What is 9rules? It’s hard to say; it’s been many things over the years, but it’s always been a blog network. Essentially, blogs in the network have their latests posts (just the headlines) aggregated onto their homepage, and your blog is added to their directory. Every member has a small badge, in the shape of a stylized leaf, displayed prominently on their blog, advertising the fact that the blog is a 9rules member, and linking to the 9rules site.
How do you get into 9rules? It’s not easy. The founders have “signup windows” every now and then (every few months or so) where they, for a period of twenty-four hours, allow you to request that your blog be added. They process the submissions and allow the ones that meet their criteria. The next signup periods are August 6, 2008 and November 5, 2008.
Do I get any extra traffic? Some. I currently get 500+ uniques a month from 9rules. It’s not a huge amount, but it’s not too shabby either, and any extra traffic is welcome.