How to Kill your Blog Traffic

dog bloggingThere are many ways to create traffic, but there are definite two ways to kill your traffic. One is more obvious, while another is less so.

The obvious way to kill your traffic is not to write on your blog. No explanation needed.

The less obvious way is to post YouTube videos, without much other content. It is just so easy to post a video, write few lines and that’s it. However, the few times I did so, my traffic died… I am referring to Search traffic of course, but if you write enough you will know that all forms of traffic are all related (search, direct and referral traffics). When one goes up, other follow. I might as well let your dog write your posts…

I did only few experiments with the videos, but the difference was visible every time, so in last case I just went ahead and deleted my old post.

There are of course video blogs. For them it maybe be different. In the end it depends on how you promote your blog.

If you have different experience with YouTube videos please share. I want to hear about it.


2013 Popularity – Social Media and Apps

buddy-media-social-marketingAs it happens on periodic bases, people what to know what is the most popular Social Media, and now also App, on Internet and on the phone.

Some results are to be expected, but other will blow you mind, as for example Zinga being more popular that WhatsApp and WhatsApp being more popular that Twitter.

So here is 2013 popularity list for Social Media and Apps:

1) Facebook – 1.1 Billion

2) YouTube – 1 Billion

3) QQ – 700 Million

4) Weibo – 503 Million

5) Google + – 343 Million

6) WeChat – 320 Million

7) Shazam – 300 Million

8) Yahoo Mail – 281 Million

9) Skype – 280 Million

10) Zynga – 232 Million

11) WhatsApp – 210 Million

12) Twitter – 200 Million

13) SoundCloud – 180 Million

14) Pandora – 175 Million

15) Badoo – 172 Million

16) Tumblr – 170 Million

17) LinkedIn – 160 Million

18) Snatch – 150 Millions photos uploaded every day

19) Line – 150 Million

20) Instagram – 100 Million

21) Flickr – 87 Million

22) Yelp – 84 Million

23) FlipBoard – 53 Million

24) Evernote – 50 Million

25) Pinterest – 49 Million

26) Kik Messanger – 30 Million

27) MySpace – 27 Million

28) Spotify -24 Million

29) Path – 10 Million

30) Instapaper – 2 Million

The later positions might be still interesting to you, depending on your industry, target group, country and clutter preferences.

Also it will be interesting to compare this results in few month or so to see the evolution of this positions.

(source: buzzfeed)

Pro Tip YouTube

Youtube logo72 hours of video are being being uploaded on YouTube every minute. Much more than anyone can ever watch.

This is why, if you decide to upload a video, people will tell you that you need to have a great content, something truly unique, to follow trends and so on. It is a hard things to do, isn’t it?

Another tip you will hear all the time (for any social media actually) is optimization. “Look for perfect keywords” they say. Concentrate on these words, emphasis them in titles, etc, etc. Not so easy either, but more reasonable, in my opinion.

So what is my pro tip for you today? VERY EASY: in description of the video, write down everything that was said during the video, word by word. This is specially a good tip for music videos, as more often than not, when people don’t know the name of the song or the artist, they search for lyrics. If there is a lot of content, maybe it is a good idea to provide main topics of conversation. Also put all the links discussed in the video in comments and even the names of speakers, if that makes sense.

Really reconsider using much more the “description” of the video and not only the title and tags. After all, this is the only things that Google and Youtube can pickup when someone searches for the video.

Top 7 Youtube Channels

Every Marketing professional today will tell you that having a social media presence is important, and one of channels companies need to consider is of course Youtube. Designing a good youtube channel is difficult and certainly tricky. Perhaps the most important part is to have a good idea, but also having many videos can do a trick.

This is my top 7 youtube channel list, based on my interest, but what I can guaranty is that at least it is a good list. You probably should add these channels to your favorites, too. There are no music channels or game channels in this list, because I find music and games mostly a mater of test. There are, however, entertainment and educative channels. So, without no further adieu:

7 – NumberPhile – Number Phile is a channel about numbers, straight and simple. This may not sound very interesting for many people, but trust me I was a skeptic once too. I only wish I learn these things at school, in much more fun way, as in this channel.

This channel actually has different other channels (“subchannels”), so if you will like Number Phile check them out, too: SixtySymbols; NottingHamScience; BackStageScience; DeepSkyVideosPeriodicVideos.

6 – HISHE – How It Should Have Ended is a channel featuring videos about popular films that have already came out, but they are remade in cartoon like way and with alternative end to the film.

5 – EpicMealTime – This is a REAL MEN’s youtube channel. As a man I really enjoy it. It is a cooking channel where the main ingredients are beacon and alcohol. There was no “good” video to put as a demonstration, not to say that all videos are bad, but to make it more fun there is some adult language involved, so be warned before watching this new video.

4 – Professional Russian – This is another very popular (male?) youtube channel. It is ranked as 11th most subscribed youtube channel. It talks about guns and guns, from mother Russia.

(PS: I did not put any female channels, because I am very bad judge of quality, but one female channel, ranked as 24th most subscriptions on youtube, is Michelle Phan. Let me know if you like it).
3 – College Humor – With over 2000 video and ranking as a 10th most subscribed channel on Youtube, College Humor offer a huge variety of short videos for every test.

While being #10 on Youtube is great, it is not enough to be #1 on this list. Therefore #2 is:

2 – VSouce This is also a geeky website, but before I scare you any further, it talks about some very interesting things. I personally get blown away by the research these people make, because they do talk about anything, in a scientific and fun way.

In addition, there are 2 subchannels: VSouce 2 and VSouce 3. VSouce 2 talks more about interesting human made objects, while VSouce 3 talks about interesting games and apps, so unfortunately I did not keep my promise and put a gaming channel. Still #2 on this list is VSouce channel and the other 2 you can decide (not) to subscribe at you own choice!

1 – TedTalk – I have already talked about TedTalk in my previous post “Top 10 TedTalk’s on Marketing“, one of the top ranking posts on this blog. I believe a lot of people know what it is all about, but just for the sake of it, it is a talk where a person, expert in specific field, comes out and tells us about his area, with purpose of teaching something that really maters. Something that other people should know, such as in the following video:

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8 Awesome Alternative Search Engines

We all know or use Google, Yandex, or Bing. However, there are many alternative search engines that are not as famous but nice to know, specially if you are looking for alternative sources of information. Here is my top 8:

8) duckduckgo logoDuckDuckGo – This is a Search Engine said not to record users information and therefore provide free from behavioral filters search result, improving relevance (see why it is important here).

7) mahalo_logoMahalo – What now is known as “human-powered” search engine, Mahalo is managed by a group of people who decide what page get to be promoted in search engine. Mahalo does not have as big list of results as Google, but offers alternative search results.

6) Twinitor logoTwinitor – With 250 million unique monthly visitors, Twitter is one of the most popular Social Medias on Internet. It is very good source of information specially when it comes to ongoing events or news. Twinitor search Twitter for Twits on chosen keyword (Listorious is another a Twitter search engine).

5) torrentz_eu logoTorrentz – torrents search engines that brings together torrents search results from different torrent search engines, including ThePirateBay, Vertor, Monava, and many other.

Technorati logo4) Technorati – Search engine for blogs, compiling impressive list of 112 million blogs.

Yippy logo3) Yippy (formally known as “Clusty”) – Searches other search engines for you. If concept was not super awesome already, using Yippy you can find rare (“obscure”) content that is harder to find using other engines.

2) youtube_logo_635Youtube – Everyone knows Youtube. It needs no introduction. Most of us use it for entertainment value and forget that it is actually 2nd biggest search engine on the Internet after Google.

1) The internet archive_logoThe Internet Archive – Is a search engine where you can see Internet pages as they used to be in the past. You can see pages back up to 1999.