Knowing Your Traffic Source Can Help Your Blog

A few days back my mate Mitch did a post called Guest Posts, Comments Or Interviews; Which Drives More Traffic To Your Site¬†where he examines where most of his traffic comes from, other than the search engines. It turns out that the site that generates most of the traffic happens to be this one. While some of it would have to be attributed to the amount of comments he leaves on this blog I would say his titles also have a lot to do with it. Although Mitch would say he doesn’t incorporate the best of titles I am sure that even if that it the case they still stir the reader enough for them to click on the CommentLuv link. This just goes to show how important a CommentLuv blog is for getting you that extra traffic.

Anyway, that post got me to thinking about where all my traffic was coming from, and that is saying something as I normally don’t bother all that much with statistics.

Where My Traffic Comes From

Well, as one would expect most of my traffic comes from Google, second on the list coming from direct traffic. Surprisingly my third greatest traffic source was Zaparena, a site that I’ve done several posts on and in case you’re interested I will link to those posts in the related posts section at the end of this post, sending me 238 visitors.

The next half dozen or so came from blog sites that list me as a dofollow blog. Although they seem to bring in a fair few visitors I would love to do a study to see how many of their comments actually get deleted as spam. I’m sure that the traffic I get from Zaparena is of a higher quality as it is more targeted than those blogs who are more interested in getting a link back to their site than anything else. (more…)

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Social Media Should Begin At Home

Everyone knows how important comments are to a blog. They virtually breathe life into a post! When people see that a post doesn't have many comments the first impression could well be that the post itself is inferior. This could cause them to move on without reading the post or at the very least it can give them a preconceived perception that the post is somewhat imperfect in some way. Knowing that to be the case I have over the years conducted a personal crusade to show people how important comments really are and what they should do get more comments on their blogs. I've even written posts, like Teaching People The Proper Way To Comment to help commentators improve their commenting skills so they have more chance of getting their comments approved. More importantly I've tried to show them how leaving great comments will actually increase traffic to their blogs. In my post How Much Do You Really Want To Cheese Off Your Readers I listed reasons why I wouldn't comment on people's blogs finishing off with a poll asking people to vote on what things stopped them from commenting on a blog. I think it's time we analyzed those results. What Stops People From Commenting! Closed Comments: OK, obviously you can't comment if you have the comments closed but the thing to be aware of is that if people can't comment they may decide not to stop by anymore. 59% of people said selected this choice. Need To Subscribe: 36%…

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Back From L.A. With A Tip For Bloggers

In case you're wondering why it's been a little quiet around here the past few days, don't worry WassupBlog is alive and well, it's just that I decided to have a little break from blogging while I took Anna, my wife, to the States for our 25th wedding anniversary. We spent the first five days in Hollywood staying in the Renaissance Hotel which was simply superb. While in Hollywood we did a lot of the touristy things which has brought us into contact with a lot of sales people and those in the hospitality industry. For the most part I can safely say that these guys really know how to deal with the public, those very people who are necessary to their livelihood, especially as those working in the hospitality industry depend on getting tips and the size of those tips is usually related to the quality of the service they provide. I truly believe their efforts to please the paying customer helped to make our stay in the States a pleasurable one. I also believe that, tips aside, a lot of it had to do with the on the job training these people received. It got me to wondering about how we can utilise good service when it comes to our blogs. Naturally it all has to do with the way we interact with our readers and the obvious way we do that is through our comments. It's a damn shame that all those A List bloggers feel that it's not…

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