The Beginners Guide To Promoting Your Blog
The Beginners Guide To Promoting Your Blog
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A friend of mine is a very well-read, successful blogger. His personal narratives, short stories and semi-autobiographical fiction normally collect dozens of comments, sometimes well over 100, and spark lots of interesting exchanges between his readers. He’s built his audience steadily, over the course of a couple of years, and by all measures of blogging success, sans monetization, he probably holds the status of “legendary.”

But his blog is on MySpace.

Before I go on, allow me to say that the social media world normally makes fun of MySpace. They look down their noses at those commoners not sophisticated enough or too tolerant of busy graphic design to think Facebook is better. Boy, are they missing an opportunity, though. I’ve said it before, but there is a vibrant community of bloggers on MySpace, many of whom write fantastic stuff, most of whom comment and share and interact just like we do. But they do it in their own little world, away from the search spiders and PR pitches, so that makes them less impactful? MySpace blogs are the single-most overlooked communications outlet on the planet. But I digress.

So when my friend emailed me to say he is building a WordPress blog to try his hand at blogging somewhere other than MySpace and wanted some advice on promoting it and driving traffic, I was more than happy to respond. What follows is essentially what I told him, broken down a bit differently to help others out there know how to promote their brand new blog. Keep in mind he’s a fiction writer, not a business blogger, but these are generic tips for anyone. They also aren’t aimed at driving tons of irrelevant traffic (the Digg effect). They are aimed at building a sustainable audience of enthusiastic readers.

1. If You Are A MySpace Blogger, Rinse And Repeat

Surprisingly, what you’ve been doing in MySpace is essentially the way to do it elsewhere. Read other blogs, comment on them, share those links and blogs with your readers and friends. I don’t know if I would walk away from the MySpace audience, but I would certainly try to transition them to your site. Those folks are in their comfort zone on MySpace. They’re not going to go off site to spend much time with a blog that isn’t in their back yard. I would suggest posting the first few graphs as teasers with a “Read more here” link to your main blog post. Some will call BS on it and stop reading your work. Others will gladly click over. Encourage them to comment on the blog, not MySpace, but know some of them won’t.

2. Use StumbleUpon

I would suggest using StumbleUpon to build up a network of people already predispositioned to share sites with each other. It’s not vote-oriented or competitive. It’s more of a, “I found a cool website or blog post and want to share it with my buddies,” kind of place. You join, have a profile, download a little toolbar for your browser and when you’re on a site you like, you give it a thumbs up. You can add a comment or a review as to why you like it. Your StumbleUpon friends then see what you’ve rated and may click on it to see it. You shouldn’t submit only your stuff — no one likes a spammer. But if you consistently contribute other sites, you can mix your own in as well. You can also ask StumbleUpon friends to submit your site for you, then give it a thumbs up so you’re not the person listed as the one who “discovered” the site. Once you have some audience built up, you’ll find people submitting your material before you even ask.

And make sure to go look at your friend’s submissions, too. You can’t use it as a one-way street. Participating and being an audience member is as important as posting your own stuff. If it’s not a two-way street, the audience realizes you’re just trying to sell your wares and they move on.

3. Use Twitter

You could also explore Twitter. It’s more immediate, but also highly portable. You can access it from your cell phone, etc. You follow people and see their messages about what they’re doing. They follow you back and see yours. When you have a new blog post, you “twitter” the link to it. I get most of my traffic from Twitter and StumbleUpon.

The same rules apply, though. You can’t be a link whore on Twitter unless most of the links are to cool stuff you find. Then you aren’t whoring, you’re sharing. (Yes, there’s a difference.) Twitter is primarily a place to have conversations with people, so use it as such. You’ll get addicted to it, but you’ll also build up a group of friends willing to go see your latest blog post when you let them know it’s there.

4. Invest Time In Your New Communities

You need to invest the time to build these networks of people, just like you did in MySpace. It won’t be quick. I’ve been on Twitter for a couple of years now. I’m on it all the time, too. That’s why I have 3,400 people following me. But they don’t just follow me because I blog. They follow me because I share links to interesting sites, ask for their opinions on issues, strike up debate and conversation, toss out funny one-liners from time to time. It’s like I’m the fun guy at the party. They love what I bring to the conversation. So when I mix in a link to my blog, a couple hundred folks click it without hesitation. I don’t use it primarily to drive traffic to my blog and it shows. Ironically, the traffic follows.

5. Don’t Be A Dick

Blogging is an inherently ego-driven activity. You don’t have a blog if you don’t think your writing is important enough to be heard. As you start to build traffic, you’ll get a little swagger about you. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel important. But the moment you start acting important to your readers is the minute they walk away. I was once a big fan boy of one significant social media blogger. But, in ever-so-subtle ways, he started big-timing folks. I don’t even read his stuff anymore, as good as it might be. So, as good as you are, don’t get cocky thinking you’re some big shot writer person. Continue to participate with the community. That genuine person is what makes people click on your links without hesitation.

Those are my tips for new bloggers, with an obvious slant to the MySpace bloggers looking to branch out. What are yours?

Note: Links to my friend’s blog are not included because they should come with a bit of a disclaimer. He writes alternative lifestyle fiction that can only be classified as for mature audiences. It’s not porn, but before I gave those interested a link, I wanted to throw out a bit of a warning that the subject matter may or may not suit you. Here’s the link.

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Jason Falls
Jason Falls is the founder of Social Media Explorer and one of the most notable and outspoken voices in the social media marketing industry. He is a noted marketing keynote speaker, author of two books and unapologetic bourbon aficionado. He can also be found at JasonFalls.com.
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  • Comment on other blogs! (I'm sure this falls in line with point #4 no?). When I first started my own blog (Ribeezie), I found like-minded individuals and got to know them through their own blog. I left comments or took the conversation back to my blog by posting a reply to one of their posts.

    Engaging in those communities early on creating a nice following in return. When I commented, I never did it with any sense of expecting or mandating something in return. I left something valuable, constructive… Next thing you know, a conversation is taking place. One that bounces from community to community, blog to blog. You know?

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    Hope you enjoy the video and I look forward to reading some more great stuff!

    Jun Loayza

    • Thanks for the head's up on FDTV, Jun. Glad to go check it out. Appreciate the comment!

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  • Sure Michael,

    Linking is best done, I think, in a couple of ways. First of all, I've always tried to list related articles beneath my posts. Some of these are semantically determined by Zemanta, which is a very useful plugin you can get at Zemanta.com. However, the semantic scan doesn't always grab the best stuff. So, I supplement that by using BlogCatalog's search function (widget that searches your blog plus those of your “communities” on Blog Catalog). The last thing I do is search for the topic in my Google Reader, that way I know I'm linking to blogs I read, supporting those bloggers I find most useful.

    And, of course, when I mention certain topics or sites in the context of my post, I link to them as well. The more different blogs or sites, the better, because they normally will see the pingback/trackback and come read the article. Of course, I wouldn't go crazy with links because then you're just being a link whore. But if it's relevant and meaningful and supplements the topic for your readers, link away.

    This question actually might suffice as a good post. Thanks for the idea!

  • Absolutely, Tom. I would, however, love to see the differences between starting with the large communities and someone who starts with the niche and works outward. Might be interesting to see what the differences are and when one is more appropriate over another.

  • True point Jon.

  • Jason,

    Thanks for the post. I've created my blog, but have only posted once. I'm still in the “listening” phase of social media. Thanks for the “how to” on each tip… you helped clarify stumleupon because I am still trying to get a handle on the digg, delicious, stumbleupon genre of social media.

    One subject I think new bloggers like myself could use advice on is linking. linkbacks, trackbacks, etc… and how they work. Great post as usual, thanks!

    Michael

  • Excellent post.There are many excellent social media sites and communities available.If would concentrate on the bigger ones first and then move on to the smaller sites.I have a few “corner” sites I use regularly (StumbleUpon,Twitter,Mixx,PlugIM).Also, submitting other bloggers content to the sites is the way to go.It´s all about sharing after all.

  • Excellent post.There are many excellent social media sites and communities available.If would concentrate on the bigger ones first and then move on to the smaller sites.I have a few “corner” sites I use regularly (StumbleUpon,Twitter,Mixx,PlugIM).Also, submitting other bloggers content to the sites is the way to go.It´s all about sharing after all.

    • Jason,

      Thanks for the post. I've created my blog, but have only posted once. I'm still in the “listening” phase of social media. Thanks for the “how to” on each tip… you helped clarify stumleupon because I am still trying to get a handle on the digg, delicious, stumbleupon genre of social media.

      One subject I think new bloggers like myself could use advice on is linking. linkbacks, trackbacks, etc… and how they work. Great post as usual, thanks!

      Michael

      • Sure Michael,

        Linking is best done, I think, in a couple of ways. First of all, I've always tried to list related articles beneath my posts. Some of these are semantically determined by Zemanta, which is a very useful plugin you can get at Zemanta.com. However, the semantic scan doesn't always grab the best stuff. So, I supplement that by using BlogCatalog's search function (widget that searches your blog plus those of your “communities” on Blog Catalog). The last thing I do is search for the topic in my Google Reader, that way I know I'm linking to blogs I read, supporting those bloggers I find most useful.

        And, of course, when I mention certain topics or sites in the context of my post, I link to them as well. The more different blogs or sites, the better, because they normally will see the pingback/trackback and come read the article. Of course, I wouldn't go crazy with links because then you're just being a link whore. But if it's relevant and meaningful and supplements the topic for your readers, link away.

        This question actually might suffice as a good post. Thanks for the idea!

    • Absolutely, Tom. I would, however, love to see the differences between starting with the large communities and someone who starts with the niche and works outward. Might be interesting to see what the differences are and when one is more appropriate over another.

  • Great advice Jason. Going from a MySpace blog to a full blown blogging platform is a giant leap, I think one of the best things your friend can do is start building an army of social media buddies.

  • Great advice Jason. Going from a MySpace blog to a full blown blogging platform is a giant leap, I think one of the best things your friend can do is start building an army of social media buddies.

  • Like the advice, love the analogy. Thanks Will.

  • Ah, I believe the statistics differ, Frank. 57 percent of MySpace users are 21-49 years old. 72 percent are 21+.34 percent are in the 35-54 sweet spot for most marketers.

  • Nice adds, Jukka. Thanks for these!

  • Well, I'd be happy to but since it's part of what I do for a living, I can't do it for free. There are several other folks in town who might, though. Perhaps you can come to a Social Media Club meeting and ask around. I'm sure someone in the room can help.

  • Well thanks to Doug. And to you Dave.

  • Thanks for the verification. I like that one, too.

  • Will do, Joe. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the reply Linda. Oddly, I think you were responding to a different post, though. Strange.

  • fantastic stuff, jason. i might suggest one additional and very basic tip, which i struggle like hell with myself – be consistent with new content to maintain and increase traffic lest your blog become a fart in the wind…

  • fantastic stuff, jason. i might suggest one additional and very basic tip, which i struggle like hell with myself – be consistent with new content to maintain and increase traffic lest your blog become a fart in the wind…

    • Like the advice, love the analogy. Thanks Will.

  • I would stick with StumbleUpon as MySpace is full of teens that don't get much other than racing on who can get the most friends.

  • I would stick with StumbleUpon as MySpace is full of teens that don't get much other than racing on who can get the most friends.

    • Ah, I believe the statistics differ, Frank. 57 percent of MySpace users are 21-49 years old. 72 percent are 21+.34 percent are in the 35-54 sweet spot for most marketers.

  • Thanks for good article and specially 5. if I can add some other points:

    – trackback to other blogs and comment other blogs, but without spamming.
    – use your own name and profile picture with your blog, when needed.
    – be helpful to other people.
    – read your Seth Godin and Jakob Nielsen. ( :p )
    – be sustainable while blogging

  • Thanks for good article and specially 5. if I can add some other points:

    – trackback to other blogs and comment other blogs, but without spamming.
    – use your own name and profile picture with your blog, when needed.
    – be helpful to other people.
    – read your Seth Godin and Jakob Nielsen. ( :p )
    – be sustainable while blogging

  • You can do integration via RSS feed, like I did with my myspace music blog and Last.fm

    But saving your old posts… have you tried to google for 'data recovery myspace blog' or similar?

    Basically you could copy/paste your blog notes and then just put correct timestamp on new blog software. How to import comments, it is tricky, since they are made by other myspace users.

  • Todd

    Jason,
    Can you recommend any Louisville resources to assist with developing a WordPress blog site?

  • Todd

    Jason,
    Can you recommend any Louisville resources to assist with developing a WordPress blog site?

    • Well, I'd be happy to but since it's part of what I do for a living, I can't do it for free. There are several other folks in town who might, though. Perhaps you can come to a Social Media Club meeting and ask around. I'm sure someone in the room can help.

      • Thomas

        Boy, you must have quite the business if you can't even offer a few tips on WordPress. I always wonder how someone suddenly proclaims themselves a Social Media expert and now I have an idea: no qualifications necessary. Once you get done selling the sizzle you will move onto the next big scam and leave SM networking to the real pros.

  • OOOPS! It was actually Doug Firebaugh that promoted your post on Twitter.

    Dave

  • OOOPS! It was actually Doug Firebaugh that promoted your post on Twitter.

    Dave

    • Well thanks to Doug. And to you Dave.

  • Excellent points all round- and to prove one of your points I found your blog through Twitter- Art Jonak put a link to this post on twitter today.

    Dave Sherwin
    http://escapethematrix.net/blog

  • Excellent points all round- and to prove one of your points I found your blog through Twitter- Art Jonak put a link to this post on twitter today.

    Dave Sherwin
    http://escapethematrix.net/blog

  • I think the most important tip is #5, lol.
    Arrogance shines through brightly in one's writing, so following tip #5 is a must.

  • I think the most important tip is #5, lol.
    Arrogance shines through brightly in one's writing, so following tip #5 is a must.

    • Thanks for the verification. I like that one, too.

  • Hey Jason,

    Thanks for the site recommendation. I will give it a look and see what type
    of information I can find, as well as research else where.

    Facebook started as I entered college, so I have always been involved with
    Facebook and never had any interest in joining the MySpace community. I
    could see there being a lot of personal journal type of blogs. I always
    hear how artists have journals on MySpace. I was surprised to find out that
    there were fiction type of blogs. It may sound ignorant but I was under the
    impression that blogs in any community revolved around non-fiction content.
    Cool to see their is diversity out there.

    Thanks,

    Craig

  • I used to blog on MySpace, but as the site's popularity fell, I realized it wasn't worth it anymore. Also, their blogging system wasn't very complex. And they started changing all of my links to “MySpace” links. If there was only a way to integrate that blog into more mainstream blogging platforms. I wish I could save my old posts!

  • I used to blog on MySpace, but as the site's popularity fell, I realized it wasn't worth it anymore. Also, their blogging system wasn't very complex. And they started changing all of my links to “MySpace” links. If there was only a way to integrate that blog into more mainstream blogging platforms. I wish I could save my old posts!

    • You can do integration via RSS feed, like I did with my myspace music blog and Last.fm

      But saving your old posts… have you tried to google for 'data recovery myspace blog' or similar?

      Basically you could copy/paste your blog notes and then just put correct timestamp on new blog software. How to import comments, it is tricky, since they are made by other myspace users.

  • Nice post, Jason. Keep them coming, -Joe

  • Nice post, Jason. Keep them coming, -Joe

  • Hey Craig,

    I think you'll find some good StumbleUpon resources over at ProBlogger.net. Darren does a good job of having posts specific to driving traffic from various resources. Give that a look see.

    MySpace blogs are divided into niche categories but there are several good ones in each. Certainly, there is a higher percentage of personal journal type blogs that border on even tasteful, but the community there is exceptionally vibrant and supportive of one another. Good, consistent bloggers on MySpace get as much if not more traffic and attention as those out in the mainstream web.

  • I agree with your points…social media is supposed to be “social.” I don't like the idea of autoresponder twitters comments. Even if I get a full mailbox of new people following me on Twitter, I send each one a personal, hand-typed thanks for the follow message. I also really like TweetDeck…it lets me scan recent tweets and do replies. I'm really liking the connections I'm making with people all over the world via internet communities and to automate social media seems to be going backwards.

  • I agree with your points…social media is supposed to be “social.” I don't like the idea of autoresponder twitters comments. Even if I get a full mailbox of new people following me on Twitter, I send each one a personal, hand-typed thanks for the follow message. I also really like TweetDeck…it lets me scan recent tweets and do replies. I'm really liking the connections I'm making with people all over the world via internet communities and to automate social media seems to be going backwards.

    • Thanks for the reply Linda. Oddly, I think you were responding to a different post, though. Strange.

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  • I am not on MySpace and don't plan on joining, I prefer Facebook. I have never followed a MySpace blogger. Do you find the content to be more out there than regular blog writers like your friend? Or do you see similar business, niche commentary being written in the MySpace community. I have never thought about it and was curious.

    Also, I recently just signed up for StumbleUpon. A few bloggers including yourself have mentioned how it brings a lot of traffic to their blog. I sort of understand the concept, but not fully. And not how to fully build a community and use it as a strategy. I was wondering if you know of any free e-books or links that may give offer a good guide for a beginner to learn how to utilize it.

    Craig
    http://www.budgetpulse.com

  • I am not on MySpace and don't plan on joining, I prefer Facebook. I have never followed a MySpace blogger. Do you find the content to be more out there than regular blog writers like your friend? Or do you see similar business, niche commentary being written in the MySpace community. I have never thought about it and was curious.

    Also, I recently just signed up for StumbleUpon. A few bloggers including yourself have mentioned how it brings a lot of traffic to their blog. I sort of understand the concept, but not fully. And not how to fully build a community and use it as a strategy. I was wondering if you know of any free e-books or links that may give offer a good guide for a beginner to learn how to utilize it.

    Craig
    http://www.budgetpulse.com

    • Hey Craig,

      I think you'll find some good StumbleUpon resources over at ProBlogger.net. Darren does a good job of having posts specific to driving traffic from various resources. Give that a look see.

      MySpace blogs are divided into niche categories but there are several good ones in each. Certainly, there is a higher percentage of personal journal type blogs that border on even tasteful, but the community there is exceptionally vibrant and supportive of one another. Good, consistent bloggers on MySpace get as much if not more traffic and attention as those out in the mainstream web.

      • Hey Jason,

        Thanks for the site recommendation. I will give it a look and see what type
        of information I can find, as well as research else where.

        Facebook started as I entered college, so I have always been involved with
        Facebook and never had any interest in joining the MySpace community. I
        could see there being a lot of personal journal type of blogs. I always
        hear how artists have journals on MySpace. I was surprised to find out that
        there were fiction type of blogs. It may sound ignorant but I was under the
        impression that blogs in any community revolved around non-fiction content.
        Cool to see their is diversity out there.

        Thanks,

        Craig