Last month started off slow, and although I did a piece on Tourism Reigna and I wrote about the RCMP Heritage Center, I didn't see a whole lot of extra traffic. That disappointed me as I had expected some extra leads to come from those two posts.
As May ended, I looked at my traffic compared to April and saw I was down by several hundreds page views. Frustrated, I decided to write a piece I've been working on since March, and although it was 12 points shorter than what I had originally planned, I wrote "8 Places to Visit in Regina" on May 31st. On June 1st I joined a blogging community on Facebook. Then I watched in amazement at what happened next:
My blog went viral.
I couldn't believe my eyes! I went from 74 unique visitors on May 30th to 2,066 unique visitors on June 3rd! I didn't even get half that many in the whole month of May! Even more amazing, my post about Regina was shared over 200 times! People from all over the world were commenting on my blog, on my Twitter, on my Instagram, and on my Facebook page. Some people even jokingly said I made Regina look so good they might just book a plane ticket here. Others said they usually drive past Regina on the highway but now plan to stop by and check out the city. Reading those comments made me feel incredible because normally, nobody ever comments on my blog. So, thank you avid reader. Thank you so much. I really, really appreciate all the support you gave me.
In my last update I mentioned creating a newsletter, and I finally implemented it. I was going to make it bi-weekly but I think I'll make it once a month. I haven't really decided. Feel free to sign up below this blog post. The first newsletter will be tomorrow!
Last month I also talked about ads on my site. I was going to sell adspace for cheap, and I was going to go through Passion Fruit, but I realized I don't have enough traffic to qualify. So, for the majority of the month I went adless. After my massive spike on June 3rd, I threw two Google Adsense ads up. In the week since I've made about $6. This is 300% increase in revenue in a single day compared to my AdClickMedia/Spoutable campaign that lasted two months.
I also mentioned in my previous update about adding a survey to my website. I forgot about that, so I'm not sure if I'll do it or not. Although, it would be great to hear back from you and see what kind of content you're enjoying most.
I also said I would write a blog post about "Kyoto and one about managing traveling the world while in love". I didn't do either of these. I did, however, say I would write one about Hong Kong and St. Petersburg, so I guess I fulfilled half my promise.
As for this month, I think I'll write more about Regina and Canada, as that went over very well last month. I might write more unique posts too, like strange places I've slept or the strangest food I've eaten. I have a couple ideas swirling around, but I'm not too sure what I'll write next. I don't think it'll be getting me 2,066 hits a day though, but you never know.
I'm also heading on a trip later this month, so I'll be taking some time off my blog. It's a secret to where I'm going, but I'm really excited and I think I'll have some awesome stories to tell you when I get back!
I guess that's all for now, so until next time, keep on traveling!
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
The past few weeks have been really busy for me, with a lot more time at the office and a lot less time travelling. Thankfully, the weekend is just around the corner and with it comes the possibility of a two day vacation. Having traveled to Lac La Ronge earlier this month, I've been thinking more and more about these short trips and how rejuvenating they can be.
Unfortunately, I haven't done as much travelling around Saskatchewan as I'd like, so I wasn't sure what the best places to visit were. There were of course the obvious choices such as Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, but I wanted someplace remote, yet somewhat close. For this project I approached some of my fellow travel bloggers and I got some ideas of what to go do and see for a weekend. I went through their ideas and came up with this short list of 5 weekend destinations in Saskatchewan.
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Last year I put together 50 Images That Showcase Regina, and it was very successful. However, I did that article early into the year and missed out on some pictures I would take later, so I decided to do it again this year. These pictures were all taken either in late 2015 or in 2016.
If you guys enjoy this article as much as you liked the last one, I might start making this an annual thing.
Some of you may recognize a few of these pictures from earlier in the year, but there should be a few here that none of you have ever seen before.
150 years ago, Canada became a country, albeit a much smaller one. Since then, Canada has grown much in size, reputation and as a favorite for travellers from around the world. Lonely Planet recognized these accomplishments last year and ranked Canada as the #1 travel destination in 2017. With the addition of free National Parks all year long, 2017 is the perfect time to visit the Great White North!
I am always interested in Canadian adventures, so I thought I'd check out G Adventure's website to see what tours they have planned this year. Since G Adventures is a Canadian based travel company, I figured they would have something going on this year to celebrate our sesquicentennial. Instead, all I saw were the same eight tours as last year, and the year before. Thinking maybe there was some big announcement coming for 2017, I emailed G Adventures asking about it, hoping, praying, that maybe there was something, something, anything at all… but I received no response.
Now, don't get me wrong. G Adventures has eight great Canadian tours, and they all look really awesome, but they only show off a small sliver of what Canada has to offer. In fact, four of the tours are almost exactly the same: