All writers should analyze their views and earning trends from time to time, to discover what their most popular articles are. By looking at the statistics for all your published pages, you may find which direction any future writing could take.
No matter which writing site you contribute to, there is always a lot of discussion about page views and earnings and whether these live up to expectations or not. I don’t follow the earnings of individual articles very often, but every now and then my curiosity gets the better of me. Such was the case this morning.
Having noticed that one particular article of mine, The Advantages and Disadvantages of Telephone Job Interviews, has continued to surprise me by still often featuring on my dashboard of daily most viewed articles more than two years after it was written, I wondered about how other pages compared with it. It is my highest earning Triond article and my most viewed, though I suspect that compared with many writers and what they claim to earn, this is very low!
Other articles of mine that continue to be viewed, thus appearing on my Dashboard long after publication, are of a practical nature, dealing with homemaking and household issues. The two most popular of these and high on my total earnings list are How to Make Ironing Fun with a Cheeky Ironing Board Cover and Hints for Using Lemons. Articles about New Zealand, such as Raurimu Spiral, a New Zealand Rail Engineering Feat and Paua, The New Zealand Abalone also feature in my top ten earners, though they haven’t actually received the highest views.
If you analyze all the articles you’ve published on Triond you will soon get a clear picture of where you’re heading. Consider which are your most viewed articles since you’ve started writing and which are your best earners. Some pages will make both lists, some won’t. Decide if there are any common links or themes between the articles. You may find readers prefer some things you write over others. Maybe this is where you should focus your future writing energy.
Another contributing factor that will have had a bearing on your statistics is how well you self market each article. If you’ve actively continued using Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon , Facebook or other social networking sites to market your work, those articles may well show better statistics than those not actively marketed. I realise self marketing is time consuming, but it seems to me its the only way to receive any significant readership for the articles you write.
While most of us don’t expect to make huge earnings from writing on content sites, it is nice to know our work is being appreciated long after we’ve written it. We can also get a better idea about what we may choose to write in the future. If you haven’t analyzed your total views and earnings for your articles for a long time, why not take a look and see how things are really going? It will take a little time, but the results may surprise you. It may even give you an idea for the next article or poem you write.
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