How To Get 1,000,000 Hits On Your Website

Here are seven simple steps, because I like prime numbers. Do them in exactly this order:

1.) “Stay home. Read a book.” -Nomeansno.
2.) Post a blog, not about the book, but about your own personality traits. Wonder if everyone will see through it.
3.) Forget about it for 3 years while no one cares.
4.) Overnight, get 23,000+ hits after being reposted on Stumbleupon.
5.) Receive sincere emails every day about how your blog made people cry and changed their lives. Try to keep up, then realize it’s not possible to sustain a genuine tone responding to that many people. Feel guilty, but instead spend your time on making more stuff.
6.) Get reposted on Wired.com and Owl City.
7.) Reach 1,000,000 views as Introversion becomes trendy at Forbes, TED, and Time Magazine.

There you have it. I never expected 10 Myths About Introverts to be looked at a MILLION times. But it’s officially the most popular / famous thing I’ve ever made. At the time I’m writing this, I’m the #3 Google Result for “introverts” — after Wikipedia and About.com.

Pretty impressive these days for something that requires reading.

For the techies:
90% Unique Visitors
Average of 5 Minutes on Page
84% Bounce

Most of those one million views took place between April 2011 and April 2012. Before that, the page was getting under 10 views per day. The biggest day was December 13, 2011: 26,000+ views.

I might seem irreverent about this topic, but it’s because the process of creating and releasing material to the public is absurd. It can’t be taken seriously by an artist. I wrote 10 Myths About Introverts in an afternoon. By comparison, I spent a whole year investing my soul in a fiction book called Cuyahoga! Sometimes people care and sometimes they don’t.

Why?

“We don’t know!” as Jim Rohn once yelled, in his Idaho farm-boy accent.

He also said: “The things that are easy to do, are also easy… not to do.”

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4 Responses to “How To Get 1,000,000 Hits On Your Website”

  1. Captain Thunderbolt went to the beach and complained:

    ‘..it’s because the process of creating and releasing material to the public is absurd. It can’t be taken seriously by an artist.’ Hmm ponderable. Though must say, Cuyahoga! surely demands an investment of the reader’s soul too, at least it did for me! Oh and I loved the way your prime-number affinity reflects so creatively in there! I’d have never thought of something like that!(or maybe I would’ve, who knows?) Awesome! Anyway, it opened my mind up to endless possibilities! Thank you!

  2. Mike went to the beach and complained:

    The thing that I love most about this is the quote:

    “The things that are easy to do, are also easy… not to do”

    But I want to take this just one step further by adding –

    “And are even easier if you can someone else to do it for you.”

    Just like I want 1,000,000 people to visit my blog, sign up to my readers club and post a comment.

    Fat chance????

    Well we live in hope!

  3. Francis went to the beach and complained:

    I too am an introvert and am glad that your post got the vast recognition it deserved. One of the most inspiring blogposts I’ve read in a while. It had more profound of an effect on me than Kony 2012. :D

  4. Leximov went to the beach and complained:

    I believe you have around 100.000 views from this guy alone…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCgj2Gor25g (your link is in the details)

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