Rainbows and Unicorns
There are billions of searches done on the internet each day, leading people directly to websites and blogs. If you play your cards right and use the right keywords and tags you likely will get a lot of hits.
For example, I work for a Connecticut newspaper and a few years ago one of our sister papers ran a very simple photo of a rainbow on its website. The photo quickly got thousands of hits.
More recently, a rather ordinary little story merely mentioned the word “unicorn” and it too got thousands of quick hits.
Lesson learned? If you want to get a lot of hits on your blog, mention rainbows or unicorns. Seems that simple.
I figure that’s probably why my blog, which is brand new, hasn’t exactly been racking up the hits. I don’t write about rainbows. Well, I did write about a Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Mold, but that’s not quite the same.
Also, I would never, ever write about unicorns. Except perhaps for a holiday blog, about that time when my son gave my father-in-law a can of “unicorn meat” during our annual Yankee Swap, and the poor, sweet man did not get the joke. Neither did grandma.
No, I’m not going to resort to any trickery and tomfoolery. People will read my blog or they won’t. It will live or die by its own merits. I’m not going to resort to tricks.
I am, however, going to try to learn from the best.
When I started this blog a couple weeks ago, one of the first people to follow me was another blogger. He goes by the name Opinionated Man, and his blog is called HarsH ReaLiTy. He is brash and bold and is proud of his photoless “wall of text.” As of today, he has 12,173 followers. Twelve Thousand, One Hundred, Seventy Three followers.
I think he’s a success because his posts are thought provoking and he’s not afraid to swim against the tide. But as tough as he appears, he’s also respectful and acknowledges every post and comment people make. Like Olive Garden, when you’re there, you’re family.
I don’t intend on copying Opinionated Man’s style or ideas, just his common sense on how to treat others who stop by for a visit. Also, I welcome guest bloggers. So if you have something you want to write about, let me know.
As for using cheap tricks to get views, sorry rainbows and unicorns, no dice. And ixnay to you too Justin Bieber.