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February 2, 2013

Bloggers Read This: My Blog Traffic Sucks!

My Blog Traffic Sucks! by Steve Scott was the last book I read in 2012. I read it in a day on New Year's Eve.  I picked it up for free, but it is worth the $2.99. While not fully applicable to book bloggers, it had great advice and provided food for thought. I've actually based a few other posts on this book.

The title of the book is a bit misleading. The "8 simple steps" often had a few substeps to them. Also, I'm not sure about the promise of "100,000 blog visitors". A time period was not specified for when/how quickly this milestone would be reached. Something that was also missing from the book, but was stated in the product description was that these 8 simple steps would take 15 hours a week.

What? 15 hours a week! This is part of the reason why I don't think the book is targeted at the majority of book bloggers. Even some authors I know would have a hard time committing 15 hours a week to their blogs. The book is meant for someone whose blog is directly supporting their full-time job.

Yes, there were a few problems with the book, but over all it is one of the best books I've read on blogging. I was quite pleased that it did not advocate underhanded (black hat) tricks like link farms. Much of the advice was stuff I had already heard, but the way it was presented made it easy to put the advice into practice. I've been able to make a few changes, even with my limited blogging time. The idea for the Comment Challenge came from this book. Just making the commitment to comment more has increased traffic to my blog.

I'm recommending My Blog Traffic Sucks to all the authors I work with. If you are looking at revamping your website or want to get more out of your blogging efforts, then get this book.

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Book Info:
My Blog Traffic Sucks by Steve Scott 
ebook, published October 2012
Source: Purchased
Read: December 2012

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7 comments:

  1. I read this book, and I found it helpful.

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    1. I thought it had some great tips, particularly for authors.

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  2. It is interesting that you mention that comments have driven more people to your blog. I did a commenting challenge some time ago, but didn't really notice an increase. I commented on blogs that were similar to mine as well as those that were different.

    As a result of that experiment I have actually relaxed on commenting and am focusing more on content.

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    1. I think it really depends on the blogger. I also had several posts right after I started the challenge that really encouraged discussion, which I think helped.

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  3. I've heard about commenting more too and have found that most people will reciprocate and leave a comment on mine. The key is keeping them coming back with good content. Good post. Thanks :)

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    1. That's what I'm seeing ,too. Though not every blogger I leave a comment for does the same in return, I also see people that I never went to their blog and they left a comment.

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  4. 15 hours a week would be pushing it big time for me. I'm lucky just to get posts up some weeks. I'd love to spend more time reading and commenting on other blogs but unless I want to give up sleep (and I get little enough of that as it is!) I don't see it happening often.

    I have this book but still haven't even managed to go through it the way I would like.

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