I’ve been researching tips on how to improve the web traffic to my blog and here’s the top five that I’m going to experiment with:
- Be controversial! I’ve learned first hand that death by ten thousand flames on slashdot.org is good for site traffic.
- Blog on wet weekends – apparently people catch up on reading when there’s nothing better to do. Given the soggy summer that they’ve just had I assume that the British have now read right the way to the end of the internet.
- Choose blog titles more judiciously. While it’s amusing that people have wound up here when searching for fairy tales, tv-shows and movies, I’m not sure that people searching for “open source database” or “enterprise open source”, my target audience, will have found the blog.
- Lure popular technology bloggers to point to my posts. That should result in their readership visiting 25B and hopefully they’ll return. The ZD Net post “Actian Gives Fortify Security Study a Good Fisking” caused a significant spike in traffic. No doubt it also caused a similar spike for the “fisking” entry on dictionary.com.
- Tag each post with “girls, girls, girls in open source”. Alternatively, tag posts with “Open Source Security” – apparently that’s the one tag that’s more popular than “Girls, girls, girls”!