Who's Looking For Link Love?

I've gone on my usual intermittent siesta after my last post here about some jokers getting my goat. Actually I had gone over to my other blog, CommonSense With Markk, to keep it chugging along.

It seems like a given for some other bloggers who can manage 5 to 10 blogs without batting an eyelid. If I'm attending to one of my three blogs, then the other two got to wait their turn to be fed with fresh posts.

In between blogging tasks, I try to keep up to date with what's brewing and who's cooking up a storm. You see, I'm no super-duper blogger nor do I have the cash to pay someone to blog for me.

I don't know, but from the vibes and bytes that are floating around, a great number of bloggers seem to be going ga-ga about linking up to each other.

What it boils down to is that these signs $-$-$ are the motivators behind this bandwagon ride. And to get there, your blog has got to keep moving up in ranking especially in the Google PR and Technorati lists.

Reminds me of this famous line that goes something like this: "It's all in the list, bro, if you want to see money on the table!"

Playing Fave-orites and Getting Entwined In Linkfest

Getting linkety-minded is the natural thing to do if you want to see your blog rise. And, I think, it's not a taboo thing to do if you do it in the right manner.

Sometime back, Andy Beal over at Marketing Pilgrim wrote in his post that he's "reaching out..."
I'm not claiming to be A-list, but I do realize there are a lot of great blogs out there that don't get the attention we do, so I'm sharing the love."

At least, Andy is more forthcoming when he readily admitted that he's conscious of the fact that there are likely many great blogs that he doesn't read.

I've also being involved in linking to other blogs but I do it voluntarily if I think the blog is worth linking to or I picked out my MBL visitors on a particular day and tagged them. I don't inform the linked party about it. I also faved blogs to my Technorati Favorites without asking anyone to do the same for me.

Do these bloggers return the favor? Well, it's their decision, not mine. Some do when they see the link, others probably think this guy must be crazy, altruistic, or just plain stupid.

Maybe my blogs don't look like the make-money-online type or a John Chow-kind of blog and, therefore, has no appeal at all. Maybe I should write like Robert Scoble or some of the gadget blogs' style of writing to get attention. I don't think I can cut it there.

Again, I don't know. The blogosphere is so diverse you can go bonkers if you try to read too much into it.

Meanwhile, the blogging Gods of Mt Olympus (aka the A-Listers) don't need to scurry around lookng for links, they sorta perch at the top and watch us little rabbits do the running below. For now, they are entrenched.

The truth is that they were there early on when blogging was fairly new on the Internet. Writing about gadgets, fluffy snippets and stuff was like "wow, that's great!" to all those hero-worshipping newbies and wannabes at that time, and even now if you know where to look for them. And, of course, Adsense was great then, too.

So, I believe, it wasn't much of a struggle to be a shooting star in an era when netusers just click away on anything - banners, pay-per-click ads, pop-ups, splash pages, etc. - and the money kept rolling in for the site owner.

Today, it's so much harder to reach for the stars because competition is coming at you from all directions. The quality of blogs are improving with greater flair and more creative writing coming on. If you don't agree, I'll be glad to hear about it.

If it hasn't hit you yet, now is the time to start noticing the winds of change that's blowing across the blogging world.

It's like a new awakening for the "blogging proletariat." What can you see beyond the horizon?


Dale Ng said...

Zero to hero. Zero to PR4! Well, looks like you're indeed blowing with the wind of change. Congrats!

lilyruth said...

I know you have got a thing about linking and adding blogs to favorites I read about it but I just have to ask you is my site so bad tht you can not help me out by clicking onto the subscribe feed for me . I have a situation similar to yours with blog catalog I need so many people to subscribe in order for me to join tiother thing and I do not have but two so far so I still have such along way to go and I would appreciate your help. But Do not get on my case about it if you do not want to do it. o.k. and while your add it I hope you will join my community as well. even tho its small I hope one day to be a success like you and rank at least six congraulations but you deserve it I can see by all that you write you earned it. And do not feel bad its that blog catalog lost when they did not accept you cause you would have been an asset to their community. Keep up the good work I shall come and read your content often for its interesting what you have to say. I wish I knew how to upload your content from your blog onto mine so people can see it there also, but I do not know how to do it.

Lortab said...

Well done with this...still learning myself