We often assess our blog's reach and popularity to better understand where we stand today and how much more is needed to reach our immediate goals. Sometimes, we may struggle in properly quantifying our blog's worth and it's popularity. However, there are some general indicators to get fair idea about these attributes. Here are some general signs that can help you in correctly assessing your blog's increasing worth and your own online reputation.
Inflating page views - is one of the best indicator that things are going pretty smooth. Consistent increase in page views/day month after month is a sure sign of success for your blog.
Reduced bounce rate - indicates that your blog design, contextual inter-linking of posts and your content is good enough to engage the readers and refrain them from leaving your blog immediately.
More traffic towards archives - clearly states the fact that Google and other major search engines now give your content more respect than ever before. If large part of this traffic is coming organically, then be assured your blog is on the path of success.
Steady increase in subscribers count - indicates your increasing authority in your niche. A visitor scans your blog content and comes to conclusion that it will be a loss for him if he misses your blog content, resulting in his subscription. This is a clear indication that your blog content is good enough to grow its core readership.
Your tweets are now retweeted more often - than before. A sign that your followers value your tweet and this value is created primarily by your blog's popularity, because that's your identity as a blogger and your platform to show your authority.
Increasing mails from readers - clearly suggests that your blog readership is growing and people see you as a problem solver. The solutions provided on your blog and your approach in answering the readers comments encourage readers to contact you and ask their questions.
Offers of guest blogging - states the fact that the peers in your niche wants to leverage the reach and popularity of your blog. They may send you guest post offers to get some recognition and traffic through their guest post. If you start getting these guest blogging offers more than frequently, then it's a clear sign of your blogging success.
Direct advertising offers - are one of the best indicators of increasing popularity of your blog. When an advertiser is approaching you directly, he/she is affirming your blog's reach, it's popularity and last but not the least - your authority.
Growing network on social media sites - is a good indicator that your blog is working for you and giving you the recognition and fame you deserve. If the followers count on twitter in swelling at good pace, people are adding you as a friend on facebook and linkdin, it indicates your growing authority and your blog's popularity.
Invitations to co-author a blog - is another indication that people are desperate to include your name in their writing team and wants you to be associated with their blogs. These invitations may include luring monetary compensation offers, acknowledging your knowledge and skills.
Over To You
This list can be stretched further and I would love to get more additions to this list in the form of your comments. Over to you guys...