Awards such as the Open Web Awards are a great way for members of a community to show support for the free services they find valuable, and giving something back to the people who run them.
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.
Lets start with the mosaic, as writing about it has been on my “to do” list for a few days.
Maurizio is a regular reader and talented programmer has come up with a great idea for community appreciation, a community mosaic.
Eric from MyBlogLog just pinged me about an important item that I know is relevant to a number of my readers. The MyBlogLog join buttons many have in their sidebars.
Unfortunately some people decided to abuse things a little using Iframes and the join link, thus MBL were forced to switch the links off.
I have spent some time today scrolling through the hundreds, neigh thousands of blogs that have so far been nominated for the Bloggers Choice Awards.
It is damn hard finding you!
One of the most frequent questions regarding MyBlogLog is how to use it effectively to gain something… anything… from taking part.
To get the most from MyBlogLog you have to use it as an aid in finding blogs that are interesting, and then actually join the conversation on the other blogs. Spam message either through MBL, or on a blog you visit aren’t going to bring you subscribers, future business partners, and friends.
Mashups utilizing 3rd party services are a growing and competitive market, and only people who are fast on their feet get the chance to grab mind share with early adopters. Rarely is there a chance to take advantage of an API – before it is available.
I have actually been planning to write an article on social proof with widgets for some time. Farkfan in a recent comment on my Clickbank Disclosure post was questioning my positioning of subscription boxes in the primary real estate on the top of my page and part of my response included.