8.5 More Ways to Promote Your Blog

Ways to promote your blog

Are You a Blog Marketing Machine?

A continuation of the 12.5 Ways to Promote your Blog.   It goes without saying that if you have a blog and write on it regularly, you probably want more visitors, commenter’s and contributors.  Maybe you even want to monetize your blog one day?  Well the only way you are going to do any of those is if you promote it.  Gone are the days of just throwing up a blog, start writing and sit back and wait for the masses to find you (SN:  Was it ever really that easy?).  These days it’s more important than ever that you PROMOTE your blog, each article and yourself.  You must gain credibility, authoritative status and traffic if you hope to benefit in any way from blogging.  Promoting your blog is not hard, but it does take some work.  Let’s get on with some tips that are a continuation of the 12.5 Ways to Promote your Blog.  So at the end of this post you should have 21 rock solid, proven strategies for promoting your blog on the internet.  Let’s get started…

  • Sit down with a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and write down a list of 100 blog topic ideas.  This task seems daunting at first, but having this list to refer to on a regular basis will be of GREAT benefit one day when you are struggling to find a topic to write about and your readership is getting board waiting for your next post.
  • Interview someone related to your topic or field of expertise.  This is truly one of the best kept secrets of the blogging world.  If you interview someone cool in your field, you are likely to draw a lot of attention from your peers and colleagues.
  • Write out a list of cool blogs and news sites you visit and read regularly.  Write a brief statement on each site about why you like it.  Post a link to each one.
  • Visit popular and high traffic blogs in your niche and see what they are doing.  Please don’t copy exactly what you see, but you certainly will learn a thing or two about what each successful blog is and is not doing.  What are they writing about?  What type of plug-ins are they using?  Are they running contests?
  • Submit your best blog posts to Blog Carnivals.  Blog Carnivals are web sites that specialize in gathering like minded blog posts and categorizing them and indexing them into segmented web pages that are easy for readers to find.  Here is one of my favorites BlogCarnival.com.
  • Take action everyday!  I cannot overstate this enough.  If you are going to be successful at blogging you have to take some form of action EVERY single day.  Start an article, respond to a comment, update your 100 idea list, submit that article to a Blog Carnival, update your social media profiles….no matter what though, DO SOMETHING every day !
  • Be consistent with your posting.  Your readership will adjust to whatever frequency you post.  If you start off posting daily, your readership will very quickly grow to expect that.  Miss one day, okay, miss two and they might move on.  I am not saying you have to post every day, just be as consistent as you can (hourly, daily, weekly or monthly).  BE CONSISTENT !
  • Use social bookmarking.  Not only for your own blog and posts but for every blog post you visit, read and like.  Sites like Stumbleupon, Digg and Reddit (just to name a few).  Visit these sites, register (for free) and start bookmarking.  Also, when you bookmark a blog or post, leave a comment and let the owner know you did.  They will most likely visit your site and return the favor J!

And finally…

8.5   Find a relevant Meetup and join that group.  Visit their meetings and get involved in the discussions and topics.  Give more than you get at these types of events.  Help others grow in knowledge and skills and you are likely to gain a loyal reader for sure.

Any one of these by themselves will help you to grow and promote your blog.  All of these combined with the previous post and you will be a blog marketing machine!  Your readership, commenter’s and following will grow quickly and steadily.  Good luck and keep blogging!

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32 Comments

  1. Thanks for boiling that down. Having a successful blog seems so easy until I try to actually DO it.

  2. @Ken –

    Yeah…it can be bit over whelming at first. But if you follow these steps and resolve to do at least one of these items a day, you will find it becomes easier and easier and it just starts to flow.

    Good luck !

  3. Thanks. Trying to get my new blog off the ground. Need all the help I can get 🙂

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  5. @Matt – Good luck! I look forward to reading it !

    @TC – Thanks Brother !

    @Roland – It is actually pretty hard work. But I love it and it keeps me going.

    Thanks for reading and commenting you guys!

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