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MY QUEST IS COMPLETED!

WordPress bloggers, read on: The quest to which I refer is that of a long-standing desire to find a simple way to on-the-spottishly grab some sort of webpage, or whatever cool new thing I came across and quickly throw it into a spot where I could grab it later.  Though I had known about and explored social bookmarking, including a somewhat (but little) used del.ico.us account, I still found myself looking for something more.

That something would be later evolved, in part, into this blog.  Thus the part of the quest that involved storing and sharing the information was then done.
The full-on mission objective that I’m talking about is this: I wanted to have a way to handle all the cool-new things that we were finding online and record, save, store and share them.  The problem with learning so much is that you have to save it, remember it—that’s our job as human beings—we our responsible to remember things that are important.  It’s one of those rare human gifts, perhaps setting us apart from animals and inanimate objects moreso than walking upright, using fire, or any other technology—we are perhaps the only instrument by which a serious, detailed record of the past is imposed on the Universe…

But perhaps a wax philosophic.  I do!

So, anyways, the point of this blog was to save things—save information, and then share them with others, and all the good things that come along with that.  The question then is, now that I have all these things shared, how do I quickly harvest all this low-hanging fruit that I am constantly coming across?

Here’s the solution: the “Press This” button or “add-on” or whatever it’s called.  Apparently, it’s a little do-dad that you can download from the WordPress site, assuming then that you have a WordPress blog and you are using it to keep track of, and share interesting things that may have related how-to sites, wikis, news articles, video-sharing streams, or what-have you online.  Now, if you are, this is a good thing for you to use.

The WordPress how-to site describes it like so:

Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.

But  more-to-the-point, let me describe it as this: a quick way to grab the “low-hanging fruit” and throw them back into the “blog on this later bin.”  Very cool, and probably obvious—yet, I’m a bit skeptical as to whether or not most people knew about this.  Of course, there were always social-bookmarking toolbar buttons for your browser (which is what this highly resembles) but…nevertheless, this fits well, hand-in-glove, in-fact, with the whole idea of find, save, share.

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As promised in my last blog entry, here’s another set of thoughts about blogging. First of all, I noticed that I’ve been reading my stats wrong, and that there’s a build-on effect happening, rather than just a day-to-day single-post popularity contests. Here’s what I mean about all this blogging stuff:

(1) Traffic Stacks: There is a beautiful exponential effect in your blog post traffic.  I had actually been reading my day-to-day traffic updates as if I was only looking at the popularity of each post I had been putting out each day.  However, one of my biggest spikes was on a day when I didn’t post anything!  Eventually I realized the obvious—my blog post traffic is taking off because more and more, there are a greater and greater number of posts/articles on my site to be read!

(2) Not all traffic is human:  Though I can’t speak to whether there is a WordPress anti-spam filter within their own system that filters these out—I do know that there

Scraper site snippet for one of my blog posts

Here is a scapper-site snippet

are various “spiders” (automate programs that surf the web for various reasons) that do visit sites… At least, I’m assuming that these are spiders…but apparently some of my content got scooped up by a “scraper site” which really seemed to be an aggregator of various blog content, my article being one of them.  It was at this point that I let out a small cheer (first scraping!) and then took a screenshot.

(3) Some topics are hot all the time.  You are probably guessing that Google is a pretty hot thing to be searching for—so, here’s my tip for your blog success—find some niche topic to blog on, and you’ll get some interesting ongoing traffic, provided your niche is one with definite popularity—it can be a wide niche to start, and then you may want to narrow in.  I could be wrong.  What do you think?

Write back in the comments field to let me know more about what your opinion is.

Spoked flywheel

Image via Wikipedia

Well, so far, and I’ve only been at this about a month and (30+ articles or so), I’ve had a quick glimpse on what it takes to make your blog take off.  Here’s an initial round of thoughts on the subject!  (I figured you all needed something better today after that last post.)

1. Keep contributing away… I picked up a booklet at the local grocery megamart today.  Meijer, apparently put out a little pamphelet called “College Survival Guide” or some such thing…I thought it was an ingenious form of marketing, and one that gives credence to the new internet marketing model of “contributing.” Rather than just having ads, this was actually a helpful little boost of information that would do good to the reader/consumer, and also incentive sales…

2. …and see your results take off. Fly away with the flywheel— a term used in business, no less relevant here.  First of all, my blog seems to be following that addage, as I’ve tried to push through my commitment to getting one post out a day, every day, using a buffer, as much as I can.  (By buffer, I’m referring to a period-based block of content, that includes multiple posts ready-written, that are already in-line to go live, before you submit the first one to see the light of day.)  In other words, keep pressing through.  The “flywheel,” as it where, is a device that saves energy, or rather, requires a great deal of exertion up front, but gathers momentum, until it becomes very easy to keep it going, as it has gained an inertial forward-motion of its own.

2.  You have to hit the right time of day. Yes, I mentioned that in the last one or two posts…but I thought I’d mention it again, with a little bit of further explanation.  (I noticed that the blog…it dipped off on the 8th as I posted late in the day—so my “airplane takeoff trajectory” feel on my dashboard stats did a sudden nosedive.)

3. Give people what they want, when they want it. A spike in traffic occurred when I put out my first post about the KindleKindle was hot when it was “trending“—but maybe has lost some of its initial glamor and is now kind of soft in the “looked-at-ness” online.  Point being…it may have been on everyone’s mind, but my second post  about Kindle may have either lacked the same immediacy and/or relevance, or the topic just happened to stop being on everyone’s mind.

See us again for a little look on how a Google post got scraped up!

Looks like the WordPress development community has come up with some easy to use back-end engine functionality —to create easy social-media / repost, “sharing buttons” on their blogs.

If I did this right you should be seeing them at the bottom of this [post.  THis is a quick and easy way for you to repost, e-mail, “digg” or Facebook posts you like.

However, as I’ve read elsewhere, and as would make sense, this really is no alternative to having great content—really good things to say—that doesn’t have anything to do with what buttons you make available.  If people like something, they won’t bother looking for your buttons, I can imagine, but will post it the old-fashioned way.  That’s what I did…but no sense making it harder on people to share either.

 

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