This knowledge, coupled with careful monitoring of Google Trends, should give a blogger an advantage, albeit perhaps a momentary one.
David's most important point is his first.
Quality. Substance. Original Idea. NEW Information.
Remember, you can only re-write and re-imaging "How To Get More Backlinks" SO many times before people are sticking their fingers down their throats!
THINK OUTSIDE THE PIXEL! (My new battle-cry!) POP your stories:::
What are some of the most important things you need to do for your stories to pop?
- Make sure the story is good quality. That means substantive. That means original ideas and new information. That means well written.
- Make sure all your submissions are quality. You will develop a reputation, and when people see your avatar, they will pay attention.
- The title is important. Make sure it’s enticing so that people want to check it out.
- Vote for other people’s stuff. Yes, people will return the favor. Nobody votes for stuff left by a hit-and-run marketer.
- Comment on other people’s stuff. It’s a great way to get noticed. Make sure your comments are substantive and add to the discussion - you want to be noticed as someone of interest, not as a pest.
- Invite some friends to join the community. Not only are they your natural supporters, but others will appreciate that you have helped grow the community.
- Don’t be shy to ask for help. That’s what Twitter is for: “Can you please check out my latest sub at SBsite X? Votes, comments, shares appreciated.”
* “Pop” stands for “popular”. Stories that are voted “popular” usually pop to the front page of social bookmarking websites. On many sites this is called being “published”.