Before we go further, this post assumes that the reader has been blogging for at least 3 months, and has a clearly defined reason for blogging.
So far you’ve been told to:
• set up a blog in your chosen platform
• submit your URL to various online directories
• create an editorial calendar
• write compelling content that will engage your readers
• visit other blogs and when appropriate comment on various posts
• approach website and blog owners in your niche to request that your blog link be added to their site(s)
• promote your blog via social media, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
Let’s assume you’re doing these steps. Now, let’s assume your content is consistent, your posting schedule is consistent, you have something to say that others want to read about, and you simply want to increase traffic with quality readers and potential customers. Okay, this all means that you’re on the right track, doing the right things, and simply wondering what else can you do?
If you made it this far, you’ve accomplished quite a lot. And you’re probably wondering why your traffic isn’t increasing beyond those two faithful readers, or maybe you’re up to 10 per month with one or two comments that encourage you to keep going.
• It helps you get a lot of back-links.
• It helps you increase your traffic.
• Your link gets indexed by Google in a matter of minutes.
• Best of all, it’s free
Open a free account with Social Marker. Review the 48 sites that the program submits to. Determine which sites will be appropriate for your content. Open an account with each site you want to post regularly to.After publishing a post to your blog, open Social Marker and select the sites you want to submit to. Then, complete the submission information and select ‘submit’.
Each site you chose will then be opened in front of you, one at a time. You will complete the posting information required, then select ‘submit’ in Social Marker once again to move on to the next site.
It is a bit time consuming, but worth the effort, and it keeps you honest. There are programs available that will submit your post to ‘hundreds’ of blog and article sites within seconds of pressing a button. I caution against using this method as it does not distinguish between good, bad, indifferent, spam or inappropriate sites to post to.
By using Social Marker you can change which sites to submit to based on the relevance that site has to your blog post, which in turn encourages the readers that are interested in your topic to visit your blog.