How important are Google’s rankings?

How important are Google rankings? When I purchased wordpressthemes.com back in October, it was ranking towards the top of page 4 for my main keyword “wordpress themes” in Google. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of on page optimization and adding lots of content. I’ve been able to work my way up towards the top of the second page now where I find myself in position 13. For some reason I actually do better in Google UK where I find myself in position 8. Now that I’m on the cusp of getting to the first page for my key term in Google, I decided to have a little fun and calculate how much traffic I can expect. According to Google’s keyword tool, “wordpress themes” gets searched about 823,000 times per month. There have been several studies about how many clicks you can expect from each ranking position in Google. My numbers are simply a compilation of several studies. I’ve been using the numbers below for quite some time. I plugged in how my visitors I can expected based on the 823,000 searches Google tells me I can expect. Traffic I can expect for my key term Google Position Percentage of Traffic Monthly Traffic 1 42.1% 346,483 2 11.9% 97,937 3 8.5% 69,955 4 6.1% 50,203 5 4.9% 40,327 6 4.1% 33,743 7 3.4% 27,982 8 3.0% 24,690 9 2.8% 23,044 10 3.0% 24,690 11 1.1% 9,135 12 0.85% 6,996 13 0.70% 5,761 14 0.57% 4,691 15 0.48% 3,950 16 0.39% 3,210 17 0.33% 2,716 18 0.28% 2,304 19 0.27% 2,222 20 0.29% 2,387 Download My Traffic and Revenue...

Blogging Success Summit 2011

I was sad to miss Affiliate Summit West 2011 in Las Vegas last week. Not only is Affiliate Summit the best affiliate convention of the year, it was also at one of my favorite hotels in the world – the Wynn Las Vegas. Since I’m branching out into things outside of poker I think it’s important to get ideas and make connections at conferences like these. So, when I learned about Blogging Success Summit 2011 I decided to seize the opportunity. Not only do I have this blog, but I have several other blogs / websites I’ve been working on. While I have a pretty good idea of what makes blogs successful, I by no means profess to know everything. In fact, I’m sure I have much to learn. Blogging Success Summit 2011 is an online, interactive, workshop that starts February 1 and runs through February 22. There are 14 sessions in all, each lasting about one hour. Since I signed up before January 20th, I qualified for their 50% off discount. That means each session works out to be about $21. Even if I only take away one useful tidbit of information it will be well worth it. Since this is an online summit, each session will be recorded, so you can watch it anytime if you happen to miss one. The only thing you would miss out on is the ability to ask questions during the Q&A period. In addition, each session will be transcribed so you can read it later. In addition to the 14 sessions in February, I got access to 18 bonus materials I...

Pacific Coast Highway RV Trip This Spring

I’ve alluded to this before, but we plan to take our recently acquired RV to Alaska this summer. The first leg of our trip will be the Pacific Coast Highway heading north out of San Diego. We will be on the Pacific Coast Highway all the way from San Clemente, CA to its terminus in Olympia, WA. I’m not normally one to plan trips far in advance, but since RV parks fill up quickly along this route I have no choice. We need to be particularly careful because not every RV Park can accommodate our 43 foot motorhome plus our tow vehicle. There are also a few parks that are fussy about dogs, German Shepherds in particular. We’re allowing ourselves eight full weeks to make the trip along the Pacific Coast Highway then on to the Canadian border. The trip north is some 1500 miles, which means we need to average around 200 miles per week. This should allow for a nice peaceful journey. Since RV parks generally have a deeply discounted rate for weekly stays, our plan is to make every Saturday a “travel day”. There will be one exception to this between Morro Bay and San Francisco so we can explore the wonders of Big Sur. In general we will have six full days at each stop. We plan on using this time to take local hikes, experience local restaurants, take advantage of local farmers markets, and explore as much as we can. There should also be ample opportunities to do some whale watching. Pacific Coast Highway Itinerary: April 2 – 9 in Long Beach, CA staying...

Vista CA Hike With Views For Miles

Since I don’t actually belong to a gym in Vista, I affectionately refer to the hike behind my house as my new gym. I posted about the hike before, but this time I was armed with a better camera and Nike+ so I could track the distance. According to my Nike+ it’s about 1 to 1.25 miles from our house to the top of the mountain. There are a couple offshoots on the path, so depending on which way you go, it can be a little longer or shorter. When I went yesterday our round-trip was 2.11 miles, but today clocked in at 2.52 miles. Later in the week I will continue the very end of the path, which I suspect is another 1/2 to 1 mile further. The weather was absolutely perfect today. There wasn’t a cloud to be found in the sky, the temperature was at a perfect 72°, and there was an ever so slight ocean breeze. Not only was it a perfect day for a hike, but it was a great day to take some pictures. The only problem with this hike is that there is absolutely no way pictures could do the view any justice. There are points on the hike where you have a perfect 360° panoramic view of Southern California. Below are a few pictures that will give you at least some idea of the views on the hike. As always, the doggie joined us on the hike and he was nice enough to pose for a picture of his...

J.R. Organics CSA – Week 1 Report

Today was the first delivery from our new CSA provided by JR organics, a local San Diego County farm. JR Organics offers over 30 pickup locations in the San Diego and Los Angeles area. We opted for the San Marcos Cal State pickup. Little did we know, there is also a farmers market at this location each Wednesday where JR Organics exhibits. The great part about picking up at this location is that JR Organics allows you to swap out one or two items from your box that you don’t like – with anything else at their stand. We opted to change out the beets for more organic green peppers. Everything else in the box looked great. CSA box contents week one Our CSA box this week included Lettuce, Mizuna, Peas (edible pod), Hard Squash, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Kale, Bunching Onions, Beets, Avocados, Apples. Again, we swapped out the beets for more green peppers. Below are a couple pictures of the box contents. San Marcos Wednesday Farmer’s market In addition to JR Organics display at the market, there were also several other local farms and businesses exhibiting. We picked up several other items including homemade bread, organic homemade salsa, homemade organic hummus, cage free eggs, and some vegan Indian food. The Indian food turned out to be dinner tonight and was absolutely amazing. We had Chana Masala and Dal along with fresh-baked Naan. The farmers market turned out to be a huge bonus. Between our CSA box and the items we picked up from the other vendors, we only needed a couple items from the grocery store. Things like...