Top Posts and Commenters for July 2012

Wow, can you believe July is already over? Mine seem to fly by.

I had a wedding I was part of, a whitewater rafting trip, work, plenty of time at the beach, and much more. How was yours?

With that, it’s time to get down to business and review the previous month’s stats.

Top Posts

  1. 10 Bad Leadership Traits You Need To Avoid
  2. 7 Reasons Why Leaders Need To Enjoy Their Work
  3. 5 Book Recommendations For The Rest Of 2012
  4. Management Is Not True Leadership
  5. What Do You Do?
  6. Batman and The Power Of Fear
  7. Rename Yourself
  8. How To Encourage Creative Thinking Within Your Organization
  9. The Power Of Feeling Important
  10. Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From The Chick-Fil-A Controversy

This list is quite different from the last couple of months. Two posts that had continuously been in the top 10 for the last couple of months are nowhere to be seen.

Top Commenters

  1. Ngina Otiende
  2. Brandon Gilliand
  3. Dan Black
  4. TC Avey
  5. Skip Prichard
  6. Dan Erickson
  7. Adam Rico
  8. Larry Carter
  9. Eric S. Mueller

Once again you guys knocked it out with the comments. I learned so much from you guys and the knowledge you shared in response to my posts.

I’d also like to call out Dan Black. He did something amazing recently. Dan encouraged one of my commenters to pursue a guest post spot on his blog. Thank you for reaching out to him and giving him help.

Site Statistics

  • Visits dropped by 40.05%
  • Unique Visits dropped by 49.15%
  • Pageviews were down 32.73%
  • Pages Per Visit increased 12.20%
  • Average Visit Duration increased 21.99%

I believe I have pinpointed why visits to the site has taken a nosedive. The site had begun to report errors back to Google’s crawler. As it did, pages were removed from the search engine.

Doing a little research and getting advice from some trusted friends, I believe I’ve taken the steps to correct this and the site should be indexed in Google once again.


Yes, that’s right. I’ve got news for you this month!

  • The site received an overhaul this month. Standard Theme 3.0 was released and I promptly switched over to the new and improved theme. The guys at 8Bit have done a tremendous job. If you’re thinking about a premium WordPress theme, I highly encourage you to consider Standard Theme. Buy it here (affiliate link).
  • I plan to begin work this week on an eBook I’ll be releasing by the end of the year.
  • I’ve received confirmation on an interview I’ll be doing. Joel Manby, author of Love Works, will be taking my questions. Do you have anything you would like me to ask?
  • I’ll be attending WordCamp Grand Rapids on August 18th and, possibly, 19th. If you’re in the area, come out and join us. It will be a great time!

Question: If you’re a blogger, what was your hottest post? If you’re not a blogger, share a post that had a great impact. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I didn’t know pages with crawl errors were removed from Google’s index. Hmm, something I may need to check. Thanks for the tip!

    • I’m not sure if that’s the issue but, looking at Google Webmaster Tools, that’s when my pages started to be removed from the index. I’ll be able to tell in a week or two if that was the issue.

      • Here’s more information. They were soft 404 errors. According to research I’ve done, 404 errors tell Google those pages no longer exist and to remove them from the index.

        • Do you by chance have the 404 error plugin by tentblogger? I think that fixes a lot of that stuff. I have it for my site…

    • Same here…

  • Good to know that you diagnosed the problem!

    I think that the interview will be awesome! I have the book…just waiting to finish the other 4 books before I read it! haha

    My top post this month was: It was a post on complete surrender to God.

    My month was good. The site experienced a little growth. I summarized it all here:

    • I’m glad too. Hoping it’s the problem and things will be golden from here on out.

  • Glad you found the problem buddy! I look forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids 🙂 I was out of town and out of the country this month so I had a bunch of guest posters. I also guest posted for Jon Acuff and a few others, traffic was good. Time to get back to work!

    • I’m getting stoked for our meeting. Should be a great time. Do you know what day you’re speaking?

      • I’m speaking earlier Saturday!

        • Awesome. That means I’ll be attending your session! I might not be able to make it on Sunday.

  • Thanks for all the good articles and now blogging advice Joe. I will keep watch for those errors.

    My top post this month was “When A Missionary Returns Home.” Its been one of those posts which has surprised me. I wrote it in April, it did well. Now it is making a second round.

    I wrote it stating observations from a recent visit to America. But it sparked discussion on missionaries returning permanently from the field. It seems this scratched an itch somewhere. Here is the link:

    Thanks again!

    • You’re welcome Chris. I do my best to help my readers. Here’s hoping this trial of mine will be able to help out other bloggers as well.

      Many missionaries have said it’s hard to return home after being away for long periods of time. Have you found that to be true? Also, love the URL for your blog.

  • Looking forward to your eBook!

    Your blog is great- keep up the good work.

    One of my top posts this month was an interview I did on Self Publishing a Christian Book

    But my series on The Cost of Discipleship remains some of my most interactive and insightful. I post those each Monday.

    I too have seen a slight drop in my numbers, but that’s okay. I’ll worry more come winter 🙂

    Praying my Newsletter subscriptions increases.

    • I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s to be released. Hoping with 2-3 months.

      It looks like that blog post blew up! 52 comments and lots of great interaction. Erica gave tons of great information as well. Great topic to cover.

      Email subscribers have been slow over here as well. You’ll see one or two come in a week and then nothing. Have you thought of offering a free eBook to subscribers?

      • Are you self publishing? You might have already mentioned that I just forgot.

        This month I gave away a book to a subscriber. I’m not good at advertising/recruiting new subscribers. It’s not my strong point.
        I don’t have an eBook to give away. Would I buy a book for them? Not sure how that works?

        • Yes, it will be self-published and available for the Kindle and Nook. This will be my first attempt and I want to throw my hat in the ring to see how it goes.

          My recommendation would be to put together a 5-10 page eBook to give away (something I really need to do). It’s not too hard to write up and create a PDF. You could even make it from your top 10 posts of all time or something along those lines.

          • That’s a great endeavor. I’m sure it’s going to be wonderful.
            Good idea with the small eBook. Do you happen to know how much it would cost to do something like that?

            • The cost can range from free to hundreds of dollars.

              You can easily type up an eBook in Word and then publish it in a PDF for no cost. You may need to pay for images, editing, etc but you can get by with very little cost.

              • Hmmm…I will have to look into it. Thanks!

                • Let me know if you have any questions on turning a word doc into a PDF. I’ll gladly walk you through the steps.

                  • Thanks, I’ll probably take you up on that. However that project is going to have to wait. I’m in the process of editing my novel and then sending out queries to agents and publishers. I put this on the back burner for a while and now I feel God telling me to get with it.

                    This may be a dumb question, but who do you use to do an eBook like this?

                    • I’m not sure if I understand the question. Do you mean who would publish it, where it would be hosted, who would edit it, or something else?

                    • ummm…all of the above. 😉

                    • You can self-publish it. But when you do it that way, there’s no company to help you out unless you hire them.

                      But once you write the book, you can publish it on Amazon for the Kindle.

                    • Amazon, I think that’s what I really wanted to know. When you made the other suggestions, I thought perhaps there was something huge I was missing. Thanks so much!

  • Love what you’re doing here Joe! My traffic was a bit off too but I think it’s just summer and lots of stuff going on. Keep Being Great 🙂

    • Yeah, summer is a busy time for a lot of people. That could be a reason for the drop-off. It’s definitely a humbling experience.
      Did you have a post that stuck out this month?

  • Glad you were able to pinpoint the problem and find a solution.

    Great news about an ebook, am sure it will be awesome!

    My top post was “Intentional marriage – 4 ways to work out early marriage kinks’

    • That post looks fantastic. I’m forwarding it onto a couple of friends who were recently married. Hopefully they’ll be able to glean some marriage fixing advice from it.

      • Thanks for sharing the post Joe. I pray its a blessing to them!