“I think we have to admit it – I’m looking especially attractive today.”
For this week’s Link Love theme, you’re invited to troll your blog’s stats and share your five top posts in terms of traffic for 2013. (But excluding giveaways, for obvious reasons.)
Awwww, yeah. The PC wants to be your crafty friend, people. All you gotta do is FEEL IT.
This is The Tutorial That Would Not Die. Seriously, I posted it on a whim in October 2007, and it’s been my number-one most-viewed tutorial every year since. In fact, I’m thrilled to see two other how-to’s unseating it this year!
This April 2008 tutorial has always been rather low-profile on my blog, but this year it seemed to land in some good search-result territory. I keep promising the cat I’m going to make him a cozy bed using this method. He gives me one of his baleful looks that says, “Who are we kidding, Mom?”
Despite its actual title having just about the worst SEO ever, this July 2008 how-to keeps chugging along, mostly thanks to Pinterest. (It’s kind of a miracle that this much traffic is even getting back to my site from there.) I still have and use my pin cushion!
A few little thoughts:
- It’s perfectly hilarious to me that the posts getting all the traffic are the ones with the crappiest photos. I’ve really improved, people! Look at the newer stuff!
- Interestingly, these tutorials are popular for different reasons – two have great search engine prominence, one is all over Pinterest, one was anointed by CraftGawker, and one got shared on a free jewelry crafts site. Which goes to show that if you want your work seen, it’s wise to share it in more than one place.
- You know what else these tutorials have in common? Weirdness. I mean, you’ve likely seen a ton of how-to’s for zippered pouches and bunting out there, right? But these how-to’s are all unusual topics, and that allows them to stand out more in the crowd.