I haven’t done the Hop in a while as I’ve just been trying to do it once a month! I must say I miss meeting new people through it! If you haven’t checked out the Blog Hop, go here!
This week’s topic is:
How do you spread the word about your blog? (e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs…)
Great topic! When I first started my blogs (this one and The Broke and the Bookish) in June 2010 this was a huge project for me! By profession, I am in the marketing world so this was a big deal to me and I kind of wrote out a very informal marketing plan for myself. Ok, I’m a nerd. I can’t help it. The short of it is– I spread the word about my blogs in a variety of ways!
– Twitter (the BIGGEST help..if you aren’t on Twitter. Get there now! When I see where most of the traffic is coming from, it is hands down from Twitter!)
Book Blogs on Ning (this was good when I FIRST started but my usage of it has dissolved pretty much)
– I also used various social bookmarking sites
– One of the biggest sources of traffic in the beginning was from simply going on other’s blogs. I would spend hours going from blog to blog and leaving MEANINGFUL and genuine comments. I didn’t just say “Great review!” and then put my link. I took the time to read and formulate something interesting to say. I kind of benchmarked it all and I got comments back from over 75% of those blogs I commented on.
– Goodreads: I’m really active on Goodreads so I have my link on my profile and I get a decent amount of traffic that way.
Anyways, that is just me! I’m always experimenting and seeing where my efforts are most efficient and where to concentrate my time. What has worked for you?
This past week, or so, in review: