6 Essential Websites to Help you Get your Blog Noticed

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blgger wordpress logos   6 Essential Websites to Help you Get your Blog Noticed I often get a lot of emails and instant messages from people looking to start their own blogs. Typically the questions run along the lines of “how do I get started?” and “how do I get my blog noticed?”. Well folks, it isn’t as difficult as you might think. Starting a blog is extremely easy. Getting it noticed though is something else entirely.

Once you have the blog set up, there are some sites you should register with and participate in to start getting the site “out there” and noticed. Basically a big part of a blogger’s day is networking and reading other bloggers pages so you can link to them and talk about them. But a person looking for fresh blog content to read and link to will only find your pages if you put them in the places where they are looking in the first place.

Now OK, your blog pages will be indexed by the search engines eventually but these days you need to go further than the search engines and you have to target other places such as the social networks.

So here’s six essential sites that will help you to get your blog noticed if you’re setting up a blog for the first time or you want to resurrect a dormant blog :

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Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools is definately the site to target to get your blog kick-started. Webmaster Tools has some gems such as web diagnostic tools, visitor statistics and you can set up a sitemap for the Google searchbots (you can even tell the searchbots to leave certain pages alone). Being registered on Webmaster Tools is invaluable to getting indexed on Google quicker and easier as you can see at a glance if Google has a problem with any of your pages. If the bots don’t like any of your pages, they leave all their error messages here and you can view them all.

Del.icio.us

Del.icio.us – while you’re waiting for the search engines to index you, you can start by registering an account on Del.icio.us and bookmarking your links there (and inviting your blog readers to do the same). It’s been found that Del.icio.us is becoming a search engine in its own right and Yahoo is now integrating Del.icio.us results into their regular search index. So bookmarking your links into Del.icio.us is therefore a fast track into Yahoo and from there into the other search engines. Just make sure your links are well tagged.

MyBlogLog

I’ve heard differing opinions about MyBlogLog , both good and bad, but I personally like it. Owned by Yahoo, MBL is basically your own mini blogging network and you can have widgets that you can put on your blog to see who has been visiting your site. That’ one of the best ways to get to know the people who like your website and visit it on a regular basis.

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You can also send messages to your personal network if you want to tell them something or if you have something to promote. But I think MBL is only really good if you have multiple blogs and you can then “join them up” on your MBL page so visitors can see the other blogs in your network.

Digg

Every blogger should have a Digg account – period. For a start, if you’re writing good blog content, it won’t be long before your content reaches Digg. If that happens, you’ll need a Digg account to respond to comments and to generally network with other users. You should also be finding other bloggers who are writing about the same things as you, digging their articles (if they’re good enough obviously) and becoming friends with them. Share instant messaging usernames with them, set up a mini digging network, and let them know about your new posts (but obviously don’t spam them). Oh and make sure your blog URL is in your Digg profile!

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Stumbleupon

Stumbleupon – same as Digg. Every blogger should have a Stumbleupon account. Ask blogging friends to stumble your posts and check the reviews often. Network with other stumblers in your niche and make sure your profile has your blog URL in it. Stumble often and leave LOTS of comments. I find Stumbleupon to be a much better traffic generator than Digg and the community is MUCH nicer.

Twitter

twittertwitfeed   6 Essential Websites to Help you Get your Blog Noticed Twitter – my current favourite. Due to Twitterfeed, I now have all my blog posts sent directly to Twitter as soon as they are published along with the direct link. You can subscribe to MakeUseOf Twitter feed here.

If you have collected a lot of followers on Twitter, setting up Twitterfeed can lead to an incredible amount of traffic being sent to your blog if the post title is enticing enough. But don’t just use Twitter as a blog post promoter otherwise you’ll find yourself being pretty unpopular VERY fast

Twitter is also good because a huge number of bloggers hang out there so the site is good for making friends and contacts. Just hang out, listen to the chit-chat and join in if you want. Look upon it as the online equivalent of a crowded bar.

So those are the six sites (in my opinion) that you should use if you want to get a new blog up and running (or a dormant site back from the dead). Do you have any other sites you want to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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Nik

Nice list!

I’m just wondering if there’s an easy way to get Google Webmaster verified for for WordPress.com blogs?

Thanks!

Mark O’Neill

I’m not 100% sure what you mean. If you want to start using Webmaster Tools for your WordPress blog, just go to WT and enter your WordPress.com blog URL. Then follow the verification procedure that Google lays out. You will have to enter a Google code into the blog template so you MUST have access to the HTML blog template.

Nik

I don’t think I have access to the HTML template. However, I can add text widgets. Will that do?

Mark O’Neill

If it’s your blog, you WILL have access to the HTML template!!! Otherwise, how can you re-design it?

The only way you can add the Google tracking code is to add it to the HTML template. I think you can also use a FTP program to upload a HTML file to the domain if you have your own domain name. It’s been so long since I did it myself that I am not sure what the procedure is now.

Just start the procedure and see what Google asks you to do.

Mackenzie Morgan

Nope. WordPress.com blog hosting doesn’t allow you to edit your HTML template without paying. That’s the thing. You’re *not* allowed to redesign it. They give you about 15 templates to pick from, and that’s it. That’s one reason I haven’t switched to WordPress.

Mark O’Neill

WHAT??!! As Eric Cartman would say, that sucks donkey balls. I have never used WordPress.com before so I didn’t know that. I’ve always had my own domain and have either used Blogger or WordPress.org.

What kind of blogging platform these days doesnt allow you to modify your own blog template??

Giovanni Garinian

Yes, that’s the crap about WordPress.com (the commercial version) If you want more like editing your template or having adds you may switch to WordPress.org and pay for hosting service (you can ask me.. i sell hosting service at fair price). The nice thing of WordPress.com is that you can generate a lot of traffic easily (a lot more than blogger or a new paid domain) because of something like a “tag directory” which increases your pagerank in someway and drives you the traffic. The turn off is that i don’t know why this is cool if i can’t have adds or content with commercial purposes. WordPress.com is for beginners and people who loves writing and would like been read by somebody and trascend in some way. In the mean time, you get more serious, buy a domain, install wordpress.org, apply all the web 2.0 marketing strategys, tools and plugins and vuala! in a couple of months you reach a considerable traffic and revenue in a blog fully configurable!!

Giovanni Garinian

ah, Nik: as you noticed.. the text widget is useless for that purpose… but don’t feel bad.. i love the statistics feature of wordpress.com // it’s so great because it block your own visits, and also, is so easy to analyse and the info showed is relevant toooo. Normally i found that other statistics services throw a lot of information useless and hard to analyze it.

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Travis Quinnelly

Good article Mark. I think one of the most important is your number 1. Creating a sitemap for Google to follow (and other search engines) is essential in having the bot pick up your articles the proper way.

Mark O’Neill

definately and because the sitemap is an xml file, it auto-updates as you update your blog.

Aibek

There is also a wordpress plugin that can automate this 100%. If anyone interested, you can check it out here.

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Sumesh

@Nik and Mark: GWebmasters requires either a template edit (prohibited by WP.com) or uploading a file (not sure on this one)

Nik

Thank you!

Giovanni Garinian

you can upload files to wp.com, the thing is that they will be uploaded in a subdirectory. GWebmasters ask you to upload in the httpdocs ROOT directory. Dah, impossible to do that with WP.com

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dai

NIce compilation!

Digg and Stumbleupon did not work well for me. May be, it takes time!

Did you forget the blogcatalog?
Useful to make friends.
Thanks!
nabin

Mark O’Neill

Digg and Stumbleupon takes a LOT of time. In fact it’s a never-ending process. There’s no end-point to it. You get out of it what you put into it.

Blogcatalog?

Mackenzie Morgan

Yeah, I think Kiltak was using them for a while. He seems to have gone back to My Blog Log.

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Mackenzie Morgan

I haven’t done the sitemap thing, but my blog gets indexed within minutes of a new post going up. Maybe it’s because I’m hosted on Google’s server by using Blogger? Could also be because of being on Planet Ubuntu.

Thanks for the tip about Twitterfeed. I hadn’t heard of it before.

Mark O’Neill

yeah I noticed you had started using Twitterfeed! :-)

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Shankar Ganesh

Guys, you can also add the ping servers URLs listed here to your blog options so that your blog posts get indexed as soon as possible:
http://www.dailyblogtips.com/ping-list/ :)

In hosted WordPress blogs, you’ll have to go to Options > Writing and paste the URLs there.

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Anne

Great post!

I’d just like to mention that if you guys like writing so much than give Triond a peak. There your writing will get noticed on a much larger scale.

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Morgaine

OK, I’ll do the Google map and at some point I’ll figure out how people can dig my blog posts, but I checked out StumbledUpon and that’s not going to do me any good until they make a tool bar for Safari. I’m hesitant to spend time on sites that aren’t Mac friendly. (Before anyone says it, FireFox does not constitute Mac Friendliness. It’s slow and clunky and I love my Safari.)

Twitter is fun – I don’t know about sending my blog posts to it, though. Maybe if I had a separate screen name for the name of the blog…

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Dave Lucas

This is a great companion post to one that I’d written over a year ago (but was reminded of it today when a newspaper emailed me to ask about it!) and just re-discovered via Digg…

dave-lucas.blogspot.com/2007/03/get-your-blog-noticed-7-ways-to.html Here it is…

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Devicepedia

Also submit your blog in technorati, it also helps in gaining a traffic.

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Paul Morales

Thanks! I forgot about mybloglog I’m working on a full list of things to do to get my blog noticed.

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NFL Soup

Nice Post,. We’ve just added social media bookmarking to our site. I guess we’ll have to see how it works out.

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