WordPress.com: How do I get more views and traffic?

This is pretty self-serving, but could be useful to you if you’re a blogger as well:

How do I get more views and traffic?

If you feel like you’re not getting the amount of traffic to your blog that you’d like, there are a few things you can do to try bring a few more folks to your blog. Here’s a quick summary.

Bug your real-life friends

Almost everybody has 10-20 friends and family members they can coerce into reading their blog. Send them reminder emails when you update, talk to them about it when you meet in person, just generally encourage it as a new form of communication between you guys. Often having a really small audience of people you care about is better than having a million visitors and not knowing any of them.

Read and comment on other blogs

Use a search engine like Sphere to find the people who care about the same stuff you do. Then subscribe to their blog using a RSS reader like Bloglines and get to know them a bit. When you see an article that interests you click through to their site and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Link to other blogs

Just like you love getting links, so do other folks. (Remember, blogging is all about people.) When you link to another blogger or blog entry they’ll often find your blog through their stats, Technorati, or a pingback and come to see what you had to say. If you’re interesting, they may even subscribe to you and leave comments just like we suggested you do above.

(continued at http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/15/more-traffic/)

WordPress.com: How do I send out update pings?

This is really cool; I was trying to find a “fix” for the outdated instructions on Technorati.com to have my blog ping Technorati and found this article instead. Nice work, WordPress!

How do I send out update pings?

Many services like Technorati, Feedster, Icerocket, Google Blog Search, and many others want a “ping” from you to know you’ve updated so they can index your content. In most blog software and blogging services you have to manually go to different websites to send let them know you’ve updated, and we’ve had a few questions from people who want to know if they have to do the same on WordPress.com.

Nope! We handle it all for you. When you post we send a ping to Ping-O-Matic – http://pingomatic.com – which then distributes it out to 15+ different services, all automatically. We want things to be as easy as possible for our users, so it’s another thing you just don’t have to worry about. 🙂

http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/09/28/update-pings/

10,000 Hits!

Blog Stats

Woo-hoo! I just signed in to the WordPress dashboard to check my site stats and found out that my blog has just recently broken 10,000 hits! Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting on my posts!

Usage Graph

Also, a special thanks goes out to all of you who have read and commented on my post about TurboTax, which alone has brought in 1,419 hits, as of this posting:

Updated: TurboTax, IRS, and the late Stimulus Check Issue…

TurboTax Views

Thanks again to everyone!

Linkback: "Visual Studio 2008 C# IDE is Slow … Really slow."

Here’s a MSDN forum article that links back to my post about the VS2008 hotfix:

I believe there are known issues with VS2008 and web development.  This article contains a link to some hotfixes for VS2008 web development.  Maybe it’ll fix your problem: https://blog.wolffmyren.com/2008/02/11/performance-and-editor-fixes-for-vs2008/

(via forums.microsoft.com/MSDN)

Regarding Base-64: Trying to solve an ASP.NET issue…

Update: Thanks to WordPress.com automagically linking related posts to each other, I think I may have found a potential solution to this issue here: Invalid character in a Base-64 string (ASP.NET)

The problem seems to be with the ViewState. The ViewState is encrypted, and when an attempt is made to decrypt it on postback, the error is triggered.  The solution is actually quite simple: in the web.config file, set the ViewState not to be encrypted, like this:

<system.web>
<pages viewStateEncryptionMode=”Never”>
</pages>
</system.web>

You should really check out the rest of that article; it looks like it’s got a great explanation for what is actually occurring.

Also, this seems to be related to another message, “Invalid Viewstate.”

My original article is below the fold…

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