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Thursday, April 28, 2005
  Getting Visitors - Getting Links

It's been I while since I last wrote on a topic of getting on with one's blog.

Heck, I have to admit that this blog has been just about sliding down the scale of bye-bye-baby. So I thought I'd write about getting new visitors.

We all know that spam is bad and so just flooding other peoples space with links is going to do us no favours at all.

So in order to link to our blogs we must earn the right to place or have placed our link.

This generally means making friends with other bloggers and keeping up with their blog, and commenting and joining in - that's for building community.

The next answer is swapping links - this is for traffic rank (unless you use bloglinker or blogroll in which case it's back to community as Google ignores those links)

Popular methods also include traffic surf (such as Mad-Den Super Surf) and other visitation exchanges. The more targeted the type the better quality of visitors you get.

You should avoid auto-surf as people are generally not looking at your site but an automatic browser is looking and using credits up too.

Another answer is traffic trading. This is a little harder to pigeon hole so I will take a few moments to talk about it.

With a traffic exchange (example) these ideas are joined together to benefit each use. The exchange site often offers a service of some kind and will benefit from hosting the exchange if only one or two visitors per thousand notice the service. Those wishing to join in add their site/domain to the list and are given a number of URLs to send traffic to. Each URL sends the visitor to the main exchange page where they are offered the choice of active sites to visit. Sometimes this is automated.

The different URLs allow the site owner different techniques for having the traffic recorded as no one method is best for all. Members can use their url(s) (such as the one used for the link in the post title) in surf exchanges to send visitors to the page.

The traffic exchange site will often have ways to monitor the quality of traffic and you will find yourself rewarded in accordance to the quality as will as the quantity.

Let us return to the idea of getting links on other peoples blogs. The best way is to arrange an exchange of "hard-links" with similarly contented sites. This will improve your Google Page Rank for the page in question and show your visitors other similar sites creating the sense that your site is slowly becoming something of a centre for great content.

It seems to me that mad-den link swap would be a good place to get new link swapping partner blogs.

This means I'm saying go visit and use it like the link swap classifieds.

I did.

 
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