Approximately 150,000 new blogs are started every day. Some of them are never intended to be read by anyone but the blogger’s family. Others find a small but devoted following. A few become nationally or even internationally read, such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Mashable! Where will your blog fit in this crowded blogosphere? If you are seeking an audience beyond you family and friends, how will you find it? How will your little blog be noticed among the many thousand vying for attention?
1. Put a link to your blog in your e-mail signature …
… every page of your website, all outgoing correspondence, your newsletter, your author’s blurb on articles, business cards, and anything you publish. For example, my e-mail signature includes “The Writing Life: http://writeanonfictionbook.blogspot.com.”
2. Include RSS feeds so people can subscribe to your blog.
RSS (most commonly translated as “Really Simple Syndication”) is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works, such as blog entries and news headlines. Popular RSS feeds include Google, Yahoo, Bloglines, and Netvibes.
3. Use trackback links when you quote from or refer to other blog posts.
A trackback is one of three types of linkbacks—methods for Web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking and referring to their blogs.
4. Respond to comments readers make on your blog.
Have a conversation. Often, this will take you in directions you could never have imagined. Blogging is interactive in that way. If your blog is static, it defeats its purpose engage readers.
5. Create tags for every blog post so that search engines can find your blog.
A tag is a keyword or term assigned to a piece of information (such as an Internet bookmark, digital image, or computer file). Use the same tags on all blogs you write on the same topics. For example if you write about blogs, use tags such as blogs, blogging, and blog posts.
6. Create a “best posts page” category on your main page.
Link to your best posts. Blog posts tend to become lost or forgotten as the months go by. Read through your previously published posts, and chose several that still have relevance and resonance. Remember to repeat the same tags.
7. Remember, you’re a resource; provide value.
Web surfers have notoriously short attention spans. If they happen to land at your blog site and don’t find anything useful, they will move on, never to return. They certainly won’t register for your RSS feed. But if you consistently give readers something of interest and use, they may register for your RSS feed. There are many other ways to garner attention and regular readers, but these seven tips will give you a good start on getting in the blogging game as a viable player.