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The ProBlogger Effect

By gerardmcgarry on 13th May 2007, filed in Blogging, Search Engine Optimisation. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed. Tags: , , ,

A few days ago I participated in Darren Rowse’s group writing project over at ProBlogger.

Basically, Darren sets a fairly wide topic and asks his readers to make submissions, link back to relevant posts and comment on blog posts they particularly like. I decided to get involved this time and write a Top 5 type of post. I’ll be the first to admit it wasn’t the most inspired nor was it my best writing to date. Participation was the most important thing in this instance.

Who’d have guessed the effect that Darren’s project would have? There were some 893 entries in total. The buzz was palpable as people flocked to each other’s blogs and discovered new material, left comments and linked back to each other.

I decided to do some analysis on my Top 5 Essential Sites for Bloggers post. I received a small amount of comments (but an increase nonetheless). The most interesting outcome was the backlinks. According to Technorati, I had something like 30 extra backlinks to the blog. I did a further check in Yahoo! Site Explorer and discovered 47 inbound links to that post.

The ProBlogger Effect

Needless to say, I’m chuffed to see such an increase in the amount of backlinks to this blog.

I was surprised that so many people chose to repost Darren’s post in its entirety. Several people wrote lists of the posts they liked best from the writing project and included mine. All in all, the results of the ProBlogger effect are:

  1. Moderate increase in traffic – no servers were harmed in the course of this experiment!
  2. Increase in comments to the blog.
  3. Whoa! Pingbacks galore!
  4. More power in Technorati! Not that I care, but as I was watching the backlinks grow, I noticed my Technorati authority grew from 24 to 57.

I’d say for better posts there was the opportunity to go totally viral and wind up on Digg,, etc. I haven’t noticed it here on Scribble, but other blogs may notice an increase in RSS readership, especially the winning entrant.

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