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Review of the Year (part 2)

August - in parallel with the completion and launch of the Multi-track store we went back to Wordtracker to look for more key word opportunities.

But the key move of the month was our adoption of Hitslink which has helped us see much more precisely what our visitors are doing on the site and where they have come from. There were some shocks when we realized just how much of the traffic we have comes from robots. It looks as if the big ones visit every day.

September saw the launch of some new pages prompted by the Wordtracker work and the iPod/iTunes pages are now after four months generating a lot of visitors. This month we also worked on the Ringtone collection and got it launched at the end of the month. Results have been pretty depressing really despite having reasonable positions on Google for keywords like 'classic MP3 ringtone' , the interest we saw in our samples earlier in the year and the growth of Mobile phones with MP3 playing capacity.

Through the months of October and November we rode the Google Jagger roller coaster from record heights to the depths of despair. We re-found the community of Google watchers and were amazed by the range of tools that they offered to monitor what is going on across the datacenters. This isn't necessarily a very healthy occupation but is is possible that one or possibly two of the actions we took as a result of that research resulted in the relatively healthy visitor volumes that we have been experiencing for several weeks now.

The Jagger experience also prompted our entry into the article publication arena which is probably a dead end for us unless we can up our game on the exciting writing front. Christmas was pretty quiet as far as sales go and so we go into the new year with a big question mark over the commercial viability of this venture. It feels like we have got to first base - putting decent quality merchandise in front of browsers who have expressed interest. It all depends on our capacity to convert sufficient of that interest into sales.

From a human point of view we have seen a lot more human visitors to this blog and we can see that the site has a few fans who are coming back time and again to go through our whole catalog of samples and we have a few paying customers whose anonymity is protected by BitPass. The blog and the web site have failed lamentably to prompt responses from our audience - the visitor stats are really the only feedback we get and that is pretty thin gruel.

But Hey next week is the start of a new year with fresh challenges to meet and new music to make.

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MP3 Downloads Analysis brings Twitter surprise

Following up on yesterday's blog - I have done a little anaysis on the MP3 downloads  to date in May.

As expected Beethoven comes out head and shoulders above every one else at around 50K full and partial downloads - i.e over 25% of the total.

Mozart comes in a strong second at 23K and is followed by Bach at nearly 7K. Debussy just about managed 1K and every other composer was less than that.

Amongst the Ragtime Composers Scott Joplin did best at 852 but was beaten by the gamelan rag collection at just over 1K.

Selections generally did very poorly with the exception of the Marimba selection which came in at 331 MP3 downloads.

But the surprise result from this exercise was the observation that the pieces featured on our 16 daily tweets did much better than their fellows whethe they were classical or not. Roughly roughly it looks as if each tweeted MP3 is downloaded about 25 time so that is a lotal of 400 per day or 10K per month or 5% of the total. This is a very different picture …

Bach's back

Bach is now more fully represented in the dialy Twitter campaign and there are some indications that his posion has been strengthened.

The volume of impressions on Beethoven keywords means that he is still very dominant and some of the Bach activity is much more variable from day to day both interms of impressions and click through rates.

Twitter have been messing about with the way pictures are treated and that has caused some rework on the saved tweets but it is more or less sorted now.

This activity has increased the number of saved tweets somewhat so the repetitions are less frequent.

Thanks Google

Just the occasional update here these days.

It looks like we were one of the winners in the latest refinement to the Google search results algorithm and our average position went up a percent.

We now get about 60 % of our traffic from phones so it was worth all that effort of setting up mobile optimized pages.

Our bounce rate is down substantially from historical levels although it is still higher than one would like.

Our click through rates varies enormously depending on the search term used as well as our position on the results page so it is all rather really tricky to interpret.

However it does seem clear that most searchers only find out about our interpretation of the piece once they get to our site.

We are still big in India and Indonesia, home of the gamalan and Beethoven outperforms everything else.

Working on some new recordings when time permits so there will be some updates latter this year.