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Easy Blog Promotion

Three Easy Ways To Promote Your Blog and Get Feedback

Thanks to Ferox for stepping in today! Read more from Ferox at one of her blogs.

Nearly Dr. Ferox
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Rant of Ferox

When you’re starting out in the world of blogging and have your shiny new blog up and running, the thing you crave most is visitors and comments. You want to know that someone out there is reading what you’ve gone to all that effort to write.

Trying to promote a blog can be difficult and time consuming. There is a whole new language of SEO to learn, and the lingo surrounding blog promotion can be daunting. After all, the internet is a big place and there’s an awful lot of stuff in it. Fortunately, there are a few certain ways to get some precious feedback and valuable traffic to your blog, and it’s easy to do!

The first site I’d like to mention is Blog Engage (www.blogengage.com). This website allows you to register and post your blogs for free. You can post an entry for each post you make in your blog, and readers can ‘engage’ the post to increase its ranking. It doesn’t take very long at all; you just need to know your URL and a brief description of the post. You can also read posts from other blogs, searching all posts easily by their popularity and subject.

The second thing I’d like to mention is joining a blog forum and actually asking for feedback. There are always people around who are happy to offer up some of their experiences, and if they like what they see in your blog they are very likely to hang around as regular readers! Bloggeries (www.bloggeries.com) has a blog forum which I have personally used, and found lots of helpful advice, tools and feedback. You can introduce yourself and your blog there very easily, all you have to do is register a forum account to post.

Social networking sites allow users to share their favourite links. If you are a member of a social networking site (eg stumbleupon, facebook etc) then you can post links to your own sites. If you ask your friends to do the same, then your blog could spread around the internet very quickly.

These three simple methods don’t take up much time, and can give you some very fast feedback when establishing a new blog. There are many other methods to promote your blog if you are serious about it, but these will take time and commitment. Building up backlinks, comments and directory submissions make much more time and often yield smaller results compared to the methods mentioned previously.

What is Success?

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson


My Obligatory Entrecard Post

Here it is! My post about Entrecard!

Everywhere I look bloggers are posting about Entrecard. I didn’t want to miss out on all the fun, plus I think it must be in the rules somewhere, else why would everyone be doing it?

For those who don’t know, Entrecard is a site that uses  “online business cards” to help bloggers promote their blogs and gain traffic. If you want to find out more, look in the left sidebar at the top ad box. It should say “Get Yours” or something like that. Click on that and you’ll find out what everyone is talking about. (And no, I don’t get anything if you click, it won’t cost you anything if you click, and you won’t lose your place here if you click. So go ahead, check it out. I’ll be here when you get back!)

Now, many of you are here because of Entrecard, so you already know that Entrecard will increase your traffic and get you opportunities to advertise on blogs that may have previously been outside your reach. But what has been really catching my eye lately is all the Entrecard contests there are! I’m sure there are even blogs about Entrecard contests. I’ve seen a post on the Entrecard forum complaining about how many contests there are, so I know they are really popular!  So, just because everyone else is doing it, here is my Entrecard Contest.

My Entrecard Contest

Prizes

  • Best Blog Post -In My Opinion- 200 Entrecredits Plus a 125 X 125 Ad for 1 month.*
  • Best Comment -in my opinion – 100 Entrecredits plus a 125X125 Ad for 1week*
  • 1 Random Drawing for 100 Entrecredits

How to Enter

  • Comment here for one entry. Comment on any other Ninja Success post for 2 entries. You’ll automatically get a do-follow link back to your site, plus I have comment luv. If you don’t know what that is, you’ll have to comment to find out, but I am pretty sure you’ll like it!
  • Add Ninja Success to your BlogRoll*- 5 entries comment here to let me know (and pick up another entry!)
  • Blog about any Ninja Success post and link back to the post.* 25 entries – comment here to let me know!
  • Digg it, Stumble it, anything else that will promote my blog.. 5 to 20 entries depending on what you did.  And of course, comment here to let me know.

Other stuff… All prizes will be awarded… Spam will be ignored and deleted… *Please no adult sites…My decisions are final.

Contest ends March 1st. Winners will be announced here. Now go drop a card on me!