101 Ways to Promote a New Blog

This is a guest post by David Turnbull. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Promoting a new blog can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. As you might expect, breaking down blog promotion into small, actionable tasks eliminates the mental road block you’ve probably experienced when trying to wrap you head around how to get people’s attention. You don’t have to do everything in this list, and some items will have a greater effect then others, but every tactic will at least drive some traffic, and any traffic is better than no traffic.

Content
1. Write a list of over 100+ resources or ideas.
2. Write the definitive guide to something. Spend time making this awesome.
3. Release a manifesto.
4. Release 2 manifestos.
5. Interview cool people. People like talking about cool people.
6. After your articles are indexed in search engines, break them up into smaller articles and submit them to ezinearticles.com (and other article directories).
7. Or just pay someone to submit the articles for you.
8. Write a list of all the cool blogs and people in your niche.
9. Check out the most popular content on high trafficked blogs. Create similar content but applied to your own niche.

Facebook

10. Start a page.
11. Make that page awesome.
12. Start a group.
13. Make that group awesome.
14. Create a Facebook app for your blog.

Fundamentals
15. Wait. After you’ve taken action it can take a short while for traffic to arrive.
16. Be patient. Some bloggers may seem like overnight successes, but if you look back in their archives, they’ve been creating content for a long time.
17. Motivate yourself.
18. Read The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing.
19. Have an interesting story and overall purpose.
20. Embrace the Law of Reciprocity. Everything you give will come back exponentially.
21. Make blogging easier.
22. Take action every day. Just get one important thing done every day and eventually you’ll start getting traffic. The more you do each day the faster your blog gets traction.
23. Find people with blogs at a similar level to yours and help each other out.
24. Turn off your computer, do some cool stuff, turn on your computer again and blog about it.
25. Understand the importance of context.
26. Be consistent. You don’t need to blog every day but try to stick to at least some sort of schedule.
27. Make it a numbers game. Decide upon a definite plan of action (eg. 20 blog comments per day, 1 guest post per week etc) and stick with that.

Online Video
28. Create videos and distribute them through tubemogul.com
29. Or for wider video distribution trafficgeyser.com may work for you (expensive though).
30. Respond to YouTube videos with your content.
31. Include your full blog address at the TOP of your video descriptions.
32. Take your time with devising video titles and tags.
33. Convert your video to multiple formats, with slight editing changes, and upload it to video sites multiple times, targeting different keywords. The content remains the same but you can test what videos and titles work the best.
34. Buy the accounts of popular YouTubers and then add your blog address to the descriptions of their videos.
35. Start the first live show in your niche (Ustream, Justin.tv and LiveStream are popular choices). Make sure you record the shows too so they can be distributed as a podcast later on.

Other Blogs
36. Be the first commenter on the posts of popular blogs. But still provide value.
37. If you can’t be the first then comment anyway. But try to be the first.
38. Stumble and Digg cool blog posts you find and let the blogger know via a comment. If you have something worthy on your blog, they’ll probably reciprocate.
39. Use google.com/blogsearch to find fresh blog posts and then leave intelligent comments.
40. Link to blogs of a similar size. They’ll notice and then good stuff may happen.
41. Write a guest post for a large blog. You may not always get published, but when you do the traffic spike will be significant.
42. Write a guest post for a small blog. You’re more likely to get published and build relationships with the next wave of A-List bloggers.
43. Write some more guest posts. Can’t hurt, that’s for sure.
44. Join a blog network.

Paid
45. Start a StumbleUpon Ads campaign.
46. Get reviewed.
47. Buy some ad space.
48. Send out a press release.

People
49. Attend relevant meetups.
50. Tell your friends and family about your blog. Have them tell everyone they know.

Podcasting

51. Start a podcast and submit it to the iTunes directory.
52. Convert audio files to video files (just use Windows Movie Maker or iMovie) and send them out via tubemogul.com
53. Submit it to some other podcast directories.

Search engine optimization
54. Write linkbait.
55. Have any video or audio content transcribed and posted to your blog.
56. Register your domain name for 10 years.
57. Take advantage of sites scraping your blog’s feed by interlinking posts. Simple way to get deep inbound links.
58. Use Thesis.

Social networks
59. Join every social network you can.
60. Or, just join a couple and be really active.
61. Become active in relevant ning.com communities.
62. Convert blog posts to PDF files and submit them to Scribd — include your blog url in the description and document itself.
63. Add your Scribd documents to relevant groups.
64. Submit your best posts to blog carnivals.
65. Join relevant forums, add your blog address to your signature and start posting intelligently.
66. Sign up at ping.fm and use twitterfeed.com to auto post your latest blog content to a bunch of social networks.
67. Create lists on Amazon.com
68. Write reviews on Amazon.com
69. Better yet, create video reviews for Amazon.com
70. Answer relevant questions on Yahoo Answers, leaving your website as the source.
71. Or on Mahalo Answers.
72. Or even through LinkedIn Answers.
73. Start your own Slinkset, and feed your RSS feed into it automatically.
74. Submit your site to alltop.com
75. Write an article aimed at Digg (okay, that article won’t help much).
76. Also, befriend one of the many Digg powerusers.
77. Create a new thread on a forum and write up a really great guide with no self promotion. Simple way to be seen as an authority figure and to elicit comments on your writing (don’t forget that signature link though!).
78. Submit your content to dofollow social bookmarking sites.
79. Or have Bookmarking Demon do it for you (certainly a bend in ethics though).

StumbleUpon
80. Become an active stumbler to understand what stumblers like.
81. Friend people who stumble your content (they may just want to stumble more in the future)..
82. Have other people initially submit content (or “Discover” it as it’s known).
83. Place a Stumble button in your post template.

Su.pr
84. Sign up at su.pr and use it for all your short url needs.
85. Post content to your Facebook and Twitter stream.
86. Install the WordPress plugin to automate the process.
87. Identify the times that result in the most clicks and schedule tweets for them.
88. Setup your blog as a promoted website.

Twitter
89. Include hash tags (#tagname) in your tweets.
90. Search for your niche and answer any questions people have.
91. Place a Retweet button in your post template.
92. Follow relevant, popular, and interesting people.
93. Send @replies to relevant, popular and interesting people.
94. Tweet links to your content at multiple times during the day.
95. Love a product from a company that’s on Twitter? Review it and they may just notice and tweet about the review. It’s happened to me.
96. Sponsor some tweets.
97. Find cool people in your niche who live nearby and organize a tweet up (a meet up where you invite anyone on Twitter).

WordPress
98. Install All In One SEO Pack.
99. Automatically ping lots of ping services.
100. Create a theme, include a link to your blog in the footer, and then release it for free.
101. Create a plugin and release it for free. Add a link to your blog within the admin area. If it’s a good plugin people will love you for it.

David Turnbull is a Buddhist blogger, Apple fan boy, lousy musician, designer, book worm, simplicity freak and dedicated computer geek. You can visit his blog on davidturnbull.com.

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83 Responses to “101 Ways to Promote a New Blog”

  1. V.C on November 4, 2009 1:54 am

    This is an awesome post, I would say.
    I agree with most of your ideas.
    From my point of view, I think advertising is a good way to promote blog. IN your list I’d like to suggest Google Adsense.

  2. Costa on November 4, 2009 2:13 am

    I am but prompted to say, by the time I reach the ‘facebook’ stage, I will already be one exhausted blogger, abandoning whatever I have started and never to return.

    Maybe I’m just plain lazy, but blogging is no fun this way. LOL.

  3. David Turnbull on November 4, 2009 2:27 am

    Great to see my name up on the blog again. And thanks for the comments so far guys. You definitely don’t have put *everything* listed into use, but I thought a bunch of practical tips could be useful. :-)

  4. sibaho way on November 4, 2009 2:50 am

    Good job, David !

  5. Antti Kokkonen on November 4, 2009 3:31 am

    Thanks for compiling such a great list and sharing it with us David! Quite a bit of things I’ve seen and knew already, but forgotten about it over time. Lessson learned, I really gotta start writing these things down and put them on a plan.

  6. Oscar - freestyle mind on November 4, 2009 4:43 am

    Lots of useful stuff here, I need to update my todo list!

  7. Cassandra Jade on November 4, 2009 5:42 am

    Some great advice and information here. I love the organisation of this list. I found it interesting that even though I use a lot of these options, I’m probably not using them particularly well. Thanks for a great post.

  8. TR on November 4, 2009 6:02 am

    I’d add two, which are related:

    1. Don’t even THINK of promoting your site until you have been writing it for at least a month. Very few survive a month. Running around telling everyone, hey, come read my site! when it’s day 1 and you have one post of, is a waste of all that effort.

    2. The best thing you can do is write really good content. If you write it, they will come, and you don’t have to do too much crazy artificial stuff to promote it. I’ve seen people put up a lame weekly post and waste time promoting it. They may come look – and then never come back. By the way, I disagree with you WRT daily. DO write daily. If you don’t have at least an idea a day, what are you doing writing a website? Just go contribute occasionally to someone else’s.

  9. Irina Kremin on November 4, 2009 6:40 am

    Great post, it looks like there is nothing I can add or can I?

  10. Mark Harrison on November 4, 2009 7:08 am

    David
    This is an excellent post and contains a lot of ideas on promotion that have never occured to me previously. I guess people who are daunted by it should choose their immediate choices (ie.the ones on the list that are an absolute must and vital to your blogs success)and work down the list.

    The great thing about a list like this is that it allows you to pick and mix your options and whilst some of them will only be a case of ‘if I ever get the time’, the blogger can decide what is important to them.

  11. Young on November 4, 2009 7:47 am

    Cool, the more tips you use, the more traffic you will get, but also the more time you will spend.

  12. Mighty on November 4, 2009 9:05 am

    This list is a good list! It contains a number of specific items and definitely makes blogging look less like rocket science. :D

    mighty

  13. Ben on November 4, 2009 9:19 am

    Great list. Bookmarking it.

  14. Lia Qistina on November 4, 2009 9:51 am

    Wow, thanks!

    just in time as i really need some blogging guide!

  15. Website Reviewer on November 4, 2009 10:06 am

    Great list. Not so much for the content as too having it all together at once. Many thing you have read somewhere, but having them in a list, really makes you ask yourself: why again wasn’t I doing this already?

  16. Andy Michaels on November 4, 2009 10:13 am

    Wow! It really is 101 ways!

  17. ana on November 4, 2009 11:14 am

    tks for the great post! still, how come we cannot save it Bookmarks? u forgot to put THIS plugin on yr blog… how come? :)

  18. Bob Bessette on November 4, 2009 11:46 am

    Very comprehensive post David. Now I have to decide which ones are the biggest bang for the buck and implement them!

    Best,
    Bob

  19. Available Domains Blog on November 4, 2009 12:24 pm

    Superb list! Bookmarked, will try to work on most of them.

  20. BloggerDaily on November 4, 2009 12:28 pm

    Gosh. This post itself is an interesting an useful post! I’ll practice it one by one. Thanks a lot! =D

  21. Hal Brown on November 4, 2009 12:51 pm

    Wow. And to think this list, as long and extensive as it is, could have even more added to it. It is excellent, and what I don’t do now I will try a good many of the things on the list.

    I have tagged this message (email) as important for future reference. I have mixed feelings about some of these things – it begs the question, how serious do I want to be about a blog?

    Thanks for a great post.

  22. Katharina Boehme on November 4, 2009 1:04 pm

    Great list! I am working on it.. ;-)

  23. Gabe | freebloghelp.com on November 4, 2009 1:21 pm

    Pretty comprehensive list there! So much to do, so little time.

    Blogcarnivals really stuck out to me, I’m going to head over there now.

  24. mmSeason on November 4, 2009 2:49 pm

    Tweeting this! Thank you!

  25. Ilija Brajkovic on November 4, 2009 2:58 pm

    Fantastic list, I will definitely use some of your advices. Thank you!

  26. Oswald Hobbes IV on November 4, 2009 3:36 pm

    Ton of great ideas. I’ll definitely tweet this.

  27. Haresh on November 4, 2009 4:50 pm

    A wonderful post indeed. Will try most of them for sure.

  28. Eric C on November 4, 2009 4:56 pm

    Sigh. I just wrote up a brainstorm on publicity, and was looking for posts like these. I’m glad its available…now.

    Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing if this has any new ideas to add to my plan.

  29. Moreno on November 4, 2009 4:57 pm

    Awesome list. Going to check out his blog and possibly subscribe.

    I think I will go down this list and do everyone of the items. It will be fun and lots of work :)

  30. Eric C on November 4, 2009 5:08 pm

    The Facebook section and the fundamentals sections were particularly good.

    Some of the stuff not so much, but a must read.

  31. nethall.gr on November 4, 2009 5:56 pm

    Cool article, really usefull!

  32. George Passwater on November 4, 2009 7:42 pm

    Thanks for posting this great list.

    There are many on here that I know and some I wasn’t looking at yet. I will keep this list handy. Great stuff!

  33. KiksMedia on November 4, 2009 8:17 pm

    Has anyone used bookmarkingdemon.com

  34. David Walker on November 4, 2009 8:43 pm

    Excellent list David, thank you. It’s great for beginners and those of us who have been around for a few years but need a little reminding to tweak here and there. There’s so much to do to promote a blog that it can be overwhelming at times; that your 101 ways is in list form makes it easier to follow and implement.
    I’ll bookmark and use it as a reference.

  35. Keith Davis on November 4, 2009 8:46 pm

    Only 101?
    Tons of ideas, although it may take me some time to work my way through them all.

    Good idea to group the suggestions under different headings, makes it easy to pickl and mix.

    Lots of social networking… I really have to make an effort to get into it! This post might be the one that makes me get started.

  36. David Turnbull on November 4, 2009 9:57 pm

    Thanks for all the comments guys. Glad you liked the article.

  37. elmot on November 5, 2009 2:01 am

    There are no more reasons for people of not having the tools and tips on making a new blog boost up the rankings, performance and popularity with these long list.

  38. GoBusiness101 on November 5, 2009 2:35 am

    Wow! you said everything. I do agree that you have to wait patiently. Look at my site, its now gaining more traffic than the usual! tanx!

  39. Haresh on November 5, 2009 6:08 am

    Any ‘All In One SEO Pack’ for Blogspot?

  40. John Samuel on November 5, 2009 9:07 am

    A great collection. I will try to test some of these.

  41. Anne Lyken-Garner on November 5, 2009 9:39 am

    Very useful article. I hope you don’t mind me putting up a link to it on my newest writing blog. This will be helpful to my readers.

  42. Weightlosswise on November 5, 2009 10:10 am

    wow ! more than 4 cool methods to for promoting blog. Though i think facebook promotion method is not for all types of blogs and it rarely works with all.

  43. Traffic-Bug.com on November 5, 2009 10:17 am

    Comprehensive post! You could also plug in the url of your blog and blog posts and have it social bookmarked via traffic bug.

  44. Tinh on November 5, 2009 12:16 pm

    Excellent list, I have just tried several of them and hope to get positive result soon

  45. Website protection on November 5, 2009 12:16 pm

    I don’t own a blog but website.I think i could use 90% of your tips on my website also.Although its for promoting blogs there are some pretty interesting things i can apply to my daily routine for for my website
    thanks :D

  46. GetFreePublicity on November 5, 2009 12:38 pm

    Since I am relatively new to blogging this list will be a great help. I found it very interesting and informative.

  47. Ahmad Barirani on November 5, 2009 1:04 pm

    Excellent article. Thanks for the wonderful work. This would be a great checklist of things to do for bloggers.

  48. Sandy Jones on November 5, 2009 4:39 pm

    All I can say is wow. I will start my first blog boot camp on Sunday with Hollis Gillespie in Atlanta, and I will definitely bring this list to her attention. So much to learn…so it is time to do it! Such a comprehensive list is fabulous, and so well organized.

    Thank you for all of your good advice and I’ll let you know how it goes. Will sign up for your daily dose of wisdom.

  49. Paula from Affiliate Blog Online on November 6, 2009 6:11 am

    I love #22…without action you will never make a sucess of your blog. It is the key to everything in blogging.

  50. Robert Phillips on November 6, 2009 8:26 am

    David I like your post “101 Ways to Promote a New Blog”. The list which you mentioned here in the post is really incredible. Although, I know some the tactics to promote a new blog but, there are some important tactics which you mentioned that I have never seen anywhere in the internet. I am in process of making a new blog; I will implement your ideas once it is finished. Anyway thank you very much.

  51. Oliver on November 6, 2009 12:59 pm

    An excellent and very useful list, which will be very useful for me as I’m fairly new to blogging. I will have to bookmark this list for reference. Thanks for compiling such a comprehensive list.

  52. Reg on November 7, 2009 10:32 am

    Thank you very much. Very helpful for a new blog like mine.

  53. g3niuz on November 7, 2009 10:36 am

    this article is really great…

    was a pleasure to read ;D

  54. Gastrogossip on November 9, 2009 7:51 am

    What an awesome post, loads of great suggestions. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try some out for my blog ;-)

  55. munawar am on November 10, 2009 4:04 am

    Complete Ways.
    Need more time to complete the action almost 101 days or more

  56. make money online ebook on November 10, 2009 9:54 am

    This is indeed a great list of ideas for promoting a new blog, sometimes we get so caught up on pinging technorati or commenting on blogs we forget there are other ways of marketing our sites. I especially like the idea of creating themes for bloggers. It can be a really good way of getting a backlink and also doing something that other bloggers will thank you for. There can never be enough themes for bloggers because we all have different ideas of what we like.

  57. BlogrPro on November 10, 2009 7:17 pm

    Well, Blog carnivals site is not updated for more than 2 years and I wonder why the link appears here!

  58. CNET Infosystem on November 11, 2009 5:40 am

    Nice 101 Ways to Promote a New Blog i really try to on my personal blog if i hope its promoted after using all this way if have any problem i will contact you bye leave reply thank for this tips.

  59. Jeff Sabo on November 12, 2009 11:34 am

    These are all incredible ways to help promote a blog! Getting the word out about a blog is key and having different strategies to do so is also a big part to being a successful blogger!

    With different types of social media out there on the Internet, utilizing those sites can be very key in promoting a blog. Being a blogger myself, I do send post links through Facebook and Twitter as a way get the word out about my blog. After doing the blog for about a month, I was a bit surprised when a couple of my friends told me they started bookmarking my blog and read it on a daily basis! I don’t think that would have happened if I didn’t utilize social media as part of my plan.

  60. Blog Synergy - Guest Bloggers Heaven on November 13, 2009 12:45 pm

    A fantastic list, although I’d recommend guest blogging at any stage when growing your site, as it gets your site known in the community. You also get a chance to write about something you wouldn’t normally write about on your blog by broadening your subject matter.

    Dan

  61. jeney andreson on November 15, 2009 4:41 pm

    Nice content it would be helpfull for me .I am impressed your website . Its layout is very attractive .Thanks and keep on working.

  62. the_guv on December 2, 2009 7:07 am

    1 thing though, because my last comment wasn’t very helpful :P

    Not All-in-One .. Headspace is much better.

    ..has given great SEO for my 25-part Ubuntu setup Bible, for example, resulting in a top Digg/Tech spot.

    ..and yes, that was a little shameless!

  63. Rick on December 6, 2009 4:55 am

    101 Ways to Promote a New Blog”. The list which you mentioned here in the post is really incredible. Although, I know some the tactics to promote a new blog but, there are some important.

  64. UK Services on January 10, 2010 4:12 pm

    Excellent resource in itself. Bookmarked and favourited for when I have time to go through it :-) Like a lot of people I’m suffering from information overload these days :-( Posts like these need to come with a spare brain to help absorb it all.

    BB

  65. Ben AItken (NTF) on January 11, 2010 4:34 pm

    Excellent post. I have stumbled this and will be coming back to read and re-read this post. I already do a lot of things on the list but equally I don’t do a lot of things on the list! I will change that from now on….

    Good work

  66. Vickie Mayer on January 12, 2010 12:31 am

    Who knew there would be so much to learn when I decided to start blogging! I still have a long way to go; so I really appreciate your taking the time to put this list together. I found some really good ideas that I plan on putting to use! Vickie

  67. capri on January 12, 2010 1:03 pm

    Awesome post. I have recently developed a blog and am really excited about it. I am trying to be as regular as possible in posting useful information. I have also been regularly finding some real stuff that will work to promote my blog. I guess after reading your article I am just going to follow it and see if it works. How to get people to guest post for my blog. Should I find blogs in direct niche or related industry? Please highlight.

  68. Your Label on January 18, 2010 4:55 am

    Hey,

    Great article. Was really helpful, concise and informative.

    I’ve already started to follow your steps.

    Could you tell me in your opinion if opening a fan page and sending all of your friends invites and then posting links through that is an effective strategy?

    Cheers

    Lasith
    You Label -http://yourlabel.blogspot.com

  69. Sean Supplee on January 21, 2010 8:32 pm

    Thank you! I keep searching for a fresh new list with some unique ideas and yours has it. Putting them into action right now.

  70. Blogger on January 30, 2010 5:03 pm

    This is an awesome post, Bookmarking it.

  71. Jason Naas on February 26, 2010 5:30 pm

    Lots of great tips. Just getting a brand new blog going this morning, and I’ll be implementing as many of your pointers as I can. Thanks! (#37 – Done!)

  72. Dave Higgs on March 21, 2010 4:46 am

    Wow what an awesome list!

    So much to do! Thanks David.

    I think I’ll post a link to it on my blog. This is info that needs to be shared!

  73. Putra on April 3, 2010 5:13 am

    I don’t want to waste more time to get another information. I am very delight to surf in your site. Just keep up the good job

  74. Kalvin on April 12, 2010 12:25 pm

    Hey, this list is really giving me much benefits! Thanks a lot. :) Having no regret to read all this. Keep it up and great work!

  75. Joe Ndzulo on April 12, 2010 1:09 pm

    Bravo David.

    This is a great list through which I realised some simple actions could really help promote a blog such as tip #49 and # 50.

    A times, the importance of giving the blog url (written or on a business card) is not felt at the moment but could turn to give meaningfull results…

  76. Rinforsideweb on April 14, 2010 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I believe you have covered promoting a new blog comprehensively. I totally agree with you on spending more time on your blog to achieve more and better results in terms of traffic. I am a new blogger and I have been spending a lot of time on promoting my blog and this has proved to be very productive.

  77. Naveen on April 27, 2010 1:18 pm

    Absolutely awesome information. I was just wondering how much information gathering might have happenned to publish such systematic and almost practical tips (though some of those are for more professional bloggers who have technical skills on web). Overall.Nice post.

    Thanks David

  78. ryan on May 26, 2010 8:32 am

    Stumble thumbs up.
    Gotta say it’s a great post.

    While I already knew most of these there were a few I didn’t know anything about. Of course that’s par for the course with online marketing. Always new things to find, and old things you overlooked.

    Thanks for the new tips.

  79. Iulian Ionescu on June 2, 2010 6:34 pm

    Very cool post! Just one concern about publishing the blog posts in multiple places (like free article sites and so on). That has the potential of getting you flagged for duplicate content… Perhaps if wisely combined with an article spinning tool you could avoid that…

    But overall very cool post, lots of good info!

  80. Maya ada on June 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    I dont have words to appreciate your work. Its simply amazing that you summarized huge information in this place. I think these tips are more than enough to bring huge traffic to blogs. Thank you.

  81. Romantically Impaired on September 28, 2010 1:58 pm

    Thanks for this list. I actually have been searching for a list of things to do in order to promote a couple of my blogs but without a whole lot of luck. It is quite difficult as we only have so much time in the day so thank you for compiling this list because I will be referring back to it a whole lot.

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