Mar
18th

5 Must Do Steps to Promote A Wordpress Blog


So you’ve just started a new blog, right? And you need more traffic, right? The problem you are experiencing is the usual one and many other bloggers (including me) are dealing with it. I will tell you what I have done in few last days to promote this blog.

Crucial Plugins

There are few important plugins you should consider installing before you do anything else. All in One SEO is one of them. It gives you almost endless possibilities to tweak everything that hangs together with SEO. You can comfortably change the blog’s title and format, set description and keywords and much more. Another two plugins I really recommend you to use are KB Robots.txt plugin and XML Sitemap Generator for WordPress plugin. You will be able to easily manage and modify your sitemaps and robots.txt file (the first thing search engines do when they visit any site is to request robots.txt file).

Submit Your Blog to Search Engines

This one is a real must do. As soon as your blog is online go and submit it to the major search engines (Google, Yahoo etc). Don’t forget to submit also your RSS feed. Once you are done with that you should consider tweaking your website’s search results via so called webmaster tools (Google Webmaster Tools for instance). Set up prefered domain (I recommend the one without www), submit xml sitemap and so on.

Backlinks!

Backlinks are a backbone of improving PR (page rank) and also your ranking at search engines. How to get them? There are many ways - blogroll exchanges with other blogs (preferably with similar niche), link exchanges, posting comments containing your url on popular blogs etc. I have one very good tip to gather backlinks though. Forum posting. Yes, I have recently noticed that some of my sites are getting strong backlinks from forums such as Digital Point. Of course, you must place the website into your signature and start posting regularly to get some backlinks.

Social Bookmarking

It can help a lot to register at Technorati and submit your blog there. Once you will get good enough reputation the results will be visible. Moreover you will get some additional backlinks. Try using some social bookmarking plugin, too. For example, my blog uses this social bookmarking plugin. It looks smooth and offers many customization options. You can see it at the end of my articles. When readers like your articles they will be able to help you a bit by clicking little icons under each post (like Del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Sphinn, Stumbleupon etc).

Pinging

Update your blog as often as you can (though it’s better not to make a new post for 2-3 days if you’re too busy than to post some boring stuff - articles posted just for the sake of update tend to be bad) and every time you add a new article - ping it! Pinging means letting search engines to know that your blog has updated. Go to Ping-O-Matic or some other similar site and ping. Just don’t overdo it. Ping only when you add new content… no need to ping when you just changed font or color of the links - that’s counter-productive.


8 Responses to “5 Must Do Steps to Promote A Wordpress Blog”

  1. Can you get back links from signatures on forums with making it a hyper link or do you have to type out the whole domain (www.johnmvp.com)


  2. Hi. No need to type the whole domain. As long as the url of the link is correct, you will get backlinks… works on most forums but - the bigger the forum is, the better backlinks you’ll get.


  3. One more thing I forgot - the forum must be do follow in order to give you backlinks. Not all forums are do follow but DP is for sure.


  4. thanks for the post. i hope to read some more.
    Best regards from Sebbi


  5. You’re welcome Carlo :)


  6. interesting post about traffic. i think it’s very useful


  7. Great tips, i found all information i was looking for, i will use some of them.


  8. Thanks for sharing





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