|Pastor Nathan Bickel|
Pastor Bickel and I discuss blogging regularly, on Facebook, so I suggested he enroll in Google Plus.
One of my FB friends is prolific in taking advantage of Google Plus and her son is a developer at G+.
Dan Engle at Necessary Roughness got me started with G+. Like Facebook and Twitter, it was something I did not know, understand, or use very well at first.
I decided to start Tweeting each post on my blogs and also use G+ to link them. According to someone out there on the Net, social networking will make readership grow exponentially at some point. I always saw steady growth each year, thanks to frequent negative endorsements and bans. Nothing drives college students to a website faster than idiot faculty members telling them never to go there.
In the last few months page-views grew by 50% and stayed there, about 3,200 per day average. I thought 60,000 per month was a good figure in October. March will reach 100,000 at this rate.
I am inclined to give credit to G+ for the sudden increase. Scandals help, but they never get the top page views or last very long in their impact. The upsurge in specific page views has come from doctrinal posts,
Here are the top five in the last 30 days:
The Luther quotation and the Apology link continue to lead in all categories, belying the claim that this blog is just for gossip. WELS and Missouri will supply the scandals - I will provide the doctrinal posts (and graphics).
I love to see others blogging and sharing their opinions and research. To increase readership,
- Include graphics. Some are fun, others are serious.
- Include a lot of internal links to other posts.
- Blog This! with a lot of relevant stories, which gives credit to the original author (pace McCain) and provides the link - a bonus for me and one for the original site.
- Link to my other blogs.
- Post on Facebook, especially on non-Lutheran pages.
- Tweet each post.
- Google Plus each post.
That may sound like work but most of it takes a few seconds total. Social networking does the heavy lifting in sharing everything around the Internet.
Readers can add to the effect by using the buttons below each post, right below Posted by Gregory Jackson...
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