- How to start blogging
- Finding your blog voice
- Getting more traffic
- Getting more comments
- Free image hosting
- Google search code
- 12 steps to better blogging
In the second topic, again I did pretty good. Need to work on white space, italics, and emoticons. Otherwise, okay. I'm working on that.
Now, it's time to continue our little learning exercise. Time to learn how to get more traffic. I'll list excerpts from Harvey's post [read the entire post here] and add my own comments on how I'm doing. Ready? Let's go.
FIGHTING INVISIBILITY (UPDATED 7-17)I've bought some BlogAds.
If you're dissatisfied with your traffic, ask yourself this: what are you doing to advertise your blog?
I don't mean buying blog ads on some big guy's sidebar.Oh.
I mean the kind of friendly, word-of-mouth stuff that will actually get you traffic by getting your blog's name out there in a positive light.I don't yet qualify for Best of Me (too new) and have entered one Carnival of the Vanities. Need to enter more. I usually post something at Bonfire. And I'm hosting the next one! Need to do better. 0-1.
Entering link Carnivals regularly? - Carnival of the Vanities, Best of Me Symphony, Bonfire of the Vanities, etc. are all there for the entering, no charge, no quality check. ... People read these (and) click ... links. Best of all, you can write your own ... description for your entry, and it'll probably get used. ...
Since a lot of the link-fests are travelling shows now and are easy to lose track of, I post upcoming locations at the Alliance HQ site every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night, usually between 7 & 9 pm.
Commenting on other people's blogs? - Leaving a friendly, flattering, witty, or entertaining comment to other people's blog entries is a good way to get noticed.I do that on occasion. I usually make an ass of myself, but that's because I'm an ass. 1-1.
Surfing off your blogroll? - Surfing off your blogroll instead of from your browser's bookmarks makes your blog URL show up in people's referer logs. EVERYBODY checks their referer logs from time to time, even the Higher Beings & Mortal Humans. Showing up every day piques curiosity & encourages visitation.Yes. 2-1
Linking with enthusiasm? - When you link someone's post, an intro like "XBlogger has an interesting post" is better than nothing, but if you want to win friends & influence linkees, try emoting a little and describing WHY you liked a post.I don't do a lot of devoting a post to another blogger's post. A little, but not a lot. I can't count the little Breakfast or Lunch Specials, since it's not the same thing. 2-2.
Using Trackbacks? - A trackback lets the person you're linking to know that you're saying those enthusiastic things about him. ... Even if you don't have a "send trackback" option on your blogging software, you can still send a trackback with this handy standalone trackback form, developed by ... Kevin of Wizbang. ...Yes. I wonder sometimes if I do this too much. Breakfast and Lunch specials in particular. Guess not. 3-2.
Sending trackbacks to some sites ... will get your blog name and post title listed visibly within the entry you send the trackback to.
Participating in other blogger's projects? - This one might be too time consuming if you're on a tight time schedule, but throwing in with other bloggers wins you lots of goodwill points, and if the project takes off, it's going to take your name with it.I have done some Bogging for Terri. But not for this reason. I now understand some of the referring sites on the visitor log. But to the point, this was an exception. 3-3.
Dropping RELEVANT links in other bloggers' comments? - The key word is RELEVANT. If you're surfing around and you notice someone has posted on a topic that you've posted about, and you make a insightful point that doesn't appear in the other blogger's post, then go ahead & leave a link to your post. Some caveats: ... Don't be rude. Don't make your host look foolish. Don't link your fisking of his post. ...I need to do more of this. I haven't intentionally left out links to others, but I haven't looked enough to see if there may be others talking about something similar. 3-4
Now for the netiquette of e-mailing links to your posts to THE BIG GUYS. This one is tricky, because it's even more intrusive than dropping links in people's comments. If commenting is standing in their living room, then e-mailing is sitting on the couch next to them. Only send a link if the post fits the blog's theme. ...I'm not real good at this. When I have e-mailed some of the big boys (or girls), I have usually said "For your consideration," included the title of the post, the URL of the post, and an excerpt. I have also included the entire post, which is probably a bad idea. 3-5.
Suggested format - Apologize for the unsolicited e-mail, acknowledge that you know [BIG BLOGGER] is very busy, briefly tell why you think this post might be of interest to him, give the URL, thank him for his time, sign your name. END
Keep it brief & to the point. DON'T specifically ask for a link to your post ...
So, I need to work on lots of things:
- Enter more Link Carnivals.
- Write about others' posts and say nice things.
- Get involved with more projects.
- Link to others on same topic, staying relevant.
- Improve solicitation letters.
If you're following along, I hope you have enough sense to read Harvey's complete posts and not my Reader's Digest versions. So, I know what I need to do. Now to go get started.
Right after work.
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