MyBlogLog – Antisocial Behaviour?

 

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.

MyBlogLog Strategy

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.

Conclusion

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)

 

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Comments

  1. says

    The thing with having 1000′s of members on your MyBlogLOg profile is that it just screams “contact whore”. While everyone may be on your list, no-one really pays any attention to you.

    You may generate a lot of “one off” traffic but little in the way repeat traffic which is far more valuable.

  2. says

    Andy, I agree with Paul I don’t see adding as many contacts as you can as spamming. Those contacts are basically useless as you both point out.

    The real goal is to develop a community. I read your blog, you read my blog and we communicate.

    To me the spammers are ones that leave comments on your community page like this; Can you help me get traffic and customers to my website i have the mind of a millionaire i’m just broke right now and in school http:/ / www. cashcards. net/ rep/ 240677

    In addition I do not receive an email when someone adds me as a contact so I don’t know how you have things setup. Bottom line a strong community is way better than a large community.

  3. says

    Well Shoe is up to 8000+ contact requests now. If he was smart he out-sourced it.

    I have email notification “yes”, I can’t remember if that was default.

    I don’t think Paul was saying whether 5000+ contact exchanges was spam or not, as that is a conversation on another blog.

  4. says

    I wasn’t really making the point that 5000+ contacts is or isn’t spam. I was just saying that when intelligent users see that many contacts on a profile they tend to ignore them.

    It’s like the guy in the pub who knows everybody, but end up drinking on his own because nobody wants to talk to him.

  5. says

    Spot on Post! I posted as well. It drives me crazy the methods people use. If people were to put as much time into the content, as they do the gimmicks and effort to get people to the site, they might have more readers. The point is, you market what you have and the rest will take care of itself. Nice job.

  6. says

    Spot on Post! I posted on this as well. It drives me crazy the methods people use. If people were to put as much time into the content, as they do the gimmicks and effort to get people to the site, they might have more readers. The point is, you market what you have and the rest will take care of itself. Nice job.

  7. says

    Sorry for the double post, a screw up. To add a bit more, I caught on a little late with the contacts. But now that I “get it” my admirers section is getting bigger than my contacts. I just refuse to add people that never read my blog, didn’t read it, and never had a conversation with. Makes no sense. My thought though, expect it to get worse as it gets bigger.

  8. says

    I delete posts on my MBL page that request I visit their site. I can’t stand that kind of Spam. If your site is good I assume I will eventually come across it. Also, If I leave a comment on someones page, it is because I actually took a look at their site and had something good to say.

    When someone shows up in my “Admirers” section I check to see if they actually visited my site or are just being “friend-whores” as you so nicely put it. If they did visit then I add them out of courtesy as well as give their page a view. If the page is cool then I will join their community.

    I also noticed that your community membership is WAY over the number listed above. I guess that’s what happens when you comment on a post from January. :-)

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