Tomorrow is this blog’s one month birthday! Yay! Along with gobs of other new bloggers who are looking for an audience, I’ve been doing a lot of networking and social bookmarking looking for people who want to read what I have to say. I’m slowly building up and that works for me.
I’m more interested in people who will read me regularly than just getting hits on my pages. But I do recognize the importance of getting a lot of hits. It’s a numbers game. If 10% of people are interested in your content and will stay, you’ll get more people to stay by getting 1000 hits (100 people hooked) than by getting 100 hits (10 people hooked). So, I’m constantly trying to improve my traffic swarms while keeping my content good and relevant. Here are a few interesting things I’ve discovered:
Today’s Interesting Stuff
In the last 24 hours, I’ve discovered two new sites which might prove effective for social bookmarking and getting traffic.
First, Qassia.com: This new site is still in beta testing (you can use my link to sign up, if interested-you must have an invite of this sort). It’s a different kind of site that promises free backlinks for participating in its “intel” program. As far as I can tell, intel is simply posting stuff you know. It seems as though some people post actual articles and some people just post a paragraph or two. They’re rated by the community before being published. For each thing you do on Qassia.com, you get Q$, which I assume users will be able to use to purchase backlinks or other beneficial items for websites and blogs. I’m not sure how this will work out, but it seems interesting. And getting in on the ground floor on something like this might end up being very worthwhile!
Next, I’ve run across a site called SocialMarker.com. It allows you to post an article or story to 32 different social bookmarking sites in a matter of 10-15 minutes. You have to be a member of each site, of course, and the registration for that many sites takes quite awhile. Included are many of the big names: Digg, Tecnorati, StumbleUpon, etc. But there are also smaller sites, like RawSugar, Propeller, and one I found really interesting called NewsVine, which allows you to have something that resembles your own newspaper.
I can’t vouch for how much traffic these additional venues might bring you, as I’ve only just started using them today. If you’ve had experience with any of them, drop a comment and let me know your thoughts!