Brain Clutter

February 7, 2007

WordPress Top 10 – First-timer

Filed under: blogging, life, personal — brainclutter @ 12:38 pm

I logged in to discover that the blog article I wrote yesterday made it onto the top 10 most popular stories list and incidentally, the front page of

Front page

Sadly, it wasn’t random traffic that sent me up the ranks — it was the referral link I posted on the WoW forums and Digg (gaming_news section). Sadder still, even with 178 story views there wasn’t a single comment. Was my content irrefutable? Boring? Not abrasive enough? Probably a little bit of everything.

I wrote another article similar to this one a month or so ago and experienced a similar outcome. Lots of page views but no feedback. One cool side-effect though is that I’m one of the top-ranked Google results for “WoW Shadow Priest.” You gotta love WordPress’ SEO-friendly back end. I actually get a fair amount daily of traffic to my site from referred links and Google even when I only write an article or two per week:

There are lots of guides out there for writing high-traffic/feedback-generating blog content, and I sometimes inadvertantly hit the nail on the head, but I don’t think you can be successful without putting a concentrated effort into following the rules and guidelines. I also think you need a strong network of friends to really push the limits of popular articles through Digg, trackbacks, and general “spreading of the love.”

I’m not too concerned about it though. I write mainly to get things off my chest or make available certain things that I was trying to figure out for myself. It’s not like WordPress lets you make money off your blog anyway (unless you go VIP – which I can’t afford with my inconsistent writing schedule) and I’m happy to provide the odd tidbit of useful information to any random traveller who happens to stop by along the way.

It was cool to hit the top 10 though! 🙂



1 Comment »

  1. sure feels good, I was also up for once, too! congratulations!

    Comment by Jim — February 14, 2007 @ 4:45 am

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