Month 11: Publicity from ElegantThemes

It’s been almost a year since I started blogging about my journey to be #1 on Google for Atlanta web design related keyphrases. If you haven’t been following my journey, you can click here to go back to the beginning of it.

My visits have increased drastically. Last month, the Mr. Technique website received around 800 visits. That’s nothing to complain about and is good traffic for a local business. This month isn’t even over and my website visits have more than doubled with over 2000 of them! The only other time that I doubled my website traffic was when I gave some SEO advice on the Manta Forum.

My Google rankings have improved as well. These are my current rankings according to my keyword rank tracker:

Keyphrase Google Ranking
website design Atlanta 2 (Up 10 Spots)
web design in Atlanta GA 4 (Same)
Atlanta web designer 2 (Same)
web designer Atlanta 2 (Up 2 Spots)
web design Atlanta GA 2 (Up 4 Spots)
website design Atlanta GA 2 (Up to 4 Spots)
Atlanta web design 13 (Same)
web design Atlanta 12 (Up 3 Spots)

Keep in mind that these are average rankings. The rankings could be higher or lower depending on where you are searching Google from. So what caused the improvement in rankings and increase in traffic this month? Although there were several factors responsible for the increase in traffic, the biggest factor was being featured on ElegantThemes (* affiliate link), a WordPress premium theme provider. They allowed me to write a Customer Spotlight story (* affiliate link) on how I benefited from using them.

I had no problems writing about the benefits of using ElegantThemes. I’m a big fan of theirs. This version of the Mr. Technique website and the previous version were both made using one of their themes. When my story was published on their blog, ElegantThemes sent out a Tweet to their 18,000+ followers.

Putting links in Twitter posts is definitely a method of generating traffic. I had received more traffic on the day the Customer Spotlight post was published and the day after than I did in the whole previous month.

ElegantThemes Traffic Spike on Google Analytics

I received emails from other countries asking me for web design and SEO advice. Just over a week ago, I gave my first consultation to a gentlemen in England using a combination of Skype and on web design and SEO, and I truly enjoyed it.

We’re almost two-thirds of the way through 2014, and I’m getting really close to that top spot.

* Disclosure: The links above to ElegantThemes are affiliate links which means that if you purchase something after clicking on the link, I will receive a commission. 


  1. Anshul Sukhwal on November 16, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Happy to know that you are receiving more than doubled number of visits, Tom. 🙂
    The trend hasn’t just stopped right there. I am a subscriber of elegant themes and I happened to visit your website through them. I feel more and more people will keep visiting your website now. I must say you have got a very good platform to carry on and rock the world.

    Wish you All the Very Best..!!! 🙂
    Anshul Sukhwal
    Travel photographers in India

  2. Tom Nguyen on November 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks, Anshul. ElegantThemes must be heavily trafficked because that blog post is more than two months old, and ElegantThemes is still one of my top referrers. I truly am lucky.

  3. Anshul Sukhwal on November 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Yes Tom. ElegantThemes is indeed a very popular website and the results are in front of both of us as your blog post which is more than 2 months old is still bringing you loads of visitors. You are lucky and will soon become popular too. 🙂

    Best Wishes for your Future, Tom. 🙂
    Travel Photographers in India

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