|I'm one of those nerds that does this stuff for fun.|
Numbers just make sense. There is very little theory or interpretation involved in math. An answer is either right or wrong. Numbers represent hard facts and with my overly analytical and logical mindset, they just make sense to me.
When I look at my stats I am given a count of how many people have visited, which pages they looked at, what site brought them to mine and several other pieces of information. Sometimes these numbers will teach me something and at other times they just are what they are without making sense.
In my opinion, the best post I have ever written is Biblical Mistranslation and Special Interest Groups. I was proud of that one and it quickly rose to the #1 spot. Why shouldn't it? Doesn't it just make sense that the best would find its way to the top? I used to think so, but my mind was changed last September.
|NASA said this was the size of a bus|
I was actually a little bothered that this post was sitting in my sidebar as the second most popular post. A piece that I believe was better had to be bumped to make room for it. Regardless of how I felt about it, the numbers were what they were.
My audience has grown recently and a new post today sees 5-6 times the traffic of posts from a year ago that I consider to be quality posts. Having this bigger audience explains why five of my top ten most read pages have been posted in the last two months. However, timing and playing the game still play a big part.
As of right now, the post ranked #5 as the most popular is the one I wrote two days ago: The Awards Fairy Came By. This was a post recognizing some awards I received and I passed them on to some other deserving bloggers. While I enjoy pointing people to other good blogs and showing appreciation for the people that gave me special recognition, most award posts (from other bloggers as well as myself) are far removed from the quality of writing that is normally found on their site. My last post was mediocre at best, but I know why it is ranked so highly.
|If you read THE BLOGGESS,|
no explanation needed
There has been times I've been sitting at my computer and get a notification that she has posted a new blog. I try to leave comments on other blogs to increase my traffic and exposure to other bloggers. However, her following is so big, by the time I read her post and leave a comment, I am comment #156. This is within just a few minutes of her blog going up.
Yesterday, she posted a blog about a conversation she had with her husband. I left a comment (like I always do), but this time I was the second comment. I don't know why, but I wasn't lost in the middle of hundreds of comments never to be seen by anyone. I was at the top.
Since her blog lists the most recent post of the person commenting, I started getting traffic. Because of her huge audience, I pulled over 100 hits from that one sentence comment within an hour and the numbers are still climbing. Does that post deserve to be at the #5 spot? Definitely not, but I am starting to see how this works.
If I want crazy traffic, it is about more than just quality posts, I need to be at the right place and the right time. I need to pay attention to trends. How much traffic did I lose by not posting about the Monkees within moments of hearing about the death of Davy Jones? I need to be dropping words into my posts to attract more British traffic: Oxford, Princess Diana, Buckingham Palace. I should be taking advantage of the presidential campaigning right now and name drop Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. I also need to site stalk The Bloggess and other successful sites like her. (I will be watching to see what happens to my search engine results because I just did this.)
|This post is part of PISH POSH's Challenge.|
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