Saturday, January 21, 2006

Blogexplosion - Day Two

At first it goes like this:
I view a couple of weblogs (mostly crap I'm sorry to say but occasionally something good) then there's a hit on mine. I win 25 credits in their random draw, then in very short order there are 25 hits on my weblog.

Come day two and suddenly the hits start to dry up. Credits are banking up, with only an occasional hit being sent my way. What does this mean? Are new signups given a high priority for the first 24 hours, and then dropped to the bottom of the barrel?

As of this writing Henry the Adequate has 68 credits, with only three Blogexplosion hits today. So far Blogexplosion is less of a bang, more of a whimper, mostly a grand waste of time. More later.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Blogexplosion - Worth it?

So here's what happens.

Signup up at Blogexplosion.com
Add Weblog.
Wait for hits.

No, that's not how it works, because Blogexplosion won't send hits your way until you've visited some other blogs. So, here's what really happens.

Sign up.
Add weblog.
Click "Surf Member Blogs".
Wait 30 seconds.
View next blog.
Wait 30 seconds.
... etc

For every two blogs you view this way you get one credit, for which Blogexplosion will direct one hit your way. Occasionally you will win some extra credits. So, you're guaranteed an increased hit count, as long as you're willing to sit there clicking that mouse button every thirty seconds.

The only question, and I guess it is obvious, is one of quality. Sure, you're getting page views, but is anyone actually reading your stuff? What is the value of readers who are really only interested in generating hits to their own site?

Now when it comes to Technoblogical this doesn't really concern me - I don't care who reads it, or if nobody does, because it is really just my opinion on stuff I'm barely qualified to comment on. However, when it comes to my real weblog at Henry the Adequate , well that's another story. I want quality hits from people who are actually interested in reading my bullshit. I want regular readers.

There's a simple way to test the effectiveness of Blogexplosion. I'll use it to generate hits for a few days, then stop and see if my page views drop back to previous levels. Results next week.