The Old Soldier believes he has the answer to this blog’s low pageviews: its sitemap. More on this in a moment.
Well, it will be sandwiches for the Old Soldier for the next few days. It seems that the tenant who lives in the basement below my apartment has sprung a leak in his kitchen. Every time someone on one of the four floors above him uses his or her kitchen sink, the tenant in the basement has to mop up water. So the plumber doesn’t want anyone to use his or her kitchen sink until the leak has been found and fixed; which means the plumber has to tear out the wall in the hall way opposite my kitchen sink. When I asked the plumber how was I to wash dishes, he said just to wash them out in the sink in the bathroom. He said as long as I didn’t wash my dishes in the toilet, I’d be okay. I’m not making this up.
So, I’ve decided to eat sandwiches for the next few days to cut down on cooking and dishwashing.
The adventure continues.
Yes, the Old Soldier was convinced that blogging success would be his after I got my new URL, brought on board two IT teams (one for the Internet and one for this site), lined up five or six regular contributors of erotic flash fiction, adopted a routine of posting new content every day, bought a new computer and refocused the blog on tips for writing erotica for money.
It was only a matter of time before pageviews kept climbing. Right?
Pageviews have been declining and I couldn’t figure out why. Well, you know how it is when you work with something constantly and you suddenly have an epiphany? Yesterday, for some reason I decided to check the settings of my sitemap and you know what I found out?
My sitemap was screwing me!
To make a long story short, the settings of my sitemap were DISCOURAGING search engines to crawl the site. I couldn’t believe it.
So, I changed the settings of my sitemap to make this blog more crawl worthy as it were and we’ll see what happens next. If you post at least 300 words of new content every day your search engine ranking should go up not down. Well, I’ll know in a few days if that was the problem.
In the meantime I’ll keep posting new content every day, try to be smart about SEO and I’ll keep an eagle’s eye on my page ranking and pageviews. The Old Soldier will find out what’s wrong.
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This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction.