There is nothing like a year end round-up post that reminds you of what great accomplishments you have made in the realm of writing blog posts that have garnered a high volume of traffic, social engagement, and discussion. So without further ado, here are the top posts from Stay on Search in 2010 covering everything from search engine optimization, social media marketing, and more.
Posts with the Most Traffic
First of all, let’s start with the posts that brought in the most traffic in 2010, with information provided by Google Analytics.
Although there is murmur that lists may be going out of style, this post just proves that is just a nasty rumor. Lists are awesome, especially ones that bring together the best experts in online marketing, all in one place! If your New Year’s resolutions include becoming better at social media, SEO, blogging, or other aspects of Internet marketing, this post should be your first stop.
Need to do a little research to learn more about your niche or industry? Go beyond Google and find out what people are really talking about and sharing with the top 25 blog, forum, and social media search engines plus keyword tools. The best part is they are all free!
No matter how much everyone in the SEO world would like to believe (or at least portray) that everything is moving towards an Internet where only the whitehat practices will prevail at the top of the rankings, it just isn’t so, and there is proof out there that you have to get your hands a little dirty to rank well in some niches. These eight tactics are on that borderline of being a little too naughty to admit to, but let’s face it – they’re working. Use at your own risk!
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Granted, Digg has changed quite a bit since this post was written, but this post stays timeless as it shows what types of content and topics fair well among Diggers. A good guide to know whether your niche or industry belongs and will reap the benefits of taking advantage of Digg.
This post is simple, yet tells you everything you need to know about creating the best meta title and description for your website content. Want to know more? Get in-depth information about meta descriptions in this two part series: part one and part two.
Make your social bookmarking tasks much simpler with these seven tools and services that allow you to easily share across more than one social network or bookmarking site.
Even though we did mention greyhat techniques, it is still important to remember to continue to build natural links as well. This post will remind you why as well as how to do so.
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Posts with the Most Engagement
Sometimes, the posts that get the most traffic are not always the ones that get the most response. The following are posts that didn’t make the top 10 in traffic, but did make the highest in level of engagement between social sharing and comments, as determined by PostRank.
I must admit, I was a die hard fan of the Tweetmeme button until I realized the additional feature that you can implement with Twitter’s official button. After someone tweets your post, you can recommend yourself and one other Twitter account to follow to the person who just tweeted. It’s a fantastic way to grow your following, as well as the following of guest posters, your company, or other partners.
If you are building landing pages, but not seeing a high level of success, then you might want to ensure that you have these five elements incorporated into them to increase your likelihood of conversions.
Marketing to other businesses can be a bit different from marketing directly to consumers. Here are some great tips on making your B2B search marketing successful.
Whether you have customized landing pages, a simple website, or a blog, chances are you are trying to convert your visitors into something, whether it is buying a product or simply subscribing to a RSS feed. Here are seven elements of your web page design you should experiment with to find the right combination to increase your conversions.
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Did your favorite Stay on Search post make the cut for top traffic and top engagement? If not, please share your favorite in the comments, and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on all of the great new content coming in 2011!