Part of the success of my blog has been reaching out to others. On a daily basis, I read other blogs and websites and comment when I think I can add some voice to the conversation. I don’t do it thinking that it’s going to help my blog; rather, I do it to correct information I think is wrong, encourage folks who I think are doing a great job, and add supporting material to arguments that others make.
I’ve spoken about the dramatic growth I’ve had with my blog, but tonight I did some analysis… how much has my commenting and inclusion in other conversations resulted in my blog being visited? How many visits have I attained through networking like this?
26.13% of visits to my site are through connections I’ve made through other sites! In addition, the number of page views of those visits is 1.86 pages versus 1.61 page views of those that find my site through search and other means. Wow! I hate to throw out the term flippantly, but this is the “Long Tail” of commenting, isn’t it?
In other words, the work I am doing to network and connect with other bloggers has resulted in growing my blog’s impact by over 25%. So, content is key… but it’s not everything!
Just so that you trust me on this… here’s a list of the sites that have lent traffic to me that I’ve connected with. I did limit the list to sites that have sent me more than 1 hit… otherwise, this would take a day to load.
To those blogs out there that I’ve connected with… Thanks!
Thanks to all of you that have helped drive traffic to my site!
Disclaimer: I spent a couple hours tonight reviewing a list of about 1,000 referrals. You may find a link or two in this list that don’t belong there; however, I’d estimate the margin of error less than 1%.