I am sure that all of you of you who blog want to encourage people to visit your blog? More visitors can mean more followers. (Go on admit it I am sure you check your stats on a fairly regular basis!) I have read somewhere that all bloggers want readers whatever they may admit and I am sure that there is a lot of truth in that.
I recently read a great post written by Hilary on Craft Blog UK. It is entitled
My big fat useful links for crafters.
In it she lists different sites that can be useful for you in getting your blog out there. Some of the sites are what you would expect: e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Google plus etc. (No I have not yet managed to get my head around Google plus yet – have you?)
There is also a list of craft forums which I would love to find the time to spend time on but simply just can’t manage it at the moment. The one section that I am going to go through today is the one entitled: Pinging and blog directories. Yep it confused me too!
I decided to do a bit of investigating and go through the list of the sites that she mentions:
- Submit Start: http://www.submitstart.com/
SubmitStart allows you to submit an unlimited number of web pages to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing (MSN) for Free!
I had never thought I needed to do anything like this as I believed that WordPress takes care of this side for me. I did, however think that there is no harm in registering with this site (Hilary has a lot of experience in blogging and I assume she knows what she is talking about).
Submit your blog to…
1. Share your opinions with a wider audience
2. Interact with our community of like-minded bloggers
3. Promote discovery of your content, helping new readers find your blog
4. Get featured on the Home Page!
Sounds great to me. I have registered – did you spot my lovely new badge shouting it out to the world? I shall again let you know how I get on with this.
This is a directory of sites – a bit like a huge catalogue. In order to submit your site you have to find the category that is the best match for your site. I have submitted and am now waiting to see if I am accepted. 🙂
Ping-O-Matic is a service to update different search engines that your blog has updated.
This was really easy to do – I filled in my blog name and checked some boxes. It then sent out the pings. I was then told to bookmark the page so I can return and ping later on. Simple and easy. Thumbs up on this one.
You want traffic and we can help you find it.Getting traffic to your site starts with being listed in the search results shown on Bing. Our tools can help you with this step.
Sounds good to me. On a quick glance it looks a bit like google analytic’s (which I am not great at using either.) I have, however signed up for this one as well.
Again, very quick and easy to submit.
There are a couple more that are listed but I couldn’t get to work:
I shall update you and let you know if I notice any improvements (or otherwise). Should you wish to check out the rest of the post on craft Blog UK you can follow this link.
Let me know if you find any good ones won’t you? (Or if you know any others that you use).