Aug 9 2007

The Difference Between MyBlogLog and Blog Catalog

When I posted 10 Quick Blogging Tips I included that joining blogging networks is important. MyBlogLog has been pretty consistent in sending 100-200 visitors per month to our blog.

Lynne asked

I am currently subscribed to blogcatalog not bloglog. Is one better than the other and why?

Besides the small differences, they are very much the same.

It Doesn’t Matter Which is “Better”

You should join both of them regardless how good they are. If driving traffic to your blog is your goal, join as many of these sites as you can. The more your blog is exposed to these networks, the more people can find your blog.

What You Put in, is What You Get

The amount of time you spend on this networks is key to how well they will perform. If you spend 6 hours a day building contacts, visiting blogs, leaving messages, adding things, doing backflips, and performing miracles, essentially the service will do well for you. If you spend 5 minutes a day looking at your stats, they won’t perform as well.

My Take on the Networks

MyBlogLog has easy upkeep, by simply putting a MyBlogLog widget in your sidebar you can display your recent readers. With little promotion you can also build a nice size community. Many members have their settings at when they view your blog 10 times, they join your community automatically.

Our MyBlogLog community is currently at 592 members, just shy of 600.

BlogCatalog
is on more of a ranking system that I don’t quite understand. I think you get more points for linking back to them and installing their widget.

Blog Catalog has more features for discussion and interacting with other bloggers that aren’t in your community. I have yet to utilize this feature, some threads get hundreds of replies while many get unnoticed. It may be good use for any promotion you may be offering, a contest your running, or something interesting you are doing at your blog.

The Difference is…

what you make it. The more you invest into blogging networks, the more you can get out of them.

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  1. My Blog Log vs. Blog Catalog: The Online Community Showdown « Compassion in Politics wrote:

    [...] Apparently, other folks agree with my do both strategy.  [...]

    August 11th, 2007 at 6:31 pm
  2. The Pisstakers wrote:

    MyBlogLog clones…

    Are you aware of the madness that sees 120,000 new blogs launched every single day of the week? Cwazy talk. And how do these people keep in touch, network, interact, and improve the world of blogging? Via MyBlogLog clones, that is how!…

    August 13th, 2007 at 12:29 pm
  1. People in the Sun said:

    At least for now, the Discussion part of Blog Catalog makes it feel more like a community than MyBlogLog. I believe things will change soon, as the competition has made MyBlogLog owners realize they couldn’t just keep things as they were, but still, for now Blog Catalog is the place to be.

    August 9th, 2007 at 4:56 pm
  2. Lexis Eldorado said:

    You’re on Candid Camera! So Many Blogs So Little Time has given you a review!

    http://reviewmyblog.blogspot.com

    August 9th, 2007 at 5:04 pm
  3. Han said:

    Theres a new one now so the debate starts again!
    http://www.bumpzee.com/users/view/_xhan/

    Not sure about the name though…:S

    August 9th, 2007 at 5:12 pm
  4. Adam Donkus said:

    I have used Mybloglog a bit more than BlogCatalog, but will be using Blogcatalog more consistently for two reasons.
    First, just today I noticed their widget gives you the time of the visit of the member…not Mybloglog.
    Second, Jon of SmartwealthyRich.com was just hired by Blogcatalog as a Blogger Relations expert.
    Jon is a good example of you get out of it what you put in.

    August 10th, 2007 at 5:12 pm
  5. Compassion in Politics said:

    I think the do both strategy is best. I think the community feature along with hiring Jon, as Adam reports above, is a big trump card for Blog Catalog. Bumpzee is a distant third from what I can tell, especially in terms of navigation.

    Check my post on the subject, by clicking my blog name above..
    Thanks!

    August 11th, 2007 at 6:34 pm

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