I’m not sure if it’s based on the fact that a lot of my visitors are back in school or if things are just dragging along but I’ve noticed that my traffic is beginning to drop and is only in the 800-1000 hits per day mark, as opposed to the 3500-4000 I used to get. So I’ve been looking into numerous ways to getting more website traffic. I’ve even considered looking into a few outside companies based on the fact that I don’t have the time to put in the effort on my own SEO work these days. I’ve been sending out application after application in hopes to get a new job and I’m working on beefing up my portfolio by going through all of my old work and getting it up to date for future employers as well. I’d love to get a full AJAX site going but that’s so time consuming and you’re calling on the server for quite a bit and most of my sites are on the same server as numerous clients so I wouldn’t want to take those resources away from them either – you know?
So on my missing for more website traffic I’ve been taking a few little steps here and there to get the job done. I’m returning many comments left on my site over the last few months that I never got around to. I’ve been doing a lot of marketing with social sites like MySpace and even Facebook but there are limitations there, naturally. I’ve also rejoined the conversations on Forums that I was an active member of up until recently. I’m even working on getting my “freebies” up in the templates section of my site so that other weblogs can link me back for using my templates for free on their sites. I’ll never accept payment to be a sponsored template, I don’t care how much one of my templates has the potential of taking off to that level. I’m trying to avoid link farms and other “no-no” related sites when it comes to regaining my Google rankings. All in all it’s going to take quite a bit of time and I just hope I’m able to do it.