Recently there has been a burst of sites that help to increase traffic on your blog. Most of these sites have a membership scheme, where you are read only if you read. This sounds like a good ecosystem where participation is rewarded.
I too have been drawn by them, this blog is a member of such services (listed in Affiliations in the sidebar). The results are immediate, I saw a surge in the views and hits on my blog. And then it stopped, ofcourse because I was not doing my bit of surfing through the services. The problem is that I have my daily dose of reading, on my favourite sites. This extra bit taxes me, and is more work to do. Unfortuntely it turns out to be frustrating when the random blog I am surfing is nothing relevant to my interests. Which is what brought me to this question – Would I surf just for accumulating the credits so that others will read my blog? Blogging has been, for me at least, a package of reading, expressing opinions and discussions. Do these services take away this? No doubt, I have come across some excellent blogs on these sites. This is the whole point though! The problem is not with quality content but quality traffic. If I am ready to surf for credits, others might be too, and then they might not be interested in my blog or content or its quality. If this becomes dominant, then you-scratch-my-back-I-will-scratch-yours will be the key to blog ranks rather than its content.
There is no reason to not accumulate credits through surfing, but it should not be the primary purpose. The services should somehow (I have no idea how) make sure that the joy of surfing is not corrupted. For now I am going to continue to use them as a blogger and reader, both. I will make sure that I get credits while I am surfing, but I am going to surf to enjoy my stay on the web. What do you say?
Copyright Abhijit Nadgouda.