“Wow, that’s a Bold Title?” Yes, I am confident in my abilities.
First of all, allow me to explain Freshly Pressed (FP). The homepage on WordPress.com features 10 posts each day. There are approximately 500,000 new posts on any given day; the odds of being chosen are almost impossible. Let me see, 10 posts out of 500,000, multiply by six, carry the one, 1 in 50,000…I think! (Feel free to check the math.)
“Why would you want to be on Freshly Pressed—what’s the big deal?” Do I even have to answer that question? First, there is the satisfaction of beating the odds. Second, Freshly Pressed is great exposure; it would be wonderful to expand the blog’s viewership. The final reason I want to be featured is the fact that I love challenges.
My experience on WordPress.om has been phenomenal. There are so many wonderful features which allowed me to create a blog that is completely customized. I am fairly new to blogging and I continue to learn more, each day. To me, the best aspect of the site is the ability to read posts from people all over the world. The interaction with complete strangers who support one another has been unbelievable. Sometimes, I am unable to keep up with the blogs I follow because I am focused on finishing my own posts, but I always make it a point to check in as much as I can.
My favorite feature on the site is located in the Site Stats. The feature is called search engine terms, and it allows me to actually see what random terms led people to my blog.
Here are some of my favorites:
2011 super duty 6.7 tranny problems (Tranny Problem – August 31)
john elway pass to ricky nattiel (Bronco Life – August 23)
what to write on drunk texts (Drunk texts – August 30)
upcoming johnnie walker events (Why I’m No Longer Exclusive With Johnnie Walker – July 5)
are there sharks off the coast of Jamaica (My Obsession With Sharks – July 15)
funny bible stories on creation (The Creation Of the Bible – July 21)
fire eal fish (This Actually Happened – August 20th, 2011)
“Great, but how do you plan on going about being selected?” The first thing I did was research. For the most reliable information, I turned to the best place—GOOGLE!
I entered “how to be selected for freshly pressed” into the search field and I found the perfect answer from WordPress.com’s own Joy Victory. Her post, Five Ways to Get Featured on Freshly Pressed, listed 5 great tips and I applied each one to this post.
1. Write unique content that’s free of bad stuff.
The most difficult challenge was avoiding the adult content. Hopefully there were no slip-ups. I guess the fact that mature content is unacceptable for Freshly Pressed makes me feel better about never being selected, previously. For those who don’t know, I have an agent, but there is a catch; he’s imaginary.
Here is the conversation we had concerning this post.
Agent: “I think this is a horrible idea. You know the post has to be void of ‘bad stuff,’ right?”
Me: “Yeah, I know that; I can work clean, baby.”
Agent: “It’s not worth it. Mature content is what you’re all about. Trying to go clean can be career ending.”
Me: “Stop worrying; everything will be fine.”
Agent: “What about the dream? Didn’t you want to do something big? You don’t want to ruin your opportunity.”
Me: “Being on Freshly Pressed will help with the dream.”
Agent: “Remind me of this big dream of yours.”
Me: “It all started in my Communications class at Seton Hall University. For the final, we had to stand in front of our peers and wait for the professor to hand us a note card with three random words. The goal was to give a convincing speech which incorporated the words.”
Agent: “That’s interesting. How does the class tie-in with the dream?”
Me: “I want to sit on stage in front of a huge audience with a laptop that is connected to a large screen. There will be a proctor who takes suggestions from the audience. Ten ideas will be chosen and my task will be to construct a tale which ties-together all of the selected ones. While I write, the audience will be able to follow every key stroke, on the big screen. To keep them entertained, there will be live music playing; the artists will be chosen by me. It should only take an hour to finish.”
Agent: “Not a bad goal. I hope this working clean business doesn’t set you back.”
2. Include images or other visuals.
I almost never add an images, but I always figured images helped with the selection process; although, I did notice one featured post without an picture. I decided to take the bold approach with this post’s photo. We’ll see how it works out. (I wanted to post a picture of President George W Bush standing in front of the Mission Accomplished banner, but I wasn’t sure how to properly credit the original source.)
3. Add tags.
I always add tags so this tip isn’t a challenge. I did find the tip helpful because I often use obscure tags. I definitely remembered to keep the tags relevant and basic.
4. Aim for typo-free content.
This is always key, but sometimes I am just too tired to catch the mistakes. I hope I can remain on point with this entry. *Fingers Crossed*
5. Cap off your post with a compelling headline.
I decided to go with a bold prediction as my headline. (Good luck to me.)
I’ve complied with all of the suggestions; I also liked the post and subscribed. (Covering all bases!) I understand that I may be “Bush-ing it” with the photo, but life is about going for the gold. There is nothing else I can do…off to the store to buy a rabbit’s foot.
So did it get featured?
I won’t know for a while because some posts get selected several days after they are published. One from yesterday was written on September 3.
Thanks. We’ll see what happens.
So the post that you want to have featured of fp is about getting featured on fp? That’s either a really good idea or a dumb one. I’m leaning towards the latter. It’s just sort of boring and not what I’ve come to expect from your blog. And not because there’s no profanity or mature language, although that helps, its because its a boring subject. You know that I think you are an amazing writer and I’ve always supported all of your writing and part of that is because you take chances and think outside box. Your writing, even when its at its most ridiculous, is highly entertaining. This fell short. I get that the important thing is to get their attention but you want to keep it. With all that said, I do hope it gets featured and that the readers of WordPress get to read the the posts that make you such a great writer. This will be great exposure for you so I wish you luck. Keep us posted.
I think my goal was to basically make this my ‘how to get on freshly pressed.’ Definitely not the most interesting topic for people who are not trying, but for other writers on wordpress, these types of posts help out a lot.
I feel that I am at my best when I am free to write as I please. The fact that there are rules to being on FP (no bad stuff) takes away from the creative process, which is probably why you were bored with this post.
Banning the “bad posts” doesn’t give a fair representation of the many great posts that are written by people all over the world. They should probably add a mature section or mark mature posts with an ‘M.’
You are definitely at your best when free to write as you please. I wonder why there’s a ban. Its definitely not fair and limits writers creative process but if that’s what you have to do to get exposure then it makes perfect sense. Btw, I’m not some sicko that only likes the “bad stuff”! You’ve had posts that I very much enjoyed that were “clean”.
@ Cheno, its like Peter said its a helpful and entertaining post for you because you have a blog and this info can help you, for me it really isn’t useful or entertaining but I see why he did it. I absolutely compare blogs/posts to others. While the topic may be different the writer is still the same and you can see the writer’s writing style in all of his posts. If you want to use the movie analogy then fine, its like Martin Scorsese I think he’s a great director and I’ve come to expect great movies from him so when he doesn’t deliver I am disappointed and compare it to his other movies. So when I compare this one to the other ones its because its not at all like the others because he had to conform to the rules of WordPress and was limited in what he could write.
Maybe they will change the requirements. Freshly Pressed is missing out on some great posts from many adult content bloggers.
I beg to differ, this was a great topic. I once read a blog on “Freshly Pressed” (which isn’t freshly pressed if they got blows from sept 3rd) about “How to get Traffic to your blog”. So this Eminem moved is great….good luck!
P.s. This wasn’t a boring. I don’t compare blog to blogs. Blogs are like movies, you can’t compare an action movie to a romantic flick. Both can be very entertaining.
Thanks. I can understand both points. Like anything else, everyone has different opinions.
@Jess I get ur point, there is nothing Peter can do or write to help my blog (Cheno617.wordpress.com …..another shameless plug) I’m terrible….lol
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