Almost 2 years ago, I wrote a post titled “30 Websites that Pay You to Write, Instantly”
My blog was struggling at an average of 400 daily visitors when I wrote this post and my most successful posts were averaging 500 – 800 views the month they were published. However, this post set a record on my blog.
Here are some quick stats on what happened when I wrote the post:
Day the post was published: October 16, 2011
Day I’m writing this post: September 19, 2013
Total traffic the day the post was published: 1,340 visitors
Total traffic the day before the post was published: 804 visitors (another post went viral on Stumbleupon around this time, which made the number of visits the previous day higher than average)
Total number of views to the post within a month of publication: 2,929 views
Average time spent on the post in the first month: 16 minutes 52 seconds
Total number of views to the post today, almost 2 years after it was published: 95,752 views
Average time spent on the post since it was published 2 years ago: 10 minutes 54 seconds
Here’s a screenshot that shows the post has indeed gotten 95,752 views since it was published:
Here’s a screenshot that shows traffic to the post since it was published almost 2 years ago:
As you can see from a quick summary of the stats above, the post didn’t just have a lot of traffic but it also had quality traffic.
Here are the top 5 sources of traffic and the number of visits they have generated to the post:
Google: 65,274 views
Direct: 15,603 views
MakeaLivingWriting.com: 1,708 views
Facebook: 911 views
T.co (Twitter): 567 views
Here’s a screenshot showing the top 10 traffic sources to the post according to Google Analytics:
Why I Call My Approach to Writing the Post a Formula
You would have noticed in my title that I called my approach to writing this particular post a “formula.” The reason behind this is simple; I’ve used this approach again on my blog to achieve similar results and I’ve also used it on another brand new blog of mine; the result? Traffic doubled month after month.
Second use of this “formula” on my blog
I wrote a follow up to this post on my blog later this year. The follow up post is titled “45+ More Websites that Pay You to Contribute an Article, Instantly”
The post was published in April of this year and it’s been approximately 5 months since the post was published. The result:
Date post was published: 9th of April, 2013
Total number of views to the post the month it was published: 4,664 views
Total number of views to the post in 5 months: 14,100 views
Average time on post: 6 minutes 31 seconds
Here’s a screenshot that shows the total number of views to the post since it was published (5 months):
Here’s a screenshot that shows traffic growth to the post since it was published:
This second post is on track to beat the first post, on the long run, in terms of page views since my blog was more popular when the second post was published.
However, since it is a follow up to a post that is already very popular, it’s easy to say that the approach towards writing this post cannot be proven i.e. it only became popular because of the first post.
Third use of this “formula” on my brand new blog
I repeated this on a brand new blog of mine in a new niche, when it was averaging only 500 visitors A MONTH; note, that traffic to be blog is five hundred visitors monthly, not daily.
However, this time around, instead of publishing it as one main post, I created subpages on the blog that featured various parts of the post. This makes it difficult to track overall traffic to this post so I’ll be tracking traffic growth to the blog the month the post was published.
One thing is certain, though; this post has been responsible for over 20,000 page views on a blog that was initially averaging 500 visits monthly.
The post I’m talking about is The Ultimate List of Blogs that Accept Guest Posts and it’s on another blog I own (under a pseudonym).
Here are some quick stats:
Date post was published: 9th of February, 2013
Traffic to blog a month before publishing the post: 630 visits
Traffic to blog the month the post was published: 1,010 visits (almost double the previous month, even though this post was published middle of this month)
Traffic to blog a month after post was published: 2,218 visits
Traffic to blog in August 2013 (7 months after publishing the post): 4,497 visits
Average time on site 3 months before the post was published: 2 minutes 58 seconds
Average time on site 3 months after the post was published: 5 minutes 36 seconds
Note: Since I’m not focusing on the blog full time, I only started it as an experiment, only one more post has been published on the blog after publishing the post using this formula; in other words, I didn’t publish a post on it for 7 months, yet traffic kept increasing because of this “formula” in action. That post was also published after this stat was taken so it had no influence on it at all. All stats are from Google Analytics.
Here’s a screenshot of traffic growth to my new blog 3 months before I published the post:
Here’s a screenshot of traffic growth to my other blog since I published the post:
Here’s a screenshot of traffic sources after publishing the post:
What Do These Posts All Have in Common?
You’ll notice one thing instantly across both of my blogs when I published posts using this formula; traffic increased significantly. Not only that, the quality of traffic and average time on site skyrocketed.
So, what do these posts have in common? They are all resources posts. That’s what they have in common; every of the posts I referenced in this article showcased resources to help make some tasks easier for people.
- The first two posts on my main site featured a list of sites that pay writers so that they don’t have to struggle to get paid for their work
- The post on my other blog featured a list of sites that accepts guest posts, in various niches, so that people don’t have to struggle to look for these sites.
The key to replicating my success is simple; write your own resources posts.
Tips for writing your own resources post
1. Look for a pain point in your niche; in my own example, writers want to get paid and bloggers/marketers want blogs to publish their guest posts.
2. Provide a resource that helps people overcome these pain points and that people can act on immediately; in other words, don’t share another “10 ways to find blogs that accept guest posts” or “10 ways to find sites that pay you to write.” Instead, share the actual blogs that will accept their guest posts or the sites that will pay them to write.
How I market my resource posts
In my experience, marketing or not marketing my resource posts wouldn’t have made much of a difference; on my more established blog where I published the list of blogs for writers, I did some marketing to help the posts get traction quickly. On my new blog that was averaging 500 visitors, I did little to no marketing â€“ in fact, I kind of abandoned the blog after publishing that post â€“ yet, traffic kept increasing month after month.
So whether you market or not, your post will still be successful but I believe you’ll be able to make a lot more impact if you can dedicate some time or effort to marketing your resource posts.
So, here are my tips for marketing my resource post:
1. Occasionally reference it in relevant posts on your site.
2. Share it on social media every once in awhile; even if everybody have forgotten about it, make it your duty to remind them.
3. Look for relevant blogs in your niche that accept guest posts; submit guest posts relevant to the topic of your resource posts and try to include a link back to your resource post in the author bio or in the post content when relevant.
The above are the 3 things I’ve done to market my resource posts; it’s worth paying special attention to the bit on guest blogging.
So, start writing your resource post today!
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This post was written by Bamidele Onibalusi, who is a young blogger, freelance writer and the founder of Writers in Charge, a popular blog for writers.
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Quick and Effective Tips to Maximize Speed of your Website or Blog
Few things are worse than when you click over to a new website or blog, and then it’s loading slow as anything. With everyone having an extremely short attention span, and so many options for other websites and entertainment online, a fast loading website is a must for every blogger, brand, or business on the internet.
There are also many benefits associated with a fast loading site, beyond just user experience. Google is now penalizing sites that take too long to load, and boosting up other sites that a mobile-optimized and running super fast.
Depending on how technical your design or WordPress skills might be, the process of speeding up your site and maximizing it’s optimization might vary. To help with this process, I’ve listed a few of the best working methods below.
Optimize your Homepage to Load Quickly
With the homepage being one of the most vital parts of your website or blog, you should be doing everything possible to make sure it loads quickly. Different things can be done to speed up your homepage such as lowering the number of posts on the main page, minimizing applications and widgets from third-party sites, and also optimizing your images so they are either loading as a smaller sized file or through a CDN service. It’s also a good idea to use an SEO friendly theme or template, as these are more often cleaner with their coding and already optimized right out of the box.
Use an Effective Caching Plugin
If you are using a CMS like WordPress or blogger, then using an effective cashing plugin can contribute nicely in the process of making sure your site is loading as fast as possible. Since caching is an apparatus for a temporary storage of web pages to diminish bandwidth and to improve page loading performance as well, it saves the server’s time to make web pages load faster. Caching plugins are easy to install and use. All you need to do is perform some research online to see which plugin is best for your site, then click a few buttons to have it installed right within WordPress. Once this is done, it’s usually just a matter of copying the account number of your CDN and letting the hosting provider and WordPress plugin do its work.
Use CDN (content delivery network)
We’ve already referenced content delivery networks or CDNs, a few times now. The way these solutions work is that they host a version of your site on their server, and then loads the content from another server that is closest to that individual’s location. More and more site owners and bloggers are using CDNs not only to improve page load speed but to provide users with a great experience to make them stay longer on the website. Also mentioned earlier, this can help with how well a site ranks in Google, while also moving your site above the competition. Moreover, if one of your server locations is overloaded due to huge traffic and visitors, then users can automatically be switched to a new server location to enjoy fast loading website experience.
Improve Your Hosting Plan
If you have a slow loading website or blog, it’s likely due to your hosting plan. If you are pushing a lot of traffic through your site and making money in the process, you should definitely upgrade from a shared server. Shared hosting is often fine for new site owners and bloggers, but as your site gains more attention, backlinks, and traffic, it will also likely be using more server resource. On a shared server, your site is also sharing the server resources with many other sites — sometimes hundreds, or even thousands! Upgrading your hosting plan to a VPS or dedicated hosting package can greatly improve the performance of your site as well. So, if you are still using a cheap web hosting plan with an average price below $5/mo and receiving massive traffic from search engines, then it would be the right time for you to upgrade your hosting plan with a better one to speed up your website loading speed.
Use Optimized Images
Big images take up a lot of space and resources when it comes to loading data from your site. This is especially true with very high-quality images. While these images are going to play a big role in the beauty and engagement on your site, there are still ways to optimize such large images so they load faster and put less stress on your server. There are many plugins are available that can drastically reduce the file size of an image without reducing the quality. Image optimization will not only help you boost website load time but will also save disk space for more files and media. If you really don’t want to overload your website with plugins, then you can also use online image reducer apps and software to optimize image before uploading to the media library of the site.
Minimize HTTP Redirects Requests
How and where content is being loaded on your site can also affect its overall performance. You may need to use redirect requests to redirect the web browser from one URL to another. There are a variety of reasons as to why you might want to do this, such as to specify a new URL location, to track visits and clicks on the site or to connect different elements of the website with each other. Since redirects might be necessary to enhance overall UX of the website, you should only be using the redirect requests that are most important because excessive redirect requests can have an ultimate impact on the loading speed of your website/blog.
Don’t Leave Your Audience Hanging
When browsing the internet, few things are more annoying than accessing a slow loading website. It’s hard enough to get someone to visit your site, let alone stay for a few seconds. Don’t give them a reason to leave right away because your site isn’t loading as fast as it should be.
Follow each of the simple and effective site speed optimization tips above to make sure your site loads as fast as possible, ranks higher than the competition and also doesn’t disappoint your audience when they hit your site.
7 Examples of How to Rank Higher in Google for Your Name
Your name is important and when someone searches for it online, you want to make sure they find your correct information. This isn’t just about reputation management, it’s also about looking your best and delivering a great first impression.
The key thing to remember here is no matter what someone is searching for online, they are likely going to start with a simple Google search. Since most people share their name with hundreds or even thousands of people in the world, having your content rank for your name might be quite a challenge. This is especially the case if you share a name with a popular celebrity, politician or well-known personality.
The good news is that when it comes to ranking for your name in Google, anything is possible. Implement each of the seven methods below into your content creation and marketing efforts to see your own site and content start ranking higher for your personal name.
Create a Website or Blog with YourName.com
It’s not just about creating a site and putting it out there, it’s also about making sure the site acts as your main hub for everything you do online. This means you should be creating original content for the site, linking to your social media profiles and also referencing back to your site when contributing to other sites or getting quoted/referenced.
Once you have a platform in place, it’s something that will continue grow and develop with your personal brand over time — while also gaining in authority and SEO power as well.
Promote Your Social Profiles
Speaking of social profiles, Google loves to rank sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter right at the top of their search results. Depending on the competition around your name, your social profiles might already be ranking at the top of Google, even above your own websites.
You can see an example of what currently ranks in Google should you search for “Taylor Swift” below.
With millions of sites and new content pieces covering Taylor Swift every single day, it’s her social profiles (Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) that continue to dominate the search rankings.
This same method works for all names and not just celebrities. If you want your social profiles to rank higher, just keep sending more links to them using a variation of your name as the anchor text.
Boost Profiles and Authority Sites
As mentioned in the beginning of the article, ranking at the top of Google for your name is important if you want to deliver the best and most accurate information. If you are having trouble ranking your own site or want to focus on ranking other high authority content in addition to your own, this is a perfect option to explore.
For example, let’s take a look at Warren Stephens, who is an entrepreneur and has multiple bios and articles written about him online. His Wikipedia profile ranks first, then a bio on Forbes and another based around “Warren Stephens net-worth” on TheRichest. While Wikipedia and Forbes are both mega-huge outlets, TheRichest is still quite powerful to be ranking number three for his name.
Celebrity networth sites have quickly been gaining more and more attention lately as they continue to ramp up the number of celebrities, entrepreneurs, and well-known personalities they continue to cover. Even if you don’t think your one of the most famous people in the world, your profile could soon quickly be picked up by their platforms and covered in the media.
How long before we see these “networth” sites ranking on the first page for many average individuals, YouTube stars and entrepreneurs?
Guest Blogging and Author Profiles on Other Sites
While you might already have a site of your own that is ranking well for your name, it’s always a good idea to try and rank for multiple positions with other relevant content. If you are an expert in your industry, a great way to secure even more page one rankings for your name is to contribute content to other high-authority sites.
Not only does Neil have his own sites, he is also a contributor to many big media outlets like Entrepreneur.com and HubSpot.com. Doing a quick search for his name in Google will result in not only his main sites and social profiles ranking for his name, but also each of these contributing bios on other sites as well.
Once again, a perfect example of how you can deliver a great first impression (and your best content) when someone searches for your name on Google.
Rank with Other Content Sharing Sites
As covered in a few of the examples above, a great way to quickly rank at the top of Google for your name is to do so with other well-established sites. In this example, we are going to look at Jeff Bullas, who is one of the most well-known bloggers and social media influencers in the world today.
His site at JeffBullas.com already ranks number one for his name, then his social profiles follow afterward. However, when you move further down the list you will see his profiles with SlideShare.net and WordPress.com also make it on the first page of Google.
Even though Slideshare and WordPress.com are two extremely popular sites, not many people consider them when trying to rank for multiple positions for their name. These are definitely two free options everyone should consider when trying to dominate the whole first page of Google for their name.
Do Interviews and Media Outreach
A common theme in this article has been the power of using authority sites and media outlets to quickly rank at the top of Google. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through interviews and getting mentioned or covered by relevant industry sites that rank well.
A quick example of this can be seen if you search for my name in Google. A few years ago I was interviewed for IncomeDiary.com, and that post still ranks extremely well for my name today.
The same holds true for even big name celebrities or entrepreneurs who do interviews or get covered for stories based around their success and fame. If you do a search for “Lori Greiner” of Shark Tank, you will see interview-based stories from BusinessInsider.com, Inc. and Entrepreneur.com all ranking on the first page for her name.
Not sure how to get media coverage on sites like Entrepreneur or Inc? Simple… just look for the author bio section in each article. Share their content, build up a relationship and maybe your story is a perfect fit for their next article.
Don’t Forget About the Power of Video
Video is a fascinating beast in itself, yet one that is often overlooked by content creators that mainly focus on “text” based articles.
Here’s two quick things you need to know about video.
- People love to share and reference videos
- Google loves to rank video since they own YouTube
Now that you know that, you should definitely be using video in your content outreach and SEO practices.
Still not sure how effective video ranking can be? Richard Branson is one of the most well-known and successful entrepreneurs in the world, with billions of searches for his name annually. With all of that competition in play, do you think a video would rank for his name on Google? — The answer is yes, and even more surprising… it’s not even a YouTube video!
Don’t Just Rank #1 — Rank for All Ten!
The ultimate goal for everyone trying to rank in Google for their name shouldn’t be to just grab that elusive number one position, but instead to rank for multiple (if not all) page one locations.
Run through the above seven working methods again and see what type of content you may already have ranking in Google. It’s much easier to improve your rankings with any existing content that you already have ranking on page 2 or 3 pushed to page 1, versus trying to come up with new and original content of your own.
In the world of SEO and ranking at the top of Google, it’s all about getting your content in the right places and building authority links and references around them
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