Traffic Or Topical Community – What Comes First?

Andy Beard - Stumbleupon

I have been discussing various kinds of blogging community widgets as a core topic for close to 10 months now, first Mybloglog, then Bumpzee, and shortly after Blogcatalog.

From every single one of those communities I have possibly gained more traffic than I have given them in return, though it is very difficult to judge exactly when you start gaining traffic, and maybe that isn’t really the point. You can’t easily track RSS clicks to a site unless you destroy the SEO advantages of syndication by having nice clean links and ultimately you hope for people to discover you once, and then subscribe.
As you send people to a particular site, just like when you send people to a useful blog post, you don’t lose them as readers, and more often than not you get traffic back in return.

Blogcatalog – Does Onclick Pass PageRank?

Blogcatalog PageRank

Note: Old code from this post has been removed – sorry blame WP and poor code support

When Blogcatalog was relaunched, the links from the directory were nofollow.

 

In my initial review I suggested that it would be a popular decision to remove the nofollow from the links, and also use a different method of tracking clicks – Blogcatalog have to track clicks because it is part of their blog rating system, and might also help with advertising sales for premium positioning.

BlogCatalog API Launches

Blogcatalog have just launched an API for programmers giving extensive access to the data contained within both the user profiles and blog profiles.

The BlogCatalog REST (REpresentational State Transfer) API allows the retrieval of public user and blog data based on a set of input parameters. This page outlines the various types of requests that can be executed and provides example requests and responses.

BlogCatalog Updates

Blogcatalog Broadcast

Blogcatalog announced on their blog yesterday some fairly major changes and I just spent an hour or so looking around to get a feel for what has changed.

The first thing I suggest you do is pop over to Blogcatalog and grab a free 7 day trial of their supporters service, so you can actually try out some of these new features (today may be the last day this is available)

Blogcatalog
Blogger Social Networking Hub

social network integration

Blogcatalog is slowly becoming much more than a just a blog directory and is making strides to differentiate itself from MyBlogLog and other Blog Social Networks and widgets.

Some of the things being added are almost invisible, others are much more visible and hint at how a site can leverage partnerships with other communities to broaden their reach, and provide simple feature additions that just make a site more sticky.

Reciprocal Favoriting Gives Benefits & Adds Value

Twitterholic

Blogging experts and social media marketing experts frequently write about how important it is to build up a network of friends on social bookmarking sites, and even encourage careful gaming of the system by email and instant messenger.

Exclusive: Blogcatalog vs Technorati? – Sharing The Love & Tagging (nofollow removed)

Blogcatalog Tagging

As most of my readers are no doubt aware, I am a strong supporter of sharing the link love, but I always advocate sharing it in a focused manner, preferably from relevant content or from comments and trackbacks. If you trackback/pingback this blog you receive a reciprocal link between highly relevant content automatically, and not only Google and other major search engines count the links as relevant, but also blogging search engines such as Technorati, though with Technorati it is best to do it on a more recent post.