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I don’t think that there is a blogger out there that can truly say that readership does not matter. Maybe those will an over the top list of consistent readers and comments would be quick to say that they are content and are not worried – well dahh .
Meanwhile us upstarts and band wagon jumpers fight for a spare in the blog market space. We fight to find topics that are engaging and authentic, we hope, we pimp our blogs out there and hope for the best, we apply all the principles we can find that are offered at any blog where the readership is off the chart.
Why? To validate ourselves? Our existence as a blogger or the blog. To satisfy our competitive nature? Or maybe to be comforted by the fact that there are people out there that respect what we have to say?
I have been around for 10 months and just recently I reached 10,000 hits. I suppose that this is average; I don’t have any average growth figures; but I think that an average of 100 reads a day is good and 1000 is elite A List blog stuff.
The Question is how do you move from mediocrity upwards toward A list elite blog readership stuff? Well there are many answers out there like content, patience and strategy. But that is not very practical. I; personally, would like to know what can be done now. What mechanisms can I put in place to strech my reach and engage with more people.
Here are some of the things I have tried:
Walking the streets: I get out there and involve myself with other bloggers, develop relationships and engage with people. Basically doing what I want done unto me sound familiar?
Pimping Myself: Only one way that someone if going to visit your blog is that you tell them. So I make an effort to let people know through every tool and mechanism I know; from twitter to face book to email to comment registration.
Blog Surfers: I tried using AlphaInventions and Condron.us – they gave me fantastic hits especially if I made an attempt to resubmit continuously. But these hits did not translate to comments and interaction so I stopped that.
Blog Pinging. I tried a few pingers, like pingomatic, but that did not seem to have any effect so I stopped using that.
Meta Data and keywords. I use WordPress.com at the moment so I can do much with this other than my blog tag line. But it is something that could prove to be very useful when I migrate to WordPress.org.