Tuesday, September 23, 2008

5 Easy Ways to Market Your Blog

By Jinger Jarrett

Marketing your blog is really no different from marketing a traditional website. With a blog though, especially if you are building all of your websites using blog software, your site tends to rank higher in the search engines.

There are many ways to get traffic to your blog. To help you get traffic easily, here are five ways to get started:

1. Submit your sitemap to the major search engines.

If you are linked to other sites, the major search engines will eventually find you and index your blog. Do you want to wait months for this to happen though? Go ahead and submit your sitemap so the search engines start indexing your site.

2. Ping your blog.

When you ping your blog, you are notifying the blog services that your blog has been updated. This can also help you to get your blog indexed by the search engines, as well as added to the major blog directories.

3. Use trackbacks to get your blog noticed.

A trackback is where you notify other blogs that you are talking about them. This is an easy way to start a "conversation", and if you write enough about the blogs in your industry, it will get you noticed.

Don't use this technique for the sake of getting noticed. Trackbacks actually kill two birds with one stone. First, it allows you to share valuable information from another blog with your readers. Second, it allows you to voice your opinion on a particular topic.

4. Comment on other blogs.

Some blogs have what is called the "no follow" tag. This means that even if you post your comment to the blog, the search engines won't give you credit for having a backlink on that site.

This doesn't mean that this is not an effective way to promote your blog. No disrespect to the search engines is intended. The truth is, search engines don't buy anything. People do.

Commenting on other blogs in your topic is an easy way to demonstrate your knowledge on a topic. Even if the site does use the "no follow" tag, if the blog you are commenting on is important to your topic, comment anyway.

Write good comments. Share your opinion. Demonstrate you have read the post. It will give you chance to get more traffic.

5. Build backlinks to your blog.

Backlinks are still an effective way to raise your rankings in the search engines. Find the right software or service to help you build backlinks to your website and raise your rankings.

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