2 Weeks Without New Articles

2 Weeks Without New Articles

Ever wondered what will happen to your site if you don’t post anything new for a week or 2? πŸ™‚

How It All Began

Put it simple, I had 2 activity-packed weeks with barely any time to prepare new articles. I took vacation, had a lot of meetings, many projects to rush, involvement in various events and now here I am – 2 weeks with no posts at goldfries.com. πŸ˜€ Sure, I had a few articles in the queue but they need quite a bit of tweaking before they’re ready for release.

So instead of squeezing the life out of my tight schedule and putting my health at risk just to get a few posts up, I thought I might as well conduct an experiment on my site. πŸ˜› Yup! I thank all of you for being part of the experiment.

Don’t ask me WHY wasn’t there a notification; it wouldn’t be an experiment if I notified everyone about it.

The Objective

I’m sure many of you have come by blogs and websites that remind you time and again to always have backup posts for emergencies like being away, sick, or having downed Internet connectivity, bloggers’-block and so on so forth in order to avoid displeasing readers. While many sites give the same advice, I’ve not come by any site that actually conducted an experiment on this matter.

πŸ™‚ What is the purpose of this experiment? To find out how BAD it could be if I did not post anything new for 2 weeks – my site being the guinea pig, my readers being the participants.

Let’s move on to see what I’ve discovered.

The Analysis

Throughout those crazy weeks, I can’t help but think about my blog from time to time. Would there be disappointed readers? Would I be getting be reputation just for not publishing new articles? In fact, the point I ponder the most would be how far my traffic would drop.

So last night I finally got into my Google Analytics account. Anxious to see what was the damage, I was surprised to see that the traffic isn’t bad at all, far from what I thought it would be.

2 Weeks Without New Articles

Besides the usual weekend drop, the traffic actually went on an up trend on December 12, followed by a gradual decline.

Now let’s have a look at the Pageview graph to get more understanding.

2 Weeks Without New Articles

Interesting isn’t it? The pageviews on the first week was a little crazy, going up and down like a roller-coaster while the second week shows the exact opposite, a rather constant rate of page view with only the weekend drop.

Let’s have a look at the 5 most visited articles during the duration of my absence, I believe that by knowing what are the frequently visited pages, it would give us a better insight on the trends seen in the visitors and pageviews graphs.

2 Weeks Without New Articles

It’s not surprising to see PC Buying Guide and also the nVidia GeForce 8600GT vs ATI Radeon HD2600XT article were at the top of the list.

I have a feeling that the PC Fair that was going on around the country also did play a part in influencing my visitors. Would-be PC / component buyers made way their way to the PC Buying Guide and also the nVidia GeForce 8600GT vs ATI Radeon HD2600XT to get ideas on what they should be keeping an eye out for.

Besides having reference contents, another reason the visitor traffic is maintained is because most of my readers don’t use RSS. πŸ™‚ This means that they’ll have to visit the site itself to get updates.

Conclusion

Here’s what I think

  1. It takes more than 2 weeks of absence to turn loyal readers off or to make them angry, or unless of course your readers so happen to be barbarians – which is pretty unlikely. 😎
  2. Having some good articles would be helpful to your traffic as people would still pay a visit or few to your site for what’s already there.
  3. The results see here WILL NOT apply to all other websites or blogs.
  4. NO ONE CARES!!!! Ok, well that’s not it but seriously, I didn’t get any E-mails or messages asking for the next article! I guess I have very understanding readers.
  5. Keep a few backup articles. πŸ™‚

Resume Article Manufacturing Process!

Alright, I’m back in action and have plenty of articles to usher in the New Year. πŸ™‚

Here’s what I want to know – what do you guys think of this experiment? Do any of you bloggers out there wanna give it a try? πŸ˜€

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8 Comments

  1. Interesting idea! I agree that it takes more than a couple weeks for many sites. Results obviously vary, but from personal experience, it’d take more than a couple weeks for me to completely discredit a site. It certainly never hurts to have those backup entries ready, though, hehe.

  2. 2. Having some good articles would be helpful to your traffic as people would still pay a visit or few to your site for whatÒ€ℒs already there.

    Quoted for truth, mate.
    Useful / helpful / entertaining / amusing content for the win!

    So this explains the drop in your traffic ranking:
    http://www.who.is/domain_information-com/goldfries.com/

    Hope to see interesting, useful and helpful articles from you again!
    Cheers!

    P/S: I do not subscribe to RSS

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    @QJ – Yup, it’s always good to have a backup. Not posting any articles is just either for really really bad situation or in this case, an experiment. πŸ˜€

    @Deimos – Interesting site traffic site, however I’m using GA alone to avoid confusion. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry about not subscribing to RSS though.

  4. a very interesting way to twist an absence of posts. hahaha.. kudos to you.

    no insult to you, but were you planning this from the start? If you had gone one month without updating would you have changed the title to ‘1 month without new articles’?

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    Don’t worry kyLL, I’m open for questions. πŸ˜€

    Anyway, back to your queries. I thought this portion of my article was enough to tell you that it was unplanned?

    So instead of squeezing the life out of my tight schedule and putting my health at risk just to get a few posts up, I thought I might as well conduct an experiment on my site.

    Sorry if it wasn’t. The experiment wasn’t something like “Oh I think I’m not going to post for the next 2 weeks and see how it goes.” It wasn’t like that.

    It’s just a matter of turning a less ideal situation into something that everyone could study, ponder, discuss and learn from.

    And yes, if I had gone a month without updated, it will be titled as what you mentioned. πŸ™‚

  6. It takes more than two weeks to kill your traffic.
    Maybe more and maybe less.

    Perhaps you should try one month.
    But don’t kill me if your traffic drops.

    I love to read your articles by the way.

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    Thanks HHH. πŸ™‚

    Those 2 weeks, it was a gamble. I’m placed my reputation, traffic and income on the line there.

    Surprisingly my year end traffic and pageviews were record breaking. πŸ˜€


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