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And Then We Were Two

August 5th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Twenty Steps is two!
Graphic by Asif Akbar

This kinda crept up on me but Twenty Steps is two today.

Two years old?!?! In blogging terms that almost makes me a veritable veteran and no mistake. I can’t believe that’s it’s two years since I came up with the idea of blogging about doubling a dollar twenty times to make a million. Where has the time gone because believe me, I’m certainly not an online millionaire just yet!

Now regular readers may well remember that this time last year I did a month-by-month recap of the most popular articles. Well, to be honest, this years anniversary took me a bit by surprise so I’ve not had a chance to put together a series so instead I’ve put collected a few choice posts, the all important stats and a collection of Googlies to keep you entertained.

Here are the top ten most read posts written in the last year.

1) The Great Google Bitch Slap. I don’t know if it’s the picture of Google’s Matt Cutts as a leather joyboy or the content. Either way, it’s still a popular read.
2) WebsearchPR – SEO Snake Oil Sales Pitch. This one tickled a lot of funny bones at the time. Not only that but it achieved the desired effect. Just do a Google search for “clueless numpties” and you’ll see what I mean 😉
3) BBC iPlayer. I don’t know quite why it has received so much traffic over the last 12 months. However anyone who enjoyed the original article may well find the follow up I’ll be publishing later this week quite interesting…
4) Chuck Norris Wants His Green Bar Back. Oh the fun we had with the October PageRank update 😀 This was a direct response to a ProBlogger competition.
5) Google Spam Cop Opens Can Marked Whoop Ass. Another Google post. Oops! I really must find something else to write about…
6) I’ll Get You, You Swewy Webmaster! A look at the Paid Links War.
7) Introducing The Google Condom. And this is how you protect yourself from getting whacked in the Paid Links War.
8) Technology Predictions For 2008. Darn it. I nearly made #1 Yahoo! and Microsoft merge but decided against it. Still, number 5 wasn’t too far off the mark as it turned out…
9) How I Doubled My Search Engine Traffic In 5 Minutes. How installing a simple WordPress plugin has made some significant changes to search engine traffic. Still works today too!
10) Infamy! Infamy! They’ve All Got It In For Me… Yet another look at the Paid Links War

So it would seem that I spent most of the last twelve months writing about Google and specifically their crusade against paid links. Sure I covered other stuff like why you need to register domain names as soon as you think of them, why sexy women sell products, the continuing importance of social media, an article on Bjork and blogging and why blogging is dead but, generally speaking, those guys at the Plex dominated the last 12 months of posting.

This site was never meant to be solely focused on search so if you’ve been coming back looking for articles about blogging or making money, I apologise for my search centric focus over the last 12 months and make a promise now to write about other stuff too.

Mind you the amount I wrote last year (57 posts) was well down on the previous year (251). That was mainly due to me working on a number of non-web projects including, of course, my zombie movie. It was also partly down to me maturing as a blogger. I think there’s a tendency amongst new bloggers to feel pressured to write every day even if it means regurgitating the same content as everyone else. These days I tend only to post something if I feel that I’m able to add something to the conversation or provide genuinely unique content. Sure, sometimes I’ll also jump on the bandwagon but, generally speaking, I try to stick to the Four E’s I referred to in my death of blogging post.

Despite having only posted 57 times in the last year I still saw a 49% increase in page views, a 200% increase in visitors and a 255% increase in RSS subscribers so, if nothing else, let this be a lesson to new bloggers. Stick at it and the rewards will come.

I must confess to being a bit of a stats junkie so I spend more time than is probably healthy looking at my Analytics account. The one thing that always makes me laugh is the keyword data. I’m fascinated by what people type into the search engines to find the site. I shared some of these in my review of 2007. Here are some new ones for you to enjoy.

  • bitch took ma fish – Man ‘n’ ting ‘n’ ting ya know. Me gettin’ down with some bustin’ patois ‘n’ stuff
  • british word for bitch – I think you’ll find we use the word bitch too
  • different ways to jerk off – Well I guess it all depends on the previous techniques you’ve used…
  • does firefox prevent you from getting caught – Well that all depends on what you’re trying to avoid
  • does google cooperate with the KGB – I’ll let Matt respond to that one 😀
  • do naked links increase organic search results – See above
  • don’t aim for the most popular search words – Congratulations on taking such a unique approach to building a website
  • get out of my face google i don’t want to see you anymore bitch! – Yoinks! Sounds like you need some help. Here’s some free therapy: Lesson 1. Lesson 2.
  • getting off on supplemental results – Ewwwww. You have too much time on your..ahem..hands
  • help me! anyone can spare some cash for me? – Well? Anyone?
  • how long is 250 words – Somewhere in between 249 and 251 words. Thanks for asking :)
  • how long should a handjob last? – Just long enough 😉
  • if someone tells you they will bitch slap you, what should your response be – Possibly my favourite Googlie ever.
  • i want to know my sex life – You need to get a grip on yourself. Oops! Too late…
  • my wife is a bitch – Yours too, huh?
  • why did my wife turn into a bitch – You married her
  • why isn’t my meta description changing? – Q. Have you updated it recently?
  • who is sarah east? – My future wife. Oh and also the face of the PopCrunch Show
  • won seo nude – I didn’t realise there was a competition this year. Maybe I’ll enter next year

Thanks for visiting Twenty Steps. Regardless of whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, I genuinely do appreciate you stopping by. Without you this site wouldn’t exist. Now go grab a slice of birthday cake and take a mooch around the archives for some more fun ‘n’ games. Whilst you’re about it why don’t you subscribe to Twenty Steps and get the next two years delivered direct to your inbox?

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13 responses so far ↓

  • Bryan // Aug 6, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Haha, I got quite a few laughs out of this post, especially the Norris thing. Good one.

  • busby seo guys // Aug 7, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I got quite to know about the best posts, Good blog

  • Frances // Aug 12, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Great blog. I really enjoyed a lot reading your blog. I like it.

  • Zach's New Jersey Real Estate // Aug 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Well, technically doubling a dollar twenty times would give you $40. Doubling the products of said dollar… anyway great post. I got a few laughs out of it, keep up the good work.

  • Nashville Real Estate // Aug 25, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Good blog. Glad that I found it. Keep it up!

  • Mike // Aug 26, 2008 at 11:08 am

    1 x 2 = 2
    2 x 2 = 4
    4 x 2 = 8
    8 x 2 = 16

    etc. Twenty times later you have a million. Do you use the same maths on your real estate deals?

    Might be worth reading the comment policy regarding anchor text too

  • Josh // Aug 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Well, All I want to say is I really enjoy reading your blog. Nice Post!

  • Andrea // Aug 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    hello, just stumbled across your site and well… happy anniversary! checked out some of the past posts and the best one so far is chuck norris wants his green bar back… you cannot go wrong with the toughest man in the face of the earth…

  • Mike // Aug 28, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Thanks everyone for stopping by.

    If you look at the comments, you’ll see that even Chuck himself asked for his green bar back…

  • Ice Rabia // Sep 10, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Congratulations for you anniversary… 2 years is no joke… That is equivalent to a lot of posts… Keep up the good work…

  • Gainesville Real Estate // Sep 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I really like your blog. Thanks a lot and congratulations.

  • Westminster Colorado Homes // Sep 12, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Congratulations! Love your blog so much so, keep it up.


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