Want more Traffic? Join the 12 Blog program.

by Alex on May 25, 2010

building blog communication channels to increase traffic

My name is Alex, I am a blogaholic, and this is a post about inspiration, about traffic generation, about building relationships, and of course about Blogging. I spent more time coming up with a title that might reflect all of this than I did actually drafting the content, but then I love trying to be punny and clever and I’m sure “My most influential Blogs” would have sufficed – but what fun would that be?  Also, I’m sure I speak for a lot of us when I say that once we start writing a post, it’s stopping that can be the tricky bit. Man I love blogging!

This is the list of the 12 bloggers who have been most influential to me in the short time that I have existed in the blogosphere.the 12 best bloggers to follow

The blogs here are an eclectic mix of people and personalities, but underlying each and every one of them is an inspirational story and a traffic generation lesson or two.  One thing you will notice is that none of these blogs are huge authority sites with far reaching influence. The reason for this is that I find more inspiration in the start ups. The little bloggers who are in the trenches doing the hard work to build their brand and their traffic. I can relate to these guys, and when I comment on their posts, they usually come and do the same here – more testament to the power of consistency and the snowball effect building relationships in the blogosphere can have.

Go and comment on these blogs and your own traffic WILL INCREASE. (guaranteed!)

THE DIRTY DOZEN (in no particular order)

1. James Richmond @ The infopreneur (the power of taking action…A LOT)

OK James is almost too big for this list now, but considering how long he has been blogging, this is an amazing feat and speaks volumes for the power of providing consistent value and just ‘crushing it’ each and every day. What James has done to influence me the most is show us ‘how he does it’ as well as providing a hub for bloggers to engage and build relationships. The Infopreneur site is almost like a blogging forum and James has done a fantastic job of nurturing an environment where the comment threads on each post are so long that by the time I scroll down to add mine the wheel in my mouse needs replacing!  James is also responsible for me finding over half of the bloggers on this list, but then ‘great minds think alike’ … or is that ‘fools never differ’?

2. Scott @ Scott Barron Online (the power of viral blog commenting )

I’m going to start with Scott because he is the only thing that my Norton 360 anti virus did not catch in the firewall. Seriously this guy is viral and a true testament to the power of blog commenting and having an awesome personality. Scott found me through a post on icebluebanana (coming up) and promptly started commenting on my posts. His honesty is refreshing and his enthusiasm is contagious, and if you are after ideas for posts, just invite Scott into your comment thread and watch the questions and ideas start flowing. (you’ll have a good laugh too) Scott is also really good at finding great blogs and one look at his blogroll will give you a great mix of sites to explore. (Maybe I should just cut and paste his blogroll into this post?)

3. Mark @ Ice Blue Banana (the power of the Retweet)

Mark started his blog icebluebanana.com in march 2010 as “A community where people act creatively to challenge each other to improve whatever they find to be lacking.” and looking at the community he has grown in that time is truly inspirational. Mark originally came to my attention because he RETWEETED one of my posts. Speaking with Mark about this he says “I retweeted that post because it was really well written” And although I thank him for the kind words, I think the fact that he took the time to share the love is the reason he entered my radar in the first place. Mark regularly retweets good posts, and I would hazard a guess that this has contributed to the fabulous community he has grown at icebluebanana.

4. Jeffrey @ Bloggers Market (the power of being supportive)

    Jeffrey was the very first person to take his time and come and visit me when I was still talking to nobody. Remember that frustrating time (hell, I think I still feel it sometimes) where you just sort of wonder if anyone is reading this? You know success comes from consistency, but sometimes it gets a bit lonely when you are first starting out. Jeffrey found me via twitter and even though I was a nobody he came over and made a comment along the lines of ‘great blog Alex with lots of potential, but you should post more often – isn’t your blog worth more than that?’ This line has been placed on my wall at home and is a gentle reminder to Just keep Swimming. Jeffrey writes about Blogging, traffic generation and list building techniques and I really like his style too. Thanks Jeff for being supportive and asking for nothing in return.

    5. Karen Ruby @ A Meaningful Existence (the power of the USP)

      To steal Karen’s words “I’m Karen Ruby and I write articles about personal development and the journey of putting meaning into your existence.” What we can learn from Karen is the importance of consistent content around a well defined USP (Unique Selling Proposition). Karen first came to my attention through the Infopreneur.net and is now a regular guest poster on this amazing blog. What attracts me most to Karen is her writing style and the sheer hard work that clearly goes into each and every post. Her latest one lists 50 inspirational quotes. AMAZING! Oh yeah, and like most bloggers on this list, if you leave a comment, she will engage and even visit you back.

      6. Jean Berg-Sarauer @ Virgin Blogger Notes (the power of blog commenting)

        To steal her words, “Virgin Blogger Notes is a safe, supportive space for beginning bloggers to learn how to start and grow a blog.” Jean has done a brilliant job of nurturing this USP to fruition and the only thing that works harder than Jean is your tongue when attempting to say her name. Jean can be found in the top commentators thread on a lot of the blogs on this list as well as a myriad of others of course and this in itself explains how and why her blog virginbloggernotes is doing so incredibly well. This social proof is reflected in her own comments thread which are beginning to grow longer than the article itself. Jean writes about blogging and online business and her brand new header (which she won – Awesome jean!) helps define her USP even more. Jean is currently writing a mystery novel and her skills in this area are quite evident as soon as you start reading her posts. Seriously Jean, if you are reading this, you have THE BEST writing style I have seen (apart from mine) :)

        7. Sally Neill @ SallyNeill (the power of honesty and social proof)

          Although the same could be said for all the bloggers on this list, Sally’s approach to blogging and her writing style are refreshingly honest. Sally is a student of Alex Jeffrey’s and is in the process of building her business online, and her refreshing posts provide really great insight into the process behind building up your Modus Operandi and business ideology. Another thing Sally has in spades is SOCIAL PROOF. I am  a student of Yaro Starak (among others) and the importance of social proof is drilled into us at all levels of our blogging career. I don’t know what the secret is, but each and every post Sally writes is filled with comments from a gamut of readers. Again this is more proof of the power of being yourself, being honest, and having an awesome personality that you let show in your writing. Perhaps that’s  the secret here?

          8. Brandon Connell @ BrandonConnell (the power of consistent content)

            I found Brandon through Scott (again) and subscribing to his RSS feed almost crashed my Google Reader. Ok not really, but seriously this guy pumps out content like George W pumped out intangible sentences! Not only are his posts short and insightful, they are so regular that even Scott Barron can’t keep up with the commenting hahahahaha! Brandon writes about blogging, business, SEO and PR since his offline talents are aligned to these skillsets. Checking out Brandon’s blog one could easily be mistaken for thinking it’s a few years old now, which it isn’t – and that speaks volumes for his design skills and the rate at which he pumps out content. Brandon makes it clear what his goals are, and does it in such a way that I want to help him with that process – not that he needs it.

            9. Joshua Black @ The Underdog Millionaire (the power of product creation)

              Joshua is the blogger I want to grow up and be like (I hope the ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ rule applies here – he looks scary) Josh is the Underdog Millionaire and writes about online business in general. He specialises in helping you define your USP, create amazing sales letters, make the most from your marketing efforts and build up your online presence. He studies marketing, business, and sales with such an addiction that there is probably a place that he needs to get help for it. (He said it, not me!)  The thing that inspires me most about Joshua is his ability to create products where there is a gap in the market and then cleverly market these in exactly the right formats and times, whether through email or blog posts. I have not purchased any yet, but will definitely become a customer at some point when it becomes applicable to me. Joshua is also living proof of the power of blog commenting. Everytime I go to a blog to comment, there he is already –rock on! Oh yeah, and his dog gives high fives for biscuits.  Awesome!

              10. Mars Dorian @ MarsDorian (the power of branding – and being a complete nutjob!)

                Mars is about as out there as his planets namesake! And considering he writes about personal branding and your online presence, this can only be a good thing. Mars is also someone I found through the infopreneur ‘forum’ and I’m sure glad I did. Mars has a writing style all of his own and ironically it’s in his style that we learn the most, not simply the content. I honestly believe that Mars was a Japanese manga character in a past life, and if pushed into a corner, will surely fire sonic booms or ‘are-uken’ the bejesus out of you. What appeals most to me about Mars is his consistent ‘out there’ style and his likable character. I don’t even know the guy but I wish I did! (Now that is effective branding!)

                11. Matthew Needham @ The Big Red Tomato Company.co.uk (the power of business branding)

                  In the words of Matthew himself: “ This website supports the work of The Big Red Tomato Company. It’s about sharing our knowledge and building our profile and promoting our services, whether that’s for consulting, interim management or web based mentoring and coaching.” What appeals to me most about Matthew is his personal plight to build both the brand of the Tomato Co. and spread the influence of his own name at the same time.  Already he has created a fantastic branded eBook on achieving your dreams and the best part was that he consulted the community he helped foster to get ideas on where it should be headed. Truly a blogger for the people and by the people (and he’s not even an American)

                  12. Mike Roosa @ MikeRoosa (the power of documentation)

                    Mike is a fellow Blogger and internet marketer who is moving ahead in his blogging career in leaps and bounds. Already in the past few weeks he has added to his Blog look, experimented in building sites, flipping sites, building niche sites, testing Adsense – the list goes on. What Mike does that so many others in this space fail to do is he ‘takes action and documents this’ I love checking out MikeRoosa.com just to see what he is experimenting with today and how I can learn from this. He has a really clean site and for the time that he has been actively blogging, he really has his shit together (excuse my French). I also like that Mike is experimenting in a very similar space to me which helps keep me on my toes and is a good reference.

                    standing out from the crowd

                    Now it’s your turn to go and STAND OUT!

                    Well, that’s all from me for now. There are plenty of other blogs that I frequent that really do have an impact on my own business ventures, but for now, since we’re at 2160 words now, maybe it’s time to sign off. If I missed you, sorry guys, there’s always next time, besides – this was also a post looking at effective traffic generation techniques.  Hope you learnt a thing or two!

                    Now go and comment on each and every one of these blogs and watch your traffic increase as a result.

                    SERIOUSLY!

                    { 74 comments }

                    Jeffrey May 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM

                    Hi Alex,
                    Great post, with great people. Really beats the daily papers doesn’t it? Reading great posting like yours!
                    Thanks for the mention and I do actually have one request. Life is hard, once excepted we can do great things with our lives, your Blog proves this point. If at all possible, stick to it. Your trying to build a future, it’s hard work. So keep the faith, take care of your family and be true to yourself, this will ensure you of an enlightened future!
                    .-= Jeffrey´s last blog ..Refining Your First Products – Lesson 20 =-.

                    Alex May 25, 2010 at 8:12 PM

                    Hey Thanks Jeffrey! I still remember you as one of the first people that I didn’t actually know to comment on my blog. That means a lot, especially when I look at where I am at now. Granted I’m still a very small fry in the big scheme of things, but Im kicking ass and taking names and that’s all that matters! Awesome Jeffrey!

                    Ben London May 25, 2010 at 10:26 PM

                    Great article Alex!
                    Like you said, no ‘big’ names in there, very refreshing, as I was expecting to see the usual suspects.
                    Thanks for sharing.

                    Alex May 25, 2010 at 11:12 PM

                    It is my pleasure Ben. Check them out if you want to build your blogging business. Seriously

                    Mike Roosa May 25, 2010 at 11:04 PM

                    Alex,
                    Thanks for the note. I will agree that commenting is a major help for generating traffic and comments. The only new one on the list for me is Bloggers Market. I’m heading there now to check it out. The other people on the list are probably tired of seeing my name in their comments.
                    .-= Mike Roosa´s last blog ..Entering A DoFollow Zone =-.

                    Alex May 25, 2010 at 11:17 PM

                    Ha ha, yeah it gets a bit like that, I suppose at the moment we are both in the same mini blogosphere, but I have to say it’s a bloody good one! Between that dirty dozen there is everything you would need to start a VERY successful online business, in any niche! I reckon that in itself is pretty awesome. I love the way you just ‘do’ things which is why you made that list my friend.

                    Sally May 25, 2010 at 11:14 PM

                    Hey Alex, awww how sweet, thank you for adding me, now I will have write a blog with a link to this post and show my social proof ha ha, time to start the viral power of “Alex Whalley’s 12 Blog Traffic Program”.

                    I didn’t know some of the blogs on the list so I will need to visit them if you are recommending them I know they will be great ones.

                    This was such a nice post to recommend all your favorites, it’s these random acts of kindness that make working online really worth it.

                    Take care, speak soon, Sally :)
                    .-= Sally´s last blog ..RSS Feed Creation and Promotion =-.

                    Alex May 25, 2010 at 11:30 PM

                    Haha, the 12 Blog Traffic Program! I like it. There’s a great mix of blogs here, but they all have their own unique style and cover all aspects of online business which is awesome! Thanks for writing with your own flavour so that I could add you to that list!

                    Jean Sarauer May 25, 2010 at 11:22 PM

                    Thank you so much for including me in with this group of amazing folks, Alex. I know we’re supposed to be all business-like and stuff, but I think you’re a real sweetie . . . a talented, creative, true-empire building sweetie. Got that name pronunciation thing figured out yet? :)
                    .-= Jean Sarauer´s last blog ..The True Story Behind Virgin Blogger Note’s New Look =-.

                    Alex May 25, 2010 at 11:33 PM

                    How could I not include you Jean?!? Your posts inspire me AND make me laugh. Awesome. As for the name, yeah , actually no, … did your parents just really like wheel of fortune and just buy a lot of vowels or something? :)

                    Jean Sarauer May 26, 2010 at 5:11 AM

                    I actually married into this name. Now is that a sign of true love, or what?!?
                    .-= Jean Sarauer´s last blog ..The True Story Behind Virgin Blogger Note’s New Look =-.

                    Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire May 26, 2010 at 12:55 AM

                    Alex!

                    Wow, thank you very much for the great review… I agree that my pic is probably a little scary, but I have turned it into my brand image, so for now that’s me. I should probably put up some more friendly ones on my bio page eh?

                    You’ve got a powerful list of up-and-coming bloggers here and I’m sure everyone appreciates the work that you have done on this post. Keep up your obsessive attitude about marketing and you will go very far my friend.

                    -Joshua Black
                    The Underdog Millionaire
                    .-= Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire´s last blog ..7 Insane Customer Magnets That Even My Dog Wouldn’t Touch =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 7:00 AM

                    Hey thanks Joshua, great coming from yourself as I have been loving the way you incorporate so many aspects of marketing into your own business mantra. Yeah there is some really hard working guys on this list who just take action and I’m hoping that by association I can ride the blog wave with them lol!

                    Rick Byrd May 26, 2010 at 12:57 AM

                    Alex:

                    Thanks for creating this post and sharing the blogs and bloggers that have been influential to you. It shows you really want to help others.

                    It was nice to see a fellow MarketingWithAlex 3.0 student – Sally Neill. Everything you said about her is spot on. I have only known Sally for a month and a half and it has been a joy to work with her.

                    I will definitely check out these other blogs and hopefully they be as beneficial to me.

                    I do like the idea of sharing with others those that have been infulential , who knows, someday you might make my Dirty Dozen list.

                    - Rick
                    .-= Rick Byrd´s last blog ..Traffic Generation Challenge – What’s Been Going On? =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 7:04 AM

                    Hey Rick, it was a pleasureto compile this list, glad you enjoyed it. Yeah Sally is a character and I think I only read her blog about 5 times. That was enough to make this list because she was so WYSIWYG. Not aware of Alex Jeffrey’s Business model, but if Sally’s values are anything to go by, they’re teaching the right things over there.
                    Ha, thanks Rick, yeah these blogs have ALL helped drive considerable traffic here, hopefully I can make your list too and get even more traffic! Thanks again for stopping by

                    mark May 26, 2010 at 3:18 AM

                    Hi Alex –

                    I think I know most everyone on this list, and I believe this to be a very quality list! It really is an honor to be on a list like this!

                    Sally’s pic with the glasses is hilarious – I will have to check our her blog tonight.

                    Hey – did Jean add *another* word to her last name??? Who can keep up on this stuff?

                    Have a good day, and thanks again Alex!
                    .-= mark´s last blog ..Is Work/Life Balance just a scam? =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 7:07 AM

                    I think this list is a very close knit group within the core and so most will be familiar. I guess the same reason that community has joined forces is the same reason they all made the list – because there is a combined perception of value and everyone of you guys works your arses off 24/7. By association I’m going all the way to the top! Yeah I checked Jean’s Bio and was like ah man, there’s more letters!

                    Brandon Connell May 26, 2010 at 5:58 AM

                    Thank you for the mention. And nice save on fixing your blog. I was worried when I saw the error.
                    .-= Brandon Connell´s last blog ..5 effective selling strategies =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 6:53 AM

                    Yeah cheers man. I am actually in the middle of moving hosts for that exact reason. I was slightly more than worried last night! No worries for the mention mate, Keep pumping out the content like that and you’ll be a problogger in no time!

                    Matthew Needham May 26, 2010 at 6:24 AM

                    Well thanks for the mention Alex. Really appreciate it. I just came to your site to follow up on the great post I read earlier and I’m linking to this for my Wednesday Wisdom article.

                    I’m really pleased you’re getting good traffic, you write great stuff, so you should!
                    .-= Matthew Needham´s last blog ..E-book Pre Launch 2 – Get in Line =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 6:55 AM

                    Awesome! Hey man, I tell it like I see it, and you are really branding yourself nicely over there! Nice work. Oh yeah, I think you should call your top posts the ‘Juicy Stuff’ or the ‘Saucy Stuff’ just to keep with the theme

                    Matthew Needham May 26, 2010 at 6:25 AM

                    PS. Being a Brit, is that a handicap or an asset?! :-)
                    .-= Matthew Needham´s last blog ..How to write your ebook (part 4) =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 6:57 AM

                    See I’m not sure there, LOL!

                    Scott Barron May 26, 2010 at 8:15 AM

                    Jeez, I’m late to the party! I’ve spent the better 1/2 of the day relocating my office to the basement for the summer.

                    Alex, I’m flattered to make your list. I hope I can live up to your praise. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting everyone on your list so I will check everyone out!

                    I laughed at your comment on Brandon’s blog, it’s true, I can’t keep up. He is the most proactive blogger I know, meaning he has articles already written and scheduled days ahead to post!

                    I like your new header here with your picture, however I see you every time I bring up my homepage. Wonder who will be my next victim? I can’t find a Facebook page for Mike & Mark. I found Sally’s Facebook page with 1 picture :-(
                    I’ll have fun with Jean and Brandon…

                    I’m also excited about your transfer to a new Webhost. It’s about 50/50 chance I get the error 500 page. I’m worried that your blog will disappear and Jean will have to search for you. (She’s our Nancy Drew of the party) You’re too young to remember Nancy Drew…

                    Does Christine blog? We can track you down through her!
                    .-= Scott Barron´s last blog ..How Safe Are You? =-.

                    mark May 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM

                    j/k :)
                    .-= mark´s last blog ..Is Work/Life Balance just a scam? =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM

                    Yeah I couldn’t believe that the site went down for like an hour last night! Worst timing ever! I was seeing comments on Sally’s blog about not being able to get to my site! Raaah. Are you really getting the error around half of the time?! Man I gotta hurry up and get this site moved across. in 48 hours it will be done!

                    Brandon Connell May 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM

                    You should write a post about how posting about other bloggers will attract 50 million comments from said bloggers. That was your goal right?
                    .-= Brandon Connell´s last blog ..How closing comments can lose loyal readers =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 12:49 PM

                    Among others yeah of course! But then I know that every one of you would comment and help me out regardless of the list, which ironically is why you all made it.

                    Kiesha @ We Blog Better May 26, 2010 at 12:02 PM

                    You’ve got great taste! Almost all of these people are some of my favorite bloggers! Especially TheInfoPreneur, Jean and Mark.
                    Awesome picks!
                    .-= Kiesha @ We Blog Better´s last blog ..The Simplest Guest Post Contest II =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 2:46 PM

                    Hey Kiesha! Thanks for stopping by! Yeah I was lucky to find my way into this group of bloggers – great group of hard workings SOB’s!. Divided we fall, together – WE BLOG BETTER!

                    mark May 26, 2010 at 11:12 PM

                    Just want to say for anyone reading – Go check out Kiesha’s blog. It is a blog-tips sort of thing, and it is filled with GREAT information. I am a big fan anyway.

                    Have a great day!
                    .-= mark´s last blog ..Is The internets Makin’ Yins Stupiter? =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM

                    Totally agree. She has some serious web presence too I might add. Great looking site with even better content!

                    Mars Dorian May 26, 2010 at 8:03 PM

                    Good list,

                    I know at least half of them, and they are all a bunch of great folks. It’s awesome that your traffic is going up.

                    thanx for including me ;)
                    .-= Mars Dorian´s last blog ..What YOU can learn from these Digital Crusaders ! =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 11:45 PM

                    Mate! You’re a freak! How could I not include you. You live and breath what you teach and that in itself is inspiring! Keep freaking the web with your unique brand! Seriously though, what’s the secret to your cosmic effervescence? do you own a flux capacitor? I reckon you do.

                    It’s red isn’t it?

                    (btw, you can steal the cosmic effervescence line too, but the next one’s gonna cost you)

                    Darren L Carter May 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM

                    Hey Alex,

                    I actually found your blog from Sally’s blog. Really good list you’ve got! And great site overall. I’m just starting out with this whole blogging and internet marketing stuff too (student of Alex Jeffrey’s with Sally) and this looks like a site I’ll need to follow!

                    Peace,
                    Darren L Carter
                    .-= Darren L Carter´s last blog ..Why You Should Jump Off A Cliff… =-.

                    Alex May 26, 2010 at 11:36 PM

                    Hey thanks Darren, that’s awesome of you to say! Not sure what the Alex Jeffrey’s principles are, but everyone I have met who is involved seem really genuine and enthusiastic (yourself included) so that can only be a good thing!

                    Maria Muir May 26, 2010 at 10:47 PM

                    Hi Alex,

                    Just found your blog through Karen Ruby, so haven’t had a chance to look at anything yet except this post, but I will.

                    Great list of bloggers, I already know five of them, especially James, Karen and Mars , the others I haven’t heard of but will check them out. Not only great blogs but also wonderful people.
                    .-= Maria Muir´s last blog ..Celebrity Status – With A FaceBook FanPage =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 12:09 AM

                    Hey Maria! thanks for taking the time to come over. Karen has a fantastic site (just checked and so do you) and now you’re here so you obviously have amazing taste :) Thanks for stopping by, hope you find something else of value here.

                    John Paul Aguiar May 27, 2010 at 1:18 AM

                    Great list Alex.. a few bloggers I follow and learn from :)
                    .-= John Paul Aguiar´s last blog ..Breaking Into The Top 20 Internet Marketers Online With No List =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 9:14 AM

                    Hey JP! Thanks for stopping by. I can bet that nearly all these blogs already follow and learn from you! I know I am an avid fan and I’m still impressed with your ‘super affiliate by assoication’ top 20 list!
                    Anyone reading this would be wise to check out the Money Dummy blog.

                    Should have added it to make it a bloggers dozen!

                    Hulbert Lee May 27, 2010 at 5:27 AM

                    Hey Alex, it’s nice to land on your site. :) I’m kind of just going from blog to blog right now and I have no idea how I landed here, but it looks pretty cool. I like your enthusiastic and entertaining tone of voice! Thanks for sharing these sites. I’m going to go check them out right now.
                    .-= Hulbert Lee´s last blog ..J. K. Rowling – Author and Creator of the Harry Potter Fantasy Series =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM

                    Hey Hulbert! Thanks for the kind words my friend, really glad you landed on this site. There are some great blogs on this list, but more importantly, some really fantastic personalities behind them who genuinely want to help.

                    Bailey Ing May 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

                    Hi Alex,

                    I found your blog via Sally’s blog.

                    Just wanted to say I’m really glad you added her blog to your list as I really think she does deserve it. Not only has she been consistenly working hard and walking the walk, not just talk the talk, she also helps out all the other MWA students out alot too.

                    Also, excellent blog you have here. Lots of great content, I haven’t got the chance to read it all yet but am definitely adding your rss feed!

                    Success together
                    Bailey
                    .-= Bailey Ing´s last blog ..Anyone Else Feeling Overwhelmed? Three Simple Strategies To Get You Back On Track =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

                    Hey Bailey, thanks so much for your generous feedback. I just checkout your blog and love what you have going there too, so Im stoked that you like what you see here.
                    Thanks for subscribing, I will hopefully make it worth your while (you better do the same LOL!)

                    Sam May 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM

                    Alex it’s so impressive how you’ve grown this blog into a hub of interaction in such a short time frame – your enthusiasm and dedication is infectious and I have no doubt that you’ll soon be on some other aspiring blogger’s 12 most influential list…keep rocking it.
                    .-= Sam´s last blog ..My Take On TEDxSydney =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 9:53 AM

                    Dude! Coming from you that is awesome. To everyone else, Sam runs Ithnk.com, a social media resource, who provide social services to a gamut of offline businesses, mainly based out of New Zealand. And he knows what he is talking about since he is already running this business successfully
                    I was lucky enough to work along side Sam at IBM for a while and in that time we bounced ideas of each other like it was going out of fashion. Sam inspired me to take blogging to the next level, and as he so kindly pointed out – look where I am now!

                    Awesome, thanks Sam!

                    Karen May 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM

                    Alex!

                    Just saw this post and am very flattered to be included. Your kind words touched my heart. I do know most of the blogs mentioned, but some are new to me, so thank you for introducing me to some new writers and I’m sure am impressed with company.

                    You’re writing great, useful content as well and it’s so nice to be part of the community.

                    Much appreciated,
                    Karen
                    .-= Karen´s last blog ..50 More Inspirational Quotes =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

                    hey that’s my line, cause it IS so nice to be a part of this community. Thankyou for welcoming me into yours.
                    Im glad my words could ‘touch your heart’. Your posts have been doing that for me for a while now!

                    Lee | Search Engine Viking May 27, 2010 at 10:48 AM

                    Alex, your list ROCKS!

                    I was familiar with a handful of these blogs before reading this post, and frequently exchanged comments with several of them because they are so awesome. But thanks to this list my “buddy” blogging list just expanded – all of these rock :D

                    Thanks for putting this together and introducing me to the rest of “the list.”

                    Rock on
                    Lee
                    .-= Lee | Search Engine Viking´s last blog ..DoFollow Blog List =-.

                    Alex May 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

                    Dude! It was my pleasure and I have to say that a lot of these blogs can be found on Scott Barron’s blogroll, a place one will also find yours! (by association that means you ROCK!)
                    I am loving what you are doing over at the search engine viking Lee so think that when I compile a list like this again you will definitely be a part of it!
                    Thanks for stopping by mate

                    Chris May 28, 2010 at 4:43 AM

                    Nice blog, I just found you through Viper Chill. I a not sure if I came directly or not, but I like your writing.

                    This is a great list, especially as a guy who is always looking for great reading along with places that actually aren’t using the nofollow in the comments. Great idea and thanks for posting it.

                    I also just read your battle ax commenting post. Great insight on how to be a good commenter and honestly a real person!

                    Alex May 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM

                    thanks Chris, and thanks for telling me where you came from, I love it when my readers do my stats (you’re awesome!) I don’t even know Viper Chill which just makes it even better! (Just checked then and WOW what a resource! – if I am referenced there, which I am sure is not the case THEN THAT IS FREAK’N AWESOME!!) Glad you liked the post, check the update edit for Lee’s site where he is compiling the do follow blog list!
                    Just checked your blog – WOW you take some Amazing pics Chris! (have they been HDR’d or anything?)

                    John Soares May 29, 2010 at 1:10 AM

                    Alex, thanks for this list. I’m already connected with a few of these folks.

                    Mark at IceBlueBanana has been especially helpful with retweets and leaving comments on my blogs.
                    .-= John Soares´s last blog ..Why I Left Godaddy Hosting =-.

                    Alex May 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM

                    Hey John, you obviously have good taste. Mark is a top guy, awesome blogger and a real action taker. I originally found him through the RT as I said, so he is certainly making full use of social media. Awesome!

                    davy May 29, 2010 at 10:09 AM

                    hey Alex i found your blog from darren l carters blog im new to blogging im in the alex jefferys course aswell your blog has great info onit and ill defo be comming back to see what else you have to share

                    thanks
                    davy

                    Alex May 29, 2010 at 5:57 PM

                    Thanks for the awesome comments Davy! Glad you’re enjoying the site.

                    PJ Bess May 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

                    Hey Alex,

                    This is a great idea. i like how your are building relationship with your readers and the bloggers who made the list. This post is surely going to have a lasting impact and I am sure those mentioned will return the favor. I been to a few of those blogs and they are excellent resources for insight, information, and real people who have experience. Great post.

                    Keep up the good work.

                    PJ

                    Alex May 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM

                    Thanks for the great feedback PJ! You have it spot on there man. It’s all about the relationship. (and of course the content) There’s no point sitting on your throne and talking down to the people. We are all constantly learning, even those making the big bucks online, and I am certainly not one of them. Thanks for stopping by PJ

                    Louis July 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

                    Hi Alex,

                    I’ve visited 3 of those top 12 prior to reading this post. With Mick my comments seems to get blocked at his end. IP filtering of some sort for some reason. Good to see some AJ 3.0 students being mentioned. I’m actually real fond of Sally. You’re not wrong about Jean’s writing style. Sure is an attraction to read.

                    Louis

                    Alex July 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM

                    Yeah there are some great writers on that list, Sally is an awesome chick, love her open style. Met a few of the AJ students through her I think.
                    Thanks for stopping by and commenting Louis

                    Daniel Snyder August 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM

                    Thanks for turning me on to this list, really looking forward to checking out some of these bloggers that I don’t know. Also cool to see someone who really advocates the commenting on other blogs philosophy… will have to take your advice here.

                    Alex August 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

                    Hey Daniel,

                    Glad you found me, cause I love your comment mate, really great feedback so thankyou – glad to see someone living the commentating philosophy that I talk of :)

                    Ph btw, LOVE your URL mate. heehee, certainly going to click on you before I click on the info vegan LOL! I need my info to be meaty and bite size. (I’m going to check out your site now and I really want that to be your tagline now!)
                    Thanks for stopping by Daniel. – if you are getting this response, would love to hear how you found me.

                    Tinh August 6, 2010 at 2:16 PM

                    All of your listed blogs are awesome and frankly I have not visited any of them before, my big mistake but it is not too late :-)

                    Alex August 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

                    Thanks Tinhman!

                    Awesome of you to pop over here too, thanks Tinh!
                    These blogs are all great because they are run be genuinely nice people – and I think that’s what’s important!

                    Thanks for stopping by my friend

                    Nat August 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM

                    Hey Alex – just found you through Blog Engage. So refreshing to not come here and see the usual names. I have literally never heard of any of these guys so I will now be sure to check them out!
                    cheers

                    Alex August 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM

                    Hey Natalie, thanks so much for taking the time to come over from BE (and for voting and commenting of course!)
                    These are the blogs that helped me get to where I am today, and most of them continue to support me as well as be a source of inspiration, so glad you found it. They really will bring you traffic (as will I hopefully :) )

                    Thanks again for stopping by Nat!

                    Awesome.

                    Sean Sabourin August 7, 2010 at 6:13 AM

                    Great post. Thanks for the input and advice. As someone who is new as well to the blogosphere, it is always nice to get some help along the way to grow your readers. Thanks again.

                    Alex August 7, 2010 at 10:52 AM

                    Thanks Sean!

                    Really awesome of you to pop by and comment as such my friend. Glad you found value in the post Sean.
                    Oh, and welcome to the blogosphere buddy :)

                    Nadine DeKoning October 26, 2010 at 8:31 AM

                    Hi, great website. This article kind of makes me feel overwhelmed, or like you said a newbie who no one will talk to. I started in the blogging world over a year ago but haven’t had a chance to be as active as I want to be – a two year old and a new born will do that to you. Anyway I just read your post on effective blog commenting which is a great article and the reason why I stayed on your site to read this article as well.
                    What struck me as interesting about your website is you reference Wordpress plugins but your site does not look like any Wordpress theme I have ever seen before. Something I think you do very well, which I am going to start doing as well, is you put a lot of color in your posts. The pictures you used helped grab my attention and helped make your site more interesting and professional looking. – perhaps helps drive repeat traffic??
                    One last note about commenting and traffic: to do it right takes some serious time! I am going to set a daily goal of reading at least 5 blogs a day and commenting on at least 2. Over time this will add up.
                    Ok, this is my last note – loved your title :)
                    Nadine

                    Alex October 27, 2010 at 1:09 AM

                    Nadine,
                    WOW, if this comment is anything to go by, your blog commenting campaign is going to get you noticed very quickly.
                    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond with such insight and awesome feedback, glad my love of images is appreciated :)

                    NB: This site has Keyword Luv installed, so make sure you take advantage of it next time, and in future for other blogs. For now, because your comment was so awesome I am giving you some Keyword Blogger love to make up for it :)
                    Franklin Covey Seminar accounting

                    Thanks again for your comments and for stopping by Nadine!

                    Erik Emanuelli @ FreeMakeMoneyAdvice December 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

                    Thanks for sharing those resources, Alex.

                    Alan February 7, 2011 at 11:02 PM

                    Hi Alex – beat me to the punch here! I have been trying to
                    find a way to pay forward some favours done for me by some blogging
                    buddies. I came up with the idea of a post about blogging buddy
                    benefits, followed by a list of my top 10 regular buddies, followed
                    by a list of blogs to help my readers. You got in first, bahh.
                    However, greatly enjoyed your post, and I will blog hop to read,
                    and perhaps comment. Never know, I may make some new friends too.
                    How come Sally Neill’s everywhere? Hi Sal. Be back soon Alan From
                    The Windy Forest

                    Alex February 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

                    Hey Alan, mate this is never too old and is always well received I think! The fact that you thought to do it too is enough for me to give whole hearted permission for you to do the same – you obviously have the right mindset, and THAT is key!
                    Also, Sally used to be everywhere but then she retired from blog hopping, although I did read recently on her blog that she is back LOL!
                    Its all about personality and all those on the list, including Sally have it in spades.
                    Note: Mike Russo is no longer online (not on his blog anyway)

                    Jenny February 14, 2011 at 4:20 PM

                    Thanks Alex for sharing the list of famous blogger, from above list i know very less blogger. The blogs are very useful for me for knowing about new techniques for making my work more batter.

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