For those of you who might not be familiar with MyBlogLog, it’s a great little tool for visualizing your blogs visitors. You can see it in action here on the site in the area labeled “Recent Readers” on the black toolbar. I really like it as a blog addon because it lets me get a feel for who’s visiting my site and also lets me visually see when new readers are stopping by.
In a recent post, I talked about some of the new changes that MyBlogLog had made to their system. In one of the comments, regular Bookmark Bliss reader Skarld from Wpthemez posted a request for a post about how best to use MyBlogLog. I’m not sure I’m able to list the “best” way to use it, but I’ve definitely done a lot of experimentation. Most of my focus, however, has been on how to use it as a way to generate traffic.
So, I figured if I can’t help Skarld with the best way to utilize MyBlogLog, maybe I can list some tips on how you might use it to generate traffic. Here are 5 great ways that many users, including myself, generate traffic from the MyBlogLog community.
Visit other sites with a unique icon
I think one of my favorite ways to generate traffic and also one of the most underestimated, is to choose a unique and standout icon, and visit sites displaying the widget. I think you’d be surprised at just how many people will click on an interesting looking icon. I personally click on all of the ones that visit here with an icon that catches my eye.
Here is a quick set of some eye catching avatars I found just browsing around. Of course, the list is very subjective
As you can see, I didn’t choose a single icon that contained an actual profile picture of a real person. Why? Because that’s what everyone else does, and the face images get lost in the blur. If you want to stand out, pick an original icon or make one of your own.
Build out your community
MyBlogLog, at its core, is a social networking site. One of the best ways to bring traffic to your own site, is to let other members of the community know you exist. With MyBlogLog, you simply navigate to someone’s community profile and click the “Join Community” button to add yourself to their list.
You can join as many communities as you want to, but there is a limitation of 15 per day. Once you join, your profile image will appear on their profile which in turn allows their visitors to visit your site as well. To make things even easier, MyBlogLog can optionally track sites you visit often, and if you reach a specific number of visits, automatically join you to the community.
To get the most traffic bang for your buck, you should try to visit and join 15 new communities every day. There is no reason not to and every community you join is another opportunity for someone to see your avatar and pay your site a visit.
Expand your friends list
Similar to building out your community, MyBlogLog also gives you the option to add individual members as contacts. The benefit of doing this is that it is a much more personal gesture and allows you to show interest without having to individually visit every single blog they run.
The largest benefit, however, is that by adding yourself as a contact, you appear on the FIRST page that people see when checking out a profile. That means that your eye catching avatar from our first point is now front and center on a large number of profiles.
You’d have to be blind to not realize the type of impact that kind of placement can have on your traffic. By expanding your friends list, you manually place your link in a wide variety of sites and at the same time establish a slightly more personal relationship with members of the community.
It’s win win!
Post messages in other communities
Another social networking option available with MyBlogLog is the ability to leave messages to others in a community message block on their profile page.
This option allows you to exchange messages either publicly or privately with members of your community. The biggest benefit of this, in terms of generating traffic, is it gives you a chance to make a more personal introduction and also to establish yourself as an active member of the community. By promoting those aspects, you will generate more visits to your site and are also more likely to find visitors who will consistently return to your blog for further posts.
If you’re so inclined, the community messages also appear to be a fairly decent way to pass around unsolicited URL’s and sort of spam your site around to unsuspecting members. I haven’t tried this myself, but I have received several myself and it seems to be a pretty common practice.
Tag your Site
Last, but not least, another new but great way to get traffic from MyBlogLog is to take advantage of their newly added profile tagging options.
You can tag both your own profiles and communities as well as tag any other members you want. This can help you improve traffic in two ways. First, by tagging your own site with relevant tags, you ensure that your site shows up in appropriate tag categories, helping anyone searching MyBlogLog to find you as easily as possible. This has the added bonus of also introducing readers to your profile with a quick and convenient glimpse at what your site is all about.
Secondly, by helping to tag other members, you also help yourself. Each tag you add is mapped directly back to you and can be looked up at any time. For every tag I’ve added to a community profile, the member has taken the time to visit my profile and some have checked out my site and also added tags to my blog as well. It’s a powerful option and one you can take full advantage of while it’s still brand new.
Basically, the take home of this entire post is that by being an active member of the MyBlogLog community you can really gain a lot by giving very little. By being an interesting personality, you can improve your own sites traffic substantially which can only result in one thing….MORE TRAFFIC!
And we could all use that…