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Networking: Ways to Get Your Blog Noticed

Today it seems like it is more difficult than ever to stand out from many of the other hundreds of other blogs. I recently got an email asking me how to obtain a following with a new blog. I figured this would make a great post topic for many of you have recently started blogging and want to get noticed. If you are looking to draw attention to your blog, here are great ways to do so.

What Won’t Get Your Blog Noticed

If you are starting out, the first thing you will want to do is to write quality content. I focused on this when I started blogging, creating unique lists and “how to” posts that I thought would be useful for many people. I thought if I wrote quality content, people would start to find my blog and become a regular reader. This is one of the many great myths that new bloggers buy into. Oh, how I was mistaken.

Let me put it more simply: If you believe that people will just find your blog, you are mistaken! This may happen, but it will take 6-9 months at a minimum for people to start to begin to find your site and perhaps even years before you have a large following. Instead of just hoping that people find your blog, you have to be active in networking.

Ways to Network and Get Your Blog Noticed

Here are easy, practical ways to get your blog noticed while writing quality content. These steps are the foundation to my networking strategy that I used with 20’s Finances in order to build it up from nothing. (And it still has a long ways to go before I am satisfied).

  1. Comment: A great way to get your blog noticed is to comment on other blogs (repeatedly and often). Commenting on other popular blogs is a great way for that blogger to notice you because he/she will often pay attention to who is commenting AND to those who also leave comments. Make sure to maintain the quality standard in your comments as well. That is, don’t say “Nice post.”
  2. Guest Post: Guest posting is a great way to not only get your name out there, but to show off your writing skills. If you think you have something unique and valuable to say, email a fellow blogger to propose your idea. Most bloggers receive tons of spam guest post requests, so take time to make it clear that you are not a spammer. This means including your blog’s url and what you want to write about. This is also a great idea way to improve your SEO by targeting keywords and linking back to a couple of your articles on your site.
  3. Submit Posts to Carnivals: Taking advantage of the many blog carnivals that exist is a great way to get noticed without doing that much extra work. In essence, it features the blog posts that you already wrote and lists them with many of the other bloggers. This also helps your SEO as it creates backlinks to your site.
  4. Interact on Twitter: Twitter is a “hang out” place for many bloggers these days, especially in the evenings. Joining in on designated chats or jumping into conversations is a great way to build relationships with other bloggers. While it is hard to see the exact benefits, you never know when other bloggers will help you promote or visit your site because they saw you on twitter.
  5. Joining a Network: There are many blogging networks that are out there and it is a great place to get noticed. I joined a great network when I was starting out (Yakezie Network) and I am convinced it sped up my site’s growth. It’s important to use this (as well as the other ways to network) as a place to help others as well. If you are only concerned with your site’s growth, it will be evident to others – and no one is happy to see that.
  6. Submit Your Blog to Lists: Many blogging niches have blog lists that try to rank websites depending on various metrics. While you won’t start at the top of these lists, including your blog on these websites is another way to get your name out there. As you move up the list, people will start to notice you and visit as well.

While it’s never an exact science, these basic steps can help improve your blog’s visibility. It’s also important to point out that doing all of these things take time. If you want a quick and easy way to get noticed, I’m afraid that it doesn’t exist. It takes hard work and determination to make something out of nothing and creating a blog is not the exception to the rule.

What are ways that you have increased your blog’s visibility?


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8 Responses to Networking: Ways to Get Your Blog Noticed

  1. I haven’t had much luck with carnivals. I’ll get one or two of my posts in a carnival and will maybe get 10 hits from it.

  2. Joining an network and commenting both were great strategies that worked well for me.

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  4. Aaron Hung says:

    Joining Yakezie was the best thing ever, I missed those good old days

  5. […] As we discussed already, networking is essential. In other words, you have to put the word out about your blog. This means commenting, tweeting, […]

  6. Jon Rhodes says:

    Good list. I wouldlike to add that submitting your content to social bookmarking sites such as Stumbleupon and Digg also helps.