As you may know John Chow dot Com received a PageRank 6 during that last Google PR update. I thought it would be interesting to look at the effect the new PageRank had on search traffic.
The above chart shows the search engine visitors this blog received from January to April. May traffic is a projection based on the first ten days of this month. I expect the final May number to be higher than projected because the PR updated started on April 27 and took over a week before all Google data centers were seeing the new PageRank.
While the chart includes traffic from eleven different search engines, it could really be call Google traffic because Google accounted for over 95% of the visits. Now I know Google doesn’t own 95% of the search market (at least not yet) so I’m wondering why I don’t receive much traffic from other search engines. The results are encouraging however. Search traffic has gone up 90% since February.
Top 10 Search Keywords
Looking at the top 10 keywords, I’m amazed at how many people search for my name. As far as I know, I don’t think there are any famous person name John Chow. The top 10 keywords shows the power of having other sites link to you with a common anchor text. My Make Money Online reviews ask other bloggers to link to my blog homepage with the anchor “make money online.” I now rank number one in Google for every market but the US, where I am number two. However, I am now ranking for derivatives of the anchor term.
The top 10 keywords accounts for 23% of all searches. A nice number indeed but it still means that 77% of searches come from the long tail. Hitting long tail keywords can be tricky. Fortunately, there is long tail keyword service to help you do that. Since I already ranked so well for my main keywords, I believe most of my search growth moving forward will come from long tail keywords.
I will post an update at the end of the month to show the final search numbers.