June 26, 2007

How To Multipy 'Digg Effects' And Crash Your Servers?

For many bloggers getting to the digg frontpage is the ultimate dream.It was the same for me until it happened.But once the digg effect[the sudden rush of traffic,links & comments] is over we are back to the ground.The pleasant dream broken fast is not easily accepted in its way by many smart-devil-minded bloggers.They follow their instinct to 'want more'.And it's a secret that 98% of them fail.But what do those 2% do to continue the dream run.That's the million dollar question.Isn't it?

Digg is not loved by SEOs just because it brings good number of quality links and satisfactory traffic,but Digg gives the best available exposure on the net for the site and this may also follow frontpages of other user-driven sites.Hardly any story that makes it to the Digg frontpage fails to top the frontpage of Reddit.This cycle may continue with smaller social news sites ending up with a gross traffic ranging from 200k to 400k and sometimes even more.This will certainly crash those wordpress servers but blogspot has shown it's super powers[Thanks to Google].

One interesting fact is that you don't even have to do any work to do to get your story on those sites.The still not copyrighted 'Rule of the Web2.0' principle states that every user driven site has a top user[s] who are thriving to finding stories that will help them rise up to their status and stories submitted by top users has a greater chance of making it to the top thanks to the top user game phenomenon.

Carrying on The dIGG effect
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The usability of this technique entirely depends upon the relevance of your story.If it's a breaking news,forget it.But as i have been able to notice,most digg baits are timeless.So once the Digg Effect is over get over to other platforms.
Secret:Break the boundaries of languages and region and go global.The first part seems to be written by a metaphysicst and the second part by a marketing professor.But it's one of the biggest secrets on the internet.The whole world is connected but not to one another,among themselves.We are a part of the internet which has many worlds in it.Bloggers world,readers world,Leechers world,Commentators-world,Learners-world,Teachers-world,English-world,German-world,Arabic-world,French world,Winners world and finally Loosers world.Reach out for more and you'll come back with more.There are more Diggs around but we don't know them.Here are some of the diggs i discovered.Most of them accidentally and some through my global friends.Go on and start registering and one more thing.Keep Google Translatr open.

1.
mister-wong
2.yigg
3.iliketotallyloveit
4.folkd
5.icio.de
6.webnews
7.linklift
8.bagook
9.newstube
10.readster
11.leze
12.alltagz

You can easily track down more of such site a use their regional popularity as your tool.All you need is to go that extra mile and the rewards are all waiting you.








June 22, 2007

Why Do I Come Up With 'Out Of Niche' Posts Once In A While?

Shypy,one of the readers of Blogger Whale is confused about my 'puzzle-post' and i thought it important to address his question publicly.

He asked:

No here what i wonder:

  1. What has this got to do with this blog's niche?
  2. What does the picture suggest?
  3. What does this message suggest?
  4. Why am I wasting my time?
  5. Blog-Author, why are you giving me reasons to unsubscribe?

Glad you cared to ask.But since you seem to be new to BW,you must be really confused about why i come up with a post that may look senseless to my niche.The fact is that the puzzle was a DIGG BAIT like a few other posts i had done before.

In more complex evil kind of blogging [John Chow kind of blogging] this type of posts are quite common and the puzzle was targeted @ Science community @ Digg.Science community is a geek-rich community and the easiest to bait and i had tasted success in the past.And usually most of the subscribers are aware of my bait posts.And usually tag them under 'Out of the box' label you can find more bait posts there.So if you're thinking of subscribing again you can expect these kind of test posts once in a while[not too often,because it takes more effort than writing niche posts]

I hope your 1,4 and 5th questions got an answer.

And for the 2nd and 3rd one.....

You got close it's actually Caeser's square[the method used my Caeser to encrypt sensitive messages].Rearrange the 64 letters into a 8x8 square and read the message column-wise.

YULDZOBE
OCLTLVRE
UCYHEEAK
HES I ADI Y
ASOSNYNW
VSLPDOSO
EFVUPUAR
SUEZRRGK

And you get

YOUHAVESUCCESSFULLYSOLVEDTHISPUZZLEANDPROVEDYOUR BRAINSAGEEKYWORK

MESSAGE:

YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SOLVED THIS PUZZLE AND PROVED YOUR BRAINS.A GEEKY WORK.

Hint1:A SQUARE
HINT2:CEASER
HINT3:1+2=CEASER SQUARE AND ASK THE INTERNET GOD[GOOGLE WAS IN MY MIND]

EVERYTHING HAS A REASON...HOPE YOUR DOUBTS ARE CLEAR.



CHEERS!!!!!

BLOGGER WHALE

June 19, 2007

Is your blog stunning+Prepared for the D-day?

  • Is your blog stunning?
  • Can it convert first time visitors into regulars?
  • Is it good enough to be mentioned & linked by authoritatve 'biggie' blogs?
If you answered an yes for all the three quetions then you're here ny mistake.If no was in the answers,read on.

What makes a blog stunning?
It's eye candy template does,its perfect ten formatting does.But more importantly it's smartness & usability is what makes a blog stunning.While a good lookin template can give your blog a charismatic first impression it's not a pre-requisite and you can surely do without it.If you are writing sensible stuff @ your blog,people will start giving importance to your content rather than your design.Formatting...You better should do it or get ready to send somegood bunch of readers away.Spell check,blockqoutes,picture&text alignment well done is really a bonus.These small things can really reveal your degree of seriousness & professionalism.

The aspect i wish to bring your attention on is smartness & usability.The best way to build a loyal readership base is to make your first time visitors understand that you are useful.You must make them feel that there is plenty of profit for them if they stick around.Don't hide your best articles and leave them to be discovered from the archives.If you do so then they are likely to be left undiscovered forever.No one will care to dig deeper unless they realize that your blog is worth digging deeper.Put your best posts right before the reader's eyes.Put them on your sidebar,link from your latest posts to your masterpieces.Let those best works of yours scream for you.



Take a look at how Amit @ Digital Inspiration had done this.He has got a good number of useful posts under his cap and he knows precisely how to make those articles work for him.A simple design of Digital Inspiration will not send readers away because one look at the sidebar and you know the site is bravo.This practises not only emphasises your blog content but also help a blogger multiply the number of page views per visitor hence increase chances of monetization.


The D-day will come......

Why should you make your blog stunning?This is something i have realised from my mistakes.When Blogger Whale got linked by Lifehacker and subsequently topped the del.icio.us popular page it wasn't stunning.And this mistake did cost me huge.I could have converted at least a portion of the 10s of 1000s of unique visitors reached that way into regular visitors.So you better not repeat my mistake because you never know who is going to find you today.




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June 17, 2007

Viral Linking 2:Add your icon

Looks like the latest buzz in the blogging lounge is viral linking.One after another new viral links are starting.And it's only great.Because at the end of the day only links matter.Here's one more method started by The Thinking Blog.

1.) Upload your non-animated favicon (GIF image of size 16x16 pixels) to ImageShack, of to a similar free image hosting server like Photobucket, or to your own server provided by your hosting service if you have one.

2.) Substitute the Host Icon and one of the "Viral Icons" in the matrix with your ALT text of choice and your blog’s URL. Maximum of 3 specific keywords for the ALT text are best for it to be effective. You can do this by going over to the HTML mode of your blogging platform. Don't be confused! You're doing the same as our first Viral Links system, but this time you're just doing it with image icons. Just follow the code and add the URL that points to your blog, and your image. Real simple!

3.) When you get a ping back from someone that has your icon in one of their "Viral Icons" matrix, practice good karma by copying his/her Host Icon's code (automatically the associated ALT tag will also be copied) and paste it over one of your “Viral Icons” below.

People always ask me "How do I get a ping?" That's just a fancy way of knowing that someone linked you up. To find out who has linked to your blog, it's best to get a Technorati account. Technorati will tell you who has been linking to your blog, and from there you could easily update your Viral Links, and Viral Icons matrix.

4.) Invite your readers to do the same and soon this can grow virally.

Host link:Blogging traffic tips

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