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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Free traffic for your blog

You just started a new blog for promoting some kind of online money making opportunity. You want readers, and your budget is $0. You already added it to Technorati, exchanged links with other bloggers, but it doesn't seem to be enough. What now?

An easy way to get free traffic to your blog is BlogExplosion. It is a traffic exchange for bloggers (you view blogs of other people and they in turn view yours). You can get 1 visitor a minute by surfing, or you can earn more by voting in Battle of the Blogs. There's also a blog directory and a ping service.

As in other traffic exchanges, the surfers usually don't want to see your blog - they just want to earn that traffic credit :) However, some of them (be it one out of 10, 50, or 100) will find your blog interesting and might become a faithful reader. I found that BlogExplosion works better in this aspect than other traffic exchanges I've tried. People will actually comment, discuss and bookmark your blog. Of course, you must have interesting content to attract their attention first.

In short: it's free, it works, and it's a good way to 'start-up' your blog. However, the traffic you get from search engines, Technorati, etc. will generally be more valuable because those will be visitors who want to read your blog. Also, if you have Google AdSense code on your blog - do not use any kind of traffic exchanges. Google hates them.



Hi Andrew,

I'm just wondering why Google hates any kind of traffic exchange? Is there any reason why Google hates them?

Project AGLOCO

Andrew said...

I think that's because of invalid clicks. Most of traffic exchanges are 'legal' and just generate impressions for your page, but there are some 'underground' exchanges just to swap google ad clicks. I guess google just banned all traffic exchanges to make things easier for them.
I know some other contextual advertising systems allowed using traffic exchanges to get impressions (of course ad clicking exchanges still weren't allowed) but I'm not sure about the situation now.
Anyway, google's view on traffic exchanges is written here:

AglocoBilbao said...

Hi there!

Do you want to do link exchange? Write me a comment and I'll put a link in my blog. Mine is

Best regards!

Robert said...

Google does not like exchanges like Blog Explosion and has threatened to shut down my adsense account because of this program in particular. If you have adsense ads, do not use these types of programs

Andrius said...

There seems to be something wrong with BlogExplosion, admin isn't approving new sites. You shouldn't signup right now.

Andrew said...

BlogExplosion is back to normal now, if anyone's interested.

Dulee2005mm said...

Have you seen the Easy Viral Traffic blog yet? They providea some pretty cool information about how to get free website traffic... check it out

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of very good ideas.



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