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Zero to One Million hits (+35,377)

one million plus hitsStarting in February of 2007, I started this little blog with very little in terms of expectations.  At the end of the month, I had a total of 27 views to the blog.  Most of them were probably mine. 😉

The month after, I had a whopping 50% increase and jumped to 37 views.  Well, it looks like I increased, but actually I decreased from two hits a day down to one because the month of February was only a short month of blogging.  I think I started somewhere in the middle of the month averaging my views per day to being 2/day.  So, yes, a total of 30 days of work got me a total of a view a day basically.  It was depressing and like many who blog, I’m sure I was wondering “what am I doing?”

Somehow, the 3rd month gave me a little inspiration.  Thanks to wordpress, our posts are not just optimized for the internet, but they also show up in some categories on the blog site where other “wanna be bloggers” are able to see our posts and give their support, if not just their curious fingers clicking on our well thought out post titles.  😉

It took me another 4 months (yes 7 months total) before I hit the 1000 views+ mark.  In September, I had almost doubled what I had in terms of website traffic in one month.  The google sandbox is reality.  It takes a while to get a blog (and a lot of hard work & energy spent) to get it more traffic.  Just a few months after in December, I increased my traffic 800%!!!

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Oh, forgot by the way that the shortest month of the year broke my all time blog views record

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After breaking my daily blog record a week ago, I then carried on to break my monthly views record at the end of February which I failed to post earlier:

Blog views in a month record

Blog views in a month record

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Studying for the AP exams for free? From Korea? Top 5 study tips

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A past student of mine asked for some help studying for his AP Exams: Economics, Psychology and World History. Being here in Korea, he doesn’t have lots of texts he can buy at the local bookstore or at Amazon.com & get it a few days later. Korea also doesn’t have a lot of American texts and the accessibility is pretty sad to be frank. So, I thought up as many solutions he could take advantage of via the Internet and emailed him away.

I thought since he’s probably not the only one studying for the exams abroad, perhaps my tips might be useful to some kid in Ghana or in Fukuoka, Japan. It wouldn’t hurt I thought given there are 37 AP Exams on 22 subject areas and many standardized tests like it that many countries use as Academic standards to gain entrance into the top institutions. So, here they are:

1. Downloading Torrents (I reminded him that this is illegal & that he needs to do it with his parent’s permission & with caution; it was for educational purposes though and so I felt o.k with sharing this resource for now)

  • First you need to download the application at bittorrent.com
  • A good site that many find texts on in .pdf format is isohunt.com
  • He wasn’t familiar with how to do it and so I told him basically you have to “type in “[thing you’re looking for] torrents” into google or isohunt.com‘s search” Continue reading

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Mispellings driving (a little) traffic to the blog

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mispelling bee

mispelling bee

So, the little experiment worked.  I’m the #1 result on Google when you type in “obama inaugral address” and #5 when you type in strictly “inaugral address.”  In my post titled President Barack Obama’s inaugral address posted on January 20th a few days ago, I wrote to you all that I would test to see if my intentional spelling mistake would garner me a few more hits when people typed in the wrong spelling of the recent Inaugural address by President Barack Obama.  A dictionary will tell you that “Inaugural” includes the ‘u’ in between the ‘g’ and ‘r’ vs. my spelling like this: “inaugral” for the experiment’s purpose.  Even if you type in “president inaugral address“, I’m still #4 in the search engine results page (aka SERP).

I thought there would be a few more typos though.  The two phrases only got me 3 hits each.  The last phrase here didn’t register anything from what I saw on my dashboard.

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“Without hope, life is not worth living…”

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Picture of Milk bottles

Picture of Milk bottles

Watched “Milk” tonight starring Sean Penn.  Not a bad story about the true life of Harvey Milk.  Towards the end of the movie, Milk says “”without hope, life is not worth living…”  He had just turned 40 and said stuff to his partner that he hadn’t done much in his life he was proud of.  Kind of reminded me of how I feel some days.  I guess I shouldn’t feel that way entirely, but I have to admit some days I do wonder how much I’ve accomplished.  I wish I could have done more.  Continue reading

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Using your gmail more effectively: 10 tips straight from the horse’s mouth

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gmail 1 image

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Google’s Gmail team recently announced their 1 year anniversary in publishing posts about the email service.  In the announcement, they shared with us the top 10 most read Gmail tips posts.

Very specifically, they include (paraphrased in the way I understand them):

  1. How to suggest new features for Gmail
  2. Importing old email into Gmail
  3. Editing contacts directly from your chat list
  4. Being able to change your email address from the original and still getting the emails
  5. How to search better with your gmail Continue reading

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Google tries to communicate in YOUR language

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google language growth

google language growth

Off to the right, you can see links or blue rectangle bars that allow you to translate my blog into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish and German in addition to the default English version of this blog.  These options are all thanks to Google translate.  And the behemoth Google recently announced they hit 40 languages despite me only providing 7 options at this time for this blog.  I guess I could try and add the other 33 languages, but not sure how much real estate that would take off to the right & also not sure if it would justify it 100%.  I don’t get an INCREDIBLE number of requests to translate my blog yet with the links to the right, but who knows? Continue reading

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Google should hire me…

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Not that I care about their great food in their cafeteria and all the other great benefits, but rather, we think alike. On their blog, their most recent post is something I would argue wholeheartedly:

Major in Learning!”

Some of their main points are:

“… analytical reasoning. Google is a data-driven, analytic company. When an issue arises or a decision needs to be made, we start with data. That means we can talk about what we know, instead of what we think we know. Continue reading

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Married in the Church of Google…

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Might not be so far from the truth…Google (like Microsoft) wouldn’t mind being in every aspect of human lives.  It PAYS to be a part of everything human.  They wrote on their blog recently that they “love stories about how [their] products help people.”  They wrote about how a couple recently blogged (on their blogging tool) their marriage from beginning to end with Google productsContinue reading

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Half way to one thousand posts!

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What can I say?

I’ve been blogging quite a bit the past 18 months.  This will be my 501st post officially.  My 500th post was about the recent statistical & viral effects of complaints when they have affected more than just one person.

I guess I’m close to pacing at an average of one post a day since February 2007.  It has been interesting watching the statistics: Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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Anyone know what this facebook message means?

“Quietly, Facebook restored message capability to groups over 1000. This means, at least until we hit 5000 members, that we can send out a couple of messages! Thank you, Facebook.”

So, Facebook doesn’t give groups other than popular ones the ability to message others or should we say “spam others?”

Thoughts?

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SEM Experiment: Are people online mostly interested about sexy Korean girls?

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One of the most popular posts on my blog is one about how I rant (real briefly) about Korean women being the sexiest dressers.  For a period of time, I noticed how every younger Korean woman I saw was able to make their outfit look much sexier than needed.  At work, the computer I was using at our previous offices defaulted to Daum.net as the home page & I couldn’t help notice on the site that they tried to ring in surfers with a random sexy Korean girl pic here or there.  Continue reading

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Vegas, Seattle and Search

On the move…

In more ways than one.

Later this week, I fly off to my buddy’s bachelor party in what better place except Sin City: Las Vegas.  After frolicking around with the boys for a few days, I’m flying up to Seattle to see family & remaining friends in the little time I have up that way.  I’ll probably neglect a few people due to the limited time there.  If any of you are reading this right now, I’m sorry…I have like 36 hours in Seattle.

However, I may see you soon after this trip — you Seattleites.  I may have to change the blog to “therealseattle.wordpress.com” or people will have to start to understand I started the blog when in Korea and that the url has nothing to do with location — well, if it happens that way.  Yes, I’m considering the next chapter of my life.   Continue reading

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