Lapizuli - 12:31 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
[Hand raises.] This happened to me recently with a new blog I put up in August. Yes, it's a Blogger blog. But it's not my first, and something's different. There was no Google honeymoon - that's one weirdness. And the pages are indexed. The topic IS one people are searching for. I checked the settings to make sure I wasn't hiding it from the search engines - and it does get a tiny trickle of search engine traffic. Minuscule. Same for Yahoo and Bing as Google, actually.
As for reader interest...the blog is one of a very few that tackle a fairly pressing, overly-spammed topic with personal experience. It's pretty thorough and people seem to like it - it has a bounce rate of under 30% with over 4 pages per visit - better stats than any of my other websites. It gets most of its traffic from return visitors and the one referral link that I put up (on a topically related page I operate - I didn't hide the fact that it's my own blog.) My own visits are not factored into these stats.
All in all, it has better user metrics than my other older, less substantial blogs that have been attracting modest but steady search engine traffic for a few years.
Why no Google honeymoon? Why just a trickle of Google traffic? I keep waiting for the boycott to be over.