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My week long Virily view project is now over!

I am going to share the results I’ve gotten from my week-long project. I am not going to respond to argumentative questions about the data. It is simply the data I collected. If you have additional or different data, please share that! But not interested in arguing this. I am simply providing information to the community.

  1. Sharing – I shared posts via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Mix, and a few by Reddit.
  2. I edited old spots that were high views but low comments.
  3. I shared old Virily posts of mine.

That is the initial reality of the project. Once I started sharing things, I had the following. If I shared your post and commented that was marked and I checked your post later. If you responded to my comment, I shared your post again.

What Did I find?

  1. Facebook was the top driver for views (which I was shocked by) for other users. However, based o where we are right now, the current state was way fewer views. Based on the greatly reduced views overall, I think this may be a false positive.
  2. Edited post and old shared old posts had very different views. Edited posts came into Virily as if they were new, shared old posts with high views, picked up many more views than the edited posts did (one edited post with more than 1000 views ended up growing more than any other ending up over 1200 views in total, the rest moved 10-20 views total)
    1. This concerns me, the value of an edited post isn’t much.
    2. Unless the post was high views in the first place, then it will move again.
    3. For this, I got much more response from twitter.
    4. I did not share old posts on Facebook and will have to examine that going forward.
  3. When I shared my posts on twitter, I got many more external views. That was not the case for sharing other author’s posts on twitter.
  4. Mix had virtually no increase in views for anyone.
  5. Pinterest also had little to any view impact.

I have a couple of conclusions overall.

What do I think?

I have thought for more than two years that twitter was the answer for views on Virily. It is for my posts, but right now didn’t move anyone else. Facebook shares go into two writing groups I am a part of and did generate some views.

All in all, I look back at this project and think it wasn’t the best use of my time. I keep thinking there has to be a way to increase views. I know there is, we will find it! The only thing I know for sure out of this experiment is if you have a low comment, but high view posts in your archive edit them and get them back into the flow of the site. That is the only thing out of this project that moved the most!

High view, high scammed older posts that are shared, end up with more views than the same type of post edited.

  • Question of

    i was shocked that Facebook had better views than twitter, were you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    twitter did better for my own posts but not the posts of others interesting yeah?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    try sharing some of your old posts on twitter and see if you get a bump from that ok?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Q: I WAS SHOCKED THAT FACEBOOK HAD BETTER VIEWS THAN TWITTER, WERE YOU?
    Yes (6 votes) – 43%
    No (8 votes) – 57%
    Q: TWITTER DID BETTER FOR MY OWN POSTS BUT NOT THE POSTS OF OTHERS INTERESTING YEAH?
    Yes (10 votes) – 71%
    No (4 votes) – 29%
    Q: TRY SHARING SOME OF YOUR OLD POSTS ON TWITTER AND SEE IF YOU GET A BUMP FROM THAT OK?
    Yes (6 votes) – 50%
    No (6 votes) – 50%

  2. Good job Doc. I never created a twitter account, so I know nothing about it. I used to share on fb but never got any views. I rarely post on fb anymore, much less share posts from other sites. I am surprised that old posts do so well. I will not edit old posts, with the way they are counted as new I believe it just isnt fair. I won’t be editing old posts. I am glad you tried it though, the results are kind of what I thought, and the reason I think it is unfair.

  3. Q: I WAS SHOCKED THAT FACEBOOK HAD BETTER VIEWS THAN TWITTER, WERE YOU?
    Yes (6 votes) – 46%
    No (7 votes) – 54%
    Q: TWITTER DID BETTER FOR MY OWN POSTS BUT NOT THE POSTS OF OTHERS INTERESTING YEAH?
    Yes (9 votes) – 69%
    No (4 votes) – 31%
    Q: TRY SHARING SOME OF YOUR OLD POSTS ON TWITTER AND SEE IF YOU GET A BUMP FROM THAT OK?
    Yes (5 votes) – 45%
    No (6 votes) – 55%

  4. I have closed my FB account , I haven’t used twitter in a long time. Pinterest is the only place I have shared posts , I haven’t seen any views coming from pinterest. I guess we just need to get more active here.

  5. Interesting findings but unfortunately they do not apply to me as I do not share on any other social media platform even though I remember vaguely I have a Facebook and Twitter account. I just write and comment for the pleasure of talking online rather than verbally and or face to face. I am very happy though for your very own success via Facebook…

  6. Interesting research. I Twitter more than send off to FB now I might just do both every time. You know what I noticed today a refreshed Virily post that has over 300 views now that is impress but I know it did not happen all at once. I no longer let things bother me I do the best I can and I am glad that I can be a part of this site.

      • You know what is interesting Doc that I happened to notice. The posts I make now that tell about my parents, Latvians and the old days do all right because it is something that others did not know about. However, I would have thought that is would also be interesting sharing posts about America. It seems that those kinds of posts do not bring out much interest and I wonder why. I did one about the history of the Liberty Bell and that one really fell flat. I must now consider why that is and perhaps I am not drawing too much interest in the way I present it. Eventually, I want to make it so that I have shared as many of my posts as I can because if I have written them why leave them gathering dust?

        • i find personally, there are easy headlines that work every time (what is wrong with Virily), and others that people enjoy.

          I suspect the other side for your history posts is building an audience. i have been looking at old posts – for the wander project i used to get 150-200 views mostly external but there are 0, 2 comments.

          The easy button is I am not sure now. What I thought was the driver is not.

  7. Good research and thanks for explaining the results. You might do well on Facebook but I don’t notice a difference. By the way, I was searching for one of my old Virily posts that I shared on Twitter and found that you had tweeted some of my posts. Thank you very much.

  8. I guess for twitter people follow you for you … while one facebook, people tend to read things that interest them.
    Also I think twitter is more of a quick check-in than facebook? Just my thoughts.

    But anyway, I don’t login to both… and I can’t even remember my Twitter password now

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