31 Useful Ways to promote and improve your Blog

Sat Apr 01, 2006 6:03 pm

Since Blogging has become popular and useful to marketers today, here are few ways that may be useful for promoting your blog:

1. Commenting on other people's blogs : Comment fairly on other people's (similar to your's); Make sure you post relavant and useful comments, otherwise you'll be considered spam. Commenting helps you get : Spiders, New visitors and useful backlinks.

2. List your blog on blogtopsites (Google hasn't considered these linkfarms yet). May get you new visitors and SE placements.
www.blogtospsites.com .

[Link edited to make it work. Admin.]

3. Allowing commenting on your blog and inviting new users to contribute. This is a basic use within a blog itself. Comments help give your blog a certain popularity and maybe an identity. Blogs such as Wordpress and Blogger allow multiple users to contribute to a blog. However this may take time as you may have to wait till your blog gets some traffic.

4. Try traffic exchange for blogs such as www.blogxchange.com (similar to trafficswarm); I'am not keen on it.

5.Posting reviews of products that may help your visitors. Blogs not only allow you to give your personal opinion, thier main flexibilty lies in using other people's articles, reviews etc without copyright issues (Complete article and review duplication is harmful though; You may add your personal opinion on someone's articles; Usually they'll be happy because your sending them traffic)

6. If you're using blogs like Wordpress, several plugins (extensions) allow you to aggregate RSS feeds, Easy insertion and promotion of affiliate links etc. So consider changing over to Wordpress or MovableType over from Blogger-type blogs.

7. Use Services like www.feedburner.com which allow your Blog's feed to be easily distributed in a ready format to your site users. They also allow email subscription of your feeds.

8. Another way of posting fresh content is by using News sources such as News sections of Google, MSN, Yahoo etc. If you pick up an article fast, you may rank well in the SEs. You can also pick up fresh news from ww.PRweb.com or submit your press-releases which helped me getting some traffic from SEs (for my food blog)

9. Hosting your own blog is a better option (or use a host which give you free or cheap PHP hosting). Since many blogs are based on PHP, you are easily in control in case you want to expand your Blog.

10. Sometimes, if you look up your server stats, you may find that visitors may have landed up in a totally different post then they intended (from the Search Engines). try fixing up your Permalinks or post a new post related to the search term. For example people might have searched for " sports trivia " and somehow they landed up in your post " Sports in England" , where you have nothing to offer in "sports trivia". Then write a new post on sports trivia and make sure you link to this post from the "sports in England" post

11. Apart from regular adsense and other ads, you can opt for Ads for your feeds such as :

www.feeddirect.com
www.kanoodle.com

Though not popular, these ads allow you to monetize your RSS feeds.

12. For clickbank prducts you can try www.affiliatesensor.com which allow you to display contextual Clickbank ads (with or without images).

13. A popular way of promtion is through services like technorati which allow users to find your blog or post through tags. For example you've made a post on Traveling to the Vatican and tagged it as "Travel to Vatican", tecnorati may help people find your blog post on that topic. Technorati is a definite and a must-use option for any blogger. www.technorati.com

14. Social Bookmarking is another must-have for a blogger. Allowing people to Bookmark your Blog and specific posts help spread your blog's popularity. Social bookmarking sites are also a nice way to get many visitors fast to your site.

www.digg.com
www.furl.com
http://del.icio.us

Apart from social bookmarking these sites ( Digg and Furl) allow you to submit "stories" or to specific articles on your blog which may bring immediate traffic.

15. Some ways, other than news sources, to get articles are RSS feeds ffrom other sites/blogs. RSS feed search engines like

www.syndic8.com , www.pheeds.com allow you to get RSS feeds from million os sites.

16. If posting directly to blogs using thier GUI seems difficult to you try tools like Wbloggar ( free ) or Post2blog ( trial)
that allow you post, edit and retrieve to one or many of your blogs right from your desktop. This is helpful if you post many articles a day and hate to use your Blogger's interface. Post2Blog even allows you to add adsense and chitka codes to your ads.
www.wbloggar.com
www.post2blog.com

17. Sometimes your Sever Stats (Keywords, referrers) may give you valuable info on search terms that you may have improvised on. In such cases do a research for those terms and make new posts.

18. Some Plugins (Wordpress) allow you display Popular posts, related posts etc. These may help keep the Stickiness to your blog

19. Also make use of tradtional Link exchanges like : www.linkmarket.com and www.gotlinks.com (I think now they are a paid service). Even though some may not find this useful, Search engines and people may find you through these directories.

20. Sites like www.blogexplosion.com allow traffic exchanges. members of this service are required to surf other member blogs before they earn credits. These credits can then be used for Posting free ads on member blogs for a particular time-period.

21. Linking to other blogs can be made easier with www.blogrolling.com which allow you to easily add and manage links.

22. You may try for a blogger award from sites like www.bloggies.com ( a private awardee). These may make you famous (If you win :wink: ) and more popular. Alternatively if money is lying in your bank sponsor an award and be famous :) .

23. Another alternative to adsense is www.blogads.com . This is gaining popularity among bloggers and may provide you with additional monetizing opps.

24. Podcasting and Videoblogging are extras that you may use to enhance popularity (though I don't use them). Sites like www.youtube.com allow you to upload videos and then directly embed them in your blog using thier code.

25. Scripts like MagpieRSS, CARP RSS, FeedforALL allow you display other sites feed or feeds in a search engine friendly format. Helpful if you want additional content to supplement yours.

magpierss.sourceforge.net

www.feedforall.com

http://www.geckotribe.com/rss/carp/

26. Using Photo hosting services like www.Flickr.com (Yahoo) may save a lot of your bandwith ( If you're hosting your own blog). Wordpress and MovableType Blogs provide plugins which allow easy photo posting Through Flickr.

27. Though Pinging ( Announcing to the world when you've posted a new article) is part of many blogging platforms some don't offer that facility.

www.pingomatic.com(only pinging) and www.feedburner.com (pinging and many other features) offer you just that.

28. Stickiness to your blog may be improved by : Quizzes , Polls and other such fun-stuff. People may atleast be willing to play and have fun even though they didn't find what they were looking for.

29. Categorization of Posts (offered by many Blog softwares except Blogger) help vistors and SEs find relavant topics easily. If you 're using blogger consider switching over to Wordpress or Movabletype

30. www.weblogsinc.com which is a huge company running a blognetwork on different topics, accept Bloggers and content writes to write articles for thier blogs or allow you to run your own blogs. You're paid to write good articles. Apart from getting good publicity you also get good traffic and get paid fot that.


31. Last but not the least and the most important is CONTENT which keeps people coming over to blogs again and again.

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Cheers and Success be with us all.
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Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:56 am

Wow what an excellent list of ways to promote your blog site.

If you implemented 1 a day for 30 days your blog site would be well on its way to being seen.

Tks
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:02 am

Hi deadlyminds, Thank you! Well done. That's a big list.

How many of these techniques have you tried? What sort of results are you getting?
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Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:23 pm

Thanks Allan, I'am tweaking and trying all of these methods and still finding more ways. I think a blog lets you try and test different methods to improve than a regular website; Also I think in a blogging system it's more of relationship-building with other bloggers and your visitors.

But many successful 'blog-only marketers' have setup review sites, where they post reviews of a product or a product category; I have also seen that blogs allow easy subscription to your visitors through RSS feeds; This helps me wake up sleepy visitors to my site :wink:.

Another thing that works for me quick is social bookmark and news boomark sites (point No 14). Whenever i want to announce an article or a recipe I just go to these sites (Digg, Furl etc). It's a fast way to get a surge of visitors but some may be just 'checking out' stuff.
But it's a pretty handy way to bring in new visitors. Tagging (point 13) is another way bloggers use these days; it allows you to tag articles and is really helpful when referred from other sites or for that matter SEO.

Just as a second thought, why don't you consider starting a blog to compliment AP? You could easily post reviews, and your valuable insights; You could also Pull feeds from the forum and display it there? :)
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Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:43 am

deadlyminds wrote:Just as a second thought, why don't you consider starting a blog to compliment AP? You could easily post reviews, and your valuable insights; You could also Pull feeds from the forum and display it there? :)

Thanks for the ideas. Three of us have been working on a site redesign of AP off and on for months. You'll see some changes when we eventually figure out how to do it. :)
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:01 am

Great advice there! Thanks.

Andrew
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Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:48 pm

Here's one to add: submit tips to popular blogs.

I've received many free one-way links to my various blogs by submitting tips (usually pointing out cool things I've written about) to big blogs like luxist, engadget, shinyshiny, etc. Not only do you get the credit link from the big boy, but sometimes other blogs will pick up the story and credit you too (although sometimes they credit the blog you gave the tip to :P).
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Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:33 pm

I've been using alot of those techniques, if i may add one in regards to backlinks. Dont forget to include your keyword or words for your blog in your sig file url, when you post a comment
ie: -<a href="http://bloggidydoodaday.blogspot.com/" title="bloggiddydoo keyword here">bloggidydo keyword here</a>-
I would also add to include keywords in your profile if you have one set up on your blog. I have done some long searching on the se's and find that profiles turn up on them, when i looked into i find that the person had included their keywords in the profile. SO I guess the SE's treat the profile as a content page?
I use rss announcer and find it of help.
one of the blogs i just started only 2 weeks ago is on page of msn, with only 11 backlinks
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Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:35 am

deadlyminds,

This is a fabulous list! I am making a blog on how to make money on the net specifically blogging. Could I use your list as an article and give you credit?
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Fri May 19, 2006 4:56 am

Great post!!!
Really impressive, I will to implement most of these strategies next week. I am running a bit of a blog project with this Football World Cup Blog.
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Wed May 24, 2006 8:10 pm

nice ways ....
how much money i could make if i spend 5 hrs per day and promote my blog with full ability .
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Thu May 25, 2006 2:10 am

Sicarius and shaners, good tips from both of you... nice...
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Thu May 25, 2006 2:31 am

Thx a lot for the tips man! :D
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Fri May 26, 2006 2:57 pm

hadden wrote:deadlyminds,

This is a fabulous list! I am making a blog on how to make money on the net specifically blogging. Could I use your list as an article and give you credit?


sure, thanks.
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Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:56 am

Hi "deadlyminds"

Have been away from this forum for a little while and have come across your post on blog promotion.
This is going to be a great help to me because promoting my blog is on my to do list this week.
I will keep you informed as to how I go on and my results.
Thanks again for the post.

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