How to Protect Your Identity

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Hi guys and gals! I’m really hoping you find today’s post helpful and valuable. In this age of everything digital, have you thought about making sure your identity is protected?  Probably not, and that’s what identity thieves are betting on when they are scouting their next prey.

It gets easy to forget just how much of our personal information is vulnerable to identity theft, and by the time we find out our information has been compromised, chances are, our bank accounts and identities have been hacked. Not good.

Let’s talk about some great tips today to protect your identity.

1. DON’T VISIT SUSPICIOUS WEBSITES

There are identity thieves trying to “phish” their way to your information by way of deception. It is very common for thieves to set up fake websites that look like the real thing and then entice their victims to enter in their personal information into these fake sites. One of the most important things you can do is to never enter your personal information into a site that’s not secure, or a site with which you are not familiar.

2. USE STRONG PASSWORDS

Websites these days, at least the big ones, are getting much better about requiring stronger passwords. A good password is usually 8-10 characters, includes upper and lower case characters, numbers, and a mixture of symbols. Whatever you do, don’t use a password that’s easy for someone to hack. Also, whenever changing passwords, using the same password except for changing the number is not recommended. Identity thieves know that many people like to keep the same password, and that often times changing only the number to the next number in the sequence is a common move. Change your password completely every time you are prompted.

3. INSTALL ANTIVIRUS/MALWARE SOFTWARE

Having a stable antivirus/malware application installed on your device is critical in safeguarding your data. I use a free antivirus app called AVG and MalwareBytes to scan for malware and registry errors. Using your computer without an antivirus application opens your system up to attack, and more importantly, identity theft.

4. BE SELECTIVE ABOUT SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION

I’m sure most of you are connected to all of the major social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Prying eyes are just waiting for the right information to be posted to steal your identity. Be extremely selective what type of personal information you post online and never share it with those you don’t know.

5. INVEST IN IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION

Investing in monthly identity theft monitoring is a great investment to make. There are many companies to choose from in the identity protection market, but I highly recommend Identity Guard. Identity Guard provides you with continuous monitoring and alerts, quarterly 3-bureau credit reports, and a dedicated case manager, among other services. Click here to get your free trial of Identity Guard

6. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

If you are one to work on your laptop or tablet in public, be aware of who is around you. Don’t position your screen where anyone else can see the information on it, and be careful when working with your personal information over public networks. Identity thieves use personal networks to hack into your device, and chances are you’ll never know it.

7. DON’T PUT OUTGOING CHECKS IN YOUR MAILBOX

I don’t know of too many people today who still pay bills through a physical check and drop it in their mailbox. Identity thieves can easily stroll through the neighborhood, swipe the envelopes, and steal the routing and account number of off checks. If you are going to pay with a physical check, take it to the post office and drop it off, or physically hand it to your postal carrier.

8. NEVER PAY AN UNKNOWN SELLER BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER

If you are one to participate in online transactions, such as eBay, never agree to pay for your items via check or money order. It’s nearly impossible to track these items and makes it much harder to recuperate lost funds if an item never arrives. If you pay with a credit card, you can dispute the charges much easier.

9. MONITOR STATEMENTS REGULARLY

Most of us probably don’t check our statements very often. With the 24/7 access to mobile banking or apps to our bills, we know our balances left and right. Make it a regular habit, though, to check for suspicious activity and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate institution.

10. KEEP YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD LOCKED AWAY

I never take my Social Security card out of my locked filing cabinet, unless I’m going somewhere that requires me present it to them (government agency, etc). There is absolutely no need to keep a copy in your wallet or purse, because if it’s ever stolen, the identity thief has everything he or she needs to do the dirty work of hacking your life. Unless you absolutely need it every day, leave the Social Security card at home in a secure location.

11. BE DILIGENT IN IDENTIFYING SPAM

Identity thieves are very smart today in terms of making spam look legit. Most email clients and providers have sophisticated tools built in, but they will never be able to catch everything. Before clicking on links in emails that appear legit, verify the sender’s email address and hover over the links to check for spammy or fictitious websites.

12. SECURE YOUR CELL PHONE

Securing your cell phone is important in safeguarding your phone’s content. Set a strong password and make sure you have a phone location app installed in case you lose it while traveling.  If you are traveling, remove any sensitive apps you may not need while on the trip. You can always reinstall them once your trip is over.

13. EDUCATE YOUR KIDS

If you have kids, it’s a smart idea to get them conditioned to looking for identity theft red flags from an early age. Teach them to never give money to an unknown source and make sure they understand the importance of keeping their personal information secured.

Stay one step ahead…

I hope that these tips help you and your family in the fight against identity theft. The most important things you can do include securing your personal information and staying one step ahead of would-be thieves.  Keep yourself in the know about privacy tips and learn about the new ways thieves are trying to steal information. Knowing these things will greatly reduce the chance of cyber or identity theft.

How to Get Your Affiliate Income Sizzling

All of my blog posts may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click on them and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting Go Ask Your Daddy!

Picture it: You’re a new blogger coming right out of the gates.  You’ve read other blog posts about how to make income with affiliate links and thought, “They make it sound so easy! I want to do that!” So, you finally implement a strategy, start including affiliate links in your posts and months go by without any sales. You get really DEPRESSED. I’ve been there….but….

I bet you never stopped to think about the thousands, maybe millions, of other bloggers doing the same exact thing you are doing. It’s a very saturated market, which is why you have got to find a way to get the edge over the competition.

Today, I’m going to give you some insight as to why you aren’t making many, if any, sales from your affiliate links. Take notes, because this information is vital to understanding what makes affiliate links work well for blogging income.

How to Get Your Affiliate Income Sizzling

WHAT ARE AFFILIATE LINKS?

I’ve answered this question in earlier posts. Essentially, affiliate links are provided to you when you join an affiliate marketing platform, or if you join a merchant’s affiliate program directly. They are special links just for you so that the merchant can track your activity and sales. Any sales resulting from your links being clicked end with you receiving a commission.

The one thing you need to know about affiliate programs is that the commission rates for merchants won’t be the same. You’ll see wide ranges of commission percentages. My suggestion is to target those with a higher commission percentage. Not only are there those merchants that give you a certain set percentage, there are some, like Candy Club, that will give you a set dollar amount per sale. I made 2 sales for Candy Club in one day and earned over $50 in commission – pretty sweet!

HOW DO YOU POSITION AFFILIATE LINKS WITHIN THE POST FOR THE BEST EXPOSURE?

Here comes the tricky part. Not every blogger is skilled at placing affiliate links in the right spot to attract traffic. To be honest, it’s not always easy, and there’s no real black and white answer I can give that will work for every post every time.

There are three basic places where affiliate links can go on your blog post.

  • Top of post: Most people don’t use this method because they feel like it’s selling out the product right away, but you can get around this by creating a “Recommended Products” section at the top, and the include the affiliate links to the products that you are talking about in your post.
  • Inside blog content: Merge your affiliate links inside your content and make the links appear natural. If you have 20 instances of the word to which you are tying to an affiliate link, do not link to it 20 times. Link to it once. Having too many links in a post is bad for SEO and will make your post appear spammy.
  • Bottom of post: If you are recommending products after a long blog post, it’s good to write a “wrap-up” section and then break out a few bullets with recommended products. This can also be a good spot to drop in a banner for your affiliate link.

DON’T MAKE YOUR AFFILIATE LINK POSTS TOO “SALES PITCHY”

I hate going to car dealerships. I know if I go just to even browse for a dream car, some salesperson is going to walk up to me and start nagging me to buy a car. Sometimes I just want to be left alone to browse and shop.

Did you know that your blog posts can feel the same way to your readers as car dealerships feel to me? If you come across as only wanting to make a quick sale, your readers aren’t going to trust you. They will feel totally annoyed, and will blacklist your blog to never return again.

I’m sure you’ve landed on a post you thought looked like the perfect post to answer the question you had, but when you arrived there, it had pop up ads, links all over the place, and what’s worse, that large ad covering the entire page. It’s entirely too much and is obvious you are fishing for sales. Don’t be that blogger!

BUT, HOW DO I GET AROUND THIS PROBLEM?

Believe it or not, there is a great way to write a blog post, throw in affiliate links, and your readers will never get the feeling like you are trying to sell them on something. If you craft a blog post that serves a purpose, such as a “how to” post, you are giving your readers a reason to come to your blog, read your post to find a solution to your problem, and the affiliate links serve as recommended products to help with the problem they are trying to solve. Brilliant!

Tutorial posts are great ways to get your post SEO ranked because search engines love to index posts that help people solve problems. You can use tutorial posts in many different ways.

Look at your affiliate merchant list right now and see if there are any programs you’ve joined that sell products you could write a tutorial post about right now. Look at my post, “How Tailwind is Helping My Blog Traffic” as an example. I wrote a post about how I use Tailwind to bring in blog traffic, but it’s not really a tutorial post. It’s time for me to take it and turn it into a highly-profitable tutorial post. The tutorial post will have step by step directions telling readers how to sign up for Tailwind, how to create a pinning schedule, and more about how to use the features that come with Tailwind.

You can write opinionated posts all night and all day as to how great a product is, but these are NOT tutorial posts. Leave your opinions out of the tutorial post and stick to the facts as to how the product works.

DO KEYWORD RESEARCH AHEAD OF TIME

Just because you are using affiliate links for a certain product doesn’t mean that all you have to do is type out the name of the product and link to it. Using sites such as Google’s Keyword Planner is a great starting point. 9 out of 10 successful affiliate bloggers will tell you they get most of their traffic from proper use of keywords inside the blog post.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is critical in driving traffic to your site, and you must do this before you publish. Make sure you are incorporating the most searched keywords inside your blog post so that your post ranks better in the search engines.

DON’T STICK TO JUST WRITTEN PROMOTION

I know, I know, the reader must click on your affiliate link and make a purchase for you to make income off of that sale. But, you can promote those affiliate links in creative ways – more than just in written form.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Create a video tutorial of how to do something and then recommend your affiliate products at the end of the video. You can even drop the affiliate link inside the video’s description.
  • Write a creative social media post asking a simple question you’d like your readers to respond to, and then direct them to your blog post for the answer. While I don’t necessarily share a lot of affiliate links inside of social media, directing them to my blog post that contains affiliate links seems a lot cleaner to me and makes me feel less salesy.
  • Create a resources page on your blog to list all of your favorite tools.  You can create a section solely for your affiliate products. Don’t forget to disclose the presence of your affiliate links.
  • Email awesome deals to your subscribers to tell them about great sales and coupons your affiliate partners are offering. Many times, affiliate program managers will send direct emails to their affiliates announcing new deals and promotions. Use those opportunities to turn them into email campaigns to your subscribers. Again, disclose at the top of the email that the links are affiliate links.

BE PATIENT

Sales for me didn’t happen overnight, and even still today sales aren’t consistent. I’m still working towards creating the perfect strategy for my own blog. You need to do the same for your blog too.

Implement a consistent approach to marketing your affiliate links and find what works best for you. Keep going back to the drawing board until you find something that you like.

Be patient. The best thing you can do is not give up after a few months of $0 income. Keep writing quality content and implementing a solid approach to affiliate marketing and you will eventually see sales come in. Never get up, never surrender!

DO YOU NEED MORE HELP?

I’m here to help you succeed with affiliate marketing, so if you have a question about anything I’ve talked about today, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. I take pride in writing quality content, so if there are things in this post you’d like to see, I’ll be more than happy to add them to it!

I do recommend you read the following posts I’ve written in the past about affiliate marketing.  You can also subscribe to my free 7-Day email course, How to Create a Profitable Blog, and learn all about blogging.

 

How to Boost Blog Traffic Through Facebook

All of my blog posts may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click on them and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting Go Ask Your Daddy!

How Creatives Get Paid 11 Days Faster

Underestimating the power of Facebook to drive traffic to your blog is a big mistake. Some bloggers say they don’t use Facebook to drive traffic, but others say it is essential in converting Facebook followers to blog subscribers.

How to Boost Blog Traffic Through Facebook

There is an amazing opportunity right in front of you to utilize Facebook to drive traffic to your blog, so today I’d like to provide you with several methods to make that happen.

Please remember that not all of these tips may work for every blogger. Keep in mind what your blog’s niche is, who your readers are, and what you are aiming to solve or provide for your readers.

If you have any additional tips you’ve found useful, drop me a line at the end of this post. I’d love to hear from you!

1. Connect your blog to Facebook

Every time you write a blog post, you should be sharing that post on Facebook. WordPress makes it easy. Simply connect your Facebook page or fan page to WordPress and you are automatically posting to Facebook. If you aren’t using WordPress, another easy way to share you post is to simply copy and paste your post’s URL into Facebook. This is too easy to not be doing this now!

2. Tag others

One of Facebook’s greatest features is the ability to tag others. When you tag someone, it appears on their wall and the wall of all of their followers. This is a great and effective way to draw interest to your post.

3. Use full-size images

Studies have shown that using full-size images on Facebook increases engagement. The best way to get the full image in your post is to upload it directly to Facebook. If you are trying to upload it from another social media account, it can get cut off during the transfer.

4. Use Facebook Ads

Have you tried Facebook Ads to boost your blog posts? In the right hand corner of your post, click the drop down arrow. You’ll see an option to boost the post. You can easily select the budget for the post and track its performance. Boosting posts works well if you have a well-designed post.  If you are just boosting a random post, don’t waste your money on this feature.

5. Interact with your followers

It’s one thing to just promote post after post, but to really get the most out of Facebook, you have to be social. Isn’t that why it’s called “social” media? Interacting means responding to posts with genuine feedback and sharing other content.

6. Write catchy headlines

Want to grab someone’s attention? Write a catchy headline to draw the reader in to view the full article. The goal of the headline is to grab the reader’s eye and make them want more. Make your headlines unique and impossible for your followers to ignore.

7. Create a Facebook group

Facebook groups are very popular places for bloggers to hang out, share content, and meet other bloggers. A quick search on Facebook will lead you right to groups in your niche.  Of course, if you are just looking for a blogging group, there are tons. You can also join mine – Blogger Share and Promo Group.

8. Create video posts

One thing I haven’t done a lot of yet is create videos related to my blog posts. This is a great idea to do for Facebook because videos tend to draw in more views. Now that Facebook has a live video feature, take to the live airwaves to answer follower questions, run a course, talk about a blog post, or just connect with others.

9. Limit “sales pitches” on social media

No one wants a Facebook wall full of nothing but your advertisements for your affiliate links. Sure, it’s okay from time to time to share a product you really love and believe in, but don’t do it every half hour. Write meaningful posts talking about why you love the product and incorporate the “sales” aspect of the post in with the content. Starting a Facebook with a “buy now” headline will turn readers away.

10. Add your email subscribe form

Facebook fan pages can have their own subscribe form embedded on the page. Take the opportunity to add it to yours to make it as easy as possible for readers to subscribe to your blog. Don’t forget to offer a freebie for subscribing!

Now, go and be a Facebook superstar!

I hope these quick tips will help you in your quest to drive traffic from Facebook to your blog!  Now, can I ask one last favor?  Would you be so kind to share this post on your Facebook page?  And maybe “like” my page?  Thank you!

How You Can Get More Clicks On Your Affiliate Links

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Today we are going to talk about the best ways to get clicks on the affiliate links you place on your blog. Monetizing your blog is exciting, but takes a lot of serious planning and organization to get things working to your advantage.

Recommended: 20 Secrets to Affiliate Marketing

There are generally two types of affiliate links that bloggers are given when they enroll in an affiliate program. Banner ads are the most common because they are easy to throw up on the site and they work on their own. Text links require a little more structure and thought as you want the links to fit well within the context of your blog post.

What happens when you have done all of the work of placing the ads and links on your site and no one clicks on them? It’s easy to feel defeated when you see the $0 sitting in your affiliate account. But, giving up too early is never a wise choice. There are things you can do today to position your blog and blog posts to receive higher clicks and revenue.

Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you build your affiliate income.

Focus On Text Links

If you spend most of your time throwing banner ads on your site and then wait for people to click on them, you are wasting your time. While they can provide some source of affiliate income, they tend to make readers feel uncomfortable – especially if you throw banners all throughout your content.

Text links work if you build your content up with quality and value. Mixing in text links that promote the products and services that relate to your content is one of the best ways to drive traffic to your affiliate links.

It’s All About Balance

Posts that have affiliate links in every other sentence tend to cause readers to lose interest and confidence. If you are writing a post about a product, it’s not necessary to include the affiliate link every time the word comes up in the content. Putting too many links in your post will get flagged by search engines as spammy content (that’s bad).

Create a plan before you start to monetize your blog and stick to it. Decide how many affiliate links are allowed in each post and make sure the post focuses on your readers’ interests before your desire to earn income. A well-balanced plan of attack will set you up for success down the road.

Place Links Above the Content

Have you ever considered placing your links above your content? It’ll be the first thing readers see, and they won’t have to scroll all the way through the post looking for them. You can dramatically increase your click through rates by placing the links in a spot where your readers are sure to look – the top of your post.

Cloak Those Ugly Affiliate Link URLs

The affiliate links you are given look something like: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=992347&U=1350177&M=50947&urllink=. These links make it easy for your readers to hover over and see that they are affiliate links. There are several ways to get around these ugly links. One way is through a plugin called Pretty Link Lite. Pretty Link Lite is a WordPress plugin that allows you to use your own shortened URLs. Pretty Link also tracks clicks and tells you exactly where the clicks are coming from.

Ask Your Readers

There’s no better way to promote your affiliate links than to simply ask your readers to click on them. If you are writing a product review, ask your readers to click on the affiliate link at the end of the post to learn more about the product. Never end a blog post without a call to action.  If you want affiliate links clicked, your call to action is the perfect opportunity to promote them.

Expand Your Reach

By now, I hope you know that as a blogger, you can’t just write a post, hit publish, and then recline on the couch. While Netflix and chill sounds like a great idea, the fun in blogging is just beginning after you hit publish.  Expanding your reach as a blogger will benefit you in more ways than just clicks on your affiliate links. Posting in group boards, Facebook groups, social media accounts, and sending out emails all lead to more traffic, which in turn leads to higher visibility on your affiliate links. A big rule about promoting your affiliate links in social media is to make sure you are disclosing your affiliate links.

Recommended:  Can I Share Affiliate Links on Facebook and Twitter?

Write to Persuade

While affiliate marketing isn’t usually face-to-face, there’s still a strong level of sales and persuasiveness needed to encourage readers to click on your links. You can see a major difference in, “I won a million dollars yesterday,” and “how would you like to win a million dollars?”  Asking your readers direct and persuasive questions encourages them to find out more by clicking on your links. Ok, so the million dollar question is a little overboard, but it illustrates the type of marketing to focus on when crafting your posts.

Be careful, though, not to come across too salesy. No one wants to be hassled to buy something. Ever been to a car dealership?  I’m sure you can recall the different types of sales tactics salesmen used to try to push you to buy. You don’t want to do that with affiliate links. Make the link flow naturally in your post and steer clear of the advertising lingo. Readers have no obligation to buy anything from you. It’s your job to encourage them to click on your links.

You Can Do It!

It can be a little overwhelming trying to implement a solid game plan for advertising your affiliate links, but with a little structure, perseverance, and confidence, you’ll be seeing your sales increase in no time.

What’s worked well for you? Are there tips you’d recommend I add to this list? Let’s start a conversation below!

Can’t Get Comments On Your Blog? Try These 10 Amazing Tips!

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Nothing spells defeat more than spending hours, weeks maybe, on a great blog post idea, and hearing the sounds of crickets chirping. We all want our blogs to succeed, and are doing everything we can to draw in the comments.

I’ve felt the same pain that you feel today – hard work resulted in no comments. It’s disheartening and frustrating. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!  There are steps you can take on your own to increase engagement on your blog posts.

Here are 10 amazing tips that have helped me to help generate more comments on my own blog posts.  I hope that they are helpful for you.

1. Ask Your Readers To Respond

There’s no greater way to generate comments than to simply ask your readers for a response.  Create a dynamic call-to-action at the end of your blog post so that readers know what to do next. It’s easy to write a simple conclusion to your post and move on, but taking the time to craft a clever CTA is worth it because it lays out exactly what you want your readers to do.

Don’t be afraid to jump on to social media and ask your followers to respond to you on Facebook or Twitter. You can always post an updated blog post if someone provides you with information you want to share to your blog subscribers.

2. Lower Your Publishing Frequency

Some bloggers I know churn out 4-5 posts per day, some more. That’s ok, I guess, if you have enough important content to share that often. The reality is though, you would probably be able to get by on 2-3 new posts per week maximum. Once you publish a new post, your existing posts get pushed further and further down the page.

3. Respond To Comments Right Away

If you are getting some comments on your blog posts, RESPOND! Don’t wait!  Readers are engaged enough to provide you with a meaningful comment so do the same for them in your response.  While it can take some time to respond to everyone, it’s time well-spent. Spending more time commenting with your subscribers is a great way to build rapport and develop strong blogging relationships. Even if you are already getting solid comments, it never hurts to network!

4. Write a Controversial Post

If you write a controversial post, it’s sure to generate some feedback. Stirring up the post is a great way to generate comments! Write a post explaining why and you are sure to get some comments (maybe some are heated!). Talk about topics that are important to people and you will hit a nerve strong enough to allow the comments to start rolling in.

5. Host a Giveaway

Hosting giveaways for free products or services is a fantastic way to drive in comments. If you use tools to run your giveaway, such as Rafflecopter, you can set it to require readers to comment on a specific post in exchange for an entry into your giveaway. Just make sure the item you giveaway is something your readers will love.

6. Write Content That Doesn’t Suck

Nothing dampers the comments from rolling in than a blog post that flat-out sucks. You are in control of the content you produce, so take the time to put a new spin or perspective on the content before you post it. Throwing out crap shows you aren’t putting a lot of effort into your writing and it will cause your readers to lose confidence and look elsewhere. Write quality content and you’ll be sure to see comments.

7. Share To The Right Places

You may have read the post I wrote a few days ago, 15 Places to Share Your Blog Post After You Hit Publish.  Read this post before you go any further and start implementing strategies to share your content further than you do today. If you share your posts to the right places, you’ll generate more traffic, which increases the chances someone will comment on them.

8. Ask Readers For Advice

Do you have a problem you are trying solve? Ask your readers to answer in the comments. Make sure to acknowledge your readers for providing the advice, and definitely make sure you are crediting them in future posts where you use their information. It’s also a great way to network and meet other bloggers.

9. Use Your Mailing List

Hopefully by now you have a wonderful mailing list full of thousands of subscribers? If not, read how to build one in 30 days and then put it to your advantage. If you use tools such as Mailchimp, you can monitor how many times your messages are being opened vs how many times they are deleted.  You can focus on those that don’t read the post and create custom email campaigns around them to encourage (not bribe!!) them to respond.

10. Create A Companion Video

Most bloggers I know stick to written communications, but did you know that if you create a video related to one of your blog posts, you can draw in more eyes? YouTube has millions of viewers looking for answers to questions they have. Just the other day, I searched on how to edit settings on a cell phone and found the answer in a video. Take one of your well-performing posts and convert it to a video. Ask questions in the video and push for responses in the video comments. If you do decide to go this route, make sure the video addresses and answers some type of question readers have. I’ll be creating a companion video for this post, and will be updating this post shortly.

Hey, you’re not done yet!

I hope today’s content was very helpful to you. If you are still thinking about the reasons why you should or shouldn’t start a blog, I created a free 7-day email course designed to help you figure it all out and getting it running. Just click on my pretty image below to be taken right to the sign up form.

It’s not impossible to draw in comments on every blog post, but you’ve got to do your part to make those comments naturally come in.

Before you leave, what’s the best way you’ve found to draw in comments? I’d like to update this post in the future, and of course, I’ll feature you in the post (a little promotion never hurt, right?).

Until next time!

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15 Places to Share Your Blog Post After You Hit Publish

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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.

15 Places to Share Your Blog Post After You Hit Publish

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.

2. Pinterest

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.

4. Facebook

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.

5. Twitter

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.

6. Instagram

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.

7. StumbleUpon

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!

8. Flipboard

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.

9. Flickr

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. Want to join my Facebook group?  Join us at Blogger Share and Promo Group.

13. YouTube

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!