Yes, this is a popularity contest, but I want to try and keep it fair. So, while you’ll have your favorite, please make your vote based on these conditions:
How often does your favorite blogger update?
How good are their posts?
How well does this blogger develop a sense of community?
Once you’ve answered those questions, please vote for one of the following top blogger nominees. If someone you think deserves to be on this list, please enter their name on the poll.
Who are the nominees?
In no particular order, the nominees are:
- Paul Allen – Paul Allen
- Thom Allen – Thom Allen
- Michael Eagar – Michael Eagar
- Jesse Stay – Stay N’ Alive
- Phil Windley – Technometria
- Cary Snowden – Utah Valley Business Blog
Mainstream Media Blogs
Deseret News Blogs
Ogden Standard Examiner
Salt Lake Tribune
In a league of their own (good)
- Heather Armstrong – Dooce
In a league of their own (bad)
- Dell Schanze – SuperDell
- Greg Tracy – BlueRoof
Business is really taking off, so I won’t be able to blog as much as I’ve been doing. I’ve noticed a few articles were lacking the quality and analysis I prefer.
This doesn’t mean I won’t be blogging any more, I just won’t be blogging as frequently. Instead of producing at least one good article a day, I’m going to have to scale that back to three to five per week.
Besides this blog, I finally published my SEO website. I’ve been thinking about that for a while and finally got through with version 1.0. Let me know what you think. I do believe I’m going to create a “blog” page on it that will have the RSS feed from this site automatically import.
I’m going to change this site up a little now that I have a company website, so it will be a bit more interactive.
I did a video interview with Spencer Shaw this past week and he’s uploaded it to Viddler. Let me know what you think of my SEO tips and tricks. The video is twenty minutes long.
A lot of meetings are planned this week to get in front of people, both potential customers and referral sources. That’s another challenge I have with blogging. Analog marketing is taking more time and I need to stay balanced so I can perform fabulous follow up. I also need time to work on client projects as well.
If you’re interested in seeing me in person, I’ll be teaching a class this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Murray City library on blogging for traffic. Please RSVP on Meetup.com so the organizer knows if there will be extra attendees.
Blogging is great and I love doing it, but other opportunities and obligations are restricting my time. This is definitely a good thing. Plan on three to five new articles each week and don’t forget there are nearly 100 old articles on this site right now for your enjoyment.
It’s been a week since the Utah’s Top Blogger contest began and I wanted to share the results so far.
Brandy Roth – 65%
Bob DeLong – 20%
Heather Armstrong – 10%
Janet Thaeler – 5%
Some people have stated this is an unfair contest because certain nominees are doing so well in their blogging careers. I don’t think this is true and the current results prove it. The judging criteria is structured such that everyone has a fair chance. It’s also structured in a way that those who participate by linking to the contest or inserting a badge on their page can do quite well.
It’s a long contest (one month) and anything can happen. I’m also going to extend the nominee deadline from October 10th to October 16th. If you know of a blogger that’s not on this list, email me and I’ll put them on.
It’s interesting what will bring traffic to a website. A little while ago I wrote about optimizing images for SEO. That’s an opportunity I believe I’ve missed in the past. Not this time around!
A few weeks ago, I noticed a strange keyword turning up in my analytics software; “surprise party.” One disadvantage of the WordPress analytics is it doesn’t link directly to a source of search engine traffic like others do, so I have to do a bit of guessing. I typed surprise party into Google and came up blank. Then I tried the blog search. Still nothing. Then I tried images. Bingo!
I don’t know why this turns up, because the photo is called “cocktail party” and I didn’t use the word surprise anywhere in the article about Facebook. That image search result is good for a few clicks a week.
Saturday night I noticed search engine traffic coming from terms related to spiders…not the web robots…the real life icky, scary arachnids.
|spider web pictures|
I did know what that came from – my cleverly titled article on web copywriting. I didn’t think much of it until Sunday, when the numbers increased unbelievably. Why were all these people searching about spiders? Oh yeah…Halloween! It’s October! Because of the title of my post and the title of the image, this site is turning up quite well for an image search on spiders…
and spider webs!
Those image results have catapulted my web traffic:
Search Views spiders 34 spider web 33 spider webs 16 a spider web 2 spider webs pics 2 picture of spider webs 2 pictures of spider webs 2 spider web pictures 1 rss site penalties 1 spiders web 1 photos of spider webs 1 spiders pictures 1
Quantity vs. Quality Web Traffic
This is the question that perplexes web marketers and businesses the most. Do I want more traffic even if it doesn’t convert? Or do I want a trickle of highly targeted traffic that will buy my product or hire my service? It certainly is a balancing act. Starting up a website from scratch with no advertising is a challenging prospect. Blogging is hard! These visitors coming to see spider pictures are leaving quickly. My page views have decreased from 2:1 to slightly above 1:1 in the past few days. Clearly this is a result of my new source of traffic.
When I started this blog I was really surprised at how quickly it started getting traffic. When I had my Salt Lake real estate blog, I was averaging slightly over 100 visitors a day at the peak. In good months that would triple. For this blog, once I started going, I figured 50 a day would be a good start and maybe by month three, I could get to 100 a day. Ideally, I’d like to have a 1000 visitors a day.
I’m trying to get a good mix of traffic sources. So far I’ve got Facebook and Twitter and a few directories. Last week I published my first press release and I’m beginning to get inbound links from Utah’s top blogger nominees. The blog carnivals are beginning to pay off with inbound links and quality traffic that is signing up for my Facebook business page. I’m getting bits of traffic from ping backs to other blogs and news sites. As I generate traffic from all these sources, I will be helped on popularity based sites like this. I’ve gone from the middle of the second page to the middle of the first page in the last three days.
As long as I continue to have multiple sources of traffic I will get the quality I need and the quantity I desire.