You Never Know What Post Will Be Popular

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Article by Wendy McCance

I have written articles on this blog for over 4 years. In that time, I have crafted close to 1,000 articles. To this day I am amazed at what posts become popular and what articles don’t do much for the readers.

I have written posts that I was sure would get a ton of responses and shares and I felt like I had hit on something tremendous, only to receive a lukewarm reaction. Then, there have been days that I felt I should write something, anything, just to flex my writing muscle even though I felt I didn’t have much to say. But, by the end of the day I would check back and see a bevy of comments awaiting my response and enough shares to make me jump for joy. I would always be a little startled. How did I do so well on a day when I didn’t feel inspired?

Over the summer, an article I had written a few years back (and which has continued to do well over the years) got a sudden burst of intense traffic. For a couple of weeks, I was seeing as many as 800 views a day just landing on this one particular article. It wasn’t until I received a comment from a reader that I found out that my article, All the Rage with High School Kids – Playing a Game Called Hostage had gotten traffic because of a tragedy in her hometown. You honestly never know what is going on in the world that will cause interest in something you have written, even if it gains interest years later.

After all the articles I have written, there are a few that pop up daily as my most popular. Each day, these articles get a ton of traffic. I don’t know if they get more traffic because of the topic or because I did an extra good job of tagging and categorizing the article when I worked on my SEO? Maybe I was just on a roll with my writing and did a great job writing that particular article. Who knows? Some of the articles haven’t even been shared that often. In fact, I have several articles that easily have triple the shares as some of these articles do, yet, I will get a few 100 views on each of these “popular” articles per day.

I figured I would list the articles and you can decide for yourself. Are they just good topics or did I do a great job of tagging them? Is the title catchy or are you as stumped as me? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comment section below.

In order of popularity, my top 5 most popular articles:

  1. ALL THE RAGE WITH HIGH SCHOOL KIDS – PLAYING A GAME CALLED,”HOSTAGE”  35,953 views
  2. WHAT MISSING YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER MIGHT SAY ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP 30,929 views
  3. HOW TO FIND WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AS A NEW FREELANCE WRITER 11,854 views
  4. WORDS OF WISDOM: WHAT I WANT MY KIDS TO KNOW 9,563 views
  5. WHEN TO WALK AWAY FROM A FRIENDSHIP 9,211 views

 

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: mccance.wendy@gmail.com

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7 thoughts on “You Never Know What Post Will Be Popular

  1. An article on getting enough sleep is the most popular one I have on ezinearticles.com; that article stll gets amazing numbers Wendy. I kind of inderstand why, but it is still like “wow”!

      • Wow, good, now that I know how needed my article is and was, that is great. Ironically, I consider another one of my other articles one of my best ones, that gets high readership too. It is called “The Basic Operating Principles of Honesty”, but the sleep one gets more than that one.

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