Thursday, July 9, 2009

Link of the Week or So: Navel-Gazing Division

Not much to say today.

But I've finally stumbled upon the single most appropriate (and appropriately inexpensive) BBREF player page to be the first one sponsored by this blog! (I mean, who else but me has ever put him on the all-time anything team?)

I haven't been much of a self-promoter re. this blog, especially lately. Part of that is just who I am, and part is that I'm not convinced I'm doing anything worth promoting. As much as I love and appreciate all my current readers, I'm really just sitting here once a day and jotting down whatever pops into my head. I think it's the knowledge that I could definitely do a lot better if I put in (or had) the time to really polish it and think about exactly what it is I want to say. I don't know that I need hundreds of people to read my second-best.

On the other hand, maybe seeking more traffic will inspire me to actually do better somehow. And in either case, I'll definitely do more of these; not only is it about the most targeted marketing possible, but it's a way to support the best website in the world (not that they seem to need all that much support anymore). Let me know if you happen to stumble across any more particularly appropriate, unsponsored pages...


  1. Hey, congrats on the BR sponsored link. It does feel nice to support something that is so deserving.

    I have to warn you, though, not to expect anything out of it besides that good feeling, esp. on the $5-10 pages. I'd say I get about 5-10 visitors a week from the Fernando sponsorship, and he was significantly more than Shane Mack (currently, he's at the same price as Brady Anderson, Kevin Brown, Joba Chamberlain, Torii Hunter, Bo Jackson, Evan Longoria, Dice-K, Jim Palmer, and Robin Yount - though I think he was a little cheaper than that when I paid for it). From the two small pages that I sponsor (Cal Poly and the 2006 Brewers), I'd say I get less than that in a month.

    Still, it's worth it just from a "doing the right thing" kind of way. Plus, it gives you a discount on the Play Index (assuming you spend $30).

  2. Lar,

    Yeah, I know I'm not going to get much increased traffic. That's pretty much what I meant by "the most targeting marketing possible"--if you're hanging out on Shane Mack's player page, odds are you're going to enoy seeing this site for one reason or another. :) I did sponsor Kevin Tapani way back when for another blog, and certainly never noticed any traffic to that.

    So, this post is terribly worded. I wanted to point out my B-R page, and I wanted to blather foolishly about marketing and self-promotion, but I didn't mean to imply that the two are inexorably linked. The pages are just for fun and to, as you say, do the right thing.

  3. Nothing wrong with self-promotion. Like Harry Truman always said, "it ain't braggin' if you really done it".

  4. Oh, there was nothing wrong with how you worded it. That's pretty much what I got out of the post. I just thought I'd point out my experience.

    Personally, I think being able to sponsor people like Shane Mack is a wonderful part of BR. It really gives an insightful and personal look into your fandom, which is pretty cool.