Traffic effects as a result of my guest blog post

I am no longer famous!

My guest post is no longer on the front page of

Ah well!

I shall just have to ask Darren to post another one!

You can read more here about my 15 minutes of blogging fame: guest post at ProBlogger

Anyway I thought I would share with you the effect it had on my blog traffic and sign-ups to my new free giveaway, “How to make a blog”.

The post was on the front page for 5 days.

During those 5 days, I received 137 visitors directly from Problogger.


And since my post moved off the front page, I’ve had 78 visitors directly from ProBlogger. That’s an average of  7 per day. Will that continue? Who knows?


Pages Per Visit / Average Time On Site

page_visitsPage visits (the average number of pages viewed during a visit to your site) was 1.88 (almost 10% higher than the average)


The average time on the site was 2 minutes 47 seconds which doesn’t sound very long but one, it was over 10% higher than the average and, two, when we visit web sites, we quickly scan them. We see if there is anything worth reading. If not, we move on.

The Bounce Rate

bounce_rateThis is the percentage of single-page visits (i.e. visits in which the person left your site from the entrance page). So here, the lower the percentage the better.

For visitors from problogger, the bounce rate was 64.65%. That means of the 215 visitors, 139 of them only read one page and no more. 76 visitors clicked onto another page to read.

Free Opt-in sign-ups

So what was the effect of my free report sign-ups?

Check out the graph below.


After my initial launch and leading up to my guest post being posted, I was averaging 1 sign-up per day. During the 5 days my post was live, I averaged I was averaging 11 sign-ups per day. I don’t know what the percentage increase is but I do know that is a huge increase.

And I’ve averaged almost 7 per day since.


I would recommend getting guest posts on those big blogging sites. Not only do you get a great backlink, you also get a good amount of new visitors and if you have some sort of opt-in in place, you’ll get a few new subscribers.

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4 Responses to Traffic effects as a result of my guest blog post

  1. David Stillwagon July 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    It looks like you got a great deal by guest hosting!
    .-= David Stillwagon´s last blog ..Meniere’s disease and vision =-.

  2. uttoransen July 24, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    i guess if you had hit some popular social bookmarking site’s homepage you could have got more visitors…
    .-= uttoransen´s last blog ..Title Formats =-.

  3. Patricia February 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi Andrew

    With the bounce rate; it is all relative I do believe. I have regular readers who come and read every one of my posts when they are published. So they will only be reading the latest post then they come. So fair enough if they are new visitors but is that taken into account when bounce rate % comes up?

    As far as Guest Posting is concerned. I have heard that if you GP on these high PR sites then it is better. Depends what the reason for GP is! Ideally there will be more new visitors, but I actually get more organic traffic each month which surprised me as I get heaps of visitors/comments each week!

    Have been asked to GP on 2 high PR well respected sites but I am waiting till I have quality relevant articles to submit. Just because they approached me; still want to honour their blogs and so it won’t be happening for awhile. Glad it worked for you 🙂

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Andrew February 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm #


      Withing GA you can view the bounce rate just for new visitors. Go to your new visitors page.

      I agree with supplying great content as guest posts. That way…you’ll be able to return again and again.


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