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Movers Project, Polls and a couple of Virily use questions…

I have been doing a lot of research into the impact of comments on Blog Posts. There is a lot of information that is available. The impact here on Virily is something I will use as part of the Movers project later this summer. I want to figure out if comments drive views faster. I am working through several ways we can measure that. One of the problems we have right now is there are many new writers, many returning old writers and it makes the water a little muddy. As we roll further into the summer, I suspect we will end up with more overall information. It is nice, per CarolDM that the poll issue is fixed. Polls are a part of the way I like to present my technical column.

Having only the option for Yes, decreased the interaction a bit.

The other template I use a lot is the Gallery. Galleries have improved in overall speed considerably with the last big Virily Update. Where it would take 2 minutes or longer to load the 10-11 pictures I normally share, now it is less than 30 seconds. Some of that is I have switched browsers (on purpose). Part of that is the new site. When I go back and upload pictures in Chrome, it is still faster now than it was.

The amount of code, complexity, and variables a site like Virily has to deal with are incredible. So a tip of the cap to team Virily for the site improvements!

I will write a column in detail on the overall mover’s project later on. I will, as mentioned, break the study into two distinct sections. I will also run the two sections at different times. I want to see if comments drive views. I also am really curious as to three questions that have been asked previously.

1. Does time of day matter for views?

2. Does Twitter drive more views?

3. Does Facebook drive more views?

Thanks all!

  • Question of

    Will you share the template you use in the comments?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Anyone doing quizzes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the quiz template fixed?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Alex mentioned that the compare function (template) wasn’t working. Anyone else use that one?

    • Yes
    • No


What do you think?

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  1. Historically, though I can’t now see if it is the case, the majority of views I’ve received on Virily increased enormously every time I answered a question on Quora. These are two totally different and unrelated websites, but Quora is very large and one of the identifiers I use there is that I’m a blogger at Virily. Thus, I have a backtrack trail on Quora and it does drive views to my blog posts on Virily.

    As for comments, having more comments tends to indicate popularity and people seem more willing to look at a post that they feel is popular.

          • It is harder still to know what kind of impact backlinks have. About a year or so ago, I’d get 20-50 views within a day or two when I’d write a post on Virily. However, if I wrote a post here and then answered a question or two on Quora, it wasn’t uncommon to see a spike and to get 200-300 views on my Virily post in the same amount of time. Sometimes, I’d get even more views than that.

            The only change that I was making was to follow the Virily post with something at Quora. That is hardly empirical, but logic suggested that the boost in views were coming from the single backlink I have in my Quora profile. It isn’t even truly a backlink, either. I simply mentioned that I’m a blogger at Virily. Apparently, people have made the effort to see what I’ve written here.

            For that matter, when I write a lot at Quora, I also have many more hits on my LinkedIn page, too. Again, that isn’t empirical, but there aren’t any other changes.

        • i find the reality interesting!
          I know I will get 100 views on most tech posts within 3 days.
          100 views on the wander project in roughly 6 days

          but within 10 days the Tech Post is normally more than 300. Interesting.

  2. Q: Will you share the template you use in the comments?
    Yes (6 votes) – 86%
    No (1 votes) – 14%
    Q: Anyone doing quizzes?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: Is the quiz template fixed?
    Yes (4 votes) – 67%
    No (2 votes) – 33%
    Q: Alex mentioned that the compare function (template) wasn’t working. Anyone else use that one?
    Yes (2 votes) – 33%
    No (4 votes) – 67%

      • Do you know that I could not make music posts because I had no idea how to add YouTube videos I asked admin and I asked those I know here on Virily and no one could tell me. Then one day I noticed that little black symbol that looks like a video camera while posting and voila! solved my own problem and now I know how to get those videos out there. Oh, yes there is still one thing here that catches me up. I can make comments all right but when people post photo galleries if I want to comment something on each photo I cannot. The page freezes and I have to reload.

        • Honestly, the easy answer for posting comments n galleries is log into virily with another browser (if you use chrome-switch to IE and so on). That one is a long time bug by the way, you are not the only one with that issue.

  3. Thanks for the mention. Unfortunately only half of the Poll template has been corrected. The answer portion. But half is better than none. I use polls for almost all posting, and a quiz every now and then.


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