Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mysteries of the Internets

I don't often share with my reader(s) advice for increasing traffic to blogs, mostly because, for a while now, that's not been a preoccupation of mine, but also because all those things bloggers used to be told about such things never seemed to make much difference here. (I will say, though, that while those methods didn't increase the quantity of traffic, they did improve the quality: some of you regular visitors first found your way here due to those link exchanges (Remember those days? he says, rocking in his virtual rocking chair in his creakiest old-man-of-the-blogosphere voice)), so clearly they did good old Blog Meridian some good.

But. Some of you might be looking for a sure-fire way to bring some readers to your site, so here's one that, to my complete surprise, has brought more traffic here over the past couple of weeks than, even, my recent posts on Mr. Obama or the men's basketball tournament. Europeans--Scandinavian and Germanic types in particular--seem especially enamored of it, for some reason. It is the image chosen for this post.

Post that image with any/all of your posts, regardless of its/their content, and watch your traffic climb.

You can thank me later.

8 comments:

j.d. said...

I usually just post about lesbians and baby oil. But, whatever works for you.

John B. said...

We all have our own personal balliwicks. Eschatology isn't always that big a draw, you know, so gentle scatology it is at times.

Doc said...

early in the day (before i started up an imaginary tv station and became too highbrow to do so) i might gently chide Lindsayparisbritney Everyemocelebrity on my blog, which drew a certain amount of hits outside of my normal readership.

however, if i also posted a pic of same, the hits would go through the roof.

so much so that for a while there - i think it was 2 months- that's all i posted, along with Google AdSense and some pay-by-drive-thrus.

hell, i made so much cash that i semi-retired.

you should try it, John; it would fit right in with what you got goin' on up in here...

; ' )

Winston said...

Oh, man, I can like hardly wait to like try it...

Of course, there is also the time honored method of using one of a small list of words in each and every post -- Carlin's 7 words, for example. Eleven-year olds do Google and Yahoo searches on those words and you will be at the center of their focus for a while. They'll finally leave you a nasty comment that your blog is like sooo boring, and then they leave... Or at least that's what they like did to me knowhatImean...

Winston said...

OK, I have just done it. If I'm very still, I can begin to feel the wind generated by the additional traffic...

Ashley said...

Intriguing, really. I've also found that posting blogs on a regular basis tends to increase traffic.
Unfortunately, too much life has been happening for me to escape to Panera or Borders... where I've done most of my blogging.
And, after I looked up half of the words, I found your comment to be very amusing!
Have a good one!

tom said...

Funnily enough, my site's "peak" traffic was generated by a post on the culture of personal music (here). At first, I just thought this as a reflection and measure of my wit and literary craft. Alas, it was the Apple cult barraging me with tonnes of nasty remarks. So, here's the take-away: post something mean, or something that may be perceived to be "mean" about iPods, Macs etc.

John B. said...

Tom,
Welcome (back?), first of all--long time, no hear from.
Re your tale: I've never written anything that prompted a swarm like that. The most-freakish one-day spike in traffic I ever had was when I linked to a story about the Supreme Court ruling on whether a student should have been expelled for unfurling a poster at a school event that said "Bong-hits for Jesus" on it, and it was noted on the first page of that day's Tailrank. Oh--thanks for warning about harshing Apple's mellow. I'd just as soon not. Those people are a virtual cult. (Hmm--maybe THAT little remark will bring 'em . . . )