Today I stumbled across a website called AlphaInventions.com. I decided to check it out after noticing quite a few blog posts commenting that the site delivered a surge in traffic after their site was added to the AlphaInventions system. So what is this site all about?
AlhphaInventions.com was created by Cheru Jackson who was a bored 20 something that created AI as an experiment to see if Bloggers and their audience could connect in real-time. As Cheru mentions, if you were to leave a comment on a blog post soon after the post was published, you have a very good chance of getting noticed by that blog author and connecting with them. I agree although the chances of connecting go way down with the inclusion of scheduled posts.
So how does it work? AlphaInvenstions.com has a spot at the top of the browser which is like a dashboard. Blogs which have been submitted by individuals that have recently been updated appear in the window below the dashboard for about 5-10 seconds. Then, a new site is loaded. So far, I’ve logged about 250 blog views on the site. While it doesn’t seem like all blog posts are hot off the press as I noticed some which were published a day or two ago, most of the blogs presented to the visitor do live up to the sites purpose. Also, if you see a blog post of interest and forget to hit the pause button, you’ll be hard pressed to find it again as there is no way to navigate amongst the entries.
I can easily see how it could be addicting to just sit on the page and watch blog updates whiz by as they happen. The feeling of being first to read content produced by someone is sort of a weird experience, one that apparently many people share and enjoy considering the large amounts of traffic blogs that have been submitted to the system enjoy.
As an experiment, I added the Performancing.com site to the list while at the same time, monitoring the traffic in real time with the Spy feature found in Pmetrics. As soon as the site was submitted, I noticed a 10-20 visitors immediately hitting the site. I’ll update this post to reflect how much traffic was received after this update goes through the AI system. Also wanted to let you know that I tried submitting the URL to my WPTavern Forum and it went through. I immediately saw 10-20 people hit the forum front page.
I also wanted to mention that AI has an interesting way of making money. When you submit a site to their system, you are taken to a page which contains an explanation as to the site that was bumped out of the rotation as well as two Paypal buttons. You can purchase a AIID# which will enable you to keep your site within their rotation system for much longer than if it were submitted for free.
AlphaInventions seems like a Blog version of StumbleUpon both in terms of how it works but it remains to be seen if you’ll receive the same amount of traffic or more. However, just like StumbleUpon or Digg, the traffic doesn’t seem sticky. Still, an increase in numbers for your monthly stats is nice no matter how you do it as long as it came from a natural occurrence.
If you happen to submit your blog to AlphaInventions, please leave a comment and report on your experiment.