It made me wonder…do political blogs in Montana have any influence, any power, any impact…anything? Or are we all just pissing in the wind here?
I’ve written three books on Google and increasing website traffic so I know a little about this. In case you think I don’t, here’s what my analytics from Google look like for the past month:
Here’s another good roundup of stats, showing which mobile users come here:
What I will do is convince you that Montana political blogs can have power and impact if you want them to. I got serious about this one after losing my election. Starting in July I really began putting out longer and harder-hitting articles, things that both Google and people like.
It paid off, and now I get traffic and have influence on these congressional races in the state. I know this because thousands of people have read the articles I’ve written. They may not seem like a lot, but to give you an idea:
- 836 people have read my bio of Amanda Curtis;
- Hot articles typically get 100 views in 1 day;
- All the Steve Daines finance articles get hundreds of views each month.
Maybe that’s not a whole lot to some of you reading from some of the big sites, but here it’s pretty good. But it makes me happy because I like writing about this stuff and it’s paying off. (Not financially, unfortunately)
Will it pay off for those running in November? I think so. John Lewis is going to win in 7 weeks and Amanda Curtis is going to decrease that poll gap by 10 points by the first week or two of October. Will she win? Boy, it’s going to be tough, but I think if the Montana political blogs keep at it, she could.
Yes, that’s right – Montana Republicans can’t blog, sorry.