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Extreme Advice on Reaching Over 100,000 Views

I suppose it’s serendipity, you could say.  Regardless, I’m happy.  Two cool things happened today:

 

 

1.  My blog hit over 100,000 views.

 

2.  I finished my book proposal.

 

WOO HOO! That is actually me, jumping off a cliff somewhere in Wales, UK.

 

Now, I don’t know anything about anything.  My book may not sell.  I’m on book attempt number 3, at this point.  But, I will say, I’m proud of it.  My first book almost sold.  It was only the subject matter that held it back.  It was about Oprah.  You can read two sample pieces from it here and here.  My second book was fiction.  Out of 18 chapters, I’d say only about 1 was worth anything.  I spent at least 10 months writing it, only to scrap the whole thing.  That is after my agent and I laughed about it.  (And I cried, a little.)  This is book proposal, number 3, with one major overhaul implemented after hearing the thoughts from two of my very trusted readers.  (One my Wifesy, the other my buddy, Jason.)  And then a second adjustment and the marketing section added after taking the thoughts on the creative from my agent into account.  Now, after all that, I can honestly say, I’m proud of it.  I’m going to sit on it for one more day, re-read it tomorrow, and then it goes off to my agent.  She’ll probably have more notes and I’ll spend the month revising them and then she’ll go out with it to publishers.

 

I mention none of this to toot my own horn.  Only because I know most of you are writers and I figure it might interest you.  If it actually sells, I’ll let you know about that process because it will all be a new one for me.  If it doesn’t, I’ll start something else.  And so it goes.

 

Now, the 100,000 views.  I know I’ve hit over 100,000 views as of today because I checked my stats and included them in my proposal.  Anyone who has ever written a non-fiction proposal will tell you that platform is almost as important as content.  So, how in the hell did I hit over 100,000 views in about six months?  I’m not entirely sure.  But, here are my off-the-beaten-path thoughts on the whole thing:

 

WRITE ABOUT TOMKAT

I had two days where I was like, “Whoa, did I get Freshly Pressed again?” and I had not.  I thought it had to be wordpress helping me out because my stats were rising and they were rising fast.  That happened on the day I hit my 100th blog post and wrote about it, here.  To commemorate it and as a thank you, I included a “link game” and linked to 100 of my blog followers.  I simply listed a block of numbers with links from 1-100, then I told my followers to click on some at random and follow them.  Needless to say, this post got me a lot of views.  Another piece that came in almost as high as that was when I wrote a mini-post about the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, here.  It was just a funny, short post on why maybe their marriage didn’t work.  Here’s the cool part:

 

 

This is what my search terms looked like for most of that week.  So, write about something that’s popular in the news right now and you will grab A LOT of views from google, especially if you produce content regularly, I believe.

 

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC.  WRITE WHAT YOU WANT ANYWAY.

There are people who don’t like my humor.  There are people who follow me and then unfollow me due to my content.  There are people who don’t like the lengths of my posts.  I write some super long ones.  I write some super short ones.  I write some in the middle.  Feck ‘em.  I don’t write for them.  I write for me.  Now, of course, you should hear the criticism if it’s true and you should RESEARCH the “industry standard.”  For example, the optimal blog post length is 700-900 words.  I know that.  I often break that rule.  It’s my choice to do so, but if you’re going to really blog in earnest, you should know the rules.

 

PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES

Sometimes the photos on my page bring in as much search traffic as the search terms themselves.  I take my time finding them.  I credit everything and I do my damnedest to avoid copyrighted stuff.

 

PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS

I’m crap at html and graphics.  So, I try to stay away from it and focus on the writing.  I think I’ve mainly done that and it has helped.  More time spent on what I love doing and less on stuff I don’t.  As I age, I try to work smarter because I’ve already done the harder.

 

COMMUNITY

I try to interact when I can.  When I get busy, it is, in truth, one of the first things that goes.  BUT, I play comment catch-up everyday and I read blogs.  Even if I don’t have time to comment, I read them.  Then when things slow again, I pick back up on commenting on everyone else’s blogs.

 

HIT PUBLISH ANYWAY

Not everything I write is a winner.  It’s just impossible for that to happen.  But, I hit the publish button anyway because I think it’s really important to try stuff out regardless.  Maybe I learned that from my stand up experience, I don’t know.  However, I know that you get no where by keeping your ideas to yourself.  You get everywhere by putting them out there.  Even if what you learn is to simply, never try THAT again.

 

That’s it, mostly it’s been fun.  And I think FUN keeps me going most of the time.  Thanks for reading and joining me on this insane journey to 365 posts.  I truly appreciate it.

 

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57 thoughts on “Extreme Advice on Reaching Over 100,000 Views

    1. i think you sort of did. or you paid attention to me when i was clawing and crying and no one else would and for that, i’m grateful. ’cause let’s face it, 100,000 views is about as good as recycling cans… but, then again, there were some asian ladies back in new york who used to make a living off that… lol. miss you, stace, miss you. becks

  1. Congrats. That’s awesome news. My blog is around there, but then again I cheated and paid for advertising on The Bloggess. But hits are hits I suppose.

      1. Thanks. Seeing the numbers I got after advertising on her site sort of encouraged me to come back to it. I had over 12,000 people read my “dick tick” story in a matter of 4 days and got lots of new subscribers and followers on Twitter and Facebook and my RSS feed.

        Now, I have to actually produce more to keep them around, but no pain no gain as they say.

  2. Wow….congratulations Sweet Mom.. i hope and wish your book dream comes true..you are talented…
    and 100000 views… well it had to happen someday…your blog is awesome..
    infact my best view stat was all because of your Reggie post…how awesome are you? very :)

  3. SM,
    It’s quite simple. You’ve hit 100,000 views because you have engaging content: fuck the look and feel, fuck the length […], fuck the detractors. You have a loyal fan base because of your excellent writing, and your interaction with your readers. I am one of them. And there are only a handful of bloggers like you.
    Le Clown

      1. SM,
        Gillian lived something dreadful. PM me, I’ll let you know. And this conversation ends here.
        Le Clown

  4. Awesome news on both fronts! I will pray to all the gods using minimum vulgarities and threats, that your books gets picked up. Your site stats are a testament that this blog is da bomb diggety. I apologize profusely for using that term. My brain has been mushified from EL James’ “prose”.

  5. My stats are pathetic compared to yours.

    Hmmmm I think it is time to start blogging about Tomkat or the latest fashions of Suri Cruise.

    Actually I’d rather beat myself into a coma with my Crackberry before heading into gossip-land.

    I think my blog might bore people to tears who aren’t interested in my specific children. That leaves my fan base rather small (like only me actually).

    Congrats on your 100 000 views, and even bigger super congrats on your book proposal. Can’t wait to hear that you have a publishing deal.

    Well done SM. You rock!

  6. Here’s a new phrase for you to use:
    “Go frack yourself in the ear with a heeldo!”
    Follow, unfollow etc. who cares? Thank the Irish Colombian Drug Lord/God you’re not a Kardassian- you’re about quality and persistance. In the end that does count. Mike (who knows more about the stage than me), tells me you should focus on the stage. He says your presence is outstanding…

    1. you and mike are good men. however, i have focused on the stage for 16 years now. so, i’m gonna do a bit of the writing too. you should copyright that ‘frack yourself with the heeldo.’ it’s outstanding, good sir, outstanding!!!!! lol.

      1. Totally didn’t mean you shouldn’t write!!! Just that your presence is something special, a bit electric and provocative. Have you considered a vlog? Where you talk to us? Read to us?
        The accent and mannerisms lend a lot to the mood. After we saw you on video, your writing was magnified and enhanced by your personality.

      2. oh, pinky, i have SUCH a good ‘vlog’ type idea. such a good one. i think you will LOVE it. if the book goes i’m definitely doing it. will probably do it anyway, but it’s so good and cray cray and so good. if it goes (and i hope it will) you’ll know all about it. xoxo, sm

  7. You were one of the first blogs I started following here at WP. I stayed not just for the hilarious content, but because of you. Your heart and soul are all over this blog. You really give a damn about what you write and the person reading it.

  8. 100,000 hits in six months is truly amazing, Moms! I really, really hope you sell your book. I want to read it really badly! That means a lot coming from me, as I’ve barely been able to complete a 150-pager since C was born.

  9. Congrats on your accomplishments, both in the blogging world and the writing world. I wish you luck with your book. One thing I’ve discovered since starting this “writing thing” is that there’s never a dull moment. :)

  10. Congrats! If you don’t mind my asking (sorry if it was in the comments above, haven’t had time to read them yet), where do you get your pictures? I have trouble finding them through the WordPress suggestion thinggy, but I also have trouble finding free non-copyrighted stuff online. I’d really appreciate it if you have any suggestions.

    Congrats again!

    1. flickr, is one of the biggest ones. if it has a ‘creative commons’ thingy, you can use it. sometimes i will also take a picture of a product too with a link back, even if it’s not off flickr, since they’re trying to sell something and links sell, so most of the time, no one will complain. flickr, i would say is your number one best bet, but really creative commons and using stuff as parody will let you go pretty wide…but, ALWAYS give credit. and if someone wants something down, just take it down. it ain’t worth it. that’s my two cents. sm

  11. Many congrats SM, a blog like this deserves a good audience. It stands with integrity because it’s delivered from the heart.
    Good luck with the book, too. :)

  12. Congrats on the numbers and the book proposal! I know I’m not the only one looking forward to the next 100 posts and being part of the next 100,000 views. :)

  13. Just wanted to say…

    Alopecia eyelashes…..WTF?

    And it was searched 3 times! 3! TIMES! WTF!?

    Who are these people?

    I think my oddest so far was “cirque du soleil crying baby.”who would type that in a search engine and why?

  14. Great BIG grats Mum! I don’t know what I envy the most – the 100K views or that you’ve got an agent /and/ a proposal done!

    I sincerely hope that you get that publishing deal. With your high profile and great writing style you /should/ get a deal, and a good one at that. However…. if you don’t, if lady luck does not smile upon you then please don’t put book 3 in the attic. All the elements that make you [and your book] appealing to a traditional publisher are exactly the same things that would make you a very successful indie author.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that you don’t just have a plan B, you have a very good plan A.2.

    Massive hugs
    Meeks

  15. Congrats! And excellent advice for the rest of us. I hope you sell your book so that I can learn all about the process. Oh, and ’cause that would be cool for you! Yes, of course, that is the most important part!

  16. Congratulations!! You are one prolific momma, and I love hearing your tips! I agree with all. I wrote about My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding once, and they still come in droves (almost a year later). It sounds like the book is going to get picked up in a flash, and I will be hanging on every word when you document the process (and sign me up for a copy!)!

  17. I am taking the advice of hitting publish anyway, I have just over 1,000 views, you are my idol, and I click on the reader every day, just to read your blog. The others that show up in my feed…I’m not even sure why they are there at all. Hearts and butterflies, girl.

  18. Double congratulations! I had forgotten you have been doing this for so long. You have such a large, strong following I figured you were old hat at this blogging business! And thanks for the tips and tricks

  19. Yay for you! If I lived in Cali, I’d bring you a giant cookie cake with 100,000 candles on it. True, it would burn down your house and you’d hate me for it later, but it’s the thought that counts. You know I think you’re amaze-balls!

  20. Congrats on both accomplishments SM. I will echo the others in the point that I continue to read because your voice is honest and I feel like woven between the jokes and the guffaws is someone that I connect with and feel like I know. You also are unafraid to treat the writing as a process and learn from it and teach us readers what you pick up. I think my take home from this post is to hit publish anyway. I recently put up a post that I was not particularly fond of, over time I realized what I had done different and how not to repeat the same process. Had I not just published it, I would have missed out on a good lesson. Thanks so much for what you do here.

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