Over the last couple of months I have learnt the art of promoting my blog, I am not saying I have perfected it or even know how to do it better I am saying for 'me' I have learnt what seems to be working for me. I do not have 2k or even 10k views a day I have 200 to 500 and for me this is HUGE to some this is peanuts which is fine by me 'each to their own'. I never thought my blog would be where it is now in a million years, I had hoped and dreamed of it reaching somewhere near to where it is at now but never knew how to get their. So now that we have settled that let me share a few ways I promote my blog;
Facebook - love it or hate it, it is one of the biggest ways to promote your blog. Some people get a lot of traffic from social networks like Pinterest but I am yet to get such traffic from it but then again I hardly pin things. I have joined a couple of facebook pages (I would like to mention but not sure if allowed so will skip this part) but these facebook pages have really helped drive traffic to my blog and helped me make friends who check out my blog not because I shared a link but because I have become a part of their morning routine (checking out other blogs) as they have mine. If you don't have a facebook page for your blog I suggest you get one but don't neglect your normal account because it usually starts with family and friends.
Family & Friends - Almost all my close friends and friends of friends now read my blog via word of mouth. I had a friend of a friend the other day PM me to say 'thank you for being so inspirational continue blogging I love waking up to read your blog' I was taken aback because though I hope my blog touches or even helps someone's life I did not think or even imagine ever hearing such words it is truly amazing.
Advertising - most people use PassionFruit Ads (I did too until recently), check out bloggers in your niche first and see what those blogs offer and how much readership they have etc and then invest some money into appearing on their side bar. Don't only stick to small bloggers think big and go large but remember not all will accept so be ready to accept that.
Twitter/Instagram - for the last two months I have seen a great increase in traffic from twitter and even IG. I am so glad about this hence its included, I use Hootsuite to schedule my posts (I have hash tags all set up) and this has made all the difference.
Affiliate networks - I met one of my now best friend (yet to meet in person) on an affiliate network, we have been chatting for over a year now and I feel so close to her than I do with most people I have know for a long time.
There are so many ways to promote/drive traffic to your blog and the few mentioned above have worked for me quite well. What other ways do you promote/drive traffic to your blog? What has worked for you?
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