I’ve been blogging regularly for seven weeks now, and the blog has been lucky to recieve over 25,000 visitors and a Technorati Rank of 57,893. As of today, we have 201 links from 67 blogs, 120 posts, and
Looking back on my staggering wealth of experience as a two month blogger (tongue firmly planted in cheek), I’ve had some spectacular belly flops. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned as a new blogger…
Jon’s Rules of Blogging
1. No matter how thoughtful, well-researched, and meticulously referenced your post is, someone will write in an anonymous comment calling you an idiot.
This is an immutable law like gravity, and simply can’t be helped.
2. Approximately 98.7% of your commenters turn out to be bloggers.
This raises the existential question, are there any purely authentic readers? Or are we all bloggers posting linkbacks on other people’s blogs, driving traffic in an infinite loop?
3. Post traffic is no indicator of post quality
Often infuriatingly so. Occasionally I’ve been lucky enough to post news-breaking information or unique analysis. For some reason, these posts often go unread. Better to post Ten Great Blogger Temper Tantrums and watch your traffic go through the roof.
4. Web 2.0 posts get the most traffic
Meanwhile, my stock market and finance posts get moderate traffic. And my Wikipedia posts get low traffic. This bums me out because I really, really enjoy writing about Wikipedia.
5. The best way to drive traffic is to express an opinion, positive or negative.
Sadly, posting a really negative post is a nearly infallible way to spike traffic. Meanwhile, my experience is that writing factually-referenced and neutral-voiced articles is blog traffic poison.
6. Bloggers are overwhelmingly motivated by self interest
JohnChow.com, a blog I read every day, has gotten 310 blogs to post reviews of his site by offering them a single linkback. This is driving up his Technorati Rank and Google SERP in an arguably artificial manner.
The most comments I’ve ever received for a post was from the Top 100 Finance Bloggers series, because of dozens of bloggers wanting their links included. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. But it’s worth noting what drives reader interest!
7. About 30 Blog visitors per 1,000 check out ValueWiki.com
Do any other entrepreneurs have this experience?
It’s bewildered me how many finance bloggers are now aware of the ValueWiki blog and aren’t yet aware of ValueWiki. Still scratching my head trying to figure out how to get the word out.
Suggestions? Feel free to leave a comment below. And you can leave a link to your blog as well!