Blogging isn't easy, and doing it regularly is hard. I know this because it's something I've struggled with for years (as evidenced by the very sparse archives on my personal site). Even if you post regularly, there's no guarantee that you'll actually get traffic, which is usually the point of having a web site. The … Continue reading My plan to build an audience
Type "get more blog traffic" into Google and you'll get about 70,000,000 results. The results read like snake oil salesmen trying to one-up each other at a state fair. "Increase Blog Traffic NOW!", "25 Tactics Guaranteed to Increase Your Traffic", and "How to Get 1 Million People to Read Your Blog In 1 Day".* Every … Continue reading Do you want page views or readers?
Several months ago, after having just read a debate among designers about design software, I jumped on Twitter to vent a bit: Necessary things in design that don't actually matter: 1. Tools and software. 2. Visual polish. 3. Opinions of anyone other than your users. — Mike Shelton (@themikeshelton) August 9, 2017 It was a … Continue reading Find the right tools for you
“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” ~Kurt Vonnegut Let’s face it: Blogging is hard. Writing — not to mention writing well — is challenging for most. You’re putting your thoughts and ideas out into the world, for the trolls and the fans alike. Maybe someone … Continue reading It’s not about the page views
There are two kinds of traffic, good traffic and bad traffic. As a California resident I spend a non-trivial amount of time finding ways to avoid bad traffic. Good traffic on the other hand is what website building dreams are made of. Having been challenged with finding a way to get 1000 page views to … Continue reading The Good Kind of Traffic
The Internet is a vast world. WordPress.com users alone produce about 86.5 million new posts viewed by more than 409 million people each month. With so much competition, standing out from the crowd is no easy feat. To put ourselves in our customer’s shoes, this month, we were given the challenge of outlining a plan … Continue reading Getting more views
For this installation of the Automattic Design blog post, we are doing something different. As an empathy challenge, we are tasked to think about a common question our customers face, “How do I get more views?” This is important because views are a basic metric to seeing how popular a website is. With a $20 … Continue reading The shortcut for getting 1000 views