It is the 1st of March and Bernard Boulevard’s second monthly performance recap! If you were unaware, my blog’s official launch was January 1st, 2016 and a very exciting day for me. I spent the majority of December 2015 preparing the site. Instead of retelling the entire story of my blog’s birth, I’ve placed a summary lower in this post. You can also click here to view the full blog post! Back to February’s performance… here are a few stats from this past month.
Most Popular Page
Top 3 Traffic Generators
1- Search Engines, 2- WordPress Reader, 3- Google+
6 Followers via WordPress; 17 Likes via Facebook Page
51 Views and 29 Visitors on February 16,2016
Weekly Trend on Chart
Domain & Page Authority
Domain: 10/100 ; Page: 22/100
43.125% Traffic Increase since January
February Stats: 458 Views, 233 Visitors, 71 Likes, 41 Comments:
For only being 2 months old, I feel as though my blog is making pretty decent progress. Compared to the month of Janurary, Bernard Boulevard has seen a 49.2% increase in overall page views. This translates to a 43.125% increase in total traffic, as previously mentioned. As always, I’m truly looking forward to see how much the blog grows in March!
The Birth of Bernard Boulevard
Bernard Boulevard, in a sense, was born in early December but was not released from the hospital until the 1st of January. Beforehand, I actually had just begun working on another site of mine, which was a complete failure. It took me only a day to create and looked pretty, but it lacked in a strong blogging foundation. A major theme of Bernard Boulevard, that my other website lacked, is quality. My old website was rushed and did not have any form of planning, scheduling, or attractiveness to it. While working on the old site, the name Bernard Boulevard simply popped in my head! Bernard is my middle name, which is what gave rise to the thought. Other than that, I could not tell you anything else that would have influenced the blog’s name other than luck. I truly found the name appealing and more appropriate than naming the blog “traceymathis.com”. After coming to that realization, I wrote the blog name in the Notes app of my iPhone, not really sure of what I was even going to do with it. Since I liked the name so much, I decided to purchase the domain name through Namecheap while I would wait for ideas to pour in. The thought of actually creating a blog came to me while I was listening to John Lee Dumas speak on his podcast Entrepreneur on Fire, also known as EOFire!
The week of December 14th, 2015 was the week that Bernard Boulevard was finally put under construction. I spent the rest of December formatting the website and leaking out small bits of it to my Facebook profile in order to give its official January launch a boost in traffic from people waiting for the first blog post. It wasn’t long after building the blog that I started writing blog posts. I had a notebook with a ton of ideas and was able to come up with 7 blog posts that would be scheduled and ready to be post during the first week of 2016.
When January finally came around, it was time to place some of my focus on the marketing strategies in order to generate some form of traffic, even if it was a pea size amount. I’m going to make it clear that I did not purchase advertising for my blog during this month and do not plan on doing so until much later. I have created a few blog posts that go in depth on how exactly I approached building an audience. To be brief, I used word of mouth and social media to get the word out. Facebook provided me with a social media page for my blog that would show my blog’s updates while giving people the opportunity to like and share with their friends and followers. I applied the same process across Twitter, Google+ and Instagram while making sure to stay consistent throughout the entire process. In my opinion, scheduling posts in advance and actually sticking to a posting schedule helped solidify my blog’s foundation and allowed it to gain the exposure that it did.
As always, I’d like to conclude this post and start the month off right by thanking Bernard Boulevard’s greatest contributors. For those of you wondering, Kristen Hadeed of Student Maid, Tai Lopez of the 67 Steps, and John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire have served as some of my greatest daily motivation. They have broken boundaries in the world of business and have so much invaluable wisdom!
The majority of my blog’s images come from the amazing photographers of Pixabay and I highly suggest that you go check them out! On a more technical side, I feel as though editors do not receive the proper recognition that they deserve. Without the help of my good friend Erin, editing would truly be a hassle! You can see exactly why on my former blog post (Click Here). Lastly, I’d like to thank my Graphic Designer, Leandis Patton, for putting together a beautiful logo for the blog! Feel free to visit Bernard Boulevard’s Facebook page to see his work! I’d also like to make it known to all of my new and returning visitors of how much I appreciate your time. All of you that have subscribed, followed, and liked Bernard Boulevard and its blog posts are the reasons that I’m still working today! I’d also like to thank a fellow blogger and our most active subscriber, Poet Rummager, for keeping me inspired and supporting me along the way. If you love poetry, you should really go check out her blog!(Click Here)
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Editor for Bernard Boulevard