I am often asked what motivates me to religiously post every day to this blog, or regularly write and submit new articles to a small, select number of article commumnities: The answer is always the same "recognition"
Not unaturally, it gives me immense pleasure to receive recognition for my writing, so having spent much of December promoting the work of others via: "The Sales Book Awards", "The JF Awards" and of course, "Top Sales Article Of The Year" I hope you will indulge me for a few moments, whilst I share some personal successes from 2008, which have provided me with what I seek most - recognition.
On New Year's Eve word came through from Social Media Today, who own The Customer Collective
The Customer Collective's Most Read Bloggers of 2008
Jonathan Farrington - 14866 Views
Jonathan Salem Baskin - 9736 Views
Andy Beal - 9434 Views
Charles Green - 9299 Views
Paul McCord - 9063 Views
Dave Stein - 8616 Views
Augie Ray - 7804 Views
Mike Volpe - 7777 Views
Ardath Albee - 7295 Views
Jill Konrath - 6388 Views
Also on New Year's Eve, I received a message from Eyes On Sales listing their most popular articles in 2008:
-The Twelve Golden Principles Of Selling By Jonathan Farrington
-How Can You Sell When You're Not The Lowest Price? By Dave Kahle
-The Secret to Sales Success - Even When Times are Tough By Jill Konrath
And of course, those messages followed Salesopedia's announcement of their most read articles of 2008
Salesopedia Lists 2008's Most Popular Articles
Check out these "Reader's Choice" award-winning articles, selected based on the hit counts of all 1250+ published on this site in the past year.
The 10 Commandments of Networking, Ivan Misner
Fearless Sales Prospecting for a Soft Economy in Recession, Scott Metcalfe
The Most Important Element in the Entire Sales Cycle, Jonathan Farrington
The Art of the Question - 8 Key Rules, Rick Johnson
Enticing Voicemail Messages, Jill Konrath
Although I was knocked off top spot on BuildYourOwnBusiness after two years.
At Ezine Articles I have published 168 articles, which have been read 133,683 times and been re-published 2614 times - which I find pretty amazing, particularly when you consider that I haven't written a new full article for more than eighteen months, although I do have a very large repository - and you thought that was just a rumour
But you know what? All of that pales in comparison to the buzz I get from checking our site stats - sad but true!
Yesterday I completed the year-end reports for all of our sites and there are some pretty amazing numbers:
Unique visitors to this blog increased from 154.585 in 2007 to 501.048 in 2008 (+308%)
Top 10 Sales Articles increased from 91.296 in 2007 to 180.539 in 2008 (+98%) - not bad for a site with just post per week.
We don't have comparison figures for Top Sales Experts and The JF Consultancy because obviously they are both too young, but I can tell you that TSE is probably going to hit 500k visitors in 2009 and JFC will be around 200k.
Now I know that these numbers do not compare with article community sites, because they are not article community sites - where visitors might pop back several times every day, so we are very proud and feel totally vindicated for the long hours invested in SEO, site renewal and for continually striving to improve the content.
But you know the most important ingredient? - It is you, so please continue to support us in 2009 and in return, we will endeavour to provide you with precisely what you want and need.
That really is it until Monday! - JF
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