You may have noticed already, but I’ll be adding a “Yahoo! Buzz” link at the end of most posts from now on, and will consider some other ways of getting the word out.
“Buzz” is a lot like “Digg” but more user friendly in my opinion. To “Buzz” any post, just click on the link, use the title of the post, the first few sentences in the “subject” area, choose the category, and voila — it’s Buzzed. Subsequent readers can simply click on the “Buzz up” link to add to the pile. I think you have to be logged into Yahoo, but creating an account, if you don’t already have one, only takes a minute.
This is one way to hit a lot of readers all at once, and I’m working on some more.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2004, mainly as a fun and easy way to come up with column ideas, so my goal was never to create a heavily trafficked Internet hot spot (to that end, “mission accomplished”). Besides, I simply never had the time to promote the blog or to try to get it listed on Google News (to qualify you need news content from many sources and opinion from many sources which would require a major redesign of the site) or other search engines, so my regular traffic comes mostly from readers of my column who have stuck around and return regularly.
However, people who read columns rarely click through to the author’s blog or website. My data matches the average — the number of readers of my column vs. the number that click through to my blog amounts to about one-tenth of one percent.
We have our nice little corner of the blogosphere carved out here, but it’s relatively unknown and so I’m going to try to jack up traffic a bit to help keep it interesting for all of us.
If anybody knows some other good ways to increase traffic, let me know. The best way I know of is links from other larger blogs (in the past I’ve been linked by Michelle Malkin’s and Rush Limbaugh’s sites, and many others) but they can’t link to something they don’t know exists, and this is why I’m going to make a more concerted effort to have this material listed at places such as Yahoo via “Buzz” and perhaps some other ways that I’m looking at.
Be on the lookout for new features, give posts you consider worthy a “Buzz” when you can, and, as always, thanks for reading!