Google Trends with Freedom Education

I officially launched Freedom in June 2008. In the first month I had 200 unique visitors. Eight months later this blog begin to grow at a pretty rapid rate as I started putting more effort into marketing. It currently gets around 5,000-6,000 unique visitors each month.

In the last 6 months I haven’t put a lot of effort into marketing as I’ve been focused on internal projects and Blogging for Coaches. Some of the internal work has been focused on creating high-value content for this blog, more videos for my Newsletter Subscribers and giving quality attention to my coaching clients.

Now that it’s fall season here in Canada I’ve been doing a lot of clearing and cleaning. I’ve been clearing the house and clearing my mind of distractions and projects that I’ve been putting off. It feels good to complete things that have been on my mind for a while.

As I was going through this clearing I went back to check statistics for this blog and realized that the google and organic traffic to this site has increased over the past 6 months. That was a bit odd – cause like I said – I haven’t put a great amount of effort into marketing. But at the same time it was great to see the steady growth. Here is a graph showing the progress.

Google Trends with

I had two insights from going through this exercise. The first insight was around this idea of working harder to achieve more. You don’t have to look very far to see that this is an epidemic in North America. We have been programmed to believe that working harder means more and better results.

Bloggers blog about how hard they have to work to be successful, your parents have told you to work hard so you can get ahead and your boss might be telling you the same thing.

My experience tells me something quite different.

Each month the search engine traffic on this blog seems to go up. It’s gone up 50% over the past 6 months and each month it does go up means less work for me.

Maybe the formula should be work less and achieve more. You tell me?

The second insight was confirmation that this blog continues to grow. There are other ways to do that like measuring income month-to-month or how many new subscribers join my Newsletter but what I’ve found is that by measuring my progress in more than one way, I have found more positive signs that I’m moving forward. The more positive signs I see that I’m making progress and moving forward, the more I appreciate where I am and what I’ve done.

I think you know HOW important that is from a Law of Attraction perspective. But how many people do you know who are so consumed with achieving their goals that they forget to acknowledge themselves? They don’t take the time to see how good things are from where they are right now?

It might be a very simple idea, but if you don’t appreciate where you are now, then how will you ever appreciate yourself when you’re a massive success?

The last thing I want you to do is become a massive success and still feel miserable. When was the last time you gave yourself a good pat on the shoulder for a job well done? When was the last time you acknowledged yourself for where you are right now?


  • Gregory Elfrink

    Reply Reply November 14, 2010

    I love this post. I recently just did a look at my own traffic as well on my fresh blog and found some really positive signs as to where it is going and how it is being viewed.

    You are so right, people get immensely blinded to this whole idea of achieving and working hard.

    It is so ironic and hilarious that the most brilliant and successful men & women actually work less than most.

    Case and example, a friend of mine makes around 17g a month, works 2 hours a week. I use to when I was younger have to work 40 hours a week for almost an entire year to earn half to that.

    Haha, work smarter not harder is the motto :-)

    To life,

  • Steve

    Reply Reply November 14, 2010

    It’s funny you mention your friend Gregory. My realtor works some crazy hours (80 hours a week) – he is the exact opposite to your friend – and he’s been doing that for the past 3 years… and it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down anytime soon.

    When I asked him if it was absolutely necessary to work those kinds of hours, he said, “Absolutely yes.” He is a terrific guy and a great realtor, but when I hear stories like this it also makes me wonder, “Does he not realize there is an easier way?”

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