Just to reset the time line, we are now officially nine days in from when I started on July 9th. Of course by starting, that really was starting the second stage. I had already prepared the reports I was giving away, I already had the domain I was directing people towards and it was just sitting there.
It was July 9th, I sent the email out to the various Calgary granite countertop installers I found on the first page of Google introducing myself and explaining what I was doing. To date, not one of them has contacted me, although it appears most if not all have looked at the site. Here is the report I have so far.
Everything prior to July 8th (and most likely a couple views on the 8th) were me or people I asked to take a look at the site. Now I posted my first article about this on the 10th, so I may have tainted my own results by doing this, but I posted near the end of the day and by late morning I already had four views that day. Not many people are reading this (come on it’s a new site right now!), so perhaps it was only a minor tainting.
Friday the 9th was a half day for many people in Calgary due to the Stampede Parade, but still four people viewed the page, then another four on the tenth which was the Saturday (one being me!) and then Monday morning another five appeared. So I sent it out to 12 email addresses in total and it appears at least 13 views occurred. I know the 14th was another person I sent directly there and the one today was me.
So starting and inclusive of the 9th, 19 total views. Now I am going out on a limb, but I have to assume the majority of these were directly from the email as there were no links to the site, and it shouldn’t have appeared anywhere until after I posted on the 10th. It was on the 10th I put the first backlink in place via these posts! I can account for five of the visits, but that still left 14 hopefully via the initial email.
You have to remember, Google didn’t get it’s first first hint the page was actually out there yet, until I put a post out on the 10th with a link to the site. After this, it wasn’t until around the 16th that I noticed I was already ranking 17th with just a single backlink.
Since then there have been a couple more subtle links throw out directing people to the page, but nothing major until this morning, when I finally did the first initial push and submitted a video and info out to around 40 sites.
Once again, we will sit back and see what happens over the next couple of days and I will then submit the next piece. Check back in to see where it goes!