To be a successful artist, you need to have a combination of two or more of the following — talent, determination and exposure. There are many who may have the talent but if they were not discovered or do not have the determination to excel, they can never be successful. The same concept applies when it comes to being successful in blogging. One needs to have a combination of the three factors mentioned above.
This post is aimed to help those who can produce great contents but have little luck in getting traffic to their blog. If you are already producing great contents, it shows that you have the talent to write. What you need is a little exposure to start generating more traffic. There are many ways to achieve this. Some of them include being ranked higher in search engines through SEO optimization, participating in forums, leaving smart comments in popular blogs, etc.
From my personal experience, one of the easiest ways to get traffic into your blog is through social networking / bookmarking websites. The popular ones include Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Del.icio.us. I have tried Digg and StumbleUpon in the past and am currently testing Del.icio.us. I do not have much luck with Digg. It could be due to my posts not being up to par yet. However, StumbleUpon worked quite well for me. In fact, my article on WordPress’s Douche Bag plugin has brought in over 1,000 page views in the first 24 hours.
Below are a few posts comparing Digg and StumbleUpon:
- Darren Rowse from Problogger.net shared his views on why StumbleUpon sends more traffic than Digg. From his findings, Digg generated more traffic in the first week compared to StumbleUpon. As time passes by, the amount of traffic coming in from Digg has reduced to almost zero. Meanwhile, StumbleUpon continues to generate traffic even after 6 weeks of the post being published. He concluded that StumbleUpon generated more traffic in the long run compared to Digg.
- Neil Patel from PronetAdvertising.com compared traffic from StumbleUpon, Digg and Del.icio.us and also found that StumbleUpon brings in more traffic. One thing he noticed is that even though it brought in more traffic, Digg visitors clicked on his RSS feed link more than the other two.
I am leaning more towards StumbleUpon because it works better for me. However, it is best to try out as many social bookmarking websites and find out which works for you. Some of them may not bring in as many traffic as you would like to have but any amount of traffic is still an exposure for your blog.
Try out StumbleUpon today and utilize it to gain some exposure for your blog. You can selectively stumble on your own posts. Apart from that, you can also install the StumbleUpon toolbar and use it to discover new websites others have stumbled upon. Don’t forget to give the website a “thumbs up” if you find it interesting. That way, you help the blogger gain more exposure on his blog. I believe “What goes around, comes around”.