I've spent the last couple of days looking at blogs that I admire and running some analytics to determine what works best for those sites in helping them to achieve the kinds of page ranking in search engines and visitor traffic that I aspire to have for my own weblog. It's a good idea but can become a time-consuming process that takes away from other traffic-building activities if you don't manage your time effectively.
I've learned a few lessons that are mostly related to the kind of links to these blogs that come from other popular sites–it appears that the better the blog that links to your site (better meaning higher search rankings and visitor traffic based on popularity), the better your site will fare based on association with a quality site. This is why link exchanges are so important or getting a major traffic boost from social bookmarking sites like Digg or Deli.cio.us.
I'll try to do a better job of making my content link-worthy and getting some good link exchanges going. Making sure that I've got my metatags and background page html configured properly will also help so that I increase the chances that my blog is found when people search for keywords related to my niche and internet interests.
I'm committed to working through all 31 days of my use of Darren Rouse's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook. I'll keep you updated on my progress and you can click on the category link–Building A Better Blog–to see all of my updates so far and during the course of this exercise.