Best of Think Traffic 2011

  • January 3, 2012 by Caleb Wojcik
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2011 was a big year for us at Think Traffic. We launched Traffic School, the Hustle Project, the Million Dollar Blog Project, and Expert Enough.

Over 640,000 people visited our sites this year.

To start off the new year we thought we’d highlight some of the most popular and insanely useful content from 2011.

Let us know in the comments if you have any ideas for content you’d like to see in 2012.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 posts on Think Traffic in 2011.

1. 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success

The most popular post last year, both in traffic and in social media shares, was this quick action post inspired by Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt. Twenty-one different steps that will only take from between 5 and 90 minutes to complete.

If you complete them all you’ll be well on your way to having a successful blog.

2. Think You Can’t Make Money Blogging? Think Again: The First Annual Traffic and Income Report

Published one year after the launch of Think Traffic, this post looks back at the first twelve months of traffic stats and income for this site.

Also within this post is a detailed plan to make money from your blog.

3. Write Epic Shit

The most linked to post on this whole site (currently with 65 trackbacks), this post about writing epic content pushes you to work harder on what you publish.

You’ll also find examples of people around the web that always provide epic shit.

4. Why Every “Twitter Tips” Article You’ve Ever Read is Essentially Worthless (or Worse)

We don’t like to advocate many “quick tricks” here on Think Traffic. We think that it is much better to build a thriving audience than it is to get a giant flood of traffic.

Learn how to actually build a popular site in this post instead of just tricking the system.

5. Announcing The Million Dollar Blog Project: Build a Profitable Blog Along With Us

In August we announced the Million Dollar Blog Project, now with over 400 members. You can sign up here.

Read this post and the 13 others that follow in the series to learn how we created Expert Enough step-by-step.

6. How Fraser Cain Attracts 80,000 Search Visitors Per Day with Zero Link Building

In this video interview we find out how Fraser Cain from Universe Today has been able to build his search traffic to over 80,000 visits a today.

Check out the interview for a behind the scenes look at his strategy.

7. The First Rule of Building a Thriving Online Audience

Leaders think long-term and develop plans that last longer than a month. You can then inspire your readers to get behind your vision.

This post will help you develop a vision for your followers.

8. Debate! Should You Allow Comments on Your Blog? Find Out What Two Remarkably Popular Bloggers Think

We’ve written about blog comments a few times on this site, but this post got a bit controversial. We featured the opposing opinions of Pat Flynn and Everett Bogue.

Check it out to read their two point of views and the 100+ comments on whether you should allow comments on your blog.

9. How I Tripled My Email Subscription Rate (and Why I Switched from MailChimp to AWeber)

To get someone to sign up for your mailing list you usually need to provide them with something special. We created the traffic toolbox to give our subscribers a bonus.

Find out how we tripled our email conversion rate and why we use Aweber instead of MailChimp.

10. How to Find a Great Domain Name for a New Blog and Set it Up in 15 Minutes

As a part of the MDBP we put together a post on how to choose the perfect domain name, purchase it, and get it all set up quickly.

If you are still waiting to pull the trigger on a domain name check out this post to help you pick the best one.

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A huge thanks to everyone that shared a post, left a comment, or contributed an essay this year. We really appreciate it!

What would you like to see us post about this year? Please let us know in the comments below.

Here’s to an awesome 2012. :)

Written by . Caleb Wojcik is one of the 3 C's at Think Traffic and Fizzle.co. He writes at CalebWojcik.com and hosts the Cubicle Renegade Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @CalebWojcik.


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Ryan Biddulph January 3, 2012 at 6:22 am

Hi Caleb,

Super list of resources!

Heading over to check out the first link now.

Thanks for sharing with us.

RB

Wesley Banks January 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Great recap on 2011. I missed a little more than the first half, so I’m looking forward to reading some of those articles.

Raj @ Tech News India January 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

I really follow your follow and have implemented many of your strategies in my blogs and to be frank most of your strategies have worked for me.. glad that I have found your blog.. Good Luck.. keep going..

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