About 2 months ago, I started to see a new and regular source of traffic to this backpacking blog – MySpace. My immediate tracking back to the source didn’t lead me to my profile on MySpace as I had expected. Instead, I found that GoBackpacking’s feed had been picked up by MySpace News, which appeared to be a public feed reader (in beta testing).
The post-specific pages of blogs are framed within MySpace, with other sites in the same category, and an ability to rate content. The fact that you can see the entire blog made it seem innocuous. Plus, I was getting new visitors, so it must be a good thing. A reader either submitted my site (and it was approved), or the people at MySpace behind the project were proactively gathering some of the great sites in the blogosphere to populate their new service.
During the course of my normal review of traffic sources via web searches, I found that my posts were coming up under the heading of MySpace! Again, I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not. My content is associated with a big name like MySpace, however could this be taking away from visitors coming directly to me (w/o MySpace as the intermediary)?
For now, I’ve decided to leave my site available on MySpace News, as it is hopefully expanding my audience. If you have a blog, you may want to consider submitting it. The language below is from the MySpace News FAQ:
Q: Can I submit my own blog or website?
Sure. Just go to Suggest a Site/ Blog/ RSS Feed to fill out our submission form. Our staff will review it for appropriate content and quality. If it passes inspection, we’ll try to add it to relevant news topics.