Time flies. It has been over a month since I started this blog and I have learned a lot already. I am crushing Zack as part of our blog growth challenge, which you can catch up on here:
My key focuses were really just around getting caught up on what makes a blog successful these days, managing my usual startup work with my writing processes, and then trying to organically grow my network. Hopefully, these catch-up posts can provide some insight into the process.
Here are my base traffic stats.
As is very apparent on that graph I hit two very noticeable spikes. At the 2 week mark, I was around 80 unique users. I talked about how organic search and SEO efforts take a while and that I needed to focus on manual networking. Well, that paid off for sure.
That first spike was actually one of my lovely subscribers sharing a post of mine on IndieHackers. That alone brought in over 100 unique users over a few days.
The massive spike was from me sharing a post directly on IndieHackers. This one to be specific:
I am very happy that it was so well received as I really felt it was valuable content. At its peak, that post brought in 250 new users in a single day. I also gained several new subscribers out of it which was awesome!
Unfortunately, after that crazy spike, I hit a wall with some writer's block so my numbers came back to earth as I didn't release anything new. I have some stuff in place to hopefully avoid that in the future.
You can also see here that I am slowly but steadily building momentum with organic search. It takes a while for things to get indexed since this site is so new, and everything ranks poorly right now. I will continue to work on that.
What I Did
I wrote some startup focused and behind the scenes stuff that I think is useful
I am most excited about my new series 'Startup Mistakes' where I discuss in detail mistakes I have made, mistakes my team has made, and mistakes that I see other founders making. There is a ton to uncover here and I think the content is going to be valuable.
As I mentioned in the above section, IndieHackers provided the majority of my recent traffic. There are constantly lots of great posts over there so I would strongly recommend checking it out. I am making a conscious effort to be more active so I can continue learning and hopefully also provide value to other members.
The majority of my time is spent working on Tactycs right now. Alongside ramping up a new developer, we are well under way on our 'microtool suite' tests. This has included switching to entirely new tech stacks for the sake of development speed which is always a challenge I enjoy tackling.
Keep your eye out for our first microtool addition, the Testimonial Creator, in the coming weeks. It has been a smart choice to start with as it is well scoped, tests our new technology out, has been fairly quick to make, and is genuinely useful.
How I Feel About It
Positive vibes over here! Having that huge spike from indiehackers, alongside the discussions I was having over there was really nice. Its a strong motivator to try and get back to numbers like that but consistently. Me and my team are in the process of iterating on and building so many new things that the content is going to be flying out in the coming year!