Posted on February 24, 2016
Towards the end of February 2015 I migrated this blog onto Richardlucas.com and posted “The Last Post” blog where I wrote that it would be the last post ever on this blog (unless I changed my mind). Like a Zombie, this blog has come back to life.
I am not sure if I will post here again, but something is happening that might be of interest to WordPress bloggers. The stats for the old blog on WordPress are solid but not stellar – around 1000 visitors a month on average. The most popular post by far being Letter to a new business partner which still get 20-40 views a day.
Traffic on the old richardhlucas.wordpress.com blog
I am no technical wizard but it seems surprising that with no new posts since February, traffic on the old site seems to be higher than on the new.
An old Google Hack from my past was a way to show the number of inbound links – a key concept in Google Page Rank. I don’t know if it still is accurate or significant, but it shows 287 inbound links to the old blog.. link: https://richardhlucas.wordpress.com used compared to a Stellar 1 to the new – admitttedly from the ultra high value late and much lamented Economist’s Eastern Approaches blog –
link:www.richardlucas.com links only to The Economist’s inbound link to my site, whereas
link: http://www.richardlucas.com has over 100,000 (note that E.L – the author of The Economist’s article is TEDxKrakow and TEDxKazimierz speaker, Economist journalist and author – Edward Lucas, my admirable and brave big brother)
Traffic on the new Richardlucas.com blog
The question are?
Why is traffic on the old WordPress site higher and and on the new site lower?
Was it a mistake to change?
Is there some means to improve traffic on the new site?
I’m going to post this on both my old blog here and the new and try to compare the traffic to both, and send a link to this post to my WordPress consultant Rafał.
My business partner Pawel thought that it might be because WordPress does a good job of indexing blogs hosted on its site.
Anyone with other ideas about what may be going on is welcome to get in touch. Whether the Zombie will return to its resting place depends on what I what I find out.