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Marketing Ideas For Your Blog

Marketing Ideas For Your Blog

There are a huge number of ideas to make money online and blogging is one of the most popular. According to surveys, there are more than 200,000,000 blogs on the internet. More and more people are getting into blogging, not only to unleash their creativity, but also to make money. With such large numbers, how do you direct traffic to your blog or website?

It is important for every blogger to understand the different techniques and strategies to direct or attract more people to visit their blogs. For those bloggers who are selling online products and services, more visits mean more potential customers. And more potential customers can lead to bigger sales and profits. If you are a beginner, then there are some easy ways that you could do this. There are some great Plugins available if you use WordPress for your Blog to make it even easier to gain sales from your visitors.

Social Networking sites

According to the 2009 U.S. Digital Year in Review, about 11% of the time a person would spend online would be for visiting and checking social networking sites and accounts. Overall, Nielsen noted that 110 billion minutes are spent on social networking sites, worldwide. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Tagged, Hi5, My Yearbook and Bebo are among the top social networking sites. I also have seen results from two NEW Social Media Sites,  Kooii.com and IM Faceplate.com
Never underestimate your membership in these social networking sites. If you have a lot of friends or contacts, then you could start promoting your blog or website. You could also set-up a separate group page or account for your online business in these sites, this would help you maintain contact with customers who have accounts in these sites. You could send them updates whenever you have new products or services to offer.

Guest blogging.

The best way to promote your own website or blog is writing for other people/ blogs. You could try being a guest blogger for one of the most popular blogs in your niche. If your article gets accepted in the blog you are targeting, then make sure to include your website’s URL.

Be visible.

Comment on blogs in your own niche. Just because you are writing about the same topic, you consider them tough competition. Be part of your community. If you are a beginner, then you would learn a lot from them.
Aside from being visible in your own niche, be visible in forums. In forums, you get to promote, learn and at the same time pick-up new ideas. Contribute information and promote your website, always paste your website’s URL in forums that you visit or make sure that it is already included in your signature.

Be part of a directory.

There are some websites where you could include or submit your website for free. This would help improve your link ratings and some free traffic. Having your website included in these free directories would get you visitors, however, do not expect a large number pouring in just because you’re linked with the directory. But it would surely help your blog to have a higher ranking in search engines.
Also, one of the best marketing ideas to promote your blog to make money online, is by word of mouth. Ask friends and relatives to promote your blog or website. But before you ask them to spread the word, make sure to ask them if they have any feed backs and how you could improve your website. Even the best and top blogs/ websites still have room for improvement.

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3 Responses to “Marketing Ideas For Your Blog”

  1. Jeff Beeman says:

    Found this in a Google search..When talking about ranking a page we need to better understand what all is involved. This is older information from 2007 so I would expect some improvements have been made by now?

    Here is something that’s always misunderstood – Website Ranking!

    I won’t pretend to know exactly what’s going on at Google or Alexa but I will tell you what I do know about the ranking systems and it goes like this:

    Google PageRank (PR)

    There are two types of Google PR, “toolbar PR” and the actual PR that is given to each site. Actually, they are not two different “types” of PR, let me explain…

    The Google Toolbar PR is what we see in the Google Toolbar, if you have it installed and enabled, that shows a reading of that particular pages rank, as seen by Google. This is supposedly a reading of the actual PR and it’s updated roughly every 3 months or so. (Updates normally take place every 2 to 4 months.) However, it isn’t an accurate reading of a sites authority on a page by page basis in most cases, although it can be useful when looking at the average toolbar pagerank of a range of pages!

    The actual PR is updated very frequently. I couldn’t begin to tell you exactly when it’s updated, nor could anyone else other than a select few at Google, but it’s updated much more frequently than the toolbar PR.

    Many new marketers believe that when the toolbar PR updates their sites will either gain visitors or lose visitors. This is simply not true.

    The only update that Google does that will increase or decrease your site visitors is their algorithm updates, which are done just about every day. The algorithm is the extremely complex formula that Google uses to rank Website pages. Also, each page within a Website is looked at, not the Website as a whole.

    But, how your site pages rank once they do an algorithm update will be determined by the actual PageRank of each individual page.

    Alexa Traffic Ranking

    This is the ranking that is provided by Alexa.com. This is based on the actual traffic going to a Website whereas Google PR is calculated mainly by the number and quality of inbound links to a specific page and not traffic.

    The ranking is done with numbers as the Website with the most traffic on the Internet (currently Yahoo) would have a traffic ranking of 1 and those with very little traffic would be in the millions.

    The Alexa traffic ranking has a reputation for being inaccurate. But, generally a Website with an Alexa traffic ranking of 50,000 or less receives quite a bit of traffic.

    The Alexa ranking is based off the figures they collect from those who have their toolbar installed. This is why you’ll notice many technology and Internet Marketing related sites with higher Alexa rankings. It’s another reason why it’s known to be inaccurate. However, I would look at a sites Alexa ranking as a sign of authority before I would look at a pages toolbar PR as a sign of authority.

  2. drjon, Renegade Doc says:

    Thanks to the WordPress tutorials on this blog I have set up my own blogs. Couldn’t have figured it out easily without their help – awesome stuff. And Brad Parler, one of the teachers of the Tutorials is totally amazing!

  3. DianeStephenson says:

    Mark:

    Great advice for anyone. Before I got into social networking I just couldn’t see the sense in it – I merely saw it as social. But I now understand the potential for business by becoming visible online and by offering some valuable comments. After all, making people connections is what business is all about. No people, no business. It’s as simple as that. And social networking is a simple way to do this for free. It’s worth the time spent to make a few posts and comment on a few others.

    Thanks for your article.

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