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One of the hardest things about starting a new blog is attracting readers. Unless you have the fortune of already being a well-known or well-loved blogger who has fans, you’re going to have to do a bit of work to get your blog out there and known to the masses.
1. Turn your posts into articles.
A great way to spread around links to your blog is to create articles out of your posts. There are several free sites where you can post articles about a variety of topics, including Ezine, HubPages, Squidoo, and Buzzle. By creating an article to post, you can advertise your blog in a resource line underneath the body of your text. Provide a link and people will know where to go for more information. This also helps by providing links to your blog that a search engine spider can crawl and find, helping your search engine ranking as well.
2. Alt Text
Label the alt text on your pictures that are featured in your posts. A great post on Social Media Today talks about the importance of labeling your alt text. Labeled pictures help your images get pulled by major search engines when someone searches under for those keywords reflected in your label. Here’s a great tip sheet on how to choose labels. And don’t forget, that posting pictures to your blog is always preferable to no pictures, as pictures increase the value and quality of your content!
3. Sign up for a subscription service.
People still rely on e-mail to know about the newest and latest products, and your blog posts are no different. Services like Feedburner will let people follow you and will send them an e-mail when your blog is updated. There are other services if you want more control over your lists, but having an option to be updated by e-mail is a good idea. Plus, e-mail brings on the possibility of readers forwarding on your post to a non-subscribed friend.
4. Build links.
This one may be intimidating for new bloggers, but one way to get readers to come to your blog is by exchanging links with similar minded blogs. Is your blog on movies? Look for other comparable movie blogs and ask if they want to switch links with you. Post intelligent comments on other blogs, engage in other blog communities, or include links to your blog in you Facebook page, Twitter profile, etc. No one likes a spammer, but people are generally reasonable about helping. Link to small sites without exchange, and chances are, they’ll link to you in return. Beware of linking to big sites, however, as they may not even realize you’re linking, and there’s a good chance they won’t bother returning the favor.
Just like search engine optimization for websites, optimize your blog for search engines. There are several ways to do this that we list in a previous article written (ADD LINK TO SARAH’S ARTICLE).
6. Ping your site.
There’s debate about how useful pinging actually is, but it never hurts to send a ping out to services and search engines to let them know that you’ve updated. That way, your website is updated in search engine rankings and the service will include your newest post with your new keywords when someone does a search for them. Here’sa great way to ping with one click.
7. Set up other social media sites.
Set up a Youtube account to display video you want to share. Create a Twitter account and update it daily, if not more than once daily. Make a Facebook Fan Page and start advertising to your friends! By having these sites set up, you are reaching a wide and varying audience at times. Each of these sites allow you to post a link to your site in your Tweet/update/profile and you’re just creating more links on other sites for those search engines to find. And be sure to add widgets and plugins that let people share your post on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc.
8. Invite guest bloggers.
Do you know someone who blogs about the same topics as you, and has a fan base? Ask them to submit a short blog post. They may or may not agree, but if they do, chances are they’ll let their own followers know where to find the post and you can get some of their traffic. Maybe a few will even stick around! Be sure you get permission to edit their post, however. Disagreements about this can be nasty and you don’t want to be locked into posting something blind as what they submit could be complete junk.
9. Go to conventions.
If you can afford it and are serious about your blog making it, consider going to conventions. Believe it or not, there are blog expos, conventions, and fairs out there that you can appear at and meet other bloggers. This is a great way to network and can help you find that guest blogger.
10. UPDATE A LOT.
No one likes great blogs that only post once a month. Update at least once a week, it not more, and while you’re at it…
11. Write quality content.
The occasional LOLCats post is ok, and posting a great joke isn’t bad either, but write content consistently that is interesting to your market and readers. If you’re writing about painting, write about it! Use your own voice and write what you find is engaging and interesting. If you enjoy writing about it, your passion will shine through and draw readers in.
12. Create a brand that people want to follow.
Respond to comments made. Engage people on Twitter. Address issues people have with your website. Acknowledge your readership and audience and let them know that you paying attention! People follow brands because they like what they promise. Create your blog like you would a brand by offering something people want and something they can rely on for that want. Be receptive and don’t put out the idea of having your readers interact with your blog. Post a poll or ask what they’d like to see, and don’t ever forget that your audience is there! After all, they can spread the word as well if they like what they see.