I’m not usually one for anniversaries, and as is typical I missed the 1 year anniversary of this blog which started on December 19, 2006. I pretty much launched all blogs and the www.thaipulse.com site at the same time. I thought, in one year I’d try to do as much as possible and see what happened. The following is a little about what was possible.
Surprisingly to me the pages that got most of the views were pages focused on ladyboys and bargirls. Go figure. I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but in the end that is what most people coming to my site came for. Is there really that much interest in these topics? It’s insane that year after year after year that expats would still be so interested in reading content about katoeys and bargirls.
I think because I’m not in one of the ‘sexpat’ areas I don’t meet those kinds of visitors that are interested in that anymore. Most of the country is not focused on the expat sex tourism area and over these few years I’ve seen that. I’ve actually forgotten HOW focused on it most expats that come here are.
Here are some stats for the top 3 pages at this blog:
The percentage is the percentage of visitors to blog.thaipulse.com that read that article. Only 5% of visitors made it to the home page which is good news. In a blog – almost every page you’re on looks like the main home page – with all the links on the right hand column – so – no matter if they ever make it to the home page. But, on the other hand – it means that most people didn’t bookmark the home page and keep returning to it which is not so good.
Initially I started most of the thaipulse blogs at blogger.com. It was easy to set up and gave the blogs instant page rank 3 status after just a month – I timed it right for the PageRank update. Then, I did something that dicked up all of the PageRank and google search engine results… I switched from Blogspot.com hosting to hosting the blogs via FTP on my www.thaipulse.com site in a subdomain.
PageRank went to Grey bar for like 4 months until this latest update. That sucked. That seriously sucked as I received few Google visitors for a long time.
But, the blogs and site are back in full swing. This month already there have been 4500 unique visitors to this blog, and 4800 to Joy’s Try Thai Food blog. We’ve averaged over 3,000 persons per day to the main www.thaipulse.com site. Recently we went over 1,000,000 page views at www.ThaiPulse.com which I didn’t announce, but it felt good on this end.
As good as we’re doing though my other blog is beating the pants off everything I’m doing in Thailand. I’m averaging nearly 5,000 unique visitors per day at www.AimforAwesome.com and I’m hardly posting there at all. This supports my idea that Thailand has a very limited audience and that if you as a blogger are not writing for that audience, your blog will never go much higher than about 400 people per day. Even notstickman’s site was only pulling an average of 400 per day and I’m sure that was all word of mouth, not search engine traffic. Jason at Isaan Style has a blog that appeals to expat men and women, and he was doing 300-400 uniques per day. This blog fluctuates. If I write about ladyboys or bar girls I get 300-500 readers per day. It’s not really what I WANT to write about though, so for the last few months I’ve written about anything I want to write about and been averaging 150-300 readers per day.
For some reason I’m really into Thailand’s wildlife – and I mean snakes and other poisonous things. I’d much rather write about that – but then my market is severely limited as you might guess!
In about October I realized something. Blogging in Thailand is not going to work on a giant scale – with mass amounts of traffic unless I focus entirely on ladyboys and bargirls. I just don’t have the drive anymore to focus there. I’m out of the scene and though I have fond memories, it just isn’t where I want to be for the future. Those areas are WIDE open though for someone that does have the initiative. I think that a good blog about ladyboys could skyrocket in popularity – worldwide. You’d need to post photos or vidoes almost daily and have some kind of slutty story you either make up or really experience almost nightly and you’d have a blog that nobody in Thailand could beat.
Anyone up for it?
I realized that attempting to master Google – is taking a lot of energy. I am spending 8-10 hours on most days writing and optimizing blog layout & design, and for internet search engines – primarily google of course.
That’s too much time! I quickly built up to 3500 pages of content on ThaiPulse and then re-focused my energies.
I started to write a book about my time in Thailand. When I finished it was about 80,000 words. Then I submitted it to George at Bangkok Books.com – who said there wouldn’t be much interest in the topic. It was a bit dry – as I didn’t include ANY sex, bargirl, or ladyboy scenes… what it did have was a few tales about corruption of Thai officials and some other stuff that you all would find quite interesting, but that I realized I’d better save until I’m out of Thailand.
I then improved on the book by making it a bio that covers my whole whacky life. It has been whacky, I assure you. I have 130,000 words written now – unedited and I’ll try to publish that from the states if/when I return.
Then I decided to write a fiction book set in Thailand that would be interesting to expats and visitors alike, and I hope to those in the USA that wonder what Thailand is like… Is it really a haven for pedophiles? That book is now finished, 83,000 words and I’m 50 pages into editing it. I will submit it to a few publishers here and see what happens. Not sure what to expect. I like my writing – but does the world? Not sure. I read one of Stephen Leather’s free PDF files available online – and he writes a bit like I do. I also enjoy Stephen Cleary’s writing quite a bit.
I don’t write like Dean Barrett, Andrew Hicks, Dana, or any of the other fiction writers I’ve read. There was a guy that self publishes, David something that I think I remember liking, I’ll have to look that up – he did have some interesting fiction books for sale.
I have 2 more books planned and I’m just in book writing mode lately since I see it as the most productive thing I can do with my time. Even if the books don’t get published I’ll release them on the sites as free or maybe, “donate what you think it’s worth” type distribution. The partial book I have available at www.thaipulse.com has been downloaded over 3,000 times at last count. Apparently people like it, and I have had many people write to say just that… It’s really nice to get an email from someone that says, “hey, I read your free ebook – good stuff.”
That’s all someone has to say and it makes it worth writing. Of course if I was making money from it, all the better!
So, this is the end of 2007. What will 2008 bring? For me just a lot of book writing I think.
What about you?