Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.
Stats for the Cow Pasture Chronicles in 2015:
Top 3 Posts in 2015:
- Home Page/Archives – 1,137 views
- Submit or Not to Submit – This post had a total of 472 views.
- Top 5 Resources for Contests and Submissions – 310 views
- About Me – 162 views
- Access Denied – received 116 views.
Top views went to the home page which includes the archives and my latest post. It’s the first impression point of connection. The other posts ranking highest in views offered information.
Writers at all levels understand the value of submitting work for publication. Submit or Not to Submit discussed the time-consuming but necessary tasks, outlined the benefits, and cautions of taking the leap of sending your words out into the world.
Top 5 Resources for Contests and Submissions takes the work out of the submission process by providing 5 resources for the writer who is ready to submit. Putting yourself out there can be intimidating, but the rewards are worth the anxiety. Acceptance promotes confidence, encourages creativity, is one of the best avenues for perfecting the craft, and provides both validation and recognition.
Readers want to know who you are, your credentials, and why your blog exists. An engaging About Me page not only introduces you to your readers, but provides the personal connection so necessary in drawing readers to your blog.
What was the Connection? In a word information.
Writers, particularly newer writers, seek out information that is beneficial to them. Whether it helps them improve the skill of writing or offers the chance for recognition.
3 Things I Learned by Reviewing the Stats:
- My readers want information, even if they’ve heard it before.
- Readers want easy access to the resources that help them improve or succeed.
- Providing resources and information into the readers mailbox is a win-win for everyone.
What are your blog stats saying about you? What did you learn and will you change the types of posts you write?