A blog is a personal website of an individual or a group recording their own opinions, news, interests, videos or even links to other blogs. During the 1990’s, blogs are like online journals of a blogger’s interests with the aim to express oneself. However, nowadays, that is not the only game in the blogging communities; it can also be used as a part of a company, a way of business and to earn money.
Just 2 years ago, in 2012, in WordPress.com alone, there are 42,000,000 blogs with 500,000 new posts a day and 420,000 daily comments. Which is why, to actually create something unique in the internet world is quite hard.
The question though, that stinks in every blog is— is the blog actually “traffic worthy”? Do the contents of your blog deserve to be clicked by people?
One major issue is the copyrights violation. This is when a person copies off a content of another one and to post it as his. Some bloggers discreetly post such just to have content. Originality, people, be original. It is not merely copy-pasting but you’re stealing. What is even more nerve-wrecking is that most of the time, the bloggers don’t even know if the content or the information they’re copying is actually true. This goes to many blogs nowadays, who just create “noise”, most especially in the news section unless of course, if it is a satire. Some people call the current journalism as highly biased without even knowing they are doing it themselves in their own blogs!
The next one is the scam sham- to which some people are still foolish enough to click it. One would post something online, promising something- perhaps a downloadable software, music, games or even explicit sex tapes or the classic “You are the 1,000,000th visitor. Collect your prize!” This is a cheat and smells desperation but goodness, it DOES work (well, to some people who haven’t learned a lesson anyway). If the traffic in your web page comes from misleading links, think about it a little, you’re the guy running for a place in the government promising good life but turns out to be a jerk.
The last one to be discussed is the never-ending-not-quite-original spam in the comment boxes. These are those comments which say, “Good Article,” or “Nice one,” Then pastes the link of his blog. Oh sure, did you even read the article? Even in Youtube, where vlog (video blog) are quite prosperous have these comment spams. Most bloggers are better off without those. Actual discussions of the article are quite rare nowadays which tells something.
Whether or not a blog is traffic worthy is a subjective matter. But the thing is, wouldn’t it be nice if you search keyword/s on Google, Yahoo or Bing, you’d actually see a blog worth reading? Is your blog traffic worthy? It is up to you to vote.