31 Days to Build a Better Blog: The Dalai Lama Effect
In my last post (which was the first post... of the 31-Day series), Melissa told me that one way she got a lot of traffic to her blog was to mention the Dalai Lama and a current event (all in the same post, I believe).
This led her to the conclusion that name-dropping and current-event-dropping will increase your blog traffic. At least for a week or less.
So of course I absolutely knew that if I was going to do my homework and Write a List Post, I would have to take Melissa's scientific discovery into account.
Thus, my Super-Traffic-Building List Post:
The top-10 famous names and current events to increase your blog traffic, for a week or less...
1. ProBlogger. (He's the guy who wrote the 31 Day book, and it would be silly of me not to list him here at the top of the Top-10 List, because he gets like a gazillion page views a day, and I am quite confident that he'll see this name-dropping in his Google Alerts and reward me accordingly)
2. Shel Israel is the author of the first book I ever read about blogging. He was even the very first person to comment on my very first blog post, almost four years ago. So I owe him one. Besides, he is famous. At least in the Social Media world.
3. Seth Godin's blog is also famous. I should read one of his books sometime. But this month I am too busy writing a post a day, to increase my blog traffic. One of Seth's recent posts got 352 retweets. I am guessing that no Google Alert in h*** will bring him here, where the average retweet on a post is... hey, stop laughing, THREE!
4. Brian Clark can tell you how to write a really great blog post. So, when you are done with my Top-10 Name-Dropping-List to Increase Your Blog Traffic, you should go read him and take his advice.
5. Glynn Young is a rising star. I met him about a year ago when he had about two followers, and now he has 75, which is very impressive (and I am not actually kidding about that). Glynn will someday rival Brian Clark. And I'm hoping he will remember me. (There is some chance that he might, since he is one of our cool writers at HighCallingBlogs.) I could say the same about another one of our writers, Maureen Doallas, who is also racking up followers faster than I can count.
6. Dan King is our Twitter and Facebook guy at HighCallingBlogs. He practically quadrupled our Facebook followers since he came on with us in January. At this rate, we'll be feeding him grapes and fanning him with ostrich-feather fans at our Fall Leaders Retreat, to thank him for his awesome social-media savvy.
7. Katdish, of Hey Look, A Chicken! (she is more infamous than famous, as you might guess with a name like that, but no Top-10 Name-Dropping List would be complete without her ;-)
8. Billy Coffey is about to be famous. I think that should count. Just wait until his book Snow Day releases this Fall. People will be flocking back to this post through the Google Machine all because of Billy.
9. Marcus Goodyear. He is also about to be famous, for a book called Barbies at Communion. And even if he doesn't achieve poetic fame, I have to include him in this list. He's my boss, okay? (Don't tell him I said that. :)
10. Shoot, I forgot to mention a current event. Super Saver Triumphs at Kentucky Derby. What can I say? My grammy always loved the horse races. This would be the current event of her choice, if she were here to advise.
LL's How to Quadruple Your Blog Traffic in a Single Day, Day 1: Bambi in the Database and Julia Cameron Meets ProBlogger
ProBlogger's Day 2: Write a List Post
Paul's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Project
31 DBB: Darren Rowse, Please Link to Me for Day 3: Promote a Blog Post
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Dalai Lama photo by Sapru. Used with permission.