How a Quick Analysis of Your Top Posts Can Improve Your Blogging Results Next Year

Now is a good time to review your previous year’s blogging results and see what you can learn. I just went through this exercise today and thought I’d share what I learned. Hopefully, it will encourage you to do a similar assessment.

How a Quick Analysis of Your Top Posts Can Improve Your Blogging in the Year Ahead

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/courtneyk

Here are my top 10 posts for the year, along with the number of page views they generated:

An Invitation to Join the Get Noticed! Theme or WordPress Beta Team

I’m pleased to announce that we are now moving into private beta for my new Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress. When I announced this theme back in September, I never dreamed so many people would be interested.

Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress Beta Signup

So far, 2,474 people have signed up to receive news and updates about the theme. Unfortunately, I have been woefully remiss in providing those updates. I am embarrassed to admit this is the first update since that original post.

Join Me for the Platform Conference, February 11-13, 2013

I’m pleased to announce registration is now open for the first-ever Platform Conference, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, February 11–13, 2013. This is a conference you don’t want to miss!

Platform Conference Website Screenshot

This event has been a dream of mine since before I wrote my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. In fact, I had the idea for the conference before I even thought about writing the book.

3 Great Blog Post Structures You Can Use Today

This is a guest post by Ali Luke. She is a writer and blogger from the UK, and author of Publishing E-Books for Dummies. In partnership with Joe Williams of SEO Training, she runs day-long training courses on blogging and social media in London. You can read their blog and follow them on Twitter.

When I started out in blogging, I didn’t know how to put a blog post together. I started by simply typing out my thoughts. But it quickly became clear that, if I wanted readers, I needed a better plan.

Detail of an Engineering Blueprint - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/AK2, Image #7206299

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/AK2

However great a writer you are, your posts will only get read if they’re well structured. That doesn’t just mean having a gripping introduction (though that’s an important part of it). It also means getting the main body of your post right.

#033: My Answers to Listener Questions [Podcast]

I get lots of voice mail questions every week. Many of them don’t neatly fit into a single topic, so I thought I’d deal with them in this episode. I have grouped them around my standard categories: platform, personal development, publishing, and leadership.

Business colleagues holding question mark signs in front of their faces - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Yuri_Arcurs, Image #11860969

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/[Photographer]

I start this episode with a very exciting announcement: Beginning today, we are taking registrations for the Platform Conference which will be held in Nashville February 11–13, 2013. We only have 135 seats available. They will go quickly.

Click to Listen

Play

Introducing the Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress

We shipped 150 copies of our Limited Release Preview on July 15th. We will be making more copies available in the next few weeks. If you wanted to be notified, make sure you signup at the bottom of this post.

I am about to launch my own premium WordPress theme. It is called GetNoticed! and is based on the principles I share in my New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

GetNoticed! Screenshot

Andrew Buckman, my web developer, and I built this theme from the ground up. Our goal was to create a theme for anyone wanting to build a personal brand. This includes authors, comedians, speakers, pastors, and corporate executives.

Why I Will Be Posting Less

You have to remain flexible with social media. What works six months ago, may not work today. What works today, may not work six months from now. I believe this principle even applies to blogging frequency.

Thumb and Index Finger Indicating Just a Little Bit - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Joe_Potato, Image #5620578

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Joe_Potato

In my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, I said “there is a direct correlation between frequency and traffic” (see p. 99). I then suggest that the more you post, the greater your traffic.

My Favorite WordPress Plugins: Updated

Since posting my screencast on How to Install WordPress in 20 Minutes or Less, numerous people have written to ask, “What WordPress plugins should I install?”

A Plug Being Inserted into a Glowing Socket - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gwmullis, Image #10093536

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gwmullis

That depends on what you are trying to accomplish. However, I thought I would post my current list in order to stimulate your thinking plus getting a few ideas from you.

15 Resources for Pro Bloggers (or Those Who Want to Be)

I get asked every week about the various resources I am using. Last week, a blogger asked about my podcast equipment. Another asked about the productivity apps I am using on my Mac. Still another, asked if I could recommend some leadership resources.

Some Well-Used Tools - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/jfmdesign, Image #10304861

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/jfmdesign

So, I thought I’d write a series of posts on these resources, devoting one post to each category. When I get done, I plan to collect these into a permanent page on my blog. In this post, I want to share my blogging tools.

Here are my fifteen go-to resources:

4 Ways to Turn Twitter.com into Your Social Media Powerhouse

This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

There is this one problem I have, that might have occurred to you too as well. Having to log into ten different services on ten different sites every morning to get my social media day started is difficult and tedious.

Twitter Home Page - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu, Image #16026915

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu

So recently, I thought, What if you could do it all from one place? Not from a dashboard with hundreds of bells and whistles, but from a clean and easy-to-use interface.

3 Metrics Every Blogger Should Be Tracking

Bloggers often ask me what metrics they should be tracking. Google Analytics and other tools provide an enormous amount of data. However, you can quickly get overwhelmed if you aren’t careful.

Google Analytics Inside a Browser - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu, Image #16132814

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu

In reaction, some bloggers overreact and get too focused on one metric. This is the other extreme.