Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Great Idea: Build a Better Blog #3 - Get Noticed!!!


So you've started to make the design of your blog reflect you and you are working on improving the quality of your photos...so now what do you do?

This post is all about how to promote your blog!

There are so many wonderful resources available for bloggers out there!

1. Build your content!  A pretty blog won't get you noticed unless you have something to say!  Once you have your blog set up, you need to start adding CONTENT.

Content can be anything from a picture with a caption to a tutorial to a recipe to something you've made for your shop!  Be yourself!  Write about what you like - what interests you!  The more content you have on your blog, the more traffic you will get.

2.  Join a Link Party!  A link party is simply a list of links that the author of a blog 'hosts' for a certain period of time.  They can be general or very specifically themed.  (I personally contribute to several link parties each week!)  They are free to join, and are a lot of fun!

There are several types of link parties out there - some of the most popular are: crafts, recipes, home decor, photos, and blog hops!

A blog hop is a special type of link party that gives other bloggers the chance to visit and follow your blog -  as you visit and follow other blogs, too!  It's a great way to 'meet' fellow bloggers and make Blog Land 'friends!'

Here's a really great link to a fun blog that keeps a running list of weekly link parties going on:


The Girl Creative




3. Leave and respond to comments! In addition to linking up your content at a link party, you also need to visit other links and leave comments! Not only is it just good etiquette...but it's also good karma! People LOVE to get comments...so if you leave a positive comment on someone else's blog post, they are more likely to return the love, and leave a comment on your blog, too!


4. Link to other blogs! If you see something that you love out in Blog Land, share it on your own blog! Make sure you link back to the original author's post and pictures, and be sure to let them know! It's always flattering to know that someone liked something you did! 


5. Be consistent! Try to aim for at least two to three posts on your blog each week. If you are inconsistent with the amount of posting you do on your blog (ie going for long periods of not posting anything), people will be less likely to continue to follow your blog. Make a simple goal to start with, so that you don't get burned out. Be flexible about it, too! 


6. Advertise! If you have a little extra revenue, advertising is a great way to get your blog or shop noticed. Several of the 'Big-Time' blogs offer advertising spots on their blogs. You can also so some self-promotion by offering a giveaway to follower or hosting a contest of some kind. (I'll be posting next week about how create your own blog buttons for people to post -- you can usually use these button for advertising, too!) 


For more fantastic resources about blogging tips, visit these links to the Pro's:






A girl and a glue gun


Good luck, gang!  Happy Blogging!!

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17 comments:

Amy said...

I love your blog tutorials, Sarah! Thanks!

Ellie said...

I have really been working on building a better blog lately (just started about 2 months ago!) this was really helpful...good to know that I'm not doing some of these things in vain. Found you from the Someday Crafts Linky. New Follower.

Ellie
http://homestitched.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Thank you for the tips!! Always good to read those!

Valerie @ {boogaboo} handmade said...

Thanks for the tips! I just started my blog a couple months ago and your tips are very helpful...gives me a couple new things that I haven't done yet!

amber marchant said...

Hello! Thanks for the great ideas, being a newbie I need all the help I can get. Won't you come visit me at http://barbwired0117.blogspot.com/

Look, I already took your advice :)

sue said...

i love when people help other people - your tips are great!! thanks! you made a follower out of me.

love for you and any of your readers to drop by and let me know if they have any tips for a blog banner.

sue
polliwogsinbloom.blogspot.com

Karen@SimpleBlue said...

This is a great resource!

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

This is great!!!

AllieMakes! said...

Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Jaclyn said...

Thanks for sharing! I am new to the blogging world..I have been reading for some time but I have just started mine out so all the tips I can get are great!
I'm A follower now!

This is my blog:
http://simplycadence.blogspot.com/

Jennifer said...

Great tips! Thanks!
(found you on the Tatertots and Jello linky)

Sarah said...

Those are awesome tips!
Thank you :)

Kimi said...

Thank you for the awesome tips!! Very helpful for someone new to the Blogging Adventure =)

Lauren said...

So super helpful! I can't wait to join a link party!! Thank you!!

Mum_of_2girls said...

THis is great stuff. My Blog is under constrution to become better thanks to you :)

4you-withlove said...

Linked this up on my blog post. Thanks for sharing all this great knowledge

http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/02/blogging-tips-4.html

Marilyn

Hayley Goodwin said...

Thank you so much for all the helpful advice. I have just restarted my blog after neglecting it for ages. I'm looking forward to trying some of your tips!

www.pinkfluffywarrior.com (I hope you don't mind me adding my link)

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