Exposing Your Blog
We all want it.
OK, most of us want it.
OK, well I sure as hell want it. Don’t you? I’d like to know. Be sure to mention in the comments. Cause really, I’d like to one day sound smart and say to somebody that X% of my fellow bloggers don’t give a flying fish about exposure.
Do I want exposure for ego stroking purposes?
OK, maybe a teeny tiny bit.
But the fact is, I love my blog. I love the opportunity it gives me to share, relate, inspire and help. But without exposure, who am I sharing with, relating to, inspiring or helping?
Have you read my recent post, Basic Blog Post SEO Tips? If not, be sure to head on over when you’re done reading here. We went over how to gain exposure to your posts by making your posts SEO for search engines. Guess what? Having a SEO blog or post isn’t your only option for blog exposure.
This morning ( it’s 2:33am) because, well, you know, I’m bloody awesome, I’d like to share with you one of the resources I utilize to gain exposure for my blog and how to do it right. How to do it right? Yes, cause there is a wrong way, a really sucky way.
Niche Networking Sites
And yes I know, I said I was breaking out of the niche mentality, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to network at sites with others who share my interests. Karaoke lovers go to karaoke bars, book loves have book clubs, badminton enthusiasts go to tournaments, these are opportunities to hang with liked minded individuals.
I’m a woman, who has kids and blogs.
- Mom Bloggers Club
- Social Moms
- Bloggy Moms
- Mommy TLC
- DivaCafeMoms (which I haven’t utilized yet)
These are networking sites of women who have kids and blog. Here I find bloggers who can relate to the juggling act and publish articles that I can learn from as a blogger and as a mom.
Now don’t get me wrong, I follow awesome bloggers who aren’t moms and some aren’t even woman.
- Angel at Fight 4 Your Life,
- Deeds at Musings of a Reluctant Adult,
- Serenity at Geek.Girl.Wife,
- Matty at Matty Thoughts,
- Mark at Grow
- TonyB who blogs for the BC Blog.
If you’re interested in a niche networking site that’s not mom specific, there’s a wiki list of several “well known niche sites” or you can google the specific niche you’re looking for. My new favorite non-mom site right now is BlogCatalog. They list themselves as a blog directory, but I feel the site is so much more. They have the same aspects described below.
Networking site? This is where you network my lovely peeps.
The niche networking sites I’m a member of are portals to meet other bloggers like me. So I visit their walls, check out their posts and if I’m interested I head over to their blog. (If I like an article, I at least comment, retweet, or like on facebook. I’ll dig around and read a few more posts and if I like the author I’ll sign up via newsletter or rss or follow via twitter or GFC)
My favorite aspect of these networking sites is the homepage. You’ll find recent posts and hot discussions. These sites have forums where I can throw out my question and bloggers who can relate or who have experienced my dilemma will comment.
Now that we’ve got the networking part down, how do you utilize these sites to gain exposure?
Once you’ve started networking and visiting other bloggers’ walls, you’ll notice their style of sharing their blog posts. I suggest reading the site’s FAQ too, just to be sure. On the sites I visit, the norm is to either post your whole articles or post an excerpt to your article with a link back to your site. I like the second option for both finding new blogs to follow and bringing bloggers home to take a look around my site.
These are the right ways to utilize these sites. What’s the wrong way? The sucky way? These sites are not where you connect to people for the soul reason to spam their inbox or their walls. These sites are not to just add your post and leave.
It’s not fair to fellow members and you’re losing out on a great resource.
And there you have it people. Another way to gain exposure to your blog. Do I bring the awesomeness or what? If you’ve joined niche networking sites not listed above (and are hopefully utilizing), please share them in the comments section.
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