I love this time of year. It’s a time when we can look back at our businesses and reflect on where we started at the beginning of the year and where we are now.
It’s also fun for me to look back at all the blog posts I’ve written (174, and we’re only halfway through December!), the topics I’ve covered, and which ones were the most popular.
The verdict is in …
Based on shares and comments and emails and a variety of other things, the following blog posts make up the top 10 blog posts for 2016!
Drum roll please …
#1 – 15 Random Things NOT to Do on Social Media: This post evidently hit a nerve with a LOT of people, and was by far THE most popular post in 2016, with a social media share count of 374. It was also picked up by Social Media Today!
#2 – 8 Websites to Download Great Photos for Free: With the track record images have for getting your blog posts and social media posts and updates more attention and engagement, everyone is looking for great FREE images so they can create big, fat images for their blog posts and image quotes, as well as images to include in all of their social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and of course … Instagram! So who doesn’t want to know about 8 websites where you can download images for free!
#3 – How to Combine Business With Personal on Social Media: This is another post that seemed to hit a nerve, and was also picked up by Social Media Today. I knew I wasn’t the only one getting tired and disturbed by some of the posts that keep popping up in my Facebook newsfeed. I understand we have freedom of speech, and our Facebook page is OUR Facebook page, so we should be able to post what we want. Right? Well, just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Hence this post about how to combine business with personal on social media.
#4 – 5 Twitter Marketing Tricks You Might Not Know: This post covered some of the Twitter features many business owners don’t always use. Here are five of my favorite Twitter marketing tips you can start using today!
#5 – 4 Tips to Better Facebook Group Etiquette: Still following along with the popularity of posts about social media, another post about Facebook etiquette takes the #5 spot on the list!
#6 – Employee or Support Specialist? Do You Know the Difference? This post is about a topic near and dear to my heart. As an online marketing support company, we often run into prospective clients who really don’t understand the difference between an employee or a support specialist (sub-contractor). Not knowing the difference often causes confusion about how we work with our clients and our rate structures. This post hits some of the key points for better understanding.
#7 – How to Verify Your Facebook Page in 6 Easy Steps: This post demystified the difficulty and challenges of getting your Facebook page verified, and exposed how easy it actually is. Now if you want the coveted Blue check mark for celebrities and major brands, that’s an entirely different wall of wax. The other form of verification is to verify your business … with a Grey check mark. Same benefits. Easier process.
#8 – Hey, How in the Heck Did I Get On This Email List? is about another pet peeve for many small business owners. In this post, I tackle the topic of why it is a big no-no (both rude and illegal) to add subscribers to your email list unless they give you express permission to do so, or have opted in through your website. I’m going to chalk off part of the problem to ignorance, but all in all it is becoming a pervasive habit that needs to be corrected.
#9 – Is the Lifespan of Your Tweets Fruitful and Exciting?: I’m really starting to see a trend here … a big trend. While I really do post about topics other than social media, social media seems to be the topic of the year! This post addresses the very short lifespan (averaging 1-2 hours tops!) of the Tweet and how you can get the most chirp for your Tweet!
#10 – Do You Want More Eyeballs on Your Content?: Last, but definitely not least, on the 2016 top 10 list is about … of all things, blogging! Too often business owners take such critical care in crafting their post, making it look just right, only to hit “publish” and forget all about it. Then they wonder why it doesn’t get the traction and leverage they want. That’s what this post covers.
So here we are at the end of our list. I hope you enjoyed this roundup of my top 10 posts for 2016 as much as I enjoyed pulling them together. There is a lot of other great information in the 164 posts that didn’t make the top 10 list, so I hope you’ll check them out as well.
I’d love for you to let me know which one(s) you like the most, and if you find any nuggets that really resonate with you. Just leave a comment in the comment section below … or on the actual post. Comments are good!
I hope you have a fabulous rest of 2016 and an even better 2017!
Also published on Medium.