Hiding RSS Feed Count Experiment Results…

Hi all…

Experiment Failed Well, when I tried this experiment to hide the RSS feed count on my other major blog, I got a boost of 2 or 3 readers according to FeedBurner.

I now have 9 readers for my Lair of the Green Knight  RSS feed, which is more than I’ve had in the past (I tend to hover around 7).

So was this particular experiment a success? Not really. I’m going to leave the count hidden for now, as I don’t think it’ll hurt anything. More than anything else I think having the big RSS feed button in the top right of the blog makes it easier to subscribe than having to hunt for the link further down the blog.

There you have it. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

–Fitz

Next Experiment… Hiding RSS Feed Count…

Hi there…

RSS feedsI recently read an article discussing whether blogs with a low feed count should hide their numbers because it may scare off new RSS subscribers. On my other blog I only have a handful of subscribers (tends to hover around 6-7), so I’ve decided to see if hiding the feed count makes a difference.

I’ll report my findings on this experiment in a few days (figure I’ll see if it changes anything).

What do you think? Will it make a difference? What do you do on your own blogs?

–Fitz

Pretty Girls Experiment Results…

Hi all…

Experiment FailedSo I did the pretty girls experiment… I had some in my last post here and here.

What did it prove? Not much actually…

EntreCard, even though I didn’t drop any cards yesterday, still provided the majority of my pageviews, and the Jessica Alba photos didn’t get any hits. Marion Cotillard however is continuing to generate a lot of search engine traffic for me, which is hilarious.

Where does that leave me?

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Does Pictures of Pretty Girls = More Traffic?

Hey all…

I decided I would perform a bit of a test today… On my other site, I’ve posted an article about Mike Myers and Jessica Alba’s new film called Love Guru which comes out in June. Near the top of the article, I have a picture of Jessica Alba. This is to test the prevailing theory that if you have pictures of pretty girls you’ll get more traffic.

This is the picture…

Jessica Alba

Funny enough, I had a picture of Marion Cotillard (who won an Oscar recently) in one of my other postings and it continues to get search engine traffic day after day, so we’ll see if it holds true in this case also.

(Here’s the picture of Marion Cotillard…)
Marion Cotillard

I’ve decided NOT to drop any Entrecards to see what the result is. I’ll post the results later in the week.

–Fitz

Is EntreCard Really Worth It??

Hi all…

For the last few weeks, I’ve been attempting to do the EntreCard dance every day… Dropping at least 100 cards, sometimes more than 200 if time allowed, and my traffic has grown considerably. I’m getting about as much traffic as cards I drop in a day. It’s averaging about 100 pageviews a day at any rate.

EntreCard

That said, the process of dropping every day is very time consuming. Yes, I’ve come across some great blogs and sites in that time of dropping all these EntreCard cards, but still… Is it quality traffic or just people flying by to drop cards on my site to get their own stats up?

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How does your site rank?!? Try IZEA’s RealRank

Hi all…

So in true monkey see, monkey do fashion, I’m trying out a new ranking system from IZEA – the same folks who brought us PayPerPost. IZEARanks uses visitor data to define one blog’s standing relative to other blogs in the program or in specific categories.

According to their FAQ, RealRank scoring weighs blogs using the following criteria:

  • 70% on daily unique visitors
  • 20% on daily active inbound links
  • 10% on daily page views

All of these statistics are provided by the IZEA Toolkit (ITK) based on a piece of code you embed in your blog.

Folks participating in the program can choose whether or not to publicly disclose their traffic or just their RealRank score. By providing more detailed information, advertisers have a much better handle on how a particular blog can address their particular advertising goals.

The idea is that with Google phasing out/changing how PageRank is used, RealRank can step in and provide an independent, more comprehensive approach to blog ranking for advertisers. And of course this doesn’t hurt IZEA’s bottom line either, since they’re a major player in the advertising market with their various other offerings.

According to IZEA, RealRank is more accurate than Alexa and Google PageRank because it’s based on real traffic instead of a sampling of site visitors or a censored link-weighting algorithm.

We’ll just have to wait and see what it can bring to small fish like myself. I’m not holding my breath, though I have to say that more statistics is probably a better thing than less.

That’s it for now. What do you think about IZEA’s new program?

–Fitz

Comments… Argh!

Hi all…

Thanks to a nice person at http://www.sweetlifewithmary.com/, it became clear today why I may not be getting ANY comments. I had WordPress set to require folks to register and log in to leave comments. Doh!

Oops!

That little switch has been flipped. To verify that it is indeed working as it should, would somebody mind leaving me a comment?

Thanks in advance and sorry for the trouble.

–Fitz

Watching traffic come and go…

Hi all…

It’s funny… I post an article about something I think is helpful. Like taking my experience at the Blue Man Group concert and attempting to show how to apply it to business or product development. I’ve posted about adapting roleplaying game techniques to business to help out your product development cycle.

And what gets the best results? An article I wrote about rssHugger. Or an article I wrote about an article on Caroline Middlebrook’s site.

Go figure.

This blog thing is interesting. I think I’ll keep going, but at the rate I’m going I’m not sure who’s coming with me. 🙂

If anyone is reading this message, can you please leave me a comment? I’d appreciate knowing I’m not alone in the ether. There’s a lot of traffic out there and I think I’m being run over. <sigh>

I’d also appreciate any comments on how to generate more readers or traffic. How do other successful blogs do it? I’d like to know. Nothing I’ve tried so far has helped beyond StumbleUpon and Blogsvertise lately.

Anyway… Hope everyone is having a good week!

–Fitz

rssHugger… the hunt for more traffic…

Hey all…

Have you hugged your RSS feeds today?

rssHugger

Traffic is the killer for most of us in the blogosphere. There’s lots of ways to generate traffic. I’ve joined a number of blog networks, been working to establish community, and so on, like everyone else. But rssHugger is a new one on my radar, so I thought I’d give it a shot also.

According to the rssHugger website:

rssHugger is a unique website that aims to bring bloggers and readers together. rssHugger aims to provide blog owners with a unique easy-to-use way to promote their blogs by sending them traffic, building backlinks for search engine optimization, as well as attracting new rss subscribers if the content is interesting to the reader. rssHugger aims to help visitors be able to easily find blogs that write about subjects they are interested in. These subjects include: internet marketing, making money online, charity, sports, gambling, and many more. If the visitors find a blog that they had not previously heard about, they can easily add it to their RSS readers or bookmark it.

So the goal here is to get folks to see your feeds, which generates traffic and backlinks, which generates more traffic and back around again. So we’ll see if this works. I’ll let you know. 🙂

It appears that the entry used to be $10 plus a review of rssHugger on your site, but they have dropped the $10 charge to help out the little fish like myself. But you can skip that step and pay $20 to just join the network without the hassle of a review. (Personally a review is a minor thing, so I don’t mind.)

So let’s hope that this viral blog network is truly viral and I catch some of the benefit!

Thanks!

–Fitz

Bloglines top 1000 blogs!

Hi all…

ProBlogger noted this morning that the Bloglines beta released a new Top 1000 Blogs list… Here’s the ProBlogger article.

Bloglines image

It’s interesting to see the sheer volume and variety of blogs and blog topics. Art and science, technology, entertainment news… There’s a huge variance.

The upshot is that Bloglines provides yet another way to see the impact and traffic for your blog. If you add your own blogs in, other folks can see your articles and feeds and subscribe. This just offers another way for your viewers/readers to hook into your feeds and get your blog/website content.

What do you think about Bloglines? The beta has some warts. I’ve noticed some visual issues with folders in your “library” on Firefox, but other than that it’s pretty easy to use and yet another good RSS aggregator.

Let me know what you think!

–Fitz