Monday evening, doorbell rings and I am wondering who it could be?
Open door to hear someone say, “Madame aapka parcel hai!”
Hopeful, I sign for it and yessss it’s from Santa!!!! You heard it right I have a discovered a Santa Claus who rewards me for being good …….
Years of moaning n groaning about my blogging, I discovered Blogchatter – a blogging community with great presence on Twitter. Attended some of their weekly chat sessions, and I was hooked plus got enmeshed with some fantastic peeps who love to share their blogging knowledge and skills to help out a total dummy like me.
When they launched a campaign called #MyFriendAlexa I pushed myself to get into it, without really understanding what it was all about. I just knew that I had to get my blogging mojo back and this was the way to do it.
And then I discovered what it was all.about – I fainted in pure terror at the tenacity of the task at hand.. No seriously I did!!!
“This isn’t for a fainthearted like me,” I reasoned.
“I am a newbie with zero SEO skills.”
“I can’t even design my blog to my liking.”
The campaign was for enhancing the Alexa ranking which is basically a system for analysing and collecting information on blog traffic and awards a number to each blog based on this. Lower the number, the better it is.
I began the journey by opting for a self hosted platform (Gulp! H.U.G.E. step!!) and moved from the safe and comfortable environs of a free blog on wordpress to hostmyblog which is this wonderful company with amazing support for users wanting to host their own sites. An awesome team that pushes one to not give up and just get going with it. Plus they had a great deal in the offing too for that month. So here I was with my very own blog….. Now WHAT???
My Alexa rank was 0 for the first few days or maybe a week as the site was new. Then I got a number 15,776,751!!
I stuck it out for the month.
I read more than the recommended dose of 4 blogs a day.
I shared on Twitter and Stumbleupon diligently.
I followed a regular posting schedule as mandated.
I interacted with other bloggers.
I asked dumb questions fearlessly.
I tried to follow the absolutely mind numbing SEO guidelines (I still havent understood most of them)
And all through it, I watched my rank drop……….
It was like magic, seriously the way the numbers kept dipping and on 30th September 2016, the last day of the campaign it stood at less than 50% from where I started; at under 7 Lakhs. I was stupefied at my numbers and couldn’t grasp my amazing Alexa movement.
Still I wasn’t expecting to be declared a winner . I had seen such brilliant blogs in this journey that the thought didn’t even cross my mind. So imagine my utter surprise when I was announced as the first runner-up!!
And today the loot for it had arrived in the guise of some yummy stationary. Could a junkie ask for more?
Spurred by Alexa success, I had undertaken the next campaign of daily blogging with the Ultimateblogchallenge or the #dailychatter wherein I am writing everyday (well! skipped a few days but will be writing backdated posts) and then onwards with the November campaign of #blogbuddy
Onwards…Tally Ho………pioneers and pirates – all aboard!!!!
I am a #blogbuddy with blogchatter