Something About This Worked – Part 3

This is a screenshot of the first few lines of Google Image results for the term - The Nine Alignments. I come up twice from!

This is a screenshot of the first few lines of Google Image results for the term – The Nine Alignments. I come up twice from!

So here’s some more evidence that something we’re doing is working – over on Comparative Geeks. Time to check in on the experiment I have had going on these last weeks.

So what has the last month looked like?

  • Comparative Geeks – Character Studies Truncated: Last 30 days, 45 views
  • DBCII – Something About This Worked, Parts 1 and 2: Total, 6 views

I am also not seeing any search terms that turned these posts up, although with 6 views, that’s not surprising.

This experiment is intriguing in that it’s not turning anything up here in the slightest. Also: frustrating. I had said that the next experiment was the photos with the tags, so here we go!





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2 Responses to Something About This Worked – Part 3

  1. I’ve heard that overtagging a post on WordPress actually works against you . . . I think there’s sort of a logic to that — if you’re marking something as having certain content and it turns out that there’s a very tenuous actual connection, that won’t win you over a lot of fans. Example, tagging something ‘Star Wars’ when you only make a single offhand reference: people who are looking for Star Wars material may feel duped that you got them in the door and really didn’t have the droids they were looking for.

    I try not to go beyond 12-15 tags for a post and to pick ones that are very relevant to the post as a whole.

    I personally focus more on followers now than I do views. Views can sometimes be misleading because it just means someone wandered in, but it doesn’t mean you really engaged them. They could’ve just clicked on a link, spent two seconds there and then hit the back button or closed the tab / window. With followers, that’s a better indication, and I think it challenges you to think outside the box a little more — to get new followers usually means stretching a bit and trying to write about something new, because if you stick to the same tags then there’s a sort of saturation point and you’re preaching to the choir.

    If I put something up and get one new follower, I’m thrilled — views and likes are just gravy. If you grow followers your views will grow naturally, because you’ve got more people signed up for your content.


    • I’ve heard that about tags, which is one of the reasons I was so intrigued that my Character Studies Truncated post got so many views – it’s loaded with tags.

      However, I also put a lot of work into my alignment grid I used, so I like the fact that people are looking at it and checking it out.

      In large part, though, I’m running this experiment because this post has run away with our blog – it is still solidly our most viewed post. Although, amusingly enough, my wife’s review of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is not far behind Not what we would expect either. Understanding some of these phenomenon can help with blogging smarter instead of harder, right?

      My favorite thing to see in the stats, on Comparative Geeks, is a view on our First Time Here post – because it’s always accompanied by someone rolling through the posts, looking at the site, seeing what we’re doing. Those are views that count.


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