The original reason for moving this blog from Blogger (where I was quite happy) to WordPress was due to being sent a book, the WordPress Power Guide to review and being referred to Sandi Krakowski’s 30 Day Blog Course.
Both suggested to me that blogging was more than just a fun way to entertain your friends and had the potential to make a small fortune if I follow their directions and apply myself. I love experimenting with things, and so I promptly volunteered Dandilyon Fluff to be the test rat.
I figure no matter what, I win. If these lessons work, I will be a fabulously wealthy blogionaire that promises not to let it go to her head and still work for the betterment of people and bloggers everywhere. If it doesn’t work, I had fun playing with all the new information and am probably a little smarter than when I started this venture.
So here we go, Stage II of Mission Word(im)Press:
The first step has been accomplished, move from Blogger. After two weeks I can say it really is better over here. I have absolutely no traffic building strategies in place yet, just the location has changed, but my traffic has almost doubled. That, alone, is worth it. In addition to the increased traffic, I noticed that many more opportunities are being opened up to me. I definitely add my voice to the masses in favor of hosted WordPress.
Now on to the next steps. Since Sandi has divided her Blog class into a step by step course, I’m going to just follow along with that. Afterwards, I’ll finish reading Mr. Klein’s book and review it, comparing it to what I’ve already done. That should pretty much cover everything. I won’t get too much into the specifics of what I’m doing or a may as well just republish their work. I will be happy to test out what they say, though, and let you know the results.
After moving the blog over, Sandi is having me work with my tags. This is all new for me. I’ve never messed with search engines, tags or traffic building strategies. When I started blogging, originally it was because I was moving to Australia and I wanted a way to let all my family and friends know about my adventures. Then I figured out that’s what FaceBook is for (…that and Farmville).
The blog began to take on a life of its own at that point, a way I could help causes that needed a louder voice, but there wasn’t much focus. It was on a ‘when I feel like it’ publication schedule. Getting the blog published on Kindle meant having a regular schedule. Now, through Sandi’s tutoring, Fluff is finding focus.
I’m on Day #4, and I have moved, focussed and am halfway done with adding keywords. My traffic has doubled just from being on WordPress, and I have been accepted by Technorati as a writer, which I think is due in part to the glossy new format here. I’ll be back in a few days to let you know how successful adding keywords has been, and update you on my new progress.
Apparently doing videos is somewhere in the future, and while I’m not opposed to being in front of a camera, there is a reason I’m a writer. I like being behind the scenes, the view is better. So if videos turns out to be unavoidable, you will all get to meet Mr. Smith, who has agreed to be the Fluff spokesperson. His accent is more interesting than mine anyways :p
Until then, thank you to everyone who is reading and sharing these posts… I am blown away that this little project of mine has taken on such a life of its own. As long as you are reading, I will keep writing. Cheers!