Where Have All The Readers Gone?

In the last year and a half, the traffic to this little blog has plummeted. There were two distinct drops. They were sudden and well defined. Both times, it was as if a switch had been thrown – and it had.

I might claim that the number of readers is unimportant, but it has bruised my fragile ego.

There are a few probable reasons. Some of you (hey – even me) use software like Adblock Plus. I count Google AdSense impressions. If you don’t see the ads (I don’t), I don’t count you. Some of you catch this blog on its RSS feed. You’re not counted either.

These only account for a small portion of the drop. My logs show the real story. The majority of loss has been on my archived entries – traffic mostly driven by Google.

Google doesn’t think I’m as important as they once did. I’m not 100% sure why, but I have an idea. I’m not getting as many good inbound links.

Some of you have your own websites. I see them when your comments are posted. Unlike some other sites, I don’t exclude your links from being followed by Google.

So, I’m going to ask a favor. Would you add a link to my site from somewhere on yours?

This is a small site. A few well placed links would make a huge difference.