Top Blog Posts Discovered this Month 4

Best of the best blog postsLast month, I included my first monthly blog post roundup

The reasoning behind it was simple: to share actionable tips.

As mentioned last month, I do a lot of reading every week, so the truly unique gems start to stand out brilliantly after while. In other words, it is great to come across articles that are not a re-hash of what you have read everywhere else. 

My quest has been to share articles that really say something significant or present something actionable or cover a new strategy that has been implemented or present a new case study with findings.

The list below (which will be added to throughout this month) consists of the best articles I have read that add something to our knowledge. They are relatively unique and certainly actionable.

The Best of the Best Articles this Month

Traffic and Income Reports

The first article that I want to share with you this month is simply a report of traffic achieved and subsequent income.

You can certainly find a number  of these reports around the web but most of them give you a real insight into what strategies were followed to achieve traffic growth and whether or not the growing number of visitors led to an increase in income.  This traffic & income report is no different:

  • February Round Up – Traffic and Income
    ~ by Jason Chesters
    A traffic and income report

    The reason that I have chosen this particular traffic-income report is because the blogger, Jason Chesters, includes some truly actionable ideas that you can try.

    He just started publishing his Income Reports last November.  It is early days, but we can now see Jason’s  progress over 4 months. I think the progress he has made in that time can be very inspiring to those just starting out.

    Plus, I really like how Jason publishes what did and what didn’t work in his blog posts. We can always benefit from such transparency.

Which Backlinking Strategy

There is so much debate about whether or not you should implement a backlinking strategy for your site. We are well aware of Google’s take on the practice of artificially building backlinks. Google would prefer to see a site that produces such good content, that others will want to link to it naturally, thus attracting high quality links by merit.

Regardless of the rapid pace at which Google’s algorithms are becoming more sophisticated, backlinks for better or for worse do continue to affect rankings. The impact of quality backlinks pointing to a site cannot be disputed. Conversely, the impact of an unnatural backlinking strategy can see rankings nosedive overnight.

So how can new sites or smaller players, compete to earn backlinks naturally?

Here is one article that is full of tips and advice. It has been updated for 2014 and provides a lot of video evidence to back up statements:

This post provides you with a very good idea about how Panda and Penguin have changed the landscape of backlinking strategies.

You can find out which linkbuilding strategies Shaun would advise against in 2014 and why. Plus, you can get a very good idea of how the different search engines view backlinking strategies and what you can do to start attracting links.

I like how Shaun expresses it:

The truth is, if you work on your site and put a bit – OK a massive amount – of effort into it, you can still achieve top rankings and better traffic, month on month, while your competition is slapped about by Google.

If you are confused about link building in general, then Shaun’s post is a great place to start.


Feel free to add your own suggestions of exceptional blog posts via the comments section below.

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4 thoughts on “Top Blog Posts Discovered this Month

  • Eric

    This is interesting because I did this on the blog I was running for a few years and people loved it.

    I also checked out the blog you just mentioned so I can get to know him and what he’s all about.

    Interesting also that you and I both build websites. Small world. Very cool.

    I used to come across blogs and actual posts that I would love and feel my audience could benefit from and then take the post and put the top 10 blog posts each month on my site to share with my audience on the 25th of each month.

    Those blogs got more attention, my audience loved it and I made new connections fast. Pretty cool actually and certainly a lot of work but for the good of everyone helping everyone… which was the saying I used back then too.

    You’re certainly doing it easier than I did but with the same intetion here.

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your interesting comment Eric.

      Yes, blog audiences love reading the ‘post gems’ that we can find during the month. I think this is because you can often research a topic and find that many articles are really just saying the same thing, in another way. So it is great to highlight the blog posts that really have something significant and unique to say about strategies that they have implemented. I’m always on the lookout for these ‘gems’ and like to publish them as I find them, rather than wait until the end of the month. I think getting sufficient blog traffic is an ongoing challenge for many bloggers so many of the posts that make my best-of-the-best list often have to do with how to drive traffic to your blog.

      Yes, it is a small world. All the best with your website building services Eric.

  • Dermot Gilley

    The problem of “backlinking by merit” is that it mostly only works with social networks. People are quick to post links on e.g. a Tweet or Facebook etc. But the really valuable links are, like you did above, embedded in reviews or blog posts, sometimes on a blog roll. But these noble mentions require a) the person linking to have a blog or website, and b) the effort to write a piece. Which leads many people still to believe, commenting is a valid backlinking strategy. But, when PageRank was patented by Google’s founders it used to capture the ‘votes cast’ by other sites in favor of the particular site linked TO. So while INlinks built PR, OUTbound links essentially diluted it again. As commenting became popular it began to dilute the PR of sites inviting comments and the nofollow attribute was added. It exists mainly to neutralize PR leaks from comments. And since most blogs use it by now why should commenting still improve PageRank? And if it doesn’t, why is commenting still recommended as a backlinking strategy? It may cause some initial traffic after comment readers follow the nofollow link; but bots are meant to ignore it and this renders it (useless unless the blog owner grants a dofollow exception). So why is it still SEO lore to comment like mad (rather than to simply communicate)? Backlinking has become much more of an art than it once was.

    • Glenys Grob Post author

      Great points Dermot. I like your phrase “…comment like mad rather than simply communicate”.
      I think commenting can help new bloggers just getting started provided the blog they are commenting on attracts a fair amount of traffic in the first place. I think the communication you are referring to, often happens more on reputable forums. However, there are a few blogs that attract a reasonable amount of dialogue because they publish case studies consisting of a series of blog posts. These blogs typically enjoy a loyal audience who get to “know each other” via their comments on the case study results.
      Thanks for stopping by!