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A Great Way to Promote Your Blog

As you know from my recent posts, I have a couple of blogs that I am trying to grow, now that they are linked to AdSense and could earn me some money. I promote each post on Google Plus and Facebook, but that limits my exposure to just my own followers. Where else could I promote my blogs that wouldn't require me to spend any money or join a bunch of other social media, like Twitter, Tumblr, et cetera?

How about OTHER people's Facebook pages? As I drove through town today, I thought about all the local businesses that would love to have their shops promoted, especially for free, and since I write a local blog, I am in a position to do that, by doing write-ups on their businesses for my blog. In turn, they would put a link to my writeup on THEIR Facebook pages, thereby promoting my work to all of their customers. I would get material for my blog, they would get publicity, and I would get more page views! Easy-peasy. So I got on Facebook, looked up the pages of local business, and messaged about a dozen or so of them with my proposal (and a link to my blog, so they could check it out--and give me some more page-view love). So far, two places, a candy shop and a day spa, have already responded, and I have set up times to go by there to do a short interview and take some photos. Talk about quick results!

You can do the same thing for your blog, too. You may not have a local-interest blog like I do, but you can certainly still do write-ups on local businesses for a general-interest blog, or you can focus on businesses that are specific to your interests...for example, if you have a blog that focuses on cooking or sport fishing, do a write-up on the local kitchenware or spice shop, or the sporting goods store. If you don't want to do local stores, Facebook pages can still be useful for promotion. Let's say you are into steampunk and have a blog devoted to that. There are steampunk groups online that you could join, and maybe you could post links to your blog or to your articles there. Members of the group might even share the links to their own pages, growing your fan base.

Use the power of social media to promote your work not just on a personal scale, but on a commercial scale. Get out there and network, my friends!

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AliCanary wrote on November 28, 2014, 8:38 PM

Well, I just got a pet shop, too! This is working nicely!

bestwriter wrote on November 28, 2014, 10:30 PM

I did try to create blogs but they were all at a personal level which do not attract adsense. They have been rejected. I wanted to delete my blog account but only blogs get deleted and not the account. Is there a way one can do it. I have so much to share with the world and this time it will not be personal. The name of my current account is anything but commercial.

AliCanary wrote on November 29, 2014, 1:11 AM

I would just create the new blog and start putting content, then after you've had it awhile and have some content and some page views, it should get approved. Mine didn't qualify for a while, and then one day it finally did. I think that AdSense has a policy about blogs in China and India, that they have to be there for some minimum amount of time before they qualify. That might have had more to do with it than the subject matter.

MegL wrote on November 29, 2014, 1:47 AM

This is a great idea. I have some local blogs and websites an d I know some local businesses have Facebook pages. emoticon :smile:

bestwriter wrote on November 29, 2014, 1:53 AM

Here I go then. My account has no blogs as I have deleted them all . I shall fill up my account - the name withstanding. Thanks for the encouragement.

facenorth wrote on November 29, 2014, 7:41 AM

i have also my own blog but not really maintaining it with post. its on wordpress.

maxeen wrote on November 29, 2014, 7:52 AM

I do admire your get up and go attitude,you are doing well.

twirllinks wrote on November 29, 2014, 8:39 AM

That´s truly a great idea. I actually do almost the same, but not like the local business where I came from since Norwegian is not so interested on international blogs.
I use to blog some products which I believe that is true and that others can avail it when they want to.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 30, 2014, 3:14 AM

Great idea! I hope you get lots of positive responses :)

Madcanman wrote on November 30, 2014, 7:06 AM

I've been fighting the whole social media thing since day one, but I'm afraid I may one day have to succumb to its pull. I've been writing my cat's blog for a few years now, and I also just had my first flash piece accepted by an online literary journal, so I suppose if I want to get my name and writing out there I'll need to give in at some point. Good for you and your blogs!

AliCanary wrote on November 30, 2014, 2:01 PM

I am--out of the 11 businesses that I initially contacted, I now have appointments to visit five of them, so far. It's been a great response!

AliCanary wrote on November 30, 2014, 2:05 PM

I've gotten a wonderful response, so far--in addition to the places mentioned, I am also now doing a bookstore and a cheesecake shop--hope they give free samples! :D

AliCanary wrote on November 30, 2014, 2:06 PM

Maybe this will inspire you to get back to it?

Ruby3881 wrote on November 30, 2014, 10:59 PM

That is fabulous news! I admire you taking this kind of initiative!

HappyLady wrote on December 1, 2014, 2:13 PM

I have some blogs I need to promote too so now I am wondering about following your ideas. I have never really got into promoting the blogs I write.

scheng1 wrote on December 3, 2014, 8:54 AM

I used to do all that, including joining a forum that allows link in signature space.

nbaquero wrote on December 3, 2014, 12:15 PM

AliCanary I will have to hire you as my marketing manager, that is a great idea. Good luck with your Blog(s).

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 4, 2014, 1:00 AM

It sounds like you've hit upon a workable plan. Good job!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 4, 2014, 1:02 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Hmm. I wonder if the pet store would give me free samples if I wrote about them in my blog. Meow.

AliCanary wrote on December 4, 2014, 1:14 AM

I bet if you interviewed them there, they would give you free samples and head scratches, as well!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 5, 2014, 12:30 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. That sounds like a good plan.

AliCanary wrote on December 5, 2014, 5:18 PM

When you do it this way, you can get other people to do your promotion for you, or at least help. It's working really well for me, so far. I have doubled the views on my blog with only the first two articles done, and yet another business responded to me today!

AliCanary wrote on December 5, 2014, 10:54 PM

I resisted forever, too, and I still don't have a lot of things going on--no Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, etc--but Facebook all by itself can be extremely useful. Congratulations on your success!

AliCanary wrote on December 7, 2014, 3:50 PM

It's not like it's too late--you can start any time!

BarbRad wrote on December 8, 2014, 1:50 AM

That was a brilliant idea. Maybe when I'm up and about again I can do more with my local businesses.

crowntower wrote on December 10, 2014, 1:36 AM

thank you for the advice and info how to get our blogs promoted. I don't have a blog that had an income on it, but I am trying to build one. but for now I am going to focus on PERSONA and PAA. because this are the sites that gives me a lot of profit for now.