promote your blogSo you’ve started your blog and wonder if it’s all worth the effort…You feel like you are just writing for yourself.  No-one is reading it, no-one is sharing it, and definitely no-one comments on the words that you bled painstakingly on to the page.  You just need to know how to promote your blog.

Don’t get discouraged it all takes time, if you build it they will come!

You just need to shout a bit louder!

How to get more readers for your blog.

That’s the question often asked by bloggers, and even myself – I do get a nice amount of views on my website, I am very pleased my views especially as I am writing less and less now. It’s not a huge amount but it’s certainly enough to know that viewers are finding my posts and I am helping people.  However, we always want more people to visit our website and read our posts, otherwise why are we doing it.  Sometimes we do need to put in a bit more effort.

SEO

Of course the website needs to be Search Engine Optimisation friendly – which is a whole blog post in itself but you can get plugins or widgets to help with this – just search on Google – I use All in One SEO for self-hosted WordPress.  It contains so many tools it’s just amazing.

Keywords

You do need to use keywords or phrases – these are strings of words or a word that people might search for on search engines such as “Who is stalking me on Facebook”  but don’t be tempted to put loads of keywords in a blog post as this is classed as keyword stuffing and you will get penalised by search engines.  Google used to have a great keyword search, but they’ve changed it now and its not so helpful but it can still help – https://adwords.google.com

Another little tip is – I’m told that Google concentrates more on the first 60 words of your post so make sure your keywords are there.

Ok, so now we come to – how to promote your blog

You must share your content on social networks and various platforms – make sure you have AT LEAST accounts on

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Instagram
  • MySpace
  • Meddle.it – Meddle is quite new but you can post your blog here and it will send to Facebook and twitter – and then you can share your whole meddle profile on many networks.

Scoop.it  – makes it easy to share to these networks if you want an easy way – it will send one post with one click to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Buffer, Yammer, App.net, and Viadeo. Although I do prefer to share manually so that I can create some interesting text and or engagement the first time, I might use scoop.it later.

Share your content on Bookmarking sites such as

  • Stumbleupon
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Delicious
  • Fark

To name a few, there are many more that might better suit your needs.

So, there is a basic start for you.  If you aren’t doing at least some these things then there is little wonder you are not getting many views.  Now you have some information on the subject of how to promote your blog, once you get into the swing of sharing it, you will find many more places.

Hope this helps