97 thoughts on “How Being Beaten With a Stick Can Increase Your Blog Traffic By 1,000%”

  1. Wow, Jim, I had no idea corporal punishment still existed. And sticking a pen between kids' fingers? That's army-style torture right there.

    But heck, situations like that really shape character: either you join the herd and try to be just another one or you stick to your believes and defy the 'establishment' – and that's how leaders are born.

    But the biggest lesson when it comes to internet traffic is actually the social proof: the more you instigate your readers to join the discussion, the more SEARCH ENGINE value it has, and the better your content will rank.

    That's why blogs are more than just a personal article directory: they should be the center of a community of readers, and blog owners have to see each visitor as a participating member of it. That's how you grow organic traffic.

    Leo

  2. Wow, Jim, I had no idea corporal punishment still existed. And sticking a pen between kids' fingers? That's army-style torture right there.
    But heck, situations like that really shape character: either you join the herd and try to be just another one or you stick to your believes and defy the 'establishment' – and that's how leaders are born.

    But the biggest lesson when it comes to internet traffic is actually the social proof: the more you instigate your readers to join the discussion, the more SEARCH ENGINE value it has, and the better your content will rank.

    That's why blogs are more than just a personal article directory: they should be the center of a community of readers, and blog owners have to see each visitor as a participating member of it. That's how you grow organic traffic.

    Leo

  3. Hi Jim.

    I always like reading you posts… at first i was shocked by your choice of photo.. but i knew that what you write is always valuable.. so i continued. I am glad that I did. I like being part of your heard and when I need a reference I will always turn to your blog… I am also always amazed at how you manage to turn a terrible experience into something that can still be worthwhile.

    One thing is for sure if you teacher had a blog.. umm he'd have no regular traffic and those who left comments would slap him silly!

  4. Hi Jim.
    I always like reading you posts… at first i was shocked by your choice of photo.. but i knew that what you write is always valuable.. so i continued. I am glad that I did. I like being part of your heard and when I need a reference I will always turn to your blog… I am also always amazed at how you manage to turn a terrible experience into something that can still be worthwhile.
    One thing is for sure if you teacher had a blog.. umm he'd have no regular traffic and those who left comments would slap him silly!

  5. @Leo thank you for being the brave one who commented first πŸ˜› and @Rebecca for being second

    I was shocked too to learn that the United States still allows it! This style of punishment is possibly outdated, i don't knowhow the school system operates in saudia now.

    @Rebecca i'm glad you didn't let the picture deter you from learning the lesson here. i would hate to think i got beaten for nothing hehe it is a funny choice of picture though and i'm glad you voiced your opinion about it, because now you've made it ok for others to disagree with my choice and to follow you

    i love my blog readers :)

    Jim

  6. @Leo thank you for being the brave one who commented first πŸ˜› and @Rebecca for being second

    I was shocked too to learn that the United States still allows it! This style of punishment is possibly outdated, i don't knowhow the school system operates in saudia now.

    @Rebecca i'm glad you didn't let the picture deter you from learning the lesson here. i would hate to think i got beaten for nothing hehe it is a funny choice of picture though and i'm glad you voiced your opinion about it, because now you've made it ok for others to disagree with my choice and to follow you

    i love my blog readers :)

    Jim

  7. hi jim,

    great inspiring network marketing story, i know where i stand now.

    i hate intimidating teachers as well.

    at 1st i didn't understand how u were going to fit that story title

    into the story but at the end i finally get it.

    its very hard to be brave to go against what everyone elses oppionion.

    great story

  8. hi jim,

    great inspiring network marketing story, i know where i stand now.

    i hate intimidating teachers as well.

    at 1st i didn't understand how u were going to fit that story title
    into the story but at the end i finally get it.

    its very hard to be brave to go against what everyone elses oppionion.

    great story

  9. @Rebecca,

    I was only a minute faster… And that's surprising, because as a guy, I probably spent more time admiring that initial picture than you did..! πŸ˜‰

    @Jim,

    Props for how you automatically subscribe commenters to receive emails about new comments. Highly effective! Care to share which plugin you're using?

  10. @Rebecca,

    I was only a minute faster… And that's surprising, because as a guy, I probably spent more time admiring that initial picture than you did..! πŸ˜‰

    @Jim,

    Props for how you automatically subscribe commenters to receive emails about new comments. Highly effective! Care to share which plugin you're using?

  11. Jim, I love how you are coming out of your shell more and more.

    Human behaviour is a strange thing. I'm reminded of Milgram and Zimbardo's experiments, terrifying in how they reveal what people will do in order to 'fit in', either with the crowd, or authority, or even just what they believe is expected in a given situation.

    You stand proud as someone who wasn't influenced by either.

    Susan

  12. Jim, I love how you are coming out of your shell more and more.

    Human behaviour is a strange thing. I'm reminded of Milgram and Zimbardo's experiments, terrifying in how they reveal what people will do in order to 'fit in', either with the crowd, or authority, or even just what they believe is expected in a given situation.

    You stand proud as someone who wasn't influenced by either.

    Susan

  13. @Leo the plugin is called "subscribe to comments". just download it from there. I've actually made a modifcation to its behaviour that forces it to tick the box by default. I forget if i've upgraded it since and perhaps even overwrote my changes.

    @Susan i think i remember the experiment you're talking about…was it the one where the students were told to administer shocks to an actor (unknown to the student) when they answered incorrectly? Then the actor appears to be dying and the student is assured that the experiment is government sponsored and there will be no reprocussions…and the student administers the fatal shock. Is that the one? or is it something else?

  14. @Leo the plugin is called “subscribe to comments“. just download it from there. I've actually made a modifcation to its behaviour that forces it to tick the box by default. I forget if i've upgraded it since and perhaps even overwrote my changes.

    @Susan i think i remember the experiment you're talking about…was it the one where the students were told to administer shocks to an actor (unknown to the student) when they answered incorrectly? Then the actor appears to be dying and the student is assured that the experiment is government sponsored and there will be no reprocussions…and the student administers the fatal shock. Is that the one? or is it something else?

  15. [img]C:Documents and SettingsDavidMy DocumentsMy Picturesdavid ptolemy.jpg[/img]So, sex sells? Or repels?

    Hi Jim, The only reason I got past your lead photo is I know your rep for being outrageous, and a damn good marketer. Thanks for the good lesson.

    I read a psychology experiment on this. 30 volunteers applied to do a test. Colors were shown and the class all responded aloud what color they saw. 29 volunteers were instructed before the test that when the color black was shown, they were to say "white". The 30th was thrust into the position you describe above. BY FAR THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THOSE 'NOT IN THE KNOW' SAID "WHITE", demonstrating the herd mentality.

    Let not one of us who has read this blog ever fall into that category again!

    Best regards,

    David

  16. [img]C:Documents and SettingsDavidMy DocumentsMy Picturesdavid ptolemy.jpg[/img]So, sex sells? Or repels?
    Hi Jim, The only reason I got past your lead photo is I know your rep for being outrageous, and a damn good marketer. Thanks for the good lesson.
    I read a psychology experiment on this. 30 volunteers applied to do a test. Colors were shown and the class all responded aloud what color they saw. 29 volunteers were instructed before the test that when the color black was shown, they were to say “white”. The 30th was thrust into the position you describe above. BY FAR THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THOSE 'NOT IN THE KNOW' SAID “WHITE”, demonstrating the herd mentality.
    Let not one of us who has read this blog ever fall into that category again!
    Best regards,
    David

  17. Hi Jim

    Yeah, Milgram's experiment focused on how people will do stuff they woudn't normally do if the person telling them to do it is an 'authority' figure. Guy in a white coat – go figure.

    Zimbardo's experiment had folks assigned either as prisoners or guards in a mock prison situation. Had to be halted after only a few days.

    I studied psychology a few years back and found it truly fascinating. Still do, which is just as well as it seems I'm studying it all over again as part of my Masters degree? Hmm. Psychology and government policies. Interesting mix, lol.

    Btw, thanks for the reference to the comment plugin. Off to download it now. See, we come for one piece of value and get extras thrown in for free!

    Susan

  18. Hi Jim
    Yeah, Milgram's experiment focused on how people will do stuff they woudn't normally do if the person telling them to do it is an 'authority' figure. Guy in a white coat – go figure.
    Zimbardo's experiment had folks assigned either as prisoners or guards in a mock prison situation. Had to be halted after only a few days.

    I studied psychology a few years back and found it truly fascinating. Still do, which is just as well as it seems I'm studying it all over again as part of my Masters degree? Hmm. Psychology and government policies. Interesting mix, lol.

    Btw, thanks for the reference to the comment plugin. Off to download it now. See, we come for one piece of value and get extras thrown in for free!

    Susan

  19. Hi Jim,

    Aside from being an excellent article, (well written, interesting and thought provoking) this is a great example of a headline that pulls in readers!

    You certainly got my attention, but more importantly, once you pull your reader in, you don't disappoint. The content really does deliver what your headline promises.

    Boel

  20. Hi Jim,

    Aside from being an excellent article, (well written, interesting and thought provoking) this is a great example of a headline that pulls in readers!

    You certainly got my attention, but more importantly, once you pull your reader in, you don't disappoint. The content really does deliver what your headline promises.

    Boel

  21. Belief is a funny thing, many people follow others beliefs, for fear of making mistakes or being wrong. Making mistakes is what builds belief and character.

    Enjoyed your story, message as always…

  22. Belief is a funny thing, many people follow others beliefs, for fear of making mistakes or being wrong. Making mistakes is what builds belief and character.

    Enjoyed your story, message as always…

  23. Howdy Jim,

    Great article and it explains why you speak so well in front of a crowd .. LOL….

    Awesome headline and it is well worth the read…. We still need to have a chat soon.

    Have a wonderful day.

  24. Howdy Jim,

    Great article and it explains why you speak so well in front of a crowd .. LOL….

    Awesome headline and it is well worth the read…. We still need to have a chat soon.

    Have a wonderful day.

  25. You know Jim,

    I was swatted with a "board of education" a couple times in my early years at school. I believe it was a good thing (believe it or not, I straight'nd up quickly); I was acting out in an unacceptable manor. Fear of authority is not such a bad thing. But there has to be limits. Your teacher was way out of bounds; mine was not. The disrespect for authority figures in this country is just a precurser to complete anarchy.

    Be "in the world but not of the world" is a great phrase. Sometimes the herd should be wiped out if it won't let a "good" leader lead it. Man that sounds bad in a way (weaklings kind of way anyway; notice how the best players get voted out first in 'survivor' the tv show, and all that's left are the losers).

    I wonder if you really have to be a slime ball to get people to follow you? I bet there is a balance there somewhere between withholding the truth and completely speaking your mind and then losing the crowd; even if what you're saying is totally correct.

    anyway, love you jim

  26. You know Jim,
    I was swatted with a “board of education” a couple times in my early years at school. I believe it was a good thing (believe it or not, I straight'nd up quickly); I was acting out in an unacceptable manor. Fear of authority is not such a bad thing. But there has to be limits. Your teacher was way out of bounds; mine was not. The disrespect for authority figures in this country is just a precurser to complete anarchy.
    Be “in the world but not of the world” is a great phrase. Sometimes the herd should be wiped out if it won't let a “good” leader lead it. Man that sounds bad in a way (weaklings kind of way anyway; notice how the best players get voted out first in 'survivor' the tv show, and all that's left are the losers).
    I wonder if you really have to be a slime ball to get people to follow you? I bet there is a balance there somewhere between withholding the truth and completely speaking your mind and then losing the crowd; even if what you're saying is totally correct.

    anyway, love you jim

  27. Hi Jim,

    Firstly, I like your new profile pic. :-) very hot!! and clever marketing with the pic at the beginning of the story – thats why I read the story.. thanks a lot for all the value in the story and content as always. Keep smiling.

    Rosanna (South Africa)

    (p.s.)Corporal punishment is banned here and in fact currently have a big court case going on with a mom who has laid criminal charges against final year school students who beat her son in their final year initiation program. Lots of conflicting arguments going on about it!! I personally take off my hat to the mom who stood up against an institution (the school) who states that its tradition and done every year!! but feel sorry for the student who has now had to leave the school for safety reasons. Society!!!

  28. Hi Jim,
    Firstly, I like your new profile pic. :-) very hot!! and clever marketing with the pic at the beginning of the story – thats why I read the story.. thanks a lot for all the value in the story and content as always. Keep smiling.
    Rosanna (South Africa)
    (p.s.)Corporal punishment is banned here and in fact currently have a big court case going on with a mom who has laid criminal charges against final year school students who beat her son in their final year initiation program. Lots of conflicting arguments going on about it!! I personally take off my hat to the mom who stood up against an institution (the school) who states that its tradition and done every year!! but feel sorry for the student who has now had to leave the school for safety reasons. Society!!!

    1. @Boel thank you, that's very kind of you to say. i'm glad you enjoyed the article.

      @Bruce absolutely, we are all inclined to try to comply though and fall into line. it's only by conscious effort that we challenge what we take for granted as true.

      @Benjamin i speak well in front of a crowd because my grammar teacher put the fear of god in me? lol yah bro, we gotta talk about that mobile application i do have a potential problem with IP rights i'll bring you up to speed when we talk on skype.

      @james leadership has its qualities. but i don't think slime ball is one of them–it just so happens that some people abuse their abilities to lead by doing sometimes immoral things. i think there is place for political correctness but when your reality is stronger than those around you, you magically draw people into your reality. so don't be afraid to go against the crowd and be an individual!

      @Rosanna i'm happy you appreciated the picture lol i think good on south africa for banning corporal punishment. it's never productive for the child and they build an immunity to it and then many of them go on to beat other children including their own! i've seen many examples of this.

    2. David dude, i knew the part you would like most was the picture haha are you at your Carbon Copy Pro conference with Greg and co? say hi will ya πŸ˜‰

    1. @Boel thank you, that's very kind of you to say. i'm glad you enjoyed the article.

      @Bruce absolutely, we are all inclined to try to comply though and fall into line. it's only by conscious effort that we challenge what we take for granted as true.

      @Benjamin i speak well in front of a crowd because my grammar teacher put the fear of god in me? lol yah bro, we gotta talk about that mobile application i do have a potential problem with IP rights i'll bring you up to speed when we talk on skype.

      @james leadership has its qualities. but i don't think slime ball is one of them–it just so happens that some people abuse their abilities to lead by doing sometimes immoral things. i think there is place for political correctness but when your reality is stronger than those around you, you magically draw people into your reality. so don't be afraid to go against the crowd and be an individual!

      @Rosanna i'm happy you appreciated the picture lol i think good on south africa for banning corporal punishment. it's never productive for the child and they build an immunity to it and then many of them go on to beat other children including their own! i've seen many examples of this.

    2. David dude, i knew the part you would like most was the picture haha are you at your Carbon Copy Pro conference with Greg and co? say hi will ya πŸ˜‰

  29. Hi Jim, where the heck did you go to school? (If your post mentioned the locale, I must've missed it.) Man how times have changed. I know a few people who teach in The Bronx who are literally verbally abused by derlict "students" and they can little or nothing about it. If a teacher even looks at a student today cross eyed it becomes a big ordeal for them. Sounds like your teacher wiould be strung up by his toes today if he pulled any of that stuff. Obviously the guy was out of his mind and deserved it. Anyhow, thanx for sharing the experience and for putting a positive spin on it!

  30. Hi Jim, where the heck did you go to school? (If your post mentioned the locale, I must've missed it.) Man how times have changed. I know a few people who teach in The Bronx who are literally verbally abused by derlict “students” and they can little or nothing about it. If a teacher even looks at a student today cross eyed it becomes a big ordeal for them. Sounds like your teacher wiould be strung up by his toes today if he pulled any of that stuff. Obviously the guy was out of his mind and deserved it. Anyhow, thanx for sharing the experience and for putting a positive spin on it!

  31. Geez…not meanin' to sound grumpy, but….is it just me or is anyone else finding it kinda tiring to read sooo much copy. I mean, how many spare hours does an average person have in a day with everything going on just in the "day to day" stuff without spending hours rolling through endless salespages spewing all sorts of info….just get to the point!! Is it because it improves your SEO if someone stays on your page longer?

    For me anymore, I rarely open anything that isn't video and that runs more than about 10 minutes long. I just don't have the time!! I can be listening to it while I'm doing other productive stuff.

    Sorry about the rant Jim, cause you're a brilliant guy from whom I've learned alot, but can you start leaving more of your information a video format!? I didn't even read half of your article.

    Brian.

  32. Geez…not meanin' to sound grumpy, but….is it just me or is anyone else finding it kinda tiring to read sooo much copy. I mean, how many spare hours does an average person have in a day with everything going on just in the “day to day” stuff without spending hours rolling through endless salespages spewing all sorts of info….just get to the point!! Is it because it improves your SEO if someone stays on your page longer?
    For me anymore, I rarely open anything that isn't video and that runs more than about 10 minutes long. I just don't have the time!! I can be listening to it while I'm doing other productive stuff.
    Sorry about the rant Jim, cause you're a brilliant guy from whom I've learned alot, but can you start leaving more of your information a video format!? I didn't even read half of your article.

    Brian.

  33. Hey Jim,

    I completely understand where you are coming from. I went to a church school in the Bronx, NY, and corporal punishment was doled out on a regular basis. This was back in the 1960's, before such activities were essentially banned. In our case it was not just one teacher that used this repulsive method of disipline, but anyone on the staff that cared to do so.

    As you might imagine you either followed the majority or got defiant and tough very quickly. I received my fair share of beatings. Some deserved, but the majority because the teachers were cowards and unable to deal with kids in a positive and creative way.

    You can also draw another conclusion from your experience. We believe, sometimes falsely, that is is safer to go along with the majority. We will go much further to avoid pain than to seek pleasure. That is just human nature. The problem is, as in this case, when the majority is wrong, then the pain we were so desperately trying to avoid, is delivered to us anyway.

    The moral of this story is that there are times that you must stick to what you know to be right. Face your fears and believe in yourself. The odds may appear to be overwhelming, because most people will be afraid to agree with what you believe, even though they may feel you to be right. Safety in numbers is not always the safe bet, it may prevent you from becoming the person you were meant to be.

    Thanks Jim, as always you hit the nail on the head.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce A. Bennett

  34. Hey Jim,

    I completely understand where you are coming from. I went to a church school in the Bronx, NY, and corporal punishment was doled out on a regular basis. This was back in the 1960's, before such activities were essentially banned. In our case it was not just one teacher that used this repulsive method of disipline, but anyone on the staff that cared to do so.

    As you might imagine you either followed the majority or got defiant and tough very quickly. I received my fair share of beatings. Some deserved, but the majority because the teachers were cowards and unable to deal with kids in a positive and creative way.

    You can also draw another conclusion from your experience. We believe, sometimes falsely, that is is safer to go along with the majority. We will go much further to avoid pain than to seek pleasure. That is just human nature. The problem is, as in this case, when the majority is wrong, then the pain we were so desperately trying to avoid, is delivered to us anyway.

    The moral of this story is that there are times that you must stick to what you know to be right. Face your fears and believe in yourself. The odds may appear to be overwhelming, because most people will be afraid to agree with what you believe, even though they may feel you to be right. Safety in numbers is not always the safe bet, it may prevent you from becoming the person you were meant to be.

    Thanks Jim, as always you hit the nail on the head.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce A. Bennett

  35. Jim, thanks for sharing your story…it is a great one because of the powerful lessons learned and expressed! Keep the great content, stories and lessons coming!

    Much Appreciated!

    Gery

  36. Jim, thanks for sharing your story…it is a great one because of the powerful lessons learned and expressed! Keep the great content, stories and lessons coming!

    Much Appreciated!

    Gery

  37. Hi Brian,

    I am sure it's not just you. Personally, I find it tiring to read much copy if the story does not hold my interest, and then I am likely to just drop it or skim through to the end quickly.

    Jim knows how to write, and while he won't be able to hold every reader's interest – (obviously he did not hold yours) he writes compelling enough copy that he has created a large and loyal following that always look forward to his next post.

    I for one am often less likely to look at a video than I am to read something, while for you it's the opposite. In addition to that, it would take me considerably longer to sit through a 10 minute video than it took me to read this blog post.

    Just goes to show we're all different, which is why I am sure it's a good idea to provide both written copy and video.

    Boel

  38. Hi Brian,

    I am sure it's not just you. Personally, I find it tiring to read much copy if the story does not hold my interest, and then I am likely to just drop it or skim through to the end quickly.

    Jim knows how to write, and while he won't be able to hold every reader's interest – (obviously he did not hold yours) he writes compelling enough copy that he has created a large and loyal following that always look forward to his next post.

    I for one am often less likely to look at a video than I am to read something, while for you it's the opposite. In addition to that, it would take me considerably longer to sit through a 10 minute video than it took me to read this blog post.

    Just goes to show we're all different, which is why I am sure it's a good idea to provide both written copy and video.

    Boel

  39. You have my utmost respect. This is a lesson that wont soon fade from my memory. I'm glad you at least started it off with a great pic. Keep up the good work Sensei

  40. You have my utmost respect. This is a lesson that wont soon fade from my memory. I'm glad you at least started it off with a great pic. Keep up the good work Sensei

  41. Surely, will do. It's funny "Brian" didn't have time to read your post, yet he had time to blah about how he didn't have time… (ironically) while he was spending time writing the comment.

    Ha. I love it… keep us glued with your enthralling brain twisters Brian πŸ˜‰

    On a happy note… everyone says hi Jim!

  42. Surely, will do. It's funny “Brian” didn't have time to read your post, yet he had time to blah about how he didn't have time… (ironically) while he was spending time writing the comment.

    Ha. I love it… keep us glued with your enthralling brain twisters Brian πŸ˜‰

    On a happy note… everyone says hi Jim!

  43. Hey Jim,

    Great article. Well written. The headline pulled me right in. I almost didn't read it. But I forgot who it was coming from. You always deliver. And I truly appreciate it. And you're absolutely right. Before I decided to leave this comment I looked at what other people were saying. I did it and didn't even realize it. Human nature is human nature no matter how you try to slice it.

  44. Hey Jim,

    Great article. Well written. The headline pulled me right in. I almost didn't read it. But I forgot who it was coming from. You always deliver. And I truly appreciate it. And you're absolutely right. Before I decided to leave this comment I looked at what other people were saying. I did it and didn't even realize it. Human nature is human nature no matter how you try to slice it.

  45. Well said Boel!!

    I guess I'm just a video guy! For me it's more impactful.

    I'd like to write more, but….hi ho, hi ho……lol

  46. Well said Boel!!

    I guess I'm just a video guy! For me it's more impactful.

    I'd like to write more, but….hi ho, hi ho……lol

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