There are a lot of different ranking systems currently being used for blogs. Google’s PageRank has been the subject of more than its share of blog discussions recently. In addition to PageRank, there’s always Technorati and Alexa rankings, and recently IZEA (the parent company of PayPerPost) has decided to move away from PageRank and create its own RealRank. (For information on RealRank, see Courtney Tuttle’s Real Rank Doesn’t Solve Anything for Bloggers.
When a new visitor comes to your website for the first time an initial impression will be formed pretty quickly. A good first impression will drastically increase the chances of that visitor returning again, and a bad first impression will be difficult to overcome.
This list looks at 21 factors that will influence your visitor’s impression within moments of arriving at your site. These are just some of the factors, not a comprehensive list. Feel free to list some others in the comments that you think should be included. Here they are, in no particular order.
Many bloggers either own multiple blogs or they write for others as well as their own. Those who aren’t writing for other blogs are missing out on a great opportunity to gain exposure and network with influential bloggers. For a few months I was posting 5-6 times per week here and writing 4 or 5 guest posts per week. Currently, I write fewer posts for other blogs, but I do still write at least one per week. Through this experience I’ve learned some things that I think can help others who are looking for other writing opportunities.
Since I started consistently posting on this blog in July the top two sources of traffic have been StumbleUpon and Digg. Much is written about each of these popular social media websites, so I thought it would be interesting to compare the traffic that each has sent.
From July 1st to November 24th, 2007:
- StumbleUpon sent a total of 90,485 visitors.
- Digg sent a total of 61,274 visitors.
The four posts that have made it to the front page of Digg have also been 4 of the top 6 posts in terms of StumbleUpon traffic. This isn’t very surprising to me, as large waves of traffic from one site will logically result in votes at the other site from a certain number of visitors.
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