Am I an antisocial member of MyBlogLog?
Contacts in MyBlogLog
Adding someone as a contact in MyBlogLog does 2 major things
1. It sends them an email message
2. It allows your contact information to be viewable by them
It also shows you as a contact/friend on their page, which might bring in a little more short term traffic until everyone else does the same.
Communities in MyBlogLog
1. Joining a Community doesn’t send an email
2. People who join a community have often also visited the site
Longterm, the communities you join might also provide an aggregated RSS feed, which is something I am looking forward to.
I have seen lots of people with 1000+ contacts, and less than 50 members of their community. It is obvious that these people are adding every new member they come across as a contact.
Being added as a contact is meaningless, and it shows.
There are other people with 400+ contacts and because they have some decent though not unique content, they have gained 200+ community members by this method, but very few subscribers to their feed.
MyblogLog – My Antisocial Tactics
If someone adds me as a contact, and I have had some contact with them on my blog in comments, or have commented on their blog, I generally reciprocate. I probably need to go back through my contacts as since I have joined a fair few people from Mybloglog have become regular readers. It is easy to get hold of me though via my contact form, and that ensures delivery as my contact form is white-listed.
If I join someone’s MyBlogLog community, it means I enjoy their content, and in most cases have added their blog to my RSS Reader. I have also joined the community of most of the blogs that are in my RSS Reader already.
Genuine Figures from MyBlogLog
A large percentage of the members of my community, really are members of my community and read my blog on a regular basis.
I am up to 69 community members – that doesn’t currently place my blog within the top50 MyBlogLog communities, but my community is growing fairly rapidly as is my readership.
Unlike many top communities I didn’t start with 1000s of members, and so far haven’t offered any incentives for people to join. Talking of which, Andy Beal is offering a Free Microsoft Zune for joining his community.
Andy has probably 60x as many RSS subscribers compared to me, and currently not quite twice as many MyBlogLog community members, so I am not doing to badly. Marketing Pilgrim has 116 members currently, compared to my 69 members.
The RSS subscriber numbers are a guesstimate, based on his Alexa rating and the Alexa of similar blogs.
Taking Part in MyBlogLog
Visiting new blogs, leaving relevant comments both on the blog, and within the comments on MyBlogLog seems to be the best way to promote your blog using MyBlogLog. The more interesting and relevant your comment, the more likely it will encourage targetted visitors.
My ultimate aim is an increase in subscribers, and mass adding of people as contacts just doesn’t currently seem to encourage either people joining a community to be part of a community, or RSS subscriptions.
Based upon my observations, my strategy of not mass adding contacts seems to still work. Growth is slower but more genuine, and hopefully results in more long-term traffic.
The MyBlogLog community blog covered this subject in part before Christmas, looking for user feedback to curb the tendency for spam.
My suggestions included
1. Limit the number of contact adds to 5 per day per account. That will prevent mass spamming and would make it difficult to manage as a technique.
2. Introduce the idea of “active community” – how many of the community members actually revisit the community they joined. I am sure you already have the statistics for this
3. Improve the stats so I can see the conversion rate of readers to subscribers (partner up with Feedburner to do this with some really smart custom feed flares)