Ranking 3rd on Google search results for “Product Management Prioritization”

Every time I went to Medium.com which was roughly once a week to read an article, I saw that I was getting notifications that people were “clapping” for my blog posts. It was mostly for a blog I wrote called “Prioritization For Product Managers”. Upon further investigation today, I was surprised to find that it had 3,700 views (all time). I was also getting these regular emails from Medium.

I saw that Medium now shows you sources of traffic. My hypothesis was that most of the traffic was driven from Medium, but its only 5% of the traffic.

95% of the traffic is from “External Referrals”. Then I noticed that 2.7k, which is roughly 73% of the traffic is from Google.com. Hmmm, what could people be searching for? So I went to Google and searched for some variations of the title. Then I realized I’m ranking really well for these search terms:

“Product Management Prioritization”: 3rd result
“Prioritization Product Management”: 4th result
“Prioritization for Product Managers”: 4th result
“Product Prioritization Definition”: 3rd result

Product Management Prioritization Google Search Result
Sometimes above the organic results were paid search links, which means that people are bidding on it. So its clearly an important search term. I also thought about it some more. I was inspired to write a series of blog posts that explained the day to day real life of a product manager with simple easy to understand posts. They were intended to be transparent and explained the guts about product management. There’s clearly an audience for this type of writing.

One of the most important things we do as product managers is “prioritize”. We choose between competing priorities. I’ve learned that using a criteria is really important that is tied to your strategy and mission. We have limited resources and must make the tough choices about what we pursue, hoping that we get the best return on investment.

“Priotiziation for product managers” and its various combinations is probably a long tail niche search term. I mean how many product managers are there in the world? For every 10 engineers there’s probably one product manager in a team. Atlassian is a product company with roughly 3,000 people and 150 product managers. This is 5% of the workforce. Specific products designed for product managers and advertised to them would also small. However, the product manager role is highly leveraged given the ratio I mentioned. Its important because of the product manager’s responsibility to lead the product strategy, roadmap, and ultimately prioritize.

If you’d like to read the article please go here to read it on my blog or check it out on medium. According to myself and 4,000 other people that have visited the blog, they seemed to like it 🙂 Overall, I’m pretty happy with ranking 3rd for the google search result for “Prioritization product management”. I’ll do a lil dance (shoutout to shiggy) for this small win and then go enjoy the weekend! Its definitely inspired me to keep writing, given that I had a lot of ideas but haven’t had the time to put my fingers to the keyboard.

I’m out like ranking 3rd on Google,
Matthew Ho

About Matthew Ho
This is the personal blog of Matthew Ho. I blog about mobile apps and product management. I'm a mobile product manager at Atlassian. I previously worked at Airbnb. I've also been an entrepreneur, starting two businesses. I co-founded Native Tongue, a language learning game company. I also previously co-founded Tapmint, a consultancy that creates apps. I live in San Francisco, USA. I'm from Sydney, Australia. Go Chicago Bulls!

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