My Top Posts for 2011

As many of you have already done I’m listing out some of my top posts for the 2011 calendar year. They are rated by simply views, not comments.

Here they are:

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog
  2. Social Widget Plugin for WordPress (Twitter, Facebook, RSS)
  3. How I Monetize and Make Money Blogging (and How Much I Make Per Year)
  4. Setting Up and Optimizing W3 Total Cache (Up to v0.9.2.4)
  5. Standard Theme: A WordPress Theme Made by Bloggers for Bloggers
  6. Migrate from Blogger (Blogspot) to WordPress without Losing SEO, Links
  7. The Best iPhone Twitter App
  8. Setting Up and Optimizing WP Super Cache for Your Blog
  9. 3 Reasons Why You Need a Personal Branding, Landing Page [Download Template]
  10. Blogging Foundations Starter Kit

I’ll go one step further and share with you why these (and many of the other top posts) found themselves on the list:

  1. For starters the Series Posts were a huge hit. I suggest doing series for multiple blog posts on the same topic. Great strategy and tons of traffic.
  2. Free stuff always wins. Give away great content (free, obviously) but if you can give away any other work that’ll help too.
  3. In-depth tutorials of difficult subject matter is prime for traffic. There are “difficult” things that you know how to do really well. Write a post (or two) about it!
  4. People care about what tools you use and what you consider the “best.” Share that with people, often.

Finally, here are some of my favorite posts of 2011 and some of the most important ones that I wrote:

  1. What is a Digital Tentmaker, Tentmaking? What is a TentBlogger?
  2. Add a Space (or Spacers) in Your Dock [Mac OSX]
  3. I Challenge You to Make $1.00 Through Your Blog by the End of the Year!
  4. 5 Things I’ve Learned in the First 3 Months as a Professional Blogger
  5. How Your Blog Categories Can Help You Focus Your Content This Coming Year
  6. Never Forget Your First
  7. 3 Skills I Want to Improve This Year That Will Impact My Blogging
  8. The Complete Guide to Using Images in Your Blog Posts
  9. Become a Master Link Architect: Internal, External Linking, PageRank
  10. Never Forget: Blog for People, Not for Search Engines (or Robots)
  11. The Best Desktop Writing App for Distraction-Free Blogging
  12. The 3 Most Important Things My Dad Taught Me About Blogging
  13. What is Your Dream Job? How Does Blogging Fit In the Picture?
  14. 100+ Inspiring & Creative Quotes, Manifestos by Technology, Business, & Startup Leaders
  15. A Positive Attitude is Your Most Important Blogging Strategy
  16. The 10 Best Writing Notebooks to Capture Your Creative Thoughts
  17. BlogX: An Intense 90 Day Blogging Bootcamp
  18. 5 Things to Remember When Your Blog Host Fails
  19. TentBlogger Turns One Year Old!
  20. Steve Jobs Biography: The Book That Changed My Life
  21. Goodbye Human3rror.
  22. I Need 3 People for a Serious Alpha Test of a New Project…

And that, my friends, was a glimpse of 2011. Wow. I can’t believe we’re almost done with it!

Was there any post this year on Tentblogger that stood out to you? Love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for an incredible year guys!

  • Eric Dye

    Great reflection. I like it!

    • John Saddington

      thanks eric!

  • sai krishna

    i already checked all of posts :)

    • John Saddington

      ;) great!

  • Todd

    I’m curious about what tool(s) you used to compile the Top 10 most viewed. Was it Google Analytics or another solution?

    Thanks as always!

    • John Saddington

      i used wordpress native for this activity. :)

  • Jon Reid

    The various series were great, and I learned not just from their content but how you delivered them: Not every post in a series has to be a giant thing. Some were short nudges, but they nudged me in the right direction (and whet my appetite for more).

    • John Saddington


      you’re right. a lot of this isn’t ground-breaking… but the complete picture can be!

  • ginasmom

    The series on launching a blog and on creating great content. Great timeless content in those two. One post that i won’t forget in a long time is the “Simple Personal Plan to Stay in the Black”. I love the whole idea of being financially responsible and ensuring the blog does not become a money pit. Thank you for all the info.

    • John Saddington

      thanks! appreciate the support!

  • Chase

    Fantastic review. I loved the series on developing great blog content. Course, that could be because I loved the movie references to The Godfather.

    • John Saddington

      LOL. my wife’s favorite movies!

  • John

    Hey John. My favorites were the series posts. I really like the concept of how you lay out a large subject in a series of posts. They could be packaged up and sold as products!

    Keep up the great content!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing man! you need a gravatar…!

  • Brent Pittman

    Thanks for all the blog series! If I have a wordpress question, Tentblogger is the first place I visit. I can’t wait for more in 2012.

    • John Saddington

      awesome! i’m humbled by that…!