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Hard to believe, but today marks the 1 year anniversary of me starting the Social Networking Schmoozer blog. Kind of weird to think about the fact that only 1 year ago, I was wondering if I could commit to blogging. The idea that of writing one article per day every day for an entire year was beyond comprehension.

When I first learned about WordPress it took me a month to understand just how to set up the self-hosted account through GoDaddy. Now, I can set up blogs in 2 minutes.

It has been quite the road. In fact, 1 year ago this blog was not even called the Social Networking Schmoozer. Instead, it was called Twitter Goal. My goal to reach 10 million fans on Twitter.

With all that has happened in the last year, I took a quick look at what has made this blog successful over the previous year. Here are the numbers that I was looking at to learn more about what I have done, and what I can do better:

  • 7,278 views on this blog in the past year.
  • Readers from 103 countries
  • 293 Blog Posts
  • 29.98% of  traffic was from Search Engine Optimization(SEO)
  • 27.65% of traffic was from Social Networking
  • 8.28% of traffic was from RSS Feeds
  • 34.09% of traffic came from partner sites or direct traffic from my offline networking
  • 424 Fans on My Fan Page
  • 93 People subscribing to my feed as of today

My top three posts for the last year were:

Sample Thank You Letter For Social Networking

Social Networking Statistics

Social Media Trends 2011

To me this just means that there is so much opportunity when you use social networking. The first three months that I was blogging, felt like I should just talk to a wall instead. The other thing that amazes me is that for first six months of blogging I did not even appreciate the idea of SEO.

While I was out blogging everyday to show people how to use social networking more effectively for their business, I learned more about how to do it correctly for mine. Sifting through article after article, and video upon video showed me what steps I needed to do from the smallest things, such as putting a captcha on comments to prevent spammers to finally figuring out how to back up my blog safely(had a few issues).  I also know the numbers above will pale in comparison to what I will do in 2011, because I spent a year learning how to use blogging as tool, now I can start earning even more from it!

Additionally, I would like to help you benefit from my social networking experience over the past with my free 10 Things Not To Do On Facebook guide. Post a comment below about how social networking has helped your business, and I will email you this free guide!

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has tweeted, commented, read, subscribed, and liked my blog over the past year! It makes it a lot more fun when you have people who actually read what you write on a daily basis. Thanks for reading the Social Networking Schmoozer, and looking forward to making the second year that much better!