There is a difference between traffic whoring and wanting people to simply have the chance to read your blog.
There is a difference. There most certainly is. And if you think I sound suspiciously like I’m trying to convince myself, then you are – I’m very sorry – sadly, sadly mistaken.
But I digress. If you are one of those lucky people whose friends and family actually read your blog, then you need not continue further.
If, however, you’ve just created your very own blog and you’re wondering how to increase your traffic from the one person a week who chances by because of a cack-handed search on Google, then this is for you:
If I sound like I’m shouting, it’s because this-is-important.
Treated right, Blog Explosion can increase your traffic dramatically.
Basically, in a nutshell, this is how it works:
You join up with Blog Explosion and get your blog on their books. You then surf through existing members’ blogs, thereby increasing their traffic and your own.
It’s a reciprocal arrangement. Beautiful in it’s simplicity.
Admittedly, perusing the positively dizzying array of blogs out there can be, at times, a vertiginous experience. It’s a bit like plugging into the hive: you hear the hum of the collective consciousness. You become party to the interior dialogues of a zillion strangers. It’s vaguely disturbing, yet curiously illuminating. And if nothing else, it’s an interesting exercise.
Blog Explosion is like the thrift shop of blogs. Everything is pre-loved and not exactly fashionable, but if you look hard enough, and regularly enough, you’ll find those little gems that can make your day. Or week. Or – hell- why not? – even your year.
As one reader (who shall be named Brando – a man of considerable discernment and taste) wrote:
“…and thank you for the BE link. i don’t eat anymore. i don’t work. i just surf blogs for credits. it’s worse than vegas. and i’ve got that wicked cool red bull eyes wide open from staring at an lcd all night look. people i don’t like are avoiding me. people i love are treating me with extra sympathy. they should rename it crack.com….”
Blog Explosion has been touted as the fastest growing blog exchange programme on the net. There is, however, a new kid on the blog (er, block).
It works similarly to Blog Explosion and is aptly titled BlogClicker.
BlogClicker offers the same kind of system as Blog Explosion, but since it’s newer I believe there are more chances to earn/win/wrangle credits.
From what I can make out, BlogClicker does differ from Blog Explosion in one small, but significant way: it looks as if you can cash in your credits. You know – for cash. Dolleros. Ping. $$$. (But don’t quote me on that).
For those of you out there with addictive personalities and/or short attention spans – be warned!
These sites can turn into an obession. I have seen it in many an otherwise intelligent and erudite blogger. They become plagued with their ratings and page views and placing in the directory – and other such obscure and tenebrous details.
So enter at your own peril. It is not for the faint of heart.
Et bonne chance mes amies.