A good reason for posting less...

by fin
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I've discovered something very interesting.

I don't search about much on the Internet. I generally have a few amazing blogs that I follow. These blogs only post once per week, but the stuff is always great quality and about stuff I like.

I've found myself, about 4 days in, looking forward to the next post every time I go on the Internet. For a good 3 days it's playing about in my head, building up the excitement.

Since I love reading it and look forward to the posts, I'm sure I'd look really closely at any offer.

I want people to feel this way about my blog. I plan to tell people I will publish a new post every 7th, 17th and 27th of the month.

Do you feel the same way about blogs?
#good #posting #reason
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by sirtiman View Post

      Good luck with your pattern posts schedule.
      Yep, I think it will go well.

      It will mean I can spend 10 days trying to syndicate my current articles everywhere, plus try and write a few guest posts.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by fin View Post

        Yep, I think it will go well.

        It will mean I can spend 10 days trying to syndicate my current articles everywhere, plus try and write a few guest posts.
        I completely agree with you.

        I'm biased: at the moment, I update all of my niche sites/blogs 3 times per month. Exactly as you say, it leaves you plenty of time to achieve the maximum possible syndication of each article - and that's where the traffic comes from, after all.
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        • Profile picture of the author fin
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I completely agree with you.

          I'm biased: at the moment, I update all of my niche sites/blogs 3 times per month. Exactly as you say, it leaves you plenty of time to achieve the maximum possible syndication of each article - and that's where the traffic comes from, after all.
          The way I see it:

          7 articles each week syndicated to 100 places is the exact same as 1 article syndicated to 100 places.

          It means your articles won't just get buried in the archives which are lost forever, and you always have great content to produce because you haven't wasted it all in 1 month.
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    • Profile picture of the author s1ngular1ty
      Yeh definatly I enjoy reading Paul Krugman's economics blog on New York Times website. But he posts so regularly it's kinda hard to find the time to keep up to speed. Really discourages me from reading it sometimes.

      I try my best to keep myself informed in economics but it sure is complicated sometimes.
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        Originally Posted by s1ngular1ty View Post

        Yeh definatly I enjoy reading Paul Krugman's economics blog on New York Times website. But he posts so regularly it's kinda hard to find the time to keep up to speed. Really discourages me from reading it sometimes.

        I try my best to keep myself informed in economics but it sure is complicated sometimes.
        Exactly.

        I usually have lots of things to do. A little time between posts means it's something to look forward to; not something I need to keep on top off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I have one blog over on ESPNBoston that has that kind of hold over me. Fortunately though, it updates multiple times daily. I like the way you are thinking though, striving for a quality level that creates fanatic readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author emrom
    No....maybe when I was single and on a dating website. Maybe when I had a problem and I wanted to know if others had the same problem. But given that, most of the time I have other stuff to do...I don't tweet...but I have a twitter account. I don't write daily or weekly facebook messages...but I have a facebook account. I want to enjoy and build on my own thoughts. I think the world is moving into a noisy place.
    A place of everybody elses opinion and everyone elses thoughts in your head.

    I like the thoughts I have in my head. The inspiration I get and figuring things out and talking to God. That is the only thng I get excited about. I know that sounds all churchy or something...but I am telling you, there is too much that is coming at us....I want to be let by my thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Really depends Finn. How crucial is your subject matter? Some things are worth the wait while other things will already be purchased before you make the next update.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Troy_Phillips View Post

      Really depends Finn. How crucial is your subject matter? Some things are worth the wait while other things will already be purchased before you make the next update.
      Yeah, I know what you mean.

      I don't suppose this would work for people who have immediate heath concerns, for example.
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      • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
        Originally Posted by fin View Post

        Yeah, I know what you mean.

        I don't suppose this would work for people who have immediate heath concerns, for example.
        Finn,

        I have read enough of your content to know you know what is going on. If you have the right subject and have a unique point no one else is touching ... you can make this succeed where others would fail.
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        • Profile picture of the author Christine Brady
          Since April 1, I have posted everyday - for a couple of reasons -

          1) I am doing a blog challenge to post everyday

          and 2) and even more importantly, I am doing a challenge to build a new list in a new niche - I log all of the activities on my blog. Response from my readers has been amazing!

          But before this month, I posted about 2-3 times per week, which I was comfortable with.

          Does depend on the content though - highly researched posts simply can't post everyday - wouldn't be enough time!
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  • Profile picture of the author JimDucharme
    I used to think that a blog was like a bakery and if you wanted people there daily, you had to have fresh content each day. However, I've changed my opinion and now believe that about 3 posts per week is good for a blog with good traffic. Otherwise, a lot of good content can just be buried.

    Regards,
    jim
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Once a week works well for me. And I'm talking about high quality material. I know you are too.
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiepadgal
    Yes, less can truly be more :-)

    I find that updating some blogs everyday would just be silly, no matter how many people want the information they just don't expect to see that it will be seen in every painstaking angle each and everyday.

    Good luck with your syndication, writing, marketing, etc. efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Levin
    I totally agree with what you're saying.

    Leaving a bit of time between posts will give readers a chance to digest the information.

    Much better than the reader being crammed with posts constantly and not having the time to read them thoroughly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    As a reader, I follow certain blogs religiously and find that the daily updated ones are just as addicting as the ones that aren't updated daily.

    Now as a publisher, I post not for readers but for high indexing in Google and because of that, the BEST course of action is to post daily!
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post


      Now as a publisher, I post not for readers but for high indexing in Google and because of that, the BEST course of action is to post daily!
      That doesn't seem to be a great way to go about things in my opinion. Google isn't going to buy from you, your readers are. So cater to them.
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      • Profile picture of the author JEasy
        I'm also into the "post daily" routine but I think this makes a lot of sense as there are about three different blogs that I do wait for and anticipate what's coming next. It may be time to rethink my strategy. Thanks for the tip.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

        That doesn't seem to be a great way to go about things in my opinion. Google isn't going to buy from you, your readers are. So cater to them.
        I do cater to both but I should say that the focus is ranking. None of my sites are setup to pique readers curiosity to get them to keep coming back. They're setup to list various product reviews to glean information and purchase these products.

        Some people setup blogs to grow an audience...Others like me set them up to rank high....Just different approaches...That's all!
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

          I do cater to both but I should say that the focus is ranking. None of my sites are setup to pique readers curiosity to get them to keep coming back. They're setup to list various product reviews to glean information and purchase these products.

          Some people setup blogs to grow an audience...Others like me set them up to rank high....Just different approaches...That's all!
          Ah, OK I get what you mean now. You're right in this case it is nothing more than a difference of approach.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alphy3000
    I feel the same way about Tim Ferriss's blog, he always has interesting posts
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    My favorite blogs and sites that I read regularly for pleasure almost always post daily or at least every other day or each work day. I would quickly get frustrated with a site that didn't post more than that I think. I can only thiink of one site that I regularly enjoy that only posts once a week and that's PostSecret. They have a reason though, because the guy apparently compiles the list of postcards each week. I also don't think his aim is to make money off the site itself but rather the books and speaking engagements he offers.
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