Celebrating 5th Hot 500 Yahoo! Badge

By John R. Aberle | Small Business Management

Dec 11

As I’ve written before, one of the ways to build a loyal customer base is to develop credibility as an expert. You can do this by writing blog posts and articles. While I obviously believe in blogging to do that, I also enjoy a broader platform by writing on small business for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. As of Monday, December 9, 2013, I have 195 article published and a few more pending rewrite and resubmission.

Image of John R. Aberle's Yahoo! Contributors Network Badges including Hot! 500 Yahoo!

I was notified on the 8th that I earned the Hot 500 Yahoo! badge for the fifth month in a row. For that, I want to thank my readers. So this post is celebrating that achievement.

Yahoo! describes this badge as follows:

The “Hot 100” and “Hot 500” are the Yahoo contributors with the largest audience, and most engaged readers, viewers and listeners. These badges are updated once per month, and grace the profiles of the top 500 active contributors based on the previous month’s page views.

This quote comes from http://contributor.yahoo.com/community/badges/.

It takes a lot of effort to promote your articles and blog posts to enough people to get the page views and engagement needed to earn one of these badges. That effort I have control over. However, engagement is a two way street. It takes you, my readers, to invest the time in reading my articles on one of Yahoo!’s sites: Yahoo! U.S. Finance, Yahoo! Voices and Yahoo! U.S. News. Thank you!

One of the lovely things about writing for Yahoo! is that you can earn performance payments on page views. It takes a lot of visitors to your pages to earn much, but even $.0015 per page view can add up over time. In the meantime, my focus is on earning the Hot 100! Your support with shares, Likes, and +1’s will be appreciated as will comments.

As Internet Marketing Mentor Gina Gaudio-Graves points out, one of the advantages of blogging, and so also of writing for Yahoo! Contributor Network, is that it helps you develop your ‘voice’ as an expert. People come to know, like and trust you through your ‘voice.

I generally write for a ‘beat’ on Yahoo! U.S. Finance so Yahoo! owns the copyright on those articles. That means that I can’t post them on my blog. However, I just signed up for my RSS feed so I will start pulling my articles into this blog using the RSS feed. And any article that I submit outside my beat, I can repost the complete piece here instead of just the excerpt.

If you are ready to start developing your own voice as an expert and to find your own following of readers, sign up for your own Yahoo! Contributor Network account now. While you won’t make a lot per page view, as you grow your social media connections of followers, friends and circles, you will start earning extra money too.


Building your profits through strong relationships,


John R. Aberle, Your Retiree Business, a division of Aberle Enterprises


P.S. To earn your own Hot 500 badge from Yahoo! Contributor Network, sign up as a contributor now

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About the Author

I have a strong love for small businesses, especially brick and mortar companies. After an 18-year career in sales and marketing, I started my own service company, which I grew in both sales and profits for the first five years. In my sixth year, the bottom dropped out of the printer market such that it made more sense to sell my assets and return to Southern California. There I went to work for an international small business consulting company. I spent over three years on the road with them helping small businesses to become more profitable and better managed. I then started my own company specializing in sales and marketing consulting, coaching and training. My emphasis is on heart-centered, relationship selling that empowers prospects to make their own choices.