Wednesday, June 07, 2006

How to Get Full Benefit from a TopList

Belonging to a TopList is not a magic trick for getting readers for your blog or website. There are certain things you have to do to make the list work for you.

One of the first things you have to do is decide on the best placement for the TopList's Voting Banner or Icon. (Most TopLists do have a text voting link option, but it is nowhere near as effective as a graphic link, IMVHO.)

It's a good idea to ask for votes, as readers don't know that's what the Banner is for, unless you tell them. Just a simple "Vote for me on " next to the Banner will usually do it. It also helps to place the Banner near the top of your home page, rather than bury it in some obscure spot.

Why, you ask, is positioning for maximum votes so important?

As our BLOG VILLAGE gets more members, for instance, only the top 20 will have banners showing on the first page. When someone votes for one of these top sites, they will see banners, or titles and descriptions, of 19 other sites. Don't you want them to be attracted to YOUR site? That's not as likely to happen if you're on the second page.

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jan said...

But why is my blog at the top of the list? I haven't asked anyone to vote for me or anything. Do we take turns being there? Sometimes people don't care for "those at the top" and I'd like to make friends here.

Dirty Butter said...

On BLOG VILLAGE, everybody has a turn in that featured spot at the top. That's not the same as being the number 1 voted blog for the week. Right now, while the list is so new, I have it set to reset to zero each Wednesday evening, so that new members have just as much of a chance to be the number 1 ranked blog as older members do.

Hmmmm ... I've never heard of anyone not liking the ones at the top. I guess I'm just not THAT competitive LOL!

Xavierism said...

Wishin' you all the best with Blog Village!

Take care...and Happy 4th of July!


Dirty Butter said...

Thanks, Xavierism! We all appreciate your good wishes, which can only be made better by having you join with us! And you be safe and have a great 4th, too!

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