Top 10 blog posts on Backlinko

About Backlinko:

Backlinko is a blog by Brian Dean focused on SEO. I was introduced to this blog by Hiten Shah‘s(twitter) newsletter. What I like about Backlinko is that Brian has few blog posts but keeps updating them frequently. This way you are kind of guaranteed that the content is likely to be super relevant to you.

Top 10 blog posts on Backlinko:

1) Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List (2018)
 10.00 MTS score
 6631 mentions on twitter
 1 mentions on twitter by domain experts

2) Conversion Rate Optimization Techniques (100+ Techniques and Free PDF)
 9.99 MTS score
 3816 mentions on twitter
 2 mentions on twitter by domain experts

3) On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page (2018 Update)
 9.98 MTS score
 3145 mentions on twitter
 0 mentions on twitter by domain experts

4) We Analyzed 1 Million Google Search Results. Here’s What We Learned About SEO
 9.98 MTS score
 2935 mentions on twitter
 3 mentions on twitter by domain experts

5) Viral Marketing Case Study: How a Brand New Blog Generated 17,584 Visitors In One Day
 9.98 MTS score
 2784 mentions on twitter
 1 mentions on twitter by domain experts

6) LINK BUILDING FOR SEO:The Definitive Guide (2018 Update)
 9.96 MTS score
 2310 mentions on twitter
 0 mentions on twitter by domain experts

7) How to Get 260.7% More Organic Traffic In 14 Days (New Strategy + Case Study)
 9.95 MTS score
 2163 mentions on twitter
 0 mentions on twitter by domain experts

8) 17 Insanely Actionable List Building Strategies (That Work Fast)
 9.95 MTS score
 2115 mentions on twitter
 3 mentions on twitter by domain experts

9) The Definitive Guide To SEO In 2018
 9.95 MTS score
 2047 mentions on twitter
 0 mentions on twitter by domain experts

10) White Hat SEO Case Study: How To Get a #1 Ranking
 9.94 MTS score
 1932 mentions on twitter
 1 mentions on twitter by domain experts

Thoughts after reading through them:

The posts are super long and exhaustive. This means you are going to take some time to finish these posts particularly since you are going to reflect on some of the points mentioned in each of these posts. Take your time, it is worth it.

Note:

The ranking might not be super accurate. While crawling it was noticed that some of the urls have changed. This makes it difficult to accurately find the number of times it was shared on twitter. This list will be updated over a period of time as our algorithms gets better and better at handling these corner cases. I thought I will publish this even though this ranking is not perfect as I still found the top 10 useful.

How did I make this top 10 list?

If you follow the right people on twitter, you will get good “new” content. But just because something is new, does not make it the best stuff out there. In order to figure out the best content to read, that I can learn from, I wrote a script that collects the mentions of a link on twitter. Based on these mentions, I score the links out of 10. Showing above are the top 10 links from a chosen website.

I am converting this script into a tool where you can find the top links on any website or get a score of a link (to verify if it is worth your time). If you want to notified of the product when we launch, sign up here

Top 10 article by Paul Graham

About Essays by Paul Graham:

Paul Graham is a well-known figure in the entrepreneurs’ community. He is the co-founder(along with Jessica Livingston) of the most coveted startup accelerator – Ycombinator. He is also a popular figure in the hacker community. Paul Graham’s insights on startups are unmatched. His articles (called essays) on the same topic are overflowing with wisdom. Honestly, the first time I heard about the essays, I saw the long essays and I was like, “woo, who is going to read all that”. Later, I realized that I could have saved a ton of time if I had read these essays long time ago. These days, I make it a point to re-read some of these essays periodically as a refresher. He has written 179 essays. You should probably read most of them. If you don’t have time to read all of them, here are the top 10 that you should definitely read.

Top 10 Essays by Paul Graham:

1) Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule
10.00 MTS score
5578 mentions on twitter
4 mentions on twitter by domain experts

2) How to Get Startup Ideas
10.00 MTS score
5566 mentions on twitter
16 mentions on twitter by domain experts

3) Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas
9.99 MTS score
3909 mentions on twitter
12 mentions on twitter by domain experts

4) Startup = Growth
9.99 MTS score
3807 mentions on twitter
11 mentions on twitter by domain experts

5) Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas
9.99 MTS score
3080 mentions on twitter
2 mentions on twitter by domain experts

6) How to Make Wealth
9.99 MTS score
2794 mentions on twitter
4 mentions on twitter by domain experts

7) How to Raise Money
9.99 MTS score
2734 mentions on twitter
5 mentions on twitter by domain experts

8) How to Do What You Love
9.99 MTS score
2679 mentions on twitter
3 mentions on twitter by domain experts

9) How Not to Die
9.99 MTS score
2624 mentions on twitter
7 mentions on twitter by domain experts

10) Life is Short
9.99 MTS score
2581 mentions on twitter
8 mentions on twitter by domain experts

Thoughts after reading through them:

Paul Graham is super knowledgeable about startups, no doubt. After reading through each one of them myself, I noticed that the older articles tend to be really long form. In the absence of highlights in his essays, the long articles are impossible to scan visually and sometimes demotivating to read.However, I would recommend you to push through as the insights are valuable. Towards the end of most articles, the insights are very deep. Some short articles such as “Makers schedule vs Managers Schedule” is short and an easy read.

How did I make this top 10 list?

If you follow the right people on twitter, you will get good “new” content. But just because something is new, does not make it the best stuff out there. In order to figure out the best content to read, that I can learn from, I wrote a script that collects the mentions of a link on twitter. Based on these mentions, I score the links out of 10. Showing above are the top 10 links from a chosen website.

I am converting this script into a tool where you can find the top links on any website or get a score of a link (to verify if it is worth your time). If you want to notified of the product when we launch, sign up here