10 Proven Ways to Promote Your Blog for MORE Traffic and Improve Your SEO Results
I’m sure you already know that without promoting your blog, you will feel as if you are stranded on a dessert island with no one to be found.
You may have written an article about a breakthrough vaccine that can heal disease, or revealed a product that will help electrify the economy, but it doesn’t really matter if no one knows your information exists.
After writing an article you are only half way through your sprint… you must inform people about the remarkable information you’ve spent countless hours writing by promoting your blog for all to be found.
So… how is this done? How do you promote your blog to drive loads of traffic to your Website where a person can be Wowed by the extensive information that you so diligently put together?
Well… you’re in luck, below are 10 dynamic and trustworthy ways to make an impact on your blog’s traffic.
10 Time-Tested and Proven Ways to Promote Your Writing Brilliance
#1 – YOU MUST Share On The Social Media Networks
The chances are pretty good that you are already doing this, but I thought I’d mention it anyway. Be sure to cover the Big 5, your Facebook business page, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
NOTE: Be sure to choose an image for your blog article that is the proper size to display in the column of Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest at its maximum size. I made this mistake a while back by having images too small for my articles. Having photos included with your article attracts attention and increases click-through rates.
There are many other social media and social bookmarking sites like Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon just to name a few… these sites will also help spread the word about your blog post far and wide, giving you multiple streams of traffic.
Follow the link for a list of Top 10 Social Media Networking Sites to Improve Your Website’s Exposure.
#2 – Comment on Other Blogs that Are In Your Niche
Creating social participation through commenting on other blogs is two-fold. Commenting on others people’s Websites will help you gain exposure for your site, plus it will create a backlink strategy for SEO.
Building links through blog participation works well to achieve rankings in Yahoo, Bing and other search engines, but is not as effective for Google. This is due to most blog platforms having the default, ‘nofollow’ attribute attached to the links in blog comments.
Some bloggers use the ‘CommentLuv‘ plugin like I do. This plug-in shows a link to the last post from the commentors blog by parsing the feed at their given URL when they leave a comment.
This CommentLuv plugin rewards readers, encourages more comments, and doesn’t have the notorious “NoFollow” attribute so you can earn link juice from Google.
Visiting other blogs and spreading the love will also help put you in the spotlight of other well-known writers within your niche. Be sure to leave quality comments and contribute to on-going discussions.
#3 – Guest Posting With-in Your Niche
Guest posting is one of the most overlooked methods for creating traffic back to your site. For those not familiar… guest post blogging is where you write content for another blogger and in return you will gain exposure from the Author Bio area.
You’ve worked hard to create a great article for the guest readers on another person’s site, so the owner of the website should help promote you, plain and simple.
You should have the opportunity to write a byline with information about yourself that will be at the end of your written article. This byline should be 1 or 2 sentences explaining who you are and what you do, which should also include up to 2 links.
If you would like to be a guest writer for this blog, you can check out the Guidelines Here.
#4 – Submitting Your Post to Article Directory Sites
Even though submitting to article directory sites has been devalued slightly due to the wonderful spammers scouring around in cyberspace, they are still a great way to receive traffic to your site, above and beyond the social network sites and search engines. And they can ALSO create backlinks.
#5 – Offer to Exchange Articles with Another Blogger
Pretty much along the lines of guest posting; offering to exchange article posts can offer traffic from each others readers. Try to find someone within your niche that has a similar audience so both of you can benefit from the cross promotion.
#6 – Participate in Forums With-in Your Niche
If you are a network marketer offering a product or service, participating in forums within your niche will help build those relationships you desire. After all, as I have said many times, “People Don’t Join a Business – They Join YOU!.”
On that note, make sure that you join forums for the right reason… you are there to educate, help others and share ideas that might help solve problems that people may be facing. Give value and people will naturally flock to you and want to find out more about you.
#7 – Optimize Your Posts for Search Engines
My background is search engine optimization and I’m here to tell you that SEO is NOT dead! Optimizing your article posts for the search engines is actually an easy process with the right information and education.
Be sure to include your chosen keyword phrase within the title of your article, plus include the keyword phrase and its variations within your content and header tags.
#8 – Target the Long Tail Keyword Phrases
A long tailed keyword phrase is an expansion of a core, generic word to be made into a more specific targeted term.
While strategically placing your keyword phrase within your Title tag (arguably the most important SEO tag for any site), HTML Header Tags (to help structure your content and boost your rankings), along with the beginning and end of your article, avoid keyword stuffing and make sure you sprinkle a few variations of your long tail keyword phrases throughout your site where it looks natural and makes sense.
#9 – Have Share Buttons on Your Site
Make it easy for your blog readers to share your content with their friends and followers. Make sure to have your social share buttons in an obvious location. As you can see to the left of this article, there are share buttons as a convenience to help spread the word before you leave… you will also find the share buttons at the bottom of this article.
#10 – Promote Your Blog Article to Your Email List
When setting up your email list script be sure to include a culmination of the finest, most attention-grabbing, interest-arousing statements you can muster from your article. Be sure to include a Read More link that leads back to your full article. If you have a related Archived article, you can also include the link to it for additional reading.
To give you some ideas how to come up with catch-phrases that will capture the attention of your reader and keep them interested enough to follow through with the clicking of your link, read one of my recent articles ‘How to Generate Powerful Headlines Guaranteed to Arrest Attention and Arouse Curiosity.’
Although this article is more targeted towards writing brilliant, attention-grabbing headlines, there are many take-a-ways that will help with the preparation of your email.
Closing Comments for Worthwhile Methods to Promote Your Blog & Gain More Traffic
BONUS SECRET #11 – To gain more traffic at a much faster pace, ping your blog after you have published your article. Pinging services allow you to automatically notify blog directories and search engines that your blog has been updated.
This will alert the search engines that you have made changes to your site and you would like them to visit, and rank it accordingly, to place in their database. This one little trick will allow the search engines to find your site much sooner than the normal way of just coming across it during their scheduled Internet crawl.
Keep in mind how many billions of websites roam cyberspace, so be one of few people that know this little tidbit of information to gain traffic.
NOTE: Make sure to allow enough time to implement a few of the tactics and strategies from the list above. You will impress yourself with the amount traffic you can gain in a short period of time when you follow a promoting regimen.