Post Highlights of 2013

Post Highlights 2013 - Websites for Small Biz - WordPress, restaurants, New Jersey, search by image (example: painting)

How does one sum up a whole year of posts? I wrote quite a few posts in 2013. And shared some guest posts as well. I decided for post highlights I would look at stats such as numbers of comments or page views. And then there a few I just picked as favorites. I enjoyed writing about restaurants earlier this year, and I continue to share posts related to New Jersey. This coming year (2014) I plan to write at least one post about websites for therapists. Another upcoming topic is local social media. Thank you for reading and commenting, and I hope you find some posts you like!

Most Comments on a Websites for Small Biz Post

I’m rather glad Build a Blog with WordPress had the most comments (52 comments) – it’s really a most important post. If a small business wants a website, WordPress is a glad place to start. And the post can help you decide if you want to try building the website on your own, with some help, or if you want to hire someone to build it for you.
Build a Blog with WordPress

Most Comments on a Guest Post

If you haven’t read a post or a short story by Jeri, you don’t know what you are missing. Jeri has a welcoming style, and she writes about writing and books and blogging in a way that makes one comfortable and informed. I invited Jeri to write about how an author might set up a blog, and 53 comments showed that many responded to her words.
author blog author as small business person - websites for small biz

My Favorite Guest Post

In Local SEO in 2013, Thomas McMahon presents wise advice on how to improve SEO for your local business:
Local SEO 2013 - guest post by Thomas McMahon

My Favorite Post

Create Photo Gallery with WP Native Gallery: it’s my favorite because it provides good information that is easy to implement, and I’m fond of the ribbon I created to show off the spring flowers.

Create Photo Gallery with WP native gallery

Post with Most Page Views

According to Google Analytics, Painting Search by Image had 4,076 views this past year. Seems a lot of people want help with identifying images – Google Images has a great tool for this purpose.
Identify Painting with Google Images - post on Websites for Small Biz

Favorite Post on Specific Topic

I wrote two posts on restaurant websites: this one called Guide for Restaurant Owners: Restaurant Website Essentials covers quite a bit of information for restaurant owners.

Guide for Restaurant Owners: Restaurant Website Essentials

Favorite New Jersey Post for 2013

Because I like posts about New Jersey, and this one features peaches and Asbury Park, here’s Local SEO: Optimizing SEO for central New Jersey.

Local SEO: Optimizing SEO for Central New Jersey

Some Favorites on Other Blogs

Here are a few noteworthy posts of 2013 from other bloggers. The posts have some relation to web design, business, or SEO; the authors have commented regularly on this blog. Thank you!

How to Draw on iPad: Monarch Butterfly tutorial (Susan Cooper)

Keyword Research Tips โ€“ Is anyone reading your blog posts? (Ashley Faulkes)

Would You Pay $5 million for a Headline? (Jeannette Paladino)

Let Graphic Design Help You Deliver Your Message (Debra Yearwood)

Do you find time for strategic thinking?(Catarina Alexon)

Your Turn, Please

Looking back on 2013, what were some of your favorite posts?

Update: At Diana Marinova’s suggestion, I am adding the post Fix a Squished Image with Pixlr.

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40 thoughts on “Post Highlights of 2013

    1. Jeri, you more than made the list – you were a shining star of a guest author! Many more to come. Look forward to reading your many interviews (even if I don’t always get a chance to comment).

  1. Thank you for mentioning my article, Leora.

    When it comes to what posts get a lot of comments or page views, it makes sense to me that “Build a Blog with WordPress” got most comments and I’m happy that Jeri had contributed the guest post with most comments. Doesn’t surprise me either because most people think they could become writers.

    That your post about how to identify a painting with Google Search got a lot of page views makes sense as well. Did you understand it would in advance? Or just wrote it and then it was a success?

    Having said that I find it very difficult to guess what article will be a hit with readers. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong. My biggest hit ever was “What would have been gained by capturing Osama bin Laden alive?”. Got 79 comments when it was published. For obvious reasons I have never re-published it. Honestly had no idea it would be that popular.

    Sometimes I publish something I’m sure will be a hit but it’s not. As far as I’m concerned it’s a gamble. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t
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    1. Catarina,

      Thanks for the lengthy comment. When deciding on a post topic, I mostly choose two criterion: 1) will it be useful to readers? and 2) do I have enough information on the topic to write a good post?

      Some of blogging is just about storing information online that is in my head. For example, while working on the restaurant website, I learned a lot on that topic, but as it is not my regular work and I don’t have a photographic memory, I find old posts useful for later reference.

      In specific with the painting post, I had enough information, so I wrote the post. In retrospect, it is not surprising that I provided a good service with the post. But I certainly did not predict its popularity.

  2. Great list, Leora ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have read some of these posts, and enjoyed them ๐Ÿ˜€ So, thank you for posting them, and thank you for sharing the highlights ๐Ÿ˜€

    Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good time ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I use your blog as a “how to” blogging manual and I have hopes of someday teaching a non-credit community course on building a basic or Blogger blog.

    As you know, you added the widget on my sidebar so I could display a list of most popular blog posts. I decided to define “most popular” as those with the most comments, not necessarily those with the most page views. Of the 7 that show up there, the most popular is one about Canadians—go figure. The second most popular was a photo contest I sponsored (if I recall, you submitted a photo of a splendid merry-go-round parrot. The theme was “revolution”). You’ll also be happy to know that of the remaining five, three were about — New Jersey!!
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    1. I’m guessing your posts on New Jersey are really about Brigantine – your sunsets are gorgeous, and you teach us about a beautiful area as well.

      Hope you do succeed in teaching about blogging – honored that you use my posts for ideas.

  4. An excellent list and I’m pleased to say they were all familiar to me. Thank you for the nod on my graphic design post, it is definitely one of the most popular ones I’ve ever posted.

    I can’t believe all that happened in one year. I’ve been reflecting in anticipation of my last blog of the year and I keep thinking, when did we all have time to do so much? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nice list, Leora – some of the posts i have read, others – not yet so i am adding them to my reading list.

    There is one specific post on your blog which i loved and was so practical and timely for me that i use it several times per week till today – and that was about the Pixlr tool – i would add that to your list ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for a great blog, Leora, and looking forward to reading more of your writing next year. Not sure if i care about therapists websites but local social media is definitely a great topic for blogging!

    Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    1. At your great suggestion, Diana, I am adding the post on Pixlr images.

      Maybe after you read my post about therapy websites, it will get you thinking a bit, and you will care a bit more about the topic. I’ve done quite a few already (of websites for therapists). None of us are immune to pain or needing help at times.

      1. Nice, thanks for adding the post i suggested, Leora ๐Ÿ™‚

        As for therapists sites – i do care about the topic of psychology, i was not sure what the topic of therapists’ website will include. But now i see you have a new post on the blog just about that so getting there to read it. Will let you know how i liked it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Hi Leora,

    Building a blog using WordPress platform is great. It is easy and interesting. There are so many plugins made to facilitate all workings with WordPress.
    This is the first time for me to drop by your blog.
    I find a great number of interesting posts here.
    Thank you for sharing.
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