Top Posts and Commenters for August 2011

In case you missed them, here are my top ten posts for August 2011, along with my top ten commenters. I am sending each of the top commenters a free The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom by Carrie Wilkerson.

Wordle Graphic for August 2011

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Here are my top ten posts:

  1. Fix for Wireless Connection Problems on MacBook Pro (01/01/2007)
  2. Creating Your Personal Life Plan (03/11/2011)
  3. Three Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy an iPad 2 (03/09/2011)
  4. How to Setup Google Calendar on Your iPhone 4 (07/05/2010)
  5. What Really Keeps a Marriage Together? (08/03/2011)
  6. What I Learned About Leadership from A Fight with My Wife (08/18/2011)
  7. Whatever Happened to Modesty? (09/08/2008)
  8. How to Update Your Facebook Status with Twitter (02/24/2009)
  9. How to Use Evernote with an iPad to Take Meeting Notes (06/11/2010)
  10. What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do (08/24/2011)
  11. Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors (11/24/2007)

In the list above, I placed the date the post was first published in parenthesis. This is really starting to get interesting. Several items worth noting:

  • Only three of the posts I wrote in August actually made it into the top ten.
  • The #1 post was written in 2007—four years ago. So was the #10 post.
  • Six of the top ten were written more than a year ago.
  • Half of the posts were about tech topics.
  • The list is very eclectic—leadership, marriage, tech, life planning.

It was also interesting that August was my biggest traffic month ever with almost a half a million page views. This represented an increase of 23.7% over July. It also represents a 207% increase over August of last year.

As I have pointed out before, if you are a blogger, you can continue to generate significant traffic from your old posts. You just need to be intentional about it. (I outline my strategy in a blog post called, “Recycling Your Blog Content.”)

Although I didn’t include it in the list, because it is not really a post, my About page continues to be near the top (#15 to be exact). If you are a blogger, this is why it is important to carefully engineer this page. You might want to read “10 Ways to Create a Better About Page for Your Blog.”

My top ten commenters were:

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For September, I’m going to give a free copy of StandOut: Find Your Edge. Win at Work by Marcus Buckingham, to each of my top 10 commenters.

3D Image of StandOut by Marcus Buckingham

This is a brand new book for Thomas Nelson. (It will be available on September 13, 2011.) I look forward to reading it myself.

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