9 Tips for promoting your blog

Marusya V fashion and lifestyle blogger Australia Sydney, blogging with MAC

I am receiving a lot of questions about blogging and in particular, how to gain more readers. To help you out my lovelies, here is one of my articles on that subject. It was published with Nuffnang sometime ago and received a great feedback. I hope you will find this post useful too!

Every blogger knows the more visitors your blog has the better. Some visitors will convert into your followers and contribute to your fan base growth. However, to gain a sound fan base by just posting quality content, having Facebook and Twitter accounts set up is not enough. Social media and online promotion is a lot broader than many realise. Building a following on FB and Twitter is just the tip of the iceberg. What you need is to get serious about promoting your blog by building a marketing plan that considers the full online marketing mix and not rely on just Facebook or SEO to drive your success.

It is understandable that not everybody capable of writing a comprehensive marketing plan or strategy for their blog. So to give you a good insight and assist with online promotion of your blog, here I am sharing my knowledge and practical experience. Whether you just have started blogging or are a pro-blogger, the below 9 easy tips will help you to escalate your promotional efforts.

1)     Online press release: Prepare one and upload onto sites such as prweb.com (or any other online press release sites) that use the keywords your prospects (i.e. potential readers) are likely to search. If you have an established blog with a good number of followers email your press release to appropriate online trade or business association websites, special interest groups (i.e. PR agencies, retailers, etc) and appropriate yahoo groups.

2)     Announcement Email: If you just have started blog, prepare a short and interesting email with eye-catching graphics (or photos) about launch of your blog and send it to appropriate recipients – your friends, work colleagues and other people you know who can be interested in your blog. If you have been blogging for a while, you can create and distribute a “News Email” (do not confuse with News letter). News can be created out of any interesting event related to your blog as for example, you reached a certain number of followers, received an award, etc.

3)     YouTube: Produce a short video for YouTube about yourself, your blog and / or your services. The video should be informative and/or humorous rather than merely a boring video asking to follow your blog. Have a good think about the idea for your video, trust me, the outcome will worth putting your time and efforts into it. If your video will go viral, you can get a thousand of visitors just over one night.

4)     Classifieds/Directories: There are hundreds of directories and classified ad sites where you can place and list for free. Make sure you are submitted your blog URL to the major search engines and directories – Google, Bing, Yahoo, DMOZ. Also have your site listed in all industry directories related to your blog – if fashion is your subject then list under retail, clothing design, etc; if you are writing about food – list under restaurant business.

5)     Social Media: If you have not set up Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and other accounts for your blog, you should do it immediately. Make sure all your accounts are integrated properly, i.e. be consistent – use the same photo (image) as an avatar, the same colour scheme, name, logo, slogan (if you have one) and blog description / summary. Also each media should have a link to your blog. Here is an example of such integration – http://crashingred.com, http://twitter.com/CrashingRed, http://www.facebook.com/CrashingRed, http://www.flickr.com/photos/crashingred

6)     Guest Blogging: Find at least 5 other relevant blogs to comment on and start interacting with other bloggers. Build your friendship with leading bloggers. However, remember that friendship is not about using other people but about establishing a meaningful relationship. Be sincere, interesting, helpful and willingly return any favors back. After establishing a good connection, ask about making a guest post on their blog. By doing so, your fellow blogger’s regular readers will find out about your blog too. Moreover, go beyond that and offer to one of your fellow bloggers an opportunity to make a guest post on your blog. Double benefit – you will save time in creating a post while making your blogging buddy happy!

7)     SEO: Lately everybody talks about boosting their search results, but not too many know how easy SEO actually is. First of all, it needs to be done on your site (i.e. blog) and also off site. On-site – you need to perform competitor analysis of your competition for keywords and then place them in your body (text of your posts and pages), urls, <h1> tags, titles, descriptions, and keywords in meta tags. Also upload new content regularly and as often as possible. Off-site – start by building quality inbound links, commenting on other blogs (you know it is crucial, right?), utilising social media, classifieds, directories, etc.

8)     Business card and URL: Create your own business card stating clearly your blog name and URL, and hand it out whenever is possible. Put your blog URL on every piece of communication you send out – emails, letterheads, press releases, etc. When you are networking with people face to face tell them you have a website and give them the URL / business card.

9)     Referral Program: Get more out of usual “giveaway” practice, ask participants to refer your site to others. A person who invites the most wins. Make sure you have a good prize, to motivate people to invest their time into your blog. Also make conditions of the entry as clear as possible and do not ask for taking too many actions (i.e. follow my blog twitter, Facebook, bloglovin, youtube, lookbook, etc)! Keep your offer concise and attractive.

Essentially, blog promotion is an organic process where growth achieved primarily via networking – commenting on other people’s blogs, offering to write guest articles/posts, encouraging other people to write on your site too, nurturing every visitor and being responsive to your readers/visitors needs. It may take a while to build a solid following, but by investing your time in your blog promotion you are building your online reputation that will ensure you flourishing future as a blogger.

Just as a final note, stay within certain limits when promoting your blog. Avoid doing anything that may look like spamming and / or may annoy your audience. This will contribute to your reputation in a way rather different from favorable.

Be polite, sincere, original and people will follow you!

I really hope you found the above tips helpful. Of course, this is just a short list and there are much more nuances to each of the points. In my next post, I will share with you secrets about how to utilize Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools more efficiently in terms of building a fan base for your blog.

If you have any questions about this article, please leave your comment below or email me directly amvlezko[at]crashingred[dot]com. I’m friendly (as you know) and would love to help you out with your blogging dilemmas. You’re welcome to join me on Twitter, Facebook or follow this blog via Bloglovin. From time to time I post useful updates on the art of blogging :)

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  • http://www.sarahassansblog.com/ Sara.H

    Great post! Really informative and helpful. :)

  • http://fashionandotherfancies.blogspot.com/ Englishvers

    I’m not on facebook or twitter; guess that makes me “Unfashionable”…
    I don’t promote my blog; it gets featured in a couple of magazines.
    But I like these useful tips. Perhaps I ought to get into the facebook/twitter thingy;-)

  • http://www.blackandblondeone.com Lindsay

    Awesome post! Great tips that I haven’t heard before. As a new-ish blogger, I really appreciate it!

  • http://www.firstlookbook.blogspot.com Kate L.

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing:)

    Fashion Cat
    http://www.firstlookbook.blogspot.com

  • http://jointhegossip.blogspot.com Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    Great tips! I started my blog nearly four years ago but wish I would’ve know to do some of these things back then.

  • http://www.thespringblo.com Catherine @ The Spring

    Maria – this is the best post on blog promotion I’ve ever read… And I’ve come across a fair few! It’s so true that just coming up with original content isn’t enough to make people take notice! I teach at a university and have been struggling with whether or not to promote my blog there. On the one hand I have access to a huge captive audience, but on the other it seems like a scary mixing up of my professional and more personal worlds. What would you do?

  • http://fashiondevoteee.com Ariel B

    Great Post. The tips are very useful. Thank you for posting it!

    ~Ariel

  • http://www.fashionsteelenyc.com Monroe Steele

    This is an awesome post and very informative. Thank you.

    xoxo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

  • http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com Ling

    Great tips my dear :D

  • http://www.oneskimmochaplease.blogspot.com Angela

    Great advice!

  • http://www.danniibeauty.blogspot.com DanniiBeauty

    Love this post!

    I am so glad that you also think that “posting quality content, having Facebook and Twitter accounts set up is not enough”

    I find this really to be true. I find that networking is a really strong aspect of blogging because it really can get your blog around to many different readers ( ie bloggers, prs, brands)

    Its an evolving process that takes a lot of time and commitment. I am still learning and getting through this phase of getting my blog out there.
    Look forward to seeing more great advice from you! :)

  • http://www.msmadamemakeup.com msmadamemakeup

    great tips, really helpful xxx

  • http://blogdaclauzinha.blogspot.com Cláudia Tavares

    Really great tips and advice, thanks for sharing:)
    Xoxo
    Clau
    Style Blossom

  • http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com Michelle

    Really helpful tips!

  • http://fashionwandering.blogspot.com ioanna

    Wow!! That is an informative and really interesting post! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your ideas!!
    Thank you for your lovely comment in my blog! Huge fan of your blog as well! I am following you now..
    Please come and follow me on my fashion wandering..

    xoxo

  • http://thepoorqueen.blogspot.com punchiit

    wow that was alot of tips! thanks for sharing ;)

  • http://www.ohgorgeousbaby.blogspot.com Fiona @ Oh Gorgeous Baby

    Thanks for sharing these tips they are very valuable.

  • http://imaverystylishgirl.blogspot.com Margarida

    Hello! And thank you so much for all these helpfull tips!
    Kisses! :)

  • http://fashionmakeuplifestyle.blogspot.com/ Marina

    Great and much needed tips!!! You always have the most informative posts…THANK YOU.!

    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

  • http://www.pinkdivabeauty.com Tammerly @ Pink Diva Beauty

    Hi Marusya,
    Just wanted to thank you for taking the time to help other bloggers out there because as you already know it is so hard to keep it fresh and fun and wonder how your readers see it when they visit. Love your blog.
    Tammerly
    PinkDivaBeauty.com

  • http://fixyourfacemakeup.blogspot.com/ Maryam

    This is such a great, informative post. There’s a lot I didn’t know and now I know haha :)) Thank you for taking the time out to write this, you’re awesome!!

  • http://www.carriefabulous.com Carrie

    Oh! I just love your article. Wonderful…! Just wonderful
    info! All makes sense and know that if you follow that
    you will have much greater odds at success. Love the sight, just happened to find you and glad I did! Love the name, love your blog page…just great! Following for sure!
    XO Carrie
    http://www.carriefabulous.com

  • http://cultfriday.blogspot.com/ VIVA.V

    Thank-you soo much! As a new blogger I find this really informative and useful. I’m definitely checking back to gain more quality info like this and now I’m your newest follower!

    Urban art + street fashion addict:
    C.ULT FRIDAY.

  • http://speakinginstyle.blogspot.com/ Maria Alejandra

    What a great post!!! Great advise 4 beginners like me!!! I’m truly honored by your comment on my blog… really i can’t believe you notice me!! :) Your such an inspiration!!
    http://speakinginstyle.blogspot.com/
    With love from Colombia!!
    María??

  • http://mademoiselleslimalicious.blogspot.com Mademoiselle Slimalicious

    Thanks for this interesting post. I’ve launched my blog 1 month ago and I’m still trying to find my way around. I’ve been a blog reader for over 12 months and decided to have my own blog. I think I’m not doing to bad so far with 680 pages viewed in 30 days. What do you think? I’ll follow some of your tips and hopefully I’ll become a successful blogger like you.

    • http://crashingred.com Maria V

      @Mademoiselle Slimalicious Yes, I think you’re doing great! Just keep going darling, it is hard at the beginning but the more you blog the easier it gets :) Reading other blogs definitely helps.

  • http://makeuputopia.com Sara-May

    A fantastic article with a lot of great tips on taking a blog to the next level. Thank you for sharing x

  • http://wrinklemania.com Olivia@wrinklemania

    That’s really great post, thanks! It summarizes all the important points in promoting the blog… I need to definitely do more… :) Cheers

  • http://www.buraq-technologies.com/ ambreen11

    Well thanx for your post!  These are handy tricks to get blog promotion but there are enough things we can do additionally.