Site Milestone: 1,000th Blog PostCategory: Personal
Seven months after my 500th blog post last March 30, I have reached another site milestone today: this is my 1,000th blog post.
While it has taken me 410 days to write the first 500 articles, it only took me 212 days for the next 500. That’s 2.36 per day.
Since my niche is about sports and entertainment which are pretty much loaded with tons of daily news, I can say that I seldom lack topics to write about. However, I usually only select those that generate the highest amount of public buzz. Trust me, even if you don’t make the first page of a search engine results page (SERP) and as long as your article is already indexed, you will still gain significant amount of traffic to your site with the sheer amount of people looking for information on that day’s hot keyword.
As the 1,000th blog post, I want to share my sources on the articles I write as well as some tips.
1. As a huge fan of fighting especially mixed-martial arts and boxing, I visit the following sites for the schedule of upcoming sports events:
* Sherdog – MMA fights and results from UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and others
* WWE pay-per-view events (Wikipedia) – haha, of course I know it is fake, but I really like the theatrics. It’s called sports entertainment for nothing.
TIP: For upcoming events, it is usually a good practice to write about it NOT on the day of the event itself but at least 1 day BEFORE the event. That way, when people will be searching about it come fight night, your article is already in the SERPs. You can just update it later for the results when it has wrapped up.
2. Google Trends – it usually offers interesting keywords to make a blog post about. Its Hot Trends feature displays the top 20 hot or fastest rising search keywords entered by Google users in the US for the past hour. You can also check out its history feature if you like to know past hot searches for a specific day as well.
TIP: For more in-depth analysis of results, check out Google Insights for Search.
3. IMDB (The Internet Movie Database) – is an online database of information related to movies, television shows, actors, production crew personnel, video games, and most recently, fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media.
TIP: Its MOVIEmeter feature tells you the percentage of how hot (or cold) current and upcoming movies are. Of course, make articles on the ones with the highest rating.
4. Alexa – it gives free traffic metrics, search analytics, demographics, and more for websites. It also has a Hot Topics feature similar to Google Hot Trends. However, what I like best about it is that it can give me what are the keywords that brings in traffic to a particular web site.
I’ll site this website as an example. Here’s my Alexa site info. As you can see, it says that the top search query to this website is the keyword phillipino. While it is not necessarily true, that keyword definitely ranks among the top 100 keywords that brings traffic to this site. It’s a high-traffic low density (HITLOD) keyword.
So, now that you know that little piece of information, I encourage you to also make an article about it. As of this writing, I own the #1 spot in the Google SERP for the word phillipino.
TIP: Know what are the top web sites in your niche. By using Alexa, you will know their top search queries which can help you to generate some traffic for your site as well.
5. Chopsuey Balita / MBC Sports Center segment of DZRH – coming back to the hotel from a day of field work, I listen/watch to DZRH on TV. Their afternoon segment features daily headlines which gives me topics on what to write about when I start blogging after dinner.
6. TV Patrol of ABS-CBN – similar to above.
1. My 499 posts since April 1, 2010 brought me 1,036,903 unique visitors and 1,537,455 page views for a daily average of 4,891 and 7,252 respectively.
2. For the month of August, I finally surpassed the 4-digit mark in Google Adsense earnings just for that month alone! I still remember one year ago when I only made $159.58 for my first 5 months of utilizing Adsense at this site.
3. Yes, it is possible to make $1,000 in only 1 day from Adsense. I thought this can only happen in my dreams but on October 24, 2010, I made $963.91. Yes, not exactly a thousand but its close. I attribute that unexpected amount due to the large amount of traffic I gained that day. Time and time again, it’s proven that when something sensational happens, people will flock the internet looking for information about it. Thanks Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez. 😉
The twitter share and facebook share buttons I just recently integrated also helped. But that’s for another post.
ONE FINAL TIP:
If you can, publish at least one post every two days if you can’t do it daily. This will help your articles to be indexed faster by Google since its robots will be frequently crawling your site once it already knows that you update your site regularly.
And, use pingler.com after hitting that Publish button.
Also, read these SEO eBooks that helped me make money online. I assure you, they can help if you’re interested.
Hey, that’s three tips already.
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