Analyzing the Competition and Setting up for Socialization

Day 2:

Well obviously there still isn’t any traffic. That is ok. I have spent 2 hours total on the site so there is no real return yet. Besides there is only one post and content is king.

I have spent the time today looking up competitive blogs. Specifically where they talk about building traffic. I am looking for a series of different size bloggers. I want to see the return on traffic for comments depending on the different size blogs over time. The obvious advantage to large blogs is that they have a massive amount traffic. The problem I believe will be the speed in which my comments become droned out by the others doing the same thing as I am. For small blogs the potential return per day is lower because they just don’t have the traffic, but they should be a place where a couple of additional things can occur. First my comments should last quite a while. Second it may be a situation where our blogs become complimentary and we share readership. You can check out the list of sites I commented on below. Remember I will be building this list continually in order to drive up the reach. But when I start to see a pattern of success or failure in the different groups, I will be re-adjusting in order to try and maximize traffic.

Socialization is the second part of my efforts today. There is a connection with the commenting strategy as well, and I will delve a little deeper into that. Socialization is what I call the use of the systems such as digg, and the social networks. I haven’t come up with an idea on how to use the social networks such as facebook properly, but I will figure some stuff out there. For digg there is an obvious utility in having the ability to have posts dugg. Great, welcome to nothing new. But there is another thing I want to try. I am going to add to my list of sites I comment on, a couple of new posts on digg related to blogs and traffic building. I have a feeling if I can get in within the first few hours of a fair number of these posts hitting digg, I can then ride the success that they may have.

The List below is a simple first day of comments. I will report on the results tomorrow etc. With any luck some visits occur because of this action. I am using the alexa rankings (available at http://www.alexa.com) just to have a standard means of ranking the sites.
So without further ado (sites on which I am commenting):

Larger Blogs:

Blog Name Alexa Ranking Comment Location
http://www.problogger.net 3,040 site
http://www.bloggingtips.com 31,489 site
http://www.freetraffictip.com 122,958 site

Smaller Blogs:

Blog Name Alexa Ranking Comment Location
pmmoney.blogspot.com 483,224 site

Digg (riding the coattails…. maybe)

Blog Name Alexa Ranking Comment Location Digg
http://www.seotrader.com 5,878,601 site digg
http://www.printnpost.com 244,477 site digg
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4 responses to “Analyzing the Competition and Setting up for Socialization

  1. You know what would probably help? Thinking of the other sites as potential partners, rather than competition. 🙂 Good luck. Oh and PS, you’re probably better off looking at Compete ratings, but both Alexa and Compete are inefficient at measuring blog traffic as so much of it happens via feed or in email, which is not picked by either tool.

  2. unitedwriters

    You are absolutely right on the partners vs competitors. The irony is that you are clearly competitors in the SEO world and organic search, but on the other hand there is a lot of complimentary functions to be had.

    Compete and Alexa, in my opinion, are pretty much both useless in any level of accuracy. But I just wanted some standard metric that I can use over and over again.

    Rss Readership is probably a second stat I should add in as well.

  3. thecubemonkey

    I’m a new blogger as well (Since Jan 1st 2008) and am scouring the web for articles on how to boost blog traffic.

    I agree with the other comments…those other sites are potential partners. I’ve realized that on the web, blogs in the same catagory reference each other, blogroll each other, etc. It is a real community.

    Good luck. I’ll be writing an entry on my blog on what I’ve learned in my research. Please stop by if you can. Oh–and I’ll be ‘digg’ing you!

  4. I used all advices enclose in my post
    and my Alexa rank increase from5,878,601 to 2,623,997

    Good luck in Your blog

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