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Monday, January 08, 2007

BlogMad, is it worth it?



About a week and a half ago, perhaps it was two, I joined up for Blogmad. It's a site with free registration, you activate your blog and then you surf other member blogs. You use a surfing viewbar and visit a site for 25 seconds, click a code and view another. For each blog you view you get a credit. Those credits are then used to place your own blog in the rotation. Making enough credits to leave your blog in the rotation each day can require some time.

Even though I often spend several hours blog surfing each day, I wanted to find out if it was worth my time to continue using Blogmad.

Traffic

The Christmas holiday was a little rough on my site traffic and each day my average number of visitors was decreasing. Blogmad definitely played a role in increasing my site traffic. I took a random day last week and looked at 100 of the visits. Of those 100, 44 of them were from Blogmad. Of those 44 only a handful lingered for longer than 30 seconds. I'm one of those bloggers that like quality traffic as well as quantity traffic. I've noticed a couple of repeat visitors from those guests and a couple of them do comment.

Blogs

While some of the blogs that you end up on are crap, you can easily ignore them so they are removed from your rotation. I have found several blogs that I enjoy and I am now finding myself visiting their blogs outside of blogmad. Here are a few of them:

Pointless Drivel
Decadent Tranquility
Nonsense Served Almost Daily

The traffic I'm getting may not be the ideal traffic and I may not continue spending the time surfing to collect credits, but for now using Blogmad is a handy tool and I'll give it at least another week or two of my time. I'm not sure yet if it's worth it, but I'll let you know.

If you have used Blogmad, what have you noticed from it regarding your traffic and readers?

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9 Comments:

Blogger Cool Insider said...

Interesting blog you have here. I have always wanted to write too, but well somehow I lack the discipline and the focus (which is why i turn to blogging instead).

I feel that such blog traffic generating engines may work for a short term, but would be difficult to get real enduring results in the long term. For me, I wouldn't mind a low visitor rate if those people are genuine and folks whom I know and who know me, or who are interested in reading what I have to generate each day.

Do visit my blog if you have the time and feel free to comment too at coolinsights.blogspot.com

9:10 AM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Thank you for the visit! I'll be sure to drop by.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I'm fascinated by all of the cool names of blogs. "Decadent Tranquility"...how lovely is that? I've peeked at "Nonsense Served Almost Daily" (another interesting name) and it looks good. It's one that I'll check out again.

I saw your blog on "A Spot of T". Love the name "Writing Aspirations" by the way. I'll definitely be coming back.

Never tried Blogmad by the way. I might check it out, though.

I agree that I prefer quality rather than quantity visitors. When I review the visitors to my blog, I'm happier to see the ones that actually stay for longer than a minute. Most of my visitors have a big fat zero beside their names for time. I write a lot about kids and homeschooling, though. Not everyone is interested in that! :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

It just seems like a lot of time invested that could be spent in other things. So I'm eager to see what you think after a few weeks.

I love that you do this, Rash. It's like you're my own PA for some of this stuff! (I may send you a book to thank you!)

1:14 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Heheheheh :) Susan you are a riot :D

Deb, thanks for the comments. A Spot of T is a great blog!

Yeah, it does take time and that's where I'm not sure if it's worth it.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Tricia said...

I've used Blogmad since it began last March. Of all the traffic engines that I use I find that I get the most comments on my site from blogmad users. Many have turned into regular readers over time.

Don't just use the traffic engines to gain hits and views to your site(s). As you surf stop and comment on sites. Often when you leave a comment, the site owner will come and visit your site, and if they like what they see they'll probably come back again.

Which is just how I ended up here. You comments on my watchinghouse.com blog (not on traffic engine so I'm not sure how you found it) and I came here to visit you. I like what I see and I will be back.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Hi,

I've found your blog via blogmad, and I glad that I did. I've added you to my Writing Resources blogroll.

I figure that some of my readers would not have found my blog if it weren't for these traffic sites, and I continue to surf to earn hits and unearth treasures in the blogosphere.

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