Blog Carnival Follow Up

I know this post has been a long time in coming. It’s amazing how life gets in the way and lower priorities fall off the bottom of your to-do list every day. I have a lot of things I would like to blog about, but I wanted to at least do some sort of wrap up to my blog carnival experience earlier this year.

All in all, I think it was successful in getting some attention to this blog and the area of personal development. Unfortunately, I was totally unable to capitalize on that momentum as it built up. Whatever momentum I had ended up withering away. I don’t know if any new readers subscribed to my feed, maybe a few, but certainly not as many new eyes as I should have gotten.

My intention with the blog carnivals was to renew some interest in FreshBlogger as well as make some new contacts in the personal development/self-improvement blogging area. This is a topic that’s important to me and something that takes up a good deal of my mental space. Ultimately, what do you really possess other than your own self?

Regardless, I wasn’t able to take advantage of the attention and get back into blogging regularly. For a number of reasons that I won’t go into right now, it just didn’t happen. I do have some life lessons that will be helpful in sparking some new posts that I would like to share with you, though.

Back to the blog carnivals: One thing that I should have anticipated, but clearly didn’t was that there were a number of link farm sites that submitted posts. The articles were well-written, but clearly the site was about creating links rather than being a real blog. There were several cases of this after I went back through and was able to check out the posts in more detail.

There wasn’t anything objectionable in these posts, per se, but they weren’t really blogs. There tended to be only a few posts about various different, unrelated topics, stuffed with keywords, and not much in the way of advertising. Also there was no obvious interaction. There were no comments on these “blogs.”

Naturally, there won’t be many comments on a brand new blog, but it’s pretty obvious when you stumble across something like these link farms. These were not real blogs, but designed to get links to be used to build authority in the search engines.

So, what do I do about it? I was thinking of going through the posts more carefully and getting rid of the links to these fake blogs. I may still do that, but I honestly didn’t have the time or energy earlier and now I feel that the damage is done. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you would do in the same circumstance.

With all the talk about link farms, you’re probably wondering if there were any good blog posts included. The answer is, yes, there were actually some really good posts and some awesome blogs/bloggers that submitted articles. I’m happy to have included them.

I had wanted to pick out a few of these standout blogs and do a more in-depth post on them, but, again, I wasn’t able to dig into this as much as I’d hoped. I still intend to go back over them and pick out a few that really touched me in some way. There were some profound insights shared by some of these bloggers that I want to make sure to pass along.

I probably won’t be doing another blog carnival soon. I’m not giving up on the idea, but when I do hold another one, I’m going to be more strict about entries. I really want to encourage real bloggers to contribute articles that will truly help people. I want to rejoin that blogging community and share what I’ve found and learned.

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4 Responses to Blog Carnival Follow Up

  1. Eye Floaters says:

    I think it is a very valid point about the comments with a valid point to make. If all you are trying to do is build a truck full of backlinks with nothing to offer, what will make the reader come to your site whether no1 comment or no102. The idea of commenting has become a single battlefield for pro marketers to build their backlinks without using any brain power against people who are genuinely interested in getting their point across in a constructive way so the reader wants to visit their site to see what makes them tick.I have only been involved in the blogging sphere for a very short time, and I must say, I find the comments part of increasing frustration when just spammy trash is entered. However I think it works both ways.The blogger has to have the same comitment to reading the replies as to the original blog post, and to that end should ensure the replies are as valid as the content. The atmosphere is changing rapidly out in the consumer search arena, and if the bloggers don’t run with the virtues extolled, then they will find themselves disappearing as quickly as they rose.

    • ray says:

      @EyeFloaters – I’ve been thinking about writing another post specifically about the comment spam. I wrote a post about useless comments a few years ago, but the problem is even worse now with so many people in the internet marketing game. Thankfully, the truly spammy crap is much easier to filter out with the anti-spam plugins for WordPress. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Ray,

    The “blog carnival” is an interesting idea, but I wonder if sites such as Squidoo or Hubpages would be a more natural place to host them. You can still use those sites to drive traffic and pass authority back to your blog.

    The submission link was still there for your carnival, although it was no longer active.

    I did enjoy reading through the submitted posts though. There were some good ones 🙂

    Thanks again!

    • ray says:

      Hi Chris,

      In retrospect, the blog carnival may not have been as successful as I’d hoped. If I were to do it again, I would probably still host it on my blog, but include much stricter criteria for accepting posts. And, yes, I agree that some of the submitted posts were awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

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