Posts Tagged ‘msn’

Fan History referrer patterns revisited

June 12th, 2009

I was looking through old blog entries and saw Fan History referrer patterns with data from 2008. Since then, we’ve done some work to increase our traffic. We’ve succeeded in increasing the number of visitors to the wiki. We’ve got some new referrers. So time for a compare and contrast. Where have we improved from September 2008 to May 2009? These numbers are based on daily average visits from that referrer.

Sep-08    May-09    Increase
Google                   852          1,427.6    575.6
Yahoo                     144          187.7        43.7
LiveJournal             54            42.8        -11.2
NarutoFic.Org        16            0.0          -16.0
Wikipedia               14           9.2           -4.8
Ask                         11            5.2          -5.8
AnimeNewsNetwork    8        33.0         25.0
Wikia                       8              6.3         -1.7
AOL                          7            13.6          6.6
FanFiction.Net 6             9.1          3.1
MSN                       4               10.8        6.8
FanPop                   3              5.7           2.7
DeviantArt              3             0.6          -2.4
TVTropes                2             6.1            4.1
EncyclopediaDramatica    2    0.7          -1.3
Altavista                   2             1.5        -0.5
FaceBook                  1            2.4         1.4    1               2.0            1.0
Total Daily               1,138    1,764.3    626.3

We’ve really increased our Google traffic. This was done by increasing our overall link diversity.  It is why we can take a hit with LiveJournal traffic, EncyclopediaDramatica traffic, DeviantART traffic and Wikipedia traffic and see an increase in our overall traffic.  What you aren’t seeing is our increase in traffic from places like Chickipedia, Twitter,,, and jumptags.

Same advice as I had in October:If you’re running your own fansite or you have no money to promote your site, our suggestion is to spread yourself out some and focus on all aspects: Link building, quality content creation, quantity content creation, back end SEO optimization.

Fan History LLC: Search Engine Optimization Internship

February 10th, 2009

Are you interested in gaining experience with a startup?  Would you like to work directly with the people who help shape the vision for the company?  Do you want to be able to make a measurable impact that you can show future employers?  Then considering working with Fan History LLC as a Search Engine Opimization Intern!

Company Background:

Fan History LLC is a developing entertainment company focused on our core products of an wiki and a fan fiction, fan art and fan vidding link site.  Fan History was founded two and a half years ago and incorporated 6 months ago by Laura Hale.  In that period, Fan History has grown from a wiki with a few hundred pages and 200 visitors a month to a become a wiki with over 600,000 pages and getting over 45,000 unique visitors a month.  We offer fans and entertainment related companies information that cannot be found elsewhere including a history of fan communities, the Internet’s largest directory of fans grouped by community, metrics data regarding the growth of fandom community and more.    To learn more about our company and our sites, visit .

Role Description and Responsibilities:

Fan History LLC is currently seeking candidates interested in a part-time Search Engine Optimization Internship.   This is an unpaid internship that will be virtual in nature (i.e., much of the Intern’s work will be done remotely with regular interactions with Fan History LLC’s team via e-mail, instant messenger, phone, and face-to-face depending on location.)  While the Internship is unpaid, the selected candidates will have an opportunity to be highly involved with the future direction of the company and will have an opportunity to attend events with Fan History LLC staff should any occur during the Intern’s tenure. Additionally, Fan History LLC is willing to work with the selected candidate for the purpose of obtaining academic credit related to this unique opportunity.

The primary responsibility of the Search Engine Optimization Intern will improving Fan History Wiki and FanworksFinder visibility in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN and Cuil through link building.  As such, the Intern will be responsible for assignments and projects that include but are not limited to:

  • One way link creation
  • Content creation when breaking fandom news happens
  • Coordinate with other Fan History staff to promote selected content and keywords
  • Identify keywords driving traffic where content needs to be improved to get better placement for those keywords

Candidate Qualifications:
Fan History LLC is seeking some one with a strong mix of hard and soft-skills.  To that end, the ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Interest in marketing, public relations or computer science
  • Interest in search engines and how to use them to promote websites
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of Google’s Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics
  • Ability to work through ambiguous problems and drive to answers
  • Action-oriented mentality and strong drive for results
  • Knowledge of popular culture

This internship opportunity reports to the Founder and the CTO.  This is an immediate opportunity and we are seeking candidates that can work a minimum of 10-15 hours each week.  The weekly schedule is extremely flexible and can be developed around a candidate’s availability.  This internship requires a minimum of an 8-10 week commitment.

What’s In It For You:

The selected candidate will be afforded the opportunity to immerse themselves in a developmental, exciting, and entrepreneurial work environment.  Our business is about sharing information, teaching others about what is happening in the fan community and how this information can be applied to help them meet their goals.  That premise carries through our activities both internally and externally – we place just as much an emphasis on our growing our audience share, growing the amount of information that we have available as we do on developing our staff’s skill sets and knowledge base.

The Intern will be afforded extraordinary opportunities for mentoring via interaction with our team.  Our team has been involved in entertainment and fan communities for over ten years and has worked with entertainment companies to help them meet their goals.  The Intern will be personally mentored by Fan History’s Founder and will gain access to our professional network for future job networking opportunities.

What’s Next:
Are you ready to learn more than you think you can handle?  Interested in launching new projects and learning how to harness the power of search?  Then contact Laura Hale, Founder of Fan History ( ) for more information or to express interest.

This is a Part-time internship offered for a term of 2 to 4 Months.

Looking for a new home.

October 23rd, 2008

MSN Groups made the February closing official, with announcements at the top of every MSN Group, and created a page for helping Groups ease over to Multiply. The migration utility is now available, and a lot of Group owners have questions.

Ever since I heard about the closing, I’ve been looking for a new home for my two Thunderbirds groups. Several people have been giving me suggestions, and I’ve checked into a couple of them. But today, I looked into the official destination. I joined Multiply. Joining gave me a personal page, and with that, I created a sort of personal group.

There seems to be a way to change backgrounds and colors – kind of like LJ, in a way. I can put pictures into the Welcome section, and have separate albums for the various pictures. Found out, however, that though there will be photo albums transferred, the actual photos won’t be. They’ll have to be uploaded from my computer – Multiply doesn’t have an uploader function that will work with MSN (yet). In the case of one of my Groups, and its background site, I’ll have to download the pictures to my computer and upload to either the site itself, or to photobucket. Some of my graphics are at photobucket already, but a lot aren’t. And to add them to the pages, you have to use HTML. Not a problem for me, but for my assistant managers? Might be.

From the comments at the Multiply Migration help site, the messageboards are a mess when they import over. I’m half tempted to import one of my sites anyway and see how much of a mess it is, then decide whether or not to keep it.

I’m still of the opinion that starting from scratch at a new site of my own will be better. But I promised I’d wait to see what Windows Live Groups has to offer. And I’ll keep poking around at Multiply – I do want to give it a fair shake.

At least I’m not at AOL…

MSN Groups

October 15th, 2008

I’ve got a number of fandom friends who use MSN Groups for their fandom home. This includes NSync, Thunderbirds, So You Think You Can Dance and Naruto fans. It also includes friends who run fan fiction, role playing and canon discussion groups on MSN Groups. If that’s you, then heads up! Your group is likely to have some changes coming soon as Microsoft is turning its existing groups Multiply before they launch their own new Live groups platform.

No clue how many members of fandom are going to be affected by this change. The last time I took a look at some groups there was about a year ago and that was the role playing community. I think 25,000 fans is probably a conservative underestimate. So if you know any fans who have groups hosted on MSN, give them a heads up to the ownership change that is coming.

Update: Tikatu, a Fan History admin, has posted about this topic on her LiveJournal.

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