Saturday, April 12, 2008

How To Advertise Your Blog

Alright, with starting this blog I've found getting it out there for you all to see ...hmmm.. what's the word? Troublesome. Over the past week, however, I've been searching for techniques others have used while adding some of my own ideas and here's what I've come up with:

  • Ping Your Site. Pretty Basic. After your blog is pinged, every time you update/add new posts, it will send messages out to search engines. It is a quick way for your blogged to get crawl. (Sometimes your blog being listed in search engines through this method is only temporary. I've noticed mine vanishing after three to four days.)
  • Join A Forum. Then place a clickable link of the URL in your signature. (Some websites don't allow this, but most will). Don't go in making posts to directly demand people to click your signature URL, but post around the blog enough and you'll gain an identity amongst the regulars. If they like the ideas you post about after effectively branding yourself, they'll naturally check out your sig as they are now aware of your presence in the community.
  • Graffiti. I'm not sure about you, but if there is a pencil in my hands I'm doodling on something! Try getting a pen and writing your URL on the back of dollar bills. You usually want to tag something that a lot people will see.
  • Join A Link Exchange. This is highly effective for driving traffic to your website. A large group of people will rapidly visit your blog in exchange for you visiting theirs. It's a win-win situation. A manual link exchange, StartXchange, is quite simple for driving traffic with a few clicks through their database. There is also Link Market, which is a little bit more complex.
  • SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Sign up for Google Webmasters and submit your site into their index. Also include a sitemap. After it is all verified, you'll see your site up in Google's index in a day or two. This is very effective I might add.


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