Arment Dietrich

Top 10 Guest Blog Posts of the First Half of 2012

By: Arment Dietrich | July 11, 2012 | 

Today’s guest post is written by Lisa Gerber

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s time for the Spin Sucks Semi-Annual Top 10 Guest Blog posts.

Our guest bloggers create about 30 percent of the content on the blog, and we love having you because we get to showcase some of the great talent within our community (cough, with a few exceptions, cough).

So, much like Nordstrom does with their Half Yearly Sale, we want to thank you.

Let’s get right to it. We pulled the top 10 posts from January 1st through June 30th by page visits and here they are.

The Top 10 Guest Blogs on Spin Sucks for 2012

  1. Three Little Known Ways to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business by Jessica Lawlor (April 9)
  2. The Art of Storytelling, by Lindsay Bell (January 2)
  3. Media Relations Without the News Release, by Keredy Andrews (January 12)
  4. Big Data: Five Essential Skills for Public Relations to Master by Kami Huyse (March 27)
  5. Is Content More Important Than the Conversation? by Brian Carter (February 6)
  6. Five Reasons QR Codes Suck by John Fitzgerald  (January 24)
  7. How To Measure Results When It’s Not Tied to Sales by Jenn Whinnem, (April 18)
  8. Five Inappropriate Ways to Respond to Criticism by Margie Clayman (March 8)
  9. 2012 Marketing: Five Ways to Power it Up by Mana Ionescu (January 2)
  10. How a Non-Writer Cranks Out Content by Brad Farris (June 21)

What Does this Tell Us About You? 

  • Oh, Pinterest. Will you ever get old?
  • You like things in chunks of five. Knowing there are five ways, five steps, five reasons… is achievable without being overwhelming.
  • The word “sucks” is very popular. And that makes us happy, because it is, after all, in the title of our blog. By the way, “Packers suck” still is ranking very high. And, in December, Why Twitter is Beginning to Suck was in our Top 10 list.

Which Content Generates the Most Content

While pulling the top 10 posts, we took a look at which content, in general, is generating the most traffic to Spin Sucks (not just the guest posts.) I thought some of the insight would be worth sharing.

  • List posts really do work. I know, I know. Some argue the list post is a way of  “selling out.” I disagree. List posts are tactical. If we all talked deep thoughts, theory, and strategy all day long, nothing would ever get done. Tactical posts do have value.
  • The “vs.” posts really do work – our top posts are things such as Public Relations. vs Marketing and Owned vs. Earned Media: Measuring the ROI.
  • It’s clear we all love to read, because reading lists are very popular, be it for fiction, summer reading, top 10 all-time favorites, or books PR pros should be reading. In other words, posts that involve the community get more traffic. Given the opportunity to contribute your own favorites, you do so, and you share with others.

Want to Guest Blog for Spin Sucks? 

We get many pitches every day to be a guest blogger for Spin Sucks. Some are great and many suck.

Curious to know what we’re looking for?

As the chief content officer, I get to screen these pitches and decide what would appeal to you and what might not. I look for more than just a thought-provoking topic that will generate conversation.

We like to see someone who is genuinely interested in being a part of the community; who has passion about the topic and wants to get involved in the conversation in the comments. I’ve learned a lesson or two along the way. Of course, not all topics resonate, and I find some of our guests don’t either.

If you are interested in guest blogging for us (and want to be in contention for the prized Top 10 list in December!), please submit your topic idea; not an entire post via email to me. And also note, it takes a few days to respond. As is the case for most of you, the blog isn’t our full-time job.

And, to our guest bloggers, thank you for participating!

  • I’m gunning for a spot in this list, yo. 🙂 
    Be ready. 

    •  @jasonkonopinski Hold on, let me get ready. 
      I”M READY!!!!

    •  @jasonkonopinski Me, too. Someday–someday!!! 😉

      •  @JulieTyios I’m shooting for “some day,” too.

        •  @Erin F.  @JulieTyios Some day can be today dontchaya know! send me your ideas!!!!

        •  @Lisa Gerber  @JulieTyios I’ve got to get through July and probably the first half of August first. Eek! I do want to write for Spin Sucks, though. 🙂

    •  @jasonkonopinski You’re such a tart, Konopinski.

      •  @Danny Brown I thought he was a podcast bomber? I guess he could be a tart and a podcast bomber.

      •  @Danny Brown Suck an egg, sheep shagger. 😉 

        •  @jasonkonopinski Well that’s a little uncalled for, don’t you think? 🙂

      •  @Danny Brown  @jasonkonopinski I don’t know what to do here. This made me laugh, yet I as the CCO, I’m supposed to come to his defense. But I feel hypocritical if I type-scold while chuckling. 

        • belllindsay

           @Lisa Gerber  @Danny Brown  @jasonkonopinski You need a system for blocking inappropriate words and phrases. Like ‘sheep shagger’. And ‘Konopinski’. 

        •  @belllindsay  @Lisa Gerber  @Danny Brown  @jasonkonopinski I like your style. #ThatIsAll

        •  @belllindsay  @Lisa Gerber  @Danny Brown Grumble, grumble. 

  • I want you to write a post titled “The top 50 Spin Sucks Guest Blog Submissions that Really, Really Sucked”
    Pretty please? 😉

    • @Sean McGinnis You might be on to a really fun idea.

  • Thanks for the opportunity to write! So happy to see it might have been useful :). But wow, 5 out of 10 in January? I think some people set a New Year’s resolution to read Spin Sucks!

    •  @manamica no kidding! You and @belllindsay rocked January 2nd!!!

      •  @manamica  and… we’re looking forward to seeing you back on here in August!

  • belllindsay

    Holy crap!! I’m number 2!! Made my frikken day!!! CAN I USE MORE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!??? 😀 Thanks again guys for allowing me to guest write for Spin Sucks. This is one of the best, most active blogs out there and I’m humbled and honoured to have been a part of it. 

    •  @belllindsay Yes!!!!! You definitely can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • belllindsay

         @Lisa Gerber HAHAHAHA! Perfect!

    •  @belllindsay I can’t imagine how it would feel to be #1, I’m just glad I made the list AT ALL. It feels like such an honor. Good company to keep!

      • belllindsay

         @blfarris They wanted to make me #1. But I warned them that my head would blow off. 😀 Amazing honour and superb company to keep, agree. 

    •  @belllindsay What she didn’t say in the post is that #2 got about 13 page views…  😉

      • belllindsay

         @Sean McGinnis 12.5 

        •  @belllindsay  @Sean McGinnis we did. We begged to make her #1. She wouldnt’ allow it. She’s so modest. 

        • belllindsay

           @Lisa Gerber  @Sean McGinnis You just didn’t want my blood on your hands! 😀 #exclamationpointOD 

  • Working on a post for you: “5 Reasons why Pinterest and margieclayman don’t suck”

    • margieclayman

       @KenMueller you know I’m back on there now, right? 😀 

      •  @margieclayman I did not. Hmmm. 

        • margieclayman

           @KenMueller yeah dude. that’s how I got labeled as “fickle.” I went to check it out, experimented to see what would happen if I logged in, and everything was still there even though I had deleted my account. Go fig!

        •  @margieclayman What happens on Pinterest stays on Pinterest. Keep going and you’ll be known as a Pinterest-Up Girl.

        •  @KenMueller  @margieclayman Pinterest-Up Girl! hahahahahahah

  • Time to prepare the It Doesn’t Suck To Guest Post At Spin Sucks For Suckers Post.

    •  @TheJackB Ha! 

      •  @annedreshfield  @TheJackB One of the other things I discovered is the word “Sucks” does well  – Twitter is beginning to Suck, Why the Packers Suck, Spin Sucks…. so I would definitely approve this idea. 

        • belllindsay

           @Lisa Gerber  @annedreshfield  @TheJackB Oh. Fish in barrel time. 

  • Awesome! Thanks again for the opportunity to write for Spin Sucks! And thanks to everyone who reads/comments!

    •  @fitzternet Thank you, Fitzternet!! Any time you want to come back, just let us know!

  • Love all of these. So many good memories! 

    •  @annedreshfield Right??? I felt like I was reminiscing as I put this together. So fun! 🙂

  • kamichat

    So glad to be included in the list. As for the comment about list posts. I actually think they are awesome IF they have real content. Too many don’t. I like list posts and I like to write them. They are easy to skim, they allow a person to dive deeper if wanted, and they are a fast read. All of these are just components of good writing for the web. 

    •  @kamichat Agreed! Nothing wrong with a good list post. 🙂 Thanks, Kami!

  • i would like to guest post about the 30 Worst Guest Posts on Spin Sucks for the First Half of 2009. Do I send my camel payment to you first or after I get 100 retweets and beat Michael Schechter in the comments count?

    •  @Danny Brown  Michael Schechter I slept on this overnight and I still got nothing. You rendered me speechless. 

      • belllindsay

         @Lisa Gerber  @Danny Brown  Michael Schechter Danny’s somewhat obsessed with camels. 

        •  @belllindsay  @Danny Brown  Michael Schechter This is good to know! 

        •  @Lisa Gerber @Danny Brown mschechter  going to do a test here. because Mr. Schechter like me failed to show with teh Facebook call out. Let’s see if he comes from the Twitter. @Erin F. @belllindsay are curious too.
          So is this camel cigarettes because @ginidietrich  smokes Virginia Slims and Lisa smokes hookahs.

        •  @HowieSPM  @Lisa Gerber  @Danny Brown  mschechter  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich I think Mr. Schechter is up to some sort of shenanigan. That’s why he’s avoiding us. He doesn’t want to let us join the fun. 😉

  • belllindsay

    Hmmmm. I’ve waited a whole day now. Where’s Howie HouseMusic ??

    •  @belllindsay  Howie HouseMusic That is a very good question. Maybe we need to play the bacon card.

      •  @Erin F. @belllindsay this is funny. Does @ginidietrich and @KenMueller know you called me out on Facebook? Vs the Twitter? LOL And you wonder the late response. I get Twitter alerts but none for Facebook and don’t even have the App on my phone 8)
        So this is a case study of a brand trying to reach a hyper targeted potential customer….who Liked their page but only logs in 5 times a week for 4 mins on Facebook. Is there a blog post by @Lisa Gerber about that somewhere? 8)

        •  @HowieSPM  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich  @KenMueller  @Lisa Gerber Ha! I hadn’t even paid attention to which profile we tagged.

        • belllindsay

           @HowieSPM  @Erin F.  @ginidietrich  @KenMueller  @Lisa Gerber Stoooopid Facebook. 

  • adriasaracino

    Love this idea, Lisa, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to continuing to work with Spin Sucks!

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  • QudosAnimations

    A selection of great posts! It’s so great you give other writers the chance to share their thoughts with your audience. We’re working on a story idea about web videos to send your way shortly…

    •  @QudosAnimations Hey there! Didn’t see this comment until now. I look forward to your post idea! thanks! – Lisa

  • Deborah Taylor

    This is exactly the sort of genuinely useful information that I look for in a blog I’ve just found or been referred to. A nice, concise thank you to guests shows some appreciation for the efforts of others – too rare in our rapidly moving social interactions.
    It also provides a quick description of which posts I might benefit from reviewing and an overview of who regularly participates.
    It might seem like a small thing but the thank you and breadcrumbs to follow to some of the highlights is just the sort of blogging that makes me come back and share with the other busy people I know.

    •  @Deborah Taylor Thanks, Deborah! We have fun doing it, and found one other benefit – everyone loves a little competition. 🙂 So now we have people vying for the list in December. Love it, and thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. (a month ago. LOL!)

  • belllindsay

    @zodot Thanks so much for sharing that Zoe! Cc @spinsucks

    • zodot

      @belllindsay You’re welcome! How are you? 🙂

      • belllindsay

        @zodot Things are super great. Very busy, but loving life at the moment. How about yourself..!?

        • zodot

          @belllindsay I’m glad, it sounds like you love your job. I’m doing great. We really like it here in Saskatoon. It feels more like home 🙂

        • belllindsay

          @zodot Saskatoon! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it. All other things in life aside, you have to be happy in the day to day, right?? 😀

        • zodot

          @belllindsay Definitely 🙂

  • EricTTung

    @zodot @radian6 should do one of these 🙂

  • belllindsay

    @EricTTung Hey Eric, thanks so much for the share! How are you?? @zodot @spinsucks

    • EricTTung

      @belllindsay doing pretty awescombs. You? @zodot @spinsucks

      • belllindsay

        @EricTTung Same! Loving life at the moment! 😀

  • Thanks for an outstanding article!