Yesterday was the day.  Yesterday was the day I broke my long standing one day traffic record on my blog.  And I can honestly say, I have no idea why.  I continue to dig into the numbers, but I only have a few ideas of what may have caused the spike.  At the very least, it’s an interesting look into the steps I take when I typically post to my blog, and I thought it would be a useful post to share.

Back in May of 2009 before I took my blogging seriously, I was laid off of Microsoft.  As a method of therapy that night, I wrote a long blog post about what I had experienced, published and went to bed thinking nothing of it.  However the next morning, I woke up to find that my post was picked up by Mary Jo Foley, a prominent Microsoft blogger on ZDNet, and my traffic spiked big time.  About 1,800 page views for a blog that rarely got 20.  That was the moment I decided to take my blog seriously.  And ever since, I’ve never been able to crack that many visits in one day.  Until yesterday.

Yesterday I cracked 2,023 page views.  I did nothing out of the ordinary, nor did I do anything differently.  But for whatever reason, I have a new daily traffic record.  I’m not entirely sure why, but here is what I do know so far:

  • Late Monday I wrote about Twitter and used the word “Tweet” in my blog title.  It seems whenever I blog about Twitter, I get a spike in traffic.
  • Twitter accounted for about 85% of my traffic yesterday.  It usually hovers around 60% or so for most posts.
  • I got more tweets/retweets of my latest blog post then ever before.  Currently 219.

That’s it.  No other anomalies at all.  So the only reason I can come up with is that I wrote a blog post that apparently resonated with folks more so then most that I do.  Which is actually hard to believe because I don’t have as many comments on it as I usually do.  Very confusing indeed.

But I will not leave you empty handed from this unsolved mystery.  Here is one undeniable fact; when used responsibly and effectively, Triberr is undoubtedly one of the most fantastic tools you can find to grow your reach.  If you have not checked it out, or taken the time to get acclimated with it, you are truly missing out on a tremendous opportunity to grow your blog’s traffic by leaps and bounds.  Oh, and did I mention it’s pretty much free?

Run, don’t walk and get going with it.  And if you need any help figuring it out, don’t hesitate to ask.  In the meantime, I’m going to get back to this mystery and see if I can replicate the success!