GeekMBA360

Career and Money Advice At The Intersection Of Business And Technology

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This blog is one year old!

August 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I started blogging last August, just a few weeks ago before my daughter was born. I’ve loved writing since I was first grade. I also enjoy talking to friends about their career challenges. For some reasons, I was compelled to start blogging.

It has been quite a journey. It has been a lot of work in this past year to blog consistently while balancing a full-time job and a growing family with two little ones. But, it has been incredibly rewarding.

I want to thank all of you, my readers!!! Without you, I’d be talking to myself. 🙂

Let me share with you some interesting statistics about this blog.

Who are reading this blog?

  • Readers from 146 countries/territories have visited this blog in the past year
  • The majority of the readers come from the United States. But, the following countries had at least 100 visitors: Canada, India, United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Australia, France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Poland, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Russia, Taiwan, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa.
  • The average pages/visit is 2.16 pages, and average time on site for each visit is 2 minutes and 23 seconds.
  • This blog has become quite popular among professionals in China, receiving traffic from 91 cities in China! I want to thank formerly Shanghai based blogger and current first-year UC Berkeley MBA Student Freeman Ding for introducing this blog to readers in China!
  • This blog has been visited by readers from 50 states in the United States. The following states have at least 1,000 visitors to the blog: California, Washington, New York, Texas, Illinois, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and Ohio.

What are most popular posts?

I wrote a total of 233 posts in the past year. That’s 4.4 posts per week. The top ten most popular posts are:

  1. Seven things you should do immediately after layoff
  2. Ten things you should do before layoff
  3. Depression 2.0 Survival Guide — February, 2009 Edition
  4. Microsoft laid-off employees spoke up! Layoff Satisfaction Survey Result
  5. Cover letter for laid off worker
  6. Seven Lessons I learned from attending business school during recession
  7. The dirty secrets of performance review
  8. What should you do if you’re laid off today? A 5-day Personal "boot camp" to beat layoff
  9. How to increase your GMAT score from 650 to 730
  10. Layoff Satisfaction Survey results: Sun Microsystem

How did you find this site?

The traffic sources are:

  • 25.63% Direct Traffic
  • 35% Referring Sites
  • 39.37% Search Engines

Among the major search engines traffic, Google accounts for a whopping 92% of the search traffic to this site. Wow! Microsoft: you have a long way to go! 🙂

What I have learned?

  • Blogging is a lot of hard work, but it’s tremendously rewarding.
  • I enjoy interacting with all of you, my dear readers. Blogging is a two-way conversation.
  • The more personal, real, authentic my voice becomes, the more comments and feedback I get from readers. Blogging is about being real and honest.
  • Due to my lack of knowledge about Search Engine Optimization, I made several mistakes when I set up the blog. For example, my blog posts have SEO-unfriendly URLs. However, I was still able to achieve Google Page Rank 4. Producing valuable content is far more important than playing the SEO game.
  • If you don’t have a passion for what you’re blogging about, you’re not going to be able keep blogging. Fortunately, I really enjoy the topic of my blog – career advice at the intersection of technology and business.
  • In term of monetization, selling your own product is 10 times better than affiliate revenue. Affiliate revenue is 5 times better than advertising revenue. It’s also very important to diversify revenue sources. Relying on Google Ad Sense is very risky because Google provides publisher very little visibility into the internal economics of Google Ad Sense.
  • To maintain blogging momentum, it’s very important to have at least 3 posts a week.
  • Having a blog with consistent, quality posts can really help establish credibility in the marketplace, which will help open doors in term of career and entrepreneur opportunities.
  • WordPress rocks.

What’s next?

  • I’ll continue to write, write, and write. 🙂
  • In addition to career management/development topics, I’ll expand my topics to two other areas: personal finance, and health. I believe that to have a successful career, one must be able to pursuing his/her passion and achieve reasonable level of income (job/career), manage the hard-earned money wisely (personal finance), and enjoy the fruit of labor (health is a prerequisite for any enjoyment.) So, I’ll focus on the “career success triads” – career/job, personal finance, and health.
  • I’ll add more community based features and web services to the blog – one thing I realize is that blog could be an excellent hub for similar-minded readers to connect and help each other. I’m not building another one of those “social networks”. 🙂 But, I’ll try to add more features to facilitate discussion and interactions.
  • The publication of my first premium report “How to get a job at amazon.com” has been quite a success. I’ll continue to publish premiums reports, providing in-depth reports to help job seekers.
  • Give the blog a face lift by improving theme and navigation.

What can you do to help?

  • Let me know what topics you’re interested in. Send me any feedback you have about this blog.
  • Introduce this blog to 10 of your friends who you think will benefit from this blog.
  • Follow me on twitter. Connect to me on Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • If you like any post on this blog, please share the article with the world on StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Yahoo Buzz, etc.

Look forward to another great year of blogging, sharing and discussing!

Tags: Blogging

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Freeman Ding // Aug 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Congratulations!!!

    Man, you deserve a big congratulation!

    I am sincerely extremly happy for you. I wrote similar statistics summary posts when I blogged after half and year and a year. I really know all the efforts a blogger has to pay. But just exactly as you said, blogging is incredibly rewarding.

    Thank you for all of the posts and more importantly, the wonderful insights showed in your blogs. I truly enjoyed reading your blog, and I am always one of the most loyal readers, and one of the most passionate evangelists for your blog!

    Yours sincerely,

    Freeman

  • 2 Freeman Ding // Aug 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Congratulations!!!

    Man, you deserve a big congratulation!

    I am sincerely extremly happy for you. I wrote similar statistics summary posts when I blogged after half and year and a year. I really know all the efforts a blogger has to pay. But just exactly as you said, blogging is incredibly rewarding.

    Thank you for all of the posts and more importantly, the wonderful insights showed in your blogs. I truly enjoyed reading your blog, and I am always one of the most loyal readers, and one of the most passionate evangelists for your blog!

    Yours sincerely,

    Freeman

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