If you’re just starting out with a blog, I know the scariest thing for me was wondering who in the world was going to find my blog, no less take the time to read it. If you’re passionate about a subject, market or cause, you may have more people than you think that would be interested in reading and sharing their thoughts. Ours is a passion to get to the Professional Tradesmen.
From a B-to-B perspective, here are some simple ways to get the ball rolling so you can become the super star blogger you always knew you could be. Don’t ignore the obvious. You already have a business network to tap into.
- Current customers
- Potential customers
- Fellow employees
- Industry groups
Here are some inexpensive ways to promote your blog:
- Add your URL to your email signature (have everyone in the company do it)
- Add your URL when printing letterhead, cards, invoices, etc.
- Make it very visible on your web site
- If you do trade ads, add to the signoff as one of the calls-to-action
- Promote through your social media pages
One of the best ways to identify readers is using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Most of my new readers come from one of these sources. Weekly I go up on my LinkedIn page and post a topic on either the discussion page or the news page that directs them to my blog. The key here is to have groups to link to, but that’s another post. Facebook is the same way — at least once a week I post something. With Twitter, I use socialoomph (formerly Tweetlater) to put out posts hourly. I have over 100 tweets a week going out automatically. The point is it’s no good having these social media pages if you don’t use them. Remember, the power of social lies in it being viral. All it takes is a few readers who have a big following to like what you’re saying and Bingo, they will introduce you to a whole new audience.
Enough about how I find readers. I’d like to know how you do it. Please share.
Other posts that might be helpful:
Blogs: How to take advantage of them to reach Professional Tradesmen