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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tools of a Blogosphere Junkie

Thursday Thirteen Edition #73 12/28/2006
Rashenbo's Edition #4

I hope you all had a lovely Holiday. It is that time once again for the Thursday Thirteen. I don't know about you... but I love blogging and I love the blogosphere. I know that one of the ways to increase my own traffic and to better learn the tricks of the blogosphere is to get involved. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your outlook) there are about a BAZILLION different tools that bloggers can use for SSP (also known as Shameless Self Promotion). So, I thought I'd share with you 13 goodies and tips out of the blogging basket.

Getting out in the blogosphere can help you generate traffic. That traffic may turn into repeat visitors or it may just boost the quality of your traffic and impact your blog advertising or money making.

1. Technorati. By now, you'd think just about every blogger would know Technorati and would have signed up... even if they ignore the ranking. However, there are many bloggers that don't use it. I do. I find it has valuable information and I use it frequently for searching information and it provides me another way to view the traffic to my site and I've certainly found links to me through Technorati that I wouldn't have found otherwise. Update: Scribbit has an excellent post on Technorati, if you've got questions about it - it's a good read.

2. Listed on BlogShares
Ok, this is just for fun... It's amazing the thought that has gone into the development of the blog stock market. I admit... I just signed up to it but it's amazing how many blogs are on here and how involved the blog discussions can be! I can't wait to really check it out.

3. Blog Surfing Exchangers. I've seen a few of these and I've tried Blogexplosion and it seemed ok. I have also recently been checking out
These may require more time or devotion than you want to give. Some people have said that these tools can be very helpful to increase traffic.

4. Directories can be very handy, like top 100 authors and such. I've seen some directories that are total junk. So it helps to take a look at the directory. I found a new one recently that I thought looked interesting.

5. Get in on new action... When you hear of something "new" that's coming into the web. You may want to go ahead and investigate a little further. Sometimes getting in early on a new program helps provide a burst of traffic (or helps increase revenue). I found two "new" items today that I'm investigating. eXlinks

and then there is this one... which per this article says it might be a good thing to keep an eye on. It's something that supposedly will help you generate funds.


6. Forums, clubs and groups. There is no doubt that being involved with individuals that share your own interest can help build your traffic. If you aren't already doing it - look for forums or areas on the net where you can chat with other people who share your interest. Use the signature field to create a link to your blog... I'm surprised people don't do this more. It can really help you network and make new friends (and create traffic)!

7. Problogger and blogging expert sites - Use the knowledge and experience of others. I've learned so much from reading up on sites like problogger. You can also usually find some good links to other valuable tools that will help enhance your blog or just get you more involved in the blogosphere.

8. MyBlogLog and online communities are also a handy little tool. I like mybloglog and I really love seeing that widget that shows who has recently visited your blog. I'm also a regular on BlogHer - I have found some great bloggers over there.

9. Comment Magic - making comments can be one of the best traffic generating tips you can follow. Andrew Wee has a good article that discusses this.

10. Link Love - Find blogs that you like and have content that interests you... reference it with a link in a post of your own. Linking to other people - on your sidebar or in your content increases your chances of those reciprocal links.

11. I think this one is another "directory" type... but the name was catchy and I found myself signing up for it anyway!

12. Feed!!! If you don't have a feed, get one. Go to feedburner or wherever... and then get to pinging! :) Having a blog feed can provide you with an easy way to reach repeat readers and hit the search engines for better content placement.

13. What are some blog tools you like to use? Is it a community? Is it a link exchange? Have you ever blogged for a "carnivale"? I've been interested in learning more about those.
* Disclaimer: I am currently enjoying the potent powers of Nyquil. If something in the list doesn't make sense... I'm not surprised. I think I just saw little Bunny Foo Foo bouncing by and I have a little green martian whispering in my ear. He's so naughty!

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Anonymous Janet said...

great...I'm going to bed and i'll be dreaming of little bunny foofoo...thanks! Great list, tho ;-)

9:36 PM  
Blogger DK said...

Thanks for this great list of resources! I've only been blogging since mid-August and, honestly, the posting has kept me so busy with my regular job that I've not been able to go check out many of the techo-helps. I've already marked 3 to go check on! Hope you bounce back quickly from your cold so you can enjoy the rest of your holiday!
Happy TTing,

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Thanks for all the advice! I'd really like to increase my readership and not just for traffic. I'd rather have a small set of loyal readers than big numbers.

...and thanks. Now I've got that blasted song in my head. lol

10:50 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

awesome list of resources thanks for the info.
my tt is up now.

11:46 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

i like your 'quotation of the day' widget.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a great list of resources! Thanks for visiting yesterday, although I didn't have my TT#9 up yet. Happy TT and New Year!


7:54 AM  
Blogger Racy Li said...

That's a great list! Actually, I did the Seventh Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans Blog Carnival which was a big success in establishing more links to my blog. It was a great experience. drop me an email if you'd like more details.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Douglas Cootey said...

RE: #12. Don't forget to tell them about Feedburner. It's fantastic, it's free, and it helps you keep track of how many people subscribe to your feed, plus other statisticky goodness.

My Thursday Thirteen

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Oh gee, I have to say I've been blogging for 4 years now and I've never utilized any of those with the exception of blogexplosion which I took my blogs off of because it left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Happy TT

9:20 AM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I don't understand feeds. 13 Thursday has been a good traffic generator and leaving comments (not just "hi") too.

My 13 are spilling crumbs on the keyboard.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

Great lists. I took down most of my buttons. I'd forgotten about Blogshares, I hadn't checked mine in ages.

Happy TT!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Debby said...

Those are all really great ideas. I'll have to do some of them! Happy Thursday and Happy New Year!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Chickadee said...

OMG awesome!!! I bookmarked your blog and I plan to peruse those resources. I'd like to have more blog traffic.

My 13 are up. I moved my blog and this is my first 13 in my new digs.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Missy said...

This is a very useful list! I wish someone had done this when I first started blogging. It would have saved me a lot of time figuring out how to do this stuff on my own. *sigh*

11:30 AM  
Blogger scribbit said...

I'm impressed with this list, something that I could actually use, thanks for putting it together. I'll be going through each item to see if it'll help. Thanks for your comment and I'll have to bookmark this. I love Problogger too--by the way.

1:37 PM  
Blogger scribbit said...

While going back through and reading things more closely I noticed you asked for tips. Yes, I do carnivals and they are somewhat helpful.

I myself just did a post about Technorati that might be helpful:


And am working on one abou SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Hope something there is useful.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list of blogger stuff! Thanks so much for the info. Happy TT -- today's my first. :)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Happy TT, my Nyquilled friend... neat list. Now, how many of them can you hook me up with personally?

2:30 PM  
Blogger Joy Renee said...

hey, i'm going to bookmark this post! very useful tips.

my TT is 13 characters from a story i've written.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Thank you for the great list of resources. I've used most of them, I still need to check out BlogHer, and switch to FeedBurner.
Carnivals are fun I've done a couple, I mostly like meme days,
TT,WW, and FF!

Happy TT!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Laughing Muse said...

I've seen some of those tools, but haven't explored others. Most of my recent research has been centered on business SEO/SEM/branding rather than building blog traffic, and I'd rather pour my working-hard resources into my business sites. This one's for my enjoyment. It's my sandbox :D

Tell the little green man to give you back the Nyquil. He's chugging it in a most shameful fashion. (How does one know when a little green man is nauseous or drunk? They're already green...)

3:21 PM  
Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

cool list! can't wait to check some of these out!

happy T13! i played too. =)

8:20 PM  
Blogger Peter Allyn said...

Good list, and thanks for commenting on my site!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I like the word widget. It is fun to say. Widgetwidgetwidgetwidgetwidget....

12:24 AM  
Blogger heather said...

that blogshare thing is hilarious!
great compilation.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Norma said...

I think I've signed on to some of these--but am not familiar with others. I use technorati a lot. I'll take a peek--thanks.

My TT this week is on new year's finances. And visit my Friday Photo before you move on.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! Great site, too. Very cool design. I'm not sure how I know your name, but it's quite familiar to me. Are you on any online writing sites, per chance? As far as your list goes, I might add linking with Bestest Blog! I've gotten so much traffic through that site--none of the other tools I use come close. I don't know what you mean by a feed, but now I have a mission. Happy New Year.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Magpie said...

Thanks - that was fun and maybe useful!

7:57 PM  
Blogger GLJ said...

Great list. Just about everything that you listed I found as a result of reading PRoBlogger. Thanks for stopping by my blog I look forward to reading more from you.


2:11 PM  

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