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.
- Your username Pick one with no spaces. Many directories and forums require that, and no one needs too many usernames.
- Your email address This email address will get directory updates and be used for verifications. You may want it separate from your personal email address. You’ll need a system to keep track of directory correspondence. Much of the login/password email that you want to keep will have subject lines that start with blog-something.
- Your password I’m sure you know the cautions and rules about passwords.
- The name of your blog Be sure that you have the spelling, spacing, and everything about the name exactly as you want it. Some directories make it difficult to go back to change it later.
- The URL This is http:// (nameofmyblog) .com
- The feed Some directories will ask for your RSS or XML feed. You should be able to find that address within your blogware documentation. It will look like your URL with an extension.
- The description Though you’re probably anxious to get done, don’t hurry through this one. This is your advertising, and it will be out there a long time. Again, in some places you may not be able to change it later. Make two versions one under 150 words and one under 300 words. Some directories have stricter length limits.
- Keywords Choose keywords that readers would use to look for a blog like yours. Review them to make certain that they’re not so broad that they apply to every blog, or so narrow that only you would know them.
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.
Robin Good’s RSS Top55 – Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites
Free Web Directory List From Smiley Cat
–“ME “Liz” Strauss
Martin (HomeOfficeVoice) says
Good point about keeping a document.
Took me a while to figure out that each time I was placing my details in directories I would have to write the same things over and over.
So I wrote it all down in a simple notepad file and now when I see a new directory I simple copy n’ paste.
A great time saver as I seem to come across a new blog direcory every week. The fields you state are pretty much common to the majority of directories.
ME Strauss says
I have a document that I keep on my desktop called blog. It has that information and any code that I use a lot. It also has the hard links for my blogrolled archive posts–in case blogrolling decides to misbehave.
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for and needed. I bookmarked all 3 links, thanks to Liz. 🙂
No wonder my site is not indexing well, I never submitted to any of those directories.
Yes, it’s very good to note those requirements down, very handy indeed. I’m doing it now. 😀
ME Strauss says
Glad to see you here.
So cool that you found this post useful. After all that’s what I put it there for. 🙂
Rich Moore says
I just want to thank you for your input. I am reading everything that you have to say. I believe that you a great resource for us just starting to blog. I own a carpet cleaning company in NJ and I am trying to promote it. I think that blogging is the way to go. Getting poeple to my webpage is a problem for me. Thanks Rich
ME Strauss says
Thank you, Rich
I just sent you an email. 🙂