I started blogging about creative writing less than a year ago, on April 26, 2012. As for 20k hits, I honestly have how no idea how average or above/below average that is. I haven’t looked into that or asked around. I’m not interested in comparisons; all I need to know is that what I’m seeing is beyond anything I personally expected or hoped for where my personal blogging ventures were concerned.
I’ve written before about why I love this blog, and why I force myself to get a post out every day even though that’s not always the easiest thing to do. Hitting the 20k mark seems as good a time as any to discuss something I’ve never touched on, though: how I promote my blog. In case you haven’t heard of one or more of these venues, here are the outlets I use (Mainly social media marketing. I’ll save the obvious ones for the bottom for y’all).
- The Social Buzz Club. If you haven’t yet checked out socialbuzzclub.com, you should. I have a paid subscription, but you can join for free as well if that’s not possible for you. Members “buzz” each others’ posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Stumbleupon, and Digg, to get everyone maximum exposure. You buzz only the things your followers will find useful, and others do the same. It’s a wonderfully supportive community. (Since I joined a week and a half ago I’ve had over 115 “buzzes” of my posts.)
- NOTE: the Social Buzz Club also gives access to a whole backlog of one hour webinars about how to successfully utilize social media to paying members. I’ve listened to a bunch of them and learned lots of useful stuff.
- Stumbleupon. I researched what Stumbleupon was when I heard a couple of people on twitter mention it. The day I joined and started adding my posts, I had 641 hits on my blog. I think they’ve changed the algorithms since them, but I still put my posts on Stumbleupon every day and get hits each day from it.
- HOW STUMBLING WORKS: You create an account and give Stumbleupon your interests. You can manually add pages that you like. Or you can “Stumble” and the site will take you to a random page someone else has liked (or lots of people have liked) that corresponds with your interests. It’s fabulous!
- Goodreads. Some people don’t think of Goodreads, but I put a link to my Harry Potter posts on Harry Potter fan pages there over the summer. That link still bring in comments and hits. Also, lots of Goodreads groups have “Blog” categories on their pages for members to list and promote their blogs.
- CONNECT YOUR BLOG: You can connect your blog to Goodreads as well. Your posts will filter into your author page there, and people can follow through to your blog.
- Twitter. I tweet links to 2 or 3 different posts each day, especially popular ones and always the newest post. This is pretty standard, I think.
- Facebook. Don’t only promote on your fanpage (though you should.) There are various Facebook groups and pages that encourage book and blog promotion. Just make sure you’re not overdoing it (once a day) and make sure the page allows it. You don’t want to be that spammer.