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    Four basic ways to promote your blog

    1. submit it on search engine/forums.
    2. write an article on a press release distribution service. such as:
    free-press-release.com
    3. referral to your friends
    4. make the ads

    Any other else?

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    5. Do Adequate Research (This is a content writing forum, not a content posting forum)

    6. Have something so say. (No banal lists which have been posted thirty thousand times)

    7. Develop something worth promoting (The reason most promotions fail is not brute force distribution)

    8. Target a niche audience (Pretend you're more interested in the reader and the topic than in distributing anything ...to anybody ...for any reason) For example, don't post content distribution lists in a Content Writing Forum.

    The reason is simple. People immediate look to your signature file searching for an agenda.

    9. Don't write things which sabotage your goal. For example, blatantly self serving, zero information content which instantly turns off the reader with six weeks of Web exposure under their belt.

    I just wish I had an example close by to use.

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    haha ... well done DCrux, touche

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    I really like that DCrux! Very clever and funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCrux View Post
    I just wish I had an example close by to use.
    lols!!!1!

    excellent example of good writing

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    write a some unique article and submit it to

    1) Digg.com
    2) Propeller.com

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    I heard submitting websites on social bookmarking! websites reduces your earnings
    Signature Coming Soon

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    Write daily one interesting post and submit to some social networking sites.
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    bookmarking to all major social bookmarking websites

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    wht is this blog man

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    Quote Originally Posted by jezzz View Post
    I heard submitting websites on social bookmarking! websites reduces your earnings

    How would that work - surely if you submit to social bookmarking sites and get more traffic that would increase your earnings? I'm not trying to dispute what you've heard but I've found the opposite to be true.

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    Am I nuts, or is this thread really hard to read. What does everyone think about bookmarking. I do alot of it and my posts seem to get dugg, but i see little to no traffic from it...

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    I get traffic from social bookmarking, but it never converts well.

    I just wish I had an example close by to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jezzz View Post
    I heard submitting websites on social bookmarking! websites reduces your earnings
    Uhhhh check your source. That is the first time that I have heard of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCrux View Post
    5. Do Adequate Research (This is a content writing forum, not a content posting forum)

    6. Have something so say. (No banal lists which have been posted thirty thousand times)

    7. Develop something worth promoting (The reason most promotions fail is not brute force distribution)

    8. Target a niche audience (Pretend you're more interested in the reader and the topic than in distributing anything ...to anybody ...for any reason) For example, don't post content distribution lists in a Content Writing Forum.

    The reason is simple. People immediate look to your signature file searching for an agenda.

    9. Don't write things which sabotage your goal. For example, blatantly self serving, zero information content which instantly turns off the reader with six weeks of Web exposure under their belt.

    I just wish I had an example close by to use.
    Yes, it's clever but You didn't really help him with Your 'witty' answer did You!? Cutting someone down to size never promotes good will in a forum! Unimpressed DCrux! FPRlynn is new on this forum (look at His post count!) You could be a little more welcoming! D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCrux View Post
    5. Do Adequate Research (This is a content writing forum, not a content posting forum)

    6. Have something so say. (No banal lists which have been posted thirty thousand times)

    7. Develop something worth promoting (The reason most promotions fail is not brute force distribution)

    8. Target a niche audience (Pretend you're more interested in the reader and the topic than in distributing anything ...to anybody ...for any reason) For example, don't post content distribution lists in a Content Writing Forum.

    The reason is simple. People immediate look to your signature file searching for an agenda.

    9. Don't write things which sabotage your goal. For example, blatantly self serving, zero information content which instantly turns off the reader with six weeks of Web exposure under their belt.

    I just wish I had an example close by to use.
    Much better post than the previous one!

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    Here some more...

    1. Article Directories

    Article directories are a wonderful way to get traffic and backlinks to your website. There are many well established article directories that have been proven to get websites traffic. People search for articles in different categories and after reading the article they usually follow a link at the bottom of the article to your website.

    www.GoArticles.com
    www.eHow.com
    www.EasyArticles.com
    www.ArticleDashBoard.com
    www.Article99.com
    www.ValuableContent.com
    www.EzineArticles.com

    2. Business Directories

    Posting in business directories is still an effective way to get backlinks and small amounts of traffic. Most directory sites have many listings that are organized into. Being that there are so many business directories, the best way to find one related to your site would be to do a Google search or to use the websites below to find them.

    www.dmoz.org
    dir.yahoo.com
    www.lii.org
    www.stpt.com/directory
    www.business.com
    www.cannylink.com

    3. Classifieds

    Classifieds are a common way to easily make posts for free, and reach large amounts of people. They tend to work better for business or service-based websites, but you can also drive traffic to other types of sites as well

    www.Kijiji.com
    www.craigslist.org
    classifieds.myspace.com
    classifieds.yahoo.com

    4. Forums

    Forums are another good way to get backlinks and traffic, but you need to contribute to the forums and not just spam them with your links. I recommend becoming an active member of forums that are related to your site, as well as including your website link in your forum signature. By making intelligent and informative posts people will be inclined to check out the link in your signature because you’ve built interest about yourself.

    The best way to do this is to manually search for forums related to your site and then sign up to start posting.

    5. Social Networking Sites

    Social networking sites are often overlooked as a way to market a website or blog. Having lots of friends and access to groups can be a good way to contact a lot of people in an easy and efficient manner. Most social networking sites also have forums and classifieds that you can post in.

    www.myspace.com
    www.facebook.com
    www.linkedin.com

    6. Social Bookmarking Sites

    Social bookmarking sites can be an amazing way to promote your website. What a lot of people will do is write a killer article and then submit it to the social bookmarking sites to drive traffic to that article, hoping it will get bookmarked a lot.

    www.netscape.com
    www.digg.com
    del.icio.us
    www.furl.net
    www.stumbleupon.com
    www.reddit.com
    ma.gnolia.com
    de.lirio.us
    myweb2.search.yahoo.com
    www.simpy.com
    www.newsvine.com

    7. Search Engines

    This is probably one of the most difficult ways to market a site, but also one of the most popular ways due to the fact that the traffic you get can be extremely targeted to exactly what your site offers. This is especially important for sites that sell a product and are looking for a high conversion rate. It is usually better to start off targeting niche markets and low competition long tail keywords. Ranking well on Google for a phrase like ‘graphic design’ in the search engines would be extremely difficult to do, so look for longer keywords or more detailed ones.

    www.google.com
    www.yahoo.com
    www.msn.com

    8. Word of Mouth

    This is a very basic and old school way of marketing but it has remained because it really is effective. All you have to do is tell all your family, friends and co-workers about your new site or blog and let them do the work!

    9. Pay per Click Advertising (PPC)

    PPC advertising takes a lot of studying to do right, and can cost a decent amount of money, but if your site is well designed and converts well, or you are just looking for traffic, it can be a very powerful marketing tool when done right.

    adwords.google.com
    searchmarketing.yahoo.com
    adCenter.Microsoft.com

    10. Banner Advertising

    The difficulty in banner advertising is simply creating a very alluring banner design in the amount of space specified. Some sites don’t let you create animated banners, but if you have a very intriguing static banner on a good site it can get you traffic for sure.

    The best way to do this is to manually search for websites and blogs related to your site and contact them for a banner exchange.

    11. Text Link Advertising

    Text link advertising is usually cheap and can bring in lots of traffic, but the traffic tends to be rather unspecific - which is ok sometimes. I find it best to look for sites related to your website to buy text links spots on. Or, if you are just looking for tons of traffic, you can go to major text link sites that offer spots on very large websites.

    www.text-link-ads.com
    www.adbrite.com
    www.adengage.com

    12. Print Advertising

    Print advertising can be very expensive, but is especially useful when advertising in a specific location. For example, if you are opening a new restaurant in a city, sending out flyers is a surefire way to get people to your website and restaurant. You could also drop off business cards or flyers at local stores and start offering your services to local people.

    www.4over4.com
    www.modernpostcard.com
    www.vistaprint.com
    www.clubflyers.com
    www.alocalprinter.com

    13. Portfolio Sites

    There are many websites that host portfolios of designers and artists. By submitting your work to their sites you will often get a lot of exposure to your own site by way of a link.

    www.behance.net
    www.altpick.com
    www.portfolios.com
    www.deviantart.com

    14. Tutorial Sites

    Submitting tutorials is a great way to get traffic to your website via a link. A lot of designers submit tutorials to sites like the ones below, and get a lot of exposure. Most of these tutorials sites are very well ranked so getting a link on them can be very good for your website or blog.

    www.pixel2life.com
    www.good-tutorials.com
    www.tutorialoutpost.com

    15. Link Baiting

    Linking baiting is when you write or post something that has the potential to be blogged about, linked or bookmarked a lot. Good content in general will help your website or blog out a lot, but you can step it up a notch by producing videos or articles specifically for link baiting.

    16. Contests

    People love entering contest, especially if there is a desirable prize. Contest prizes range in types. Some sites will offer you exposure and links and other sites will offer money or actual physical prizes. The key to a successful contest is obviously getting lots of people to enter, so make sure you promote your contest as much as you can on forums, classifieds and more. Also, don’t be afraid to enter contests for a chance to win some money or prizes, yourself!

    17. Link Exchanges

    This is arguably one of the most important ways to rank well for keywords and bring traffic to your website. It is important to exchange links or get one-way links from relevant sites. Make sure you are using an important keyword because your links anchor text and not a word like ‘click here’ or something you don’t want to rank well for in search engines.

    The best way to do this is to manually search for websites and blogs related to your site and contact them for a link exchange. Also, check out the two sites below.

    www.seopen.com/seopen-tools/
    blogsearch.google.com

    18. Email Marketing

    Email marketing can be very beneficial if done well. You do not want to be a spammer or buy lists of emails, though. The way to work email marketing is to have an opt-in email form on your website where users can sign up to receive emails and special offers. Offering a free e-book or tips is a good way to get people to sign up. Once they are signed up you can send emails once in a while to bring them back to your site or to promote something.

    www.aweber.com
    www.icontact.com

    19. Viral Marketing

    This is the hottest new way to market a website, but it is not easy! You have probably heard about all these YouTube videos getting millions of views, and articles on Digg getting thousands of hits. If you can think up a really clever, funny or useful idea and tie it into your website via a link or some other way, you can drive incredible amounts of traffic to your site with very little money or possibly none at all.

    20. Videos

    Creating videos has become very popular since the creation of YouTube and other video-based sites. This ties into viral marketing and is a good way to get people interested in your blog or website. It is most common to show or say the URL of your website at the beginning and/or end of a video, or tie it into your video site profile some how.

    www.youtube.com
    video.google.com
    vids.myspace.com
    video.search.yahoo.com
    video.msn.com
    video.aol.com
    www.metacafe.com

    21. Podcasting

    This is basically creating audio files and then letting your users download or stream them via a link on your website or blog or via RSS feeds. This is a good alternative to creating videos if you don’t have a video camera or don’t like being on film. I have seen many sites successfully offer audio downloads as a way of bringing users a large amount of information quickly. You can even post on craigslist.com and hire voice over talent for your podcasts at affordable prices.

    22. Blogs

    Blogs are a great way to reach a lot of people in a fast manner. They take a lot of work, and to make a blog really effective they need to be updated with fresh content at least several times a week. A lot of websites will have a blog in addition to a main website as a sort of news system for their main site, or just as a way to drive traffic to a website.

    www.wordpress.com
    www.blogger.com
    www.twitter.com
    www.squidoo.com
    www.tumblr.com

    23. eBooks

    eBooks have become very popular and they tend to spread well in downloading communities. You can even sell your eBook on eBay, via a website or just offer it as a gift to get people to sign up for your newsletter.

    24. Press Releases

    Press releases can be an efficient way to get media attention if your website or product is newsworthy enough. There are several websites you can do this on. However, more commonly press releases are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to assignment editors at newspapers, magazines, radio stations, television stations, and/or television networks.

    25. Networking

    Networking can have many benefits to promoting your site. I am always adding people on instant messaging services and talking to people related to my field. By networking and making friends in the business you can learn from each other and help each other which will benefit your site.

    The best way to do this is to meet people in forums or on sites related to yours and chat via instant messengers. I usually run 5 different instant messengers that are all filled with business contacts and friends.

    www.aim.com
    www.skype.com
    messenger.yahoo.com
    get.live.com/messenger/overview
    www.icq.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCrux View Post
    5. Do Adequate Research (This is a content writing forum, not a content posting forum)

    6. Have something so say. (No banal lists which have been posted thirty thousand times)

    7. Develop something worth promoting (The reason most promotions fail is not brute force distribution)

    8. Target a niche audience (Pretend you're more interested in the reader and the topic than in distributing anything ...to anybody ...for any reason) For example, don't post content distribution lists in a Content Writing Forum.

    The reason is simple. People immediate look to your signature file searching for an agenda.

    9. Don't write things which sabotage your goal. For example, blatantly self serving, zero information content which instantly turns off the reader with six weeks of Web exposure under their belt.

    I just wish I had an example close by to use.
    exactly!

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    I think social bookmarking is the best way to promote and gain traffic.

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    That was a great list Corvinus another is the use of micro-blogging like twitter, ponce

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    Wow Corvinus! That is quite an extensive (and organized!) list you have there! That is extremely useful for me! I want to thank you!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fr@nc!z View Post
    Much better post than the previous one!
    Is anyone using flock to manage social bookmarking? If so, how is it going?

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    <snip></snip>
    Here you can get some tips to promote your blog.
    Last edited by spikeZ; Jul 31, 2008 at 03:07. Reason: link removed - self promo

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    Commenting on related blogs is also a good way of promoting your blog, don't just post there be friendly and comment.


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