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Necessity The Mother Of Invention And How It Relates To Blogs

Necessity is the mother of invention. This is a well known proverb that can be applied to many things in life, including blogging. It basically means that whenever someone finds a need for something, if that need is great enough he will find a way of fulfilling that need.

One avenue of blogging where this is clearly displayed is the creation of all the great plugins that we use in our blogs. This can be anything from Andy’s Commentluv to Microkid’s related posts. They can save us time by simplifying tasks, they can improve the SEO of our blog or they can even reward those who take the time to comment on our blogs.

As bloggers our greatest need would be to get others to visit our blog. It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging for money or if you’re doing it just for the love of it, unless people are coming to your blog it all becomes pretty pointless. Our need is therefore quite obvious, we need to generate traffic.

Unfortunately it’s going to take more than a few plugins to achieve that goal. I’m afraid that I am going to disappoint a lot of you right now, especially if you thought this post was going to reveal an easy answer to all your traffic woes. I’ll leave that to the many squeeze pages on the subject, for the rest of us, we’re going to have to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Let’s keep one thing in mind though, and that is that we love the work we do, which is why we can throw so much into it and because it’s our passion to write and to succeed that is going to see us through.

The one thing that I do that brings a fair bit of traffic is commenting on other peoples blogs. I’ve found that by leaving constructive comments I get quite a few people coming here to see what else I have to offer. Knowing that to be the case all that is left is to Find The Right Blogs To Comment On.

While commenting is a good start, one of the major sources of traffic would have to be the search engines. As long as you provide the right food for the spiders the search engines can become your best friend as far as traffic is concerned. One way to get noticed by those guys is by getting a nice set of backlinks to your blog and instead of divulging my meager knowledge on the subject I’m going to send you to site that is going to tell you Everything You Need To Know About Backlinks! This is a pretty comprehensive post, complete with several instructional videos, and it may take more than one sitting to assimilate everything but it’s going to be worth it.

OK, I’m not one who likes to sit through a session where there is a possibility for information overload, so I’m not going to put you guys through it either. To finish off I would love it, and I think you will appreciate it as well, if you were to watch this small clip, one that shows you exactly how necessity is the mother of invention.

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  1. LOL!! Isn’t that the coolest thing! I wasn’t sure about what to expect only when the can flipped all the way to the couch I burst out laughing! I know I should be commenting on your post but sorry I can’t help it! The clip was too amazing I had to share it on my Facebook (I credited your Twitter acc — in response to the traffic & token of appreciation) :)

    Ok, back to your post: I think you hit the nail on the head with this one. When there’s a will, there’s a way! It all comes down to the basic need – wanting to be heard and discovered. If people don’t care about blogging no more, I wonder how will those plugins, analytics, tips and tricks will ever matter?

    To me, commenting is still the best way to get to know a blogger. A bridge for a continuous relationship that gives you consistent traffic. Search engines, quality posts/linking will earn us more visibility we hoped for. Isn’t it interesting how one thing leads to another yet not running away from the basic necessity? Although I would add ‘friendship’ as another necessity that unexpectedly got filled through blogging experience, that’s even cooler than the beer-launching fridge. :P

    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..6 Points To Ponder Before Using Automatic Status Updates =-.

    1. Hey Ching Ya, I’m so glad you liked that clip. I got it in an email today and it took awhile to find it on YouTube, then I just had to work out a way to use it as the theme for the post.

      All in all I think the whole thing came together pretty well.

  2. G’day, Sire.

    It’s the same for me as Chingya. Commenting on other blogs has been what has kept my blog growing in terms of readership and subscribers.

    I also have to thank Andy for his wonderful CommentLuv plugin. It is helpful to someone like me who likes to write weird blog post titles.

    If one is trying to monetize one’s blog then while numbers are still important, the type of traffic becomes extremely important. Many people who like to read, don’t necessarily like to buy.
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..You’re A Bad Parent If … =-.

    1. That’s so true Gordie, that people who like to read do not necessarily like to buy, but I’ve found if you do the right things you will attract the search engines and that type of targeted traffic are more likely to earn us some cash.

  3. My kids’ father used to just have one of the girls go get him a beer. Amanda still taps her soda cans before opening them. :doh_tb:

    I’ll have to check out the backlinks post [since you took the time to list it and all] and see if I garner a thought or two from it.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Frivolity Can Lead to Greater Thoughts, Just Not Today =-.

    1. No worries Anne, I’m sure you will get something from those posts.

      As to Amanda, does she realize why she does that?

      1. She knows. It drives me crazy.

        Sometimes I would have the girls shake the can before giving it to him, but that would just get me a ‘Damnit Anne’ from him. Maybe I was just being a prude about the whole thing. :blink_tb:
        .-= Anne´s last blog ..Frivolity Can Lead to Greater Thoughts, Just Not Today =-.

        1. A prude, in what way Anne?

          1. I opposed my young children getting beers for their father and others. He thought it was cute. I thought it set a bad example. I guess I didn’t want my kids to think it was cool to drink [all the time]. They don’t, but he hasn’t been in their lives for 8 years now.

            1. I don’t know if fetching a beer for dad leads to drinking (speaking only for myself, it seems more likely to lead to disdain for lazy-a** beer drinkers, later in life). But when I ask my kids to pitch in, it’s easy to counter the “you only had me to be a servant” argument when the chore is of benefit to all, and the favors can be reciprocal. Like, “I do your laundry all the time; surely you can fold a load of towels and hang your shirts.” Or “I cook, you can help out by unloading the dishes and putting them in the cupboard.”

              “You brought me a beer last night, want me to bring you a glass of Scotch now?” doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? There are some things that people just need to do for themselves.

              Sire, I’m trying hard to convince Fuzzbutt that a trip to Australia would be fun.
              .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..Tucked in Without So Much as a Dryer Sheet =-.

            2. Everyone’s different, but that would leave a bad taste in my mouth as well. My son likes to help out, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to involve our kids in our vices. Maybe have them get you a glass of water, or some grapes, but not a beer or a cigarette.
              .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Flatlanders, Hawks and Chickens =-.

            3. They’ve actually have a commercial out saying how kids getting a beer could lead to them drinking. I personally don’t see it that way.

              I’ve always got my own beers and have never made a big thing about it in front of the kids.

  4. Yes commenting wisely on a related blogs drives qualified traffic, then good comments can still land you juicy backlinks, most blog owners appreciate good comments and may reward you with a link from an actual post.

    1. I don’t actually comment for the backlinks. I do it because I liked the post and the rest is just a bonus.

      1. Luckily for me, I don’t need to worry too heavily about traffic. As long as one person reads it (or it’s enough to get whatever I have been thinking about out of my head!) I’m happy. In terms of commenting, I only comment when I either have something to say or the post is awesome enough for me to pull a few words out. That’s why I often skip commenting on some well written posts – I’d rather not post than just post to say “awesome post”, or “I am not interested in this topic but thanks for sharing”. The spam filter will get me if I do that :)
        .-= ray´s last blog ..The Bible – What Adam Did Next =-.

        1. One is cool Ray, but I prefer a little more than that as it gets more of a discussion going.

  5. Sire, I agree that to bloggers, commenting on other blogs is going to be your best resource for getting others to take a look at and hopefully comment on your blog as well.

    I’ve been wondering lately – do people who aren’t bloggers read blogs anymore? I have a handful of friends and family who are not bloggers who follow my blog, but still… I find myself wondering.
    .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Flatlanders, Hawks and Chickens =-.

    1. That’s on my mind, too. I’ve only two readers who are not bloggers. I know them because they leave comments every now and then. Sometimes, it feels like preaching to the converted. Is that it – the majority of my readers are bloggers? Not that it’s a bad thing though. Visitors to cemeteries leave flowers. Or put stones on the grave to mark their visit. I wish there’s something like that for bloggers because commenting can really be a bother for most non-bloggers.
      .-= jan geronimo´s last blog ..When a Question Is the Answer =-.

      1. Nothing wrong with having other bloggers commenting on your post Jan. I love the conversation and it does make your posts look popular which will impress the casual visitor.

    2. Most of the comments on this blog are from other bloggers and webmasters, you can tell by the links :wink_ee: but a lot of the comments on some of my other blogs are from non bloggers etc., again because of the lack of links.

  6. Sounds to me that you are advocating the building of a community. Like you say one of the best ways to go and do that is to add value. In return you gain some trickle through traffic, a blogging friend with their own community and so on. Like the saying goes all ships rise together. Finding that place where like-minded people can exchange thoughts and ideas leads to a big net being cast. I loved the video. I want one…
    .-= The Real Josh´s last blog ..How do I know where to target my efforts online? =-.

    1. A community would be nice, don’t you think Josh?

  7. Commenting is definately an integral part of blogging. Commenting is essential to connect with similar bloggers and to build a good relationship with other bloggers and develop a good blog readership.

    1. Commenting is a small but important part, but not enough for those wanting to build real traffic.

  8. Hey brother,

    It’s important to realise and realise quickly that there is no such thing as a 1hr a week success. Sire, you me and everyone on here knows it takes a stack of hours, but it can and is being done by normal people.

    Bang on again brother
    .-= TheInfoPreneur´s last blog ..I’m Not Super Human =-.

    1. Yep, and as long as you enjoy doing it you don’t really notice all the hours you put into it.

      1. Yeah exactly man, I wrote 4 posts tonight so easy too!
        .-= TheInfoPreneur´s last blog ..I Have Wrote 4 Posts Today, Why Haven’t You? =-.

  9. Commenting has certainly been my #1 up to now, but I am going to put SEO in a bit more of a spotlight this year.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Welcome Aboard Part 2! All The Info You’ve Been Waiting For… =-.

    1. Yeah, I know I should but I ain’t gonna worry too much about SEO. I find it wrecks my style.

      1. Do it the way I do it (the right way! lol), I just commented at length about this on another blog, but the gist is…I write the entire post without even a thought to SEO, it’s all for the reader.

        Then while proofreading I’ll slip in the SEO where appropriate without screwing up the reader experience.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Welcome Aboard Part 2! All The Info You’ve Been Waiting For… =-.

        1. Does that mean changing the post or just highlighting the keywords, because I am too much an artist to change the post? :smoke_tb:

          1. Nah, adding kw’s where it won’t screw up the reader, deleting a thing or two, using bold/italics where appropriate, things like that.

            Then use my handy dandy Platinum SEO plugin for Googles title and description.
            .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Welcome Aboard Part 2! All The Info You’ve Been Waiting For… =-.

            1. Nope, see that won’t work for me because I don’t play around with perfection. :smoke_tb:

            2. Oh golly gee, well excuuuuuse me. :wacko_tb:
              .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Here We Go! Theme Construction Part 1 – Your Participation Is Wanted-Needed! =-.

  10. Traffic is definately a necessity. What keeps me going is when I receive comments. I enjoy the comments that people leave and I love the interaction. It certainly doesnt happen right away and I don’t really have a blog that is super busy but I think its just enough for now. Maybe the traffic is brewing in the background and I dont even know it.

    I do think the best way to get some traffic is to make comments on other blogs. But of course you should leave some quality comments not some comment like “Great Post!” Making comments is also a skill that takes time to learn. I am still trying to learn myself. Heck I am still learning about everything in live. I will probably never figure it out. Well I guess life is probably one big learning experience.
    .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Hot ‘N Spicy Buffalo Posts =-.

    1. Jim, I think that you are doing extremely well, in your posts as well as your comments, and people could well learn by your example.

      1. Thanks Sire! Honestly I dont’ know how you do it. You receive so many comments. You respond to all of them and you are out there making comments. Thats awesome!
        .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Hot ‘N Spicy Buffalo Posts =-.

        1. It’s not that hard Jim, just takes a bit of commitment is all.

  11. The reason that brought me here was I was thinking about you more often lately as a sort of voice in guiding a new ad model I have been thinking about. I really think staying true to your principles of not wanting to do better at other people’s expense is the real key to success. Sadly my friend the world is so screwed up that the same people that think nothing of gaming their audience prevail :) But there’s change on the way and I see you as a beacon and not the caboose which I often feel like but a locomotive.
    That video was cool and I enjoyed reading the post and am happy to see your getting some great people coming by feels good knowing this is still just the beginning :)

    1. It’s all cool John, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way and perhaps my standing up on the soap box will encourage others to do the same.

  12. @ Holly, I’m sure Fuzzbutt would love it here, especially if he could score a ride in a kangaroo’s pouch. :wink_ee:

  13. I think the best rule of thumb is to leave comments when it feels natural, and use the backlink as simply a bonus. Also, like the above commenter said, it’s nice to make an effort to comment on the blogs you love, as it helps to create the community feel that we love about blogs in the first place.
    .-= kelly@coconut candy´s last blog ..A Great Coconut Candy Recipe! =-.

    1. Community is pretty important Kelly, as a close knit community is very supportive of each other. Unless you comment no-on knows you’re part of that community.

  14. No one can ever say that you don’t leave a lot of comments bro, I see you everywhere I have gone today. It’s as if your a machine with your commenting skills, haha.

    I also see big John SUllivan from Pot Politics showing you some big love, he’s a great guy to have on your side.
    .-= Extreme John´s last blog ..Tan for Cash Giveaway from Extreme Tan and Smoothies =-.

    1. Most of the Johns I know are pretty cool characters, and Sullivan is one of the best. He supports a hell of a lot of people.

  15. I’ve always believed networking with other bloggers was the best way to promote your blog.

    If that doesn’t work you can always try this: I want to give you $

    .-= Rose´s last blog ..BloggerTalk Accepting Guest Posts =-.

    1. Cool. do you want my PayPal account? :tongue_wink_ee:

  16. Twitter:
    You know Sire, I read the post, then I read the comments, and one in particular made me realize something. That logo you used to have about “U Comment I Comment” thing is gone. This was prompted by the talk about community, which I think you and I have exploited for the common good, and we’ve talked about at other times as well.

    You know I love commenting on blogs myself, and the side benefit is definitely having people decide to come by and visit your blog. But something else that I want to dispel, which you did about plugins, is this idea that themes drive visitors as well. I’m thinking Dennis’ present theme disproves this idea that a bad or, in his case incomplete theme, will keep people away.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Google Toolbar Tracks Your Movements =-.

    1. I don’t know where it went Mitch, probably got lost when I modified one of the widgets. No matter the post is still up and I still follow through with the whole thing.

      1. Twitter:
        Well, at least it’s on the blog; I’m betting your newer visitors don’t know about it. ;-)
        .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Cleavage; Yeah, I’m Going There! =-.

        1. OK, OK,it’s back, are you happy now? :tongue_rolleye_ee: :laugh_tb:

  17. Networking through blog commenting can lead to so much more than just traffic and a link from those sites that use CommentLuv (although these are always nice things to have :) ).

    I’ve ended up with clients through blog commenting, formed cyber friendships that have lead to great working partnerships and I’ve also been fortunate enough to have met some great people that I would not have meet through another medium.


    .-= Karl Foxley´s last blog ..Who Else Wants More Traffic And Backlinks? =-.

    1. I agree 100% Karl, blogging has brought me great enjoyment and has introduced me to a great bunch of people who I would otherwise never have met.

  18. I don’t follow blogs that I don’t comment upon. I may not comment every day or on every post, but my rule of thumb is that it is not worth reading if it doesn’t make me want to engage in conversation with the writer.

    Too many blogs and too little time.

    1. Well, I reckon that must mean you liked this post Jack, that’s made my day. Thanks for the comment mate.

      1. Anytime. Enjoy your weekend.

  19. Thought inspiring post.

    I think join a community and being very active their gets you exposure.

    I’m glad i joined one as it is from there that i was able to find my way here to your blog and get to learn from you.

    there is a lot more to it than just installing plugins definitely.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog.
    .-= Olusegun´s last blog ..Blogging Lessons from Hip Hop Artistes =-.

    1. No worries Olusegun, if I commented that means that I found your post interesting so there is no need to than me, I should be thanking you for providing good content.

  20. Another way to get traffic from the search engines is by focusing on your keywords.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..List of Twitter Applications =-.

    1. I know that to be true Rose but I write my post first and worry about keywords, if at all, later.

  21. I know you know. lol I was adding it for your readers who might not know. :))

  22. Hi Sire
    Lots of posts out there telling you to just blog about what’s important to you and forget about traffic, but I agree with you “unless people are coming to your blog it all becomes pretty pointless.”
    The difficult thing is to blog about your passion and at the same time get lots of visitors and comments.
    There’s something satisfying about getting comments. Says that people are interested in the same things as you.
    I don’t have CommentLuv on my blog at the moment but it will probably be my next plugin.
    .-= Keith Davis@public speaking´s last blog ..Practice, practice, practice… =-.

    1. Commentluv is a great idea Keith as it rewards your commentators and enables others to visit other blogs via the interesting titles.

      1. Is it an easy plugin to install? Read somewhere that it was difficult to customise.
        BTW thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a great comment – much appreciated.
        .-= Keith Davis@public speaking´s last blog ..Practice, practice, practice… =-.

        1. The settings are very straight forward I don’t think you will have a problem.

          1. Just installed CommentLuv… easy peasy.
            Thanks for encouragement.

            1. No worries Keith, glad to help.

  23. One of those beer tossing fridges would have come in real handy last night when I was watching the Super Bowl! :-)
    .-= Matt@Atlanta Homes´s last blog ..Details on New Tax Credit Extension =-.

    1. You can always get one for next year :laugh_tb:

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