Eighteen year old developer. London living, French speaking, software loving, coffee drinking, cat loving type of guy. If you're still reading, you may like to Follow Me on Twitter
If you haven’t read the first post explaining what I’m doing with ‘An exercise in MVP’, you should probably do that first.
So this test started exactly a week ago and things are looking better than I’d have expected. The analytics look promising and the content sharing is far better than what I’d have expected it to be. Admittedly the Twitter and Facebook pages are doing shockingly: 0 for Facebook (started about 3 days ago) and 53 Twitter followers; of which about 39 were added via 3rd party websites to make it look as though the playground wasn’t empty.
Tumblr however has done me very proud, previously I mentioned how the system allows people to like and reblog a post. Liking is cool, but that only really tells us what we should post more of, the reblogs however are golden. They tell us the content is good, worth sharing and we also get rewarded with a free backlink! Hot stuff, no? So far there are 77 likes, 93 reblogs and 6 followers. What I can’t decide however is are followers what I really want? They mean I’ll always have a set number of eyes seeing my content thus potentially liking and share it, though there comes a point where eyes on your site are more valuable than eyes on a timeline where for instance ads and social sharing buttons are present.
Analytics wise, things are quite good for the first week, 514 page loads and 385 unique visits. What has to be said however is the time spent on the site averages at around 39 seconds with a bounce rate of ~73%. Since this site is quite specifically geared towards a certain niche, I’m quite honestly not surprised that the bounce rate and time are that low.
What will be very interesting however is comparing the reblogs, likes, follows and current analytical data to next week’s and seeing if it goes up or down. Also depending on how my SEO tweeks are doing maybe go up to second on my search term with a nicer site description. Tip: add a nice description meta tag before Google indexes you, I forget to do this every time and it can take a few days for your changes to be reflected in the search results.