Woohoo! Last post of the NBB Content Creation Challenge! I made it!! Although it did get a bit easier towards the third week with pushing out more content, keeping up with that level of content was challenging for sure.
Moving forward I will posting a minimum of three times per week; although I will not be committing to doing so or on a particular schedule. Many people would say that you should be consistent in your postings; that is, posting on the same days every week. I believe you should post when you have something of value to share… just my take on it.
As of today, here are the final results:
Site visits (as per Google Analytics) – up 28%
Feed readership (as per Feedburner) – up 18%
Google position for main keyword – position #13
Analyzing the results:
Although my readership numbers have gone up, it’s difficult to truly evaluate whether or not going from posting two articles per week to four made a substantially impact.
Here are some things to consider:
- The general normal increase in numbers do to continuing to add content and include social networking into my plan such as tweeting posts, commenting on blogs, etc.
- I posted articles as a guest blogger on three very popular sites which drew in traffic so that contributed to my increased traffic as well.
So overall, very pleased with the results but too many variables that may have contributed to the increase in readership to effectively evaluate whether or not it made a difference.
I think if I were to have put some constants into the equation it would of been easier to measure; such as posting 4 articles per week, with no guest blogging and sharing to the same social networking mediums at the same time every day.
Just want to make a special shout out to Onibalusi from YoungPrePro.com and Fred from SoloBizCoach.com whom also participated in the challenge. They have both reported positive results with the challenge. I hope to have an update on that soon.
Social Network & Bookmarking Sites Of Interest
NewBizBlogger has joined yet another social networking site named BlogEngage. This site allows its users to submit its blog articles to be voted on. In the same respect as a user of the site you are encourage to vote on other bloggers’ posts as well.
This site is a great way to continue to expose your brand and engage with a community of other bloggers. You will need to run a blog to use this site. You don’t have one? What are you waiting for? Need help? Click here.
Articles & Videos of the Week:
Here are some of my top articles and videos this week:
John Soares over at ProductWriters.com touched up on a very interesting topic on ‘Where Good Ideas Come From’. It is in response to Steven Johnson’s new book release, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. Head over and join the conversation.
For those of you who may be following Social Media Expert Marie Forleo, she posted the winner to attend her weekend Rich Happy & Hot LIVE event coming up in November. And the winner is … No I’m not an affiliate (yet )… I just think she super cool!
Cool WordPress Plugins to Check Out
Tubepress – This plugin allows you to display your YouTube and Vimeo videos anywhere on your website; posts, pages and sidebars. There are a few other free plugins that do this as well, but this is one of the top rated. Just add shortcode [tubepress] into a post or page and you are good to go!
bbpress – Another worthy mention. If you are looking to add a forum to your wordpress site, this plugin is one of the top rated, open source applications. It is known for its simplicity, speed and security. Definitely a plugin worth looking into.
Sharebar – If you notice to the left of this post, I’ve added this plugin to my site. It adds a dynamic, customizable bar to your site containing top social networking sites allowing your users to share your content. You have the option to place the bar to the left or right of your page or and the end of a post or page (displaying smaller icons). It’s pretty cool! Try it … go ahead! Click!
Hot Applications To Look Into
Namechk – I came across this little gem recently and thought it was a pretty cool tool. It allows you to check if your brand name is taken in a particular social networking or bookmarking site. It’s similar to ud.com, but seems to give you more options in that it searches for 152 SN&B sites.
Crazyegg.com – This very exciting tool that was actually recommended by David Risley. This software uses heatmaps to track and analyze what and where your visitors are looking at when they are on your site. This can help you determine where to effectively place your calls to actions, such as an optin form, to increase conversion.
That’s a wrap! Have a great weekend and please don’t forget to show some love and share this post with your friends.