Been doing a bit of research into what can drive traffic to your weblog. OK, we’re not exactly starving for traffic but we could be doing a lot better. After all, that’s the point of having a site isn’t it? Having people come from all over the World to read it. Unless, of course, it’s just a personal blog to show wedding pictures to friends and family. In those cases it really doesn’t matter.
For most of us though we want traffic…we went through the trouble of buying a domain, purchasing hosting, creating a database, setting up the site, populating it with posts, all for the pleasure of having it come to you, the reader.
Now everyone seems to have their own opinion of how to reach a larger audience. The opinions on the Net are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately the vast majority of those opinions are coming from people who can’t even get their own site in the top 250,000, let alone the top 50,000.
TheTAZZone ( The Mutt ) has consistently, for several years now, been in the top 260,000, sometimes as high as the top 160,000 ( we tend to fluctuate seasonally for some odd reason ). But we do need to take it to the next level. Maybe bring us into the top 120,000. I doubt we’ll ever see the top 100,000 only because we aren’t SEO friendly. We’re not topic-oriented, not single-minded, we’re a mutt breaking standard SEO conventions.
The question is how? How do we take it to the next level? Well, that’s what I’ve been trying to figure out. And it’s not an easy question to answer, else everyone would be doing it. If it was easy then we’d all be in the top 100,000…well OK maybe not because we can’t all be, now can we.
We could do what the SEO Gods tell us and revamp the site into a one-topic-one-mindframe mentality. But..No…that would be too boring. People don’t have a single-minded attitude in real life, we are multifaceted, we have opinions on a variety of subjects, we like a variety of different things, we are, for lack of a better definition, mental mutts. Just like TheTAZZone.
One thing I find consistently expressed by a variety of people is the value of controversy. We’ve never been very controversial, about the only thing controversial ever posted on this site was an article by our Editor Butterose on public breastfeeding. That article alone received more comments from outside sources than any post other than the one on Best Twitters to Follow.
So if I were to take that as a perfect example I would have to agree that controversy breeds interest and responses. And maybe that is what we need to get to the next level. Topics that people have very strong views about. We’ll definitely need to look into this.
So stay tuned…because it might get very interesting very soon! 😉
( sorry, no image credit, had this pict laying around for years )