Top Ten Online Marketing Articles in 2012

top-tenYear-end always brings a flurry of Top Ten posts, often focusing on a blog’s most popular posts of the year.  This blog is no exception. I dug into my analytics to find the ten online marketing articles that got the most page views and comments during 2012.  Those two metrics are generally a good indication of the types of content your readers enjoy the most and from which they get the most value.

Why should you create a year-end Top Ten list?

  • Adds more value for your audience
  • New and long-time subscribers may have missed earlier popular posts
  • Refocuses visibility on your best content
  • Reveals trends about what your readers like
  • Readers love list posts and usually share them with their networks

I’ve created the Top Ten list on List.ly so you can vote on your favorite of the ten posts, comment, share and embed the list on your own blog, if you wish.

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Top 10 Posts of 2012 on DeniseWakeman.com

Based on page views and comments, these are the top 10 blog posts on DeniseWakeman.com in 2012. Topics include business blogging, online visibility and social medial marketing. Feel free to share and embed the list on your own blog as well as vote on your favorite article!

Source: http://denisewakeman.com

Did you write a Top Ten List of Popular Posts? Please share a link to your post in the comments below so we can check out what you created in 2012!

Top Tips and Quotes About Listly from Nick Kellet [interview]

Awhile back I did a video interview on Skype with Nick Kellet, co-founder of List.ly. Unfortunately, the quality of the audio was not up to snuff so I did not post it. However, I did get it transcribed.

As I was editing the transcript [lots of inaudibles] I was highlighting tips and quotes I thought were particularly useful and relevant. Then, I realized the quotes would make a great list!

While I have pulled out my selection of the top tips and quotes about Listly from the interview with Nick Kellet, he covered much more than what I’ve put in the list.   Included at the bottom of the post is a pdf of the entire interview which also includes links to many popular lists Nick mentioned.  You’re invited to add your own favorite quotes or tips about using Listly that you find in the interview!

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Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet

Highlights, quotes and tips from an interview with Nick Kellet, co-founder of List.ly. Feel free to vote on your favorite tip!

Source: http://denisewakeman.com/online-visibility/listly-nick-kellet-interview/

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Embed lists on your blog

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Embed lists on your blog
The cool thing about a list and about a blog post is you have two bites of the cherry, the blog post can rise up the rankings in its own right and the list can rise up. Now normally because there is more content, the blog post will come top. You also don’t have to call the list the same thing as the blog post, so you have two different keyword hits

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Use Twitter handles in your list

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Use Twitter handles in your list
If the item on your list has a Twitter name, add it into the title. Because it makes sharing it so much easier and when you are sharing it with @name at it, people will retweet you because you are mentioning their name, and everyone listens to their name.

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Why Listly?

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Why Listly?

Human beings love to scan and read lists. The web is perfect for that. The most popular blog posts on the web are list posts, by far

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How does Listly help with SEO?

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | How does Listly help with SEO?
If your content is clicked on, it goes higher up the rankings. If your content is shared, it goes higher up the rankings.

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What makes a good list?

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | What makes a good list?
• It has to be embedded
• It has to ask for help
• Make sure that you fill in the credit link on the list back to your blog post

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Listly Contest Tip

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Listly Contest Tip

If you are on the list and you want to win the contest, embed the list in your blog and ask your audience to vote for it and tell me why on a blog post in your blog.

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Amplify your mesage

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Amplify your mesage
Everything today is about multiplication. The strategy that works that I am seeing is you put video in a video site. Then you re-aggregate it into something like Listly and you amplify it through a blog. And when you put all those things back to back and you send it out through Twitter and then you send it out through Triberr.
Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Lists are popular

30% of all published content are list posts.

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Why should bloggers use Listly?

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Why should bloggers use Listly?

We give longer life to your posts, we also divide up the tasks to get your community to contribute to your posts, you actually don’t have to write as much.

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Contribution

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Contribution

We think that everybody has the ability and the right to be a contributor to a blog post.

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Why should service professionals use Listly?

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Why should service professionals use Listly?

They have a need to create content, to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment and passion for a topic.

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How to use Listly

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | How to use Listly
You take the lists, the engagement, inside your blog, because that is what we know that can bring you most value. We are actually driving engagement to your blog, and inside your blog.

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List Ideas

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | List Ideas

Create a list of all your guest posts. It's a great way of actually being able to say “Here are all my guest posts.” And you can actually share it more easily.

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Top Tips and Quotes About Listly from Nick Kellet [interview]

Read the full interview with Nick Kellet [click the title of this item to download the transcript]

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It's about quality...

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | It's about quality...

Don’t produce garbage content. Produce really good quality stuff and focus on it, and keep adding to that piece of content and making it better, and better and better. If you keep the piece of content constantly changing and interesting and quality, that will bring you dividends in the long term.

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Who can benefit most from Listly?

Top Tips and Quotes about @Listly from Nick Kellet | Who can benefit most from Listly?

Listly is really about serving the brand, the blogger, the publisher, we are really about serving the pro-blogger.

And, here’s the text of Nick’s interview…

Remember, if you find a tip or quote that “speaks” to you, add it to the list! [Scroll to the top of the list and click on the pink tab that says “Add to List.”

The Ultimate Tool for Building a List Post

I don't know what's more popular when it comes to blog post styles: how to's or list posts.

What I do know is that your readers probably love list posts as much as any other audience and thanks to Tom Treanor of Right Mix Marketing, I discovered a fabulous tool for creating lists that is easy to use and can create a lot of visibility for you and anyone else you care to share the spotlight with on your blog.

List.ly is a social curation tool that enables you to quickly build a dynamic list of links that can be embedded on your blog. You get visibility when others embed your list on their blog, when it's shared and when you allow others to add items to your list.

I set up a list a couple of days ago and as of the time of writing this post, it is trending #3 on the List.ly home page. And that's before I posted it on this blog. 

To be totally transparent, I did post a link to the list in my LinkedIn group, on my Facebook page and on Twitter. I also invited anyone who had written an article about driving traffic to a blog or website to contribute to the list.

This is what crowdsourcing is all about. Create valuable content featuring contributions from many smart people. It's a win-win-win: for your audience who gets to take a deep dive on a subject, for your curators who get visibility on your blog and everywhere the list is shared, and you who get to share great content and get more visibility when your curators and others share the post with their audience.

Here's the list I've started on Top Tips for Driving Traffic to Your Blog:

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Top Tips for Driving Traffic to Your Blog

Top tips from around the Web on how to drive more traffic to your business blog. More traffic means more prospects, more subscribers, more opportunities and MORE VISIBILITY...blog on! [You're welcome to embed this list on your blog too!]

Source: http://www.buildabetterblog.com/business-blogging-articles-to-get-you-started.html

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You're invited to contribute a link to an article you've written about driving blog traffic, or one you've read and think is great. Click on the pink tab at the top of the list. And please share the list, as well. There are many excellent tips featured on the list!

If you have created a list on List.ly, you're welcome to post a link to it here in the comments. Would love to see what kind of lists are being created!