Behind The Scenes At The Ranking

Posted by Neville on June 15, 2013 under News, Reviews, Traffic | Comments are off for this article

Gathering The Stats

Another week of tracking and stats has helped to produce the latest dotrim Safelist Rankings.

During the past week 2 different promotions have been used to get the stats for the latest rankings.

As has always been the case, emails promoting the Rankings have been sent out out to many different safelists. For the second week another splash page has been promoted, basically using the same safelists as for the Ranking promotion.

The second splash page (Click Here To View) was created  to promote 100 Percent Traffic. This was chosen after reading a discussion about recruitment of new members in safelists, and how a large ratio of those are directly recruited by the owners. So, as a challenge I decided to pick a safelist, promote it and check the results.

In the time during which the promotion of 100 Percent Traffic was running, there were (if I have read the numbers correctly) nearly 100 new members, and 6 of those were recruited from my referral link. That’s a little more than 6% of new referrals!

In addition to those new members at 100 Percent Traffic, there have been several new referrals in some of the other mailers on the Rankings list.

 Results and Effort

Again the dotrim Rankings show, in order of conversions, the safelists that have given the best ratio of visitors per email opened for credits.

At the top of the list are those mailers that have yielded the greatest conversions. Where there are equal numbers (or ranges) of conversions, they are arranged in order of visitors per email read.

The aim is to provide a list of safelists or mailers that give the best results in the most efficient way.

While it must be recognized that different people and other promotions can produce different results, it is hoped that the list provides a useful guide. These results come from data related to  FREE membership, so greater returns on effort will most likely be gained from being upgraded in these safelists.

In future there may be another ranking which takes into account the benefits of upgrading, so stay tuned.


Need A Toolbox To Get Traffic Exchanges Working For You?

Posted by Neville on February 11, 2011 under Reviews, Traffic | Comments are off for this article

TE Toolbox Recommended By Friends.

Following recommendations from Philippe and Mark, I have finally made time  to take a look at TE Toolbox.

This free service has several features to help manage your Traffic Engine activities. There are too many to discuss in this post, and I have not yet had a chance to try out all of the things that are available for the free member. Of course there is an upgrade offered, but the free service is a good place to start.

Do I Need TE Toolbox?

Since I am offering the Resourceful Blogging eBook to subscribers, I have been advertising that in some TEs. And a tool to help with that is worth looking at.

Squeeze Pages:

Squeeze Pages are the way to go with adding sites to a Traffic Exchange. TE Toolbox has a relatively simple and easy to use Squeeze Page Maker Tool, and I have made one page with that. Later I will have a bit more of a play with the tool, and try out more of the options.


The rotator on TE Toolbox will help you save time with submitting your sites (if you have more than one) to the TEs where you want them to appear. Simply add the sites to your rotator and submit the link to your rotator for the TEs that accept rotators. I believe that most do, and the 3 or 4 that I have done that for have accepted the link with no problems.


If you are looking for something to check the statistics for your email marketing, the TE Toolbax also has Tracking. Once again simply add the URL for the links that you want to track. Free members can get to have 10 trackers, each with up to 10 links to track.

TE Toolbox has much more than reviewed in this post, and I know I will be spending some more time exploring these.

Traffic Exchanges: Revisiting An Earlier Post

Posted by Neville on February 9, 2011 under Blogging, Reviews, Traffic | Comments are off for this article

Traffic Exchanges: More than Traffic.

Way back in October last year (about 5 months ago) I wrote a post questioning the value of Traffic Exchanges in building responsive traffic to your site.

Traffic Exchange

Free Traffic

Since that time I have continued to monitor some results from surfing a few Traffic Exchanges. The result is that by surfing the exchanges on a regular basis can help to build up traffic numbers (hits or visits) to your site. These numbers have been verified by checking my Google Analytics stats and the data provided in my dashboard by the Who’s Online widget.

On the days when I surf the number of hits goes up. If I miss a few days of surfing the numbers flatten out.

But this says nothing about whether those hits are converted into action, such as signing up for an ebook or adding a comment to the blog.

It now appears that my impression of what a Traffic Exchange is for now needs to be modified.

Many Traffic Exchanges have affiliate programs for rewarding members that refer new members. They also offer tools for helping members to make better use of the Traffic Exchange.

The best way for you to check out what a couple of these exchanges has to offer is to visit their sites. The banners below will take you to these 2 sites. There’s more to each of these sites than just building traffic.

Traffic Splash:

ThumbVu: a combination of Traffic Exchange and Social Media site.

free manual traffic exchange


Both of these sites have free to join memberships, but of course they will encourage anyone subscribing to upgrade, and when you have signed up you will be exposed to some compelling OTO (One Time Offers).

Getting The Traffic Moving

Posted by Neville on January 28, 2011 under Blogging, Traffic | 2 Comments to Read


Welcome Traffic Ad Bar Users:

If you found this page while surfing with Traffic Ad Bar, you already know the advantages of being a member.

If you  came to this page from some other way,

 have you considered what Traffic Ad Bar can do for your traffic?

Check the graph below:

Traffic Ad Bar

This graph from Google Analytics shows the hits to this site in the past few days. It started low because the GA code was not active and I had not been using Traffic Ad Bar to gain points for a few days.

After just  1 day of surfing for points in TAB the numbers went up quite sharply. To be totally honest,  the bounce rate increased a little and the average time on site decreased a bit.

But the graph does show that hits to a site are generated by the use of Traffic Ad Bar.

If you are not using that service you can check it out by clicking the banner above or this Link.

I am sure that similar results could be achieved with other Traffic Exchanges, and I am about to try a few, with the aim of increasing traffic and raising awareness of this blog.

What is your experience with Traffic Exchanges? Let us know in the comments.

A New Year Ahead: Time To Assess

Posted by Neville on December 31, 2010 under Blogging, Traffic | Comments are off for this article

A Milestone Approaches:

As the year is about to end, and this blog hits its third month it’s time to assess where it is at.Assessment

It is also a good chance to discuss a few of the tools that can be used to assess how a blog is progressing. Of course the tools you use to assess your blog will depend on the purpose of the blog.

As this blog is aimed at providing information, including Tips and How To… do things on a WP blog, I will want to assess if it it doing that.

First I will have to discover if people are finding the blog and whether they are spending time on the site.

There are several tools that I use, but this post will not go into details about how to set them up, but will attempt to show they are used.

These tools include:

How Often Should Posts Be Added?

Posted by Neville on November 29, 2010 under Blogging | Comments are off for this article

Should a blog have regular posts added?

The quick answer to that is a definite YES!, and if you want to dotrimsee examples of the reason why I say that, read on.

The frequency of new posts being added to a blog will affect the way in which that blog can work for you.

If new posts, that are relevant to the focus of the blog, are added on a regular basis that will increase the authority of that blog and the owner of the blog.

To illustrate that I will use examples from my recent experience.

I currently run four different blogs and they are being worked on at different rates.

The four blogs are:

  • This blog. The dotrim blog.
  • Another self-hosted WordPress blog on a different domain.
  • A networked blog, hosted by a different owner, to which I have subscribed.
  • A blogger (free) blog.

To demonstrate the effect of regular, and frequent posting I will mention a couple of analytics tools that I use.

The dotrim blog:

This blog is the one that I have been working on consistently for the past Read more of this article »

Statistics and Blogging: 3 Options

Posted by Neville on October 28, 2010 under Blogging | Comments are off for this article

Why Are Statistics And Blogging Important?

These two things go hand in hand, because if you are blogging with the intention of attracting readers and subscribers to your blog


Google Analytics Graph

 or the offers that are presented in your blog, you will want to know if your efforts are being noticed.

It is however very easy to get trapped in the Analysis Paralysis state by becoming so obsessed with statistics that you are distracted from adding valuable content.

This post will outline just three options that are used to assess how the traffic to this blog is growing, and how to these are managed on a regular basis.

Google Analytics

Firstly, Google Analytics gives a quick overall picture in the form of graphs, with the option of going into more detailed analysis of what pages are being viewed and where the visitors have come from.

I simply just check out the number of visits and how many of those are different. In particular I have just recently been following the results of some small campaigns using APSense and TrafficAdBar.

Google analytics is free and requires an account at Google. To set up to view your statistics requires some code to be added to the site. This may mean some knowledge of how to do that, or have an administrator of your site do it for you.

Who’s Online?

Secondly, on this site I have installed a plugin called Visitor Maps and Who’s Online. This plugin displays how many people are actually online (or have been in the last 15 minutes), which can also be clicked on to display a map with points on it showing where these vistors are from.

In the dashboard of this blog, I can also find out more information about those visitors, such as their IP address, the city they are from, the time of the visit (and how many times thay have visited) and if they were referred from another site.

Any bloggers taking up the option to have a blog hosted here at dotrim will have this plugin as one of the pre-installed and activated plugins.

Alexa Ranking

Finally (for this post), I have subscribed to Alexa, which has many features, but I simply use the ranking number to indicate how the blog is progressing. At this stage I have the Alexa toolbar on my desktop so that I can quickly check the ranking each day. In the 4 weeks that this blog has been operating the Alexa ranking has moved from 10 million+ to 1.4 million. (The lower the number the higher the ranking).

This ranking is a rough indicator of the authority of the blog/site (or as another blogger puts it, Social Proof). There is also a widget that can be displayed in the sidebar that includes that ranking and a graph of its movement, but that only becomes useful for rankings less than 1 million. 

With monitoring statistics on a blog it is important to not get too carried away with analysing everything so that you do not get time to add content. I call that analysis paralysis.

Statistics will however indicate if your blog is heading in the right direction, attracting traffic and point to ways in which you can increase its authority.