July 11, 2007 by Dawud Miracle 23 Comments Share this:Tweet Related posts: New Bloggers: An Idea To Get The Conversation Started 5 Ways Not To Make The Biggest Mistake In Your Blogging Relationships How Do You Use Social Media To Grow Your Business? The Part of My Business I Look Forward To Doing More Of… Why Your Newsletter Content Should Come From Your Blog Reader InteractionsComments Mark Goodyear says July 11, 2007 at 2:45 pm You’re right. The key is learning how to use social media tools to build real relationships. I have a question back at you. Let’s assume you find someone that you think may be a potential relationship. How do you know? Then what specific tasks do you do to explore/build that relationship? Reply Joanna Young says July 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm Hello Dawud I think it depends on what your blogging purpose is. Lots of visitors is nice – but what feels great (for me) is when you start to make connections that sizzle somehow, when you find other people who share ideas, values, words, dreams, outlook, when you find each other’s work, when people help you out, when your stories start to intertwine. I love feeling part of a network of bloggers who are open to ideas, intriguing and intrigued, curious, open, generous… Quality offers something different to quantity. Joanna Reply Dawud Miracle says July 11, 2007 at 4:01 pm Mark, I don’t want to seem down on the social content sites – ’cause I’m not. I love them. At the same time, I feel it’s important to know where they place in relation to conversational blogging. Great question…and one I think I’m going to have to answer in a post or a series of posts – which I’ll begin working on very soon, now that you’ve asked. One tidbit…I move from the comment box to email when I find someone I’d like to connect with. Often a simple, unassuming email will give you all the info you need to see if things should/could go further. Reply Lorelle says July 11, 2007 at 4:12 pm I agree with the quality over quantity statement. After a big Digg or other tidal wave of link love, it’s the ones that remain and return that open the door to a relationship. The rest are lookie-loos. I want the real readers not the peekers. 😀 Reply Dawud Miracle says July 11, 2007 at 4:54 pm Lorelle, I’m with you…I want readers too. Not only readers but I’m interested in the conversation and ultimately the relationships. I know that we all need/want traffic – the more the better, right? Yet successful bloggers want more than just big traffic spikes. Reply Dawud Miracle says July 11, 2007 at 8:21 pm Joanna, Yes, yes, and yes. The sizzle, I love it! And I agree…different techniques for different purposes. For my purposes, I’m interested in the conversation – in relationships. So while it’s important for me to expand my reach, I try to focus more on the readers and commenters I have. Balance… Reply Karin H. says July 12, 2007 at 8:43 am Hi Dawud I agree with Joanna. On one of my blogs (extension of our static websites) I want as many visitors as possible – hopefully clicking further to our static websites to see all our products etc (and from next week on, buying on-line). On my other blogs I want readers, conversationalist etc. Those two blogs have ‘conversational’ tools in them (MyBlogLog, TheGoodBlogs etc) to ‘encourage’ relationships. (and I like both ways ;-)) Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business) Reply Dawud Miracle says July 12, 2007 at 9:37 am Karin, Yes, I certainly want increased traffic as well. What I find happening sometimes with my clients is that they confuse massive traffic with increased interest in their business. I’ve found this to not always be true. Sometimes, yes. I try to help my clients understand that what they ultimately want are visitors that are specifically interested in their business. Otherwise, their web stats (traffic) are not going to accurately represent the success of their site/business. Reply Karin H. says July 12, 2007 at 11:32 am Hi Dawud Agree with you. That’s the reason I check the stats every week (statcounter) not just on amount of visitors, but also how long and how many pages and of course if they return. Plus we have a ‘policy’ in place to ask any customer coming to our showroom (or on the phone) to ask where they have heard from us the first time. 70% say: website 😉 Karin H. Reply Dee says July 12, 2007 at 7:36 pm Hi Dawud, I absolutely agree with you, being in a network of bloggers and establishing relationships with them is what it’s all about. Reply John says July 13, 2007 at 8:52 am I am not a big fan of sites like Stumbleupon. The traffic you get from there is low quality and for a short period. I believe writing good articles about subjects you’re good at is a better idea. And you will get the traffic in the end. 😀 Reply Dawud Miracle says July 13, 2007 at 10:11 am Karin, That’s a great conversion rate. I use stats in a similar way. Traffic is nice to see. But I’m much more interested, truthfully, in the conversations and relationships I’m building through my blog. Dee, Right on! John, I agree with you. I know that when I use Stumble or Digg, I get a huge traffic wave and then a few people stick around. That’s why I won’t write just for Digg. I write for content, for you, and let everything else fall whare it may. Reply Karin H. says July 13, 2007 at 10:19 am I hear you Dawud 😉 Conversations are the main issue on my conversation blogs, traffic is nice, but not most important. (But then again, my customers – website visitors – are the ones who pay my wages, in the end ;-)) Karin H. Reply Dawud Miracle says July 13, 2007 at 10:57 am Karin, I definitely second that. It’s the people who trust me enough through my blog that hire me to help them, pay me, and then allow me to keep blogging. Reply Web Hosting says October 19, 2007 at 1:48 pm Great post. I think your absolutely right. Social networking / book marking sites are great for traffic, but it’s not the same as establishing relationships and real link backs etc. Great advice here. Reply Cliff Posey says June 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm Hi everyone, Social bookmarking has worked for me but I do not have all not my eggs in one basket. I submit articles post on blogs and submit to a few directories and more.. Reply Cliff Posey says July 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm Thanks for such a well rounded article. By reading it I got some new ideas and confirmed some of my blog methods are good. Reply Article Submit says October 17, 2008 at 1:55 pm This makes sense, I am just learning the social marketing side of things, I have been focused on building large content sites who get mostly organic traffic. This bring a new spin into what i do on a daily basis. Reply Love says December 22, 2008 at 8:18 am I am of the opinion that no doubt good traffic attracts but there must be some kind of relationship with your visitors..I don’t remember the name of a blog but there I saw such a think..I am also with the quality over quantity statement.. Reply roy says January 14, 2009 at 10:54 am Nice article. It answered all my questions! Keep up the good work! Reply ViralTraffic says October 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm I find that social networking traffic is a bit like traffic exchange visitors. In both cases; instead of having an interested visitor you get a curious visitor. Don’t get me wrong curiosity sometimes converts to an interest but it’s fairly rare. In my book good old search engine traffic can’t be beat. Traffic from blogs comes in second place. Thanks for the great posts. 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