Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
Number Games: Twitter Followers, Facebook Likes, RSS Readers and Numbers that Matter!
There are many articles on the net about Facebook having millions of users and yet the Facebook advertising is not as mature as Google's. I've browsed many blogs with thousands of likes for Facebook pages and Twitter followers much more than mine but I noticed something by studying this blog's web analytics: that Facebook fans simply "like" Facebook page posts but not actually visit the blog post. There are of course some pages that get spikes on visitors referred by Facebook but as a general observation, Facebook is "just" another marketing tool or a way for your fans to follow you, same as Twitter.
This blog arrived late in social media presence being only about a year old with barely two thousand likes for Facebook page and about a hundred followers on Twitter. It's probably due to Tutubi's being inaccessible, being busy with life's routines rather than tweeting, posting FB updates, even bloghopping. Heck, he can't seem to reply to comments like he used to.
But even with the pathetic numbers of his FB page and Twitter followers compared to other travel blogs, here's a sneak peak at this blog's hidden numbers, something you can't see on Pinoy Top Blogs (want to know the reason why he opted out of this blog ranking site? The reason may make you decide to leave that blog ranking/aggregator too)
Total visitors, page views and unique visitors during Holy Week 2012:
Typical web statistics for Summer of 2012:
Numbers in a nut shell:
Blog age: six years
Number of Posts: around 930
RSS readers: around 320
Followers on Blogger reader: 64
Twitter followers: barely one hundred
Faceboook page likes: almost 2000 (paltry compared to most blogs)
Number of sponsored posts/advertorials/freebies in exchange for positive/neutral reviews: 0
average daily visitors: around 5000
average daily page loads: around 7500
these numbers are paltry compared to other blogs but the numbers that really matter are not the Twitter followers, Facebook page likes, not even comments but the pageviews and visitors of this blog that leave no imprint. There are about a few hundred people visiting this blog every single day without saying any thing, probably bookmarked due to absence of referrer site information.
And if you understand page views and how it relates to these acronyms: CTR, CPC and RPM, you'll know what they mean :P
Thank you, all silent followers of this blog. Been six years, Tutubi may have slowed down traveling, blogging and blog-hopping, it doesn't mean he'll stop at it!