Offline Promotion: 9 Ways to Advertise Your Blog
It can get pretty lonely when you’re starting a new blog. You’re blogging away and there’s one lonely soul visiting your blog every day for the fist month.
How will you ever get the word out if only one person is listening?
If you stop and think about it, you probably know hundreds of people or more in the offline world. Most of them have a computer, so why not let them help promote your blog?
Tell A Few Close Friends
Start off by telling just three or four close friends and ask them to help critique your new blog while you get started adding plenty of content. They can look for formatting problems and tell you which posts they like best and why. They’ll be your sounding board while you iron out the kinks.
Tell More Friends And Your Family, Too
Next, let the rest of your friends know, and your family, too. Ask them all to visit your blog and leave comments and share it with their friends either by email or in the social networks.
Tell The People You Work With
How many people do you work with every day? And you haven’t told them about your blog? Let them know now and ask them to share.
Tell The People You’re Blogging About
Chances are there are probably other people interested in the same thing you’re blogging about. For example, if you’re blogging about knitting there are probably a few knitting clubs in your community. Ask the other knitters what they think of your blog.
Talk To Relevant People
Now go to the knitting clubs themselves and let them know you’re blogging about knitting. Perhaps they’d like to be featured so they can announce their new charity project. If you do, you can bet they’ll be sharing your blog post with everyone they know – especially if you include picture.
Ask Friends And Contacts To Guest Blog
If you have friends or family members who knit you could invite them to be a guest blogger. Invite the leader of that knitting club, too.
Talk To Everyone You Meet
Sit down right now and create an elevator speech, a brief message that explains what you do. Be prepared to answer now when someone says, “Hello. Nice to meet you. What do you do?” And after you tell them be sure to invite them to visit and comment and share your blog.
Ask Your Friends To Share With Their Networks
Now that everything’s starting to come together, ask all your friends and family to make a concerted effort to share your blog in all the social networks they belong to. Not just once, either. You want them to share each new blog post – forever!
Advertise Within Your Communities
If you belong to a church or a community organization or club, don’t forget to let these people know about your blog. They already know you and they’ll be tickled pink to see what you’re up to – and they’ll be secretly hoping you blog about them. So do it, and you can bet your boots they’ll be sharing!
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