Programming, Traffic

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 46,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Programming, Traffic

Claim a WordPress.com Blog on Alexa

Alexa.com is one of the big players in the search engine business that has been around since 1996. Although it isn’t as large as Google.com or Bing.com, it plays a unique and important role.

Specifically, Alexa openly gives detailed site metrics and traffic reporting with its search results that a large number of tools and people use when evaluating a Web site. Also, Alexa has an extensive set of APIs and Web Services that are commonly used by a large number of third party search tools

Alexa is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and so in my opinion it is likely to continue to grow in stature along with Amazon. As well, it has close ties to both Google and the Open Directory Project, which are both prominent players in the search world.

So bottom line here is that getting your site into Alexa and having it properly catalogued is pretty important.

But the process of claiming your site in Alexa is not easy if you are trying to claim a WordPress.com site. There is a lot of mis-information out there as well as incompletely written instructions (including on the Alexa FAQ site itself). I found this out the hard way today.

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Programming, Traffic

A Look at the Bing Webmaster Keyword Research Tool and Open API

Bing Keyword Research Tool
March 8 2012: Bing Officially Releases their New Bing Keyword Research Tool

In today’s (08/03/2012) Bing Webmaster tools newsletter, I received the announcement that Bing has officially rolled out two new features that look very handy. These features are a keyword research tool as well as an API to access your Webmaster information through code.

I am including the email text below. The actual feature release, however, happened earlier this year on 2/27/2012. Here is a link if you’d like to get the scoop from the Bing.com community announcement.

In particular I am interested in playing around some more with the keyword research tool. I have included a screen capture with this article to show what the keyword research tool looks like. At first glance it appears quite similar to Google’s keyword research tool, but on closer inspection it does have some interesting features unique to this tool.

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