How can I promote a blog that is completely unread?
There is little to almost none engagement on my blog. As an aspiring writer, it is my main goal to start increasing my reads and spreading word of mouth about my blog. I've set up Google analytics for my blog, and I can see there is no traffic coming to it. What are my options for affordable promotion techniques?
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Start sharing posts out through every form of social media. Improve your SMO until you get a clear consensus of who your readers are, then tailor your SEO to attract more of them.
Engage SEO + social media are two basic works need to do. Submit article to popular website to gain more audiences too.
Caitlin, how long have you been writing your blog? Consider writing with two audiences in mind . . . your end reader and Google. Google wants to deliver your content to those who are most attracted to your blog topic. Perhaps do some research on highly searched "keywords," and structure your writing to appeal what readers are wanting to read. This will help over the long haul with Google organic searches. Obviously, you can try to target your audience and consider ads to drive people to your blog site.
Are you a specific industry where you can submit an article, taking two to five blogs of similar content for electronic or print publication.
Just some thoughts . . .
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Daniel has the right idea, in that the key to your situation based on budget and the objective you want to achieve, is to engage in forums that your customers are engaged on.
The only thing I want to add is that it is super important that you are engaging on the right forums. Being super active on the "Single Parents" Group on linkedin may not be as effective as commenting on articles on parents.com, and even that may seem like a good idea until you think about engaging with a site like singleparentadvocate.org. With the latter the audience is intentionally going there for help and advice and people are more likely to be engaged without being tied to the brand so much as what they can get from it, as opposed to parents.com which is much more popular for entertaining articles and recipes and the audience is looking for something very specific that the brand is already offering, making them less likely to leave to your site.
It's really important to think about it strategically and devote your resources to the right places.
I suggest you to participate in social media & forum discussion.Try to find the relevant or needed people who really interested in content you post.
As an aspiring writer, I'd suggest your main focus initially should just be on writing, not on traffic or views. Find your voice, perfect your style and message, and create for the love and passion of creating.
If you're initial focus is on traffic and monetization you'll be much more likely to get frustrated and give up. You'll also be putting up a wall between you and the people who will be most naturally attracted to you and your message and style.
You also may find that it's not in your best interest to attract a huge amount of new readers while your trying to work out some of these things. But as you find your voice and your style you'll be able to shift toward promotion and making yourself visible, available, and attractive to your audience.
In terms of building traffic, I've been a big fan of Derek Halpern at Social Triggers. Also, a little more generally with respect to marketing, I Love Marketing with Dean Jackson and Joe Polish. From those two you can branch out to almost anywhere.
Best wishes with your writing and if you have any other questions please reach out :)
There are several forums and blog sites which can promote yours blog and if you are submitting valuable content Google can directly pickup your blog just because of your Content.
I always suggest people to complete buyer's persona first before writing a blog post. Most of the time I have seen people with excellent content, but no one is reading it. The main reason is that they do not know whom they are writing that blog post for and how it is going to help them out.
Once you know your target audience for that particular blog post then, it's time to bring it in front of their eyes. Depending on your niche market, you need to finalize that on which social media platform you would like to advertise it.