THIS JUST IN:
One more way to earn quality links. 🙂
–ME “Liz” Strauss
The blog looks great. You’ve been through the Blog Review Checklist. You’ve got several posts with great titles and compelling content–to let readers know you’ll be around, when they come back. Now it’s time to let people know that you exist.
List your blog in the Blog Directories. Which ones? All of them–every one that you can find the smallest reason to. Listing is a slightly longer and more involved task than changing phone companies. However if you take the time, your work will last for the life of your blog.
Prepare a document with the following information before you start. Keep this document. It’s your blog’s biography. You’ll have reason to use it as your blog makes friends and influences people.
Then start with one of the lists below. Approach the task as suits your nature. I did a few every day until I was done. That way I could work on writing and do things on other parts of my blog too.
Here are three blog directory lists to get you started. As with all things on the Internet, Directories may have changed since these lists were compiled.
–“ME “Liz” Strauss
If you look up–under the logo for Successful Blog–you’ll see the words content that is organized, thorough, and relevant. That means I plan to capture and present the basics for everything. I also plan to make sure that those posts–like this one–offer information for everyone, not just new bloggers. Oh and, my other plan is that these posts won’t be boring. 🙂
Well, it used to say that. Now, we just live it.
I’ve hidden a posting Easter egg of sorts in this one. Hope most of you don’t have it already.
This post is based on Duncan Riley’s Building blog traffic for newbies. If you already know the basics, read the 31 comments that follow the post.
Duncan lays out six main points he pulled together when he realized that people seemed to know little about promoting blogs. I’ll list them here [with my notes], and you can get the detail from the post.
And what we both agree is the most important one:
I’d also like to add two if I might.
Of course, the best promotion is quality content when the traffic gets there.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
PS. Do we have to use the word “newbies”? Has anyone got a better one?
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When was the last time you looked at your blog the way your readers do? If you write only for yourself, you look at it that way every day. . . . You are your audience. You’re done.
The rest of us are looking for an audience a little bit larger than one.
Humans have unconscious tendencies. We do lots of the things we like to do and ignore the things we don’t. This makes for a blog that looks great from our point of view, but can leave gaping holes–holes that our readers see, holes they probably won’t tell us about.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s okay to leave things out, as long as we know that we’re doing it. Not every blog has to do everything. In fact, most really shouldn’t. But walking around with a hole in your blog could be embarrassing, especially if you don’t know about it.
Here’s a checklist to make sure your blog’s (ahem) vital parts are covered.
Blog Review Checklist
Sure it takes time to review your blog. It takes even more to make tweaks and changes. But you invest so much time blogging. Doesn’t it seem worth it?
A rule of good publishing says, Spare the reader not yourself. In the end, you won’t be sorry.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz on your business!!