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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Twenty-Two Ways to Grow Your Blog

Amping Up Your Blog!
You can find a forum (or message board) on just about any subject you can think of. Search www.google.com for ‘[whatever] forum’ and see what comes up.
I have recently joined the Yahoo Ask forum which is one of the world's largest answer forums. This forum has millions of users. It’s really helpful and motivating reading the different question and answer threads. There’s the chance to see how other people do things, and the ability to network with Hundreds of Thousands of people in your specific category. When you start to post, add your blog's URL (web address) to your post's signature, where you can place links to your blog or any other site you would like to send traffic to. Every time you comment, answer or post a new questions, your blog's address is added and people can easily click through to your blog, giving you more exposure. So the more questions and replies you make the more traffic you may be able to generate. The potential of forums is undeniable.
I was going to add another list here of forums, but I’ll let you explore on your own!

Here are Twenty-Two ways to grow your blog's audience.
1. Interact with other large audience bloggers and cross post extensively with relevant blogs
2. (BIG) Embrace the interaction of Web 2.0. Read blogs in your niche and post comments with URL of your blog.
3. Write solid content on a regular basis. Your followers will become accustomed to your posting cycle.
4. (BIG) Set an email alert for comments posted on your blog entries and respond to the comments in rapid fashion.
5. Use ping to inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati and Blogsearch (Google)about new content on your blog.
6. Increase your blog's interactivity with polls.
7. Be cognizent of your subject and occassionally take a different tack then other blogers.
8. Leave trackbacks with the big blog aggegators.
9. Try to build a community around your blog's central concept or mission statement.
10. Try to use translation plugins to attract readers from other countries.
11. Continually ask yourself "what is my blog's mission statement?"
12. Be active on forums in your niche and add your blog's link in your email signature
13. Join communities that fall into your main category (Linkedin - Facebook - Myspace.com)
14. Develop the conversation around your posts thus creating a main direction to your content.
15. Include your blog's address in all marketing collateral such as business cards, flyers, brochures, web site, etc.
16. Submit your articles in social bookmarking sites like Digg and Delicious.
17. Submit your blog posts to blog carnivals within your category (http://blogcarnival.com/)
18. Submit reviews of your blog posts to newsgroups.
19. Write articles and submit them in blog article directories.
20. Join MySpace, Linkedin and Myspace then search and join select groups that relate to your blog's main purpose.
21. Utilize Yahoo! Answers and also Ask.com.
22. Check to see if you can establish a wiki page for your blog (www.wikispaces.com
Good luck,
JD Holzgrefe

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