Promote your blog posts on social media:
This can definitely NOT be ignored! There are millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + etc that may want to read your posts. If you promote your blog posts on these sites (just like other bloggers) you can instantly have your posts seen by hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of viewers.
It's important to promote your blog posts to targeted people that will be interested. There is no point promoting blog posts about dogs to animal haters is there? Put your blog post on relevant Facebook groups, add and follow people that are into your niche i.e. enter keywords into Twitter search and find people that talk about the niche.
It's recommended that you post your blog post several times. These days people are following so many people they may miss your post.
In my opinion a mailing list is the best way to promote your blog posts and reach out to your followers. Social media is all good but as said before, if people aren't looking at their feed constantly all day they can miss your post.
So create a mailing list and all your subscribers will each get an individual email alerting them of your new post. It is important to keep your posts interesting so that your subscribers will always want to open their emails.
Visit blogs about your niche and raise some topics. You can also reply to other forum member queries relating to your post by giving a short answer, then directing them to your post for more information.
Due to spamming a lot of forums have rules such as mandatory sign ups, having to leave a certain amount of replies before you can create posts. Although it may require a little effort, it can prove to drive huge amounts of traffic as these forums can be very large communities.
Promote your blog posts through articles:
A lot of people do not believe in article writing as it is seen as an old school method. However it can prove to drive huge amounts of traffic to your posts. Millions of people go online for information every day, especially articles that are seen to provide reliable and content rich information.
Google loves articles as they are seen as good, reliable sources of information, so you have an advantage when it comes to ranking on search engines.
All you need to do it sign up to article websites. i.e. EzineArticles and copy and paste your blog post for submission. Easy and effortless!
Also use blog directories that allow you to include your RSS Feed within your submission like BloggingFusion.com, this way as you're post becomes live across multiple platforms!
Take note that a lot of article sites do not allow promotion, it's all about the content. You can add links to your site however the chances are you will not be able to promote services and products.
Question and answer websites:
Question and answer websites are sites such as Yahoo answers where people ask a question to internet users. Same as with the forums, find questions that relate to your blog post and provide a link stating that it will answer their question. You can find these questions by searching for them on Google.
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