Blogging Tip #2: Get Readers to your Blog

Yesterday I talked about writing your blog for you readers. Today I want to discuss how to promote your blog to get those readers.

First you have to start writing your blog. Once you have a few posts, its time to start looking for readers to read your blog. Yes, I know that readers will come looking for your content eventually, finding you through search engines and other people. But that is a very slow climb upward. Trust me.

My first blog was at LiveJournal. I created it so I didn’t have to keep writing the same letter to friends and family. They could read all about my day. When I decided to publish my novels and start an author’s platform I started another at LiveJournal. This lasted about a year until I decided to create my author website. The decision to go with WordPress meant that I had everything in one place. Blog, about me page, extra pages for books, etc..

The next step was to promote my new site. And the best way I found to do this was to find other blogs and forums that I enjoyed and befriend those people. I dislike the ‘look at me, I’m so great, buy my book’ commentors or the ‘I’m only commenting because I want you to buy my book’ commentors. This doesn’t work. An honest question or comment has me clicking on their website every time. Another way to get readers is to offer something for free. People love free stuff.

What are other ways you’ve found to get readers? Do you have any suggestions for future posts or questions? We’d love to hear from you.

4 thoughts on “Blogging Tip #2: Get Readers to your Blog

  1. Ruth Ann Nordin September 6, 2010 / 11:40 pm

    Ahh…Live Journal…where we met. 😀 Those were the days, huh?

    I agree about participating in other blogs with comments that add to the discussion instead of plugging your book. As someone who has gotten a couple of people to plug their book on my other blog, it’s a quick way to turn me off from anything they write, even if it is a genre I’d usually be interested in. I think others reading the blog might be equally annoyed.

    Another place where I found to meet people who have ended up stopping by my blog are other forums, such as the ones on Amazon or Kindle Boards. Your name has a link people click on to find out more about you. I’ve used this link for people who’ve impressed me and have gone to their blog because of it. I’ve had emails from people who let me know they found me on a forum somewhere. Usually, these are other authors. But once in awhile, it’s someone who ends up reading my work. So that is the only thing I can think of to answer your question. 🙂

    • Stephannie Beman September 7, 2010 / 3:24 pm

      Great point. I hate spammer authors who only comment to plug their books.

  2. Paul Laggan September 8, 2010 / 4:13 pm

    Great site and I like your articles keep it up!

    • Stephannie Beman September 10, 2010 / 1:06 am

      Thank you. Hope to see you around.

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