Did you just publish a new article on your blog? And you’re happy, right?
I guess it took you lots of time and effort – mental energy – to finish that article.
Don’t pat yourself on the back yet.
There a few more things to do to crown your effort.
Don’t fret, it will only take you a few minutes and you’re ready to pop the Champagne.
So what’s next? That’s a good question.
It’s like a newly released music album. A musician doesn’t release his new album, celebrate his success and then move on to work on the next project. The producers and marketers have to promote the album through various sources.
That’s exactly what you need to do for your new blog post. And that’s what you’ll learn in this article – the five vital things to do after publishing a new article on your blog.
1. Share your article on social media platforms
After you hit the publish button, the next and most important step to take is to notify your readers. The good places to target are social networking sites. Shared content on social media websites have the potential to spread like wildfire than any other platform.
Inform your followers on various social sites about your new article, and encourage them to share it with their friends and colleagues. To increase response, make the sharing process simple. Add the sharing buttons of social sites that your readers frequent most. Particularly, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social outlets where your readers visit often.
2. Leave comments on other blogs with related article
Besides your blog, there are similar blogs that might have covered the same topic as your article. But don’t worry about that. Chances are they’ve not talked about all the points in their articles as you have done in your blog post. This is where intelligent commenting comes into play.
Now, search for similar blogs in your industry. Visit AllTop.com and Technorati.com for similar blogs. When you compile a list of them, scour each blog and read a few articles on similar category to yours.
Take the time to read a couple of articles. It will enable you to leave comments that their readers will find relevant and useful. Once you read a few articles, leave helpful comments and subtly link to your recent article. Do this on a good number of blogs.
To make this work, your comments should be relevant to the topics of the blog posts. And your article should offer tips and advice that have not been discussed in your target blog posts.
3. Send out a newsletter about the update
If you’ve been able to build a list of subscribers, it’s imperative that you notify them of any update on your blog, including new articles. The fact that subscribers have decided to join your list means they’ve given you permission to contact them for anything related to your blog.
Write a compelling newsletter, with a magnetic headline that will pique the interest of your subscribers once they see your email in their inboxes. In the newsletter, make your message persuasive. Outline the benefits that they’ll derive when they read the article, and how it will help improve their lives or businesses. Also, encourage them to leave comments after reading, and share the article on their preferred social media websites.
4. Reach out to bloggers
A good relationship with other bloggers will help promote your blog, and make it popular. Bloggers are often busy with numerous projects. While they’re busy working on several projects, they still strive to create valuable content for their blogs.
Some bloggers will appreciate it if someone offers to give their readers informative and helpful content. If you’ve really published a valuable article, there’s no doubt that fellow bloggers will not share it with their readers.
Approach bloggers in the same niche with you. Send out personal emails to each of them. In your email, introduce yourself, tell them how you discovered their blogs, and what you like about them.
Next, inform them about your recent article, the main concept behind it, and the benefits their readers will obtain from reading it. Go a step further and explain how it will help make their readers better people either in their businesses or lives.
Don’t send out a generic email to a group of bloggers at once. Strive to make every email personal to an individual blogger. This might seem daunting but it worth the effort. A well written email might be your key to a good relationship with a fellow blogger. Give it a try.
5. Reply to Comments
If your readers are the responsive types, don’t be surprised to see comments within few seconds after your article goes live. Some of your readers will not even wait for you to notify them about the new blog post. Their regular visit to your blog alone will keep them current about any update.
When this happens, don’t wait until the next day before replying to comments. Reply as soon as you possibly can. It will encourage them to leave comments on your subsequent articles. Furthermore, when you notify readers through any of the previous tips, and they see the number of comments on the article, they will be motivated to also leave comments after reading the blog post.
Remember this …
Following the above tips can be daunting if you’re doing it for the first time. But I can assure you that it will become easier if you do it more often.
Publishing a new blog post is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes updating a blog. Ideally, you need to notify your target readers about your newly published article through different platforms. By following the above tips, your new article will go viral and reach your target audience on various outlets.
This guest post was written by Saeed Sikiru, who is a prolific freelance blogger. He’s the editor of a content marketing blog where he offers his freelance blogging service. If you have a blog that needs regular content, hire Saeed to write quality and persuasive articles for you.
1 Freeing but Sobering New Blogger Realization
This gig takes work.
This gig takes time.
This gig takes being generous.
This gig takes mindset work.
As I promote my eBook:
I think through a common blogging error. This error is so common that it cripples most bloggers. New bloggers especially. What is the mistake?
New bloggers believe blogging is easy, comfortable, and requires a little work, AND you will quickly and easily make money through blogging. New bloggers expect to make money, like if they worked a job.
Have you sobered up yet as a new blogger? I woke up big-time many years ago. I learn blogging requires study, work and not getting paid for months. Imagine that? You blog and help people everyday for months of your life and see not a penny in earnings. Most human beings panic and quit. Most struggle with this idea. We are all conditioned to expect a pay day after work. Most of us have been employees. Work everyday for 8 hours. Get a paycheck on Thursday. Logical. It makes sense. But blogging is different. Work everyday, sometimes seven days weekly, generously. You may not see a payday for 5 months. But you proceed. This is the wake-up call. Quite sobering. Most bloggers did not visualize blogging going like this. But there is a freeing element that leads to stunning blogging success over the long haul.
Ah yes, the freeing part. Letting go outcomes literally lifts an energetic weight from your mind. How does it feel to do something with zero expectations? Awesome! The work becomes the reward. Everything else like traffic, profits, and other forms of success feel like an extra. Or maybe like a bonus. Or like icing on the cake. Or like a cherry on top. This feels really good. Expectation can be a heavy burden. But if you blog for the fun and love of blogging, you position yourself to be stunningly successful over the long-term.
Every seven figure earner I know worked generously for free for many months or even years of their lives before making millions of dollars through blogging. You have to. Working for free improves your skills and exposure. Skilled bloggers with massive exposure who open multiple streams of income make a lot of money. Simple process. But highly uncomfortable.
See the journey through. Be generous. Sober up, and embrace this freeing concept of blogging. Give freely. Receive easily. Let go expectations. Make the work, the reward. Embracing this lesson as a new blogger puts you well ahead of the herd. Plus you will avoid so many struggles too.
I had to learn this lesson the hard way over very many years. Plus I saw some success, then sprinted back to my old, struggling, failed ways of thinking based on outcomes, for years. Now I just help people generously and release expectations. Serving people feels good. I’ve sobered up enough. Now I am largely free from expectations, I just help people all day long. As my presence and skills expand, success finds me. But only because I freed myself from outcomes and focused on the process.
Be generous. Surround yourself with pro bloggers as a newbie. Learn from these established bloggers. Follow their example. Be generous. Be genuine. Expect little or nothing. Have fun helping people and your blogging star will shine brightly.
What Is a Blogging Tribe?
Much talk has been bandied about blogging tribes over the years. People like myself say you need a tribe to succeed. This is true. But you may be confused. What is a blogging tribe?
Today we will break down the definition to help you understand what goes into building a large, loyal, loving blogging tribe.
So….. What is a blogging tribe? Basically, a blogging tribe is a group of loyal, loving readers who follow your blog posts, read your blog posts, promote your blog posts, and grow your business. Tribemates are friends and fans who read your blog and spread your word. Tribemates also hire you and buy your stuff. Simple definition, right guys?
Tribes can be fans. Tribes can be friends. Doesn’t matter. The main point to keep in mind is that growing a tribe requires persistent, generous effort every single day on your part. Tribes do not grow organically unless you help people for free. Please impress that idea on your mind. You grow your tribe. Then as you grow your tribe, your tribe grows itself, as you tend to your tribe.
Help People for Free
I comment genuinely on blogs to add value to posts and to make friends. Friends I find through this strategy join my tribe. I publish a genuine, generous comment on a blog. My fellow bloggers appreciate the comment and comment on my blog. Said blogger tends to share my post on social media. Sometimes, the blogger mentions me on their blog. In other cases, a blogger asked me to guest post on their blog. My tribe just grew by one member. But I also became a member of their tribe by supporting their blog.
If you want to build a tribe, become a member of other blogger’s tribes. Promote other bloggers. Comment on other blogs. Give whatever you want. Doesn’t that formula just makes sense?
Help people for free. Make friends. Attract your blogging tribe by embodying the concept of being generous.
Be persistent. Being generous for one day or even one week will not cut it. You need to be generous every day for months to slowly, steadily and organically grow your blogging tribe. Grow on people by being helpful. Publish valuable content to give tribemates a reason to follow you.
Stay on Topic
Stay on topic. People love specialists. Generalists? Not so much. Every time you change topics you confuse tribe members who expect you to cover a single topic. Avoid doing this. Cover one topic every post to slowly and steadily grow your blogging tribe.
Invest in a Resource
Buy my tribe building ebook to have a resource handy. Invest money in a system that helps you grow your traffic and profits freely thru tribe-building. I wrote the ebook to cut through any confusion often seen on Triberr. Bloggers join and wonder how in the heck the site works? I lay out 13 practical, simple tips to follow to drive by traffic through the network and to grow your blogging tribe through Triberr.
Tribe-Building Takes Time
Building a tribe takes time, patience, persistence and generous effort. Do not rush things. Do not force things. Allow your tribe to go organically over time. People will follow your blog if you stay on topic, solve their problems and spend a good deal of time off site building friendships. Large, loyal, loving tribes do not grow overnight. See the journey through to build your own loyal, loving tribe and to accelerate your blogging success.
Engage Tribe Mates
Engage tribemates regularly to strengthen bonds. This was one of my mistakes during struggling years. I ignored people who loved what I did and those people disappeared. Lesson learned. Now I answer my tribemate’s questions regularly via email and social media. I thank people who buy my eBooks and courses. I also promote these rocking bloggers if they happen to be skilled bloggers, to strengthen our bond. Keep going back to where you are loved. This is the easiest way to grow loyalty, to strengthen bonds and to grow your tribe.
Should You Use AdSense on Your Blog?
I admit it. I have waffled on this topic a few times. Back in the day I used to call it Ad Cents. But going forward I do see benefits in adding Google AdSense as a low ticket income stream on your blog. Even for newbies. I know, I know. This seems surprising to you.
Think abundance guys. Why not add a few cents here and there to boost your income stream? Please don’t use AdSense as your prime means of income as a new blogger or if you are struggling as a blogging veteran. Cents do not make up a full-time income, as your sole income stream. But if you create courses, coach, and add Google AdSense as an income stream for driving a few bucks each month in the beginning, you are well on your way to seeing steady profits are the channel.
The key is to think detachment. New bloggers in many developing nations see Google AdSense as the Holy Grail of monetizing. Why? Mostly, because it seems easy to make money through a channel involving no creation or human interaction on your part. Think about it. All you do is post the ad and create content. Money should flow to you easily, right? The ultimate wake up call is experiencing one, two, or three cent AdSense months. Then you realize big earnings flow through blogs with a huge amount of targeted, hyper-focused traffic. This is why you need to detach from Google AdSense as your prime income stream. Big bucks flow through the channel after years of generous, patient, persistent effort on your part.
Take the Cents with AdSense
As a newbie, pennies will flow through your AdSense profits for your first few months. In most cases. But take the cents because cents add up to dollars. Dollars add up to hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars add up to thousands of dollars. Think like an abundant blogger. Keep adding small ticket and big ticket income streams to boost your overall blogging income.
Everything Adds Up
I wrote a post recently discussing why wealthy bloggers take the time and effort to add affiliate links even if they earn pennies on the link. Between their ever-expanding presence and abundance mindset, the pennies add up to thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars over the long haul. Think this way with AdSense. Everything adds up. Again, just don’t make Google AdSense your prime income stream because as the pennies add up you’re better off earning more money through channels like coaching, consulting, freelancing, writing and selling eBooks or creating and publishing courses.
Ultimately, successful blogging is creating and connecting generously. Never believe that an income stream makes money. Income streams are passive, completely subject to your command, and pretty much worthless on their own. An income stream cannot do anything, including make money. You make the money with your generous effort. Practice writing, create helpful content and build meaningful connections with top blogger generously every single day over the course of years. No matter the income streams you open, your blogging profits will increase over time if you stick to the fundamentals.
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