Tag Archives: Blogging

What Blog Content Works

What Type of Blog Content Works? Great question with no right or wrong answer.

Over the past 10 years I have written more than 1000 articles here. My intention was to simply create a library of content, a place where I could archive all my discoveries and knowledge regarding technology, social media, apps, websites, and online tools etc. The sole purpose of this site was to share my findings with others.

At one point I was using this site as my own resource so I could find and recall all the different things I had discovered. I still do to this day and it’s been a huge value for that reason alone. When I look back and ask myself if creating a website and blog was worth it, the answer is definitely “YES” without a doubt and with no regrets.

TrafficOne never knows when creating a site like this what will become of it?  What will people find when searching the web? What will they like, what will they not like, what will they share and what will keep them coming back? The answer will  remain a mystery until you actually do it, track it, break it down, analyze it and see for yourself?

These are the top articles in the “most viewed” and “most shared” categories.

Coolest Websites and Online Tools 2012

A compilation of the best free websites and online tools and services available on the Internet.  Started January 1st and ended on December 31st 2012. A guaranteed pleaser and a little something for everyone.

The Glory Hole in Lake Berryessa

The ONLY recorded video and story of the amazing Morning Glory (known as the Glory Hole) in Lake Berryessa located in Napa County California. Seeing the video is nothing like seeing it in real life!

Glory HoleTop Mobile Picks for 2013

Nearly every human that walks the earth now owns a mobile device. While many of these links and apps are directed to the iUser, you’ll find them or a comparable app for your specific device as well. Worth a peek for sure.

FREE Image & Graphic Generators

The most socially shared and best resource for accessing and using free images, graphics, and online generators to create the best images, logos, buttons, and graphics etc for your websites and blogs.

Top 50 Google Tools for Business

The title completely covers the reason this one made Top 10. Google has a plethora of tools and services they offer for free that cover a variety of Business and personal needs. Go ahead and count them if in doubt.

Coolest500 Ways To Say Happy Birthday

There are so many ways to say Happy Birthday, Hallmark cards has proved that for sure. This is 500+ people who wished someone happy birthday over a popular social network and still gets the most views today.

Creating Hotspot Links on Pictures

Creating a link or hotspot on a graphic or image may seem very technical and challenging but in this article you’ll see how simple it is and even get instructions to create your own. It’s not as hard as you may think.

Best Websites and Online Tools 2013

Just like the 2012 article above, this one shares all new Free sites and services along the same lines but for 2013.  There’s many great sites, services and tools online today, this is just a smidgen of what’s out there.

Mobile 100Free Photo & Graphic Editing Sites

Fixing photos, images, and editing graphics etc doesn’t take a degree in design or cost a fortune buying software.  You won’t even need to take a class or go to night school to use these free sites.

Enter Contest To Win a FREE House

This article obviously received a ton of attention, views, shares etc. Who wouldn’t want a new house… for FREE? While the contest and sweepstake is now over, this article is still one of the most visited on the site.

So at the end of the day, what type of blogging content works?

As you can see from above, there are a variety of articles covering many different topics. They have excelled beyond the others here based entirely on people’s choices. They have risen to the creme of the crop due to the crowd-sourcing power provided by the Internet.

Whatever you’re truly passionate about writing and sharing with others is great content! It will work and resonate with others but ONLY with those who have similar interests. Now if they decide to go beyond reading and commenting on your stuff, that’s the power.  It’s the sharing, linking to, and others promoting your content etc. that indicates your articles and posts are working! 🙂

If You Build It, They Will Come

Some infamous words from a movie spoken by many but not to be taken lightly, at least not in my opinion.  It’s easy to say “If you build, they will come” but much more challenging and difficult to actually do it and really have it happen.

There are more than 11 Billion maps
currently being served up on Clustermaps.com, a FREE site that offers a visitor tracking widget for website and blog owners.  Clustermaps just received the 2011 “Best Free Webtool Award” from Edublog Awards.

Thanks to all of you, this site was ranked on New Years Day 2012 in the Top 500 Most Viewed Clustermap sites across the globe.  This is a HUGE accomplishment and we have no one to thank but YOU for helping us make it happen.  We’re not only celebrating a start to a great New Year, but we are humbled and honored to receive the Top 1000 award once again from Clustermaps.

#467 out of 11 Billion isn’t bad, so we’re proposing a toast and a cheer to a very Happy New Year.

I want to personally thank all our followers, family, fans, and friends for helping us receive this great honor and humbling award.  Our reward for all the time and effort that has been put into this site isn’t really the rank on Clustermaps so to speak, it’s the trust and rapport we’ve established with our readers and supporters just like you.

Though you may appear as a simple red dot on the map below, it’s more important that you know and understand that you are the most important part of this site and our existence.  Without you, there would be no domain, no map, no traffic, no ranking, and no audience for our content.

If We Build, They Will Come!

and you did!

It is truly an amazing honor and privilege to be able to say… “It Worked!”
“Thank you to ALL our friends, we appreciate you and love you very much!”

Should Real Estate Professionals Blog

This is a question that has been around the block many times and depending who you ask, I believe you’ll get a unique and different answer every time. Here’s my personal take and answer to this age-old blogging question.

I think blogging is like farming the land. Each blog post is like throwing a seed out the window into the dirt that runs along the super-information Internet highway. While it can and does deliver great results for some/few, it does require and consume a massive amount of time and effort.

Planting seeds does not always produce crops. It requires a ton of hard work! You have to water, weed, fertilize, spray etc. Blogging is not for everyone and it is definitely not a sprint to the win… It can be a marathon to the victory though.

As long has you have the key skills, tools, and components in place that allow you to create and build community via awesome content, cultivate and capture quality leads from your efforts, and the talent/gifts and ability to convert those online contacts to clients, then I say Blog away my friends.

Now if you’re just wanting to capture and convert contacts to clients, I’d highly suggest checking out Zillow.com and become a Premier Agent on the site. You’ll still need the skills and ability to convert, but harvesting is much easier and funner than farming!