This was not a planned blog entry for On The Road With Dave.
I received an email today reminding me to participate in Blog Action Day 2015. The international blogging event is being held on October 16th, 2015 and will focus on #RaiseYourVoice. Blog Action Day is an annual event held since 2007. Each year, a cooperative effort among thousands of bloggers focuses on one issue and participating blogs devote that day’s entries to the issue at hand.
OTRWD participated in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The issues during those years were Environment, Poverty, and Climate Change. Since OTRWD is back up and running; I registered to participate in this year’s event.
These two sites promise to promote and grow a blog’s audience. Registration is free, and the sites’ guidelines are simple. There seems to be no “trick” in their methods and they are honest in how they work. Looking at some of the blogs that belong to both sites; I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the blogs were “keyword” heavy and possibly (not for sure) “link-farms” regarding products for sale. A lot of the blogs were endorsing products for pay. That being said; I registered at both.
BlogUpp has a widget that requires embedding at your own blog, that promises to help other blogs discover your(my) blog. I added it to my sidebar for about an hour.
It operates much like a Twitter ticker. (Those little widgets that display a feed of your latest “tweets” from Twitter) The BlogUpp Widget displays two boxes that scroll and/or repeat a paid promotion and an unpaid blog member listing. Clicking on the blog listing takes you to that blog and displays a BlogUpp Toolbar on the site that you can access other member blogs. My first impression was similar to belonging to the “old-school” webrings.
Frankly, I was annoyed by the widget after only a few minutes and have deleted it from my sidebar. For me, it just didn’t seem like a good fit.
I’m sure sites like these and other Search Engine Optimization sites work brilliantly for other websites and blogs. I’m also sure there other blogs out there promoting the hell out of their blogs and making lots of money.
For now though, On The Road With Dave won’t be one of them. I’ll just keep writing and whoever stops by can leave a comment and say “Hi”. I do have a Shop AMAZON link that might provide me with some “small change” every now and then– and I have an Amazon ad that I change personally to books or videos I feel like someone should watch or read.
As far as, “driving traffic” to this little road, I’ll leave that up to the Google gods and readers that want to tell somebody about my site.