised that the number of comments were as high as they were since I had not posted much during January.  All I can say is that you all rock!

This month we had 26 commenters make 52 comments compared to 42 commenters making 189 comments last month.

Top 10 Commenters

  1. Paula (8)
  2. Mike Holmes (6)
  3. Will from Whatawebsite (4)
  4. Brandon A. Cox (3)
    Laurie Neumann (3)
    Ms. Freeman (3)
    Alison Moore Smith (3)
  5. Rod Kirby (2)
    David Rupert (2)
    Jared P. Little (2)

As a way of saying thank you, the links above will share my Google PageRank.

Special Commenter Appreciation Goes To …

The free one month advertising banner goes to Paula from Affiliate Blog Online for being the top commenter.  Please email your banner to brad@bradleyaharmon.com.

Paula from Affiliate Blog Online, Mike Holmes, and Will from Whatawebsite will all receive a free write up on their blogs for being the top three commenters of the month.

Find out more about our commenter appreciation program by reading Comments Are a Blogger’s Best Friend.

5 Most Commented on Posts of the Month

  1. How SMART are Your New Year’s Resolutions? (18 comments)
  2. 5 Ways to Make Your Goals Even SMARTer this Year (14 comments)
  3. What Entrepreneurs can Learn from Martha Coakley’s Campaign (10 comments)
  4. Gays, Lesbians, and the Christian Entrepreneur (10 comments)
  5. Where was God when Haiti Shook? (9 comments)

Website Statistics

Even though I was harder to find than Waldo at a barber shop sign warehouse in January, the web traffic for the month was still decent for such a young blog.

Top Referring Sites

  1. Whatawebsite (62)
  2. Blog Engage (50)
  3. Stumble Upon (43)
  4. Intense Debate (35)
  5. Twitter (21)

February 2010 Goals

  • 2,500 visits
  • 1,000 unique visitors
  • 7,500 pageviews
  • 3.00 average pageviews

January 2010 Goals vs Actuals

The four goals that I wanted this site to achieve in January were not possible with my post volume for the month.  I am surprised that we were at 50% or more for most.

  • Goal was 1,200 visits – Actually had 663
  • Goal was 700 unique visitors – Actually had 464
  • Goal was 3,500 page views – Actually had 1,526
  • Goal was 3.00 average pageviews – Actually had 2.30

Final Thoughts

Obviously, I need to step it up big time if I am going to come anywhere close to my February 2010 goals.  It’s my birthday month though so hopefully you all will give me a nice present.

I will be opening up guest posting in February, and I will be writing guest posts for several bloggers that have asked over the last month.

If you’re interested in having me guest post on your blog, or you would like to guest post on The Christian Entrepreneur let me know.  The best way is by leaving a comment here or leave a comment on my Facebook wall.

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Pedro Moore February 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Hey Brad!

this is my first comment but I've been follow your blog for a while now and I want to say I touch and agree with your. My stats are similar to yours and I actually took a little time off the site to build a sure business plan for my mulitblogger site.

My site is financial lifestyle magazine uniting Christian Entrepreneurs throughout the world so they can connect with one another, learn, collaborate, grow and innovate with new business ideas..

I'm always looking for new writers, my passion is entrepreneurship and obviously God, so I wanted to combined the two. My mission to show the world that a person can learn about business, life straight from the bible. All articles, whether they are about customer services, marketing, sales etc, each articles has a bible reference or a story to confirm the theory thats being conveyed.

I really want to you achieve your goal for the website and I'll do my best to help promote the articles as well. Maybe we can help each others. Can you help promote articles on my site as well. I would love to get your feedback on my site and when I'm done redoing my strategy for my site I would like you to check it out to get honest feedback.

God bless and hope this comment wasn't too long.
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Brad Harmon February 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Pedro,

First, let me say welcome and thank you for leaving a comment. Second, compared to my typical comments I would be the last person able to say that anyone's comment was too long. ;)

I had not heard of your website before your comment so I am glad I know about it now. From your description it sounds like we have very similar desires for our websites. I have not had enough discipline to keep my topics in strict adherence to the goals of this site, but they haven't wandered too far off. I am working on other outlets for the off-focus posts though so I hope that will help.

I have added your website to my list of sites to check out this month so look for me soon. Once we have developed some rapport I would be more than happy to talk with you more about trading guest posts and adding you to my blogroll.

Brad

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IsraeliMom February 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Two posts a day is quite a lot if it's all on the same blog – is it?
My recent post January 2010 Post Roundup

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Brad Harmon February 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Yes, I was posting an average of two posts per day on this site for the first half of December. It didn't end up being as difficult as I thought it was going to be to write them, but my average post is 1,000 words. That's much longer than typical blog posts.

I am setting up a couple of more blogs so I can spread out the posts by interest. I've narrowed down the focus of the blog once already, but I think it still needs to be focused some more. I'm still in the learning process, but I think I have identified three groups of readers now following this blog.

Given the length of my posts, 2 posts per day may be a bit much to expect people to read through. Either posting frequency or length will have to change.

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MikeHolmes February 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm

You need to be like a blogging coach or something Brad…seriously! I look forward to the day when I see you on Problogger!
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Brad Harmon February 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Are you trying to say that I am an example of what not to do? ;) I pretty much was for the last month.

You guys really carried the conversation in my absence, and you had to search through some older posts just to find something on which to comment. I am very fortunate that my traffic rebounded after such a long absence. Lesson learned though. I still wish I had my laptop back.

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dana February 2, 2010 at 5:20 am

It seems your blog in quite state last month Brad. Hope this February better than that.
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Brad Harmon February 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Yeah, that was my fault completely since I only had 6 posts for the month. I am looking forward to a big bounce in February.

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Greg Ellison February 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

That is a lot of posts for a day. Good Job on sticking with it. Keep up the great work. Greg Ellison
My recent post Blog Income Report for January 2010

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Brad Harmon February 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Thanks Greg. I am shooting for a 2 posts a day average for the rest of this quarter to help build my traffic back up from my time off in January. After that, I will have to see where it needs to go. My guess is that some of the activity will split off to another blog.

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Brad Harmon February 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Thanks Greg. I am shooting for a 2 posts a day average for the rest of this quarter to help build my traffic back up from my time off in January. After that, I will have to see where it needs to go. My guess is that some of the activity will split off to another blog.

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