If you happen to click through to my site from your feedreader (I know it is a huge sacrifice) then you will see I have a new pet in my sidebar.
He is actually quite a smart little guy, because unlike you, he knows which posts on my blog you might have missed over the last 3 months, based on the number of comments that were posted, or in this case, lack of comments.
This is a great way to bring some life back into older content which maybe was missed first time around, and is a nice supplement to the related posts and tag links to increase the internal linking.
It was created by Rob @ YackYack and does include a link back to his site, which is a great example of viral marketing with plugins.
Rob has a great explanation about how his “Tumbleweed Factor” is calculated, based on the number of posts you have which have no comments in the previous 3 months.
My Tumbleweed Factor is 7, signifying that my blog has received no comments on beteen 24% and 36% of posts. Not bad, but could be improved.
To make best use of the link in the sidebar, I suppose I don’t need to link through to him directly in this post, and you will have to click through to see it in action first.
Note: It is a WordPress Plugin – I don’t know of a similar solution for other platforms.
Update -my pet seems to have been scared off by the flash of a camera – I will have to have a chat with Rob about why he is so shy (might have found a bug)
Update2 – I am not sure what I have changed, but it appears to be working again