50,000 Hits and Counting: More on the Wikinut Experience

Phyl Campbell By Phyl Campbell, 6th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_50oql5a/
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Six months into the Wikinut adventure, I have over 50,000 hits. So why aren't I over the moon?

The Good News

First off, the good news. Over 50,000 hits in 6 months! That beats the stuffing out of my FB fan page and my website combined. I love my Wikinut community. People come and go, but a few regulars are staying strong. Carolina, Siva, Connie, and Marilyn are just a few great writers and Wikinuts -- if you haven't checked them out, you should!

Highlights

A few of my articles have been real duds as far as getting people's interest and keeping it. Fortunately, other articles have surprised me. The article about the Eritrean boat crash was the biggest positive surprises. My last article about Oprah Winfrey's yard sale was one of the biggest flops, gaining less than 100 hits per day.

My grammar articles did better than I expected, and my articles about women -- including slut shaming and dress code craziness were pretty popular when they were new. Even a few months later, it isn't unusual for them to get 10 hits a day.

I don't get "star merit," as my friend Siva so aptly calls it, on every article, but I get stars more often than not. And I'm certainly grateful to the mods that give them. I'd like a little more direction when I don't -- "Have you explored our formatting options?" is not the most helpful message in the world -- but I know the mods are busy. Even more so when they are writing articles like Peter B. Giblett's latest or working their day job like Mark Gordon Brown.

Spreading the Word

Since I've started writing for Wikinut, I've been sharing my articles on my FB page and my blog. About a month ago, I obtained a Twitter account and started sharing that way. But I'm still new to the social media business. An article I read yesterday told me I should be tweeting 12-14 times a day. Seriously? I'm just not that into myself, I guess -- so much more concerned with living life than Tweeting it.

As may have been suspected, the reason I'm not over the moon with over 50,000 hits in six months is that the dollar amount I've earned has not reached a payout level. I'm not trying to replace an income. I was hoping for more than $1 a month. Sadly, I haven't even made that $1 a month. Maybe by the time I reach my 100th article -- but that's coming up pretty quickly. I had some huge hit-count days which made me think I had finally figured things out. But then reality reared her ugly head, and I realize I know little more than when I started.

Finding my Niche

Several authors have found a blogging niche and are doing very well within that niche. I haven't found my niche yet. Sometimes I just blog -- like when I wrote about trying to find a Halloween costume in my size or my journey as an Indie author. Sometimes I write about influential women, like Leymah Gbowee, Oprah, or Malala. I've reviewed books, restaurants, and exercise programs. I've shared poetry and "naughty but nice" fiction. I've even written about writing for Wikinut, since people new to the site tend to scour it for information about online money making writing opportunities. I have no niche -- but I've had a lot of fun writing and sharing. Now to keep going and see if I can't turn a profit.

Find your niche (or not) and write for Wikinut -- either leave a comment or write an article of your own. Follow me and then I can read it -- a hit for you, entertainment or education for me. I'll even leave you a 2 nutpoint comment -- and I promise not to ask you about formatting options.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
6th Nov 2013 (#)

I found this article a very pleasant read, and like the wit laced into it. You made some valid points about Wikinut, tweeting and blogging. I am becoming a fan of yours because I admire your work. Nutpoints or not. Michelle

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Phyl for the mention and I feel humbled by your kind words. I am so happy for you. Wikinut is always at the back of my mind and when I log in - can I say I get a rush of blood to read the latest posts? I get more satisfaction in reading and commenting on others' posts and it is easier too! I did enjoy good camaraderie at Yahoo Voices but Wikinut is a friendlier site and addictive too. My posts are mostly about peace and the greed of few who play spoilsport to the majority of contented people. I can feel a shift in conscience towards a better world - it is no more a pipe dream. Let us live and enjoy life as it should be to benefit everyone - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, Phyl. Did you read my mind or my email? Seriously, thank you for the mention and I think we are all trying to find a way to make this work. I value the comments and validation from nuts like you, however, like you, I cannot quite figure out why some of mine are stars and others suffer from the ill-defined formatting issue. I too would like further clarification even though I understand that there are other priorities besides educating me. I think we all have to start tweeting articles by others. I have tweeted for several years within my area of experience and have a good following. I could use that to bring other articles that I find value in to that audience as well.....food for thought all. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning Michelle -- nice to meet you! I hope I will continue to not disappoint.:)
Siva -- keep spreading the peace. We may not see its growth, but I believe you are making the world a better place.
Marilyn -- Did you get my rather lengthy reply, or did it go to your spam filter? :) Thanks always.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Phyl, congrats to you on reaching a big milestone. Way to go, Phyl! Thanks for the mention. Keep going the way you're going, and you will hit 100,000 very soon.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks, Connie!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, Phyl. Spam - has no concept of what is important.....thanks. Will respond later today. Head up ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Looking forward to it!

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author avatar joyalariwo
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Hi Phyl, your article was a joy 2read... as usual. You got me on that mod part though lol.
I always cringe when I read that but our beloved moderators are only human, thank God!

As for the money part we cant help but sigh, pray and be more patient than the snail bcos it will come.
So congrats on the hits and dnt despair, cos there are many nutters like me, who want 2grow up 2b just like you and score as many hits.... maybe even more, so watch out!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Joyalariwo -- write on, write well, and be happy! I will be watching out for you, but there is room for both of our contributions to be well-read, so keep 'em coming, and I will, too!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Phyl, I have not thought about the total number of reads I attain, but I am generally pleased that I get more than 350 reads per day on all articles, and the truth is it goes up and down with most people reading the most recent contributions and some of those prove very popular with readership going into the thousands at the time of publication, but then settling down again after a few days. Certainly Twitter can increase readership but it is always better to have other people promote your work.

Truth is that on the articles I am migrating from Triond these are gaining hundreds more readers than originally possible on that site.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

A steady 350 per day is admirable. I confess I like the 1,000 hit days better. One day last month I had over 5,000 hits. There was a lot of whooping and hollering that day at my house.
Other people promoting is a very good idea, and something I am trying to utilize more. Thanks for the advice, as always.

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author avatar Carol
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Well done Phyl for reaching that amount. You are a writer like me, and Wikinut, twitter and facebook are invaluable to us to promote our work without any cost. I don't earn much on Wiki, but I still love it here, it's a platform to help with my other writing. Good luck to you with your books too.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Nov 2013 (#)

I agree with Carol...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

And you as well, of course! Thanks!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Nov 2013 (#)

very well done me darlin' Phyl..love you love your pages...I always click on Twitter on my pages here and then hash = #poetry #history #love....etc etc. have lots of friends on that site too...also StumbleUpon a good one....

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Nov 2013 (#)

and thank you for the mention...so sweet....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

I am still learning to use #s. I don't want to use too many, or someone will eat my sandwich (do you have that commercial?), but I know the right #s can really boost numbers.
You are most welcome -- thank you for being so kind and inspirational. As joyalariwo said to me -- so I say to you -- there are people aspiring to be you. I am aspiring to be a better me, but I learn from all I can along the way. ;)

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author avatar LOVERME
7th Nov 2013 (#)

Congrats

We all love to bask ...
in the sunshine of Ignorance

Did u purposely ignore me
over 4,35,000 plus minus hits
and longest stay on Wiki even after a short term ban

Well you still lead and hope you will for times to come..

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Nov 2013 (#)

No, I didn't ignore you on purpose. However, I did lose interest in your poetry and stopped following you. And at some point, you were banned. Now you are back, and welcome, but I don't think your contributions compare to those I mentioned. While that may only be my opinion, I think the numerous awards of star merit shall speak for themselves...

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author avatar LOVERME
9th Nov 2013 (#)

thank you for your frank assessment ...
as you by now well
...I ain't no poet
But a scientist ...
studying Human minds and yours ...I find is great wonderful and truthful

thanks for having read so far you may remove me from your list
ur welcome ...no hurts
bye and good luck
loverme

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author avatar Connie McKinney
7th Nov 2013 (#)

I agree with Marilyn about the twittering of other people's posts. We could also share other people's posts to other sites like Stumbleupon or Reddit. But we would need permission. As Marilyn said, I am throwing this out as food for thought. I'd love to know what other people think.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Nov 2013 (#)

I am game for my posts to be shared on Twitter. I don't know enough about the other two...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
7th Nov 2013 (#)

Here's another friendly suggestion for you, Phyl, or maybe for Marilyn: do either of you want to do a how to use Twitter article? I, for one, am pretty clueless and would welcome some advice. And then I can start sharing your work on Twitter. We could all help each other out.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Nov 2013 (#)

Copy the short URL next to your name. (Right click and it will say "copy." Then, go to Twitter. You might want to restate the title, or say a quick something about it, then "paste" the link you copied, and you're good to go! ;) I think it's a wonderful idea to tweet each other's!

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
14th Nov 2013 (#)

It is great to see you getting over 50,000 page views. It took me a while to get to that level, but since I have a read a few articles in how to promote from here my views has taken off. I know that I have over 212,000 page views and I do not have 100 articles yet. Keep it up and you will do awesome. This is a great read.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Nov 2013 (#)

212,000! Clarence, that's phenomenal! Especially with less than 100 articles. You must have a great network -- and, unlike me, can better avoid ruffling feathers! Kudos to you for sure!!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Good morning, this one deserves a share....doing so now. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks!!

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