No, you're misunderstanding. It grows not in a linear fashion but in exponential fashion once you've caught on. Once you've made Google your bitch. There's a magic point, often about a year in of daily blogging and Click, all of a sudden the internet is putting out for you.
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offsite blog promotion - how much do you do?
I was starting to see the beginnings of real results from search engines - until the instructions for a domain upgrade were not clear and I re-verified only to discover later I should not have.
So I am recovering from that little glitch, I suppose!
@raincoaster I know that's not how it works. I was being...ironical? Whatever the word, I didn't pull it off. Just to make sure I do understand, it's
1. Make Google my bitch.
2. Post daily for a year
3. Look for the magic point.
4. Get 3 million hits (after 5 years of hard work, daily writing, and wicked good content)
@team I am upgrading. To be clear, don't re-verify. It's done automatically?
I'm still working that one out with Support, but it seems not.
I'm trying to get Support to write CLEAR documentation for those who are effectively "converting" to a domain upgrade, rather than getting it from scratch. There is still the question of needing a "new" Google account if you want the email addy - which I did, of course!
I'll let you know what I find out, but it would seem hold off on the re-verify.
My thanks to everyone who is posting to this thread and sharing their approaches to offsite blog promotion and experiences too. :)
I'm on a forum called Toytown for English-speaking expats in Germany. I drop a link to my blog on occasion if a topic is discussing something I've blogged about, but I never create a topic just to promote a post - that's bad form.
It's so good to see you post here. I have never heard of ToyTown and now I'm curious but I'm no an ex-pat. In fact I consider you to be a Cancuk and I always will. :)
Good grief! I mean "Canuck" as in Canadian.
My first blog, http://www.wordsasunder.wordpress.com was fairly easy to propogate as being mainly poetry orientated I had gotten into some extensive poetry prompting sites which a) increased my posting rate and b) greatly increased my reading traffic. I also utilised the wordpress dashboard tool of automatic Facebook publishing when I uploaded a new post to the blog. I also built up a fair amount of subscriptions (21 last count) and get a reasonable amount of views per day even now without having posted anything for a couple of weeks.
The reason for the non posting is my second blog, under this user name. It has taken up all my time since early may. I get a lot more satisfaction from writing it, but my reader base is considerably less than Words Asunder. I manually post a Facebook link when I'm ready and I also advise a couple of other forums I subscribe too that I've updated. I do get far more search engine visitors with this blog though and I also rely quite heavily on these forums for readers (so what are you waiting for??)
re: your poetry orientated blog and social networking
I'm wondering if this post my readers and I constructed (note the comments) would be of any help to you. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/06/26/promoting-your-writing-or-poetry-blog/
After reading TT's above artivle, I have submitted myself to the Google Directory (I think I have - it was rather confusing) and also submitted a membership to WritersFace.
TT, you are just trying to get us all into trouble, I can feel it in my bones! LOL
I try to promote my blog as much as I can, wherever I can. I mean, that's why I'm writing it, right?
So, I facebook and twitter my posts. And Im a member over on http://www.virtualtourist.com where I have my blog linked up to my profile.
When I read, I comment and thank. I think that's also important in promoting a blog.
How about very odd off-site promotion?
I got a private message on twitter as follows:
Leave a comment on my award-winning blog http://%5Bremoved%5D.blogspot.com/ and I'll find 5 of your Tweets I like and RT!
I don't see the ROI in that, somehow. How about you read my award winning blog and then I'll visit yours? :))
If he'd said something about "You might be interested in my blog" or "I think we have some content in common" or something............. ANYTHING other than trying to buy a comment with retweets..................
@timethief - you can call me Ian! I always sign my comments ian in hamburg, but here, it just comes up with the blog name
Yo Ian. You can call me TiTi as everyone does. ;)
Given that my insite blog promotion has has dried-up (no longer a new blog, and a bit niche, the showcase post don't pull in like at first) I'm promoting off-site more by visiting posts promoted on twitter (topic similar) and commenting... so far got a few connections with others.....
@teamoyeniyi That's spam. Unfollow the person who suggested it to you and ignore it.
@raincoaster - The writer doesn't think it is spam! That is the crazy part. His blog is actually very legit, if you are onto US politics.
Like you, I classify it as spam.
How I promote my blog:
-Post to Facebook
-Post to StumbleUpon, DIGG, and Reddit
I'm thinking about starting a Twitter that's linked to my blog too.
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