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5 Reasons Why I Took a Part Time Job Outside of Blogging

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on June 3, 2024.

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We get it, things are weird in blogging right now.

Between the push for AI creations (often at the expense of content creators), changing algorithms, and variable budgets, many bloggers feel the pressure in earnings. We have to admit, we are, too!

One thing we've seen frequently is bloggers considering taking on a part-time job to supplement their income, and after mulling it over, I've decided to jump on board this train and take on extra outside work myself.

In this one, I wanted to share why I decided that after nearly six years of full-time blogging, it was time for me to get back into the workforce by joining another business part-time.

I'm actually not that upset by this choice, really!

Lessons Learned from Going Viral on Facebook in 2024

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on May 28, 2024.

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In May 2024, I had a set of images go viral on Facebook. Not just my normal level of “viral” which I would define as 10x average performance.

This one went viral, hitting 100% audience reach in just a few hours (132k) and blasting off to just under 1.4 million reach by the time it started to slow down- or about 60% the size of our city's metro area.

So in this one, I thought I'd share this particular post as a case study and dive into what the post was about, share theories as to why and how it went viral, and the aftermath of what came next.

Breaking Down Stay22 Analytics for Affiliate Tracking

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on June 10, 2024.

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If there is a term that would describe me best, it would be data junkie. I just can't get enough of data, and analyze my accounts and performance to every last detail whenever possible.

Naturally, when it comes to affiliate sales, I want as much data as I can get to see what works for my sites.

One of my favorite travel affiliate networks, Stay22, has rolled out a wealth of analytics features on their dashboard. So in this one, we thought we'd break out what each analytics page tells you and share some tips to do a deep analysis of your own performance!

  • The Stay22 hub has three areas for tracking your analytics that you may be interested in checking out. On the left sidebar, these are Bookings, Analytics, and Page Analytics. We will break down each of these in more detail in subsequent sections.

Quality Content on Social Media Isn't Actually “Quality”

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on May 13, 2024.

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If you are a creator that is frustrated about the current state of social media, with networks not showing your content to your audience, we're here to tell you that you're not alone.

At some point in the not-so-distant past, social media functioned like everyone thinks it does. You post content. Your followers see it. Everyone was happy. But at some point, that changed, and the algorithms appear to be completely different than they used to be.

Defenders of the networks all have one saying that they love to repeat again and again, and that is simply this- “Create quality content. If your content isn't being seen it isn't quality!”

While this is a rather poor take often without defining what the term quality means, there is some truth in the matter here because quality content isn't inherently good content, it is content that is seen.

This is an important distinction, and one that we thought we'd break out further in this one!

How Do Instagram's Suggested Feeds Work? An Analysis

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on April 15, 2024.

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Have you ever wondered how Instagram decides what Reels to place in the suggested feeds like Discover or Suggested for You? We certainly do!

After working on improving my Reels for my local blog, I started to see a bit of success where some posts would go nuts (being seen predominantly by Non-Followers) and others would perform along our historical average (and is seen mostly by Followers). So we decided to take a look at the data to see if we could find any trends as to why some would explode and others would not.

So in this one, we want to share a bit more of the analysis and some data points that we saw that were interesting.

A word of caution: We will talk about this more in our conclusion, but I suspect that the trends shown below will vary from creator to creator. One account may see a spike in Non-Follower views very quickly. Others may require more than what we saw. I will not be surprised if my own performance, for the very same account analyzed here, will change as it grows. We will discuss this more later on.

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