While social bookmarking sites are still dealing with the onslaught of spam following the release of Sean Wu’s Tag and Ping book, this blog has steadily gained traffic and search engine rank, not by spamming, but by using the techniques I explained in my “Tag and Ping for Affiliate Marketers” post.
Before I began blogging again last week, I had taken a multi-month hiatus from this blog, and traffic to it had suffered. When I returned to blogging my alexa rank was over 500,000. This is a screenshot of my traffic rank as it currently stands. A week and a day after my first serious return post.
While my 3 month stats are still in the high range, my rank for the day and week are much improved.
A lot of my traffic has come from social bookmarking sites, Technorati and blog searches, and my search engine results have started showing up quite well too. Check out this results for the term “tag and ping” in Google:
Think about it. All the gurus with SEO experience were plugging the Tag and Ping release, yet my little old blog got the #1 natural search result for the term. And I’m not even pitching the product.
I did exactly four things that brought me the extra traffic:
1) Used technorati tags and Flickr tags as I outlined in previous posts.
2) I commented and tracked back a few other blogs that were discussing the tag and ping release
3) Bookmarked my blog posts in about 10 different social bookmarking sites, using one account. That’s it.
4) Used my blog address in my signature when posting a few posts to related forums. I would estimate less than a dozen posts in total.
I didn’t misuse any site’s resources. I didn’t spam anyone. But my traffic has increased, according to Alexa, by 225% in a little over a week.
Just imagine if you do this for a product you’re actually trying to sell!
My last 100 visitors came from: