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The Formula I Used to Write a Post that Got 95,000 Views (from Quality Sources)

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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:

Post traffic screenshot proof

Here’s a screenshot that shows traffic to the post since it was published almost 2 years ago:

Traffic growth to post screenshot

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:

Top traffic sources screenshot

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):

Page view for followup post screenshot

Here’s a screenshot that shows traffic growth to the post since it was published:

traffic growth to followup post screenshot

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:

traffic growth to challenge blog before publishing post

Here’s a screenshot of traffic growth to my other blog since I published the post:

traffic growth to challenge blog since publishing post

Here’s a screenshot of traffic sources after publishing the post:

traffic sources to challenge blog after publishing 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

How to Market Resource PostsIn 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 – in fact, I kind of abandoned the blog after publishing that post – 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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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Writing Blogs Right Now

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Blogging is a great way to get your website noticed and generate more traffic and sales. 86% of companies use a blog on their websites, so you can’t afford to miss out.

You may think that blogs aren’t that important, or that they don’t make a lot of difference to your business. But they are a lot more effective than you may think.

Blogging can increase your lead generation by 67%. Whether you’re a new or established business, this can prove invaluable. Here are 5 reasons your business needs to start writing blogs now.

1. Generate Traffic

Blog posts add more content to your website and thus attract more people to visit your site. Creating web content means that you can direct your readers to other parts of your website.

This means you can write a post about one of your products or services and use yours as an example. When readers discover this, you have a greater chance of boosting sales.

2. Boost SEO

When it comes to marketing your business, SEO is king. SEO determines where your website ranks on search engine results. In turn, it impacts how many people find you.

There are a lot of things that affect your SEO. Things like a fully optimized website and using the right links can make a real difference. Hook Agency says that having the right SEO can double or even triple your traffic from search engines.

Once you have your website sorted, blog content is next. The more blogs you write, the better the SEO. Use popular keywords and terms that your audience would search for. This will make your posts rank higher on search engines and get customers your way.

3. Create a Brand Voice

There are a lot of company blogs out there which may be interesting, but they have no distinctive voice. When they have no voice, they all blend into one.

But if you write blogs with a specific voice, you make an impression. When people can recognise your writing style, they recognise your company.

Set featured imageTry to give your posts a personality. They are more fun to read and will keep people coming back to read for more. They make your brand more trustworthy and encourage people to choose your brand.

4. Showcase Your Services

When it comes to your business, you’re the expert. You know all about your own products and services, so use your blog to show off this knowledge!

Explain what you offer and what you can do for your customers. People want brands to know exactly what they’re selling and it makes you more reliable.

It also serves as a free way to advertise your business. You can write as much or as little as you want on the services you’re offering.  

5. You Stay Ahead of the Curve

When you give your website a blog, you’re also future proofing your business. Those who don’t have blogs are lagging behind and missing out on a lot of great opportunities.

It gives you the chance to be creative and boost your business in a whole new way. You can also add other media like videos and photos to your posts to boost your SEO even further.

Chances are, you’ll find blogging very fun. Regular content on your site gives your business a firm presence and will keep you on the SEO map for longer.

Your Business Needs to Start Writing Blogs Now

Now that you know how important it is to start writing blogs for your business, it’s time to get started. It’s a fun creative challenge which can lead to more traffic and more sales.

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Quick and Effective Tips to Maximize Speed of your Website or Blog

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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.

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