24 Sites You Can Use to Drive Traffic to Your Blog
There are a lot of lonely blogs in this crazy online world.
Their owners had the best intentions when they started out … they prettied them up … they made them very user-friendly … and they gave them a lot of interesting things to say.
Yet hardly anyone was willing to commit to visiting their blog on a regular basis.
And because of the lack of attention their blog received, posting to it regularly was no longer a priority for their owners. Soon they stopped updating them altogether, and their blog lost any appeal it once had.
Don’t let this happen to your blog.
If you’re serious about making money from your blog, you can’t sit back and wait for people to find it … you have to pro-actively drive traffic to it.
The good news is there are plenty of sites you can “partner” with to help you drive a steady stream of visitors to your blog.
Now, how you “partner” with these sites may take various forms depending upon the nature, theme or features of the site. For instance, with a social networking site like MySpace, you can add friends and send out subtle marketing messages to them. Plus, MySpace has a blog feature that you can post articles to.
Some sites involve displaying a “widget” on your blog. Others (Squidoo) allow you to set up a webpage on a topic of your choosing … which you can add a link to your blog, website or the sales pages of affiliate products you’re promoting.
Others involve a one-time submission of your blog to their database, while some involve an ongoing, interactive commitment.
It’s important to choose the sites that are the best fit for you in terms of your personality and the commitment level each individual site requires.
No matter what you do though, the most important thing is to never make it obvious you’re trying to sell something. If people sense that what they’re reading is a sales pitch, they may react negatively toward it and you. Every time you post something, make it relevant, topical and interesting – then end off with a very mild call to action or just simply add a link to your blog under your name.
So without further ado, here are 24 sites you can use to promote your blog:
Note: To give you a rough idea of how popular these sites are, at the end of each description in brackets, I’ve listed the estimated monthly unique U.S. visitors as of October 24, 2008 (according to Quantcast.com).
- MySpace.com – Still the number one social networking site. Create a profile, add some friends and gently promote your blog. (68.3 million)
- Facebook.com – The second most popular social networking site on the Internet. (42.1 million)
- Squidoo.com – Join Squidoo and set up a page related to your blogging topic with links to your blog. (5.4 million)
- HubPages.com – HubPages is a site that has a similar business model to Squidoo. Users, or “hubbers,” create hub pages, where you can discuss any topic you’d like. (4.5 million)
- Knol.com – Knol is a Google service that is also based on the same business concept as Squidoo. It hasn’t really caught on in a big way yet. (64,000)
- Twitter.com is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets). (2.2 million)
- Stumbleupon.com – StumbleUpon is a site that helps people discover new sites based on their interests. Users can rate websites, comment on them and share them with other users. It’s a free service, but you can also pay to have your site “stumbled upon.” It’s also a great way to get feedback from people who visit your blog. (1.1 million)
- Digg.com is a social news site with a social networking aspect to it. It allows you to share your site’s content with other “diggers.” (11.2 million)
- Mixx.com – Not as popular as Digg.com, but certainly one of its up-and-coming competitors. (1.8 million)
- Craigslist.com – It’s free and it will only take a few minutes to register and post an ad for your blog. (569,000)
- Technorati.com – Technorati is a search engine for blogs. Register with them, “claim” your blog and then use their tools to promote your blog. (3.6 million)
- YouTube.com – Make a video about some aspect of your blog topic and include your blog link in the video description and the video itself. Post it on YouTube. Sign up for a YouTube account and create what YouTube calls a “channel.” You can customize your channel, add a link to your blog, and add as many videos as you’d like to it. (72.1 million)
- EntreCard.com – They advertise their “Entre Card” as your online business card. The idea is that you place the EntreCard widget on your blog, and others can “drop” their card for you. Then you can drop a card by visiting them back. Each time you drop a card you acquire a credit that you can use to advertise on thousands of blogs. You can even sell the credits for money. (77,200)
- Blogcatalog.com – They advertise themselves as a social network for bloggers. It’s a place for you to connect with other bloggers, participate in groups and discussions and so on. (577,700)
- Delicio.us.com – De.licio.us is a social bookmarking site that was purchased by Yahoo in 2005. It’s a place where users can store, share and discover web bookmarks. (347,800)
- Pownce.com – They advertise themselves as a great way to keep in touch with and share stuff (files, links, events, and messages) with your friends. They haven’t really gained a strong following yet. (16,000)
- My.Yahoo.com – Set up a My.Yahoo page and add a link to your blog. (11.8 million)
- Yahoo Answers – Answer questions related to your blog topic at Yahoo Answers, and at the end put a link to your blog. (22.5 million)
- Blogsearch.Google.com – Submit your blog to Google’s blogging directory (542, 400) and other online blogging directories.
- LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a social networking site geared toward business professionals. As of October 2008, it has 30 million registered users. (5.5 million)
- Online Directories – Submit your blog to “regular” online directories such as DMOZ (1.9 million), Yahoo (2.9 million) and Google directories (Quantcast total not available).
- User Groups – Join or start a User Group about your blog topic. Membership is free. User Groups are a great way to rub elbows with like-minded people. Some of the more popular “group” communities are Google Groups (3.8 million), Yahoo Groups (6.7 million) and MSN Groups (1.7 million).
- Participate in Forums – Join one or two (or more) message boards related to your topic. Add your blog address to your profile and signature.
- Blog Pinging Sites – When you “ping” your blog, what you are doing is letting a number of sites (search engines, for example) know that your blog has been updated. They will then crawl and index your site so your new post is updated in their records. Pingomatic.com (12,500) is one of the more popular “pinging” services. (Note: WordPress software automatically pings their blog.)
So if you feel “lonely blog syndrome” coming on, remember it’s a self-inflicted disease. Put together a marketing plan. Add as many of the above sites as you can to it, and you’ll never be short of blog traffic.
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