I wrote a post entitled Why Americans Shouldn’t Get Angry about the Flavors of Negros and suddenly BooM! (Hehehe copyright Jamie Foxx)
and today another BooM! (repeat copyright by Jamie Foxx. If you read this article, you’ll get the humor.)
I was even number 16 in Top Blogs!
I was like…
How did this happen? I think I discovered a new way to promote blog posts.
Before that, the basics first:
Write Something Interesting
In my case, it was this:
Promote It to Death
I posted it on Facebook (page and account), Twitter (made especially for my blog. I don’t have a personal account anymore so that my friends will be forced to add this one), Pinterest (I have an Age of the Diary Pinterest board, and I usually pin my blog post on my other boards if they fall under multiple topics), and Tumblr (I created a Tumblr blog where I post a picture, the first paragraph of the blog post, “read more,” and the link back to my blog). I also post it on Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg, Google+, LinkedIn, and Yahoo.
WordPress has a publicize option which automatically updates your Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yahoo, so you don’t have to manually update every site. I usually do manual updates for Facebook because I want to pick the thumbnail and add a stat or a quote from the blog post. You can also edit the message included in the WordPress publicize option. Buttons of WordPress’ enabled sharing services are at the bottom of each blog post, and you can use these buttons to add your post to Pinterest, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Google+, and Digg.
I also have an account on Bloggers.com, which is a social networking site for bloggers. You can synchronize your blog with your profile so that it will automatically update your activities page whenever you post something new. All of your friends on Bloggers.com will see those updates, and they can go to your blog by clicking the links. I also have an account on Blogher, and I submitted my blog to several search engines.
You have to use all of these platforms because you never know where your post will be a hit. There are times where I notice that my post is very popular on StumbleUpon but is ignored in Tumblr, or a hit on Facebook but not on StumbleUpon, etc. For this post, I noticed that it is popular on Facebook and Tumblr.
This seems like a lot, but once you get used to it, you can write a blog post and promote it to death in one hour.
New Advice: Engage with Celebrities
I wrote Why Americans Shouldn’t Get Angry about the Flavors of Negros because Jamie Foxx uploaded a picture of a restaurant located in the Philippines called Flavors of Negros.
I saw that many of the actor’s American fans accused the restaurant for being racist. To clear up this misunderstanding, I decided to write a blog post explaining that Negros is a place in the Philippines, that this word is pronounced differently, and the name of the island and the restaurant have nothing to do with African Americans. I also added an interesting tidbit about the Negros Slashers, the island’s basketball team. I posted the link to my article on the comments section of the picture uploaded by Jamie Foxx.
At that time, I didn’t realize the power of posting a link on a celebrity’s Facebook page. Now that I think about it, it’s a really good way to promote your blog. These celebrities have so many fans, and so there will be more exposure for your blog link. Don’t post links that are unrelated to the discussion. I did see a few people who did that, and I don’t know if that works, but I think that kind of self-promotion is in bad taste. The best way to do this is to follow a few celebrities, and if there’s an interesting discussion, you can react to it through a blog post.
How about you? Do you have any advice on how to promote your blog? Please leave a comment below!
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