The Long Tail of Commenting: Never Blog Alone

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StatisticsPart 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!

lifehacker.com 645
codex.wordpress.org 223
mapki.com 214
patcoyle.net 168
sethgodin.typepad.com 165
marcandangel.com 162
mattcutts.com 152
wordpress.org 142
pearsonified.com 133
marketingpilgrim.com 116
tubetorial.com 112
nektros.com 106
mybloglog.com 83
typepad.com 81
surveygizmo.com 79
gapingvoid.com 74
problogger.net 71
talkback.zdnet.com 70
serialdeviant.org 70
drumminguy.com 69
johnchow.com 66
okdork.com 63
dilbertblog.typepad.com 61
redcouch.typepad.com 59
scobleizer.wordpress.com 56
blog.guykawasaki.com 54
chipsquips.com 53
2sentencesorless.com 49
blog.wired.com 48
freakonomics.com 47
copyblogger.com 45
henrywarren.com 43
salesforcecollective.wordpress.com 43
crimsonpandemic.com 43
littmagi.com 34
google-code-updates.blogspot.com 29
crazybobca.proboards101.com 29
podtech.net 27
betanews.com 27
stickpageportal.com 26
intuitive.com 25
wolf-howl.com 25
pronetadvertising.com 23
nongeeksight.blogspot.com 23
featureplan.com 23
arthurlifeintheshadows.blogspot.com 22
ajaydsouza.com 22
imusblog.com 21
tompeters.com 21
markjaquith.wordpress.com 21
keyword-typo-generator.com 20
adeolonoh.com 20
start.com 19
blackinbusiness.org 19
my3.statcounter.com 19
modifoo.com 19
tailrank.com 19
ruthholladay.com 18
blaugh.com 17
answers.com 17
groups.google.com 17
longtail.com 16
wordpress-it.it 16
dogpile.com 16
converstations.com 15
techzonline.net 15
rdcsoft.com 15
alkadwivedi.net 15
brandoncwood.com 15
blogexplosion.com 15
scobleizer.com 14
37signals.com 14
9rules.com 14
moblogsmoproblems.blogspot.com 13
poweredbywp.com 13
bbs.psucfa.org 13
customersrock.wordpress.com 12
linkedin.com 12
tradermike.net 12
p2p.wrox.com 11
runtex.com 11
lgbusinesssolutions.typepad.com 11
swik.net 11
blogger.com 11
readwriteweb.com 10
successful-blog.com 10
squidoo.com 10
netvibes.com 10
jasonhaley.com 9
blogmaverick.com 9
seroundtable.com 9
indianapolisblogs.blogspot.com 8
wluca.facebook.com 8
blogdigger.com 8
ifacethoughts.net 8
reader.livedoor.com 7
ebizq.net 7
blogmarks.net 7
dagondesign.com 7
roughtype.com 7
blog.dreamhost.com 7
lorelle.wordpress.com 7
servantofchaos.typepad.com 7
execubooksblog.com 7
ajaxian.com 6
etre.com 6
blogs.msdn.com 6
msco.com 6
alistapart.com 6
andyzhang.com 6
seobook.com 6
registereverywhere.com 6
wordpress.summaestudio.org 6
netmonkey.net 6
successcreeations.com 5
ravennagirl.stumbleupon.com 5
pa-2.blogspot.com 5
bgcf.net 5
simon.incutio.com 5
techmeme.com 5
bloggingexpertise.com 5
geekwhat.com 5
1pixelout.net 5
esta2.com 5
schwaze.com 5
robnebiker.typepad.com 5
forums.korerekon.com 5
alltheweb 4
scottandamanda.us 4
blogs.telegraph.co.uk 4
answers.yahoo.com 4
search.blogger.com 4
cutline.tubetorial.com 4
thecodecave.com 4
danzarrella.com 4
thecotas.blogspot.com 4
web2.reddit.com 4
twitter.com 4
maryamie.spaces.live.com 4
w3tableless.com 4
christinekane.com 4
topblogs.blogadvance.com 4
corpblawg.ynada.com 4
thewritewords.me.uk 4
fruityoaty.com 4
2006.wordcamp.org 3
sevencityforums.com 3
zhuaxia.com 3
blog.roam4free.ie 3
pixelita.com 3
attackr.com 3
howardlindzon.com 3
live.com 3
hanselman.com 3
roudybob.net 3
nextup.wordpress.com 3
blog.jalenack.com 3
viaspire.blogs.com 3
seoegghead.com 3
blog.rightbrainnetworks.com 3
flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com 3
dramaqueenmother.blogspot.com 3
indylinks.com 3
buzzoodle.blogspot.com 3
marketing.fm 3
zimbio.com 3
kdjani.spaces.live.com 3
w-a-s-a-b-i.com 2
blog.andyzhang.com 2
thefutureoftheweb.com 2
squible.com 2
debeastman.blogspot.com 2
blogs.icerocket.com 2
billionswithzeroknowledge.com 2
thoughtsphilosophies.com 2
matureasskickers.net 2
dvorak.org 2
telltenfriends.com 2
search.netzero.net 2
blueyonder.co.uk 2
answers.yahoo.com 2
devans-cosmos.blogspot.com 2
deannahoak.com 2
anotherblogger.com 2
mpdailyfix.com 2
radar.oreilly.com 2
techcrunch.com 2
buzz.originalsignal.com 2
ukgser.com 2
successfromthenest.com 2
blog.dogster.com 2
3point7designs.com 2
expectnothing.com 2
miss604.com 2
as.starware.com 2
engtech.wordpress.com 2
copywritingmaven.com 2
performancing.com 2
craphammer.ca 2
beingpeterkim.typepad.com 2
brandsizzle.com 2
skatepastorchris.blogspot.com 2
sellingbooks.com 2
matt.wordpress.com 2
hgttb.blogspot.com 2
blog.olonoh.com 2
ashleyandali.blogspot.com 2
successbeginstoday.org 2
hyku.com 1
ethernaldark.net 1
humanized.com 1
petezahutt.newsvine.com 1
emomsathome.com 1
wowbb.com 1
bloombergmarketing.blogs.com 1
indyundercover.blogspot.com 1
bloggingpoet.squarespace.com 1

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a TimeI’m reading Never Eat Alone right now. Perhaps there’s room in this book for a chapter called Never Blog Alone!

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%.