24 Ways To Promote Your WordPress Blog

When every one seems to be starting a blog and publishing content, what strategies you need to make sure that your blog stands apart?

Do you think your blog has the potential to make a place for yourself amongst these? A blog surely needs good content and dedication to grab attention but only that’s not enough. You need the “X” factor that makes readers solicited to your site.

In this post we will discuss and cover all the major points to make your blog an identity it needs. This post covers all the major aspects right from starting the website, hosting, social media promotion, search engine optimization to additional online marketing strategies you can opt for. Check out full post after the jump.

If you like this article, you might be interested in checking some of our older articles on Server Monitoring Tools, Use Social Media To Get Feedback, Optimize Your WordPress Blog, and Professional Website Planning.

Phase 1: Make Your Site Kick Butt

1 – Start With A Good Custom(ized) Design

Create a custom design for your blog, or choose a good theme and customize it with your own logo, graphics, color scheme, etc. Using a default theme for your blog can give your website a generic, unprofessional look and feel.

2 – Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Just like a product, your blog needs a unique value proposition that clearly tells your visitors why your blog is unique and what it offers them. In many cases, the best selling point you can use is you – presenting your expertise, credentials, and story can be a powerful reason for readers to follow and trust you.

3 – Publicize Your Details

Make your blog “real”. Include photographs and biographical details about each author, a detailed about page, and full contact details.

4 – Create Awesome Content

Good content is not nearly good enough. Create and publish content that is far above and beyond what other blogs offer so your blog becomes an authority for each topic you blog about. Doing original research (so you can publish something no other website has) is always a great place to start.

5 – Make Your Content Look Great

Use subheadings, formatting, graphics and other solid design tactics to make each post easy to read and attractive to the eye.

Phase 2: Social Media Marketing

6 – Setup A Facebook Page

Create a Facebook page for your blog, and make sure you fill out the page with your logo, blog details, etc. Make sure you regularly post and interact on your page (at LEAST once a week).

7 – Setup A Twitter Handle

Set up and fill out a Twitter profile for your blog (or you can use your personal one, if it is relevant). You can integrate your Facebook page with your Twitter profile so that updates posted to one are automatically posted to the other.

8 – Link To Your Social Profiles

Add social media icons/buttons to your blog template with links to each of your social media profiles. I suggest grouping them next to your RSS feed link, somewhere above the fold of your blog.

9 – Implement A Facebook Like Box

A Facebook like box is an interactive way for visitors to see your Facebook page and connect with it. You can easily add a like box to your blog template by copy and pasting the code from Facebook into a widget. Here is an example:

Facebook like box

10 – Implement Facebook “Like” Buttons

Like buttons are very different from a like box. Like buttons are typically added at the end of every post. When a visitor clicks that they liked the post, a link to the post will appear on their Facebook profile. In addition to being a social sharing mechanism, Facebook “like” data is also used to influence Bing search rankings. I recommend putting the code into your blog template so it is automatically added at the end of every post.

11 – Implement Tweet This Buttons

Add a Tweet this button at the end of every post to encourage visitors to Tweet out a link to your blog post.

12 – Add The ShareThis Widget

ShareThis is a free, all-in-one widget which can be added to the end of every post, allowing users to share your content across a wide variety of social platforms. Here is a graphic showing how the widget works:

ShareThis

Phase 3: Search Engine Optimization

13 – Perform Keyword Research

The first step with any SEO campaign is keyword research to determine which keywords you want to be ranked for. Create a list of target keywords, including a mixture of low volume/competition and high volume/competition keywords.

14 – Divide Keywords Into Three Categories

Once you have created your list of target keywords, divide them into three categories: a few keywords for your homepage, a couple keywords for each category on your blog, and a large number of keywords for individual posts.

15 – Install All-In-One SEO

In my opinion, the most comprehensive and easy-to-use SEO plug-in for WordPress is the All in One SEO Pack. Install it and use it to optimize your titles and descriptions.

16 – Optimize Homepage

Optimize the title, meta-description, text, and other elements of the homepage for the keywords you selected.

17 – Optimize Category Pages

Optimize the title, meta-description, text, and other elements of the category pages for the keywords you selected.

18 – Add Text To Category Pages

If you are optimizing your category pages, it will be helpful to add some unique, static content to each category page. This can be done by modifying your theme to display the category description field.

19 – Optimize Each Post As You Publish It

Before you publish each post, ensure that you have optimized it for your target keywords.

20 – Optimize Link Structure

Optimize the link structure of your blog to ensure the maximum amount of link juice flows to your most important pages. One simple way to do this is to ensure that each important page is linked to from your sitewide navigation, either through a menu or in a widget.

Phase 4: Additional Online Marketing Strategies

21 – Setup Email List/Auto Responder

Create an e-mail list and capture your visitors’ e-mail addresses so you can follow up and stay in touch with them. This will not only result in more return visitors, but will build a list you can market products and services to.

22 – Give A Free Gift To New Subscribers

To increase the percentage of your site visitors that subscribe your e-mail list, give away a free gift such as an e-book or e-course.

23 – Try Google Display Network PPC

If you are looking for a way to kick start traffic to your blog, considering running ads on the Google display network. You can usually get visitors at a lower cost per click in the search network, especially if you are targeting visitors outside of the USA.

24 – Try StumbleUpon Paid Discovery

Another good way to kick start traffic to your blog is through StumbleUpon Paid Discovery, formerly StumbleUpon ads.

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  • http://tintation.com Vladimir

    Amazing article…
    Definitely good to know info for beginners and a good reminder for those who forgot :)

    • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

      Glad you find it helpful mate.

      • http://4stephenpeters.com Stephen

        What a great map on how to promote your blog. I like #19 …..a good reminder to get it right before publish, it is easy to get in a hurry and need to change things after it is published. -Not a good thing to do. I think I will have to look at using this for a check list, so I don’t hear myself say “oh no I forgot……”. Another Idea is to email your list that you made another post ….great for creating atrbe feel with your followers.

  • http://smokingdesigners.com evan

    nice article you got here.

  • http://www.uitmuntend-webdesign.nl J. Hendrix

    thanks for these tips!

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Awesome tips, lets see if the work!

    • http://slodive.com/ SloDive

      Sure they do :)

  • GeekITDown

    Nice up to date tips article. Got some fresh ideas that will hopefully payoff. Thanks.

  • http://bestaromatherapyguide.com Crystal

    Fantastic tips – exactly what I was looking for – Thank you :-)

  • http://www.localbyus.com Ana

    Nice list. I will do more of this for my mini-blogging site too.

    Similar to Stumble-upon or a location-based twitter, you can also post on LocalByUs.com to get back-links.

  • http://www.cafeinks.com Gaurav

    Very helpful for a newbie like me.. Thanks!

  • Hans

    Thank you for the great tips!!

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    Congratulations, “promote your wordpress blog” on the Google search engine placed this page at the number one return!!!!!!!

    That is impressive!!!

  • jack

    Many thanks for sharing those tips, I hope it will help me to promote my blog. Thanks again!

  • checkspace

    Great tips for promoting blogs. I might be wrong but something I found out regarding StumbleUpon paid search is that they are very particular about the pages you are promoting, if you have any commercial materials or products they generally tend to refuse to accept your pages. Therefore most of the time you end up with Google Ads or MS Ads for that matter.

  • http://victoriapod.com Joseph

    These are very great tips which I must keep safely in my bookmarks and always implement them.

  • http://www.technolaundrette.com Gary

    Some good tips here thanks! I am trying them out myself on my site and so far things seem to be working.

  • http://gksargent.com Greg Sargent

    Good stuff! Printed this page off and will for sure be optimizing my blog like a pro! Major props for getting your post so high on Google’s rankings! Do you know how to get blog posts populating in Google News results?

  • cporro

    what do you think about blogroll or links to other blogs? also the idea of interacting with other similar blogs…like commenting on their posts and having a link to your blog. for example there are a lot of posts on a certain microphone and i also wrote a post on it. so i comment and leave a link to my post.

    thx for all the tips.

  • http://www.geekandblogger.com Pavan Somu

    I think there are some auto posting options that work well. We use Wordbooker to auto post to Facebook, “WP to Twitter” for auto tweets, and the WordPress utility that LinkedIn offers. Beyond those three platforms, you’ll need to do it manually as you say. We also suggest that you +1 your posts since Google immediately indexes anything that is +1′d. You can also consider adding your content to Squiddo and other such platforms if you want a link back to you site.

  • karthik

    its really awesome to know more about how to improve a blog

  • http://www.flashlightcityblues.com bricemai

    Great article. Thanks for the tips.

  • http://srivastavarahul.wordpress.com rahul

    really useful and important information. thank you

  • http://www.volunteersummernepal.org Bijaya Ghimire

    Very useful article, very useful for people like us who have website but small knowledge

  • http://www.professionalpersonaltrainers.com Simon

    This article is soooo good, thanks. I am just starting in the wordpress world and this has given me some very valuable tips.

  • amit

    thanks for the valuable article..

  • https://www.facebook.com/nikhil.sharma.982845 Nikhil Sharma

    This post covers all the major aspects right from starting the website, hosting, social media promotion, search engine optimization to additional online marketing strategies. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mark Tong

    Excellent article – easy to understand and implement – just strating a new blog this week so will be sure to checklist this

  • http://matmitchellcycling.wordpress.com Mathew

    Great tips, great list, many thanks!