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Have you ever written a popular post, that created a huge spike in your traffic statistics, only to see your numbers plummet after several days?
I call that “spikey” traffic.
It does one of three things.
1) It distorts your actual visitors statistics by increasing your averages
2) It may help to bring regular visitors to your blog.
3) It can teach you how to write better posts
To elaborate on each point:
By having a huge spike in your traffic for one month, by month end, your statistics may show higher. (dah!) The next month when your traffic is back to “normal”, or only steadily increasing, by month end, you may show a decline in visitors. This can be discouraging, as your first thought may be “Oh no, my visitor counts are dropping”, but you forgot about the traffic spike.
The second point works to your advantage. Some of the spikey traffic may have found your blog due to a particular post, and a small percentage of those visitors are sticking around.
The third point becomes a learning lesson. Go back to the post that created the spike in your traffic. Determine why it was popular. Did you use keyword density? Did you write about a current event? Was it Stumbled? Dugg? Or, other?
Have you experienced “spikey” traffic?
What was it about the post that created a spike in your traffic?
Do you think you can duplicate that which created the increase in traffic?
Do you notice your traffic leveling off at a higher level, than it was before the spike?