I was surprised to find 84.2 million results for this topic. Nowadays, blog popularity is increasing at a dramatic rate.
Technorati claims it is currently tracking 97.3 million blogs.
So enough stats. Let’s talk about some ways to promote that blog of yours:
1 – Claim your blog at Technorati.
If you already have an account at Technorati, go into your account and claim your blog by clicking begin claim. Be sure to add in some relevant tags that describe the type of blogging that you do. Try to fave blogs that you like, and be sure to fave my blog while you’re there! 🙂
2 – Submit articles to some blog carnivals for extra exposure.
Know that your musings are good, but you just don’t have any kind of readership? Try a blog carnival. Some are more popular than others, so be sure to check out a few different ones on the topic you blog about. New blog carnivals are popping up all the time, and you can even create your own.
3 – Consider submitting your blog posts to article directories.
Places like Ezine make it possible for you to become an “expert author” and let you post articles of your choosing to their sites. I’ve heard mixed results on this particular strategy, but some people do quite well here. Any way you look at it – Ezine is a good way to get your name out there.
4 – Join blogging communities.
If you’ve been to my site before, you’ve probably noticed the avatars of other users on the sidebar from mybloglog. Be sure to register for this service too, also tagging relevant to your blog’s content.
5 – Once you’re in a community, actually DO SOMETHING.
time and time again, I see people join a service, spend 10 minutes on it, and never use it again, griping on how bad it was. Blogging, like many things in life will only be as good as what you put into it.
6 – Tell everyone you know about your site.
I’m not advocating spam here. What I am saying is to make your blog known to friends and family.
7 – Learn how to write for the web.
You may be a best selling author, and that doesn’t mean that you know how people read on the web. The world renowned usability expert Jakob Nielsen has much to say on this topic in terms of how you write for a blog, especially in his articles about how to write blog posts and the reading pattern of users on the web (referred to as the F pattern).
By no means is this a complete list – Seth Godin had a list of topics on his blog as well.
Any other suggestions? Please list some more out in the comments!