So, the other day a client asked me how to promote his business blog. I started to come up with a few things, but I knew it would be overwhelming. I slept on it and decided to make a detailed blog post about how to promote his blog.
They have people who volunteer to vet out the best content for the web. Hence, it may take several days before you are notified by email if your posts are accepted there or not.
You can also advertise your posts there if they are accepted. I’ve done it and it really did drive a lot of traffic to my blog.
Zest’s mobile app really improved in 2019 and I use it via mobile more often than not today! You can save articles to read later, vote on them, share them there or on the social networks.
Lastly, at the end of 2019 Zest also has a premium program that you can sign up for in 2020.
Viral Content Bee
This is another place to share your posts and others. It can be time consuming to go there daily but you could pay for points and let it ride on its own. With Viral Content Bee you can share on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumbler or Mix. A nice combo of sites to share with it!
Remember, it’s time or money people, you can’t have it without one or the other!
Listly for Your Blog
Listly is an oldie but goodie. I like it because your lists can show up in Google search. You must be sure to optimize your lists and add things to them.
You can read an old post I did on Listly with some updates for this link.
Thanks to Dexter at InfoBunny for encouraging me to use this network. It’s a content curating site that took the place of Storify. (if you remember that one).
It’s easy to set-up but it takes time to figure out the ins and outs. You can invite people to collaborate on your boards and wakes as they call them there.
Triberr to Promote Your Blog
Triberr is still a good way to generate traffic to your blog. It takes time and patience to set up. But once you do, there is a free version and a paid version. I’ve been using the paid version (Lite) for years now. They have changed their rates but after you use it FREE to start I do recommend upgrading on this one.
The Triberr set-up can go automatic for you or you can pick and choose what to share and where to share as I do. You put in your own RSS feed so others can share your latest post. You can read more using Triberr on an instructional piece I did a while back.
Traffic does not come quick with Tribber but once it does, it’s great. It was my main driver for Twitter and LinkedIn traffic for years. It has come down the past year but I still recommend it for 2020.
Once you crack this nut, they say you can generate a lot of traffic. I’m in the starting phases to see how it will pan out for you. I’m earning my Karma before I post anything with links. I gained about 100 Karma in 2019. (Updated since this post was original in January 2019).
It’s a great place to meet other bloggers though. You can have conversations just like on Facebook groups, Quora and on chat rooms. I’ve learned a lot and participated in many chats over on Reddit in 2019.
Quora Questions and Answers
One of my favorite places to generate new traffic but it took a long time. It had to become a habit before traffic followed. I did a post last week about how Quora can help grow your business.
And recently I’ve learned you can make some money from this site as well. That too takes a lot of time to generate some dollars.
Thanks again to Dexter for that info. He shares about their Quora Partner Program here.
Flipboard does drive traffic but be careful of the high bounce rate. It’s my go to site for news after Twitter if I’m bored which isn’t often by the way But, if I’m standing in line, not often since I shop online more these days, it’ a great way to pass some time.
The traffic from Flipboard has dropped some the past year in 2019 but I do recommend it as it still drives some.
You can pick your areas of interest and see stories about them quickly and easily. You can follow others and share other’s pieces there which I recommend you do! It’s that old 80/20 sharing rule.
Again, I did a piece on this over on Curatti how how to use Flipboard.
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The Big and almighty Facebook! There are so many ways! Facebook groups is ruling it today and of course Facebook Live. You know my friends Ryan and Donna are rocking it with Facebook Live.
I do recommend having a Facebook page, it’s the only way you can really do marketing and ads on Facebook. It gives your business a professional presence too. Feel free to give my Facebook page a like here too!
People today do search on Facebook and they have new search ads in beta now.
If you have time you could invest it in managing a Facebook group. They seem to be gaining in traction along with the stories feature.
I do recommend to all my clients a Facebook ad budget to boost posts along the way. There are many ways and combos of how to boost today. You have a lot of options to choose from to target better.
And of course, as I mentioned up top, videos do very well on Facebook!
My all time favorite and traffic driver. It amazes me how many people I come across locally that don’t understand Twitter and just have automation tools to throw out content against the wall.
You know what I think of that, right? Sorry my friends and clients. You must engage on Twitter. That’s the secret behind it. Take 10 minutes a day to increase your Twitterness.
A great one for business folks! You can take your long posts on the blog and make a 300- word condensed version to share on LinkedIn and link back to your blog. I understand if you do this consistently it will drive traffic.
I’ve done it here and there, not consistent and did receive some traffic. Imagine with consistency? Ravi explains here how he drives traffic from Linkedin Pulse.
Again, video on this social network is growing and those that do it says it does drive them more engagement on the network which leads to more traffic and customers.
Wow, this one social networking site has become complicated today, but traffic does come once you master a few things like group boards and Tailwind. As you are generating blog posts think of images and use Canva to tailor them to Pinterest.
Instagram To Promote Your Blog
Who doesn’t know about Instagram today? But did you know you can change your URL in your bio often to drive a little traffic to your website or blog? I don’t recommend using those Linktrees many others recommend. Why?
Because having one link in your Instagram bio drives traffic to that link!
If you have a Linktree in your Instagram bio it gives people many choices to go to different links thus limiting your traffic. Sometimes, when people have too many choices they choose nothing!
This one like Twitter does need engagement to drive traffic for you.
People on this network follow and unfollow quicker than you and I change our underwear. So, don’t get discouraged on Instagram. Comment often, post no more than 1-2 daily and do a few behind the scenes Instagram stories.
I’ve dabbled in this one over the years but haven’t had traffic to really speak of, but I mention it here because of its social bookmarking effect. It can help with your site’s SEO juice.
Last year many folks left this social network as they no longer accept nudity and sexual explicit content. Maybe that is a good thing?
This is an old set it and forget it place. I did until I checked my stats for this post today. It still generates traffic. Now I would recommend you check after time how you set yourself up.
Do check that your bio is still valid as you know how things may have changed since the last time you looked.
Another set it and forget it place. Do it once and a little traffic dribbles to your blog. It’s a content creation type of site. They send out emails often with news items.
A great way to promote your blog if you are featured there.
Remember this one was going away? Well it still hasn’t in 2020!
I think we were talking about this back in 2010-2011. I know I was going back and forth with Mayura about that one. Gosh I’ve known him almost a decade now
I set it and forgot it! Inspire To Thrive does get minimal traffic each month from there. Hence, I did go back and see there are several paid programs and ways to vote and comment there.
There was a great review by my friend Erik from No Passive Income. A place to definitely check out for your blog.
PushEngage To Promote Your Blog
Loving it! I set it and forgot until I checked out my stats one day for subscribers. I had more coming via push notifications vs. email! Not sure if that is really a good or bad thing but it generates traffic. You can read more about them over on Curati Blog.
Email today still rocks too. People do check it though the younger set less often and most likely won’t reply that way. They prefer text and FB messenger by far. There are many ways to do email with free and paid versions. Some industries use drip campaigns and others just email weekly or monthly.
A great way to get new sign-ups for email is to give something of value away. You can see mine below:
Bonus Tip To Generate Traffic to Your Website
Google My Business. This is one you can do for free. But you must update with small blog posts weekly to generate some traffic for you. It will take time, so be patient! Furthermore, if you are a home based business you can use it without your address now.
Are you tired after reading all the ways you can promote your blog here? Are you wondering how to do it all? Of course, having the right blogging tools does help too!
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