Blogging Basics: Getting traffic, readers and attention for your blog

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let-the-blog-links-flow-far-and-wide-courtesy-mandj98-at-flickr-ccI discussed writing good content and posting consistently for a decent amount of time in the first Every Dot Connects Blogging Basics post - How to start a blog, and whether you’ll ever make money from it.

The next obvious question is, “How do I get anyone to read my blog?”

It may surprise you to learn that marketing and publicizing a blog’s content (thereby increasing traffic if the content is good) doesn’t happen on the blog.

Sure, outbound links to other sites from your blog posts are seen by those sites as inbound links/backlinks, and their authors may click back through to see what you’re saying and what you’re all about. That’s why it is important to pay attention to who links to you, and respond.

In that sense, you are publicizing your writing directly from your own blog, but that is only part of the battle.

Blog publicity happens via a whole ecosystem of online and face-to-face interaction.

  • It happens via Facebook, because a blog post link that you put on your Wall or in your status is seen on the Home pages of everyone in your network.
  • It happens via LinkedIn the same way, through your network’s Home pages.
  • It happens via your comments on other people’s blogs or in an online forum, because usually your name on a comment is a hyperlink back to your blog (so think before you comment. Ever wonder why more readers don’t comment?)
  • It happens via Twitter, both because your blog URL should be listed in your bio, and from the occasional post URL of your own that you tweet. You don’t just auto-post everything onto your Twitter stream, do you?  Good; didn’t think so.
  • It happens via StumbleUpon, which is especially nice when someone Stumbles one of your posts. Give back;  Stumble other people’s good content.
  • It happens when you bookmark on Delicious.
  • It happens when you do any of the above and it shows up in your FriendFeed.
  • It happens via Flickr photo - I try to remember to put applicable links in the description of photos that I put online. Here’s one of my Chicago photos with links, as an example.
  • It happens via YouTube videos; put links in the description of those, too.
  • It happens via email - when people see your blog’s hyperlinked URL in your email signature line.
  • It happens when people see your blog’s URL on your business card.
  • And finally, it happens when you go “Old School” and meet people in person at conferences and networking events, and you mention your blog if it is appropriate.

Be everywhere, representing your writing.

Be ubiquitous, along with your content.

Marketing happens OFF of the blog.

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Sheila Scarborough - who has written 31 posts on Every Dot Connects.

I'm a writer and speaker specializing in tourism,travel and social media. Co-founder of Tourism Currents.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Ricardo Bueno Says:

    Sheila: I love this quote: “Blog publicity happens via a whole ecosystem of online and face-to-face interaction.” Very, very well said… (seriously)

    Engagement, sincerity, giving before asking for anything in return… All of these leads make it that much easier to build a thriving ecosystem, a thriving community.

  2. Sheila Scarborough Says:

    Hi Ricardo,

    Thanks for your comment. Way before the personal computer, everyone knew that it’s “a small world,” and strange as it seems, it occasionally seems even smaller than it used to be, despite linking millions of people together online. A blogger is the face of his/her blogging, no matter where interaction occurs. The more meaningful interaction, the more visibility for the blog, online or off.

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