Here is a quick sample of the best and most successful articles from Pingable in 2007.
In terms of page hits:
5 Simple CSS tricks (20,173) It’s very embarrassing to think that this article has got so many hits. It was just a quick list put together with some useful CSS tricks I found around the net and in magazines. Almost all of the traffic came from StumbleUpon. I take encouragement from the fact the 20,173 page hits came from 12,000 unique visitors, so people must have found this article useful enough to come back and actually try out some of the tricks.
10 Purely evil ways to make quick money online (10,142) This article ranks number 3 in Google for the term “Make Quick Money” so it is a constant stream of visitors. If the comments left on StumbleUpon are anything to go by, it pissed a few people off too. I really enjoyed writing it, although I haven’t had all that much success with any of the methods.
The top 15 web API’s for your site (6,620) This article was voted to the homepage of Dzone, and del.icio.us, where it has been saved by 332 people. Social media success is good fun.
In terms of best writing:
What Makes You A Niche Expert?
Is User Generated Content Evil?
Is Your Web Design CRAP?
All three of these articles were a real pleasure to write, although they may not have been as successful as other articles in terms of page views, I feel they represent the best quality of writing on Pingable.
How To Make Your WordPress Blog Safer (29) – Mainly because it was entered into a contest. Getting more comments and interaction with readers is something I really struggle with. This is something I hope to improve on in 2008.
Thanks to all those people who have read my blog this year. I hope I can continue to create good stuff for you to read next year. Cheers, and a very happy new year to everyone.
As a blog owner or webmaster, traffic from Google search is likely one of your largest sources. Google traffic to Pingable ranks 2nd only behind StumbleUpon traffic. So how can you control what content Google indexes, or how it displays your content search engine result pages (SERPs)?
Using the following Meta Tags you can control how Google displays your content, and what it displays. You use a meta tag by placing them in the head section of your HTML code.
- No Cache<meta name=”googlebot” Content=”noarchive”> – Will stop Google caching your content. Google keeps a cache of your content, and a link to it is available in Google SERPs.
- No snippet<meta name=”googlebot” Content=”nosnippet”> – Will stop Google displaying the short snippet of text beneath the title in SERPs.
- No index<meta name=”googlebot” Content=”noindex”>– Will stop Google from displaying the page you include the tag on in their SERPs.
- No index Image<meta name=”googlebot-image” Content=”noindex”> – Will stop Google form indexing an image.
- Setting an expiry date on your content.<meta name=”googlebot” Content=”unavailable_after: 25-Dec-2007 12:00:00 EST”> – Will create an expiry date for your content, so it is not displayed after a certain date. Useful for excluding content in a paid members area.
Why stop Google showing some of your content?
Apart from the obvious scenario where you have commercial / or paid content that you don’t want shown, there is the important issue of duplicate content. A site is
penalised filtered for having the same content on different pages, using the above meta tags you can control which pages are indexed and which are not and avoid displaying duplicate content.
Visibility of content
The visibility of your content, and how it’s displayed in Google SERPs is a key part of SEO that is often overlooked. Using the following meta tag you can tell Google what to display in the snippet for each page.
<meta name=”description” content=”informative description here”>
Controlling Meta tags in WordPress
Headspace is a fantastic WordPress plugin which makes life much easier dealing for different meta tags, keywords and descriptions in WordPress. It enables you to have individual meta descriptions and keywords and much more for each page on your site.
Facebook, Crazy Egg, Gmail, Google Docs
.Net see WordPress as the app that arguably brings more to the web experience than any other, and have awarded WordPress with the Web Application of the Year 2007, beating out some great competition.
Some interesting stats about WordPress:
At the beginning of the year WordPress.com, which includes all the hosted blogs, received 1.5 million hits a month. Last month WordPress.com received 100 million hits.
WordPress.com is now one of the top 20 sites in the US.
In the article Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, stated that he still feels that WordPress is too difficult to use and improving the ease of use is a focus of the next WordPress release – 2.4 which is expected to be a major redesign.
.Net is my favourite magazine, and I often write blog articles that have been influenced by the mag.
I have scanned the Internet for ideas and ways to drive traffic to blogs. This list is what I have come up with so far. As time goes on I will update, edit, add to the entries, as I think of/ find more ideas. I would love others to contact me with or leave a note in the comments with other ideas. You will get a link back for your efforts.
- Submit a design related article to Design Float.
- Submit a developer / programming related article to DZone.
- Submit a blogging related article to Blogging Zoom.
- Use StumbleUpon, and make friends…maybe submit an article or two of your own, but submit great articles whenever you find them.
- Write about Apple products, linux, or flame Geroge Bush and submit your content to Digg.
Give Something away for free
- Create some icons and give them away.
- Create some vector graphics and give them away.
- Take quality photos with an SLR digital camera, and give them away.
- Create a WordPress theme and give it away.
- Create a WordPress plugin or widget and give it away.
- Create a free directory and give link love away for free.
- List your site on Blog Catalog and get involved, leave comments, join communities.
- Submit your blog to directories in your niche. Daily SEO Tips has a new directory.
- Submit your blog to all of the directories on Robin Good’s list of RSS directories.
- submit your site to DMOZ and other directories that allow free submissions.
- Comment on other blogs.
- Links to other blogs.
- Make friends with other bloggers and suggest a blogroll link exchange, but not with too many.
- Guest post for other blogs.
- Give credit to those that inspire your posts.
- Participate in group writing posts.
- Participate in blog carnivals.
- Contact popular blogs in your niche to exchange links.
- Write an amazing article then send it to some blogs in your niche as a guest post proposal.
- Hold a contest with great prizes.
- Leave the first comment, particularly on larger blogs.
- Write posts that people will want to read.
- Break news.
- Share your expertise.
- Tag your posts.
- Create controversy.
- Post pictures of celebrities.
- Create podcasts.
- Wrote a post about how rubbish a current fade is.
- Use images in your posts and add alt descriptions with keywords.
- Write for beginners.
- Highlight your most popular posts.
- Try to ensure that you don’t have too many grammatical or spelling errors. .
- Write top 10 lists.
- Write link bait.
- Write timeless content as often as possible.
- Share with others what has worked for you.
Search Engine Optimisation
- Use keywords in your headings that relate to your main topic, but make sure your headings are attractive to humans too.
- Use a memorable domain name.
- Use keyword research to find good keywords to use in your posts.
- Post in forums that relate to your niche and help people out often, be a nice person, and don’t flame.
- Great a video, host it on Youtube, and watermark your blogs name into the video.
- Join a relevant blog network, I get link juice and visitors from Tech Dispenser.
- Answer a question on yahoo answers that links to a blog post you wrote.
- Put your blog URL in forum profile footers.
- Squidoo lens with a link to your blog .
- Buy it through networks like Adsense.
- Buy a review from another blog.
- Buy text link ads… carefully.
Your Own blog
- Reply to comments.Use a well designed theme.
- Use WordPress.
- Encourage readers to become RSS subscribers.
- Ping blog services like Pingomatic and Pingoat.
- Make sure your content is readable and accessible.
- Don’t overfill key content areas with advertising.
- Don’t use too many plug-ins.
- Simplicity is great
- Participate in a traffic exchange using banners or widgets.
- Openly encourage people to repost your content in a different language, as long as they create a link to your original post.
- Nicole Simon: Work with your analytics to see where you do the best, and enhance.
- Blogging Mix: Request other bloggers review one of your articles.
- Fred – Newest on the Net: Submit a mass appeal article to Mixx
- Xight: Use Trackbacks to attract the attention of other bloggers.
- Dane Morgan: Write a free report and give it away.
Inspiration: 101 Free Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic, SEO Book – 101 Linkbuilding, 101 Blog tips from Daily Blog Tips, 101 Ways to Make Your Blog More Popular and Successful.