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What's more important for a new blog? Traffic or Backlinks?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Jentage, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Jentage

    Jentage Registered Member

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    I have a new blog and am on a budget. Is it better to spend my money on a large amount of traffic or buy a service for backlinks/seo? :) Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    ipwned Regular Member

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    Backlinks > Increased Rankings > Traffic

    I'd go with backlinks.
     
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  3. kruxifix

    kruxifix Newbie

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    backlinks is waht i'd go with
     
  4. thenewguy1

    thenewguy1 Newbie

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    I would say content and/or backlinks. Google loves seeing frequently updated sites as much as seeing natural looking backlinking.
     
  5. Gantz

    Gantz Junior Member

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    In this day and age you are actually better off going with content. Buying traffic for a blog is a waste, and these days buying backlinks is hit or miss. If you have quality content the backlinks often follow for free, as does the SE traffic, so you are better off investing in quality content.
     
  6. Jentage

    Jentage Registered Member

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    My content is mainly pictures. No texts/articles really. It's a tumblr. So how would I go about investing in quality content? I scrape for pictures every day. The good thing about tumblr is the clickthrough links. So when people click your image, it will bring them to whatever you set the URL to.
     
  7. Loak

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    traffic = money simple really
     
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    ronegraT Power Member

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    Backlinks generates better SERP and gets more traffic
     
  9. DarkMeta

    DarkMeta BANNED BANNED

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    Content and backlinks if you have these two factors then definitely you will have traffic.
     
  10. DisguiseMarketing

    DisguiseMarketing Junior Member

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    you said it's a tumblr, so is it a web 2.0? or it's a tumblr hosted on its own domain? for NEW sites i hold off on the backlinking for a second. at whatever velocity you start your backlinking, is how you have to keep it for a while. that 3 to 6 month window is hell for new sites. be careful. i'd just keep adding the images like you are doing, but making sure to optimize the images with titles, alt text, and the caption text for SEO. but if it's a web 2, i'd go with backlinking.
     
  11. Jentage

    Jentage Registered Member

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    It's a tumblr with just a custom domain. Not sure what web 2.0 is exactly {sorry}
     
  12. DisguiseMarketing

    DisguiseMarketing Junior Member

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    Web 2.0s are free domains that you create as a sub-domain of a website. For example, blogger has "yourwebsite.blogspot.com", wordpress is "yourwebsite.wordpress.com", tumblr "yourwebsite.tumblr.com", squidoo, hubpages, etc. Those are Web 2.0s.
     
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  13. casinobonus24

    casinobonus24 Newbie

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    Backlinks can(will) help your site to rank => traffic comes along.

    Traffic needs something to read => content is required.

    For a small budget, I'd recommend doing manual commenting on related sites, especially as you go with tumblr you can have quite some good start by just drawing peoples attention by responding in discussions / comments etc.
     
  14. gcleats

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    Both are important. But first I will go for good contents which attract traffic. Money is all about traffic...
     
  15. Half Night

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    Content = Good visitors Backlinks = Visitors! Simple! Content and backlinks
     
  16. Empower Network

    Empower Network Registered Member

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    Good answers in this thread and everyone has their point of view.

    Personally I'd go with content creation.
     
  17. wallygeorge

    wallygeorge Newbie

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    Nowadays content is what working. Google specifically gears their ranking towards good content.
     
  18. 0_00_0

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    Back links will give you long term traffic. I prefer to build websites that last. Unless I'm selling a physical product or a service I don't like to buy traffic. If your buying mass traffic - chances are it is junk and therefore a waste of time and money.