How Blogging Made Me Famous in Weeks
The SEO 2.0 blog has made me famous after less than 3 weeks!
It is of course somewhat a proof of concept.
I want to practice what I preach and know myself if it and how it works. Thus
I analyzed what happened and my statistics for the first 3 weeks.
Now I want to share my findings with you. Some things worked out, others did not.
Most significantly many things happened that I did not expect.
What surprised me most?
In a positive way:
- No spam! Not even trackback spam, my poor Akismet is unemployed
- Several online publishing heavy weights and blogging authorities like Lorelle, Search Engine Watch, Marketing Pilgrim have either mentioned me, linked to my article at Google Blogoscoped or to SEO 2.0 directly
- Big in China, Iran… My articles not only at Google Blogoscoped have been translated into numerous languages. I hope I do not end up being persecuted for supporting enemies of the US ;-)
- I received approx. more than 60 links on a voluntary basis, this is 2 or 3 times as much as stem from my own submissions
- SEO 2.0 has been submitted to local and topic specific social news sites like Wykop (Polish social news) or DZone (Reddit for programming)
- 37 people bookmarked my 10 steps guide to non-SEO success
- I’ve been submitted to Digg and Reddit although I criticized both and both of them hate SEO anyway
- Nobody wrote hate comments about me
- Nobody sued me yet
- I wasn’t banned in Google Search (and even got almost 100 visitors through it)
In a negative way:
- Social news sites in Germany ignore me almost altogether as a punishment for not writing in German. Although I am a power user down there on local social media their users refuse to vote for my articles that I submit
- I needed 20 attempts not only with my own articles to make the front page of a niche community. It’s probably because everybody wondered “who is this arrogant guy in the first place”
- Nobody has send me a mail or contacted me otherwise directly. I was just invited once on LinkedIn due to my activity (I should ad a “contact” page probably)
- After 3 weeks my traffic reached 500 visits per day for the first time, that’s even less than my last blog in German which got 500 after less than 2 weeks
- Only 13 21 users bookmarked my blog on del.icio.us, 8 12 of them the SEO 2.0 homepage
- My great overview “The Best 7 Ways to Crash Internet Explorer” has been ignored although similar posts presenting just one way got hugely popular
- Nobody has subscribed to my feed at Bloglines, indeed it’s not even listed
- Nobody clicked on my ads! Ah, you’re right, I did not include any ads
My goals for the next three weeks:
- Getting translated into Hindi, Arabic, Indonesian, Swahili, Punjabi, Japanese, Turkish and Tamil
- Guest post at Matt Cutts‘ blog so that there is a reason to read it (the blog not the post)
- Meeting one of my favorite celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Liv Tyler or Sigourney Weaver (it seems that I mentioned only female actors)
- 5000 visitors daily
- Getting asked to do SEO for Coca Cola, McDonald’s or Walmart and then of course refusing for ethical reasons
I forgot to mention that I will be on vacation the last 2 of the 3 weeks, so hurry up! Until now being famous feels good. You should try it too.
[Note that I will add the respective links in this article consecutively.]
[…] Das Web entwickelt sich fortlaufend weiter. Wer sich an der Web-Entwicklung “positiv” beteiligt, auf der eigenen Website oder anderswo, wird langfristig gesehen genau davon profitieren. Er vernetzt und wird vernetzt. Anders gesagt: SEO war gestern. Heute schreibt man mit und merkt recht schnell, warum. […]
I will be happy to translate your posts into Indonesian. Any restrictions you want to enforce for those who translate your posts?
Actually, it’s the hat. ;) Congrats on your success!
Michael: Thank you! You are part of it.
Adi: I appreciate it very much! no restrictions, I couldn’t enforce them anyways, I’m not the US army ;-) but a link to the original would be great as described in this license:
The hat had a very profound effect on me. It appears to be a very important aspect of the blog. The burning question I have is whether the side burns and mustache are real or paste on. Good humor is hard to find on the internet. Thank you!
Maybe this larger version of the picture can answer those questions:
i like the picture as well. the only picture of me on the web looks quite similar: http://stereophone.de/me.gif
but my hat color have nothing to do with my style of doing SEO ;)
i just want to say that i realized your blog just to day. and i’am happy to find it. now i don’t ignore you anymore ;)
…but it’s true, most germans don’t like to read english. but i like it. the german blogosphere is so boring most of the time. but have still problems to write proper english, so sorry for that.
Well thank you. The only major mistake in your English is the mix up of “realized” and noticed. You noticed my blog but you realized that it is there ;-)
And yes, Germany is just too small for people like us!
I Stumbled over here (Like many of your viewers, I’d think) and I have to say, I like the way you write. It keeps me entertained while still being informative.
The hat does help, though.
Thank you theY4Kman, I hope you and some other stumblers will stay with me :-)