Alright we all know that there are plenty of ways to promote your blog and after starting a discussion at LinkedIn, I’ve decided to pool all the ideas and suggestions into one single blog post. I must say that there were a lot of ideas drawn out from the LinkedIn discussion group.
I’ve also added some of my ideas to help promote your blog in any possible way and boost traffic. Be warned this is a huge list and it’s not possible to do everything at one time! So let’s have a look.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA
a. StumbleUpon is one of the biggest social networking sites on the planet and it comes only second to Twitter. To date it has more the 11 million users and it’s one of the major sources of traffic for this blog in terms of promotion.
If you wanna get more awesome StumbleUpon tips to promote your blog, visit this link at Get more stumbleupon traffic.
b. LinkedIn is another major social networking site and this whole blog topic came about after having a discussion there with the Probloggers group on Linkedin. If you haven’t started using it, you must consider using it to build followers.
c. Twitter. Obviously, Twitter is the biggest social media site on the Internet but you must have the right tools and you must learn how to promote your blog properly with it. Let’s have a look at an example here using Hootsuite
d. Facebook. I must admit I’m not an expert in using Facebook to promote your blog but I can recommend a fantastic blog to help you to become one! Facebook Promoting Tips.
e. Digg. Digg is another great place to promote your blog. Read this blog entry on how to promote your blog through Digg.
There are plenty of SEO guides and tools to help boost your blog through good search engine optimization (SEO). Although it has been emphasized a lot, only a few actually fully utilize the tools and knowledge they have to maximise returns from SEO.
A GREAT SEO keyword tool to use is Market Samurai Keyword Analysis Tool.
ScribeSEO is another SEO tool to help you write any content that is not only human friendly but very search engine friendly. Find out here, ScribeSEO tool tips
Consider also other keyword SEO tools
3. FORUM POSTING
1. The first and most important way is to actively participate and contribute to the forums. Don’t just promote.
Promote when you’re more familiar with the community or do it to help others, i.e giving them a link to any blog post to help them with a question they have.
2. Add forum signatures to the end of your post.
Blogging on it’s own is a very essential part of building rankings and promoting your business. It is strongly recommended that every website should have a blog as static websites no longer rank well on search engines.
Another way to promote your blog is to submit them to Blog directories. Below is a list of them:
Blogging Communities like BlogEngage and BloggerLuv are some of the best communities to join and interact with like-minded bloggers. There are a few new ones like Bloggersbase that you should consider too.
Microblogging is the concept of writing mini blogs on several Web 2.0 sites that includes Amplify, Tumblr among the many microblogging sites out there. You can even consider other free blogging sites like Xanga to promote your blogs too.
Guest blogging is one of the most effective ways to promote your brand or yourself. It exposes you to a whole new blogging community and it allows you to interact with others in your niche as well as allowing them to come and visit your blog.
My Blog Guest is one of the best sites to advertise for guest bloggers and guest blogging.
These are some of the reasons why you should start guest blogging
Blog commenting is also a very effective way to interact with your fellow bloggers. Although promoting blogs may not be as obvious when you’re commenting. It is important to always interact with visitors who comment and reciprocate. People are more likely to come back and comment on your blogs.
Here are reasons to do blog commenting
5. Email Marketing
Email marketing is another area where you can promote your blog or content. Use it wisely and don’t overly promote.
6. RSS directories
RSS feeds are very important also in blog promotion. However, there are many other ways to make it better. Below are 3 ways you can achieve that:
Use an RSS Directory Submitter like RSSBot
Alternatively, you can try this list of RSS websites to ping.
Try using these 2 Pinging Services like Pingomatic and Pingoat.
7. Video Posting
Video posting is another area to explore when promoting your blog posts like
Use Camtasia Studio 7 to help with making videos
8. Article Directories
Use article directories like Ezinearticles to promote unique content that links back to your own blog posts.
- Evan Carmichael
9. Offline Promotion
Consider also offline promotional methods like creating flyers and leaflets that can help promote your blog. If you have a business and have a blog, this is another way customers can follow up with you
A great way to do offline promotion is also through business cards. The few things you wanna add to your business card is:
- Your Name
- Your Picture
- Address/Contact Details
- Call to action/Free offer
The last one is very important but of course don’t make it sound like you are begging them to visit it or else…..
Here Pat Flynn has a fantastic post on business cards. Have a look at it.
Now you might know that there is a huge amount of things to do so the best thing to consider is to outsource your blog promotion efforts. Do you have any more ideas? Let me know if you have any.
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