Now, Rick doesn’t claim that this is the path to commercial blog success. However, even if you just want a quick burst in traffic, I recommend avoiding such tactics. I foresee several problems:
- it offers a freak spike in traffic, not sustainable growth
- the visitors you will attract are looking for something funny/someone scantily clad, not the normal content of your site
- you may alienate your core readership.
Of course, Rick would agree that there is only one way to grow a commercial blog: offer well-written, relevant and interesting content that would be difficult to find in that configuration elsewhere.
I believe that traffic, for traffic’s sake, isn’t helpful in building a successful commercial blog.