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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Promotions and Advertising Your Blog Online


I have been asked a few times who I advertise my blog with and how much do I spend on advertising. So today I am going to answer those questions and explain how I got the bulk of my traffic and followers on my blog, Facebook and Twitter. Now I know there are some people out there with thousands of followers but ask yourself one question: “How long have they been blogging?” So don’t get down on yourself because you haven’t reached that high it takes time build up a follower list like those people. I know when I first started I was happy when I got my very first follower and every since then it has been rising steadily some things have worked more than others.

Here are my Top Traffic Sources (keep in mind that this will vary but these are the ones that have worked best for me there are tons of other options such as the mom networks, Twitter, Facebook, Technorati, BlogFrog)

I have talked about Digg, EntreCard and Adgitize before so I am going to just touch on them briefly and then explain more in depth on my most recent focus Blog Hops.

Digg: If you don’t know much about Digg it is much like a social networking site which allows people to vote up interesting articles that they find on the web. So how do you use this to get more traffic to your site? First open an account and stay aware of the articles on the front page. Find one or two interesting articles and comment on them (within your comment leave a link to one of your most interesting post). It never fails tons of people will click on it. It’s crazy how they just jump on those links. I have gotten around 6,000 + from doing this on Digg. I would suggest that you don’t try to comment on every single front page article with your link because you will be suspended for spamming. You will also be able to add your own articles to the site and have your readers vote them up. If you get to the top page your golden its guaranteed traffic if you make it to the front page. I suggest reviewing your site and finding your most interesting article DO NOT post all of your articles.

EntreCard: I absolutely love EntreCard. They are the bloggers business card. This is a free service that utilizes its own currency called EC these are credits that you get from visiting others and for other placing ads on your site using their widget. Now not only do they offer this free option but I also utilize their paid advertising which is $10 to advertise on their main page. They have an extremely busy site so you can gain a ton of traffic just from placing an ad on their main page but if you aren’t looking to spend any money you can advertise on blogs of your choice using just the EC that you have earned from visiting other bloggers and dropping on their widget. I would suggest this one to all bloggers because it allows you to really network and most people return the favor as far as visiting and commenting. It is one to take a look at.

Adgitize: Here is why I like Adgitize you make back what you pay for advertising. They are cheaper than EntreCard because for $14 you can advertise on their entire network of blogs. The great thing about Adgitize is that you can make your $14 back making your advertising ultimately free. I have currently made about $20.63 so my advertising was free. You can also earn money in many other ways through Adgitize but I won’t be talking about that today.

Blog Hops: Okay so I know that everyone here that blogs is familiar with blog hops but I constantly notice many people on the different mom networks asking for more followers on their blogs, Facebook and twitter but I don’t necessarily see them using the various blog hops that happen almost every single day of the week. There are different blog hops for different purposes so if you want more Facebook followers jump on a hop that trades likes (instantly more likes). I decided to test this out and I did a blog hop every single day this week and I set a goal to get to 200 GFC followers and I made it all thanks to participating in the different blog hops. Now I know that everyone doesn’t have time to do this and personally it is not something I would be able to keep up every single week but I will participate in a few every week so that I can discover new blogs and get more followers as well. I do challenge everyone to at least try to do one every single day for one week and see the results that you get. Now the only way for this to work for you is to actually go and visit a big portion of the links and follow their blogs and leave them a comment so they will know to follow you back. Some may just follow you to return the favor but others may actually come and find something that really interest them and hang around and look at more pages and post on your site ( these are the people your focusing on getting).

So if you are up for the challenge to participate in at least one blog hop a day here is a list of hops for every single day of the week. Enjoy and get started hopping

Sunday

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Monday

Just Married with Coupons

Tuesday

Busy Mom's Tips Tuesday Blog HopTuesday Tag-Along


Wednesday

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Thursday

Obviously MARvelousThe Two Savvy Sisters


Friday


Saturday

PhotobucketBetween the Lines

23 comments:

Melanie said...

Thanks for the visit at 2Boys + 1Girl=OneCrazyMom following you back. Love you Page :-)
Happy Sunday
Melanie
www.twoboysonegirlandcrazymom.com

The Adviser said...

You really did your research. Thanks for helping us. Your post is so informative and encouraging. Thanks so much for following me as well. You are very impressive person.

Lynsey said...

Thanks for your list of blog hops! Great info, I'll have to get hopping now :)

Brenda said...

Thanks for this great blog post. It was filled with info. I needed. I'm following you from Entrecard.

http://www.brendashandmade.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

I am so happy that you all have found it helpful. I feel like so many of us find something that work and we don't share it. I believe in sharing the information that I have so that we can all prosper.

Tanya said...

Excellent post - thanks so much for sharing! I had heard of Entrecard and Adgitize but haven't checked them out yet - now I will...

Also, wanted to let you know about the list of 100+ weekly blog hops that I've compiled over at my blog. They really are a great way to increase traffic and get the word out about your blog.

Here's the list:
The Motherload: 100+ Weekly Blog Hops for Moms

UAN said...

I'm really sorry to bother you. I would really appreciate it if you enlightened me a little more. I don't understand the adgitize site very much. There are 3 categories: affiliate, advertiser and publisher. I was considering advertiser. Is that the right category to sign up for?

UAN said...

I forgot to add this: I pasted your button on my blog page: http://versatilewoman.blogspot.com/. Thank you so much for the information you have shared. God bless you.

DP said...

What an informative article. I will have to try your techniques, and I hope that they work for me. Thanks so much!!!!

http://pregnancybaby411.blogspot.com/

Danielle said...

UAN sorry it took me so many hours to respond but I have been at work all day. Here is more information on Adgitize based on what you want to do.

First I want to let you know that you can do all three. Here are the benefits of each.

Publishers are the ones that place the Adgitize widget on their blog and allow for other bloggers to advertise on their blog. This will all you to make money every time your page loads. Great option to earn money.

Affiliates are those that advertise Adgitize services they basically get others to sign up with Adgitize and earn money when people advertise using their referral code. Another great way to make money because you get $5 a sign up.

Advertisers are one's that place advertisements on other people's blog. You pay $14 a month and are given a rebate every day that ultimately translates into money back for advertising.

I would suggest doing all three because that way you will maximize your profit you will make money for showing ads and referring people and you will gain traffic by advertising through Adgitize which will pay for itself resulting in free advertisement and money in you pocket. I will post my earning because I just recently got paid by Adgitize.

I hope this helped please let me know if you need further help!

Debbie Does Coupons said...

Thanks for joining in the Tuesday Tag blog hop. I am following you back and very much like your blog!
Debbie Does Coupons

DP said...

I never knew about Blog Hops until this blog.
Thanks! I am loving all the info about blogging on this! I definitely followed you :-)

http://pregnancybaby411.blogspot.com/

Danielle said...

DP thank you so much for following I am glad that you were able to find something you could use.

UAN said...

I tried entrecard yesterday and I advertised using my credits. I've had 147 links from entrecard already!
Anyway, I think I've asked this before but I don't know where I asked it. During blog hops, they always ask you to follow them. Is it possible to follow too many people or should I not bother about it and just build my followership?

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