If you have been following along these past 2 months (and actually taking action!) you have built a blog and you have some articles on it. And you are probably wondering where are all of your readers!
Sad to say, for most of us, success at blogging is usually not an overnight phenomenon.
Even though blogs garner special favor from the search engines, you still need to “prime the pump” so to speak.
Here are a few methods, some new and some tried and true:
1. This should be obvious, but put a link to your blog in your email signature file.
2. Mention your blog in your outgoing voice mail message
3. Place a link to your blog on your website (Link them to each other)
4. Put the URL to your blog on all print media. By that I mean flyers, brochures, print ads and of course your business cards.
5. Almost all blogs come with built in RSS feeds. Remind your readers to subscribe to your blog by having buttons or calls to action visible.
6. As cool as RSS is, most people will not use it. Instead, give them a way to subscribe via email. That way your blog posts show up as email in their in box and they don’t have to actually visit your blog on the web.
7. Print out copies of your best blog posts on the back of your listing flyers. You will be surprised how many people will keep the flyer so that they can check out the blog later. Even if they don’t actually visit the blog, they have kept the flyer!
8. Take your netbook computer and your MiFi card to your next open house. Open your browser to your blog and instead of having people sign in to a guest book, have them sign up for an email or RSS subscription to your blog.
9. Link your blog to your Facebook account so that when you post a new article on your blog it shows up as new Note on your Facebook profile.
10.Link your blog to your Twitter account so that a new Tweet announcing the article is sent when you post a new article on your blog.
If you will do these things consistently, over time your readership will grow. Even though I think this is a fairly good list, I’ll bet that some of you have some even better methods. We’d all love to hear them, so please feel free to share!