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Archive: Site Stuff

Google Analytics: Literally Minutes of Fun

Every once in awhile, it’s nice to take a closer look at your analytics page. Here are a few of the more interesting things I’ve picked out of the last month of my statistics:

Why are you still using Internet Explorer?

Look at this:

Come on people, why are you still using IE? It’s slow, it has more security vulnerabilities than any other modern browser, and it just plain sucks. Go get Firefox. Either that, or give me a good reason why anybody should still be using IE.

Not optimized for tiny screens

Here’s a shocker:

That’s from the OS page. People are visiting this site from hand-held devices. I don’t know whether to be impressed or horrified. This site must like like total crap on a screen that small. Oh well, to each his own.

Something surprising

An article I wrote six months ago seems to be ranking #2 when you search for the name of a particular online store:

Back when I wrote that article, they’d only sold 400 somethings. Six months later, they’ve sold over 10,000. Congrats guys.

Diamond in the rough

I’ll leave you guys with this keyword that’s brought two people to my site:

If that’s not a reason to try to get rich, then I don’t know what is.

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Podcast Preview and Site Stuff

First up: Site stuff.

Yesterday marked the first time that I’ve ever passed 200 RSS readers. This means two things:

  1. Starting a weekly podcast has done more for me in the past month than the previous three months of daily writing.
  2. Paid reviews now cost $20. Remember my rule? I tack on $10 for every additional 100 readers I get. Congrats to Colin for getting the last $10 ReviewU Now.

Thanks to everybody who helped give me a big number to look at.

This week’s podcast preview

This week I’ll be talking to Eli of BlueHatSEO.  Why just one person?  Well, I’m going to be trying a new format for the show, one that includes a summary of the past week’s news.  We’ll see how that works out.

I apologize to everybody who was expecting me to interview the “big 3″ from Wickedfire, but I’ve been told that Jon “lost interest” in the whole podcast thing.  That’s ok, if I was a multi-millionaire I’m sure I could find better things to do too.  As for Smaxor, well, he was very cooperative and I’ll try to get him on the show at a later date.

If you’d like to suggest a question for me to ask, you have approximately four hours or so before I interview him this afternoon.  In any case, it should be an interesting and informative interview.

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Podcast Oops

I admit it, I screwed up. Sorry guys, there will be no podcast this weekend.

This one is entirely my bad. Something came up in my schedule, and I kind of have to drop everything and deal with it. It’s nothing bad, I’ll just be out of town for a few days. As such, I won’t have the chance to get all three of the guys I was going to interview together, and I couldn’t find anybody to throw together a last-minute thing.

This is really disappointing for me because I’m just getting started, and getting four episodes done in a row (ie, one month) would have been a nice achievement (not to mention I’ve gotten a lot of new subscribers this week, and I hate to disappoint). I’ll try not to let this happen in the future.

A quick tip

I don’t want this to be a useless post, so I’ll leave you guys with a quick tip (in case you ever want to do a podcast of your own). For starters, I just submitted my podcast to iTunes last night (you guys can stop bugging me now), but I noticed that podPress wasn’t feeding the correct values to the RSS feed. As such, it wasn’t getting my name and description correct in the iTunes summary. So, instead of using the feed that podPress creates specifically for iTunes, I decided to just use my Feedburner feed. I quickly found out that Feedburner anticipated that its users would be publishing to iTunes, so they included an easy way to edit your feed details.

If you’re logged in to Feedburner, select your podcast feed and click on the ‘Optimize’ tab at the top. Click on ‘Smartcast’ in the sidebar, and you’ll see all of the values that your feed passes to iTunes, all laid out in an easy-to-edit fashion. Easy, right? Mess with all of that until you have a nice, pretty iTunes summary.

To fill the void

My guests and I were going to talk about how to go from $0 to $1,000 in your first month of making money online. If you’re really curious about the many ways to do that, and you can’t wait until (hopefully) next week, I’d suggest reading through the Wickedfire Newbie Board. Tons of good information there.

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Quick Blurb

It’s been brought to my attention that some of you don’t want to be exposed to my wit and charm on a daily basis, and would rather only subscribe to my weekend podcasts. I understand. It’s just like staring into the sun: You can only take so much sarcasm before your eyes melt. So, for those of you who only want to subscribe to my podcast, I’ve added a link on my Podcast Page (see that graphic I added to my sidebar?  The one that I can’t get to look good no matter where I put it? It leads there too). The link at the very top of the page will lead you to my podcast-only feed.

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This Week’s Podcast Preview

Here’s a quick peek at what I’ve got lined up for this week’s podcast.

First of all, I managed to get things figured out with Paul, so he’ll be appearing on this week’s show. I’ve got plenty of questions for him, as he’s had a rough week in terms of shock and outrage. You’ll see what I mean

For my second interview, I’ll be talking to Lord Brar. He’s pretty well-known on Wickedfire, and apparently he’s the go-to guy when it comes to domaining. I don’t really know anything about him or domaining, so it should be an informative interview.

Listener Questions

Just a quick heads up - If you guys leave a comment with a question for one of my guests, chances are I won’t receive it. I’ve been getting literally 200 spam comments per day for the past week, and Akismet is eating everything. I’m going through the filter a few times a day, but I still might miss something. If you really want your question to be asked, please use my contact form.

Next Week’s Episode

I’m not going to say much about it yet, as I still don’t have have all the details sorted out, but right now it looks like I’ll be talking to three of the big guys from Wickedfire: Jon (the owner), Eli (of BlueHatSEO), and one other guy (maybe? no confirmation yet).  It’s looking like I’ll be talking to all three simultaneously, so it should be interesting.

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