I just want to do something a little different today, as I want to see if there is a way we can help each other bring a few more visitors to our sites. It requires hardly any effort, and could benefit us all in the long run.
You may have heard about the changes google has made to its search engine. Or more specifically, it’s image searches. If you haven’t heard about it, you may well of noticed a decline in visitors to your site in the past few days. Cutting a long story really short, when someone used to search on google for an image, if it was one you had on your site and someone clicked it, you got a ‘view’. Now google have changed it, meaning people no longer have to visit your site to get the image, hence no ‘view’. This has been bad for a lot of sites, reporting a loss of 30-50% in traffic, and worse for those that depend on traffic to make money, or if they are selling the images etc.
I’m not too fussed about these changes, its frustrating but that’s how it is. I just want to try and find a new way (that’s not new, of course, but new to me!) of bringing in visitors. Underneath all of my reviews (and most of yours) are the sharing buttons. I don’t think these are utilised enough, and have taken it upon myself to use them more. I started a little test at midnight last night with them all, and submitted a couple of my own links on StumbleUpon, Reddit, LinkedIn, Diggit & Tumblr. I’m here to ask if you would mind sharing one of my links, any review you like, and just let me know in the comments below which one you shared and on which site. I will then of course hit up your site and spread the link of one of your posts on all the sharing sites. They are all free to sign up to, and some just require a name, that’s it. Once you have done it once, every post from then on could be shared in a matter of seconds.
As an example, one link for my review of Casino was posted on Reddit this morning and brought in 48 views in 10 minutes. Casino got 25 hits from StumbleUpon within half an hour. Whilst I appreciate these viewers probably visited and then left, if even just 1 or 2 people stick around and come back, then it’s worth doing it. My aim is to share the results I get, and hopefully you all get, so we can see if any of these sharing options are viable sources of traffic improving methods. Plus, they are free so we may as well all try help each other out, if your up for it! I hope some of you join me, and I know some already have, so thank you again to those that I have spoken with about it on Facebook, and please, if everyone else could start sharing my stuff and I will reciprocate in full!! Even if just a handful of people help me trial it I will be hugely grateful!
Moving on slightly, I must apologise to anyone on Facebook for my relentless spamming! I set up a site Facebook account yesterday, and have been adding people that I have seen. Please, if you are on Facebook, feel free to add me as a friend, and ‘like’ the Head In A Vice Facebook page. It is much appreciated, and more importantly it has instant messaging, so we can chat easily, which I have done with some of you and has been good fun! I might even start a mass movie watching, chat room review with a few of us chatting and watching at the same time, then condensing it into a mass review. Could be fun, I’ll work on something if I can drag some of you in!!
I know some of you don’t really care about stats and views, and that’s cool. But if you are interested in potentially bringing in a few extra people to see your stuff, I hope you don’t mind me posting this call to arms. Since I’m asking a lot of you, and I want more Facebook love, I should give something back. Whilst most of you know I use a pseudonym to write with, none of you know what I look like. I’m always asked to put a photo up, as people like to know who they are chatting with. And since I chat with A LOT of you, and know what you look like, it’s only fair if I show you my face. So, as a treat, I have included a photo of myself. Since Eric did it a couple of weeks ago and showed off his sexy smile, I have to bite the bullet and showcase myself. Be nice, I’m very self conscious and will just edit any mean comments
Now you know who you are talking to! Nice to meet you, and please go share my stuff! Thanks for reading, I am looking forward to this little experiment and seeing what comes of it.