Traffic Or Topical Community – What Comes First?

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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.

Gather Success Review

Reviewing other bloggers rather than products and services, without duplicating previous content, and still providing a useful service is actually quite a challenge. This is especially true when you are trying to maintain a claim that all links are editorial, and writing more than brief 100 word promos. I like to offer more than “buzz”.

Learn More About MyBlogLog

Ben is one of the many great bloggers I met through MyBlogLog – we might have met anyway because blogging paths tend to cross eventually, and active blogging is actually still very much a small niche of 15,000,000 people ;)

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.

MyBlogLog Tagging Update

MyBlogLog Tags

It appears that one of my fans believes that the whole blogging world revolves around my blog, and has thus tagged me for everything from Cameron Diaz and Lindsay Lohan to careers, poetry and religion.

SchMOe – I Tagged Myself on MyBlogLog

schmoe

MyBlogLogI have just tagged myself a SchMOe on MyblogLog

  • Blogs are a form of social media
  • I talk about optimizing blogs
  • MyBlogLog says:-
  • Spam – If you think someone is spamming you, tag it out loud! Internally, we like to call a user who games the system a SchMOe (Social Media Optimizer). Tag anyone who spams you with the term schmoe. Picture_13 While they have the ability to delete the tag and never see it again, WE can see it internally. As their user account racks up the schoe tag, we’ll investigate their conversations and take appropriate action.