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Painting: Diana and Cupid (1761)
Pompeo Girolamo Batoni (1708–1787)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Photo by D. Cupples
The painting has absolutely nothing to do with our topic. I just like it and thought others might. (Decreasing it to 15% of it's size made it a tad fuzzy, 'sorry.)
Many of us blog, in part, because we enjoy having people read our stuff. Otherwise, we'd just write in private journals. Below are 13 things related to increasing traffic to your blog. Enjoy!
1. Offer Link Exchanges. The more people you link to, the better your chances of ultimately increasing traffic to your blog (be patient). BN-Politics, for example, trades links with most blogs -- except those doing illegal stuff or spam (see our blogroll policy, top of right sidebar). Because we link to diverse blogs, we have multiple blogrolls: e.g., blogs that aren't primarily political go under "Not So Political" (right side bar).
2. Quote other Bloggers & Let them Know it. Most bloggers like to be quoted. If you quote and link to other bloggers, let them know it by sending trackbacks (see #3 ). Not
all blogs accept trackbacks. You could also leave a positive comment
mentioning that you quoted a blogger (though some blogs don't like
3. Enable & Send Trackbacks. To receive trackbacks, you must enable that feature at your blog (check your blog software's help section). To send trackbacks, just copy the trackback URL or link if it's listed (usu. at the end of the other blogger's post) and paste it into the designated space for trackbacks on your blog-post form before you upload it. If working properly, your site should ping the other blogger's site when you upload your post. Trackback URLs & links look like this:
Trackback Link: Trackback
Try it: right click & copy link location of the trackback link (above), then paste it into anything; the result will look like this:
4. Understanding/Using Technorati. Technorati "authority" shows how many Technorati-listed blogs have linked to yours once in the last six months. If my blog links to yours in 5 different posts today, it counts as one authority point. If I link to you once today and once next week, the first link will count toward your authority for 6 months from today, and the second will count for 6 months + 1 week from today.
Note to newcomers: Technorati is free, but you have to join and "claim" your blog to get the benefits (see Technorati's help section after you sign up).
5. Update your Links (Technorati). Given how Technorati works (see #4), we'd all have higher authorities if we all make a point of re-linking to blogs we haven't linked to in a while.
6. Join T-13 Blogroll & Update it. Thursday Thirteen's blogroll has 200+ links: if you're not on it, consider joining. If you are -- and you've been on it for awhile -- note that it was updated in March 2007: if you don't redo it, new additions (like BN-Politics) won't be a part of it. Joining the T-13 blogroll means that you install it at your own blog (see link in our right sidebar, about 1/3 of the way down), thereby giving other T13-ers instant links. Remember to check T-13 periodically for updates.
* If we all upload T-13's blogroll (even to a separate page), we all get Technorati points and a greater chance that others will happen upon our blogs.
7. Switch Off the No-Follow Feature. If you're like me, you
probably assumed that your comment links are like any other
links and count toward Technorati authority. Not necessarily: the "no
follow" feature de-activates links within comments. Users of Blogspot,
Word Press, and Moveable Type may be able to simply switch off the no-follow feature. Typepad users are SOL -- but if enough of us email Typepad, they might add this feature. (PS. Read up on this before you do it---one of our commenters below warns that it MIGHT affect your Google ranking.)
8. Mr. Linkies. You can create permanent links with Mr. Linky's magical linking widgets -- just be sure that you create "Permalinkies" when your T13 is done by copying the HTML into your own blog. Instructions for Perma-Linkies are here. If you don't convert the links to Perma-linkies, your commenters' links don't register as actual links. To get Permalinkies, you have to pay a small fee. For getting and giving 'link love' it's probably worth it....though you can of course give link love by just doing what we do and linking manually (see bottom of this post).
9. Blogspot Problems. First, I understand that Blogspot recently made it so that non-Blogspot bloggers can't include their links in comments they leave on Blogspot posts. This decreases the incentive for people to comment on Blogspot blogs -- except those Blogspot blogs that have found ways to allow comment links. Below are two links that seem to explain ways around this Blogspot problem:
Second, some Thirteeners on Blogspot allow only people with Blogspot accounts to comment. This is inconvenient and decreases the number of people likely to comment on your T-13s.
10. Manually Add Thirteeners Links to Your Post.
If you can't use No Follow or Mr. Linkies -- or if you can't overcome
Blogspot's problems -- then you can do what we do: manually update T-13
posts by copying/pasting commenters' links into your posts. It takes
time, but giving link love is a good thing.
11. Use Digg. Digg lists news stories (and blog posts) that members have listed with Digg (by clicking on the "Digg It" link at the bottom of so many articles/posts). The more people who Digg an article/post, the better the chance that the piece will make it to Digg's front page. Digg is a community with rules: don't Digg too much of your own stuff. Digg is free, but you have to sign up.
12. Use Reddit. Reddit is similar to Digg. I don't know precisely how it works, but you can read the Frequently Asked Questions or rules at the site. Reddit is free, but you have to sign up.
13. Use Stumble Upon. Once you download the Stumble tool bar, you can start stumbling -- that is, you can click a button and Stumble will arbitrarily load a webpage for you based on your interests (i.e, books, politics, entertainment...). You can also submit websites, articles or blog posts to Stumble, so that they'll be among the pieces that other Stumblers come across. Stumble upon is free, but you have to sign up. As with Digg and Reddit, you should read up on Stumble at its website.
Bonus Advice for Blogspot/Blogger bloggers: Consider Installing Backlinks (a fairly new feature)
Back-links show other web pages that link to your posts. If I write a blog entry that you link to in one of your blog posts, my post will automatically provide a short snippet of your text and a link to your post. Talk about sharing link-love. I don't know how to do it (or if Typepad allows it). I've seen it on Blogspot blogs, though. Read about back-links here.
And, as noted above, if you really love your commenters (as we do), you can do this:
BN-Politics thanks our intrepid commenters, whose blogs---listed below---are well worth your attention!
- The Chronicles of a SAHM
- Writing in Faith
- The Abundance Place
- The Gnostic World of Candy Minx
- Comedy Plus
- While Sleepwalking...
- My Irrationalities
- The Happy Wonderer
- Sports, Soaps, & a Wandering Mind
- Gratitude Journal
- One Gal's Musings
- A Gentleman's Domain
- Lives Less Ordinary
- Around the Island
- Puss Reboots
- The Mocha Mom
- Pop Culture Dish, Presented by Malcolm
- Diary of a Former Catholic Church Worker
- State of Confusion
- What Works for Us
- Secret Agent Mama
- The Pink Flamingo
- Crazy Working Mom
- Country Dawn
- Fond of Snape
- Leslie Dicken
- J's Thoughts & Musings
- Nazarene Family Services
- I Read Banned Books
- Do I Look Like I Freakin' Care?
- Blue Star Chronicles
- Rae's World
- Joely Sue Burkhart
- The Bird's Nest
- On a Limb with Claudia
- Vicki Gaia
- Kat's Krackerbox
- Denise's Den
- My 2 Cents
- West of Mars
- The Cafe at the End of the Universe
- Storyweaver's Web
- Hello World, My Name is D
- Bending the Twigs
- Loose Leaf Notes
- Thorne's World
- Thoughts of an Aspiring Writer
- Dragonheart's Domain
- One Old Green Bus
- Di's Book Blog
- Diary of 1
- At Home with Grandmother Wren
- Notes in the Key of Life
- Home is Where the Mom Is
- Raven's Roads
- Raven's RV
- The Adventures of a MomLady
- Raven's Rides