BlogRush – The Answer to You Blog’s Traffic Needs?
September 19, 2007 by Gaman
Recently I asked my readers a question about topics they would like to read more in this blog. Each time when I run such survey, most would say they want to know how to attract traffic to their blog.
Talking about finding traffic, it’s such a coincident that a service called Blog Rush that help bloggers to do exactly that was launched recently.
I am sure many of you have seen this service mentioned around the blogosphere especially if you are a reader of any money making and blogging blogs. It was launched 3 days ago and has been generating quite a buzz when the big name bloggers put it in the spotlight.
Blog Rush has done very well at creating the hype which was instrumental in attracting droves of new members in just three days. Just check their Alexa stats below and see how it surpasses ProBlogger.net’s traffic in about two days.
What Is Blog Rush?
Blog Rush is basically a traffic exchange program that promotes your blog posts on other blogs via a widget. However, it would be more accurate to say that it doesn’t guarantee you traffic; instead it helps your latest post’s headline in getting some exposure.
Here’s how it works. You earn 1 display credit when a page on your blog with Blog Rush widget installed is loaded once. Your latest post headline will appear one time on other blog’s Blog Rush widget. So if you display Blog Rush widget 100 times, your latest post will be displayed 100 times elsewhere in return.
When you refer a new member into Blog Rush, the number of display credits that downline earns will be added into your own display credits.
So for example, if Nancy signs up under your referral link, and her blog displays the widget 150 times, your total display credits would be 100 (yours) + 150 (Nancy’s) = 250.
Blog Rush claimed that you’ll earn display credits from your downlines for up to 10 levels deep. However the ratio would be different after the third level where you’ll earn 1 display credit for every four impressions you downlines generate.
From the seventh level onwards the ratio is 1:8. Now if this sounds a little complicated, there’s no need to worry about it. Just let Blog Rush take care of the details. It’ll become clearer after you sign up.
If this sounds like some MLM scam, don’t worry it has nothing to do with making money, it’s simply a tool to help bloggers generate some traffic to their blog. If you don’t like it, just dump it
The video below will do a better job at explaining how you could benefit from it.
How Much Traffic Will You Get?
I’ve just added Blog Rush to Sabahan.com yesterday and so far I have earned 747 credits. Personally I don’t know how much traffic it will send on my way because it’s still too new and there’s lack of data to make any assumption.
Collecting display credits is one thing, but getting someone to click on your headline is quite another. So far I’ve seen the Blog Rush widget placed in a less than prominent location in many blogs which could result in a low click-through-rate (CTR).
Crafting attention grabbing headlines is important in order to increase your CTRs because that’s the only thing that readers will see in the widget. In addition, make sure to select the right category for your blog so that your headlines will be viewed by the right audience.
While Blog Rush only accept English language blogs with non-adult content, I’ve seen a couple of blogs in Chinese appear in the widget. Perhaps this is something that they are still working on fixing.
I would also suggest you add your own blog domain into the URL filters because I’ve seen a blogger own headline appeared in his widget! In the future I wish Blog Rush offers the ability to customize the widget style so that it’ll integrate more closely with any blog’s design.
While I am not a fan of cluttering your blog with another widget, I think there’s no harm in giving this one a try, who knows, you might get lucky and get some free traffic along the way. In the coming days I’ll report if Blog Rush is working for me, so stay tuned!
You can sign up with Blog Rush here if you haven’t done it already.