So last month was an AWESOME month for my blog. I had a record high in pageviews (yes, 175,000 pageviews!) and record income. I couldn't believe it.
I finally took the plunge to convert to https and to upgrade my hosting. I probably should have done this months ago. I was not happy with hosting and my site speed was soooooo slow. The good news is that the new host reduced my page speed from 8.2 seconds down to 1.2 seconds. Woohoo. Totally happy about this. And, in the long run, this should really help.
On the downside, I have 2 problems. 1) due to switch to https, my google traffic has declined significantly. Apparently this is common/normal and then supposedly it bounce back 1-2 months later. So, I'm not thrilled with that because in my case, that means lower income. So, I need to work hard to fix it. One of my top articles: 2018 Hardwood Flooring Trends fell from the #1 spot to #3 spot, so I have to work to get that back up to #1. I have 5 or 6 other articles that have also dropped. So lots of work ahead of me.
The 2nd issue is that I have a lot of missing photos. This is a problem from my previous host (can I say I hate them? Is that okay for me to say?). Anyway, I have to go and fix those, page by page. Fortunately, the majority of pictures are there, but this is such a tedious porcess. I think I'll just do this for my top 40 pages. This is the 2nd time I'm doing something like this due to the old host. (I really really dislike them).
Oh, and there is a 3rd issue...broken links. Again due a mistake my old host made (can you hear the bitterness?). So, I've been fixing those each day. I think most of those links were broken before, but I just didn't notice. There are some other problems, too...so lots of tedious work to just get back to where I was before.
Wish me luck. It's been a stressful week and I just get tired thinking about the work ahead of me. But, starting today, I just need to crank it out.