Tag Archives: The New York Times

Generate Unique and Interesting Content: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part X)

My previous nine posts focused primarily on how to drive traffic to your site. Once you have been blogging for several months and have built up a small following, the next step is to keep your readers coming back for … Continue reading

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Thomas Friedman and the Liberal Apocalypse

Deep in the Bible Belt, folks know the comfort of the coming Apocalypse.  Most have enough sense not to try to predict its exact date, but just about everyone can appreciate its appeal.  The End of Days is an escapist/revenge … Continue reading

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Use Multiple Media to Engage Your Audience: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part IX)

Sometimes viewing nothing but text can get boring. Consequently, you should consider mixing it with other forms of media. The last thing you want is a boring and static blog that readers avoid like cancer.

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It Takes Time to Catch a Troll

If you are a fan of “ultradry Nordic humor“, you may find this mockumentary entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the reference to Michael Moore in the trailer.

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Posts Follow Pareto, Not Gaussian, Distribution: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part VIII)

Another important blogging insight is that a very small percentage of your posts will generate a disproportionate number of your page views. In other words, the number of page views per post exhibits the characteristics of a power law (sometimes called … Continue reading

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Leverage Your Personal and Professional Networks: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part VII)

Another way to generate traffic for your blog (and uncover unanticipated opportunities) is to leverage your personal and professional networks. Spread the Word Throughout Your Network Using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as I have discussed in a prior blog, can be instrumental … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of the News Cycle: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part VI)

Understanding the news cycle is critical for any blogger because potential readers are more likely to come to a blogger’s site if it offers content on a hot topic. As such, an important part of your blogging strategy should focus on … Continue reading

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Leverage Social Media as a Distribution Platform: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part V)

Another way to reach the broadest possible audience is to leverage social media. After my first four months of blogging, social media accounted for slightly over 40% of the referrals to my blog. Of those referrals, Facebook has been responsible … Continue reading

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Title for Search When You Search for a Title: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part IV)

Search engines are another huge vector for site traffic. Serious bloggers should always register their sites with Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. According to Experian Hitwise, these three account for nearly 95% of all search engine volume globally, with Google taking … Continue reading

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Leverage the Media to Drive Traffic to Your Site: Ten Lessons From Four Months of Blogging (Part III)

In the beginning, driving traffic to a blog can be very challenging. However, one way to direct traffic to a site early on is to comment on online articles published by traditional media. When submitting comments on traditional media outlets, there are several rules … Continue reading

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