When it comes to your business blog, you can spend hours promoting it and spend less time on more important business tasks, or you can utilize tools that allow you to put your blog promotion efforts on autopilot.
Here are 10 ways to promote your blog without having to waste your time performing the same everyday tedious tasks:
Su.pr: This URL shortening tool optimizes in its conversion, Su.pr increases your website / blog traffic by exposing each of your shortened URLs across StumbleUpon, Twitter, and Facebook. It also allows you to schedule your URLs to be posted on Twitter or Facebook. One of the greatest features of Su.pr is its tracking ability. You can track, in real time, how much exposure your URL is receiving and detect where the exposure is coming from.
StumbleUpon: One of my favorites, this brilliant bookmarking tool allows you to bookmark your blog posts and share them with your followers. StumbleUpon allows you to bypass the search engines. Instead of sifting through Google or Bing, StumbleUpon allows you to personalize your searches so you can easily find blogs, websites, photos, and videos of interest to you. Once you find one you like, you can give it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down rating. You then can share your bookmarked findings with other StumbleUpon users.
Networked Blogs: With over 300,000 blogs in their database, Networked Blogs provides bloggers with a chance to promote their blog, without having to visit the Networked Blogs website more than once. Simply add your blog to the Networked Blogs platform, optimize your submission with keywords, and your blog will automatically be submitted to the database.
Facebook: You can further use the power of Networked Blogs by feeding your Networked Blogs into your Facebook account. Feed your blog into your company page or profile page on Facebook using the Networked Blogs application or the notes section. We personally prefer using the Networked Blogs feed application because it allows us to display our blog posts on both Facebook and the Networked Blogs directory.
FriendFeed: With FriendFeed, you can share everything you do on social media platforms with your friends—in real time. You don’t even have to manually add anything to FriendFeed if you don’t want to. All information you choose to share is automatically fed into your FriendFeed, enabling all of your friends to see what you’re up to. Some platforms you can feed into FriendFeed include your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Su.pr, and much more.
Digg: As one of the best online bookmarking tools, Digg enables you to share your blog posts as well as other bloggers’ posts with the entire Digg community. When you share your posts to Digg, others can vote on what they find to be the best article.
Delicious: Delicious is another social bookmarking platform that allows users to save and share their favorite sites and articles with others. Much like StumbleUpon, Delicious allows you to tag sites you bookmark. Adding your blog posts and other blogs you love to this bookmarking site will help with overall promotion and exposure of your blog.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn allows you to feed your blog into your profile page. Every time you post a new blog, that post will appear on your profile. LinkedIn also allows you to import your Twitter account.
Blog Buttons: Add a blog button to your Facebook page and your website. You can create your own blog button by simply taking a jpeg of your company logo or your blog logo, or creating a jpeg that says “Blog,” and linking the image to your blog.
Email Signature: Put a call to action and link to your blog in your email signature box. Every time you send an email to friends, important prospects, clients, colleagues, and others in your industry, they will have the option to visit your blog.
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