Blog Status Report: Q1 2009

My goals for the year are on track.

7,500 Twitter Followers: I have demolished my 2009 goal of 7,500 followers on Twitter. I am almost at 20,000. I pick up 100-200 a day without doing anything at this point. If I try, I can get even more. Twitter is far and away the #1 marketing tool I have. It is so good, I have not spent much time in other places. Having 100,000 by the end of 2009 is not out of the question given my rate of growth.

5,000 Subscribers: With the newsletter finally launched, I have a chance at reaching my subscriber goal of 5,000 by the end of the year. I have increased my subscribers by 50% since the beginning of the quarter. 50% quarterly growth will put me at 5,100 at the end of 2009. Momentum is picking up, so I’m not worrying too much about it anymore.

Get my book published: I have begun talking to some publishers about my book and the feedback is good so far. I think that is going well.

100,000 visits per month: My goal of 100,000 visits per month is still going to need some work. I’m at about 22,000 right now, but I have not had a ton of social media traffic. I have done nothing with Stumble Upon or Redditt in months. Nonetheless, March will be my biggest month yet through nothing but search engines, Twitter and organic traffic. I suppose that is pretty healthy considering I’m not using traffic spikes to achieve it. If I could get some marketing help with the Stumble/Reddit/Digg department, I could do much better. I’m guessing with a concerted effort in the SU/Reddit department, I could easily double my current traffic in a month. The trick would be keeping the numbers up that high.

Podcasting: I have done nothing with this so far.

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By Gary

3 dimples. 7 continents. 130 countries.