BlogRush May Prove to Be Useful, Still Being Fixed

A couple of weeks ago, along with a lot of other people, I signed up for BlogRush, which was then the latest and greatest hope for a system offering the prospect of generating amazing traffic to your blog while you sleep.
In BlogRush: Traffic Klondike or Fool’s Gold? I rounded up a range of comments on the new system and indicated my mixture of mildly hopeful curiosity and scepticism.

A few days later I read a post by Yaro Starak who had been an early adopter of BlogRush. When I saw the stats Yaro displayed for his BlogRush account, including credits of nearly 300,000 and 733 bloggers in his BlogRush network, and then saw how pathetic my figures were against that, I thought it was game over, shut the gate, at least as far as I was concerned.

But further on in the post in question, Yaro made the point that because BlogRush is set up to display post links, from other blogs, with some affinity with your own blog’s topics, one of the benefits of BlogRush could be to help us find other bloggers of like mind or similar interests, whom we might not otherwise come across.

Tonight I’ve put that observation of Yaro’s together with a contribution he made last Friday when, moderating a discussion at the Australian Blogging Conference, I put him on the spot to come up instantly with three key ways people could use to increase their blog traffic. His first point? “The best source of traffic is another blogger linking to you”. And what’s the first thing that has to happen before a blogger can know about me/my blog, and vice versa? We have to find out that the other exists.

So maybe BlogRush could even be helpful for bloggers like me, who do not have the large numbers Yaro and some others can boast.

What is a bit frustrating is that I don’t have any idea what figures I may now have. And tonight when I logged in again in the hope of getting some up to date figures, I got the following message.

We don’t yet have enough data for your account. Please check back soon for custom reporting.

Odd, that. They had figures a couple of weeks ago.

BlogRush under construction

Actually, on most of the occasions over the past couple of weeks that I’ve logged in to get a report there’s been some sort of “we’re working on it, please be patient” type message. No doubt they’ll have it all working properly, one of these days, but the lack of availability after the breathlessness of the launch reminds me that cautiousness may not be such a bad thing in the face of heavily hyped Great New Traffic Things for the Web/blogosphere.

I’ll leave the widget in place for a while, just to see if there is anything of interest. And if it helps me make contact with some interesting new bloggers I might not connect with otherwise, that can only be good.

I have however dropped the widget well down the page, out of the prime space it was taking up for a short while. That will mean even less traffic, no doubt. It will also mean I won’t need to fret about it.

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Comments

  1. I recently developed a free wordpress plugin called “BlogRush Click Maximizer”. By using it you can vastly improve your Click Through Rate.

    This allows you to control what you want to display in BlogRush. You can even write alternate – short and catchy title just for BlogRush.

    You will have total control of what appears over the BlogRush Network.

  2. Ed
    I assume you mean you are going to keep the widget. I’d be interested to see if you will still give it one of the best tables in the house, so to speak.

  3. Yeah, me too.

  4. Meg
    Megan Bayliss beat the drum for Bumpzee at the Australian Blogging Conference on Friday. Spring Widgets is great – although I recall that last time I tried to use one I had problems with their fonts.

    Laura
    You’re surely right about Yaro – if you read his post on BlogRush you’ll see he promotes the value of having a big mailing list.

  5. I’ve come to more, or less, the same conclusion. Hold onto the widget for the time being…

    P.S. Don’t you think that any program that Yaro Starak would be wildly successful simply because of his already high traffic flow?

  6. Hi Des

    I’m thinking that there were a lot of people posting some pretty discouraging statistics. Taking access to the statistics away at least buys BlogRush some time to “fine tune” and weed out the “cheats”.

    I’ve been trialling a widget with the latest entries from the Bumpzee Aussie blogs community (and actually clicked here from that). It’s a little different in that it posts a bit of a summary, but my feeling is that it couldn’t possibly be much worse of a click through rate.

    Once I’m happy that it’s working ok, I’m intending to switch it over for the Blogrush one (ie give it more priority). I created it with Spring Widgets and it is customisable (colour & size) – http://tinyurl.com/yvxl93