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The Best and Worst Sites to Help Build a Loyal Following for Your Blog

by Grant Friedman

on March 2, 2009

in Articles

What would you rather have on your website?  An enormous amount of traffic or a loyal following of readers?  This is a question that a lot of websites deal with on a daily basis.  In reality, most of us would probably prefer both; and for some, this is probably the case.  The problem is that a lot of us end up wasting a lot of time and energy submitting our websites to social media sites that have little affect on either.  Last week, I decided to dig a bit deeper into my site’s statistics to figure out which of my site’s top referrers actually provided the most loyal following.  The results were both interesting and surprising.


When you get some one to visit your site, it’s very important to keep them there.  There are a lot of user interface strategies out there to help you in this but it’s always best if your readers truly enjoy being on your site.  The best way to find out if your readers enjoy your site is by figuring out how long they stick around once they visit.  Of my site’s top referrers, take a look at which one provides readers who actually stick around.

  1. DESIGNM.AG: 3:44 | 4th in visits
  2. SPOON GRAPHICS: 3:24 | 16th in visits
  3. VECTIPS: 3:08 | 13th in visits
  4. NOUPE: 2:47 | 11th in visits
  5. BITTBOX: 2:55 | 3rd in visits
  6. VECTORTUTS: 2:43 | 9th in visits
  7. TWITTER: 2:03 | 7th in visits
  8. DESIGNFLOAT: 1:10 | 5th in visits
  9. DIGG: 0:59 | 12th in visits
  10. STUMBLE UPON: 0:23 | 8th in visits

* List is in minutes and seconds.

Now take a look at this list.  Look at Digg, Stumble Upon, and Design Float.  The 3 of them provide quite a few visits to my site monthly, but visitors from those sites don’t tend to stick around for very long.

On the other hand, blogs such as DesignM.ag, Spoon Graphics, and VECTIPS provide more traffic (in some cases) but their readers end up spending a lot more time on my site.  This means that I may be able to increase traffic and loyalty at the same time by visiting and submitting links to other blogs instead of social media sites.

Feel free to comment.  I’d love to hear what you guys think about this.  It is an interesting topic and I would love to get a discussion going on how we can improve loyal readership on our sites.

About Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.