Posts in "marketing" tag

How I ruthlessly referrer-spam everyone I know

I’ve used Privoxy for several years now and love it. For those of you not familiar with the program it’s basically just a local proxy that you can run your browsers through that will strip ads and make sure your privacy is intact while surfing the net.

One neat thing about it is that it’s very configurable, and you can also specify extra header info to send. So, this gave me an idea .. why not just send one of my sites as referer. That way, I’m always promoting my site when I’m mindlessly surfing the web.

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1 Way to Impress Your Friends

Or, 24 ways that is. If you’re were sleeping through december month, or maybe too busy handling your mother-in-law, you might have missed 24ways, the ajax/web2.0 advent calendar. The idea is simple; every day they would release a new ajax/web related article. The articles are written by different authors, who are probably considered experts in their field.

It recently struck me how ingenious this is from a marketing point of view. Releasing quality content like this, on a single site and on an pre-known schedule (in this case every day) – you’re bound to get dugg a lot. People also seem find it delicious, and it’s probably just a coincidence that this wasn’t “news for nerds, stuff that matters“.

This will without doubt create a sort of a synergy effect where all the authors get extra traffic (they are all linked to from the article listing in additon to the article). When bloggers get together and release something like this, their chances of getting large amounts of traffic multiplies. Sure, the main site gets hit the most (in this case 24ways.org) – but I suspect the individual authors also got their share (looking at the alexa traffic rankings for a couple of them it seems they had quite an increase in december/january, but that might be coincidental.

Anyway, why didn’t anyone think of this before? (allright, I’m sure someone did and I just failed to do some research, but still – it seems like a good idea to do this for something else than ajax).