Post-Pipping for Pros!

Posted on May 19, 2011

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That Pony has 4500 Facebook Friends and the horse is all "who needs social media?"

That Pony has 4500 Facebook Friends and the horse is all "who needs social media?"

Many and varied are the questions in the WordPress.com technical support forums.

I lie.

Basically, all the questions come down to:

  1. Why can’t I find my blog in Google? (answered)
  2. OMG HOWCUM I CAN FIND MY BLOG IN GOOGLE???/?? I AM SUING YOU JUST AS SOON AS THIRD PERIOD IS OVER
  3. How do I get more hits?

and of these, the greatest is #3. And here is a very, very clever and very, very simple technique for timing your posts to get maximum attention from your already-engaged and no-doubt-loyal audience.

Here I was, giving my standard rap about how you should time your posts to go up shortly before 10am in the time zone where your largest audience is because people love reading blogs on their coffee breaks (which works like you wouldn’t believe) when momfog came up with something so blindingly brilliant it even shut ME up for a second.

I have watched my facebook page and when there are a lot of people logged on, I share the link. It seems to work pretty well. Of course, theoretically, these are my “friends” and might feel obligated to read, but so what? A hit is a hit–guilt induced or not.

True, dat. And a hit from a FB friend who’s online at that time is more likely to be shared to their own networks at that moment and thus to potentially go viral. The only downside is you have to appear Online to FB chat for this to work, and god knows everyone who isn’t addicted to cybering hates that. Oh well, close your eyes and do it for your blog!

Don’t forget to post it to Twitter at the same time! And for god’s sake, don’t use Publicize: nothing says “I couldn’t be bothered to pimp myself out so I sent this robot” like a tweet that goes, “New Post: Big Changes for Whatsis Incorporated on the Virtual Horiz….”