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August 27, 2008

Do You Ping?

One of the things people write about a lot in the blog world is “Pinging”. Apparently it should help you increase your traffic and/or backlinks.

Pinging is basically a notification to a website or service that you have updated the content on your blog. Most blog platforms do this automatically, but you can also add services or do it manually.

Problem is, while many people advocate it, I haven’t been able to find anyone who can prove it has the benefits people say it does … read more

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August 7, 2008

Gawker Media Takes a Pop at Los Angeles Times’ Record Month

Gawker Media, the blog network lead by Nick Denton, had a great July, it would seem, with no less than 6 sites setting new traffic records. Impressive indeed. The official posting also notes:

Also important is the year-over-year growth that continues with this new high. Gawker Media’s network traffic level is 70% higher than last year, 330% greater than in July 2006, and a whopping 700% higher than three years ago in 2005.

That is some growth for sure. read more

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August 1, 2008

Steady Growth Versus Spikes

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Those big traffic days are very satisfying. When you hit the front page of Digg, get a snowball effect of Stumble traffic, or when several big blogs notice you and throw you a link.

More and more though I am hearing from bloggers who are chasing these spikes at the expense of their long term success. read more

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July 18, 2008

Are Blog Comments a Source of Referral Traffic?

Here’s a question. If blog comments are mini-resumes, which comments are bringing the most traffic to your blog?

When you leave a comment on a blog, there are three things at work.

  1. Your desire to participate in the blog conversation and topic.
  2. Your desire to increase your link credits through blog comments.
  3. Your desire to encourage traffic from your comment to your blog.

A lot of pro bloggers cover the first two, but I want to explore the last one. If you really want to drive traffic to your blog through comments on other blogs, is it working for you?

Have you been paying attention to your blog referrals and incoming traffic to see where your traffic is coming from in relationship to your blog comments? It’s a very good question because we blog and comment on the premise that blog interaction helps drive traffic.
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