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Exactly one year ago today, on Monday 21st June 2010, Wahoha was officially launched and opened to the public. At this stage there were only around 30 publishing partners in the network, but their great quality content and large audiences were more than enough to enable the system to function at a well performing level. In fact, within this first 24 hours there were over 500,000 widget impressions and 427 pieces of content indexed into the system, which is a fantastic achievement.
By comparison there are now [at this very second] 67,376 pieces of content indexed, and well over 1,000 active publishers in the network. During this last year our superb engineer Alex has created lots of new features and ultimately developed the system to a point where it is highly versatile, enabling us to offer an unparalleled service. In recent months we have also taken onboard three new employees, [known internally as Content Editors] who spend their days continually optimising and adding content to the system to ensure all publishers send and receive ever greater volumes of traffic.
We are extremely excited about the future and look forward to launching new products, meeting & greeting new publishers to the network, and generally just learning and developing as a team.
As you may have noticed, when logged into your Wahoha webmaster account you will see that under the “Posts” tab there is a sub-heading entitled “Indexed Posts” that allows you to see all the posts that are currently indexed for every site you operate. You will also notice that every post on there has a CTR score. Having a high CTR post means it is more popular/viral, and this results in your properties receiving more visitors from the system. Essentially, having as many high CTR posts as possible will drive more traffic to your sites.
So the question is… what makes a post have high CTR? Well, as with all things of this nature, there is no simple answer. From a presentation point of view, I would recommend using some of the techniques we have previously advised on optimising your posts and creating the perfect post picture. But there is more to it than that. As with all content that attracts vast audiences whether it be on television, radio, broadsheets, or the internet, something shocking, awe inspiring, or heart warming will always capture the imagination and attention of consumers.
Over the last nine months since Wahoha was first launched in June 2010 we have either added or moderated nearly 50,000 posts. So by now we like to think we have a reasonably good understanding of what makes a post popular. Here are five quick common features between the most popular posts in Wahoha:
1) Originality - Posts with original content gain a significant advantage. Visitors will take much more interest if they have never seen an article before.
2) Specific Topic - Keeping the topic of the post specific as oppose to generic. For example.. “Top 10 Star Trek Gadgets” as oppose to “Top 10 Gadgets”.
3) Not Revealing - The post shouldn’t reveal everything about the underlying content. Visitors should have to click on the post to discover the content, the post is just a teaser to get them interested.
4) Organisation - It’s very good to look organised, if the post looks organised, so to will the perception of the destination in the mind of a perspective visitor. Putting specific subjects into collections or Top 10 lists will usually increase popularity.
5) Wow Factor - Posts that have something extremely bizarre or unusual about them which either evoke a sense of morbid curiosity or zealous fascination always perform very well.
We continually trawl across the network for content that fits this description, and most of the time we find some pretty great stuff. But we would very much like to encourage you to submit other fascinating content that we might have missed along the way. It can have a big impact, adding a single post that turns out to be very popular will drive thousands of additional visitors to your sites. A very worthwhile result! TTFN.
Content optimisation is an incredibly important part of what we do here at Wahoha. We are constantly monitoring your post submissions to make sure they are optimised to an excellent standard that will provide a flood of extra traffic to your website[s].
Out of this process image quality optimisation is the single most important factor. Potential visitors to your site will make a decision on whether to click on your post or not largely as a result of how appealing it is. While we do our best to optimise as much as possible, we understand that a lot of bloggers like to upload their ownpost submissions with images they have selected themselves. So on that note, it is worth spending that little bit of extra time to make sure your post image is in tip top condition. Here are a couple ways to do that:
Once you have placed the URL of the image you want to use in the “Add Post” tool, it’s best to spend a few seconds cropping the image so that it will convey the best representation of itself. Most of the time this just involves getting as much of the picture in as possible. But other times it is worth focusing on something in particular as it could make the interesting part stand out even more. In the example below the image is far to rectangular to fit properly into the widget space. In this scenario the best approach is squeeze as much of the primary attraction of the picture into the cropped area as possible, in this case it is a Humpback Anglerfish.
Clearly Defined Background
The image must absolutely stand out and be eye catching. Internet surfers will be scrolling over dozens of pages packed with content, so your post must attract their attention and curiosity. A good way of doing this is choosing pictures which have two clearly defined sections. The first section is the key interest point of the image, [in the below example this is Marty Mcfly] and the second section is the background. Below you can see Marty on the left standing in the Twin Pines Mall parking lot which is a fairly dark environment. Here the background colours are blending with the young time traveller, so overall the image becomes less noticeable. But the other image on the right is the complete opposite, it is bright and eye catching. The background colours are in contrast with him which makes the image as a whole stand out more. Subtle differences like this can make your posts substantially more popular!
Hope this was of some use to you. I will post some more optimisation tips in the near future. Just remember, the more of your posts that are indexed into Wahoha the better! TTFN.
Not getting enough people clicking on your widget? Want to increase this? Do not fear, we have a top tip here for you!
After many hours of experimentation and a bunch of conversations with fellow webmasters, we have discovered that one of the best positions on your website to display our traffic widget is directly below the main content of the relevant page, just above the comments. The reason for this is, once each visitor has finished reading or looking over the content you have provided, his/her eyes will immediately scroll down onto our widget where we have provided lots of interesting things to click on. By making this simple change, you can expect to increase clicks on your widget substantially. This is normally in the double figure percentage point range, which will result in thousands more visitors flooding back to your site from Wahoha. We suggest a 2 x 4 format, as shown below:
Obviously, by placing additional widgets on your page at the top, bottom, or down the sidebar will increase clicks even further. You may also want to consider using our popunder, another great product on offer that has exceptionally good click-through rates and will generate thousands more visitors for your website on its own.
I hope this post was of some use to you, if you are already displaying our widget in the above described manner… well done you! Till next time TTFN.
Ever thought about packing up and moving to one of the world’s great cities? Or if you already live in one, what would it be like to live in another one? Well before you decide, it might be worth taking this Top 10 list into consideration. The average price for everyday purchases such as coffee, lunch, and fuel in these cities is very high, plus, if you are moving to another country you have to take into consideration the FX rate, as this can make it even more expensive. But what the hell, you only live once right?
Unless you are a teetotaller, I think it’s safe to say most of us out there know what a bad hangover feels like the morning after a really awesome night out with your friends. This post on DJ Mick caught my attention as it features the most memorable hangovers suffered by movie characters in cinema history. It is always a good laugh to see Hollywood stars have a hangover that lasts all of five minutes, if only it was like that for the rest of us! John McClane has to be my favourite entry in this list.
Billboards certainly are not the most exciting forms of advertising in the world, but they sure have been around for a long time. Cities and freeways around the world are cluttered with them, trying their best to get your attention. In today’s hyper competitive advertising market, one way of doing that is to be controversial, to generate some buzz! Here is a great list where 10 organisations went that extra mile in controversial tactics to give you something to really talk about.
This week’s Fail Friday is a problem that many iPhone owners have experienced over the last couple of years. The auto correct function… sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t, and to the very unfortunate it produces deeply embarrassing texts. In this example it is the latter.
Coming in at number three is the second appearance for todayifoundout.com in this very special list. This post reveals what a Velociraptor actually was. Due to the various dinosaur movies over the last couple of decades [notably the Jurassic Park franchise], most people if you ask them think a Velociraptor is a scaly, ultra intelligent, 10ft tall beast that hunts in packs. This is wrong. Read this article and you will learn the truth. Unfortunately, it will disappoint. Watching Jurassic Park will never be the same again.
The use of photoshop to “improve” standard images is ubiquitous in the media these days, especially in fashion magazines. With its extensive use it is only a matter of time before mistakes are made. Most of the time they are to subtle and insignificant to notice, but every now and then you get a complete gem that is absolutely hilarious. Here is a great collection of ridiculous photoshop disasters. Very amusing!
Being a history buff, I was instantly attracted to this article published by Fotomage. The great thing about this list for me is the appearance of Leeds Castle, which is a famous historical attraction very close to where I grew up in Kent, England. Like all top ten lists there are quite a few great examples of castles I feel have been missed out. But nevertheless this list is inspiring as it features breathtaking structures such as the Palace of Versailles & Mont Saint-Michel [pictured below].
This week’s Fail Friday is a collection of “Parenting Fails”. Some of the photos are absolutely hilarious, but others concern me quite considerably. I can’t believe there are so many people in society that think this kind of behaviour is acceptable.
For anyone interested in real estate or finance, this is a particularly interesting article for you to read. As you can imagine, these residences are home to some of the most prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs in society. Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home makes an appearance at #7.
I am a big Star Wars fan myself, and I thought this MS Paint re-production of A New Hope was pretty genius. It picks out all the memorable moments of the film and consolidates it into just a few minutes. Brilliant!
I have seen quite a lot of photographs featuring sand sculptures over the years on the internet, but this collection has to be some of the most detailed and imaginative I have come across. The sculpture of The Simpsons playing mini-golf reminds me of the Tracy Ullman shorts from the late 1980s.
Over the past six months we have accumulated a wealth of experience optimising thousands of posts on Wahoha for the hundreds of websites we provide our traffic widget service for. There are only two key bits of information you are able to provide to potential visitors of your site in our widgets, a title and an image. So it is crucial to get these right. Even though we constantly monitor optimisation rates for webmasters, we realise many of you like to personally upload your latest articles and content to the network from time to time. So here I will reveal three tips for optimising your posts on Wahoha.
1) Keep the Title Short
Think of the title of your post like a headline for a newspaper, the shorter you keep it, the more chance you will not lose the reader’s attention. There are a lot of unnecessary words that are commonly used in post titles that do not enhance its overall appeal. Keep the words attention grabbing. For example…
Bad Title: “A Collection Of Stunning And Amazing Insect Photographs”
Good Title: “Breathtaking Insect Photography”
In brief:A good title gets straight to the point.
2) Use Correct Spelling and Grammar
Typos, spelling mistakes, and incorrect use of grammar reduce the legitimacy and attractiveness of the post in the mind of the reader. Reading your post title is the first contact a reader has with your article, if it is poorly written that gives the impression the underlying content will also be the same. While our editorial team will always try to spot such mistakes and correct them, there are always a few that will go unnoticed. If this does occur you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly amend it for you.
In brief:Always double check your spelling and grammar.
3) Do Not Use a Blurred Image
The image you upload is of paramount importance. Always make sure it is very clear and easy to see. Blurred images, like typos, reduce the legitimacy and quality of the content you are providing. A well defined image will increase the chances of a user clicking on your article.
In brief:Use the highest quality image available.
Remember, you can have the most amazing content in the world, but until someone clicks through to your website this will not be apparent. Your post represents your website, so always make sure it is the best it can be. I hope you found this post useful, I will be adding more tips in the near future! TTFN.
Coming in at number three this week is an article from todayifoundout.com, which I think will be a bit of an eye opener for many readers. This article highlights the harsh conditions one inflicts on their body after a heavy nights drinking. It turns out the body has to turn the alcohol into a toxin as part of the process of breaking the alcohol down. Sounds frightening! The best solution is to eat a big meal before you start hitting the booze, and then drink at least a pint of water before you go to bed.
Here we have a fantastic “fail” video complication published by nuffy.net, whic features the funniest fails of 2010. Everything you can imagine from skateboarding, biking, jumping and merchandise testing is in here. Just remember… showing off doesn’t always go well. Enjoy!
Coming in first this week is an article for all you romantics out there. Wacky Mania has complied a top twenty list of the most compelling and famous love stories in history. This is a mixture of both real and factitious stories. My personal favourite entry on this list is No.20, which highlights the intense love between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Before you click on the article, I can delight you in the fact Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater does not make an appearance!
Well it’s Christmas Eve, Santa is getting ready to board his sleigh, and Rudolph is beginning his stretches in preparation for the long night of exercise that awaits him. In true Christmas spirit, and in collaboration with our first ever “Fail Friday”, it seems particularly festive that the first post should feature Christmas fails. So here it is, the “12 Fails of Christmas”.
It has come to my attention that this blog has become an ever so teeny bit neglected recently. So, in an effort to liven it up a bit and provide some exciting content for readers other than technical updates, every Sunday we are going to announce the “Top 3 Posts” of the preceding week. This will consist of the most entertaining, interesting, and downright bizarre posts that have been uploaded to Wahoha, determined by a combination of number of clicks received & editorial judgement.
So, without further delay, I will announce the Top 3 Posts Of The Week for 13th - 19th December 2010. Enjoy.
Coming in at No.3 is a truly astonishing article from MediaDump of Japanese pop-artist Nagi Noda’s animal themed haircuts. The level of detail put into each hair style is absolutely breath taking, so much so that at first glance one would assume it must be photo shopped. Needless to say, they are not, and this work of genius helps cement the now deceased eccentric personality of Nagi Noda as a groundbreaking artist. Personal favourites include the giraffe and lion.
For as long as I can remember I have always been a Trekkie. Growing up in the 90s inevitably made my favourite Star Trek series to be Voyager. But I still had a fond liking of The Next Generation and original series, especially the motion pictures, of which I would say The Voyage Home is probably my favourite due to its sheer comical value. Thanks to Today I Found Out’s interesting article on actor James Doohan’s [who played the legendary engineer “Scotty” in the original series] WW2 experiences, I now know he was shot six times at Juno beach on D-Day. Even more fascinating is the fact a silver cigarette case in his jacket pocket deflected an otherwise fatal bullet from entering his chest. This article is packed full of other interesting anecdotes and trivia. Well worth a read for sci-fi addicts.
I am a huge car enthusiast, so this article immediately grabbed my attention. Over the past few decades since the first Lamborghini Muira rolled off its factory line in 1966, and the creation of what we now refer to as the modern “supercar” was born, mostly men and [some] women have managed to destroy the finest engineering triumphs of the Italian, British, & German motor car manufacturers. In this list you will see a totalled McClaren F1, Jaguar XJ220, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Enzo, and the ultra-rare Ferrari 250 GTO, which commands a price tag of no less than $20M+. This insightful article from Wrecked Exotics highlights the fact that these cars are not bought to be hidden away in a garages, they are there to chase an adrenaline rush and fulfill childhood fantasies. But sometimes, just sometimes, accidents will occur. A well deserved #1 spot.
Love them or hate them, popunders possess the ability to generate a significant amount of traffic for the underlying website. In the case of a Wahoha popunder, that would be you. It has always been possible for any webmaster to implement their own Wahoha popunder by building it themselves, but this can quite often turn into a laborious task. To help this process, we have now added an easy to use popunder widget creation tool in your webmaster login area. All you have to do is login and head over to the “Widgets” tab and click on the button at the top labelled “Popunder”. Here you can customise the design to your liking. Once completed, click “Create Widget” and the code will be presented to you ready for implementation on the appropriate pages on your site. Naturally, we leave it up to you to decide at what frequency the popunder should be shown to your visitors.
Here is a 2 x2 I made earlier…
I look forward to seeing lots of extra Wahoha popunders appearing across the blogosphere. TTFN.
Ladies and gentlemen, the momentous occasion of publishing our first ever blog post has arrived. Hooray! First of all, we would like to thank all of our current webmasters for the outstanding content that is continually uploaded to the Wahoha network. This is the lifeblood that fuels the traffic surging across the wide spectrum of websites that use our service. Our editorial team, with myself included, are consistently entertained by Epic Fails, Top 10 Lists, Demotivational Posters and lots of other interesting articles when performing our daily post review process. [Of which there are hundreds to approve every day.] So thank you.
Today is also the launch of our updated widgets. One of the best new features of this development is a stylish image pop out effect that is triggered by placing your mouse cursor over a post. You can see an example of how it works in the image below. This should increase the click through rate of your widget, which will allow our system to send even more traffic back to you.
For the time being I am going to say farewell and hope you check back here on a regular basis. We will be writing posts as much as we can to keep you up to date with the latest developments, news, promotions, or just a general rant. TTFN.