Harry Potter and the best way to capitalize on a hit post?

Today instead of giving advice, I’m asking for it.

I have a dilemma, a good one. Two summers ago I read all the Harry Potter books with my then 8-year-old and wrote a post analyzing the writing-related takeaways I picked up from the books and J.K. Rowling’s writing style.

Somehow I hit the SEO jackpot. It soon became the most popular post on this blog. It was so popular that when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ came out last fall, I updated it and ran it again. The rerun got as much traffic as the original.

J.K. Rowling Pottermore.com announcement

In the months since, those two posts still draw a ton of traffic. One day in May when someone used StumbleUpon to share a link to the rerun, page views for the post hit 1K, which is a good day for my blog. Today, someone else Stumbled the rerun and as I write this, page views are headed toward 3K, close to 10 times the traffic on the entire site yesterday.

What to Do With a Hit?

My question: how can I capitalize on this? Keep writing more posts about Harry Potter? Keep rerunning the same popular posts? Put up a sidebar widget on the front page of my site to showcase my most popular posts? Keep writing posts analyzing writing styles of famous authors and what other writers can learn from them?

I’ve just started the third book in the Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, etc.). I’m thinking of conducting an experiment: I’ll write a post similar to the J.K. Rowling post about what I’ve learned from Larsson’s writing style – and I have plenty to say about it – to see if it gets a similar reaction.

With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ due in theaters July 15, I’m wondering whether to re-run the Rowling post again, or do another update. Rowling recently created a website called Pottermore.com and is six days away from making a big announcement about what she’ll be doing with it. Speculation is running rampant that she’ll use it to tell the back stories of characters from the Harry Potter series. If so, it’d make the timing for another Harry Potter post even better. (P.S. Here’s the Pottermore.com teaser Rowling posted on YouTube.)

Have you ever had a runaway hit post? What did you do?

If you’ve ever been in a similar situation, I’d love to hear about it.

Source http://michellerafter.com/?p=7595
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 23:07:18 GMT
Tags: Books, Deathly Hallows Part 2,
St George E-Commerce | Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove E-Commerce | Kolkata E-Commerce | Atlanta E-Commerce | Northeast Cobb E-Commerce | Gilbert E-Commerce | McKinney E-Commerce | Walsenburg E-Commerce | Navi Mumbai E-Commerce | Fort Collins E-Commerce |


Recommended reading for March 25, 2011

Big in China, The Big Short, and The Big Shift - three nonfiction books are my picks for what writers should be reading now.

Guest post: making time to write fiction

In a guest post, Portland, Ore., author and journalist Jennifer Willis shares suggestions for carving out time to write novels and other fiction.

Guest post: 8 painless steps to make time to write a book

Laura Vanderkam, author of "168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think," shares insider tips on carving time out of your day to work on a book.

Deathly Hallows Part 2

Need Freelance Writer Market? Check out our member profiles:

Goldenwebweaver Profile

Experience of this writer includes technical descriptions of testing procedures for testing of parts received in shipping. Non-fiction political commentary, and published in newspapers.

Walsenburg, Colorado US
Navi Mumbai
Credence BPO Pvt Ltd Profile
Credence BPO Pvt Ltd

An ISO 9001:2008 certified and STPI registered company based in India, with offices in UK and USA. Our Services: Web Development, Design, Content & Article Writing, SEO, SEM, SMM, Native English.

Kolkata, West Bengal IN
Cynthia Sowden Profile
Cynthia Sowden

Need an ad, a brochure, a video script, a feature article or web content? I give you creative copy, fast turnaround, and exceptional service. Writing, editing, proofreading at below-agency prices.

Minneapolis, Minnesota US
Fort Collins
AnS International Web Design Profile
AnS International Web Design

AnS International specializes in web design, search engine optimization, web marketing, social media marketing, copywriting, and website hosting services. We are based out of Colorado.

Fort Collins, Colorado US
thawriter.biz Profile

I write for the very reason I breathe. From journalism, PR and online content, to fiction/non-fiction, creative and ghostwriting, I produce effective messaging that sells!

McKinney, Texas US
Free Design Quotes

Finance Fail: Increased Income, Increased Spending

I realized something kind of depressing today. I’m spending 30% more now than two years ago an

Facebook biz app challenges, but LinkedIn’s fighting back

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, wants into the business networking business. But Linke

3 Kinds of Writing a Business Needs to Master

By Juliet James Journalists, novelists and professional bloggers have it easy. They know that writin

Next #wclw writer chat: Dec. 19, the freelance year in review

Join us Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Pacific time to share how your freelance writing business

All Freelance Writing Forum Temporarily Closed

Just a quick announcement: Due to ongoing technical problems with our current forum platform, I&#

Article Tags
Freelance Writer Market Articles
Marketing| writing| Featured| Freelancing| How-To| Blogging| Lifestyle| Inspiration| General| blogs| Work at Home Parents| Managing Clients| Magazine Writing| writing tips| Freelance Finance| productivity| Getting Started| Web Content| social media| Getting Clients|

Freelance Writer Market Valid HTML 4.0 Transitional Valid CSS!