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How to advertise my Blog and gain interested readers

  1. I just posted my first real live Blog and so far am finding WordPress to be a great service with a great program. I hope to set up a new, permanant domain after Xmas to place it on but have two questions in the meantime.
    1: On my live Blog page there is a white rectangular area on the right side above the archive dates that seems to be asking me to write somethin it it. What is this for?
    2: I've added my Blog's address and by-line into the sigs of all my e-mail addresses and are sending announcement to everyone I know, but what's the best way to find and/or generate interested readers in checking my Blog out for the first time in hopes they will return? I also plan on sending e-mail announcements for each new post to be made before the 15th of each month but there must be more I can do on my Blog site itself, and out on other internet sites and/or sources. Any help will be greatly appreaciated! Thanx in advance!

    The blog I need help with is ffomansworldblog.wordpress.com.

  2. 1. That's a searchbox you visitors can type keywords into to locate posts with the content they are looking for in your blog.

    2. You can set up email subscriptions by using this guide > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/follow-blog-widget/

    3. If you would like a follow button to appear on the bottom right hand corner of your site for those who do not have WordPress.com accounts see here >
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/more-traffic-for-your-blog-with-the-follow-button/

    4. You can set up a customized contact form http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/ on a static page http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ or in a text widget http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/ and above that form you can ask those who wish to have their email address "captured" to use it.

  3. 5. You can add enable sharing buttons on your posts for visitors to use > http://en.support.wordpress.com/sharing/

    6. Facebook integration and Twitter integration
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/facebook-integration/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/twitter/

  4. You have one Post - with a new blog - it takes 4 to6 weeks for a new site to be indexed by search engines - so please be patient on search referrals

    From a Reader Friendly point of view using the More Tag will make your site nicer to read and your visitors will not get so confused

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

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