Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! Welcome to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, my little girlie magazine of blogging, karaoke, movies, sexy stories, television and the female nude. I don’t know about you, but I think my little girlie magazine has a unique blend of topics that you will not find in any other online publication of culture for adults only. And I’m hard at work to bring what I think is the unique reading experience of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to an ever-increasing number of readers who appreciate adult entertainment that appeals to the intellect and the libido. One way I try to increase the readership of my little girlie magazine is by approaching blogging as a holistic endeavor.
I’ve been blogging for maybe fourteen years. This version of The Gazette went online February 2014. What have I learned about blogging in all this time?
Well let me state up front that I went into blogging with the hope of making a little money and being my own boss. And I wanted a job I could be passionate about. Blogging seemed to be the solution. In other words The Gazette is a business. It’s an online magazine just like any other magazine. It’s a startup. And like any other startup it has a budget. Right now my little startup is running in the red; but it’s projected to start operating in the black in 2017. For this to happen many things have to fall into place: content production, Search Engine Optimization, frequency of publication, social media marketing, page ranking and so on and so forth…
Let’s take page ranking. Google dominates all search engines. I am very sensitive to the page raking of The Gazette for certain search terms. Because the vast majority of the traffic that comes to this blog is through search engines. So, not only do I have to produce quality content at a certain frequency to get a good page ranking, but my content should be of a certain length, too. When I publish my content (early in the morning or in the middle of the day or late at night) can also impact my page ranking. Tags impact my page ranking. Photos and videos impact my page ranking. Titles impact my page ranking. Referrals and backlinks…You get the idea.
Right now the page ranking of The Gazette brings in 6,000 to 7,000 visitors every month who read between 24,000 to 29,000 pages every month. I estimate that the magazine will have to bring in 8,000 to 10,000 readers every month who read 30,000 to 36,000 pages every month for my little girlie magazine to operate in the black. I have a little more than three months before 2017 to have everything in place. I’m happy to report that everything more or less is in place. Being the Editor Publisher of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a full-time job. I’m not retired. I’m a professional blogger.
Hail to Pitt!
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