I have been spending a lot of time learning about these things lately. I've wanted to increase the traffic to my blog - but I want those visitors to be interested in the things I write about. I don't want traffic just to have traffic.
I would like to share a great list I came across on another site. BeJeweled by Candi is a site I'm thrilled to have found. She creates beautiful jewelry pieces (like the one above) and sells them in her Etsy shop, she showcases other artists, provides great blogging and marketing tips, and even sits as the guest editor for "Everything Else" category on the Etsy Profiles blog. I think she needs to do a few more things, don't you??
It was great visiting her site. I had the opportunity to feast my eyes on gobs of delicious art by several artists - and I learned some outstanding new tips. The list below comes directly from her site. It appears to be pretty inclusive and definitely a fantastic place to start. If you are trying to gain readership, follow these tips.
2.Leave comments on other blogs. Make sure they are relevant and useful.
3.Have an RSS Feed
4.Submit to blog directories
5.Add a bookmark link to every post
6.Start a 2nd blog and link to yourself
7.Join BlogCatalog and join communities
8.Join MyBlogLog and join communities
9.Use social bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon
10.Create follow-up posts to give the original post some added attention. Write a second post to extend the thoughts of the first post
11.Submit your blog to web directories
12.Make sure your blog is indexed on the main search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN
13.Exchange links with blogs of similar interests
14.Create an account with Technorati and submit your blog url
15.Create a Google sitemap on your blog to help get it fully indexed
16.Link out to other blogs in your posts and have a blogroll of your favorite blogs
17.Submit articles to Ezines
18.Create a lens at Squidoo
19.Make sure your blog address is on your business cards
20.Offer an email newsletter by adding a Feedburner subscription box
21.If your blog hosting site offers a place to tag your posts - use them
22.Make sure that your content is good. Be sure to use the spellcheck feature and try to use proper grammar
23.Write your blog posts as if you are talking to a friend. Tap into your readers emotions
24.Use Twitterfeed to tweet new blog posts via a RSS feed
25.Sign up with Entrecard
I think she did a really good job on this - so I wanted to pass it along to you guys. I hope it proves helpful to you. xo