6.12.2006

Building Blog traffic

I always pay attention to what Michael Cader reads, and talks about. Always.
He's one of the very smartest, savviest guys in publishing and I admire him enormously. Don't tell him I said that, he's a modest guy, but it's true.

Michael Cader linked to Seth Godin's article on building blog traffic.
I thought it was good..but also pretty funny in that it advises bloggers not to have comments, but the blog itself has comments!

I love the comments (mostly) on this blog cause it's the closest I can get to actually hearing what you think about what I'm yapping about, and of course, calling me to task for mistakes (navel gazing, naval gazing, yadda yadda yadda).

12 comments:

Bernita said...

"All the nice girls love a sailor..."

Maya said...

I first subscribed to Publishers Marketplace about a year ago when I was beginning my search for an agent. They publish daily lists of the new book deals being made. I started to keep track of the agents who were working in my genre, and those were the people I queried.

Although I now have an agent, I've been unable to let the subscription go. It's as addictive as this blog.

Beth said...

it advises bloggers not to have comments, but the blog itself has comments!

Hmmm. Item #27 says:

"Include comments so your blog becomes a virtual water cooler that feeds itself."

Tori Scott said...

Shoot, I don't know if that last comment went through because I got a page not found message. If it did, please ignore this one.

I noticed that not only did he say to not have comments, he also said TO have comments on a different line. One thing that has really boosted traffic on my blog is starting a round robin. The story has gone in a slightly different direction than I'd envisioned, but it's been a lot of fun and the traffic to my blog has been phenomenal the last few days.

I use http://www.statcounter.com/ to keep track. It lets me see how many visitors I have each day, whether they're new or returning visitors, where they live, and how they found me. But be careful, it's addictive.

down_not_out said...

What mistakes? ~whistle~

kitty said...

#56 is really the only piece of advice for bloggers.

Robert Billing (the one-book wonder). said...

Reminds me of when my father saw a bikini held together with bits of chain in a shop window and remarked to my mother, "Hmm, navel warfare."

bonniers said...

Several of the items on that list contradict other items. Post on weekdays, post on weekends. Stick to one subject, blog about everything. Etc. I guess whatever you want is good.

Jean said...

See, after Fleet Week just finished up, you could have done either one or both. Gaze away!

Ballpoint Wren said...

He contradicts himself so many times--I think he means you should just do what you want to do.

At least, that's how I take it!

Zachary Gole said...

Given the "apologies to Swift", who was a noted satirist, I'm guessing that the list was meant to satirize common suggestions of how to build blog traffic, and that most of it was meant ironically--i.e., that the numerous contradictions were intentional, and that his main point was that the last point was the only one that was really important, and that all the rest didn't matter...

jude calvert-toulmin said...

> I always pay attention to what Michael Cader reads, and talks about. Always.
He's one of the very smartest, savviest guys in publishing and I admire him enormously.

Thanks for the information. Guess I'm going to have to start subscribing to this Publishers Marketplace I keep hearing about. Jeez, that means possibly having to cancel my son's Runescape membership. I think he'll have something to say about *that*!

> I love the comments (mostly) on this blog cause it's the closest I can get to actually hearing what you think about what I'm yapping about

Blog comment sections are the new forums. The blog is the skin; the comments sections are the heart which pumps the blood around.

Anyone who doesn't care what their readers think has got their head up their arse.

The problem with forums is that all of the decent ones, in my experience, are now dictatorships with draconian moderating. This kind of modding is necessary to keep out the trolls and the nobbers who post inflammatory shite at three am in the morning. Or even ten in the morning when everyone is reading.

However with blog comment sections, the blog author gets the chance to pre-mod comments (which is not the same as draconian modding.) Any blogger worth their salt will publish criticism as well as praise, for the two should be treated with equal...er...contempt LOL! :) Kidding. The views of the readers matter, but even more importantly, the comments section is the green room backstage where all those readers with more than a passing interest can sit around gassing and meet other people. That's what I mean about comment sections being the heart which pumps around the lifeblood of the blog.

I now do a daily tour (unless I've been away, as recently) of Photobloggers, all of whom I've come across in various comment sections, and I'm making new friends as well (one in Barcelona - Gaudi HERE I COME!)

I would like to see Blogger introduce the facility for an archived title link to be highlighted when new comments have been left. Actually I will email the Blogger suggestions section about that today, what does anyone else think?

Oops you won't know, because this is archived with no update highlight, LOL! :)