Everyone who has a site wants loads of FREE Hits to their site. One of the biggest draws to any site I ever built was one with April Fools Day Pranks and Tricks. The site at shanemcdonald.com, which originally was an Alumni site and later became a jokes and fun site, had a page called April Fools Day Pranks. This was uploaded in 2006 and got reasonable traffic in that year. It was only in 2007 that I saw the traffic grow and it peaked in 2008.
In 2007 I got over 45,000 unique visits in 3 days and the hosting company (Host***** … I’m not going to name and shame them) shut the site down and would not let me retrieve the files. They shut it down just because it got too much traffic – needless to say I moved away from them asap as they were rude and did not accept any explanation.
In 2008, April Fools Day , the site traffic peaked and I got 101,000 unique views in 3 days. Luckily the site stayed up. 2009-2010 the site had a security breach but it is back up this year and will be interesting to see what traffic it gets this year.
The link is here – April Fools Day Pranks – The site is not the great site it once was but it is still there as an old timer getting a few hundred page views a day.
These April Fools Day pranks are just fun and I don’t advocate the pranking of people who might not have a sense of humor or who might take it too seriously…. April Fools Day has occurred for many decades, have fun but be sensible! The pranks contained on the link above are just humourous to read and I do believe number there are certain ones like #14 which are harmless.
I decided to do a quick SEO review of the website now that 2010 is over.
The following is a list of the top 50 pages on shanemcdonald.org for 2010. You can see the page details, page views and unique pageviews / visitors on the post below. I will also be publishing the top 25 SEO Keywords for the site (might extend it to the top 50 keywords for 2010). These will be uploaded in the next few days.
Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010
Source : Google Analytics – ( Date Range 1st Jan 2010 to 31st December 2010 )
I noticed a huge jump in website traffic over the past 2 days, with over 2,550 visitors yesterday. I did a bit of checking on Google Analtyics and found people searching for Snow related keywords – the top 4 snow related searches were “Snow Forecast Ireland”, “Will it Snow in Ireland”, “Weekend Snow Ireland” and “Snow Ireland”.
These searchers were picking up on a post which I had uploaded way back in January 2010 – http://shanemcdonald.org/myblog/2010-01-08/snow-coming-ireland-could-grind-to-a-halt-this-weekend/.
Interesting to see how a blog post from 11 months ago can increase website traffic by between 10-15%. Using keywords in your post, Tags, Categories and using an SEO Plugin call help to optimise your Blog Posts in this way.
The Worst May be Over
Apparently though the worst of the snow is over (according to met.ie), we will have Snow showers affecting eastern counties will die out for a time early tonight (Thursday 2nd Dec). The severe ground frost setting in after dark is going to lead to ice on untreated surfaces – which will create major problems tomorrow morning for commuters. There is a chance of snow with Rain and sleet arriving in the northwest and west overnight and spreading southeast possibly turning to snow in many places, giving further accumulations before Friday morning.
Friday will have sleet and snow affecting many places Friday morning but clearing east by early afternoon. The weekend is mainly cold with a few showers, some hail sleet and snow.
The South East has been badly affected and when all this snow thaws, watch out for the floods !
I have just launched a Photography Blog, I decided that although I use Flickr and Picasa for storing photos, I wanted something extra for displaying photos and discussing everything to do with Photography.
The link is www.shanemcdonald.me
ShaneMcDonald.me Photo Blog (screenshot)
Is it PhotoBlog or Photo Blog?
When doing my research I was curious to the naming – is it “Photo Blog” or “PhotoBlog”. Using Google Insights for Search and Google Trends I was able to see which was most used.
It turns out that PhotoBlog is a growing search term which is 2 or 3 times more popular than “Photo Blog”.
If you are doing SEO work and you have a photo blog then this information might be useful. The Google trends system is a great way to find out which term is more widely used and also if terms are growing or declining in search.
Hope you enjoy my site – still only a few posts on it but I hope to have at least 15 posts by the end of the year,
Interesting to see iPhones are still a hot topic on the blog especially in August and early September.
The second most popular post is the YouTube video of the Tipp woman putting the Kilkenny Cat in the Bin “5 in a Row my Arse”. Third / Fourth most popular are the posts about the new M9 Motorway between Waterford and Dublin which opened this Thursday 9th September at 11am.