Hacking A listers

Ahh, why do I fall for this stuff? Nick Carr started a whole debate about why he doesn’t get enough traffic.

I think the whole thing is bunk. No one promised me traffic when I started blogging. I just wanted to impress Dori Smith, JavaScript guru.

But, yesterday I was talking with Levy Cohen, CEO of Collarity (hot new search engine to add to Web sites that’s coming out) and told him that I missed the whole bookmarking thing. Why? Because I learned early on that blogging is an awesome way to get stuff into Google. I can instantly pull stuff out just by adding my last name onto a query for something I wrote earlier.

For instance, here’s a Google query for an entry I wrote about Victors Coffee in Redmond, WA. For me it’s better than Del.icio.us.

Yesterday I learned just how much better. Mario Luna, a guy I hadn’t seen since about 1990 (we went to West Valley together) called me up and said “is this the Robert Scoble who went to West Valley?” He found me on an obscure Google search, not even my name.

So, thanks Google for bringing my college friends back to me. That’s why I blog.

Being an A lister is not a good reason to blog. Nick will find that out soon enough. Starbucks lattes are still $3. I still need to take out the trash and wash the dishes. Sigh.

I love the “hack” though. Someone does it every six months. Call A listers names. That gets them emotionally involved and usually gets a link. Brilliant. Well played Nick!

54 thoughts on “Hacking A listers

  1. There’s a ton of great stuff out there that few people seem to know about but I’m keeping it to myself ‘cos I’m a greedy ZZ-list collector. I don’t even link to them in case they get found out. hehe.

    But here’s one everyone should read: Professor Bob Sutton – he’s got a great line in Assholes. Mike A might even find it instructive. Or maybe not…

  2. LayZ: don’t tell anyone, OK?

    Aawakening: using reverse psychology techniques on me won’t work!

    Oh, I just subscribed to it. Which means I just linked to you. Damn, damn, damn!

  3. LayZ: don’t tell anyone, OK?

    Aawakening: using reverse psychology techniques on me won’t work!

    Oh, I just subscribed to it. Which means I just linked to you. Damn, damn, damn!

  4. A transparent — and liquid — market for the ad spaces on single-creator media solves the problem, as adbitrageurs will profit from identifying and helping to popularize undervalued blogs…

  5. A transparent — and liquid — market for the ad spaces on single-creator media solves the problem, as adbitrageurs will profit from identifying and helping to popularize undervalued blogs…

  6. Nobody on any A list would dare link to me.

    I think the guy makes a poor argument. I read Michael Lewis’ “The New, New Thing” a while back and he said that all great ideas come from the fringes. Well if that is so, I own the extreme fringes. Try blogging about something that is already out on the fringe like AA. Now of all the people whio might interested in AA take .001% and that is the universe of AA bloggers. Technically many are in violation of AA’s dictum of “anonymity at the level of press”. I try and remain anonymous (I know there is the whole debate on anonymous post. I do believe it is valid in my case).

    So out here on the fringe of the fringe is where Michael Lewis says the next big thing could happen. I get 100-200 visits a day and hope that only one see what they “need” to read.

    So like I said, nobody on any A list would dare link to me.

  7. Nobody on any A list would dare link to me.

    I think the guy makes a poor argument. I read Michael Lewis’ “The New, New Thing” a while back and he said that all great ideas come from the fringes. Well if that is so, I own the extreme fringes. Try blogging about something that is already out on the fringe like AA. Now of all the people whio might interested in AA take .001% and that is the universe of AA bloggers. Technically many are in violation of AA’s dictum of “anonymity at the level of press”. I try and remain anonymous (I know there is the whole debate on anonymous post. I do believe it is valid in my case).

    So out here on the fringe of the fringe is where Michael Lewis says the next big thing could happen. I get 100-200 visits a day and hope that only one see what they “need” to read.

    So like I said, nobody on any A list would dare link to me.

  8. Who in their right mind HATES cats?

    Oh, well – I guess you’re still in my select cadre of blogosphere ninjas…we’re still in the process of making the Kool-Aid, uh, I mean, t-shirts and commemorative badges, so sit tight.

  9. Who in their right mind HATES cats?

    Oh, well – I guess you’re still in my select cadre of blogosphere ninjas…we’re still in the process of making the Kool-Aid, uh, I mean, t-shirts and commemorative badges, so sit tight.

  10. Oh, Robert – you and anyone else who wants to be are always welcome in MY clique. That is, if you can submit to these guidelines (they’re quite rigorous, watch out):

    a)you must be a Star Wars dork/geek
    b)you have to enjoy the wonder that is David Hasselhoff
    c)must like cats

    Anyone who can do all those is welcome at my neck of the Web anytime, A-list or not!

  11. Oh, Robert – you and anyone else who wants to be are always welcome in MY clique. That is, if you can submit to these guidelines (they’re quite rigorous, watch out):

    a)you must be a Star Wars dork/geek
    b)you have to enjoy the wonder that is David Hasselhoff
    c)must like cats

    Anyone who can do all those is welcome at my neck of the Web anytime, A-list or not!

  12. Meh. I agree with others here, blogging is for fun, if people read it … so be it. I just try to add most of the little trinkets everyone else has to make it user-friendly and list my blog where appropriate so a person or two might check it out.

    Fact of the matter is, if you’re that good, people will read your stuff.

  13. Meh. I agree with others here, blogging is for fun, if people read it … so be it. I just try to add most of the little trinkets everyone else has to make it user-friendly and list my blog where appropriate so a person or two might check it out.

    Fact of the matter is, if you’re that good, people will read your stuff.

  14. Robert – nope, I didn’t change things and until last week was really nicely indexed. In March I moved about a hundred posts from blogger to wordpress so this could be some duplicate content confusion at Google .. or maybe I annoyed Matt Cutts at the Google Party last week?

  15. Robert – nope, I didn’t change things and until last week was really nicely indexed. In March I moved about a hundred posts from blogger to wordpress so this could be some duplicate content confusion at Google .. or maybe I annoyed Matt Cutts at the Google Party last week?

  16. Color me naive. I didn’t read Nick’s post as a whine about his own lack of traffic or inbound links. I took it as giving very articulate voice to a frustration that many z-listers feel.

    Maybe the folks Nick is speaking for are all misguided. Maybe they’re all “missing the main point of blogging” as Mike Arrington said. Maybe it’s bunk to blog in hopes of becoming famous or to hope that somebody will read what you write and respond.

    But if it’s bunk, it’s inevitable bunk. People are joining a club and they don’t know how the club works. It happens in high school. It happens in the Senate. It happens in a new job. After a while, they learn or they drop out or they change the game.

    If bloging is a conversation, then Nick Carr has done a service by getting some A-listers to engage with an issue and rearticulate how the game is played.

    So thanks, Nick for raising the question. Thanks Robert for answering. And thanks Mike Arrington for asking if Nick is an A**hole. It’s all good.

    And if it was just a hack on Nick’s part, that’s good too, because it was a beautifully written hack.

  17. Color me naive. I didn’t read Nick’s post as a whine about his own lack of traffic or inbound links. I took it as giving very articulate voice to a frustration that many z-listers feel.

    Maybe the folks Nick is speaking for are all misguided. Maybe they’re all “missing the main point of blogging” as Mike Arrington said. Maybe it’s bunk to blog in hopes of becoming famous or to hope that somebody will read what you write and respond.

    But if it’s bunk, it’s inevitable bunk. People are joining a club and they don’t know how the club works. It happens in high school. It happens in the Senate. It happens in a new job. After a while, they learn or they drop out or they change the game.

    If bloging is a conversation, then Nick Carr has done a service by getting some A-listers to engage with an issue and rearticulate how the game is played.

    So thanks, Nick for raising the question. Thanks Robert for answering. And thanks Mike Arrington for asking if Nick is an A**hole. It’s all good.

    And if it was just a hack on Nick’s part, that’s good too, because it was a beautifully written hack.

  18. I have to agree with you. I blog for fun, though I am guilty at times of checking the stats to see just how read I actually am. The way I see it, if you enjoy writing what you write, eventually you will find an audience (if that’s what you want). I just saw somewhere else that some people blog to be heard. Every once in a while you do get heard, and that’s the best part of it all. If I’m ever lucky to become A-list, I’ll remember the “good ol’ days.”
    Great post!

  19. I have to agree with you. I blog for fun, though I am guilty at times of checking the stats to see just how read I actually am. The way I see it, if you enjoy writing what you write, eventually you will find an audience (if that’s what you want). I just saw somewhere else that some people blog to be heard. Every once in a while you do get heard, and that’s the best part of it all. If I’m ever lucky to become A-list, I’ll remember the “good ol’ days.”
    Great post!

  20. I’d been noting that Google effect until last week when all my wordpress blog snippets were lost as if Google decided to delist my blog. I’m no Scoble but I’m not spammy at all (no ads and only minor SEO experimenting).

    Have you seen this “no snippets” happen to other wordpress blogs before?

  21. I’d been noting that Google effect until last week when all my wordpress blog snippets were lost as if Google decided to delist my blog. I’m no Scoble but I’m not spammy at all (no ads and only minor SEO experimenting).

    Have you seen this “no snippets” happen to other wordpress blogs before?

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