11 Ways to Promote Your BlogWritten by Chileshe Mwape
1. Ping weblogs.com and other search engines. When you ping a blog, you are telling search engine that you have updated your blog content and that your listing should be refreshed. Weblogs.com is a blog update notification service that many individuals and services use to track blog changes. Pinging your blogs to search engines is fastest way to get search engine robots to visit your blog. Also, many people browse these sites to find something new.
2. Submit your blog address to blog search sites and directories. You can submit your blog's url to websites such as Technorati, Daypop, Blogdex and Popdex. For a complete list of websites where you can submit your url, go to www.guidetorss.com 3. If you have some cash you can promote your blog using pay per click search engines such as Yahoo Search and Google Adwords. 4. Set your blog to display RSS feeds and submit your blog's RSS feed to major RSS feed directories online. A good place to start is www.guidetorss.com provides a list of top RSS directories. 5. Put your blog URL in your email signature. If you’re a regular at any online discussion forum, you can also add your url to your signature line at bottom of each message you post. 6. Install a blogroll. A blogroll is a collection of links to other weblogs. Services such as Technorati spider your links to tell who’s linking to you and who you’re linking to. If you show up on someone’s Technorati link list for their site they’re likely to visit your site to see what you said, increasing your exposure. Blog owners can also visit your site to check it out if you show up on their referral logs. 7. Be an active commenter. Try to leave comments on blogs that you regularly visit. Most comment systems also provide a way for you to leave a link back to your blog which begs a visit at very least. 8. If you plan to have anything printed up, put your blog’s web address on it. You can print your blog URL on business cards, stickers, leaflets, etc.
4 Ways to build your online credibilityWritten by Sid John
One of biggest problems for new sites is not only to how to build up their web traffic, but also how to make their site credible once people actually start showing up. There are many simple and usually free ways that you can use to show that your site is here to be a resource to online customers.
1. Create lots of keyword rich content.
The more information on your site, better. You might not make a sale from first visit, but if you establish your site as an information resource, search engines will visit more often and your web visitors will also return more often. Over time, you will build up a steady momentum where your new content is indexed regularly by major search engines and you are bringing in new and unique customers on a regular basis.
2. If you are selling your own product, make sure that your customers can get in touch with you.
If you want to add a real personal touch, move beyond email and offer telephone support. You can set up parameters and only accept calls during business hours, or you can use a system where customers will leave you a message and then return their calls later.
There’s also free instant messenger. If you are online throughout day, let your customers know and they can contact you for free via Yahoo, MSN or AOL instant messenger. They’re all free so you can even get a copy of all three and log in when you are available for live help.