Jan

19

How to Promote Your Blog

by Migdalia

During the beginning of the month, we discussed “Your Blog and You”. In said post, we noted how your blog is an extension of you, your ideas and/or products. Once you are confident that your blog represents you, it is time to market your blog.

There are many ways to market your blog, both online and off. In fact, both are necessary if you wish to grow your subscribers and stats (blog ranking). I’ve listed a few below that I’ve found to be helpful or have seen others use to promote themselves.

 

Online

  • Social Media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo)

Social media is a great way to connect and build relationships with others. I find each site reaches a different audience, for example MySpace is great with the individuals interested in entertainment, Facebook is huge with Moms, Twitter is the best way to reach savvy consumers, companies, and individuals with higher incomes, while Bebo appeals to the younger crowd).

  • Entrecards

Join Entrecards. Entrecards uses a credit system called EC.  The more active you are within the Entrecard community the more EC points you receive.   EC points can than be redeemed for advertisements on other blogs, or requests for comments and/or subscribers; thereby raising your stats.

  • Blogroll

Switch links with other bloggers within your niche. This promotes your blog with their readers/subscribers.

  • Blog Directories 

Join blog directories within your niche. I’ve joined several that have worked wonders for me, including but not limited to Blogadera and The Mommy Blogger Directory.

  • Youtube

Youtube helps you reach an audience who may not normally read blogs. I find this is especially beneficial for review blogs.

  • Social bookmarking sites (i.e. Digg, Stumble Upon, Technorati) 

Submit your posts to social bookmarking sites. By joining and submitting your posts on these sites, it puts your posts before readers you may not have had an opportunity to reach otherwise.

  • Blogs within your niche 

Leave intelligent comments on blogs within your niche, with a link back to your website. Leaving a link, will give other readers of that blog an opportunity to visit your blog!   

  • Guest posts

Guests posts are a wonderful way to show another blogger’s audience your expertise. Carolyn Gonzalez of  Carolyn in Carolina, was one of my first guest bloggers. Her wit and writing style went over well with my readers and was a huge success! See Carolyn’s post HERE. I’ve also had the opportunity to write a guest post for Jaime Farkas of For His Glory who I admire greatly. My guest post can be seen HERE. I would like to note that neither of these guest posts were instigated as a way to promote our blogs, however, because they were such great fits they did just that!

 

Offline

  • Printed Media

Business Cards, Postcards, Brochures are wonderful marketing tools.

NOTE: Enter my Business card giveaway HERE (Ends 1/20) or my Postcard giveaway HERE (Ends 1/25 ) to get yourself started!

  • Community Functions

As a Mommy Blogger, I promote myself at my sons’ schools, afterschools/daycares, and neighborhood gatherings since it brings me into contact with my niche, other trendy Moms. Knowing your niche, allows you to promote yourself offline at community functions.  

  • Blog/Networking Events

Blog events are a great place to network and promote your blog! Some that I like and hope to attend this year are BlogHer and Blogalicious.

  • Friends/Family

 My family and friends are my biggest cheerleaders! My Mom reads my blog everyday (Hola Mami!), as do most of my friends. Not only do they read but they offer constructive criticism, giving me a double bang for my buck!

 

I think this is a good starting point yet am sure there are a slew of other ways to promote your blog that I’ve missed. If you’ve done something not noted here, please share your ideas in a comment below.  We’ll love to hear about it! 

In the end, remember it’s important to market your blog, if you want to monetize it. Sponsors and advertisers review a blog’s reach when considering a blog for giveaways, sponsorship and/or advertising. With that in mind, promote yourself, just don’t forget to enjoy the connections along the way!

 

Share and Enjoy. Go ahead, you know you want to.

    About the Author

    Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and two Australian Shepherds. When not chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media. Migdalia gets her glam on as a Glambassador. She also knows that beauty begins on the inside; as a result, she promotes heart health as a Go Red for Women and Go Red Por Tu Corazon Spokesperson, the Spanish version of Go Red.

    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma January 19, 2010 at 3:44 am

    What great advice! I will definitely need to add myself to those directories.

    2 Melinda January 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I really need to take some of your advice! I didn’t know you can add yourself to socialbookmarking sites.

    3 Carolyn G January 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Great tips. I might have to try a few because I had no idea!

    4 Romina January 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Great post …and tips!!! I never post is a socialbookmarking site. Thanks!

    5 Jaime January 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the tips and the link back to me:)

    6 Mommy Kennedy January 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Great ideas! I need to implement some of these into my 2010 blogging goals! Here’s my link to that post: http://thefrugalkennedys.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-blogging-goals.html

    I love Entrecard! I would encourage anyone to try it out. If you would like, you can subscribe through me (hint, hint)! Here’s that link:
    http://thefrugalkennedys.blogspot.com/2009/09/sign-up-for-entrecard-here.html

    I would also like to encourage others to check out SITS (The Secret’s in the Sauce). It’s a great community of women bloggers who “roll call” each day and visit other bloggers from there and comment on each others posts! Here’s that link:
    http://www.thesitsgirls.com/

    Savvy Blogging is another great group. It’s a few pro women bloggers who share information everyday, helping your blog go from “hobby to business.” Here’s that link:
    http://savvyblogging.net/

    I hope all of this is helpful!

    7 Mommy Kennedy January 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I just came across this great post by Savvy Blogging “5 Ways to Use the Media to Drive Blog Traffic”
    http://savvyblogging.net/5-ways-to-use-the-media-to-drive-blog-traffic/

    8 Kristi January 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I love this post. Lots and lots of great tips. I’m going to work on a few of them today, in fact! Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Kristi, live and love…out loud
    @TweetingMama

    9 Christine March 11, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips. I just started my blog and I am definitely going to grab your button when I get home (no access to blogspot sites like mine at work) because I love your site! :) I just told my sister about my blog yesterday and I am hoping people I know in real life will be interested in it. Thanks again!

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