I was visited by a nice lady who’d found this blog through blogcatalog.com. Blogcatalog is literally a list of the blogs that have registered there. Plus they give you a nifty widget to put in the sidebar of your own blog. The widget notes anyone who visits your site and has also registered a blog on blogcatalog.
The widget then displays that persons photograph, or graphic, on your sidebar (you can see it on my far-most sidebar).
Unfortunately the widget can only display and record people who are also registered with blogcatalog. So it can make your blog stats look fairly rubbish to the casual blogcatalog browser.
In my case I’ve bitten the bullet and moved from blogger to WordPress. It means I’ve lost quite a bit of ranking in Alexa and Google but I expect to get that back again in due course.
In the meantime it occurred to me that it might be useful to suggest 5 useful ways to make your blog more visible.
- Write good content. By good I mean interesting/useful/funny/not copied from elsewhere.
- Sign up with a host of blog directories. Use Robin Good’s list of top directories
- Use a service like Feedburner to allow people to sign up to get your posts via RSS or even by email
- Go forth and comment on like-minded blogs. And please make sure that you have something to say, not “great blog, now check out mine at …”
- Get other links into your blog – long term strategy is to write articles and get links that way
Above all make sure that you use your own domain name and preferably use a paid hosting service to ensure that people see you’re serious.
Will it grow your business?
The short answer is more traffic means more people who can see your products and services. More people means more sales. More sales = more growth!