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Top 5 – Group Writing Project Day 2

Posted By Darren Rowse 9th of May 2007 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

Top-5Today is the first time that I’ve run a Group Writing project where the submissions have come in faster than I am able to read them all (I will read them all though!). You readers have blown me away today by the sheer numbers of you throwing yourselves into this project and by the creativity and diversity of your approaches.

Today we’ve had 242 submissions which on top of yesterdays 132 means we’ve already hit 374 bloggers participating (around 30 more than our previously most popular project – with still 2 days to go).

If you haven’t put your post in yet – there’s only two days to go. To enter and go into the draw for the $1001 prize read the instruction on this post and get your submission in.

The Prize and Why Chitika Rocks – #4

As a little thank you to the sponsor of this Group Writing Project (did I mention they’re putting up $1001?) I’m writing a mini series of comments about the – My Top 5 Reasons that Chitika Rocks. Today we’re counting down to number 4.

RpuOne of the best converting ad units from Chitika that I run on a few of my blogs is the Related Products Unit (RPU). These units simply look at the keywords that you suggest to them (I link them to the headline of my post) and then provide a text link to 3 related products. These are CPC units and they convert brilliantly – especially if you place them at the end of a post about a product (ie these won’t work as well on non product related posts).

Even though these ads appear at the bottom of my posts they convert as well (if not better) than ads I have above the fold. They’re gold! RPUs wont work for everyone (and Chitika do have a few requirements for publishers before they allow them to be used but if they let you into the program I’d highly recommend testing them on a product related blog.

Today’s Submissions

Warning – before tackling this list (and you’ll want to!) you’re going to need some supplies. Grab a coffee or beer (a six pack would probably be enough) as well as a snack (or two). There are some great reads in this list – please surf by as many as you can, comment, link up and spread some group writing project cheer!

Here are today’s submissions (PS: after the list is a list of the most clicked on links from yesterday’s submissions):

One More Top 5

So today I thought I’d do something a little different and track which five entries from yesterdays list that most people clicked upon. I tracked this using MyBlogLog’s outbound stats checker. Here’s what I found (yep – it’s the ‘top 5’ – I had to didn’t I?).

  1. Become Blog Worthy
  2. My Top 5 Favorite WordPress Blogging Tools
  3. The Top 5 Web Sites for a Deserted Island
  4. The Top 5 Ways to Become a Millionaire
  5. Get Fit and Sexy While Blogging – the Top 5 Unusual Things to do at Your Computer

So the lessons from this little experiment:

1. Be First (the most clicked link was the first one on the list – all were in the top half of the list)
2. Write about blogging – I guess it makes sense. Readers of ProBlogger are bloggers… it’s a topic that will appeal
3. Be a little Creative with your title (that last one got me to click on it)
4. ‘How to’ posts seem to work (all really promised to teach or provide something useful at some level)
5. Be Quirky or Amusing – many of the next 10 most popular posts had very amusing titles or were quirky (like My 5 Fingers Ranked, 5 Superhuman Powers I would like to have and 5 Cool Things You can do with your DNA).

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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