Written by:2009/12/23 11:15 AM
Our second edition of the Blog Paragraph Collaboration project. Some great articles here. Our topic for this post was Blog Promotion or Promoting your blog. We got another grand response. Thanks to everyone. Here once again are the fantastic paragraphs from a wonderful group of bloggers.
BTW, don’t be shy to visit their blogs as well. You will not be disappointed.
Website: Geek Speaks
I'm a bit shy of promoting my work, and perhaps that's why I'm a big fan of word-of-mouth. I used to maintain a site very specifically targeted about books published by The Salvation Army, and found the best way to promote it was to hand out business cards at Salvation Army events. That built up a small but very loyal readership who would spread the news about the site for me; their personal recommendation did far more than anything I could do! I now write about subjects that are a lot less specialised and find that the best way to get the word out quickly is through social media like Twitter or Facebook. Again, though, there are a few people who I've built up close relationships with and when they find something on my site they like they'll pass that information on to people they know and have a similarly good relationship with. While it's important to create content that people will find organically through search engines, it's the personal recommendation of friends that has the most value. I'd never suggest that you artificially build up a relationship with someone just to get them to promote your site, but if you know someone who's interested in what you're writing why not ask them to tell a few of their friends about it?
Website: Web 2 and more
It was earlier in the week when allegedly the Iranians took down Twitter that I started to wonder about my dependence on the service to promote my blogs. Looking at the alternatives I also use Facebook and Pimp My Blog. I have been looking at Blog Engage but at first sight it seems that getting a decent level of publicity requires a disproportionate amount of effort, but I may be doing it a disservice and will look deeper. The blog is fed out through Feedburner, too.
Website: Fast Clickng
It is very tempting to just jump in and spit out 10 great ways of promoting your blog for this collaboration (well, I will still do so but not before I share something that I think is even more important-understanding the strategies and principles to use in blog/website promotions ). “Look for or go to where a lot of people are already going or will be going then do something noticeable there that will send traffic to your blog” This is the basic principle that should guide you in promoting your blog. To make it more effective, do these noticeable things in places that will bring in targeted traffic (this means traffic that are or will be interested in your blog or niche)
Now here is my “10 ways” list.
A greatly promoted average blog may grow faster than an averagely promoted great blog.
Website: Monetize Your Life
Blog promotion is to blogging as aiming is to shooting, the last thing you do but bloody important. Great content is critical without it you may as well be firing daisies at your target, but assuming you’re loading up with the right ammo nothing beats a shooter who hits his target. It took me a long time to realise this lesson. We need to continuously remind ourselves that writing and promoting go hand in hand. We can’t expect our victims… erm readers to go looking for our bullets of wisdom. With that in mind write and promote, write and promote and make sure to not limit yourself to much. Much like a sharp shooter you’ll need to temper your aim based on what you’re shooting and how far you’re reaching. When it comes to blog promotion the one size fits all approach just doesn’t work, find out where your readers are already and target them there. More importantly tailor your blog promotion strategy to your content. If you’re writing about gardening, hit the forums, target top gardening bloggers with personalised emails and tweets think out the box and you’ll stay ahead of the competition. It’s your responsibility to give each post your best shot.
Adama J. Adama
Website: Genius Planet Nigeria
We are right in the middle of Social Media Revolution. We have past the era of blog promotion to the era of self-promotion through personal branding. What matters now is how to organise, package and sell yourself( ideas, skills, experiences, talents...) to the worldwide web. At the heart of this is blogging. I use to miss it as a Blogger that blogging is an independent business in my quest to become a successful internet entrepreneur. Now i know better, principally, all I'm doing online is summarised as "Personal Branding through Social Networking"
That means that Blogging is a part of social networking. I use the following tools to promote myself online:
With the booming of Real-Time search, all traffics now leads to my blog.
Well done to our Blog Paragraph Contributors this week. What a grand set of tips we have here. Hopefully you will take them to heart and apply them to your own blog.
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