Revealing My Experience With How Inactivity Affects My Blog’s Growth

Keyword Density

Like you, I have constantly read and heard about the preaching: “don’t be inactive, this will hurt your blog’s traffic”. As a blogger, I constantly try a lot of things related to my blog. One of my personal experiment, and which needs a lot of guts I should say, was to leave my blog inactive for 2months. “Holy shh…”, Yeah I know you must be wondering, but that’s true. 😉 But I guess you surely have a lot to tell us too, so make a comment asap.

What I Mean By Inactive:
I don’t update my blog with articles, nor editing links or posts.
I stop being active on social sites and hence decrease my online presence and networking
But I was deleting spams, since no one wants to accumalate like over 3,000+ junks after 2months 😛

First, let’s observe some stats of Wakish Wonderz:

Stats Before Experiment:
1) PR RANK:  Just dropped from PR4 to PR3 (due to not meeting google’s new requirements)
2) TECHNORATI: Top 98,000
3) ALEXA: Top 270,000

Stats After Experiment:
1) PR3
2) TECHNORATI: approximately at 450,000
3) ALEXA: At 1,040,000

Calculations (approximately):
=> technorati rank dropped by -352,000
=> Alexa rank dropped by -770,000

Now What About My Traffic

Traffic on Wakish Wonderz comes from mainly 3 ways:
1) Search Engines (70%)
2) Social sites (15%)
3) Linkbacks from other bloggers/webmasters (15%)
(I’m not yet into paid advertising like Adwords for the moment)

So, my observation with traffic is that during the period of my inactivity, I lost all my traffic from social sites and the new percentage were as follows:
1) Search Engines (50%)
2) Linkbacks from other bloggers/webmasters (20%)
3) Social sites(0%)
Loss in traffic out of 100% was -30%

Explanation And Observation

I thus observed that inactivity has a big impact on traffic from social sites and also on search engine referrals. But to my great surprise, I noticed more linkbacks from other sites and blogs. Was this a coincidence or a sign that some of my fellow bloggers silently cared about me not being ‘around’? After a closer investigation, the answer was two-fold; some of my pillar articles were really appreciated by others causing them to linkback to me and some of the bloggers (not necessary friends) do care! I even got a couple of messages asking if everything was alright.

Anything Positive From This Experiment?

1) Now, that I have closely observed from where and how my traffic is coming, this helps me in coming back and to tweak things more confidently.
2) You get to know who really cares about your blog and you
3) You get a big rest, stepping back to observe things better

The Best Part

=> The traffic of Wakish Wonderz has rised 2 times to what it used to be before the experiment and this let me foresee some changes which I will have to make, like hosting and also the way my blog ranks. So, wish me luck to perform even better 😉

=> A Follow-Up Of My Blog Following My Previous Traffic Experiment

What about your experiences, do you find same trend or do you have something more insightful to share ? Write your comments below..

Understanding Keyword Density Can Help Your Site Rank Better

Keyword Density

Definition Of Keyword Density

Keyword density is an indicator of the number of times the selected keyword appears in the web page.

Keywords shouldn’t be over used, but should be just sufficient enough to appear at important places.

 If you repeat your keywords with every other word on every line, then your site will probably be rejected as an artificial site or spam site. (Spend some time doing some keyword research)

Calculation Of Keyword Density

Keyword density is always expressed as a percentage of the total word content on a given web page.


Suppose you have 100 words on your webpage and you use a certain keyword for five times in the content. The keyword density on that page is got by simply dividing the total number of keywords, by the total number of words that appear on your web page.
So here it is (5 divided by 100 = 0.05). Because keyword density is a percentage of the total word count on the page, multiply the above by 100, that is 0.05 x 100 = 5%

What is the right % To Use For Keyword Density

The accepted standard for a keyword density is between 3% and 5%, to get recognized by the search engines and you should never exceed it.

Remember, that this rule applies to every page on your site. It also applies not just to one keyword but also a set of keywords that relates to a different product or service. The keyword density should always be between 3% and 5%.

Simple steps to check the density

1) Copy and paste the content from an individual web page into a word-processing software program like Word or Word Perfect.

2) Go to the ‘Edit’ menu and click ‘Select All’. Now go to the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Word Count’. Write down the total number of words in the page.

3) Now select the ‘Find’ function on the ‘Edit’ menu. Go to the ‘Replace’ tab and type in the keyword you want to find. ‘Replace’ that word with the same word, so you don’t change the text.

4) When you complete the replace function, the system will provide a count of the words you replaced. That gives the number of times you have used the keyword in that page.

==> Using the total word count for the page and the total number of keywords you can now calculate the keyword density.

Is there any online Free tool for that same purpose?

To make you say Cheers! The answer is yes! I found this online tool: live keyword analysis tool

Further Recommended Reading:
1) What Is Search Engine Optimization – SEO
2) The Importance of Search Engines
3) Submitting Your Website to Search Engines

The Importance of Search Engines

Importance of Search Engines

When a topic is typed for search, nearly instantly, the search engine will sift through the millions of pages it has indexed about and present you with ones that match your topic. The searched matches are also ranked, so that the most relevant ones come first.

Remember that a reader will probably only look at the first 2-3 listings in the search results. So it does matter where your website appears in the search engine ranking.

It is the Keywords that play an important role than any expensive online or offline advertising of your website.

It is found by surveys that when readers or customers want to find a website for information or to buy a product or service, they find their site in one of the following ways:

1) Through a search engine.
2) By clicking on a link from another website or page that relates to the topic in which they are interested.
3) Occasionally, they find a site by hearing about it from a friend or reading in an article. (aka mouth-to-mouth or viral advertising)

Thus it’s obvious that the most popular way to find a site, by search engine, represents more than 90% of online users. In other words, only 10% of the people looking for a website will use methods other than search engines.

All search engines employ a ranking algorithm and one of the main rules in a ranking algorithm is to check the location and frequency of keywords on a web page. Don’t forget that algorithms also give weightage to link population (number of web pages linking to your site). When search engine optimization is performed by a qualified, experienced SEO consultant, a site really stands a bigger chance in high search engine rankings. Unless you have a lot of money and can afford to pay the expert, with better knowledge of search engines and how they work, you can also do it on your own.

Understanding the importance of search engines and how they work, will eventually give you enough insights for you to start thinking about the importance of search engine optimization (aka SEO).

What’s Next?
=> Search Engine Friendly Pages
=> How Do Search Engines Work – Web Crawlers / Web Spiders
=> Submitting Your Website to Search Engines
=> What Is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

What Is Search Engine Optimization – SEO

Search Engine Optimization


A process of choosing the most appropriate targeted keyword phrases related to your site and ensuring that this ranks your site highly in search engines so that when someone searches for specific phrases it returns your site on tops.

The Process

It basically involves fine tuning the content of your site along with the HTML and Meta tags and also involves appropriate link building process. The most popular search engines are Google, Yahoo, MSN Search, AOL and Ask Jeeves. Search engines keep their methods and ranking algorithms secret, to get credit for finding the most valuable search-results and to deter spam pages from clogging those results.

The astonishing Aspect

A search engine may use hundreds of factors while ranking the listings where the factors themselves and the weight each carries may change continually. Algorithms can differ so widely that a webpage that ranks #1 in a particular search engine could rank #200 in another search engine.

Why New Sites should strive to have a backlink from another site with higher PR

New sites need not be “submitted” to search engines to be listed. A simple link from a well established site will get the search engines to visit the new site and begin to spider its contents. It can take a few days to even weeks from the referring of a link from such an established site for all the main search engine spiders to commence visiting and indexing the new site.

What if you cannot do SEO yourself?

If you are unable to research and choose keywords and work on your own search engine ranking, you may want to hire someone to work with you on these issues.

SEO Business

Search engine marketing and promotion companies, will look at the plan for your site and make recommendations to increase your search engine ranking and website traffic. If you wish, they will also provide ongoing consultation and reporting to monitor your website and make recommendations for editing and improvements to keep your site traffic flow and your search engine ranking high.

SEO Experts and Web Designers – The 2 Special Ones

Your search engine optimization experts work with your web designer to build an integrated plan right away so that all aspects of design are considered at the same time.

What’s Next?
=> Search Engine Friendly Pages
=> How Do Search Engines Work – Web Crawlers / Web Spiders
=> The Importance of Search Engines
=> Submitting Your Website to Search Engines

Submitting Your Website to Search Engines


One of the best advertising and marketing is done by submitting your site/blog to a search engine. No amount of press release, newspaper or radio ad, banner ad, spam email or newsletter will achieve the same results in the long run, especially if your site cultivates good informative content.

The best way to submit your website for search engine ranking and inclusion is to do it yourself by contacting the search engine services and directories.


1) Add your URL to Google
2) Yahoo! Search Submission

Before you begin to submit your website to search engines ensure your websites are thoroughly designed with the necessary contents like the right key words, good graphics and pictures and the relevant informative content. Don’t submit websites that are incomplete.

While submitting to a search engine, make sure to provide information about your website, keywords and any other information that may be pertinent, including your name and contact information.

Submission to search engine tools does not guarantee that your site would be immediately listed and the ranking will be high. Because there are thousands of new websites coming up every day and it may take quite some time before they take up your site for review by human editors. So, you have to be patient and concentrate on making your site better, the rest will come in due time. 😉

One important factor to remember while submitting a site , if you are running a website (instead of a blog), is to include a site map of your website which makes the crawling easy for the web robots.

What’s Next?
=> Search Engine Friendly Pages
=> How Do Search Engines Work – Web Crawlers / Web Spiders
=> The Importance of Search Engines
=> What Is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)