Stumbling Into Traffic
As I’ve mentioned over the past few days, most of my time is being evenly split right now between writing new content and trying to market the site. While some marketing methods definitely take time to implement and more time before they bear fruit, one of the quickest and easiest methods of marketing a site is to use the social bookmarking sites. Sites like Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Netscape, Delicious, etc can all produce massive amounts of traffic and exposure for your website. Each has a different user base and thus different dynamics in terms of what types of content perform best, however, my favorite lately has been StumbleUpon.
A mere two hours ago I submitted the blog to SU using simply the title and this description “A blogger tries to get his brand new blog to earn a full time income in a year’s time and writes about what he does to get there.” Moments ago when I logged into MyBloLog I was shocked to see nearly 400 referrals from StumbleUpon! Now I’ve had articles make the front page of Digg and get thousands of hits per hour, however, stories usually take quite a while to gain enough votes to go popular and submitting your own content is often frowned upon. In this case, I submitted the site through the quick form that popped up when I gave myself a thumbs up, and almost instantly began to see traffic rolling in! Granted, a few hundred visitors in an hour is not going to earn me a spot on the evening news, but for a site that’s only been in existence for a little more than a week and has only been promoted for the past three days, that’s not too shabby. 2 minutes of work resulting in hundreds of new visitors and hopefully some new subscribers… I’ll take that any day!
If you’re already a StumbleUpon user, I’d be very grateful if you’d pop over to the home page and give it the ole’ blue thumbs up. Thanks!