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The Secret to Blogging Success: Marry Content with Promotion

 

Just writing your blog posts is not enough. It’s a common saying among journalists and bloggers alike that Content is King.” While this is true, just having great content isn’t enough. You also need great marketing to get that content in front of customers.

 

 

At a certain point, the quality of your content matters more than your marketing. However, in order to get to that point, you need to first have a very solid reader base. A solid enough reader base that a truly spectacular piece of content can go viral.

In order to do that, you need thousands of readers. To get that kind of following, you need to promote your blog posts.

Here’s how to do it.

 

Promote Each of Your Posts Individually

One big mistake marketers often make is promoting just the home page of a blog, rather than promoting their sub-pages. What they fail to realize is that Google ranks web pages rather than web sites.

If you want your pages to rank in Google, you need to work on getting each and every one of those pages to rank, rather than your website as a whole.

 

Develop a Per-Post Marketing Strategy 

Try to come up with a marketing strategy that you can execute every time you make a new post.

For example, let’s say you have a posting schedule of 2 posts a week, once on Monday and once on Thursday.

In addition to writing and posting the content, add promoting the content to your schedule. You should have an exact sequence of promotion tactics you follow through on each and every time you post a new piece of content.

 

Ways of Promoting Blog Posts

Once you’ve written a piece of high quality content, how can you promote it? There are several ways.

One of the easiest ways is to use article marketing. Article marketing involves posting articles on other sites like Squidoo, HubPages or EzineArticles and having a link in the article pointing back to your site. If you publish a few articles with backlinks to your content every time you publish a blog post, you’ll soon have hundreds of links coming into your site.

Another way of promoting your blog posts is to use fairly established systems of back linking, such as directory submissions or social media profile links. You can often get some pretty decent PR links back to your site using these methods.

You can also pay to get backlinks to your site. This is viewed with a little bit of apprehension by some bloggers as Google frowns upon the practice; but it can also be a very fast and easy way to get backlinks.

You can use social media and social bookmarking to get backlinks. Posting your new content on StumbleUpon, Reddit or Digg can be a great way to get new audience participation. If you have a small following already, you can just post the new content to your Facebook and/or Twitter to get people to link to you.

You can write a guest post that links to your new article. Contact other bloggers and see if they’d be interested in having you write a piece of content in exchange for a link.

Also, you might want to consider commenting on other blogs where they have posted similar content to your topic. Such comments on popular blogs can lead to a substantial amount of traffic, if done well.

These are all different ways you can promote your blog post. The most important thing isn’t necessarily how your promote your content, but that you have a solid and consistent plan to do it.

It’s true that it’s important to have high quality content. However, in addition to quality content, you need a quality marketing plan. Create the plan first, then you can focus on writing top notch content.

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February 6th, 2012 by admin

5 Internet Marketing Techniques for Less than $30

If you’re like most people today, you are feeling the pinch from the weakened state of the economy. online marketing under $30However, regardless if you own a blog, website or ecommerce store and assuming that you are interested in making some money via the web, you simply must spend some money on internet marketing. This doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank by spending a small fortune. You can be very frugal in your internet marketing efforts as there are inexpensive techniques you can use which cost under $30 a month.

Press Release

A well-written press release is a good way to spread the news about your site. A press release is simply an announcement of sorts which is related to your website and which is written for the media. You can hire a freelancer writer with experience in writing professional press releases to write your press release for you. You could easily find a writer online who will write you a 500 word or so press release for around $20 to $25. You then can submit it to PR websites. The search engines look favorably upon press release sites which means that your keyword rich, well-written press release will be indexed quickly, giving your website or blog a nice temporary boost.

Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising

Another inexpensive internet marketing technique to use is pay per click (PPC) advertising. The beauty of PPC is the fact that you can spend as much or as little as you want and that you can purchase traffic that is very targeted. PPC alternativesWhile Google Adwords is the largest PPC program online it is also one of the most expensive. A good alternative to Adwords is to use second-tiered PPC programs. Among the best of these is 7Search as they have good traffic which converts quite well. The key to succeeding with 7Search is using very broad keywords. It costs just $25.00 to set up an account and with a minimum bid of just one penny, you can count on a lower cost per visit and more affordable overall costs than with higher profile programs such as Adwords.

Blogging

Another option is blogging. You can blog your way to the top as blogging is a highly effective method to use for achieving high search engine rankings. Use one of the free blogging platforms and then buy an inexpensive domain to park it at. WordPress is a top choice as it features plug-ins which automate many of the processes and which integrates pinging to drive traffic to your blog. The trick with blogging is to do it regularly and to choose your tags carefully. The content must be deemed useful and informational for readers. If you become lucky with your blog an owner of a high ranking website or blog will link to you, giving you a nice source of highly targeted traffic.

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is another proven tool. Millions of internet users are using social bookmarking sites to store, organize and manage websites that interest them on public bookmarking sites instead of storing it on their computers. When you bookmark your sites with social bookmarking sites, you will automatically obtain access to potentially large numbers of people which visits sites like StumbleUpon, Reddit and Digg. Social bookmarking can be very time-consuming task. You have to create accounts at each site before manually submitting your page to them. This is good reason to use a service like Social Maximizer as the social bookmarking will be done for you. 100 submissions would cost you less than $20.

Directory Submission

Finally, do not overlook submitting your site to directories. Google, MSN and Yahoo put a high value on the number of incoming links which point to your site when deciding where your site will rank. directory submissionsSubmitting your website to directories is easy to do. However, you will have to have quite a bit of time available as you’ll need to find a good list of directories and then have the details about yours site submitted properly to each of them. For a low cost you can easily hire a directory submission service like Directory Maximizer which will do the work for you and in the most effective way. Expect to pay under $20 for having 100 submissions done.

Tightwads and misers can successfully market online without the need for huge budgets. The internet does offer some great low cost opportunities for the most frugal among us and it it also allows you the chance to market for free. By all means, take advantage of these low cost and free internet marketing options so that you can drive traffic to your website without busting your budget.

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September 16th, 2011 by admin

Top 5 Sites Promoting the Spirit of the FIFA World Cup 2010

kaka I ain’t no soccer fan and I’ve never watched the World Cup, but this time, I felt an urge to watch it live on television, the result being no fights for the remote! For the first time, I feel the spirit of the football world cup, not because of an instant awakening, but because it’s all around – newspapers, television, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube everywhere!  Even in the online world, it’s almost impossible to stay away from the spirit of the FIFA World Cup 2010! Here are some examples of how a few websites are spreading the joy of the FIFA World Cup 2010 and how they have benefitted from it too.

1.   Oleole.com
OleoFireShot capture #096 - 'Football News, Blogs, Live Scores,  Results, Transfers, and Fantasy Football - OleOle' - www_oleole_comle.com has managed to bring the football community closer on the web. It was created in 2006 and has stayed active to witness and hold discussions on all major football Cups. The World Cup section offers live scores, travel info, and interesting facts about the game and matches. More than anything else, you have an ultimate community for football lovers to hold discussions which is full of football-driven content. You can join fan clubs for Football Leagues, podcasts, wallpapers, blogs and videos about football.

2.   Southafrica.info

We have seen South Africa tourism steer towards the World Cup as their new tourism mantra. World Cup 2010 is expected to be a turning point for South Africa in terms of tourism and development. Southafrica.info, a site which gives information for investors, tourists, citizens and South Africans abroad, has an exclusive page for the World Cup – www.southafrica.info/2010/. It includes an SA 2010 Fan kit which gives information about African culture and football, informative articles, match schedule and news about the World Cup.

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June 22nd, 2010 by admin

Social Media In 2010

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Social media had a smashing year in 2009. No one can dispute that. The web-wide popularity of social networks and social media sites reached a never-before high, and set the ball rolling for several revolutionary changes on the Internet. It is expected to do even greater things and touch greater heights in 2010. Let’s take a look at what social media experts think this year has in store for social media.

1. Social Media Will Get Real The web is already beset by the real-time craziness, and I am so not overstating things. When real-time search debuted (on social media) last year, it was received so well that all the traditional search folks jumped to get a piece of all the real action. This year social media will take the real-time aspect on web one step further and work as a veritable web trend forecaster.

2. Social Media Marketing and BusinessesThis year social media marketing will gather momentum as more and more businesses turn to this revolutionary method of internet marketing to promote their wares on the internet.

3. Social Media Vs. Email The days when marketers almost exclusively depend on email nomailmarketing for all their promotional activities on the Internet will soon be over. This year will see online marketers choosing the very versatile social media with multimedia elements and nifty sharing options over emails.

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January 13th, 2010 by bhavya