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Think the hard work is over once you hit publish on your latest and greatest blog post? Think again. The fun is just beginning. Just because you’ve written a great blog post doesn’t mean readers are going to flood to it by the thousands to read it.
What do you do today to share your blog posts? Today I’m going to give you a list of 20 places I share to today and recommend you do the same.
1. Mailing List
Start with a well-designed mailing list. Your subscribers are waiting to hear from you and want to read your latest content. If you don’t have your blog set up to share your latest post via your mailing list, it’s time to set it up. I currently use Mailchimp to manage my mailing list. If you have an RSS feed, you can schedule automatic emails to go out to your list any time you have new content. My site is set up to send an email every Friday at 7 p.m. Any post I’ve posted within the last week will be included in the email.
Your mailing list should be the highest method of promotion for your blog. Read my latest post about how to grow your email list here.
If you haven’t heard about the power of Pinterest to grow your blog traffic, now’s the time do familiarize yourself. Share your latest blog post by creating high-quality pin images and pin to group boards in your niche.
Create your own Pinterest group board in your niche and set up a structured method for others to join in to collaborate on the board. Need to see an example of how to do this? Take a look at the joining instructions for my group board, Blogging Tools and Tips.
You’ve heard me talk about using Tailwind in the past to boost blog traffic. Tailwind is a web-based app to help you automate scheduling and sharing your pins to multiple boards at once. I purchased the annual membership to Tailwind which allows me to schedule unlimited pins every month. My current schedule is 70 pins per day across more than 20 group boards. I love Tailwind and have already seen the impact it’s had on my blog’s growth.
3. Google Search Console
As soon as you hit publish, go to Google Search Console and add your post URL to it so that Google can index it faster. Speaking of search engines, there are sites online that specialize in adding your URL to multiple search engines. Some are free and some are paid. You can do a search to find the ones you want to use that will share your posts to the most popular search engines.
Do you have a Facebook fan page for your blog? I’m not talking about your personal Facebook account. You can create a separate fan page just for your blog and automate WordPress to share your posts to the fan page every time you publish a new blog post. Facebook is a great way to engage with your readers, and it’s easy to see engagement on your posts through Facebook. Facebook is one of the highest referrers of traffic to my blog.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of social media. I know there are a lot of sites out there that tell you not to share to social media, or that it’s a waste of time. If set up correctly, your Facebook fan page can be a great source of traffic for your blog.
Just like Facebook, you can set up Twitter to get your blog posts automatically whenever you hit publish in WordPress. If you have a lot of followers, you can encourage them to retweet and like your tweets. Imagine how many eyes would see your posts if 10 people retweeted your latest post! Twitter can be a great way to get a lot of attention to your post in a short amount of time.
The only thing I can say that’s difficult about Twitter, along with the 140 character limit, is that Twitter is fast-moving. Share your post several times throughout the day and week, because your tweet will quickly move out of view.
Instagram is a great way to get more traffic to your new post. Although you can’t share the direct link to the post in Instagram, you can post the link in your Instagram profile and then direct traffic to it. Use a good amount of hashtags and be sure to engage with any followers who may comment on your post.
I once had 2,000 views to one post in one day just from sharing it on StumbleUpon. Now, I make it a regular habit of stumbling every post. StumbleUpon is a great way to see a lot of content you like in a short amount of time. If you like the post you’re seeing, you can “like” it and then stumble it with your followers. I participate in several Facebook groups where there are StumbleUpon threads. If a lot of people participate, your post can quickly go viral. Don’t think that you don’t have to share other content, though. If you only share your own content, StumbleUpon’s algorithm won’t rank you very high. Sharing is a two-way street!
I would be willing to be more than 90% of bloggers today don’t share their posts to Flipboard, or even know what Flipboard is. Flipboard is a personalized magazine app you can view either on your phone or on your PC. It takes content you want to see and organizes them in a magazine format. Create your own categories and share related posts to those categories. I don’t see as much traffic coming from Flipboard, but it’s still a great way to share your content.
Flickr is a free image sharing site you can use to direct traffic to your blog just by post images attached to your post’s URL in the image description. I’ve just started doing this, but plan on going through my best blog posts and adding them to Flickr. You can actually create albums for each of your blog topics then add the featured images to them.
10. RSS Feed
An RSS feed is a format that delivers regularly changing content to subscribers. RSS feeds are great ways to notify your readers of changing content because they don’t have to continually visit your website to check for changes. The feed automatically shares changes to them. Many bloggers set up a link to subscribe to their RSS feed. I have a link to my RSS feed in the sidebar along with my other social media links. The advantage to having a feed is that readers will always be kept up to date on all of your site changes.
11. Google +
Many bloggers forget about how big Google + actually is. If you are using WordPress, you can automatically share every post to it once you hit “publish.” Google + has a lot of groups you can join, just like Facebook, where you can share your content. If you aren’t spending a lot of time with your Google + profile, take some time today to get it set up and ready for sharing. Google + is quietly one of the best arenas to get your content spread quickly.
12. Facebook Groups
As I have continued to grow my blog over the past several years, I’ve found outstanding value in joining and participating in blogging Facebook groups to help boost my traffic. I’ve seen so much boost in my traffic after sharing my posts that I’m highly recommending it as one of the 15 places in this list.
Did you know that you can turn your written posts into videos and publish them to YouTube? Sharing videos across YouTube is a great way to get more eyes on your content. Be sure to only upload videos of your own content and put the blog post link in the video description.
14. Word of mouth
Don’t forget about good old-fashioned word of mouth to spread the news about your new blog post. Family, friends, co-workers, etc. make it a very good opportunity to share the news.
15. Tailwind Tribes
Even if you aren’t a Tailwind member, you can still join and share content with Tailwind tribes. To find tribes related to your niche, you can do a simple Google search for them. The joining process involves clicking one button and then you are in! Make sure you read and comply with the tribe rules so that you aren’t removed from the group. Each group has different rules so read carefully.
There you have it!
So, what are you waiting for? Hit publish on your next post and try out these 15 spots to make that post go viral! Let me know in the comments if there are any other great places to add to the list in the future!