Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1st Wednesday: Insecure Writers Support Group Monthly Blog Hop

Oh my gosh, insecure writer are me! Last week I participated in my 1st organized Blogger Comment Club. There were soooooo many snazzy blogs to comment on, this newbie was humbled...

Yet, along that blogger commenter hop way, I stumbled upon this Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop, perfect timing! With limited spare time, the monthly frequency works great. I'm #276 on the list.

Then, just today I get this Congratulations! email from my one and only current publisher, the Yahoo! Contributor Network (YCN) that I've been awarded a Top500 contributor badge for top 500 page views in March. YAY - me, my spirits picked up a whole lot with that (especially since I've had three rejected articles recently)!

Excited, I went to look at my shiny, new Top500 badge on my YCN profile, but... no badge. So I went to the forum to see if any glitches or something had been noted. One person commented about receiving their Top500 badge too, but noted that it'll have to be recalculated after some non-counted page view glitches are corrected next week. That means I could be recalculated out of the Top 500, since the non-counted page views are from a big page view getter - Yahoo! News. Spirits sunk again!

So I don't have much advice for any other Insecure Writers out there, at least not until I'm better at article writing and blogging. I will say that my goal for this month is to read up and study the SEO section of the Yahoo! Style Guide (amazon link it to is floating around somewhere on here) to get my page views up via search engine results.

One thing I noticed from this blog's Google Analytics, the only post that's gotten traffic from search engines is the one very brief post below about Pantyhose - LoL! Like, there's a 100+ page views from "pantyhose runs" "Madonna sheer tights" "Beyonce leggy" searches - just seems totally bizarre!

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  1. Hope you still get Top 500!
    Thanks for joining the IWSG.

  2. Welcome to the IWSG and thanks for following Life by Chocolate.
    I'm glad to reciprocate.
    Be well.

  3. Congrats on the Top 500, and thanks for following me! Julie

  4. Hi I guess part of the fun of blogging is watching it grow. I know I love that part. Look forward to hearing more about you.

  5. Yay congrats on being in the top 500. It is amazing what blogging can do to get people aware of your writing!

  6. I hope you got to keep your Top 500 ranking!

    Search terms that landed people on a blog can be very entertaining. People search for some crazy stuff.

  7. I hope you still be get the Top 500 rank. Congratulations...Will come back to see more of your posts. I am checking the ISWSG and BCC. Thanks for adding those links.

  8. I too find the terms that people put into search engines to get to some of blog posts pretty interesting. My most popular post so far was on a classroom activity featuring Super Bowl commercials. The timing of that post was just right. I hope I can do more of the same in the future. Congratuations on landing in the top 500!

  9. I hope you end up getting the top 500! I don't really know what that is...but it sounds cool! When it comes to SEO, I am clueless. I am going to do some research there, too. Best wishes.

  10. Good luck with the Top 500 Ranking. That would be very cool. I get what you're saying about what causes people to kind your site. Yesterday, I had a very big day on my blog, all over a wine review. It was innocuous to say the least. The good news was that the visitors stayed and my bounce rate was at 22% .... Woo Whoo. :-), Susan Cooper

  11. Isn't that always the way? The posts that we think are just fillers because we cannot think of a good topic to write about end up being the ones that are viewed the most. That happened to me a couple of weeks ago but heck, I will take it!

    Good luck on the recount.

    I found your blog through the blogger comment club- thanks for letting me visit.

  12. As an experienced blogger I can tell you that I still feel insecure quite often. I will post something I think is fantastic and it won't get very many views or comments. Then again I'll post something I wasn't crazy about and other people are crazy about it. Don't blog to achieve success. Blog because you love it and success will follow.

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