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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James Joyner
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James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Zygote says:

    Write about Janet’s boobs. Oh wait..do 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.

    –|PW|–

  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.