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Web Site is One Year Old!

"A Retina Eye Blog" celebrates its first birthday. With over 200 articles and nearly 2000 visitors per month, we continue to grow and change the delivery of health information.

RetinaEyeDoctor.com was started one year ago!  I remain as energized as ever about social media, the Internet and patient education.  Creating one of the few objective souces of health information has been a lot  of work…but also very rewarding and fun.

Traffic

“Traffic” on the web is a good thing.  Traffic refers to the number of people coming to a web site.  The traffic here now approaches 2000 people per month!

Most of the traffic now comes from search engines such as Google (Bing and Yahoo being the two other major search engines).  65-70% of the visitors now come as a result of a “search.”

Twitter and Facebook

Initially, I’d write an article then promote the article, and web site, via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  These are social media platforms.  Basically, the traffic would increase when I wrote a new article, and decrease if nothing new were added.

I used this method for a solid 9 months.  In the first year, I wrote over 200 articles for the web site.  That’s almost 4 articles per week!

Great Content and Google

My 200 articles is a lot of content for any site.  We now have a rock-solid base.  Google really likes web pages with solid, relevant content that is updated regularly.  Google rewards pages like this with higher rankings, or “visibility.”

As a result, this web page now starts popping up on Google searches.  We are rising closer to the top.  People see us on the first one or two pages, click and come to read.  In other words, people are now finding the site on their own.

You may have noticed that I am not writing as frequently.  This is the reason.

What Does This Mean?  This has been a fun and rewarding year.  I have spent 100’s hours learning about how to effectively use the Internet.  I really enjoy it.  I also feel my writing has improved.

On a local scale, patients are now self-referring after finding us on the Internet.  It really is a new age!  I have had patients from as far as Nigeria come and visit.

On a larger scale, I remain firm in my belief that more and more patients will be looking for relevant, credible health information over the Internet.  More docs will, and should, take our lead.  Slowly the quality of health information on the Internet will improve.

Thank you for commenting, reading, and sharing this blog with your docs and friends.  Thank you for your support.

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Comments
  • Judith Nicotra May 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Randy, congratulations and thanks for your continued commitment to providing us with credible information.

  • John Farrell May 19, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Randy, ditto to Judith’s comment – congratulations and thank you for all you are doing! I know how much you enjoy doing this but I also know how much work it takes. Please know your efforts are recognized and appreciated by your followers.

  • Aissa Dirawatun May 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yes You Did It!

  • Leslie Degner, RN, BSN May 23, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for contributing valuable and reliable content on macular degeneration for all to read on the internet.

    Also, much thanks for contributing your answers to many of the readers questions on the WebRN-MacularDegeneration website.

    Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

  • teresa weber May 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Wow again! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!! Teri

    • Randall V. Wong, M.D. May 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks so much for your loyalty. This has been an awesome year! I wish more docs had this much fun!

      r

  • Norma Holland December 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

    This is the BEST source of information for the retina patient I have seen. Thank you for providing it!

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