What good is a blog if nobody finds it and reads it? Ok, ok it can be used a medium for self-expression and release, it can also serve as a personal reference but really the idea of a blog (at least this one) is to speak out, express your thoughts to others who hopefully find my viewpoints and experiences interesting.
So with this goal in mind, I started to do a bit of research on search engine optimization and ideas on how to make my blog a little more visible to the world. Having structured my site with my blog as a subdirectory of my main site poses a bit of a challenge because I’m not sure which site to promote. Does it even matter as the ranking for one might just push up the ranking of the other?
I did do a few things in hopes of improving things. I signed up for Google Analytics in order to track my progress in terms of traffic to the site. I had also used webalizer on my server but I thought that also going through the Google Analytics stats couldn’t hurt things.
I also created a sitemap for my blog using the following wordpress plugin: Sitemap generator plugin for WordPress. I had to add my main site page to the sitemap but once that my done, I pointed Google to my new sitemap.xml file from their web administrator tools page.
I have also created a new account for myself and added my blog to Technorati: Technorati Profile. Currently my rank on Technorati is 7,758,595. I’d say that I still have a way to go (at least in the technorati world).
We’ll see how things progress in terms of my rankings and traffic.
Anybody else have any ideas short of hiring spammers. 🙂