31DBBB Day 3: Promote a Blog Post

This is Day 3 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 60+ other bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here.

I’ve talked to a number of bloggers over the years who are frustrated that few people read their posts or comment on their blog.  After asking them what they write about, I usually ask them what they’ve done to promote their blog and connect with new readers.  Often, the response I get is just a blank stare.

There seems to be an “If you build it, they will come” mentality with some bloggers.  Some believe if you start a blog and write something every once in a while, readers will magically show up, engage, and become regular readers.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Successful bloggers, proactively reach out to people to build their audience.

Today’s lesson in the 31 Day’s ebook, gives some good suggestions for how to promote a blog post.  Here are some of the things I do on a regular basis to promote blog posts published here and my personal blog.

Twitter – Twitter and blogging are like peanut butter and chocolate, they’re a match made in heaven.  To use Twitter well, you need good content to tweet (aka blog articles).  And to blog well, you need channels to get the word out about new posts (aka Twitter).  I tweet every post I write.  And usually more than once.

Facebook – OurChurch.Com has a Facebook page, which we post our blog posts to.  I post a link to my personal blog posts on my personal Facebook profile.

Commenting on other blogs – I try to comment quite a bit on the blogs I read.  When doing this its important not to be spammy.  You genuinely want to contribute to the conversation.  But often times I can contribute to the conversation but posting a link to an article I’ve written on a related topic.  I don’t do this often, but you could Google the topic you’ve just blogged about as a way to find similar blog posts, and then post a meaningful comment with a link to your post.

Email distribution – Most of the people who register a username & password on OurChurch.Com check the option to be added to our blog email subscription list.  Once a week, we send a post out to that list.

Newsletter – Once a month we send a newsletter to all our web hosting clients.  One of the regular features in each month’s newsletter is an exerpt from a recent blog post.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t thinking about today’s topic when I wrote the list post on this blog yesterday.  6 Things I Learned from Day 1 of #31DBBB is not likely to appeal to people outside of our group, and so I going to find another post to promote.

Discussion

  • What did you do to promote your list post from yesterday?
  • What ways of promoting blog posts have you found to be most successful?
  • What other innovative ways have you promoted your blog or posts, that weren’t listed in today’s lesson?

The Extra Mile

A few other things you can do to take your blog, other bloggers, and this project even further today…

  • Reply & give other bloggers feedback on their promotion ideas.
  • People continue to add comments to the Day 1 & Day 2 posts, check em out.
  • Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.  (You could win a $25 gift card!)
  • Ask & answer questions about blogging but unrelated to elevator pitches in the forums.

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

229 Responses to “31DBBB Day 3: Promote a Blog Post”

  1. I have decided to promote my blog post from yesterday (list post) on Twitter, Facebook, Digg and StumbleUpon. I found one blog that wrote about something similar to mine, and so I also left a comment at that post with a link to my post.

    I also wrote a follow up post to yesterday's list post.

    I have always been using Twitter and Facebook to promote my posts automatically through TwitterFeed, so that was no new addition.

  2. Not sure what to do about this today, as I have been tweeting and posting to facebook about the 31dbbb since we started. But I will continue to comment and keep on keepin' on.
    B

  3. To be honest the only things I don't do are: submit to professional news outlets and newsletter updates as I don't have a newsletter though I have toyed with the idea.

    Like I said above, I'm hoping today will be the day that someone gives me an "Ah ha" moment in terms of turning visits into comments.

    • I'm with you on this. It's been a long time since I've had a zero traffic day on my blog, but it's rare that I get comments. Somehow, a blog has to turn into a community, and I'm not sure how that happens, other than by making sure I take the time to respond to people who do comment.

      • It's tough though because we have to somehow get those visitors to talk.

        I find it strange because I'm labelled as a 'normal' type blog visitor as I have one of my own, am relatively intelligent and mind my p's and q's – yet why do I comment and others don't?

      • It's tough though because we have to somehow get those visitors to talk.

        I find it strange because I'm labelled as a 'normal' type blog visitor as I have one of my own, am relatively intelligent and mind my p's and q's – yet why do I comment and others don't?

  4. Good morning! This was a harder post to write and a much bigger time commitment than my listicle because as beachdaze, Stuart and Coenraad have already hinted, it's strange that blog promotion got its own standalone day. So I wrote a post about my own blog promotion techniques, which are not extensive, but they fit my personality.

    the better blogging promo:http://j.mp/cQDYJu

  5. Good morning! This was a harder post to write and a much bigger time commitment than my listicle because as beachdaze, Stuart and Coenraad have already hinted, it's strange that blog promotion got its own standalone day. So I wrote a post about my own blog promotion techniques, which are not extensive, but they fit my personality.

    the better blogging promo:http://j.mp/cQDYJu

    • Nice post – I'm going into hiding so that teacher can't find me today.

      But I think your approach is emminently sensible and the way to keep going. It's interesting that you don't see any real traffic increase from Twitter as whenever I tweet I get quite a surge – even if I'm RTing an earlier tweet.

      • I think the difference is I'm tweeting into the nebula while you could be tweeting into a circle of friends and/or like-minded people. My followers don't come from any one common place, and that might affect how my blog posts are received. Dunno. Maybe at the end of 31DBBB, I'll have a better idea.

      • I think the difference is I'm tweeting into the nebula while you could be tweeting into a circle of friends and/or like-minded people. My followers don't come from any one common place, and that might affect how my blog posts are received. Dunno. Maybe at the end of 31DBBB, I'll have a better idea.

        • The thing I find with twitter is that like minded doesn't happen much.

          In my early twitter days I set out to purposely follow certain types of folks (eg security, anti-virus stuff, etc) or companies I had an interest in. Others came from twitter directories or seeing a RT of their item by someone I followed already and so on.

          Only about 10%, if that, of the folks I follow are likely to have teh same interests as myself and that like you say could be an issue. But then I didn't want like minded, I wanted to learn from others.

        • The thing I find with twitter is that like minded doesn't happen much.

          In my early twitter days I set out to purposely follow certain types of folks (eg security, anti-virus stuff, etc) or companies I had an interest in. Others came from twitter directories or seeing a RT of their item by someone I followed already and so on.

          Only about 10%, if that, of the folks I follow are likely to have teh same interests as myself and that like you say could be an issue. But then I didn't want like minded, I wanted to learn from others.

    • Erica, FYI, I tried twice to get to your post and got this error:

      Internal Server Error
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      Please contact the server administrator, support@supportwebsite.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

      More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

      • That stupid error. Sometimes WordPress and GoDaddy hate each other and take it out on me by locking me and everyone else out of my blog. Thanks for letting me know. Argh.

  6. Sometimes the difference in promoting a post is not in where you promote it by how.

    This morning (yes, I know a day late) I posted my list post on LiveIntentionally.org. It's titled "5 Myths about Shattered Dreams" This is what I tweeted this morning:

    5 Myths About Shattered Dreams (Inspired by @PWilson's new book Plan B) -http://bit.ly/9jAyKb

    I had 2 reasons for doing this. First, a lot of my followers know who Pete Wilson is and have either heard about or read his new book Plan B. Referencing them may pique their interest. Second, by including @PWilson in the tweet, the tweet showed up in Pete's "mentioned' list. If I'm lucky maybe Pete will read my post and either comment on it or retweet it. We'll see.

    Also, when I wrote the post, I lined to the book review I posted 2 days ago.

    • I totally agree with you on this Paul! I've been observing lately (I know that LL Barkat likes it when I do stuff like this) how other top Social Media gurus promote their posts. Often it takes similar form to what you just talked about.

      I also think too that because Twitter (and FB) is more of a stream of information (and not a destination, like I know that you've seen me write about for churchcrunch.com) it sometimes helps to tweet more than once, especially if you use different ways of tweeting.

      Sometimes I retweet my important posts by reporting that something is a 'trending post' on my site, or by mentioning interesting search terms that are bringing people to my site (and to a particular post). When I do these things, I always see an immediate spike in visits related to that content.

    • Great advice Paul!

    • Thanks for talking about Paul. I really like how you start with questions, make reference and give the link to what you posted on Monday, and made the myths as a list. I have found myself believing these myths.

    • Great post! Too many people get caught up the negative effects of a decision, but when they made that decision it was the greatest thing ever..

  7. Sometimes the difference in promoting a post is not in where you promote it by how.

    This morning (yes, I know a day late) I posted my list post on LiveIntentionally.org. It's titled "5 Myths about Shattered Dreams" This is what I tweeted this morning:

    5 Myths About Shattered Dreams (Inspired by @PWilson's new book Plan B) -http://bit.ly/9jAyKb

    I had 2 reasons for doing this. First, a lot of my followers know who Pete Wilson is and have either heard about or read his new book Plan B. Referencing them may pique their interest. Second, by including @PWilson in the tweet, the tweet showed up in Pete's "mentioned' list. If I'm lucky maybe Pete will read my post and either comment on it or retweet it. We'll see.

    Also, when I wrote the post, I lined to the book review I posted 2 days ago.

  8. Since I am new to this blogging thing I have very few followers yet. I have plugged the blog at Facebook with not much response yet (maybe I don't have enough friends, boo hoo!).
    I guess I don't understand the Twitter thing. Probably because I have not signed up and started using it yet. But most of my (non-internet) friends don't twitter either. Can someone explain to me what it really does?
    I have found that by posting good comments on others' blogs I can generate traffic to mine–not just by the blogger but also by some who read the comments. My list post from yesterday promoted several other blogs, http://junctionforjesus.blogspot.com/
    maybe someday I will write something others will want to promote as well.

  9. This one was really tough for me, mostly because I'm the guy who doesn't like self promoting. I'm in Marketing and used to pushing other people's stuff but not my own…it just seems kind of disingenuous.
    Anyways on Wednesdays of every week I write a special post/newsletter to the Youth I work with and since I always post that teaching on my blog, i just reformatted it a bit to direct them to my blog instead of packaging everything into a newsletter. Only problem was that it made it difficult to link to other posts. Anyways here it is :) http://justapen.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/waiting-

  10. This one was really tough for me, mostly because I'm the guy who doesn't like self promoting. I'm in Marketing and used to pushing other people's stuff but not my own…it just seems kind of disingenuous.
    Anyways on Wednesdays of every week I write a special post/newsletter to the Youth I work with and since I always post that teaching on my blog, i just reformatted it a bit to direct them to my blog instead of packaging everything into a newsletter. Only problem was that it made it difficult to link to other posts. Anyways here it is :) http://justapen.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/waiting-

    • Love the pictures on your blog post, helps people want to read it.

    • Love the stick figures!

      I think you make a great point that "waiting" doesn't mean sitting on your butt moping around just hoping that God will do something.

      Waiting involved being active, which seems like an oxymoronic thing to say, but it's true.

      My wife and I "waited" for God to give us kids for 12 years.. But we had to be "active" in order to get those kids! And active we were. In 4 years now we will have 3 kids! But we waited for His timing and were active in the process..

      Too many people think waiting for God to do something means they have to remain passive. While it's exactly the opposite.

  11. This one was really tough for me, mostly because I'm the guy who doesn't like self promoting. I'm in Marketing and used to pushing other people's stuff but not my own…it just seems kind of disingenuous.
    Anyways on Wednesdays of every week I write a special post/newsletter to the Youth I work with and since I always post that teaching on my blog, i just reformatted it a bit to direct them to my blog instead of packaging everything into a newsletter. Only problem was that it made it difficult to link to other posts. Anyways here it is :) http://justapen.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/waiting-

  12. Twitter and Facebook are the big ones for me. I love that twitter allows you to have a link to your blog on your profile page, making it even easier to find what people are writing. There are people I enjoy following, but 140 characters can only tell you so much.
    Staying with Twitter, I would use Twitter directories like WeFollow.com and Twellow.com to find other tweeps that have the same interests as you. This can be a great way to increase your followers on Twitter which can also lead to more blog readers.
    On Facebook I use networked blogs as a way of getting my blog post out. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of success with this so far, but I think that is primarily because I have had blog identity crisis. In the past my blog has been a mix of too many different things, now it is more focused on a single topic.

  13. hmmm, this one is a bit of a frustration for me.
    First because I try almost every avenue – tantamount to firing a shotgun,
    and second because everyone ducks when I fire; even my close friends.

    The power in promotion lies not in the channel you use to promote but in the other people inside the channel who choose whether to further your promotion or not. For Example Twitter – one tweet does a little to promote your blog but if friends participate then wow – your reach is extended 100 fold.

    But there is a downside: I submitted my post yesterday to StumbleUpon, I got 194 referrals them them; not a single comment and almost 100% of them pure visits with no further pageviews – hence huge Bounce.

    Otherwise, my strategy is to use Digg, Buzz and twitter most times, StumbleUpon, Readit sometimes. Then I have setup a FaceBook Page for my bloghttp://www.facebook.com/pages/SynapticLight/18211

    • I'm with you on the desire to create QUALITY traffic. I hate generating hits for the sake of generating hits. I'd prefer to have fewer people who spend more time interacting on the site.

    • You expressed everything I feel. I can tweet until my fingers fall off, but I don't want to spam my small group of followers with hourly tweets about a new blog posting. And so far, the retweeting has been minimal to non existent. Same for Facebook… I post it, friends will like it but beyond that, nada.

      I will check out StumbleUpon, and I know I need to comment more on other blogs, but my reading time is limited (we have a 2 month old, 4 year old, a foreign exchange soccer coach, an assortment of pets, and full time jobs) so by the time I can get around to visiting blogs, I fall asleep. <hangs head in shame>

    • You expressed everything I feel. I can tweet until my fingers fall off, but I don't want to spam my small group of followers with hourly tweets about a new blog posting. And so far, the retweeting has been minimal to non existent. Same for Facebook… I post it, friends will like it but beyond that, nada.

      I will check out StumbleUpon, and I know I need to comment more on other blogs, but my reading time is limited (we have a 2 month old, 4 year old, a foreign exchange soccer coach, an assortment of pets, and full time jobs) so by the time I can get around to visiting blogs, I fall asleep. <hangs head in shame>

      • I find that, when you submit to StumbleUpon, that you need to add a review if you want to get lots of hits.

        I have a 2.7 year old and a 0.05 year old, I know how you feel.

      • That's nothing to be ashamed of. I have a lot of trouble getting free time as well. I have a 10 year old and an 8 year old, my wife works full time and I serve as a youth pastor. (And we have a house full of pet) This blogging thing is not a full time job for me and it may never be. I love doing ministry. So I just do what I can when I can and learn as much as I can and then let God do the rest. Each of us have to find our own rhythm.

        If you take each day like we are doing and experiment with something small and keep make forward progress, eventually it will pay off. Consistency is what pays in the long run.

      • That's nothing to be ashamed of. I have a lot of trouble getting free time as well. I have a 10 year old and an 8 year old, my wife works full time and I serve as a youth pastor. (And we have a house full of pet) This blogging thing is not a full time job for me and it may never be. I love doing ministry. So I just do what I can when I can and learn as much as I can and then let God do the rest. Each of us have to find our own rhythm.

        If you take each day like we are doing and experiment with something small and keep make forward progress, eventually it will pay off. Consistency is what pays in the long run.

  14. hmmm, this one is a bit of a frustration for me.
    First because I try almost every avenue – tantamount to firing a shotgun,
    and second because everyone ducks when I fire; even my close friends.

    The power in promotion lies not in the channel you use to promote but in the other people inside the channel who choose whether to further your promotion or not. For Example Twitter – one tweet does a little to promote your blog but if friends participate then wow – your reach is extended 100 fold.

    But there is a downside: I submitted my post yesterday to StumbleUpon, I got 194 referrals them them; not a single comment and almost 100% of them pure visits with no further pageviews – hence huge Bounce.

    Otherwise, my strategy is to use Digg, Buzz and twitter most times, StumbleUpon, Readit sometimes. Then I have setup a FaceBook Page for my bloghttp://www.facebook.com/pages/SynapticLight/18211

  15. hmmm, this one is a bit of a frustration for me.
    First because I try almost every avenue – tantamount to firing a shotgun,
    and second because everyone ducks when I fire; even my close friends.

    The power in promotion lies not in the channel you use to promote but in the other people inside the channel who choose whether to further your promotion or not. For Example Twitter – one tweet does a little to promote your blog but if friends participate then wow – your reach is extended 100 fold.

    But there is a downside: I submitted my post yesterday to StumbleUpon, I got 194 referrals them them; not a single comment and almost 100% of them pure visits with no further pageviews – hence huge Bounce.

    Otherwise, my strategy is to use Digg, Buzz and twitter most times, StumbleUpon, Readit sometimes. Then I have setup a FaceBook Page for my bloghttp://www.facebook.com/pages/SynapticLight/18211

  16. You can learn a lot from a bunny. Check out my latest blog here: http://ronniespoon.blogspot.com/2010/05/bunnies.h

  17. Some great advice by all on here! I will put some of these into use.
    http://ragamuffinray.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-

  18. Some great advice by all on here! I will put some of these into use.
    http://ragamuffinray.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-

  19. Some great advice by all on here! I will put some of these into use.
    http://ragamuffinray.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-

  20. I do like the community of bloggers…friends from all around the world. So in some ways, 'promoting' is really just sharing a discussion among friends.

    David, Red Letter Believers,http://www.redletterbelievers.com, "Salt and Light:"

  21. I already receive a lot of blog love from my Facebook Friends. I used a service that automatically posts a link to my blog entries to my Facebook wall once they have been posted. I'm don't do as well with Twitter, though I typically post links there as well.

    I did write a new blog for today: "Is it Still Legal to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo?"http://captainestes.blogspot.com/2010/05/is-it-st… It's a funny little post written to celebrate today. Since it is humorous I decided to try posting a link to it on Reddit. So far I've received about 80 hits from that link.

    • Dude.. That was hilarious! For some reason I read it like I was Carlos Mencia with a twist of George Lopez! Made the story even more interesting!

      My older brother's Birthday is today so we always celebrate.. It's an excuse for thise white boys to have a Corona!

      Love the Fox News dig!

    • Dude.. That was hilarious! For some reason I read it like I was Carlos Mencia with a twist of George Lopez! Made the story even more interesting!

      My older brother's Birthday is today so we always celebrate.. It's an excuse for thise white boys to have a Corona!

      Love the Fox News dig!

    • Dude.. That was hilarious! For some reason I read it like I was Carlos Mencia with a twist of George Lopez! Made the story even more interesting!

      My older brother's Birthday is today so we always celebrate.. It's an excuse for thise white boys to have a Corona!

      Love the Fox News dig!

    • I'm never quite sure whether to self-promote on reddit or not.

      • I've had mixed experiences. Especially in the "Christian" group.

        Posting today's blog entry in the "funny" category has worked like a charm. I have over 400 readers so far.

      • I've had mixed experiences. Especially in the "Christian" group.

        Posting today's blog entry in the "funny" category has worked like a charm. I have over 400 readers so far.

    • OMG! THAT WAS SUCH A FUN READ! LOVE IT!

  22. Since I started my blog I've had the availability for people to receive the posts via email, and of course I have an RSS feed. Though this has given me more access to readers, it does keep them away from visiting the actual blog and interacting in any discussion.

    I tried limiting the RSS feed once to a paragraph or two and got a loud uproar in return. I've decided not to be controlling with the content just because I want people to visit the actual site.

    Anyone else struggle with this? How have you handled it?

  23. Since I started my blog I've had the availability for people to receive the posts via email, and of course I have an RSS feed. Though this has given me more access to readers, it does keep them away from visiting the actual blog and interacting in any discussion.

    I tried limiting the RSS feed once to a paragraph or two and got a loud uproar in return. I've decided not to be controlling with the content just because I want people to visit the actual site.

    Anyone else struggle with this? How have you handled it?

    • Chad, if you use FeedBurner, your RSS visits are tracked just like a visit to your actual blog. Plus, any photos or links embedded in your posts will show up in a person's reader. Clicking on those links will bring them into your site. RSS readers have grown fairly sophisticated. The reason you get the uproar with partial posts is that it's easier to have a reader feed on a monitor in a work cubicle than a flashy blog, betraying the reader as not actually working. :)

    • Chad, if you use FeedBurner, your RSS visits are tracked just like a visit to your actual blog. Plus, any photos or links embedded in your posts will show up in a person's reader. Clicking on those links will bring them into your site. RSS readers have grown fairly sophisticated. The reason you get the uproar with partial posts is that it's easier to have a reader feed on a monitor in a work cubicle than a flashy blog, betraying the reader as not actually working. :)

    • About 75% of my subscribers get each post through email. My website was born out of a daily devotional email so I guess I can't complain. I know people read them because I hear back from them from time to time, but like you said, they don't comment much.

      I have also thought about using a teaser so they would have to come to the site, but I figured out that my job is to plant the seed and leave the waterin' to God.

      I am tryin' to work on how to ask a question in the post to somehow get them motivated to go to the site and comment. I will put this in it's own post at the end, but here is today's post. http://campfirecowboyministries.com/2010/05/how-t

    • Chad, I used to show just the intro in the RSS feeds both for this blog and LiveIntentionally.org. I really wanted to drive traffic to the blogs themselves. I got some complaints too. Eventually I decided to switch and include the whole post in the RSS feed, but I don't have a real strong feeling one way or the other on this.

  24. I'll be writing my post at lunch, but I am going to take a little different approach. Earlier today I commented on the blog of some one who is inspiring me through his efforts to raise money for autism:http://www.operationjack.org The post will promote running for a cause, then I am going to promote it like crazy. I hope that the combination of highlighting someone else's efforts and putting my own in will make an impact. Lunch is in a hour, so I'll post again when it is up with the a link.

  25. I'll be writing my post at lunch, but I am going to take a little different approach. Earlier today I commented on the blog of some one who is inspiring me through his efforts to raise money for autism:http://www.operationjack.org The post will promote running for a cause, then I am going to promote it like crazy. I hope that the combination of highlighting someone else's efforts and putting my own in will make an impact. Lunch is in a hour, so I'll post again when it is up with the a link.

  26. I'll be writing my post at lunch, but I am going to take a little different approach. Earlier today I commented on the blog of some one who is inspiring me through his efforts to raise money for autism:http://www.operationjack.org The post will promote running for a cause, then I am going to promote it like crazy. I hope that the combination of highlighting someone else's efforts and putting my own in will make an impact. Lunch is in a hour, so I'll post again when it is up with the a link.

  27. I joined networked blogs and feedburner and also twitter. At least got a few followers from networked blogs.

  28. Not sure what to do about this today, as I have been tweeting and posting to facebook about the 31dbbb since we started. But I will continue to comment and keep on keepin' on.
    B

    • Exacttly. I've been doing this more or less since day one of my blog.

      I also have a huge rss list – which I scan looking for tidbits and then dive in. I frequently comment on many, many posts and whilst I can see that visitor numbers in response to a post do go up I only ever get the same folks commenting.

      It's a shame and I don't know how to fix that personally so hoping others will have insights

    • Exacttly. I've been doing this more or less since day one of my blog.

      I also have a huge rss list – which I scan looking for tidbits and then dive in. I frequently comment on many, many posts and whilst I can see that visitor numbers in response to a post do go up I only ever get the same folks commenting.

      It's a shame and I don't know how to fix that personally so hoping others will have insights

  29. I have been pushing my blog posts to Twitter and Facebook since the beginning. I have more than a couple of blog that I read on an daily basis, and I try to comment on a consistent basis, but I have not yet linked back to my own posts doing this.

    Another thing that have helped me in getting new readers to my blog, has been to promote other blogs on my site, which generates ping backs to their sites in turn.

  30. To be honest the only things I don't do are: submit to professional news outlets and newsletter updates as I don't have a newsletter though I have toyed with the idea.

    Like I said above, I'm hoping today will be the day that someone gives me an "Ah ha" moment in terms of turning visits into comments.

  31. I think one thing that wasn't mentioned is to keep blog posts SHORT. For me, short means certainly less than 1000 words, and preferably below 800. Sometimes I will go over that, but not often, and then only when what I have to share doesn't lend itself to being broken up into a couple of posts.

    Another thing I think helps a lot is a picture. It doesn't necessarily have to add to the blog as long as it doesn't clash with it. I find I'm always more likely to look at a post that has a picture, and I'm sure I'm not all THAT wierd.

    That said, I do the automatic Facebook and Twitter posts, and since I started out with a Facebook app to get my blog posted there, now that WordPress has an option to post to Facebook, my posts go up there twice. Handily, they don't generally post back to back, though sometimes it works out that way. If it's a really good post, I'll post it up there again. I don't bother with that on Twitter because I don't really understand or follow Twitter. Maybe we should have a Twitter day or something. I think a lot of us are in that boat.

    Really, I think the most helpful thing I do is read other bloggers' posts and comment on them. I know I like positive and also constructive-tho-negative feedback (I like the positive better!) and so I like to encourage my fellow bloggers with a comment. I try to make it substantive, but sometimes all I may have time for is a note of appreciation, and if that's the case, that's what I do. I haven't tracked it much, but it does seem to help.

    Blessings, Cindy

  32. I think one thing that wasn't mentioned is to keep blog posts SHORT. For me, short means certainly less than 1000 words, and preferably below 800. Sometimes I will go over that, but not often, and then only when what I have to share doesn't lend itself to being broken up into a couple of posts.

    Another thing I think helps a lot is a picture. It doesn't necessarily have to add to the blog as long as it doesn't clash with it. I find I'm always more likely to look at a post that has a picture, and I'm sure I'm not all THAT wierd.

    That said, I do the automatic Facebook and Twitter posts, and since I started out with a Facebook app to get my blog posted there, now that WordPress has an option to post to Facebook, my posts go up there twice. Handily, they don't generally post back to back, though sometimes it works out that way. If it's a really good post, I'll post it up there again. I don't bother with that on Twitter because I don't really understand or follow Twitter. Maybe we should have a Twitter day or something. I think a lot of us are in that boat.

    Really, I think the most helpful thing I do is read other bloggers' posts and comment on them. I know I like positive and also constructive-tho-negative feedback (I like the positive better!) and so I like to encourage my fellow bloggers with a comment. I try to make it substantive, but sometimes all I may have time for is a note of appreciation, and if that's the case, that's what I do. I haven't tracked it much, but it does seem to help.

    Blessings, Cindy

    • I agree that posting on other blogs is probably the most helpful because it helps you build relationships. Twitter has also been very helpful to me, maybe 15-20% of my readers find me through it.
      In reading the other comments I have seen several others that have made similar comments about not knowing the power of twitter. If we don't have a day dedicated to twitter during this 31 day period, maybe I'll post some info in the forums that has been helpful to me.

    • Hi Cindy,

      I've tried every variation I can think of in terms of post length and style. Maybe it is all about content and I'm no providing the right content for those taht turn up at my blog.

      As Paul says – post promotion is an odd one to have as Day 3 …

    • Hi Cindy,

      I've tried every variation I can think of in terms of post length and style. Maybe it is all about content and I'm no providing the right content for those taht turn up at my blog.

      As Paul says – post promotion is an odd one to have as Day 3 …

    • Cindy, your comment about keeping posts short and including a picture get to a bigger issue that I was thinking about earlier… when a blog is not getting many readers or comments often the problem is poor content, not lack of promotion. It probably would have been useful to have some lessons about content (formatting, images, writing style, post length, etc) and have us all improving that before jumping right to promotion.

  33. Here's a thought….

    a RT club. I actually belong to one though it has never taken off and the organising power behind it has now dropped me from his circle of folks to follow – so he's obviously decided that is dead in the water. However, he was trying to do it from a standpoint of nothing tying folks together.

    So it could have mean that I might end up having to RT something I'm not happy with. Whereas with christians at least we all have an initial commonality and the likelihood is that our posts whilst not of a subject that interests me, may do to our own twitter followers.

    If folks want I'm happy to organise such a thing. Just drop me an email and we can discuss the fine print. But it will need a decent'ish response to be viable.

    • RT club sounds pretty awesome. I'm def in for that one, although my twitter following is in the same stage of growth as my blog at this point :-

    • RT club sounds pretty awesome. I'm def in for that one, although my twitter following is in the same stage of growth as my blog at this point :-

    • RT club sounds pretty awesome. I'm def in for that one, although my twitter following is in the same stage of growth as my blog at this point :-\

    • RT club is great. It certainly spreads the word to people you'ld not normally have had a chance connecting with – the whole friend of a friend of a friend. But to be taken seriously it would have to be strategic and not spammy.

      I am game

    • RT club is great. It certainly spreads the word to people you'ld not normally have had a chance connecting with – the whole friend of a friend of a friend. But to be taken seriously it would have to be strategic and not spammy.

      I am game

      • The thinking is make it an honour based system and that you can only ask for a RT once a week (or whatever figure is decided) and to be eligible for more you'd have to RT others stuff as well.

        The workings of it could be cumbersome, but I guess a spreadsheet would fit most cases and a quick glance would soon see if anyone was abusing it.

        But to work it has to be a. not spammy and b. >75% have to RT the tweet

        • hmm, I find it difficult in finding the right post to give promotion boost – my logic gets all reversed on me; the posts I believe are geared for success and interaction do not always do very well. Like my latest one:http://synapticlight.com/my-bucket-list/ I would have thought that that would have got some discussion going. but nope.

        • hmm, I find it difficult in finding the right post to give promotion boost – my logic gets all reversed on me; the posts I believe are geared for success and interaction do not always do very well. Like my latest one:http://synapticlight.com/my-bucket-list/ I would have thought that that would have got some discussion going. but nope.

        • hmm, I find it difficult in finding the right post to give promotion boost – my logic gets all reversed on me; the posts I believe are geared for success and interaction do not always do very well. Like my latest one:http://synapticlight.com/my-bucket-list/ I would have thought that that would have got some discussion going. but nope.

        • hmm, I find it difficult in finding the right post to give promotion boost – my logic gets all reversed on me; the posts I believe are geared for success and interaction do not always do very well. Like my latest one:http://synapticlight.com/my-bucket-list/ I would have thought that that would have got some discussion going. but nope.

    • Great idea Stuart. I follow alot of people through the different Twitter accounts I have (I have too many to count! 1 for my business, 1 persona, 1 for church, 1 for church sports, and 1 for another business) I RT alot! And it gets you followers and once you have followers if you put out good content people will read your blogs. It's all about getting the right people following you.

      If your niche is all about read meat and let's say I'm a vegan then I will probably never read your blog. Twitter has alot of tools to help you find followers in your niche. Those are the eyes you want on your blog.

    • I would be interested in a RT group.

      • Ditto. My one hesitation is that I wouldn't want it to become spammy, as some have already pointed out. Sometimes I'll run across a person on Twitter who seems to only RT, and hardly ever says anything of their own. I tend not to follow those people, because in the end, I want to connect with that person.

        But…it sounds like everyone here is thinking about that as well.

      • Ditto. My one hesitation is that I wouldn't want it to become spammy, as some have already pointed out. Sometimes I'll run across a person on Twitter who seems to only RT, and hardly ever says anything of their own. I tend not to follow those people, because in the end, I want to connect with that person.

        But…it sounds like everyone here is thinking about that as well.

    • I do this with twittermoms and agree with what u said. Id join too=)

      • I'm gathering a list of names as I type :)

        I'll try to do a post about it or contact everyone individually when I've had some time to work stuff through.

  34. Here's a link for my post today:http://trainingcrucible.blogspot.com/2010/05/run-… Since it is about a great cause and inspiring dedication by a dad for his son I hope that everyone will check it out, and if not, at least go tohttp://www.operationjack.org for the whole story.

  35. I promoted my list post "Things to Decide Before Starting A Blog"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/thin… by tweeting it last night and this morning, and posting it on Facebook.

    I've found successful promoting by tweeting it several times on the same day, posting it on Facebook when lots of friends are on, and by talking about it in chat. Like if someone is chatting with me while I'm blogging and asks what I'm doing, I might say I'm blogging and tell them what I'm blogging about.

    I use TwitterFeed so it automatically posts to Twitter, and when you comment on other peoples blogs or sign in to do comments you can leave your website and sometimes you get readers who are reading your comments on other blogs.

    Todays blogpost is about "Things In The Spring 1 – Looking Forward"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/thin

  36. I promoted my list post "Things to Decide Before Starting A Blog"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/thin… by tweeting it last night and this morning, and posting it on Facebook.

    I've found successful promoting by tweeting it several times on the same day, posting it on Facebook when lots of friends are on, and by talking about it in chat. Like if someone is chatting with me while I'm blogging and asks what I'm doing, I might say I'm blogging and tell them what I'm blogging about.

    I use TwitterFeed so it automatically posts to Twitter, and when you comment on other peoples blogs or sign in to do comments you can leave your website and sometimes you get readers who are reading your comments on other blogs.

    Todays blogpost is about "Things In The Spring 1 – Looking Forward"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/thin

  37. I promoted my list post "Things to Decide Before Starting A Blog"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/thin… by tweeting it last night and this morning, and posting it on Facebook.

    I've found successful promoting by tweeting it several times on the same day, posting it on Facebook when lots of friends are on, and by talking about it in chat. Like if someone is chatting with me while I'm blogging and asks what I'm doing, I might say I'm blogging and tell them what I'm blogging about.

    I use TwitterFeed so it automatically posts to Twitter, and when you comment on other peoples blogs or sign in to do comments you can leave your website and sometimes you get readers who are reading your comments on other blogs.

    Todays blogpost is about "Things In The Spring 1 – Looking Forward"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/thin

  38. I promoted my list post "Things to Decide Before Starting A Blog"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/thin… by tweeting it last night and this morning, and posting it on Facebook.

    I've found successful promoting by tweeting it several times on the same day, posting it on Facebook when lots of friends are on, and by talking about it in chat. Like if someone is chatting with me while I'm blogging and asks what I'm doing, I might say I'm blogging and tell them what I'm blogging about.

    I use TwitterFeed so it automatically posts to Twitter, and when you comment on other peoples blogs or sign in to do comments you can leave your website and sometimes you get readers who are reading your comments on other blogs.

    Todays blogpost is about "Things In The Spring 1 – Looking Forward"http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/thin

  39. My current promotional strategy consists of:
    1) Twitter
    2) Facebook
    3) Posting on others blogs.
    4) Networking @ conferences
    5) I am putting together a couple of free conference for church leaders in my area to educate them on blogging and help some of them get started.
    6) In this group, I have done what others are doing. I am not limiting my comments to this blog, but visiting others blogs and commenting there as well.
    7) I have also talked with one person about swapping guest posts on each others blogs. I would be interested in doing this with others here that are writing similar content.

    For today's post, I pulled several of the posts from yesterday and made them available on my blog today. I pulled the material that was most compatible with my readership. It probably won't help with lots of traffic as my blog is new and doesn't have much readership, but it is at least a link back to your blog.

    Here is today's post: http://larrywestfall.com/let-me-introduce-you-to-

  40. My current promotional strategy consists of:
    1) Twitter
    2) Facebook
    3) Posting on others blogs.
    4) Networking @ conferences
    5) I am putting together a couple of free conference for church leaders in my area to educate them on blogging and help some of them get started.
    6) In this group, I have done what others are doing. I am not limiting my comments to this blog, but visiting others blogs and commenting there as well.
    7) I have also talked with one person about swapping guest posts on each others blogs. I would be interested in doing this with others here that are writing similar content.

    For today's post, I pulled several of the posts from yesterday and made them available on my blog today. I pulled the material that was most compatible with my readership. It probably won't help with lots of traffic as my blog is new and doesn't have much readership, but it is at least a link back to your blog.

    Here is today's post: http://larrywestfall.com/let-me-introduce-you-to-

    • Ah yes, guest posts are always good. Especially if you can get someone with a bigger name than yours to humble themselves :)

    • Larry,
      I appreciate you including me on your list. Guest posting sounds interesting.
      –Richard

    • Posting on others blogs. Guest posts and comments?
      I find those to be the best way: actually for me it is a "do unto other what you want them to do for you" kind of thing. Otherwise some blog actuall give you Google juice for being loyal commenters: the blogs onhttp://8bit.io for example

    • Posting on others blogs. Guest posts and comments?
      I find those to be the best way: actually for me it is a "do unto other what you want them to do for you" kind of thing. Otherwise some blog actuall give you Google juice for being loyal commenters: the blogs onhttp://8bit.io for example

    • Posting on others blogs. Guest posts and comments?
      I find those to be the best way: actually for me it is a "do unto other what you want them to do for you" kind of thing. Otherwise some blog actuall give you Google juice for being loyal commenters: the blogs onhttp://8bit.io for example

    • Posting on others blogs. Guest posts and comments?
      I find those to be the best way: actually for me it is a "do unto other what you want them to do for you" kind of thing. Otherwise some blog actuall give you Google juice for being loyal commenters: the blogs onhttp://8bit.io for example

    • I like your promotional strategies.

  41. I knew just what to do. ; – )

    Darren Rowse, Please Link to Me…
    http://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/0

    • Lol! Great post LL. it actually helps me remember a lot of the stuff that Rowse was talking about in his book.

      • Thanks! Really, that is the point. I find it helps me remember stuff better when I actually try it out. And of course the post is completely tongue-in-cheek. Which is where I imagine I'll probably stay for the duration of the project. (It's a nice break from my serious and poetic sides. : )

    • You don't ask, you don't get – well who know :)
      But the popular bloggers don't have to ask because everyone else does it for them.
      Almost like: The rich get richer

    • Actually, I've been surprised lately by what people have been willing to for me as a blogger when I ask. I asked Darren if he would give us all $5 off the 31 Days ebook and he did.

    • Actually, I've been surprised lately by what people have been willing to for me as a blogger when I ask. I asked Darren if he would give us all $5 off the 31 Days ebook and he did.

    • Totally shameless, LL! But brilliant! Brilliant enough that it just might work!

      LOL! You crack me up!

      • Ha! :) Well, I wasn't expecting that he'd actually link to me. I think bloggers often make the mistake of asking too much of other bloggers, prematurely. Which is the Secret Message of the post. :)

    • You don't ask, you don't get – well who know :)
      But the popular bloggers don't have to ask because everyone else does it for them.
      Almost like: The rich get richer

      • Phillip, that is true. The thing is that genuine connection will eventually get us links. In my (humble) experience, too many bloggers try to work at getting links rather than simply finding their best voice and just being friendly.

        Of course it still takes strategy! But that is a bit secondary.

    • Brilliant! Genius! Funny! Thanks, LL

    • I call shenanigans!

      But then again…I have asked people if I could have their iPads. It COULD happen.

  42. I knew just what to do. ; – )

    Darren Rowse, Please Link to Me…
    http://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/0

  43. Since I am new to this blogging thing I have very few followers yet. I have plugged the blog at Facebook with not much response yet (maybe I don't have enough friends, boo hoo!).
    I guess I don't understand the Twitter thing. Probably because I have not signed up and started using it yet. But most of my (non-internet) friends don't twitter either. Can someone explain to me what it really does?
    I have found that by posting good comments on others' blogs I can generate traffic to mine–not just by the blogger but also by some who read the comments. My list post from yesterday promoted several other blogs, http://junctionforjesus.blogspot.com/
    maybe someday I will write something others will want to promote as well.

    • Richard.. Not enough space here to explain the power of Twitter. In my main business I have found my greatest customer via Twitter. No joke. On one Twitter account I have that was simply posting tweets from an auto blog I had setup I now have 1200 followers.. Twitter is microblogging. Go get the book Twitter Powerhttp://amzn.to/b4kgcu by Joel Comm or the new version Twitter Power 2.0http://amzn.to/acDLPL

      Another book that will change your opinion about Twitter is Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk. All about branding yourself and how to use Twitter and blogs to do it.http://amzn.to/aqpgYH

    • Hi Richard,

      I read your list post from yesterday and if I was on the search or interested in following ministry blogs, I would find it very helpful. I created a list like this once and in my post I promised that I would follow up on some of the websites that I mentioned for a more in depth review. (http://knowyourstory.net/2010/02/23/photo-archiving-websites-%E2%80%94-which-ones-work-best/) Perhaps your list could be a base for a series on a more in depth post about each blog that you follow and/or, you could create another page or link within your blog that acts as a reference list for the blogs that you like. I did this after I made that I list I just referred to and I now have a helpful links page that I add to whenever I come across a site that I think is helpful. Just a thought, and great job!

      I was the same way about Twitter a few months back. I first signed up and followed any kind of news outlet (CNN, MSNBC, Todd Chuck, E!, Larry King, ect) and then celebrities and it was through this that I found out that Haiti had an earth quake. I just read what others wrote about, but never joined in. I still never do for that account, but by just observing for a few months I started to see what was what. Then I started my blog this past February and knew that Twitter was a tool that I needed to use so I made an account @KnowYourStory and did a search for any key words that related to my blog (genealogy, family history, photos, organizing) and all those out there in Twitter land who have those key words in their profile description came up. There is another way of doing the search and anyone who wrote those key words in their Tweets would show up. When you do your search, read the persons description and then you can choose to Follow them. Most likely they will end up following you back, then start Tweeting! Now as for what to write, just observe those you are following for a few days and then do a test here and there until you get comfortable (you could just say Good Morning!). Or just take the plunge and tell everyone that you are doing the 31DBBB, what day it is and what the assignment is. Then followup later by sharing a few words about having completed the assignment and past a link to your post. If you need to get a shorten URL so everything you've written and your link all fit within the 140 character limit, go tohttp://bit.ly/ and paste your link into the field and it will generate a small weird looking link for you to copy and paste into your Tweet. I use the program "TweetDeck" to doing all my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and in that program it will shorten a pasted URL automatically for you if you have the correct box check marked. On a last note, I don't follow anyone that I personally know and they don't follow me because I haven't told them about my blog since I feel like I still need to prove my blog is more then just a hobby first. But yet, I find that by doing it this way, I am more comfortable with Tweeting. And by being comfortable with just being this person out there on the web, I have made some friends and I look forward to seeing their tweets and catching up with what is going on in their world. I hope that helps!

      • Brooke,
        WOW! That's a lot of good info on how to use Twitter. You might want to send that stuff directly to Paul S. so he could make sure everyone gets to read it.
        I will take the Twitter plunge soon, Lord willing!

    • Hi again, my link didn't work. If you are interested in seeing my link post that I hope to use as a base for a series and the helpful link page that came from it, you can go to my sitehttp://www.knowyourstory.net and do a search for "Photo Archiving websites". You'll first see the helpful links page and below that info will be the post with "Photo Archiving websites" in it's title line.

    • Richard, very few of my "real world" friends are on twitter as well. Instead I use twitter to connect with people who share my interests in faith, leadership, the web, and social media. Like most things online, your best bet is just to dive in and observe others using it.

    • Thanks for posting about the blogs you are reading.

    • I have to second what Brooke said. I used to scoff at Twitter, because all I ever saw were people tweeting things like

      "I'm at the grocery store. I'm thinking chicken for dinner."

      "The lady in front of me is taking WAAAAY too long with all of her coupons."

      I'm not sure what finally convinced me to take the plunge but I'm glad I did. Twitter is really great for sharing good quotes, interesting (short) thoughts, and links to things worth reading, and the people I follow on Twitter use it that way most of the time.

      It's also great for sharing news – personal news or public news. Lots of people are saying that Twitter has been instrumental in getting the word out about the floods in Tennessee, because there's not a lot of prominent mainstream media coverage.

  44. Twitter and Facebook are the big ones for me. I love that twitter allows you to have a link to your blog on your profile page, making it even easier to find what people are writing. There are people I enjoy following, but 140 characters can only tell you so much.
    Staying with Twitter, I would use Twitter directories like WeFollow.com and Twellow.com to find other tweeps that have the same interests as you. This can be a great way to increase your followers on Twitter which can also lead to more blog readers.
    On Facebook I use networked blogs as a way of getting my blog post out. Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of success with this so far, but I think that is primarily because I have had blog identity crisis. In the past my blog has been a mix of too many different things, now it is more focused on a single topic.

  45. My list post doesn't go up until tomorrow, so I haven't promoted it yet. (But I will, tomorrow, using Twitter and Facebook!) I have, however, promoted my last two posts on my blog using Twitter and Facebook. I also had a post up yesterday about why we homeschool that linked to another blog, where I was "guest posting." I got a lot of hits on my blog yesterday from her site. They read what I wrote and then used the link to my blog to see what else I've written!

    About using Twitter and Facebook to promote your blog: I have noticed that people seem more willing to visit your blog and check out what you're "offering" if you've taken the time to build a relationship and rapport of sorts through interactions with them that are unrelated to promoting your "product" (whatever it is). I don't like it when others do nothing but "promote" themselves and their "stuff," and it would seem that others don't care for that either. Let's get to know each other! :)

    • Agreed on the getting to know each other.

      I recently blogged about "Twitter Fail" wherein I bemoaned a particular day that I took stockof. I'd answered several queries (whether right, wrong, helpful or not) tweeted some useful stuff pointing to other blogs, news, etc, RT apporx 6 times and joined several conversations. Typically, despite my efforts, ONLYone person bothered to reply.

      And the most amazing aspect of all that – the one that did reply is a world wide rugby star. Imagine that he could find the time, yet those professing to be networking couldn't and what's more the majority of them are christian. If we all come over that bad then no wonder the world is on our case.

      Lets get to know each other or at least those in your circle.

    • Agreed on the getting to know each other.

      I recently blogged about "Twitter Fail" wherein I bemoaned a particular day that I took stockof. I'd answered several queries (whether right, wrong, helpful or not) tweeted some useful stuff pointing to other blogs, news, etc, RT apporx 6 times and joined several conversations. Typically, despite my efforts, ONLYone person bothered to reply.

      And the most amazing aspect of all that – the one that did reply is a world wide rugby star. Imagine that he could find the time, yet those professing to be networking couldn't and what's more the majority of them are christian. If we all come over that bad then no wonder the world is on our case.

      Lets get to know each other or at least those in your circle.

      • Agreed! And in the spirit of getting to know you better, I'm now following you on Twitter! (I haven't been on much this week because of crazy circumstances here, but I'm going to be looking for you when I'm on!)

        Have a blessed day, Stuart!

        ~Jennifer

  46. I always link my blog posts on my facebook page. Though I must admit I have been avoiding Twitter. Why? Not sure. Maybe I am trying to rebel from the current trend. Though I am slowly being drawn to the tweet light. Do you really think Twitter adds that much more traffic??? just asking.

    • Absolutely! My three biggest referrals come from Facebook, Twitter, and Disqus (yes, the commenting system that allows me to send comments to Twitter and FB). This combination brings me more traffic than the search engines! I think that the key is (and I wrote about this over at churchcrunch.com) is to remember to not just use Twitter as a means of getting traffic to your blog… http://churchcrunch.com/remember-its-a-conversati

      Great question!

    • Absolutely! My three biggest referrals come from Facebook, Twitter, and Disqus (yes, the commenting system that allows me to send comments to Twitter and FB). This combination brings me more traffic than the search engines! I think that the key is (and I wrote about this over at churchcrunch.com) is to remember to not just use Twitter as a means of getting traffic to your blog… http://churchcrunch.com/remember-its-a-conversati

      Great question!

    • With twitter as I noted in my latest bloghttp://ragamuffinray.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-… (hey, I am promoting!! : ) you can sync it to twitterfeed. I get more traffic from twitter than Facebook.

    • Personally, about 15-20% of my blog traffic comes from Twitter, so yep, I would say it's helpful. I think the important with twitter is that your tweets need to be helpful to the same people who you want to be reading your blog. Endless tweets about what you are eating aren't likely to increase traffic towards your blog.

    • Personally, about 15-20% of my blog traffic comes from Twitter, so yep, I would say it's helpful. I think the important with twitter is that your tweets need to be helpful to the same people who you want to be reading your blog. Endless tweets about what you are eating aren't likely to increase traffic towards your blog.

      • I agree. Twitter can be a good source of traffic for a blog. Even more so, I think Twitter really allows you to develop better relationships with people than blogging alone. Like you said, it's important to make sure your tweets are helpful to the same people you're helping with your blog, however, mixing in a fair amount of personal stuff and just "being real" with people really takes the relationships to the next level.

    • I am so grateful that I joined Twitter a year ago. (It's how I met Paul, after all! :) ) I find that is a powerful and overwhelmingly positive place.

    • I second what everyone else is saying. A good chunk of my blog traffic comes from Twitter. Think of Twitter as a series of elevator pitches for your individual blog posts. One great thing about Twitter in this context is that it really does make you think about how to condense the content of the post you're pitching down into one attention getting phrase.

    • ok ok. You are all tempting me to browse the Twitter site and start an account. I'll let you know.

  47. I am reluctant to promote my blog just yet. My website where my blog is attached is not in its final form and the free on-line bible studies available for download. In the next two months this will all change and I will certainly use a blog as a major way to draw people to the site. ____I am so thankful for the ability to be a part of this learning process. I can FULLY see the benefit of promoting an informative and encouraging blog entry as a means to draw in followers. ____THANKS

  48. I have been posting on Facebook, but not Tweeting. My experience has been that the biggest draw to my blog has been posting my comments on other people's blogs. I have tracked this and know it to be true. Even participating in this project has increased what little traffic I have. The problem is time. With all of the rest of life pressing on me, it is very difficult o find the time to read and comment on other people's blogs.

    I've been doing a little series on what makes a husband "safe" to his wife. Here's the latest installment of "The Best Safety Device is a Careful Man":
    http://preparation4eternity.blogspot.com/2010/05/

    • There are some tools out there to help streamline your time when commenting on blogs. Comment Kahuna is one of them. Great resource to search for a topic and then add your comment to different post. But don't be spammy.

      I got a comment on one of my blogs today that went like this :" This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!"

      That is a spam comment purely to try and get a link to their blog. Has no insight or information to add. And this person probably has an auto commenter posting this on 100s of blogs.

      Be engaging and add to the content when commenting.

    • I know your blog is geared towards men but I really dig it!

  49. I have been posting on Facebook, but not Tweeting. My experience has been that the biggest draw to my blog has been posting my comments on other people's blogs. I have tracked this and know it to be true. Even participating in this project has increased what little traffic I have. The problem is time. With all of the rest of life pressing on me, it is very difficult o find the time to read and comment on other people's blogs.

    I've been doing a little series on what makes a husband "safe" to his wife. Here's the latest installment of "The Best Safety Device is a Careful Man":
    http://preparation4eternity.blogspot.com/2010/05/

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