We’ve watched the year 2009 come and go, therefore I think it is about time to check what this blog has done in the past 12 months. First of all, I have to admit that I spent rather little time in writing blog posts last year compare to previous years. The main reason was many times, I just tweeted a line or two about my thoughts and then no longer repeated those in the blog. However, I guess I did a few good things to my blog …
First is I installed the Thesis theme – it is simply the most versatile WordPress theme in the market right now. And I also implemented a few very good plug-ins : The TweetMeme Retweet Button, the No Self Pings, the Where did they go from here etc. Those really made the blog looks a little bit more professional.
The second good thing I did to my blog was I started to post information about Amazon Kindle 2 and Kindle DX from March last year. I bought the original Kindle 2 US version and then detailed how to purchase it from Amazon, how to set it up, how to use it and how to purchase ebooks … the traffic to the blog then surged:
And finally I put the Amazon affiliation network into good use … I did not actively promote the Amazon website and products, but just link to their Kindle products pages. Surprisingly, I start getting some affiliation fee from Amazon. You know, I never thought I can earn some pocket money from my blog … In addition to the affiliation fee surprise, another thing surprised me a lot is what products the visitors bought after they surfed to the Amazon website. And here are some interesting details:
- Other than the 30 Kindle 2 and DX I sold (not bad !!), there were also around 40 e-books sold thru the blog site – and the top seller was the Lost Symbol.
- There were also over 20 physical books sold, and the best performer was the Fooled by Randomness.
- There were some visitors purchased their iPod Touch, Flip Camcorder, in-ear earphone, CDs, DVDs, MP3 from here – even though those products were not mentioned in any of the blog posts.
- But the most bizarre ones are, believe it or not, the rebounder, Digital Caliper, and even Deodorant !!
To this tiny little blog, it is truly amazing !!