I recently hit 20,000 views on my SKEdaddle blog ~ aside from saying a great, big thank you to all of you who have been loyal readers and followers this past year (even through my migration from SKEdazzle’s and to a self-hosted site), these stats don’t have much relevance to me.
However, having hit this mark, it did make me curious to look at some other statistics that I hadn’t checked out in awhile, such as what my most popular posts were since I started this blog. For fun, I took a look at my top five posts. There was definitely a surprise or two but after thinking about it, the most popular posts were ones that made sense and made me realize that all those bloggers that give feedback on how to attract readers and make your posts more popular, actually do have some good advice!
So since we’re all trying to make a tiny dent in this blogging world, I thought I would recount my top five posts and share with you why I thought they fell in line with those “experts” advice – not that I did it intentionally but it worked none-the-less. The ranking is by how many views it received, not how many “likes” on the post. I lost my “likes” when I migrated from .com to .org anyway so unfortunately they’re not even reflected on some of the most liked posts. (click on the titles to view the original post)
I’m actually surprised this one wasn’t a little higher on the list because I still get a lot of comments on this resort. It was a popular post though, and I believe the reason for it is because it is such a unique property and not many people have heard of it. This would fall under the advice of post unique and fresh content.
This post was my most popular post as far actual “likes” went ~ before going to a self-hosted site, I had over 100 likes on it. I can’t take credit for the photos here, I borrowed the inspiration and images from a friend but again, I think the draw for this post is the quality of the images, content and interest factor.
Another piece of advice you frequently hear is write from your own experience – in the first person. Any time I write a story from something I personally experienced and express it from a personal point of view, it always does better.
This was one of the surprises to me. I never would have thought that this post would have made my top five, and certainly not #2 but in hind sight, another piece of advice that is always given is give your post a catchy title. I think that’s what worked in this case, along with the fact that it’s a quote from a famous author.
This was not a surprise to me. I constantly hear over and over, to get your post noticed do a “Top (#) List”. I’ve seen this advice frequently, right up there with good content. You’ll notice that a lot of the popular magazines use top lists. I can’t say I know the reason why this works but I can now attest to the fact that it does work! And you’ll be seeing a lot more “lists” from me now on.
I would love to hear if you have other little tricks that work as well. Happy blogging!