My traffic dropped.
Let’s talk blog traffic. And sometimes, not everything is awesome.
Nobody likes to share their own dirty laundry, but truth is… the traffic for Blog Marketing Academy has dropped.
It started around March. And it has been a slow bleed. And as it sits now, BMA traffic is roughly half what it was 6 months ago.
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When I look at the various incoming traffic channels, it is clear where the problem lies.
The changes Google has been making have unfortunately adversely affected BMA. And the decline in traffic overall is directly proportional to the decline in organic search results.
We know Google has made some big changes this year. Chief among this is the focus on core web vitals, page speed, page “experience”, etc.
But, we also know that there’s always a general movement by Google to surface higher quality stuff. And, they use a LOT of different metrics to determine what that is. Not only that, with so much content being produced, it forces you to continually raise your game. Especially in my niche. You just can’t rest easy.
All this to say that I’ve begun a concerted internal project to fix this issue. Here’s the bullet points of my areas of focus:
- Doing whatever I can to increase page speed, including some on-site optimizations as well as a server upgrade. Might need to make some big changes specifically for mobile, too. My desktop scores aren’t bad, but really drop for mobile.
- Overall increasing my production of new content. This includes more focus on Youtube and putting a video with just about every new post.
- Doing a full internal content audit to optimize what’s currently in the archives of the BMA. Not only to better optimize for SEO, but to solve the page experience issue page by page.
Over time, there is certainly content on the blog that has become outdated. Not only in terms of links and things, but also even just calls to action. And with all the technical changes made to the Blog Marketing Academy (between membership changes, theme changes, plugin changes, etc.), there are some lagging issues back there.
For instance, last week I fixed one post where (for some reason) every image in the post was repeated 3 times! I mean, I have no idea how that happened. Yet, that means the page not only looked weird, but it was loading up 3 times the assets needed, slowing down all the page scores.
To be honest, this is a bit of a wakeup call for me.
Nothing I’m doing right now is stuff I didn’t know. I just… wasn’t paying it any attention. I was asleep at the switch. Off doing other things.
My content strategy for BMA has been too hands-off. Taking the inertia for granted and therefore not paying much attention. But, that right there is a recipe for problems.
It is like an old-time pilot with thousands of hours in the chair. They can become complacent and stop using pre-flight checklists. Because they’re so used to things. But, then, not using the checklist and skipping the basics can turn around and bite them. Because, they might forget that one thing that eventually leads to an accident. Even experienced pilots need to follow procedure and use their checklists.
When it comes to blogging, I’m an old-time pilot. And I haven’t been using my own checklists.
So, that’s my own “inside baseball”. Just keepin’ it real.
But, I’m going to make the most of this.
It’ll be a big project. It will involve a lot of SEO, both in terms of content but also technical SEO (the geeky stuff). And I have about 800 posts in the blog archives.
So, not only is this going to mean the public content gets more useful, but…
I’m going to use this as an opportunity to create some brand new stuff for PRO members only.
I’m going to show what I am doing to get my own traffic up. I’m going to show my technical SEO changes and other content changes as I do the audit.
I’m going to systematize things, create some new internal checklists for my own business, and I’m going to make them all available to PRO members.
I’ll be making a ton of content. And it won’t all be out in the open.
On a related note…
The current special offer for the lifetime PRO membership is ending on August 31st. The price is going up.
So, lock in the lowest rate right now.
Prices seem to be going up everywhere. And to be blunt, I need to follow suit or fall behind. So, the first price rise will be taking place on August 31st with the current limited-time offer going away. I always said there would be a limit on it, and now you know the limit. So…
Lock in your lifetime membership this week.
And now, I get back to work. 🙂 Got a lot to do.
Wishlist Member (the popular membership site plugin) has been on an internal project lately to modernize all their email CRM integrations. And, there are two really cool things I noticed.
First, their latest improvements affect ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, and…. FluentCRM.
I LOVE the fact that FluentCRM is on that list! As you know, I’m a big fan of FluentCRM and I’m currently working on (among other things, obviously) converting my whole business from Drip to FluentCRM.
I don’t even use Wishlist Member, but I’m happy to see FluentCRM getting a lot of love. It’s worth it.
But, this isn’t just a standard “we’ll put your members on your list” integration.
This is a two-way tagging integration.
Meaning, you can obviously add a tag when a person joins a member level. But, you can also do it the other way around… adding them to a member level once a tag has been added. This sets up a whole range of potential marketing capability because you can build Wishlist Member actions right into your marketing automations.
This is the kind of thing that you would have needed WP Fusion for. Now, Wishlist and FluentCRM can do it together without anything in the middle. Pretty impressive news.
Also on that theme of integrations, you’ve seen the news about Thrive Automator. You can see my reaction to that on the blog.
Overall, there’s definitely a lot of movement toward more integrations and marketing automation power on top of WordPress. The days of needing to pay for hosted, third-party apps for that kind of capability are coming to an end.
BTW, I nabbed a special discount for FluentCRM for ya, if you decide it is a good fit for you. Use the coupon code “bmamember” and knock 20% off the price.