Website Traffic Series Part 12: Emailing Bloggers to Showcase Your Best Content

By Daniel Scocco

Content is surely king, but if no one gets to see your content, it will just get lost on the immense sea of bits and bytes that we call the World Wide Web, right? Email is the most popular method for online communications, and it can contribute immensely to your promotional efforts.

The image above only serves as illustration. Email someone with such a large and spammy font and he will trash it immediately…

The concept: Once your blog becomes popular and with a loyal following, you will probably be able to focus on the content creation alone. Until you arrive on that level, however, merely publishing top notch content will not be enough.

You will need to actively promote it, and one very effective way to do so is to email bloggers and webmasters on your niche to let them know about your best articles. Should they like what you are sending them, there are good chances that they will link to it, sending both visitors and link juice to your website.

Does it work?: Yes, although the overall success of this technique will depend on several factors. First of all, the higher the quality of the content that you are emailing away, the higher the chances of receiving links.

Secondly, the pitch that you include on your email will play an important role. If you add too much unrelated information the person on the other side might just think that you are spamming him, and skip your email.

Finally, if you take the time to develop your network slowly over time, and with a genuine interest for building win-win relationships, this technique will work better.

How to get started: As stated before, you will need to work on the content first. There is no use in emailing people around if you just have some average quality articles to show them. Check out the post Use These 10 Tips to Write Your Most Popular Post Ever for more info on how to create killer content.

In parallel to the content development strategy you should start to network with bloggers and webmasters on your niche. Do some guest posts on their blogs, invite them to guest post on yours, link to their articles and so on.

Once you have both of those in place, it is a matter of publishing your killer article and emailing your contacts and friends to let them know about it. Don’t beg for a link on the email, this is plain annoying. Just mention that you think they will find it interesting. If they do, they will be glad to link spontaneously.

Over to the readers: Do you email bloggers and webmasters on your niche to let them know about your best content? Has this strategy worked well for you in the past?

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31 Responses to “Website Traffic Series Part 12: Emailing Bloggers to Showcase Your Best Content”

  • Sucker

    Great tips, I’d say this is one of the most important methods for getting links to your blog.

    I also love the line, “merely publishing top notch content will not be enough.” That’s so true, especially with the high quantity of quality blogs these days.

  • Todd Andrews

    Sounds great! Now send me some email addresses of people to pass an article to. Start with your email address, please!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Todd, most people have a contact information on their website.

  • Joe

    I just hope nobody interprets this as an invitation to spam the best blogs. There are many postings of bloggers angst where they get lazy emails that ask for help without any kind of reciprocation.

  • Rui Cruz

    One time I e-mail all users that have posted on my blog advising a new website that I create.

    Damn, so many people complaining.

    But on a big event, I recommend to get the e-mails from the detabase and e-mail them all. It will be a good idea, and its not spam (howrever it will be a good idea to put a statement on the website if you’re planning to do that many times).

    Rui

  • Writer Dad

    I never have before, but I’m planning on rethinking that a bit. I have a post scheduled for next Wednesday that I think might need some love.

  • Ultimate Blogging Experiment

    This is a great idea. Too many times these people just overlook it but if you really want a successful blog you will do anything to get traffic coming to your web site.

  • Rarst

    I am not much of email person so I can’t bring myself to send such emails.

    Much more likely to hang around person’s blog and leave few good comments – it often ends up with that person checking out my blog without me pushing it. 🙂

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Joe, most large blogs have a “Contact” or “Tip us” page, so they are expecting it.

    How you format the email and the kind of content that you send, however, are the factors that will determine how they will react.

  • SEO Genius

    Great idea something i have not come across before, i shall give it a try in the future.

  • Bobby Ozuna

    How do we go about getting the right “contact” information to help distribute our blog updates to the right personnel?
    Any suggestion for a time-saving, best-practice methodology for that?

    Thanks so much!!!

    ~Bobby Ozuna
    Drawing Stories…With Words

  • SATISH

    To tell the truth, I had thought that, this is an usual practice….but it was a surprise to see that many of you never tried this!

    I might have bugged Daniel many times with such emails. But I use to send emails only about some interesting articles(atleast they were interesting to me!).

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Bobby, unfortunately this is a time consuming process.

    You need to find the relevant blogs by using Technorati or a related service, and check which offer a “contact” link or information.

    @Satish, yeah, as you can see it works, cause I end up reading all the articles you send me 🙂 .

  • العاب شمس الدين

    This is an excellent post . Thanks a lot . I am grateful to you .

  • Kat

    Since I lean towards community interaction via micro-blogging, I share my best content on platforms such as Plurk & Twitter where I have cultivated a niche community that I hope enjoys the content. Same concept as email just a different platform.

    cheers ~ Kat

  • Razvan Dobre

    Thanks for this entire series of articles about traffic! Very helpful for me as I’m in the beginning stage with my blog!

    Lots of success to you, Daniel!

    Razvan Dobre

  • banglablogger

    If they think that I am spamming, then?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Banglablogger, then you just lost a potential source of links and traffic.

  • banglablogger

    @ Daniel Scocco, so the idea wrong. am i right?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Banglablogger, what idea is wrong?

  • Search Free Content

    Sending more content in e-mail will lead it as spam. You told here best tips for website traffic.There should be content development strategy for sending e-mail. @banglablogger idea is not so wrong, let us try it.

  • Stefan Wurz

    This is an excellent post . Thanks a lot .

  • tmdesigner\

    A really good practice!Great!Thanks

  • Mark

    Great tips, thanks, this comes up alot in my line of business. I’m not sure if a lot of bloggers are willing to put the time and effort into emailing other bloggers, but the payoff is worth it.

  • allwyn

    I don’t noe if this wud really work because if it does then those who are at the problogger level must be getting hell lot of emails everyday and i dont think so if they really get time to read them all !…but if someone does read ur email and likes then sumthing might cum out of it.

  • medyum

    I never have before, but I’m planning on rethinking that a bit. I have a post scheduled for next Wednesday that I think might need some love.

  • Eryaman hali yikama

    Good information and good way your blog post. Good luck blogger man.

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