I started getting some hits from Alltop.com a few weeks ago – not many, and never seemingly from the same URL. I dismissed them. Of course, I follow Guy Kawasaki in Twitter (and he follows me) – so I know well what Alltop is.
Alltop aggregates RSS feed – "the best of the blogs" but they also sort them by category – and they have a lot of categories.
Today I got a dozen hits from http://life.alltop.com before I wondered what was up. So I went and looked. If you scroll down a bit, there is my blog, on the left.
I think the "life" section is probably where my blog belongs – because I talk way more about personal stuff than tech – and when I do talk tech, it’s normally personal!
About an hour later I got an email from Guy Kawasaki telling me they added me to Alltop – a canned email, but that’s cool.
So how did my blog make it? My Technorati rank is ok – I’ve been in the top 100k often. My subscribers via FeedBurner isn’t huge – averages 115 people/month. So how did I get any attention?
I can only guess it was via Twitter. Depending on who is online and active I may or may not Twit about a new blog post. If I think it fits the (current) audience, I will.
Twitter gives you a huge voice. But I’ve found I moderate (usually) what I Twit about depending on who is online, and active. My Twitter friends online in the daytime are mostly different from those online at 1am.
And I appreciate that Alltop included my blog – it is just another way to make a new connection.