EzineArticles expert author Ed Howes mused in a recent blog comment:
“Maybe instead of all this speculation about what readers want, we should all analyze our ten most published articles.”
My gut opinion is that it seems very intuitive to want to draw conclusions by analyzing your most successful 10 articles; but the reality may be that you never really know what it was about them (mechanically speaking) that caused the outstanding success.
Example: Your subject matter could have been the traffic trigger; timing, search engine love, an accidental keyword density that matched a market search volume demand, some ezine publisher who promoted your article without telling you (happens daily), a high profile blogger could have highlighted your content because of a single sentence you had in it or maybe it was the compilation of thoughts you put together…
In conclusion: I think it’s a good exercise to review your top 10 most highly successful articles, but don’t become convinced that you can repeat the success by modeling what you thought worked because the truth is that you may never know what the key traffic trigger was that landed you the success in the first place. Agree/Disagree?