This post is my 493rd post.
I did a post a day for year (to the day) and did much of that while traveling through Europe.
My blog on Day One was far-far different than it is today….
A current reader might see a lot of unfamiliar looking stuff in the form of my old “personal development” type of articles, such as “What I Learned from Punxsutawny Phil” and “53 Life lessons of Homer Simpson” and they may even see the faint beginnings of my current style with articles like “Why I Love Hemorrhoids”.
In the beginning this blog was a lot more about lifestyle. Slowly but surely, I have turned the topic of this blog into being more about “how to” make the money that then can afford the lifestyle you desire; rather than telling you how to live. I think it has been a good change.
The reason that I am thinking back to the beginnings of this blog is because of a challenge… The 7 Links Challenge to be exact. (Check out that link for the exact rules)
The idea behind the 7 links challenge is simple. List your top seven links in very specific categories and give a short reason why they fit the topic.
Of course, all of this looking back has gotten me to thinking about where I have been. This is a good thing. Before you can go forward, you have to know where you have been. And what a long strange trip it has been.
My Most Beautiful Post
Honestly, I don’t think of my posts as being “beautiful” either in design or concept. Perhaps it is Steve Jobs death that has me thinking once again about the beauty and elegance of simplicity. (After all Jobs was a master of taking ugly clunky ideas and making them into simple and almost beautiful products.)
I have written quite a few articles about affiliate marketing. Many of them are narrow and specific on different aspects. The only one that might be considered “beautiful’ is this simple one about, 6 things every blogger should know about Affiliate Marketing. It is basic and simple. But hopefully that gives it its own elegance.
My Most Popular Post
What should be a pretty straight forward post topic; actually isn’t. If you track tweets, comments and total cumulative traffic the top post for each category ends up being a different one. I chose the one with the most comments, that also happened to be near the top for traffic (prorated since it is a recent post) and has a decent amount of tweets. Ironically, enough, for a link based on traffic this post is about increasing blog traffic.
My Most Controversial Post
Now this one is an easy one. I took a topic I wasn’t sure if could even be done and tried to imagine a plan for how to do it. Of course there was controversy, because while I believe this is the best chance someone could have to earn $1000 in month, I am not sure it is even possible in such a short time span.
My Most Helpful Post
42 Internet Success Habits to Develop I would to think that this post is “chock full” of good steps to improve both internet success and to a certain degree general “life” success. Anyone who is able to even improve upon ¾ of these habits will find their success drastically improved.
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
I am not the type of guy who rants. I may “rant” in comments on my blog or off, but I leave that to those venues. I attempt to live in a Zen-like state and don’t often write blog posts when I am “hot”. This was one of the few blogs where I did write it while still pissed off and judging from the reactions a few people really did like it. Now I just need someone to make me mad again, so I can have another surprise hit post. Stupid Guest Post Authors Need not Apply
A Post I Didn’t Feel Get the Attention It Deserved
My license plate reads, “Email4ever.” I run letters to my girlfriend through Aweber’s spam checker. I want my tombstone to say, “Build that list”. Therefore I was surprised that an article that showcased what I thought was some great ways to improve your email marketing was greeted with what seemed like a cacophony of chirping crickets.
I thought 14 was to improve your autoresponder sequence was one of the more important things I had written. It is the sort of thing I wished I had seen when I first started out, and the reception was…. Meh.
The Post I Am Most Proud Of
While I was joking about the license plate, tombstone and girlfriend spam check thing above. I really do feel strongly about the importance of building a list. I think it is essential for success, and I feel I owe much of whatever success I have had to starting list building early.
The other thing I think is highly important is metrics. I think it is important to get hard data on things you try, to dispassionately analyze that data and then to make changes of what works and what doesn’t work based upon that data.
Like peanut butter and chocolate coming together for the perfect candy in Reese’s Peanut Butter cup, I tried to do that in this article on how to use A/B split to increase email subscribers.
Now I’m passing this “link chain letter” on…I’d like to see 5 other bloggers take up this challenge.
Sidebar: I heard that a kid in Sri Lanka was invited to the 7 link challenge and chose not to join in. The next thing you knew, his house was filled with Trolls.
Now we are not talking about the annoying internet kind of Trolls here. Neither are we talking about the cute fuzzy kind of Troll that you stick on the end of a pencil! (Do they still make those?) But the actual gibbering, live under a bridge, flesh tearing monstrosities, straight out of storybook legend. These are the Trolls that rip off faces and wear them as a hat; with a feather.
So I do hope you all avoid the trolls and join in on this fun challenge.
**Disclaimer: No actual trolls have been harmed in the making of this post**
My choices for the “7 link challenge” are:
Paul|One Spoon at a Time
Brankica|Blog Like a Star
James| The Average Genius
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