Promoting Your Blog: Which way is Best for You?
Don’t believe the Hype: Unique Content is not Enough
I couldn’t agree more with that statement. But just how do you promote your blog anyway? Ahmed has written a post about this and tells us:
Every time you post something useful, find 15-50 sites that would find your content interesting.
And that of course means contacting them using good old fashioned email (so long as it is done properly of course).
Admittedly this is something that I have avoided. I will spend hours writing the perfect post and little on promotion, relying primarily on GoogleBot to do most of the heavy lifting.
But insofar as contacting other bloggers to promote my blog, I personally feel uncomfortable with that notion for several reasons:
1. I’ve never been much of a salesman, and I especially feel uncomfortable tooting my own horn.
2. I feel uncomfortable emailing someone who I don’t know and asking them for a favour.
3. I’m uncomfortable with intruding on someone else’s time, especially if I don’t know them very well.
4. I don’t handle rejection very well.
On the other hand there’s a lot to be said for sucking up. Ironically I will get a great number of emails from bloggers doing this and I don’t seem to mind, so I wonder if it is just a personal hangup of mine more than anything else. Or then again maybe I’m just not forward enough.
Of course there are other ways to promote your blog such as writing comments on other blogs, making trackbacks or adding your posts to social bookmarks such as Del.icio.us and Furl (which I discuss in more detail in my post 10 Killer Ways to Increase Blog Traffic and Stickiness to your Blog).
So my advice is to use whatever method you most feel comfortable with, but don’t forget to promote your work or run the risk of your blog being lost in the dust.
Question: So how do you promote your blog anyway (or do you)? Are you a suck up, or just plain snarky (or like me do you speak your mind and let the chips fall where they may ;-)?
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