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9 things I learnt about getting blog traffic

A while back Scoble wrote some tips for getting our blog into the A-list.

This blog had been around for (coming to) 2 months – a very short time in blogodom. There is no deny that I’m looking to get into the A-list and earn revenue from online activities like blogging.

This blog is not getting traffic. My two other blogs are.

I surf alot for blog to list on the Best Blog on WordPress. I also looked at blogs that frequently get onto the Fastest Growing blogs and Top Posts.

Here’s what I learn about what gets traffics and what not.

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Review of week 3-4

Quick round up of week 3-4 performance.

Traffic

Traffic graph for 0 to independence and 59ideas.
0 to independence stats 59ideas stats

Traffic for Whois.la
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Financial result

Jan revenue trend

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About Directory Submission

First, some backgrounder.

Online directories are very much like their real world counterparts. They are classified list of websites.

Two of the most well known directories are Yahoo and dmoz. Getting a listing in these 2 can mean a noticable increase in traffic and search engine ranking but it is not easy.

What about other directories?

There are countless other directories. Some are effective, some marginal, the rest worthless waste of time. But how do you know?

One useful method is to look out for personal testimonies or experiences. My plan is to also report my experience with directories on this blog as time goes by.
As countless as the directories are services that will help you submit to them. Coincident? Just say they mutually ensure eachother’s existence.

So, what about the paid inclusion and paid submission services?
Is Yahoo directory worth $299?
Personally I have yet to use any paid service so I cannot comment from experience. Again, report will appear as if I ever try them.

More good readings:

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How to be the fastest glowing blog?

Ever wonder how some people are able to get their blog right off the ground and immediate into the Fast Glowing WordPress.com blogs list?

It is like they sign up for an account and the with next few posts they are on the list.

Well I thought it would be nice to know the secret. So I’m going to find out.

Let’s look at the top list today and collect some statistics

  1. SHARE
    Topic: Mp3 download?
    No. of post: 11
    Google: 0 (using allmusic.wordpress.com)
    Yahoo: 1 (using allmusic.wordpress.com)
    MSN: 0 (using allmusic.wordpress.com)
  2. arturogoga
    Topic: Technology, games (in Spanish?)
    No. of post: 24
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 92
    MSN: 38
  3. Squash
    Topic: Technology, web2.0
    No. of post: 20
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 68
    MSN: 534
  4. Jen’s thoughts
    Topic: Freebies, technology, miscellaneous
    No. of post: 30
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 66
    MSN: 81
  5. B(oot)log
    Topic: Music, MP3 download links
    No. of post: 6
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 5
    MSN: 11
  6. Pay Attention To Me!
    Topic: Technology, photo, blogging, miscellaneous
    No. of post: 50
    Google: 1
    Yahoo: 153
    MSN: 429
  7. 家住杭州
    Topic: Technology, audio/video, satellite tv code?, (in Chinese)
    No. of post: 99
    Google: 0
    Yahoo: 1
    MSN: 0

Obviously the data I’m looking at has no trend at all except that certain topics might prove to be extremely popular.

An 1 hour exercise, but no where near an answer. Any thoughts? 

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Web 2.0 Marketing

For a while I thought I coined a new term. But a quick search on Yahoo! reveals that many others had used the phase to mean similar thing.

What do I mean by Web 2.0 marketing?

By now you must have heard of Web 2.0. The very open nature of Web 2.0 lent itself to creative meshing of different services and information into new services. An example is a country travel guide that mesh Google Map, Flickr photo, RSS news and books from Amazon.com services.

Now, what have I just done? Exactly! Web 2.0 marketing!

The observant reader will notice that the openness of web 2.0 services are also allowing creative webmasters to promote their website in more ways then before.

Create satellite content sites on Squidoo and promote your site. Tag your blog entries so that Technorati could return it for searches on that tag. Bookmark and tag your sites on del.icio.us. Add your URL to personal profile on many services.

Do not spam! Note that this is not an invitation to spam. Sometimes the line is fine between good intention and spam. Be responsible.

Be creative! Think of ways to leverage those Web 2.0 sites out there. They worked hard to bring in traffic, ride on their coattail.

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Building Traffic – the begining

Another big topic around that cannot be covered in one single post. First the basic here, then the specifics over the course of this project.

In anatomy of online revenue, we saw why traffic is the lifeline of every website, especially those that planning to profit.

Building traffic is a continuous and iterative process. Like all action, there should be a plan. There may be a point that traffic generates traffic itself, but that will be very far down the road. Even so, activities should relax not stop.

First, more about traffic. There are 3 broad kinds of traffic by arrival

  1. search engine
  2. external links
  3. remembered/typed-in

Search engine we are most familiar. Someone makes a search, your website appears and the people clicks on it.

People arrive from external links when they clicked on a link to your website. These links can be on a directory, website, newsletter, email or nowaday, RSS.

The last kind is when people typed-in your website URL directly. They could have remembered it or from an offline source (like books, magazines or business card).

Search engine and external links are closely related. External links influence how the search engines rank the site. This is where search engine optimization (SEO) comes in. (More about this later.)

With these background information, let’s start building links.

How?

The common link building methodologies are

  1. link exchanges/reciprocal links
  2. directories/link page
  3. online places like forum, blog
  4. create and syndicate content

It takes time, so pace yourself, work hard, don’t expect overnight result.

Right now I’m doing method (3), slowly. The idea is to network and make friends. Join me at digital point forum and DomainState. Any suggestions of other good forum?

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