How to Get 100,000 People to See Your Blog Post — Unbounce

I am reblogging this post because it is an example of a big idea.

What would more traffic to your blog post mean to you? Image source. What would 100,000 views on a blog post mean to you? Depending on the goals of your blog, it could mean thousands of new subscribers and fans. But it could also mean new customers — big traffic means big exposure and big…

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How 6 mCommerce sites changed since Black Friday 2010

How have mobile commerce websites changed since 2010?
How 6 mobile websites have traveled through time. Image: Jordandemuth

Black Friday 2010 brought e-commerce sales of $648 million (Comscore). In 2016, that figure rose to $3.34 billion (Adobe), a 415% increase. Mobile has played an increasing role on Black Friday. It accounted for 36% of this year’s online sales.

Back in 2010, I was impressed when a retailer had a mobile website. I led a study with Luth Research that revealed only 22.8% of top retailers had them.

I kept some screenshots from my 2010 study. I have put them side-by-side with screenshots from today. Oh, how mobile commerce has changed!

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A 1 star review is OK – sometimes

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Credit: Ryan McGuire

If you walked by my office in 2015, chances are you would overhear me saying, “It is ok, doctor, that you have this 1 bad review—”

Perfect 5 star ratings are not believable. Now, I have proof! Thanks to Nick Kolenda in What I Learned from Analyzing 12 Million Customer Reviews.

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3 Steps to Pitch an Idea like Malcolm Gladwell

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Author Malcolm Gladwell. Photo by Slate.

The Tipping Point is a business book that sold 2.5 million copies. In it, author Malcolm Gladwell pitches a theory on epidemics called the Tipping Point. This blog post attempts to reverse engineer the process Gladwell took to explain his idea.

Explaining an idea is hard. My favorite articles on the Engel Journal blog are ideas, and readers often ignore them. Reflecting on my work, I asked, “What can Gladwell teach me about selling my ideas?” I found the answer in the opening pages of the Tipping Point.

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Why is Yelp the 10th most popular website?

According to Quantcast, Yelp is the tenth most popular website on desktop and the second most popular website on mobile in the United States. With so many sites out there, why is Yelp so special?

My theory involves Yelp’s use of identity. Identity is central to the human experience. One of the first things we learn is how to say our names, “I am Eisaiah. I am Susie. I am Peter.”

Yelp’s users call themselves as “Yelpers.” Top users are called “Yelp Elites.” Businesses identify themselves with stickers that say, “People love us on Yelp.” In the video above, there are 41 pieces of my identity attached to my Yelp profile.

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Why do people visit the top 10 Quantcast sites?

My friend Nicholas Mac Connell says that, “People read to answer questions.” Maybe this also explains why people visit the 10 most popular websites according to Quantcast.

Here are the questions that I think the top 10 websites answer.

RANK SITE QUESTION ANSWERED
1 What answer?
2 What story?
3 What person?
4 What news?
5 What answer?
6 What news?
7 What tool?
8 What person?
9 What trade / deal?
10 What opinion?

After adjusting for duplicates, we get the seven (7) most popular questions in the U.S. that drive people to websites on both desktop and mobile devices:

  1. what answers?
  2. what news?
  3. what people?
  4. what stories?
  5. what tools?
  6. what trades / deals?
  7. what opinions?

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What is Barnacle SEO?

The phrase “Barnacle SEO” means riding along on another website’s SEO.

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