Blogging challenge: Tasks for day 16, 17 & 18

Ok ! As you may be aware I am taking part in a blogging challenge (which is actually is Group writing project) conducted by Darren Rowse from Problogger. Here is views/actions on tasks for day 16, 17 & 18.

Task for Day 16 : Create a Heatmap of Where Readers Click on Your Blog.

 

This task is related to understand the activities of your visitors in detail while they are on your website/Blog. It actually includes using a very useful service by the name ‘CrazyEgg’ which tracks where readers of your blog click when surfing on your blog. It creates a sort of heatmap of the results.

My comments/action: I installed the script on two of my pages. I am using a free version of this service which allows tracking of only 4 pages. The results are very interesting. See these screen shots. Notice the circular Button in blue, green and red.

 

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These results told me that visitors are searching my blog, they want to know ‘about’ me, they want to see the picture in detail and they are commenting on my posts ! wonderful ! It’s almost amazing to see so much detailed activity. This crazy Egg is a really cool thing to track your visitors activities.

 

Once my blog starts attracting substantial numbers of visitors, I’ll try the paid version of this service to optimize my blog. It’s a great tool .Thanks to Darren.

 

Task for Day 17 : Run a StumbleUpon Advertising Campaign For Your Blog.

 

Ok this task wants me to run a StumbleUpon Advertising Campaign for my blog. It’ll costs me $5. Well though this is a very small amount, I think at this initial stage of my blog, running this campaign is not worth while. There is so little content on my blog that even if this campaign generates 100 unique visits, very few of them will stay at my blog. May be after sometime (a few months later) I run this campaign. So task completed for now.

 

Task for Day 18 : Create a Sneeze Page and Propel Readers Deep Within Your Blog.

This one is interesting. Here Darren has pointed towards a problem which most of the bloggers face. As we keep posting more and more articles on our blog, slowly we create a sort of database of articles. However, it is difficult for new visitors of our blog to find a complete list of all these articles. The challenge is how to propel readers towards some of the best posts in your archives. They can only see a list of our recent 10 posts or so. The archives page also dose not offer much help. This problem can be sorted out by creating a post or page exclusively for a list of all the articles of our blog. Further, if we can prepare this list category wise or topic wise then it will be very helpful for our readers.

As of now my blog has very articles. However, after sometime I’ll create a post where I’ll list my entire articles category wise. I’ll also showcase my best (I mean popular) articles in the sidebar so that they can be read by visitors.

Here one point I would like to mention is that I am not following Darren’s advice word-by-word. As my blog is comparatively new, I can’t implement all tips suggested by him. Doing so will not help my blog. However, I am noting all his tips and I know that, in the long run, I shall definitely implement them.

 

 

 

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7 Responses to Blogging challenge: Tasks for day 16, 17 & 18

  1. Laura Aug 18, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    Great to hear you are keeping up with it all! It’s good to read how we are all learning from this challenge!

  2. Darren Aug 18, 2007 at 9:52 pm #

    thanks for participating and reporting what you’re learning. I’m glad you’re not following this word for word – very smart. Some of these tasks will be better for you in a few months after you’ve been blogging for a while.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Sue Waters Aug 19, 2007 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi Eklavya

    I have set up a project page for the chocolate challenge participants here. I don’t have a photo of you 🙁 so had to use what I had. Also do not have an email address so am only able to let you know via comments on your posts.

    Keep up the good work – I enjoy your posts.

    Sue

  4. alex miller Aug 20, 2007 at 7:44 am #

    HI Eklavya,
    I like the new visitor welcome and invitation to subscribe at the top of your blog posts. Hope you don’t mind if I steal that!

    Thanks,
    Alex

  5. Eklavya Aug 27, 2007 at 12:06 pm #

    Not at all Alex. In fact I would love it if you use that plugin for your blog 🙂

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