If you haven't heard of
, then you may be living in a hole somewhere. Or you're just not obsessed with "all that is web" (my personal grounding rod, my wife, tells me that there are a lot of you out there).
As you can see above, it sends a big burst of traffic. It's a great link to have from a search engine optimization perspective since the TechCrunch.com domain has a lot of authority in the eyes of Google and the other search engines.
Guess how much of that traffic converted into clients, though?
And that's the point. As much as us "geeks" get excited when we get "TechCrunched" (yes, it's a verb), it doesn't really match our target market all that well.
So, the lesson is, choose your online PR targets wisely
. For us, it makes a lot more sense to spend time and money on sites like
(see charts of unpaid traffic from marketing profs below).
To further drive the point home, you'll see that the conversion rates for TechCrunch traffic are horrible compared to the MarketingProfs traffic.
For the rates, examine the table below:
Visitor to Lead Conversation Rate
Lead to Opportunity Conversion Rate
Opportunity to Customer Conversion Rate
Further, you shouldn't always go for the big bang. Sometimes, a handful of links from some less well known bloggers are a lot easier to get and can produce similar results. And with bloggers who aren't as big and unreachable as TechCrunch's writers, you can usually develop a meaningful business-blogging relationship much more quickly (see