Monetizing your blog can often feel like a double-edged sword. On one hand, you get to make your blog pay the bills; on the other hand, you also risk losing some of your audience who might be sensitive to such an online practice. Hence, you often have to find ways to monetize your blog without repulsing your visitors or loyal users.[Read more…]
Does checking your Google Analytics dashboard make you feel depressed? You’re not alone, low blog traffic stats can be an instant downer for even the most experienced bloggers. Creating a great post involves monitoring trends, researching, writing, rewriting, and a ton of editing. You manage to get through all this and then realize that no one is reading your carefully crafted post.[Read more…]
StumbleUpon is a great example of a startup making its way into mainstream Internet culture. From its humble origins in 2001 to more than 20 million users today, the “serendipitous discovery engine” has more than its fair share of bragging rights.
More than discovering new sites that you find interesting, StumbleUpon has become a venue for bloggers and marketers to attract eyeballs. A single successful stumble can give you a traffic spike that may very well lead to your site crashing. [Read more…]
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.
- Your desire to participate in the blog conversation and topic.
- Your desire to increase your link credits through blog comments.
- 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.