Climbing the Ecosystem

Dean Esmay tries to answer the “How do I get my blog noticed?” question that seems to pop up with some regularity. The answers haven’t changed much since the last time but new readers and bloggers keep coming along.

I would also add a version of the advice sage golfers give to the “How do I improve my golf game?” question: Go back and take up blogging three years ago.

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  1. Zygote says:

    Write about Janet’s boobs. Oh you mean long-term notice?

    Nevermind then.

  2. Keith Taylor says:

    I’m sure a google search for ‘janet jackson+titties’ still generates a lot of blog traffic even now.

  3. pennywit says:

    Considering the way the ecosystem is titled (reptiles, amphibians, etc.), I’ve sometimes wondered if the solution is to eat other blogs.


  4. In real estate, value is generally tied to location, location, location.

    In my opinion, something similar happens in blogging, except value is tied to content, content, content.

    I hope I’m right.

  5. James Joyner says:

    I-P: You’re probably right eventually. The key, though, is networking. You have to have interesting content, yes. But if you already know or are known to major bloggers, it’s a huge advantage. Wonkette is the most obvious recent example–major linkage on a constant basis propelled her to the upper echelons almost immediately. Or Professor Bainbridge, who has excellent content but gets a ton of exposure because of his relationship with Hugh Hewitt and Eugene Volokh. If you’re starting in a vacuum, it’s a lot harder to get noticed.

  6. Dean's World says:

    Proper Blogging Etiquette
    I have been getting mail lately from people asking me how to promote a weblog. One was pretty straightforward: “…I don’t want to get lost…

  7. Texas Native says:

    Blogging tutorial: Lesson 12
    While Bill at INDC Journal gives a lesson on how to comment spam, I recommend a side order of trackbacks, just to carpet bomb ’em. Dean Esmay and James Joyner give even more (authoritative) advice.

  8. Sortapundit says:

    I Blog For Groupies
    However, I must admit that I would prefer to have a thousand readers a day skimming the site than 50 readers who really pay attention. The frustrating thing about starting up is attracting first-time readers, and there is no tried and tested formula….

  9. INDC Journal says:

    INDC Journal Guerrilla Blogging Guide: Comment Spam
    On Saturday, I confessed to some of my blogging sins and outed myself as a link whore. Well, it seems that some of you have taken my story to heart and are attempting to duplicate my early, shameless efforts. Case…

  10. PoliBlog says:

    More Blogging Advice
    Michele of A Small Victory has a useful post on blogging. I especially like her suggestions on e-mail from readers (not that I get all that much). I especially like her statements regarding the fact that blogs aren’t newspaper–I do…

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  12. Simon World says:

    Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask
    There are plenty of good guides to blogging and I was going to add my $0.02 to the pile. It’s the thing to do once your blog reaches a certain age, and I figure turning one is about the right time. However I’m going to break with blogosphere traditio…