The Top 10 Reasons to Post Daily

Nailed it!  My picture is a perfect 10!
photo credit: woodleywonderworks

Trying to keep myself up to the standards set by blog leaders like James, I developed 10 top reasons to come up with a new post for my blog each day:

  1. Accountability to myself

  2. Commitment to my readers

  3. Engagement with my readers

  4. Make Google happy

  5. Prove that I am worthy of attention

  6. Build my web presence

  7. Improve my communication skills

  8. Grow my self confidence

  9. Build readers

  10. ……

Oooops.  I seem to be missing that number 10 point.  It’s right on the tip of my tongue……

Help me out here, if you can.  Tell me what that last point is and complete my list.
photo credit: woodleywonderworks

{ 31 comments… add one }
  • [Blocked by CFC] Tom Toolan January 26, 2010, 10:09 am

    I like #10 the best.

    • Ralph January 26, 2010, 10:15 am

      So does that mean I shouldn’t post daily?

  • Eleanor Edwards January 26, 2010, 10:25 am

    #10 To help improve your Alexa ranking.

    I’m with you Ralph. Regular content is a great idea 🙂
    .-= Eleanor Edwards´s last blog ..#GiveABrickTwitterChallenge =-.

  • Ralph January 26, 2010, 10:38 am

    I thought Alexa wasn’t important. But it does make 10. Thanks, Eleanor.

  • Sudeep January 26, 2010, 10:41 am

    I think so too Alexa being number 10 …
    and yes you should post everyday Ralph.
    .-= Sudeep´s last blog ..Vrksasana =-.

  • Ralph January 26, 2010, 11:20 am

    So far Alexa gets the votes.

  • TheInfoPreneur January 26, 2010, 1:32 pm

    To fuel your fire!

    Number 10 is the most important question you have asked yet on this site, watch how many comments you get because of it!

    Ralph you are on a roll, very clever!
    .-= TheInfoPreneur´s last blog ..Can I Really Call Myself a Writer? =-.

  • Ralph January 26, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I’m a slow learner but I eventually catch on, except for the times when I am too stubborn.

  • winnie January 26, 2010, 2:21 pm

    10. Because I said so!!!

  • Ralph January 26, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I am trying to tone down the ego.

  • Steve Youngs January 26, 2010, 4:30 pm

    Hi Ralph!

    I can’t tell you what your #10 should be, but I can tell you why I’ll never post more than 3 to 5 times a week…

    Give my readers time to digest what I have to say… the content is worth it.
    Give me time to craft awesome content instead of mediocre rapid fire content
    Give me time to devote to site promotion
    More time for comments to roll in. I’ve noticed that on most of my articles the first comment arrives 24 to 48 hours after it is published
    Fewer articles are skipped by my regulars
    I can get away with writing longer than usual articles
    I have fewer deadlines
    It shows that I’m not JABWOK (Just Another Blogger Wearing Out Keyboards)
    Because Quality killed the Quantity star years ago
    Because I can’t think of a number 10 either 🙂

    Kind regards,
    Steve.
    .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..Anatomy Of A Goal =-.

  • Steve Youngs January 26, 2010, 4:32 pm

    oh crap! why don’t your comments allow me to include simple markup in them? My previous comment was supposed to include an ordered list of 10 items.
    .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..Anatomy Of A Goal =-.

  • Ralph January 26, 2010, 4:57 pm

    What do I need to do so that you can markup the comments?
    Do I see a debate about quality and quantity between you and James coming?

  • Steve Youngs January 26, 2010, 10:26 pm

    It looks like it might be theme specific. I just tested a ordered list in the comments on my blog… it didn’t work out either 🙁

    But what was interesting is that if you look at the comments in your dashboard, you’ll see the list as it should be. IMO, that’s a bug. I don’t know yet if the bug is in the theme, or in WordPress itself.

    And while we are on the subject of comments, consider turning on threaded comments, Ralph. They make for much more pleasant comment reading. Turn them on in your dashboard: Settings -> Discussion -> Enable Threaded (nested) Comments.

    Do I see a debate about quality and quantity between you and James coming?

    I doubt it. I don’t think neither James, nor I, have anything to prove. 🙂

    Kind regards,
    Steve.
    .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..Anatomy Of A Goal =-.

  • Steve Youngs January 27, 2010, 12:09 am

    Did a little digging… turns out that some HTML tags have been deliberately turned off. See: $allowedtags in wp-includes/kses.php. I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing that there is a valid reason.
    .-= Steve Youngs´s last blog ..Anatomy Of A Goal =-.

  • Ralph January 27, 2010, 8:15 am

    Steve,
    Thanks. I will turn on the threaded comments.
    .-= Ralph´s last blog ..The Top 10 Reasons to Post Daily =-.

  • Allyn January 27, 2010, 2:07 pm

    Different strokes for different folks on this one I’d say.
    I know a guy who posts about 20 times per year and his blogspot site makes $10K per month.
    He has 5K subs and when he does post, he gets nearly 200 comments in a week.
    and… inbound anchored Links will make Google love you man, trust me! 😉
    (the guy I am talking about is Griz.)
    Google “make money online for beginners” and you’ll find him.
    But anyway, if posting everyday is your thing, then be sure to do it up big like James the Info Dude says.
    Al
    .-= Allyn´s last blog ..Targeting The Long Tails In Internet Marketing =-.

  • Ralph January 27, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Allyn,
    You are right. It is way more complicated than a simple rule to post each day. Right now I just want to grow readership and learn more about satisfying readers. My ultimate goal is to make money but I am still learning. I like what you have been doing on your blog. No bullshit.

  • Travis January 28, 2010, 11:10 am

    #10. Because consistency helps your readers trust you and your content!
    .-= Travis´s last blog ..Why Bad Things Happen to Good People =-.

  • Ralph January 28, 2010, 12:11 pm

    That’s a 10. Thanks travis.

  • Sire January 28, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Because you don’t have anything better to do.

    To keep out of trouble.

    To kill you TV addiction

    Sorry couldn’t resist having a little fun. Honestly one a day is great if you can come up with interesting topics every day but to post just for the sake of it can work the other way.
    .-= Sire´s last blog ..Viddler And Why Some People Prefer To Use Them =-.

  • Ralph January 28, 2010, 2:20 pm

    It’s true. I don’t have anything better to do. LOL

  • Ray January 28, 2010, 2:58 pm

    Oh yeah, Allyn, I’ve spent time at Griz’s blogs. I also bought Janet’s book because I was too lazy to hunt through 3 years worth of posts. Highly educational sites and well worth the time4 and effort, much like yours, Allyn.

    Ray
    .-= Ray´s last blog ..How To Profit From The New Goldrush =-.

  • Matthew Needham January 29, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Hi Ralph,

    Nice post. I think there’s a difference between building engagement and adding value to your readers.

    So, I’m going to go for that for number 10.

    Adding value to your readers.

    Keep up the good work Ralph.

  • Ralph January 29, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Got it. Thanks Matthew. Incidentally Akismet thinks you are spam too. At least I’m in good company.

  • Ray January 29, 2010, 1:55 pm

    #10. I have nothing better to do
    .-= Ray´s last blog ..How To Profit From The New Goldrush =-.

  • Matthew Needham January 29, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Taking Allyn’s point above about the guy who blogs 20 times a year and earn’s 10k per month.

    It’s the value of the content that determines popularity,5 period.

    Tim Ferriss post’s infrequently, 3 times this month. Yet his Alexa ranking is 5,737 his lsat post has attracted over 160 comments.
    .-= Matthew Needham´s last blog ..Aliens have landed =-.

  • Dave Doolin January 29, 2010, 7:14 pm

    Not much to add, most everything I would say has been said.

    I will give you one of my motivations.

    Google weights URLs, i.e., permalinks, heavily by age. When you post every day, you’re building up an asset base. You can change the title, the content, and within reason the article itself, as long as Google can find it residing where’s it’s always been, it’s value increases over time. Posting every day isn’t really an issue, getting as many excellent permalinks into the index is. Daily is a good way to do that.
    .-= Dave Doolin´s last blog ..Blogging Katamari Style (I’m gonna roll you up!) =-.

  • Ralph January 30, 2010, 8:47 am

    Matthew,
    It clearly makes a difference what your objectives are which is a dimension I didn’t factor in. Shot term I want readers. Long term I want to monitize.

    Dave,
    I didn’t know that posts get older and better. Still you want them read.

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