Squash has been lucky enough to receive some quality linkage with our recent series of articles on Google and we’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how much traffic has been referred to us in the last few days (resulting in us being pushed back up the WordPress.com rankings).
We’ve mentioned in the past that even links from A-Listers like Scoble have only resulted in a couple of dozen readers flowing through and that previously our only real major spikes in traffic have come about through getting pushed up the batting order at Digg or Reddit or via a headline appearance on memeorandum.
So we were knocked off our blogstool by the fact that a single, somewhat cryptic line from Dave Winer’s Scripting News sent about 700 or so users our way. Since, we’ve been watching our traffic that’s by far the most any blog link has generated.
Om Malik’s blog has also been a very good traffic driver in recent days. Again, another one-line mention but we got a few hundred readers from the Om-meister.
I’m tending to think that in terms of raw traffic, the best links you’re going to get are not the one that go into great length analysing your articles because they’ve probably discussed your ideas in enough depth that people don’t need to click through. Rather, links that pretty much just say: “You should click here and read this” are much better for traffic generation even if they’re not “adding to the conversation”.