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TDavid Said,
August 29th, 2007 @1:55 pm  

While I agree that no posting will kill the growth of a blog, there is a level-off point for every site’s traffic and it also depends on what type of blog it is as to how far it will fall when starved (no new posts).

Blogs that are more based on news or keeping readers updated about topics and interests need updates more often than how-to blogs, for example.

See these third party stats for a blog of mine that hasn’t had a new post since April 4:
http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=stats&s=sm8phpblog&r=33

(should have a new post added soon)

August 29th, 2007 @6:28 pm  

It is true more posts will lead to more traffic (during a month, like your example). So yes continuing to post is good. However there are important points to consider. First, what is in your best long term interests? For most feeling like your life is now hostage to writing blog posts is not a good trade-off (maybe if you were on path to making your living from your blog you would be willing to sacrifice for a short term to get a benefit in the long term. Second, a bunch of lame posts won’t help (in the long term – it probably would for the short term until people unsubscribe…).

So I think it is best to figure out a pace that works well for you. And if you are tired or don’t have any inspiration for a time feel free to pass on posting. I think often people overact to short term variation in the numbers.

Jason Said,
August 30th, 2007 @10:40 am  

Perhaps intimes like this, it would be a good idea to call for guest posters? More opinions could help to add a little spice to the site anyway. Has anyone else ever had help from guest posters and what was the experience like?

August 30th, 2007 @7:43 pm  

Hey I guest posted on this very site 🙂 Your FICO credit score explained. That is also the only time I have done it.

Jason Said,
August 31st, 2007 @9:26 am  

Well, don’t you think you are due for another one? 🙂

goyin Said,
September 2nd, 2007 @12:57 pm  

jason, how do you expect all of us to make money if you’re not posting?? ha jk.

September 2nd, 2007 @7:26 pm  

Are you getting most of your traffic from social networking sites? If so, and you’re not updating your blog then that will kill it for sure, that’s why people rank their blogs for terms in search engines as a backup 😉

Jason Said,
September 3rd, 2007 @8:22 pm  

I have no idea 🙂 I know it comes from all over, but Aimee is the stats queen. And it’s a holiday here so that is why there are no new posts. It will be back to normal tomorrow!

Louiss Said,
September 4th, 2007 @12:30 am  

Hello Palm Coast, actually every blogger also hopes their blog will attract many visitor to view their articles.
But based on the different month of visitor, it make 1 digit big differences!! I’m the visitor here If the this blog doesn’t update frequently it definitely won’t attract me to come it

September 4th, 2007 @6:36 pm  

I had a similar crash of visitors when i didn’t update my blog and it was only idle for like two weeks. since then, even if i know i’m going ot busy a couple days in a row, or out of town or whatever, i just post something short and sweet to give readers something new.

Warhammer Said,
September 6th, 2007 @4:12 pm  

Yup, totally true !

BCA Ytong Said,
September 22nd, 2007 @6:19 am  

Hey,
I think your observation is simple and obvious. People visit blogs for content and articles right?
cheers,

October 2nd, 2007 @5:31 pm  

I know that happens from personal experience. My blog suffered like crazy when I neglected it. Consistency is key…or you will alienate your readers!

December 5th, 2007 @7:17 am  

couldn’t more agreed with you pal, the fastest way to kill your sites is just let it do without update for a month. and ironically it is cost you even more time if you want to get the sites back into google top ten list, sigh.. what a hard job.

March 1st, 2008 @10:35 am  

True as ever. I found my old sites hits doubled and stayed high after I updated it a few times in a week (I had left it to die for a month.) Content just helps, your RSS feed gets shoved all over the palce every time you update and then the hits come!

No-one wants to visit a dead site!

October 11th, 2008 @3:30 pm  

Bloggers are very fickle and they’ll go to someone that will update their blogs. Hopefully you can regain your audience.

December 25th, 2008 @9:22 pm  

We have only recently added a Tenerife Property blog to our website. Hopefully our readers will find it useful. I plan on updating it as and when we have something to wrote about rather than sticking to a schedule although I may post at least once a week whilst the site is still new.
How often do I need to be posting in order to retain a top ten ranking in Google though? If none of the sites I compete with have a blog then I would guess it will be a lot easier to beat them I SERPS right?

January 3rd, 2009 @3:49 pm  

Everything you have said is correct. I have not post anything to my blog since the 19th Dec 08 and my traffic has dropped by 50%. I thought it might have been worse. My new Years resolution is to blog daily. Atually I have had a couple of comments sent to me asking if I am having a great Xmas and had the banks disappeared. Keep blogging! Happy New Year

May 11th, 2009 @6:10 am  

I myself has always been scared of not posting on a blog for longtime but couple of weeks back it became inevitable to go out of town for some family issue.

Well, when I came back, I was quiet afraid checking my blog’s traffic stats. I was surprised to see that I recieved my blog recieved highest traffic in my absence.

My last post “25 Logos with hidden messages – Graphic Designing tricks!!” earned bulk of comments and huge traffic…if you don’t trust me, chk @
http://www.graphicdesignblog.org/hidden-logos-in-graphic-designing/

Morreh Said,
June 14th, 2010 @8:32 pm  

Hey, quite an informative blog you have here! True lack of updating your blog will certainly loose some traffic, fortunately these days that can be somehow countered by the ever increasing services and plugins that can post free articles on blog automatically. Although not advisable this can help maintain or even gain search engine traffic.

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