The TrackBack Traffic Bitch Slap Technique
You know I have always wondered what the major purpose of Trackbacks were. When I first started blogging it took some real explaining as to what they were and what there real purpose was. Any time someone would try to explain how they work I would always have the same response after words:
To me they have always seemed like just another thing that I need to moderate. Which I don’t have time for. And most of the time the trackbacks I get are from spam blogs that have stolen my content. It just goes to show how important my posts really are. Real people don’t’ post about my content only the spammers do. It’s like having junkies vouch for me.
So despite my anger towards trackbacks I decided to try and make them somewhat useful for me. Even though every trackback I get is usually some junk splog, I still go and check it out. Of course whenever I go check my (snail) mail I still get excited over junk mail. I guess it is some kind of cry for attention.
So magic of these craptastic trackbacks is that I always end up checking out the blog that has given me the trackback (even though I know that nobody cool would post about one of my articles). This gave me an idea.
If David Letterman on his Late Show were to say something nasty about Oprah, there is a pretty good chance that it would get back to Oprah. Even if he just mentioned her name, she would probably end up knowing about it. Upon hearing this Oprah would probably watch the part of the Late Show that mentioned her, and then possibly contact David Letterman. This is pretty much like a trackback. Although an unlikely scenario it gives an idea as to how trackbacks could work in your favour to get attention to your blog.
In the blogging world this method should work well to attract a bit of attention to your blog. Now this method may not work on really big bloggers that get trackbacks all the time. You should focus on blogs that are at the same level as yours, or a little bit higher. Most likely if you follow this method the blogger you trackback should come to your blog and at least make a comment. They may even become a subscriber or even mention your blog in one of their posts.
Here are the steps to use this method:
- Choose a blog that is near the same level of success or a bit higher than your blog.
- Write something attention getting about this blog or blogger.
- Link your comment about this blog or blogger to a post that this person has made. Do not link to the blog home page though otherwise there will be no trackback, you need to link to a post, and preferably a new one.
- Publish your post.
I am going to test this one out by targeting one of my favourite blogs: Bloggernoob. I should be able to attract some attention when I mention that sometimes I think about hunting down The Noob and slapping him right the face, the only reason I don’t do it is because I cannot figure out whether I want to slap him with the front of back of my hand.
You don’t have to be mean like I was. I just figure The Noob has a pretty good sense of humour. That’s pretty much it. Go ahead and test it out yourself and see if the person you mention comes to your blog and makes a comment. Who knows, it may lead to them posting about you and giving you a bit of exposure.