How the Ugliest Infographic Ever Keeps Me in Cappucinos


Yes, I’m double-dipping – writing a post about a post… but I’m making an important point, important to some anyway.

Ugly, Helpful

Before that uber-fast, admittedly ugly, how-to image first went up on the web, it was strictly created for my own education. Fast screen shots and red reminders plastered together over too much coffee helped me get a handle on a problem with sizing blurry images in Woo commerce. It had baffled me for weeks. This was in 204 before Woo was owned by Automattic and they had no documentation. I was so excited when I consolidated all the research from several places on the web AND IT WORKED, that I had to share it. Certainly someone else is having this difficulty, I thought, and maybe I could spare them a sleepless night. After all, I had run across the same issue in forums time and time again with no one giving a proper answer. So that ugly little info graphic went up there with proper image labeling on Valentine’s Day of 2014. It turned out to be a gift that keeps on giving.

Expectation

Within weeks I got dozens of thank yous and comments. Truthfully, I received more email than comments at first, because I have my email address right there smack dab on the web. Who knew some people were so grateful they wanted to reach out in a less public way. One email was from a gentleman in Scandinavia who suggested I give folks an opportunity to thank me monetarily, say, by buying me a cappuccino. Ha! I thought “No way!” But a second nudge from him a year later saw me putting up another fast graphic for anyone who might feel I had helped them out. I laughed and expected no more than five dollars a year which was my then cappuccino budget. I’ve since graduated to lavender cubanos. Such a daredevil I am.

Perspective

Now I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, making big bucks on this, mainly because Woo commerce finally came up with its own documentation for the fix, but this little post’s SERP ranked higher and still does. So I score a cuppa or three monthly.

BONUS: great folks I’ve met online from this little post from all over Europe and the U.S. I am very grateful. It’s not the John Lee Dumas gazillion hits in a day, but a few dozen comments written from deep gratitude make my day. Especially from a personal website for which I do nothing to promote and care not a whit about category names not being meaningful. (I’ll nag my clients into fixing theirs though, by Golly!) I’ve got all the business and all the cappuccino I need.

What’s my point? Helpful, original content begets comments, engagement and even appreciation, even when you’re not trying to optimize your SEO or garner X number of likes. People appreciate good help, entertaining posts, and shareable content.

Now go create that.

~Val

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