MyBlogLog and Quest for building Community
Monday, January 08, 2007
It is a platform that provides opportunity to its members for building relationships both on professional and personal foregrounds. Being its member you have the privilege to contact elite bloggers within MyBlogLog circle. You also get to know which member visited your profile page or your blog. Use its widgets to you can show visitors on your site. With easy to use free Analytics which can be upgraded for only $5 a month, you can get live site stats.
How does MyBlogLog helps you as its member?
● Gets you, your blog presence irrespective of posts.
● Better personal relationship with your readers and to the authors of your favorite blogs.
● You don’t have to wait for time get your story come on top like most democratic sites such as Digg or optimize like hell for over months to get some really good traffic from search engines.
● So keys are keep participating in blogs, and My Blog Log keeps on giving new visitors
● If people find your blog interesting, they join your community.
● Some find you interesting add to their contacts, most often in return you are added in return as their contact in favors.
● Meeting and building relationship with really cool bloggers and have long terms with them
● Clearly a game for Blogging To Fame in full action.
With such a technology which makes you easily accessible, there is a higher award of social networking and the higher is the risk of Spamming. People want to increase their community and can apply various ways for that. They add you as their contacts, message you and ask you to join their community. May be that’s not all, they can actually bribe, with an iPod to do so. It is not bad to want your community to grow, but is it worth while? People who add you to contact and join your community just for reciprocal favors are hardly of benefit. Read Andy Beards post on MyBlogLog - Antisocial Behaviour?
● ‘Cool Blog, Visit/Review mine’ messages to every blog’s profile with a view that some might visit your blog or join your community
● Joining every members community you come across without visiting His/Her Blog or Adding them as contacts.
● Leaving links in messages just to gain incoming links or traffic
● Sending Messages like I belong to a Giveaway Bank, a customer died who did not belong to earth, lets Share his money, contact me.
Some ethical ways of building community:
● Visiting other members blog and commenting on them
● Building relationships with other bloggers
● Making your blog interesting so that people come and join your community
Case Study 1-
TechCrunch.com and TheDJList.com
Page Rank at the time of this post:- 7 and 6 respectively
Members since- 19th October 2006 and 1st August 2006 respectively
Community Members at the time of this post- 2,318 and 3,534 respectively
Strategy- Own Branded Community with Useful and Interesting Content
Case Study 2-
Page rank at the time of this post:- 6
Members since- 13th July,2006
Community Members at the Time of this post- 406
Strategy- Interesting blog which uses Humor Hook
Case Study 3-
Page rank at the time of this post:- 7
Members since- 7th June,2006
Community Members at the Time of this post- 813
Strategy- Most decent updates of information for internet users without any self promotion.
Not so ethical:
Bribing people to join your community is not either spam nor ethical. The question I raise here- ‘Is it worth while?’ Giving away gifts or freebies is not what to be questioned here. It is correct for anybody to reward your blogs readers, but only readers. Lets call that Linkbaiting. The point is How correct is it on community owners part to give away a certain gift just to tempt people to join your community. Neither is community directly proportional to the traffic you receive neither to the amount of fan following.
Case Study 4:-
Page Rank at the time of this post- 6
Members since- 1st Dec,2006
Community Members at the Time of this post- 163
Strategy- Tempting readers to join community by giving away Zuke
I had been a regular visitor of this blog and Andy Beal is a good writer, but this actually created a turmoil of feelings. Its just not Andy who has done this but a lot many other sites. I hope Andy, you wont kill me on this one.
What will you call it- influencing members or manipulating them asking them to join community before even reading blog? What is the long term marketing strategy here? If your blog is good enough why lull someone to join you community?
People should join your community because you are good in your niche. Hold contests and quizzes, people love interacting. Make your blog interesting enough. The Morale is creating a fan following and winning loyal readership not increasing a mere number to show off how large your community is and pseudo popularity. The choice is again yours...
Jeremy Zawodny recently noticed and wrote a post on the marketing strategy of Andy Beal and wrote a post about it. Andy has a good blog and this act has stirred mixed emotions all over.
Till You Make Your Choice,
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