It has often been said that blogs with good content rank high on the search engines, therefore pulling in tons of targeted, rabid buyers. And of course, many \'gurus\' and experts encourage you to set up blogs, write truckloads of articles, post them on ezine or goarticles, and over time, your blogs get picked up and presto! You get your wonderful, desperate buyers. So you worked like a donkey, producing content for your blog, then writing separate articles for article submission. Maybe it was fun at first. But after a couple of months, your hands are shaking, your mind is a total blank and most likely, you\'re so sick and tired that you\'ll scream till the roof collapses when you see another article. You\'ve probably toyed with the idea of other sources of advertising or traffic generation such as PPC ads, leveraging on social networking sites etc. But you realized that they would cost time and money, both of which you want to save, not spend. Hmmm. Should you sacrifice time with your family, maybe go to the bar less, to do more article marketing? After all you have to pay a price for success... Rubbish. There has always been a lesser known way that top bloggers get their traffic. Of course, not many people know because being selfish humans, would these elite blogging expert spill the beans? And that method is through special sites called Blog Carnivals. \"Blog what? Are they some sort of mass blog site?\" In the simplest, more basic form, yes. You see, Blog Carnivals are like a huge compilation of blog events, very much like a magazine, with a topic, editors, contributors, and most importantly of all, the readers. It is published probably on a weekly or monthly basis. Still confused? \"Why do people create blog carnivals?\" Good question. There are a couple of reasons: * To obtain quality and relevant content for free * Each post acts like a directory of information to build readership loyalty and trust * People may bookmark/digg the post , giving your blog tons of visitors if on the first page * Increased and boosted exposure for your online business! \"Great! So are you going to teach me how to build a blog carnival?\" Well, no actually. We have a much better blue print in mind. You see, setting up a blog carnival is hard, hard work. And getting people to post on your site takes time as well. So our system, in a nutshell, is to leverage on the power of blog carnivals. Blog carnivals are a rich source of traffic. So what we did was to try and tap into a couple of traffic sources by submitting articles posted in our blogs to carnivals based on the same topic. 28 days later, we checked the results: 2,745 unique visitors in 28 days!