Dean Holland’s Starting With Marketing Academy has been a huge help in educating and energizing my effort to increase my online marketing business and the Week Five Module, “World Wide Winners” entails outreach to other websites to promote my blog.
Early on in the class, Dean had us visiting each others blogs, partly to learn from and support each other, but also to form a new habit: visiting blogs to promote your own blog. Advice was given to not be too salesy/pushy or to directly promote anything. He covered a few things that can get you banned from certain websites and reminded us that the sig file (signature) in your blog post is where you can point others back to your blog.
Like-minded online marketing folks gather in chat rooms or forums to discuss ideas, brainstorm, and of course, sell products and services. He provided a list of a few of the top online marketing forums and suggested we start visiting (hopping) them and asking questions, chatting and getting to know others. I had already been on Digitalpoint forums and hopped over to the Warrior Forum and registered there. I read a few of the topics and dove right in asking some questions, offering some praise and even giving some advice. Dean said to use Google Analytics to track how the forums might be sending us traffic to our blogs.
My new favorite! There are several websites that allow you to write an article, usually 250-1000 words and then that article is posted to their website for people to read. While you are not allowed to sell directly, again people can click on your sig file like in blogs and forums, to go to your website and then see what you have. Visit EZineArticles.com (EZA) or click on the box to the right where you can check out all the articles I have had published. The great thing is EZA gets high organic search results from Google so if you know how to write your article, it shows up in Google.
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