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November 05, 2004
I’m a sucker for things that claim to bring more traffic to my blog. I don’t think it’s so much that I really want more people coming here (especially if they are “random” people who likely have no interest in the subject matter) but that I am very skeptical of anything that says it can do that. I’m a sucker for them just because I want to try them out and see if they deliver what they promise. A couple of days ago I found out about BlogExplosion, a new service that claims it can bring hundreds of visitors to my site. I was intrigued so tried it out. Here’s how it works:
As a blogger, I create an account and add my blog to that account. Then I start browsing through their directory of blogs. For every two sites I read for a minimum of 30 seconds, they will send a visitor to my site for a minimum of 30 seconds. Essentially I gain credits for browsing other blogs and these credits are applied to my account so that people will browse my site.
It’s an interesting concept and actually seems to work quite well. Yesterday I had 59 visitors directed my way through the program (which means I looked at WAY too many sites yesterday evening to accumulate all those credits). I won some free credits somehow which was also a nice bonus. If you are really into it, you can spend a bit of money and get even more traffic directed your way (ie $5 for 500 visitors).
Anyways, I will surprise even myself by recommending their service. I truly think it will bring traffic to my site (and to yours!). The only problem is that the traffic is “random” meaning that people do not necessarily want to see a “religious” blog. Still, I think it’s a great idea and I look forward to seeing if it has any long-term impact. What’s best is that I have three blogs I had never known about that are very interesting and I intend to add to my list of daily or weekly visits.
If you’d like to give it a try on your site, click the button below - that allows me to receive credit for your referral which in turn means I get a few credits based on your accumulation of credits. Or if you sign up without clicking on the banner, my referral id is challies, I believe.