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Which Topics Fare the Best? And, Does It Matter?

It's a fair question to wonder which topics do the best here. Everyone wants to be a hit and make good with the earnings, after all. But, based on what I've seen from other sites, it might not always be the best thing to focus on the best-performing topics.

I remember another site I once contributed to (Yahuuh?) and, a time when I'd stumbled upon a certain topic which had me indexing in the number one position on Google for months (Vampire Wars – the now defunct Fakebook “game”). I figured, “Hey, if it an be done once, it can be repeated.” So, I gave it a shot.

Sure, I indexed well and the page views were decent. But my regular readers were beginning to gripe at me for always writing on one topic and, my work suffered. It was keyword-loaded garbage.

So, I had found a popular topic and the page views were coming in but still, it just wasn't “right.”

I've since learned to share on those things which affect and inspire me, far more than earn me money alone. Even with the lowered page views, I'm still earning about the same – little more than nothing. I write now about personal stories, bits of information and the occasional idea.

Politics don't do well, as far as money goes but, it seems important to me. Spirituality is another topic which I'll never stop writing about these days. It's just the money which sucks.

Some writers will, however, do quite well with these types of topics. I think the key, though, is to be polarizing. A topic like politics and/or spirituality is nothing to try walking down the middle-of-the-road.

But, as for the rest of us, I really enjoy the stories of Melody23 's rabbit, Bramble. I enjoy hearing about her struggles, across-the-pond.

I like catching those awesome pictorials from indexer and there are just too many people from the Philippines I enjoy hearing from to list them all here.

And, who doesn't feel better knowing we're not alone in our complaints about treatment by the staff of Bubble-ooze (Thank you for that term, Scorpie .).

What I'm trying to say is, there might be some value to appealing to the spiders. But let's remember, we're writing for other Human beings.

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melody23 wrote on September 12, 2014, 11:34 AM

I think its really tough to say what topics do the best money-wise because it's an ever changing thing. I have been trying to get a bit more familiar with internet trends for one of my oDesk jobs and so far I have learned that whats trending can change completely in literally 10 minutes or less.

I think internal views are a different thing though, we all have people who's stories we like to read. I love hearing what's going on in people's lives so I tend to read a lot of the personal stuff, posts about persona paper will do really well because we are all trying to learn a bit more about the site and posts about that other place do well, I think for exactly what you mentioned people like to know that they are not the only one who is complaining.

I tend to write here without too much thought as to what other people want to read if I am honest, it feels a lot like work if I do that and I have other places for work.

I am glad you are enjoying poor Bramble's progress, he is doing much better today thank goodness.

Scorpie wrote on September 12, 2014, 11:58 AM

If you really want to know what is on the collective mind of the internet now for topic inspiration then look no further than the fountain of goog.

The downside of writing about the most popular topics is competition. This site is ranked so low that it will never come up in search results for a popular topic. We could all write about 9-11 and the Steelers loss last night and it will never become relevant in search results.

Shadi wrote on September 12, 2014, 1:11 PM

It is really hard to find topics that attract readers. I myself would read any political or spiritual topic, unlike many in our community here.

MegL wrote on September 12, 2014, 2:37 PM

In terms of people reading posts here, I am tempted to say, "look no further than the front page of the latest gossip type magazine". If you look at the magazines and the tabloid newspapers, their headlines are designed to draw people in to buy. If those topics hook physical readers, they will probably hook on line readers too. Whether you want to write about them is a different matter.

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 2:41 PM

I'm no longer writing to draw the masses. I now jut write what I have to say. The supporters and detractors will show up. :)

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 2:43 PM

Yeah. Celebrity worship is a big thing. Just, not with me. I wouldn't give a nickel for anything Kanye or Kim or ANYONE in any royal family has to say. :)

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 2:44 PM

Not only are the topics ever-changing, so are the opinions.

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 2:45 PM

Google trends is interesting but not my concern. People have short memories.

melody23 wrote on September 12, 2014, 3:00 PM

That's a good point actually. I submitted a list of titles to my client a few days ago, he is yet to approve the topics and now I would say that at least 4 or 5 of the 12 I sent will be totally irrelevant

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 5:44 PM

Isn't it weird how this happens? Editors take so long, the topics lose their newsworthiness? I don't know which is stranger, this or the fact that "newsworthiness" is considered a word in my spell-check.

melody23 wrote on September 12, 2014, 6:20 PM

It actually really annoys me when they take their time like this, I have the contact of another person from the office so if I haven't heard by tomorrow I will be contacting the other guy because I don't want them thinking its me that's not doing my job.

newsworthiness - I just wanted to write that to see if my spell checker considered it a word too, it does by the way. it also auto capitalises certain brand names like iPhone which I find quite entertaining for some reason.

melody23 wrote on September 12, 2014, 6:23 PM

But there's going to be another royal baby! lol it might be big news but I am fed up hearing about it already and it was only announced a few days ago.

I don't do the celebrity stuff either but I did note that Kanye and Kim West named their kid (I honestly don't know if its a boy or girl) North. How horrible can two parents be that poor kid has to live its life with people calling it North West!

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 6:30 PM

Kanye and Kim are the perfect examples of everything wrong in the entertainment industry...and I hope some of their swampy fan-boys get mad at me for saying so. As for any "royal babies," their first was ugly-as-hell and I'm proud to be the first to crap on the little monster. I find the whole group reprehensible.

LoudMan wrote on September 12, 2014, 6:53 PM

:) That's funny. Does it consider iPhone a word on mine?


UmiNoor wrote on September 12, 2014, 11:17 PM

As writers, it's best to write on what satisfies you most. Please yourself first before you please others. At least that is what I believe. I used to write for a website where I depended a lot on outside traffic but interaction within the website is close to zilch. It's nice to get all that page views and money but it's not as fun as having real interaction and response to what you've written.

BarbRad wrote on September 13, 2014, 4:30 AM

I always write for humans. I'm just not that enthralled with appealing to spiders. I probably would make more if I were.

LoudMan wrote on September 13, 2014, 8:29 AM

We walk a fine line, don't we? We need money but we also have to manage our ideas and dreams into something legible. Personally, there are times when I write something and want interaction - nobody shows up. Other times, I just want to vent and be left alone - That's when they break the door down. :)

LoudMan wrote on September 13, 2014, 8:31 AM

"Spiders" is one of the terms used for the "crawlers" used by Google to index articles for their search engines. But, come to think of it, I really should do an ode to the spider.

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 15, 2014, 2:30 PM

I found it amusing that you write that articles on spiritual or political matters don't do well, but in the next paragraph, you write that those topics can do well, if you're polarizing.

I've been following your articles for a couple of months now, and I don't think you have any problem with writing something polarizing, lol.

I agree though, that you should write about whatever speaks to you. The money isn't ever going to be as satisfying as self-expression.

AliCanary wrote on December 28, 2014, 4:36 PM

Well said! I would much rather read a well-written, engaging piece than some keyword-stuffed garbage. Fortunately, optimal keyword density is fairly low, anyway--like about 3%, so people who really overdo it aren't helping themselves.