The David Rosenthal Blog Traffic Tactics!

Most of this stuff you should know, but it’s the stuff I do. And since you’ve stuck with me this long you might as well hear my ideas on this too. OK, so regular readers may have noticed a slight “lag” in my posting these last few days. Well my internet connection problems are half the reason, but the other half was me doing a giant article submission. I don’t use a service yet because the one I like cost $400, so the software I use to make cash while online costs about ONE TENTH that price. But it is a Total Bastard to train! Basically you have to create a profile at all 600 article directories and I recently decided to change myself from “Dave Rosenthal” to “David Rosenthal” in terms of SEO for this blog. I’m still good ol’ Dave of course, but article submissions is one of those things you hear recommended all the time to build traffic , and it’s true. So we might as well talk about why it’s the most effective method .

Here’s what happened to me; Late last year I was taking pieces I wrote over here and putting them on EzineArticles. I didn’t know you were supposed to really alter them or write brand new stuff (and no problems came of it, I’m just telling YOU so you know ahead of time). But my signature was “Dave Rosenthal.” And after a while, because my articles really weren’t keyword focused, I noticed they DID start showing up on the 1st or 2nd page of Google but, mostly for my name . And that’s when it hit me; the only consistent things in my articles was “Welcome Back Rosenthal,” for which there was zero competition, and “Dave Rosenthal” for which there was a LOT of competition. And pretty soon my name made it to page one, position 8. And that’s where I’m at. My articles submissions had pulled my name out of the deep end of the searches. And that kind of proof is good enough for me about article power. So now anybody looking for me like an old friend (or enemy!) will be able to find me. But I’m on page 3 for “David Rosenthal,” so my new goal is to get on page one for that. But it occurred to me, THAT’S what people meant by articles being useful for getting to the top . Using a keyword(s) in the articles themselves, in the “author box” or, if permitted, all those place will give you lots of one way links to your site. Now that you know the idea, please go research it.

Social Networks

This is not any kind of new big and hairy information right? Social media sites are your “go to” place for READING traffic. Remember, I make a VERY big distinction between reading blogs and money blogs. You can use social networking for money too but MY preference for my money blogs is search engine traffic. Having said that, you’ve got to learn about the top 10-20 social media sites. You don’t need to be using all those I’d say pick at least 6 or 7 social media sites and register. But getting your username and logo/photo out there is important.

Here’s the thing; I’ve used Digg and Stumble to submit my stuff. But what I’ve learned is that the kind of stuff I write, well thought out, long pieces, don’t do well at Digg. Short, list filled, 20 second, glance-pieces do better. But each network has a “flavor.” Stumble tends to be quick visits too but those visitors will stick for reader specific topics. And I do still get traffic form stories Dugg a long time ago. I also use MySpace some, but it’s tough to pull people off that site. MySpace does that on purpose, but it is possible. I built up and maintain 1000 friends and I keep it at that level because just like Facebook the people who I see making money start groups WITHIN the site. Yeah, basically since you can’t bring a horse to water, you just gotta take the water to the horses.

So I strongly encourage sites like MyBlogLog, BlogCatalog, and BlogCarnival. The first two allow you to make “friends” so do as many as their systems allow (15 per day and unlimited). I just heard about that strategy about a 2 months ago, and as you can see I haven’t really implemented it. But I DO contribute to BlogCarnival and get some traffic from there.


Entrecard is great for a new bloggers. You will learn a lot and you can get general traffic and even targeting traffic if you take the time to focus what you’re doing. And I’ve said it before, but targeted traffic is much better than general traffic. And this brings us to MY theories about understanding Entrecard. Plain and simple it will boost your numbers. I see some of the most awful and poorly visited blogs in the world within the Entrecard system, BUT they have fantastic Alexa numbers, lots of comments, AND some of them are making a few bucks without a lot of knowledge. That’s how good the EC system is. There are lot of great blogs too! But the point I’m making is that participating in this system puts you in a good position to build traffic, build links and make friends. IF you understand what it is and how to maximize from it.

So to reiterate Entrecard is a nice place for “traffic,” and as it stands I would estimate maybe 10-20 percent will actually read stuff. The other 80-90 percent will just drop and leave. I have proof. See my blog is set up on the homepage to just list stories, to see ANY post you have to click a link and go to a story, so I made a VERY easy drop box up top. So if that’s what a person is here for they can get in and out-boom. But if they read I know it, because my stats will show me that they clicked a link.

But this is OK! You’re getting your numbers up-and if you believe my Alexa theory-it’s good to have “general traffic.” But EC people WILL visit your blog if they’re just out exploring, and that happens quite a bit. I even do it myself and I have NO time to waste. You can also generate a lot of reading visitors by commenting-but this is standard practice for blog traffic anyway. However, the extra bonus is that you belong to a “club” so people have a more compelling reason to visit. And the third sort of reason they’ll come is your “advert;” so again, the accuracy of your traffic is determined by what message you put out there. Plus these last few weeks have seen a few technical glitches but that’s because they’re adding lots of new and very smart features. Like the “add a blog” tool which allows you to link multiple blogs, they also put out and instructional E-book . And again for new bloggers, and even more experienced, it is a great way to see hundreds and hundreds of blogs and how they do things. Many of them are just playing follow the leader, but there is some very innovative stuff out there.

Ping baby! I’ve got a long list of ping sites in my WordPress installation, but if you use Feeburner, they have a bunch you can check off too. AND you can go to Blogflux and use their tool. I do that after every post.

Tags are CRUCIAL. Sites like Delicious, StumbleUpon and Technorati thrive on the tags. And you can even build your story ideas off BIG tags in the cloud at those sites too. I learned about this too by accident, when I started using the Simple Tagging plugin and found traffic JUST from the tags from various sites. Speaking of that, if you’re a WordPress user additional good traffic plugins are; All in One SEO, Do-Follow, Link Luv (that I’m trying to get set up) and Yet Another Related Post.

LASTLY, JTPratt showed an incredible spin on an old standard. You know you should have a signature in your emails and especially in your forum posts right? Well he shows how your sig on forums should be specific wording like “My blog talks about this interesting topic.” That’s not what you should write but how you should word your sig in an interesting way instead of “” And if that wasn’t good enough, you can even think about using specific post instead of homepage!

Most of My Blog Traffic is From Pure Dumb Luck

My favorite thing about Youtube, aside from the sheer magnitude of the collection, is what I might call the “connection sessions.” And that’s when, you see something on Ytube and then it reminds you of something else, or you see it over in the “related video” area. And that’s it. You’re on there for hours. A dozen 5 minute clips is an hour, so time flies over there.

As it is, in most cases, I had a legitimate reason for going to Ytube the other day, and then got sucked into watching old Punk Rock. And just like it happened in my real life, I gradually fell into watching Metal. And I noticed that some strange thing has happened over the last few years; more bands than ever are having reunions. So you can see old videos of a group and THEN you can see new videos. But seeing the 80’s thin rockers and then seeing the reunion fat guys is so…on the money. I mean, I got fat too! I’m losing it, but essentially I’ve become a heavy guy.

But this isn’t so much a piece about weight as it is about metal that I liked-and how I got into it at all. And Ytube is a great place to put things into historical context. Mix that with Wikipedia and you’re set. Or Myspace, but I don’t go there for much history or old videos since they bands are pretty much trying to let you know what they’re doing NOW (not to mention it’s their version of things, at least with Wiki the input comes from diverse sources).

So before I give you laundry list of bands I like mind if I tell you how I got into metal? It actually started out as a kid into rock, then punk, then metal. I’ll go into my punk transition another time, but I big part of the process was this kid I met as a freshman in high school; Jay. One day Jay took me to his house and played me the Fear on Saturday Night Live video, the new Venom album and then took me to Wax Trax on the North side of Chicago. We were students at Kenwood Academy on the South side of Chicago. After 2 years I transferred to the Lane Tech on the North side, so I could be closer to the action and boy was I! I think Jay transferred too. Anyway that day at Wax Trax I bought some albums. One by Minor Threat, and one by DOA at his recommendations (and one by DRI at mine).

About 10 years prior to that, at about age 5, I had bought my first “rock” record. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. You should have SEEN the Sears “record dealer” trying to figure out what I wanted. Did I mention I’m Black? Well I am, and trying to get this middle aged man in a jacket and tie who worked in the Sears record department to recognize the song I was trying to sing was hilarious. In those days buying records was almost like buying insurance at Sears; very serious business with a professional record guy who treated your purchase as a very legitimate enterprise. And I’m there with my mom, who worked in Sears seasonally doing taxes through H&R Block, and there’s this guy with this giant moustache and sports jacket listening to me sing “Oh momma mia, momma mia, momma mia let me go!” ANYWAY…

Fast forward that last 10 years BACK to 20 years ago. My friend Jay, at the time, was in a Chicago band called Rites of the Accused, and I think he had a Mohawk and giant words on the back of his black leather “isn’t life a blast” I think, from the Flippers song Ha Ha Ha (I would learn later). He had seen me too it turns out. I had these giant motorcycle boots with bright yellow shin pads. I wore them on a Monday and got laughed at ALLLLL day. But that night was the 25th Motown Anniversary and the Jackson 5 was there. Guess what? One of them was wearing the EXACT same boots. Tuesday, I was a GOD. I had the boots FIRST before they were on TV! I was into Mad Max on a CRAZY level. I knew I wanted to be with those kind of people. I didn’t know what they were called, or where they hung out, but I wanted to BE one. And as soon as I could convince my mother I was gonna get a Mohawk too!