by Lili Petkova | Nov 01, 2012
Or, what are the basic things you should include in your blog promotion strategy?
When we’re talking about blogs, it’s all about content – you’ll read that everywhere. But even if your blog (personal or business) has great and useful content, does it matter, if there is no one to read it? I would say that when we’re talking about blogs, it’s all about content AND promotion. And having a successful blog requires more time spent on promotion than on writing. Let’s go through 7 fundamental ways you can effectively promote your blog, so that you won’t waste your time on meaningless efforts – you’ll need that time for creating great content.
1. Social Media
Well, it’s been so popular in the last couple of years that I will start with promoting your blog through social media channels. Social media sites have a lot of traffic and users visit them to find content – especially Twitter. Promoting your blog through social media will cost you a lot of time.
In fact, using social media to promote your blog is not enough – but it is a significant part of your strategy for finding readers for your blog. Give Facebook a chance because of the large number of users there, and definitely try Twitter. Follow relevant and popular people there and send them replies. If they get back to you, you might become more popular. Promote yourself or your business, then promote your blog, and you’ll see the power of social media in increasing traffic to your site.
2. Guest blogging
Writing a post for someone else’s blog is a great opportunity to attract attention to your blog from audiences of other blogs. Guest blogging is popular with bloggers because of the benefits they get from it. For the host it means some diversity; for the guest it’s an opportunity to make their blog more popular and to generate traffic and backlinks.
Don’t write only guest posts, and invite other bloggers to write in your blog. This will improve your SEO and it can provide different content for your readers and for social media. And don’t forget to talk to the audience of the other blog – answer their questions and try to build a relationship. That is, if the blogger who you are writing for lets you, of course. Some bloggers are jealous of their readers, so ask them first.
3. Social bookmarking
Social bookmarking sites can help you increase the traffic to your blog when used wisely. How you can successfully use those tools can be read about in Make your own online business library (part 1).
Of course when we’re talking about social media and social bookmarking, logically we think about advertising. And advertising is maybe the most obvious way of promoting your blog – but I didn’t mention it. Advertising requires some investment. For your business blog it might be necessary. For your personal one – it depends on what you are willing to pay. Either way, promoting your blog with online advertising is no different than promoting any other business. Use Facebook advertising or Google AdWords – they tend to be the most effective and most targeted ads. Other effective ways for promoting your blog can be read about in 7 fundamental ways to promote your blog successfully (part 2).