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A reader of my digital photography blog asked me how I find new blogs to subscribe to. At first I was surprised at the question, I add new blogs to my feed reader all the time. In fact I really ought to trim it down. It is an important issue after thinking about it.

Thinking about how you find blogs could get you more readers.

So what are the main ways people discover new blogs to read? Here are my methods ranked most common to least

  1. Other bloggers links – the obvious one. If you are reading a blog you can be pretty sure what they link to will also be of interest. The problem with this method is the old “echo chamber” effect. If everyone in your niche reads the same content where do new stories come from?
  2. Links in – if someone links my blog I will go take a look at theirs and subscribe if I like what I see
  3. Comments - similarly if someone leaves an interesting comment on one of my posts I will follow back to their own blog to see what else they have written
  4. Technorati/delicious/digg/etc – you would have thought this would be the main way I find new blogs but I rarely search with the intention of finding blogs. I do however have some searches set up in my feed reader. Perform a search then look for the little orange RSS/XML button.
  5. Directly emailed suggestions – I very rarely subscribe to a blog that has been “recommended” to me via email. The majority of these “suggestions” are spam or link requests. There is a right way and a wrong way to do these. I don’t even read obvious SEO-motivated and/or automated link requests, I hit the “junk” button on them.

If this is where you find blogs to subscribe to, what should we do to make sure we are found?

  1. Get linked, any way you can – The more blogs that link you the more bloggers will find you. Obvious point but overlooked.
  2. Link out, link well, link often – Key advise, much repeated but worth repeating. How you link will be as important as where and how often. Add your thoughts, extend an invitation to continue the conversation. In effect you are introducing yourself, give a good impression.
  3. Comment well – Same advice as above, comment intelligently and a lot. Again this is your introduction, first impressions count. If you were at a party how would you approach a group of people already deep in conversation? Probably not with “Nice. Now let’s talk about me”.
  4. Play tag – I need to tag more. There really is no excuse, Performancing/Scribefire makes it easy. If you tag your post it will be easier to find by Technorati and Delicious users. Many bloggers subscribe to certain tags, eg. “blogging”, “photography”, etc
  5. Email good stuff – you can get good results by emailing or IM’ing bloggers but be careful
    • DON’T email bloggers with your blog URL.
    • DON’T send link requests.
    • DON’T mass-mail – make each email unique and personalised.
    • DON’T assume – your email is a question and perhaps the start of a conversation, not a demand
    • DON’T have an inflated view of your value – you might think it is the best blog ever, others have the right to disagree
    • DON’T flog a dead horse – only email your best stuff and not too often. Move on if you don’t get results
    • DO put yourself in the other bloggers shoes – What is in it for them?
    • DO send a link to a post, one that is interesting to them and their readers
    • DO be polite and humble – you are asking for a favour, they have the right to decline or ignore
    • DO make your email appealing. Think about it, craft it

You will note that the above tactics are also good for getting links …

Do you see anything I have missed? Please add your suggestions in the comments.

Next time you add a blog to your feed reader consider how you found it. You might discover new tactics for attracting new subscribers to your own blog.


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  1. Great list Chris and very interesting. I never really thought about it before either. Adding new blogs just seemed to happen.

    But after reading this, I went back through my reader and looked at the last 25 or so new blogs I’ve added, and tried to remember where I found them. It seemed the majority were from comments on my blog, or insightful comments I read on other blogs.

    I’ve found that those who comment well, and contribute to the conversation, also tend to be good bloggers. Makes sense, but it’s cool to actually to the analysis. I’m going to start tagging new blogs in my reader with how I found them, and see what happens over the next few months.

  2. Great list Chris and very interesting. I never really thought about it before either. Adding new blogs just seemed to happen.

    But after reading this, I went back through my reader and looked at the last 25 or so new blogs I’ve added, and tried to remember where I found them. It seemed the majority were from comments on my blog, or insightful comments I read on other blogs.

    I’ve found that those who comment well, and contribute to the conversation, also tend to be good bloggers. Makes sense, but it’s cool to actually to the analysis. I’m going to start tagging new blogs in my reader with how I found them, and see what happens over the next few months.

  3. It’s not just on blogs you find good blogs through comments, forums and places like flickr that allow you to put URLs in your profile can also turn up potential subscription-worthy nuggets :O)

  4. It’s not just on blogs you find good blogs through comments, forums and places like flickr that allow you to put URLs in your profile can also turn up potential subscription-worthy nuggets :O)

  5. Chris – I certainly find new blogs through reading the comments and links in. I always take a look at the sites of those people who have taken the trouble to connect with my blog.

    Two other strategies I have found of help is through participating in blog carnivals and also using Google Alerts – both have been great sources of excellent blog content and the extension of my online network.

  6. Chris – I certainly find new blogs through reading the comments and links in. I always take a look at the sites of those people who have taken the trouble to connect with my blog.

    Two other strategies I have found of help is through participating in blog carnivals and also using Google Alerts – both have been great sources of excellent blog content and the extension of my online network.

  7. Good tip with the Google alerts, forgot all about those!

  8. Good tip with the Google alerts, forgot all about those!

  9. You forgot the most important thing, Write original quality content. ^^

  10. You forgot the most important thing, Write original quality content. ^^

  11. I like your list. I find however that people do email me with questions concerning some of the tech stuff that I post and I find that the people whom I converse with tend to have interesting posts which link to other really good blogs. I wouldn’t ignore the email as to say… but at least take a glance at them. You do find some good stuff. :)

  12. I like your list. I find however that people do email me with questions concerning some of the tech stuff that I post and I find that the people whom I converse with tend to have interesting posts which link to other really good blogs. I wouldn’t ignore the email as to say… but at least take a glance at them. You do find some good stuff. :)

  13. @Logan, I worry I say that a little too much ;O)

    @Charlie, yes definitely – in fact I have encouraged a few of the people who have emailed me to *start* blogs

  14. @Logan, I worry I say that a little too much ;O)

    @Charlie, yes definitely – in fact I have encouraged a few of the people who have emailed me to *start* blogs

  15. Hey Chris,

    I was re-reading this article for the second time and this sentence jumped out at me:

    “Technorati/delicious/digg/etc – you would have thought this would be the main way I find new blogs but I rarely search with the intention of finding blogs.”

    I never *search* with the intention of finding new blogs on these services, yet the majority of the new blogs I add to my Google Reader are from these sources.

    Rather than specifically searching for high quality blogs on specific stuff, I just go back through my last week’s worth of content that I’ve read and dugg. Are any particular websites showing up more than once? More than five times?

    If I find blogs that I’m reading their content a lot when it shows up through Digg or del.icio.us, I’ll head over there and check out more of their site.

    I look for ‘Top Content’ and ‘Five Most Recent Posts’. If I find enough stuff I like, it’s added.

    I dunno if it’s useful for others, but it works really well for me. Your thoughts?

  16. Hey Chris,

    I was re-reading this article for the second time and this sentence jumped out at me:

    “Technorati/delicious/digg/etc – you would have thought this would be the main way I find new blogs but I rarely search with the intention of finding blogs.”

    I never *search* with the intention of finding new blogs on these services, yet the majority of the new blogs I add to my Google Reader are from these sources.

    Rather than specifically searching for high quality blogs on specific stuff, I just go back through my last week’s worth of content that I’ve read and dugg. Are any particular websites showing up more than once? More than five times?

    If I find blogs that I’m reading their content a lot when it shows up through Digg or del.icio.us, I’ll head over there and check out more of their site.

    I look for ‘Top Content’ and ‘Five Most Recent Posts’. If I find enough stuff I like, it’s added.

    I dunno if it’s useful for others, but it works really well for me. Your thoughts?

  17. Good list, what do you think about the rather old fashioned idea of posting some of your blog content onto news servers?

  18. Good list, what do you think about the rather old fashioned idea of posting some of your blog content onto news servers?

  19. Nice tips. Thanks for the info. I am trying to build my blog at http://blog.hungryflix.com. We look at online video and the future of media.

  20. Nice tips. Thanks for the info. I am trying to build my blog at http://blog.hungryflix.com. We look at online video and the future of media.

  21. Great article.

    And I would add these two.Have good content in your blog and make your blog pleasant and enjoyable.

  22. Great article.

    And I would add these two.Have good content in your blog and make your blog pleasant and enjoyable.

  23. Excellent points. The most interesting blogs I’ve found have been links from other related blogs. Over time I’ve built up a nice collection of tech blogs that talk about the things I’m interested in because of the way people link back to each other.

    Ironically, though, I got here today via delicious. :)

  24. Excellent points. The most interesting blogs I’ve found have been links from other related blogs. Over time I’ve built up a nice collection of tech blogs that talk about the things I’m interested in because of the way people link back to each other.

    Ironically, though, I got here today via delicious. :)

  25. I think I have the opposite problem – the internet provides a near-bottomless pit of interesting blogs and posts. In the morning, I try to stick to a strict diet of just my favourites and the newsworthy ones, then give myself a couple more around lunch.

  26. I think I have the opposite problem – the internet provides a near-bottomless pit of interesting blogs and posts. In the morning, I try to stick to a strict diet of just my favourites and the newsworthy ones, then give myself a couple more around lunch.

  27. Wow! Found this in twitter public line… What are the chances? I just started my blog today… Amazing tips!
    I will try some of them and see what happens!
    Thanx!

  28. Wow! Found this in twitter public line… What are the chances? I just started my blog today… Amazing tips!
    I will try some of them and see what happens!
    Thanx!

  29. Great post chris. A lot of stuff in here I’ve overlooked.

    Regarding digg, the digg community are insulted by your comments, but it’s very true. I find digg (and other similar specific linking sites) tend to bring focused, brief visits, rather than the “surfing the web” casual browsers that blogs really thrive on.

  30. Great post chris. A lot of stuff in here I’ve overlooked.

    Regarding digg, the digg community are insulted by your comments, but it’s very true. I find digg (and other similar specific linking sites) tend to bring focused, brief visits, rather than the “surfing the web” casual browsers that blogs really thrive on.

  31. There’s some great advice here. I’ve been blogging for just over a year now, but it’s clear I still have a lot to learn. This is a really great site, though. I found it on del.icio.us, and it looks like I’ll be adding it to my bookmarks. ^_^

  32. There’s some great advice here. I’ve been blogging for just over a year now, but it’s clear I still have a lot to learn. This is a really great site, though. I found it on del.icio.us, and it looks like I’ll be adding it to my bookmarks. ^_^

  33. I really find the “comment well” and “how would you introduce yourself” point interesting and very effective.

  34. I really find the “comment well” and “how would you introduce yourself” point interesting and very effective.

  35. Why shouldn’t I email people with my URL? Surely, so long as it isn’t done in an in-your-face way, a hyperlink underneath your name at the bottom of the email would actually serve to increase casual clickthrough rates?

  36. Why shouldn’t I email people with my URL? Surely, so long as it isn’t done in an in-your-face way, a hyperlink underneath your name at the bottom of the email would actually serve to increase casual clickthrough rates?

  37. I just started my own blog recently, and have been wondering how to get increased readership. You’ve got some great ideas here Chris, thanks.

  38. I just started my own blog recently, and have been wondering how to get increased readership. You’ve got some great ideas here Chris, thanks.

  39. Nice list. Thought I would mention that I find some great blogs using StumbleUpon. Just set the channel to weblogs and some great ones pop up.

  40. Nice list. Thought I would mention that I find some great blogs using StumbleUpon. Just set the channel to weblogs and some great ones pop up.

  41. That’s a good list….here are some more additional points…
    I search in some blog directories for blogs with the same theme as mine….That gives links to finding more blogs…
    And stick to a theme when you have a blog, maybe you can digress a bit but too often is too dangerous…

  42. That’s a good list….here are some more additional points…
    I search in some blog directories for blogs with the same theme as mine….That gives links to finding more blogs…
    And stick to a theme when you have a blog, maybe you can digress a bit but too often is too dangerous…

  43. Thanks for the comments! Wow, I wake up and there are 19 waiting for me :O) Here are some replies to specific comments or questions:

    @Andrew, “I look for ‘Top Content’ and ‘Five Most Recent Posts’” – shows how important it is to have a good quality, visible archive!

    @chris, just be careful you only drop links or articles where they are welcome, and only after properly introducing yourself and have gotten to know the group

    @Sean, del.icio.us can be an excellent source of referrals or new blogs but I think the other routes have more “personal” quality, either recommendation or introduction

    @Cibbuano, I hear ya! I really need to trim my feeds down

    @Felipe, twitter is something I haven’t tried yet, still not sure about if it is something I ought to avoid ;O)

    @Bitcloud, Diggers are insulted by blogs full stop I think. A lot of Digg folks just don’t like blogs and won’t be persuaded otherwise. What can we do?

    @Scott, key thing is to stick with it. You have been blogging a year so you should be about to start seeing some rewards. I have been blogging for many years but am still learning all the time.

    @Peter, I think you should email your URL, just there is a right and a wrong way. As you say, a non-in-your-face email could work well

    @LGR, I do like StumbleUpon, for some reason I never think of it when writing these sorts of posts!

    @Mr.Byte, directories have been hit-or-miss for me, I tend to not look at them or submit to them any more

  44. Thanks for the comments! Wow, I wake up and there are 19 waiting for me :O) Here are some replies to specific comments or questions:

    @Andrew, “I look for ‘Top Content’ and ‘Five Most Recent Posts’” – shows how important it is to have a good quality, visible archive!

    @chris, just be careful you only drop links or articles where they are welcome, and only after properly introducing yourself and have gotten to know the group

    @Sean, del.icio.us can be an excellent source of referrals or new blogs but I think the other routes have more “personal” quality, either recommendation or introduction

    @Cibbuano, I hear ya! I really need to trim my feeds down

    @Felipe, twitter is something I haven’t tried yet, still not sure about if it is something I ought to avoid ;O)

    @Bitcloud, Diggers are insulted by blogs full stop I think. A lot of Digg folks just don’t like blogs and won’t be persuaded otherwise. What can we do?

    @Scott, key thing is to stick with it. You have been blogging a year so you should be about to start seeing some rewards. I have been blogging for many years but am still learning all the time.

    @Peter, I think you should email your URL, just there is a right and a wrong way. As you say, a non-in-your-face email could work well

    @LGR, I do like StumbleUpon, for some reason I never think of it when writing these sorts of posts!

    @Mr.Byte, directories have been hit-or-miss for me, I tend to not look at them or submit to them any more

  45. “Perform a search then look for the little orange RSS/XML button.”

    I’ve done this for a few topics of interest on digg, but I constantly receive feed errors (their search seems to be permanently down or unresponsive) Is this a widespread problem, or have I just been unlucky?

    I seem to get far better results by using the feed from my del.icio.us subscriptions. Although you do get the odd bit of mis-tagged spam it normally presents me with some new interesting sites.

    Also you forgot about the del.icio.us network. If you find that you keep finding good sites in del.icio.us which have been saved by a particular person add them to your network to track everything they save.

  46. “Perform a search then look for the little orange RSS/XML button.”

    I’ve done this for a few topics of interest on digg, but I constantly receive feed errors (their search seems to be permanently down or unresponsive) Is this a widespread problem, or have I just been unlucky?

    I seem to get far better results by using the feed from my del.icio.us subscriptions. Although you do get the odd bit of mis-tagged spam it normally presents me with some new interesting sites.

    Also you forgot about the del.icio.us network. If you find that you keep finding good sites in del.icio.us which have been saved by a particular person add them to your network to track everything they save.

  47. Good point Aaron, subscribing to a particular users feed is a good idea. Yes there are many times feeds just plain don’t work, particularly on Digg. Not sure what the problem is, I expect it is down to server load

  48. Good point Aaron, subscribing to a particular users feed is a good idea. Yes there are many times feeds just plain don’t work, particularly on Digg. Not sure what the problem is, I expect it is down to server load

  49. I forgot to mention when dealing with feeds such as del.icio.us subscriptions & network or when a site offers a posts feed and a comments feed (or any other combinations) rather than having multiple feeds in my feed-reader for a single site/user it becomes easier to scan them if I combine them into a single feed using something like http://feedblendr.com/

    I’ve even set it up on my own site to save people the effort. They can subscribe to a single feed or choose from any of the different blends depending upon what they are interested in.

  50. I forgot to mention when dealing with feeds such as del.icio.us subscriptions & network or when a site offers a posts feed and a comments feed (or any other combinations) rather than having multiple feeds in my feed-reader for a single site/user it becomes easier to scan them if I combine them into a single feed using something like http://feedblendr.com/

    I’ve even set it up on my own site to save people the effort. They can subscribe to a single feed or choose from any of the different blends depending upon what they are interested in.

  51. @Aaron: I have been having the same problems with Digg. The website is great but the search is constantly down or takes up to 3 minutes to respond.

    I have set up a blog but I have yet to get a decent amount of viewers.Hopefully using these techniques I will be able to get some linking and visitors. Great post. Thanks.

  52. @Aaron: I have been having the same problems with Digg. The website is great but the search is constantly down or takes up to 3 minutes to respond.

    I have set up a blog but I have yet to get a decent amount of viewers.Hopefully using these techniques I will be able to get some linking and visitors. Great post. Thanks.

  53. Hi what a great article and if you are right i should get visits on my blog by at least a couple og readers from your site :-)

    kind regards
    Mark

  54. Hi what a great article and if you are right i should get visits on my blog by at least a couple og readers from your site :-)

    kind regards
    Mark

  55. @Karl, hang in there, it takes a little while but once you get on a roll there will be no stopping you

    @Mark, depends on what people think of your comment ;O)

  56. @Karl, hang in there, it takes a little while but once you get on a roll there will be no stopping you

    @Mark, depends on what people think of your comment ;O)

  57. Chris, thanks for the information. Having just started blogging, I know next to nothing about the how’s and why’s. Great article.

  58. Chris, thanks for the information. Having just started blogging, I know next to nothing about the how’s and why’s. Great article.

  59. These are really useful hints, I’m just starting out a blog and trying to get it off the ground. It’s still at a slow jog, but your insights are great. I learn something new every day!

    And I found you through del.iciou.us linksurfing, so that’s definitely one way that works :)

  60. These are really useful hints, I’m just starting out a blog and trying to get it off the ground. It’s still at a slow jog, but your insights are great. I learn something new every day!

    And I found you through del.iciou.us linksurfing, so that’s definitely one way that works :)

  61. @Mike, @Danielle, thanks for stopping by – make sure you Subscribe so you can download my free ebook!

  62. @Mike, @Danielle, thanks for stopping by – make sure you Subscribe so you can download my free ebook!

  63. WOW…Chris I think what you’ve done right HERE is a great way to get noticed…but how do you keep it alive once the fire dies down? ;)

    Good work…I see a lot of blogs on blogging and they always amuse me and are usually very helpful. :)

  64. WOW…Chris I think what you’ve done right HERE is a great way to get noticed…but how do you keep it alive once the fire dies down? ;)

    Good work…I see a lot of blogs on blogging and they always amuse me and are usually very helpful. :)

  65. @ChrisG:

    It took me a bit before I clued in that I should add top 5 posts to my site, considering that it’s something I always look for on others’ sites.

  66. @ChrisG:

    It took me a bit before I clued in that I should add top 5 posts to my site, considering that it’s something I always look for on others’ sites.

  67. Chris,

    This is really a well-addressed topic. My 2 cents:
    Write comments with the intention of adding value to the content, asking a relevant question, or giving sincere appreciation. The comments which are made just to add your blog’s link are not appreciated by anyone. Everyone should know the difference.

    I enjoy reading your posts Chris especially because you have a different perspective towards blogging from other ‘how-to-blog’ bloggers and that I find useful. Thanks.

    -Rise

  68. Chris,

    This is really a well-addressed topic. My 2 cents:
    Write comments with the intention of adding value to the content, asking a relevant question, or giving sincere appreciation. The comments which are made just to add your blog’s link are not appreciated by anyone. Everyone should know the difference.

    I enjoy reading your posts Chris especially because you have a different perspective towards blogging from other ‘how-to-blog’ bloggers and that I find useful. Thanks.

    -Rise

  69. I’m rather new to the blogging business, but I’ve managed to get my blog/webcomic out there. Still don’t get as many visitors as I’d like, but I’m doing well for just beginning and knowing virtually nothing about this blogging business no less than about four months ago.

    I have personally had a ton of visits from, of all places, my OKCupid profile (an online dating / quiz taking site). Somehow, one of the rather bland quizzes I made became tremendously popular, and after advertising my website on the “results” page of the quiz, I’ve found myself with a ton of incoming links from Livejournal and MySpace pages. I only wish my blog had been around when that quiz had been at its maximum popularity, getting between 4000-5000 takers a day!

    Another way to generate hits is to, of course, get involved in blog carnivals. A lot of them are pretty popular, and the one blog carnival I have been featured in has probably been my biggest source of new visitors.

  70. I’m rather new to the blogging business, but I’ve managed to get my blog/webcomic out there. Still don’t get as many visitors as I’d like, but I’m doing well for just beginning and knowing virtually nothing about this blogging business no less than about four months ago.

    I have personally had a ton of visits from, of all places, my OKCupid profile (an online dating / quiz taking site). Somehow, one of the rather bland quizzes I made became tremendously popular, and after advertising my website on the “results” page of the quiz, I’ve found myself with a ton of incoming links from Livejournal and MySpace pages. I only wish my blog had been around when that quiz had been at its maximum popularity, getting between 4000-5000 takers a day!

    Another way to generate hits is to, of course, get involved in blog carnivals. A lot of them are pretty popular, and the one blog carnival I have been featured in has probably been my biggest source of new visitors.

  71. I am also very new to the blog scene. I am a web designer and it never crossed my mind until recently to try and blog a little.

    I have to agree with indyank, good content is a key aspect of anything on the web. I think if you put quality content out people will see that and want to read more.

    But good job on the article, I also found your Better Blog Branding article very helpful:)

  72. I am also very new to the blog scene. I am a web designer and it never crossed my mind until recently to try and blog a little.

    I have to agree with indyank, good content is a key aspect of anything on the web. I think if you put quality content out people will see that and want to read more.

    But good job on the article, I also found your Better Blog Branding article very helpful:)

  73. Chris,

    Great post, very informative. One more thing that I would add: I recently did a post on my blog that I felt was somewhat “breaking” news, as far as the topic goes, (which related to YouTube and sort of “gaming” the system.)

    I immediately “dugg” my post, and then submitted my post to a few major blogs, such as Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin and Powerline.

    Little Green Footballs actually referenced my post, and in less than 24 hours, I got 900+ hits to my blog, which was exponentially greater than the number of hits I was getting in a 24 hour period prior to that.

    Bottom line – If you feel like you wrote a great post, especially if the news seems breaking or revealing, or a new angle on something – then digg it, and submit the post to related popular blogs, because if it’s the real deal, they will recognize it and spread the word.

  74. Chris,

    Great post, very informative. One more thing that I would add: I recently did a post on my blog that I felt was somewhat “breaking” news, as far as the topic goes, (which related to YouTube and sort of “gaming” the system.)

    I immediately “dugg” my post, and then submitted my post to a few major blogs, such as Little Green Footballs, Michelle Malkin and Powerline.

    Little Green Footballs actually referenced my post, and in less than 24 hours, I got 900+ hits to my blog, which was exponentially greater than the number of hits I was getting in a 24 hour period prior to that.

    Bottom line – If you feel like you wrote a great post, especially if the news seems breaking or revealing, or a new angle on something – then digg it, and submit the post to related popular blogs, because if it’s the real deal, they will recognize it and spread the word.

  75. I love these tips. I’ve been blogging a while, but only recently been getting into commenting on other blogs a lot. My tendency to be quiet in real life definitely impacted my online habits.

    Now that I’m commenting more on other blogs, I’m starting to see a difference. I set goals for how many comments I make, and make sure they’re good quality. I can’t stand the “good post” kinds of comments, and I know lots of webmasters just delete those. Matter of fact, I delete those.

    Social bookmarking is the next skill I want to master. I haven’t taken the time I should with those. I do look forward to seeing the results I can get from that.

  76. I love these tips. I’ve been blogging a while, but only recently been getting into commenting on other blogs a lot. My tendency to be quiet in real life definitely impacted my online habits.

    Now that I’m commenting more on other blogs, I’m starting to see a difference. I set goals for how many comments I make, and make sure they’re good quality. I can’t stand the “good post” kinds of comments, and I know lots of webmasters just delete those. Matter of fact, I delete those.

    Social bookmarking is the next skill I want to master. I haven’t taken the time I should with those. I do look forward to seeing the results I can get from that.

  77. Great tips! I’ve been looking for some intelligent ideas to promote my blog, and I think I’ve found some. I especially appreciate the tips on ‘courtesy’. Thanks!

  78. Great tips! I’ve been looking for some intelligent ideas to promote my blog, and I think I’ve found some. I especially appreciate the tips on ‘courtesy’. Thanks!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, I never thought of using blog comments as a way to plublicize my blog, candidcio. I suppose if people did see that I was blogging at candidcio they would go there. Did I mention candidcio?

  80. Hmm, I never thought of using blog comments as a way to plublicize my blog, candidcio. I suppose if people did see that I was blogging at candidcio they would go there. Did I mention candidcio?

  81. @Jeremias, that’s the real trick ;) but I will be writing more on that topic

    @Andrew, top 5 works surprisingly well. I notice people tend to read them in the order they are listed also

    @Rise, spot on, it’s all about posting “value” comments

    @Saint Gasoline, never done the carnival thing myself but hear from others they work

    @James, yup – good content, *promoted* well – people have to find it to read it ;)

    @The Oarsman, congrats with the LGF link – cool! Good advice

    @Stephanie, social bookmarking is quite similar to commenting which you have gotten the hang of well – all about adding value to the conversation and getting to know people rather than trying to extract benefits for yourself. Add value and the benefits come as a by-product

    @Spencer, courtesy is always worthwhile. You can’t go wrong treating people how would like to be treated. Someone famous said that ;)

    @Will, erm, perhaps not quite the tactic I would use ;)

  82. @Jeremias, that’s the real trick ;) but I will be writing more on that topic

    @Andrew, top 5 works surprisingly well. I notice people tend to read them in the order they are listed also

    @Rise, spot on, it’s all about posting “value” comments

    @Saint Gasoline, never done the carnival thing myself but hear from others they work

    @James, yup – good content, *promoted* well – people have to find it to read it ;)

    @The Oarsman, congrats with the LGF link – cool! Good advice

    @Stephanie, social bookmarking is quite similar to commenting which you have gotten the hang of well – all about adding value to the conversation and getting to know people rather than trying to extract benefits for yourself. Add value and the benefits come as a by-product

    @Spencer, courtesy is always worthwhile. You can’t go wrong treating people how would like to be treated. Someone famous said that ;)

    @Will, erm, perhaps not quite the tactic I would use ;)

  83. Chris

    All that you highlight is very to the point.

    As you say, you can corner yourself in a niche where everyone has the same interests and the conversation does not vary that much.

    Personally, the commenting goes up and down. Recently it has been down as a lot of other things need my time.

    Linking to me can also take the form of quoting the site, blog, book or other source in your post.

    To make people aware of ‘Serge the Concierge’, I also always try to find new places that could pick my stories.

    I also try as much as I can to e-mail people and let them know that I wrote something about them and/or their
    company.

    Take care

    Serge

  84. Chris

    All that you highlight is very to the point.

    As you say, you can corner yourself in a niche where everyone has the same interests and the conversation does not vary that much.

    Personally, the commenting goes up and down. Recently it has been down as a lot of other things need my time.

    Linking to me can also take the form of quoting the site, blog, book or other source in your post.

    To make people aware of ‘Serge the Concierge’, I also always try to find new places that could pick my stories.

    I also try as much as I can to e-mail people and let them know that I wrote something about them and/or their
    company.

    Take care

    Serge

  85. I feel bad that I only use #1 and sometimes #2.

  86. I feel bad that I only use #1 and sometimes #2.

  87. Chris — Wow, just finished reading your blog, comments and your comments to the comments. Some of my thoughts: I have my delicious and Flickr links on the sidebar of my blog. Similarly, I link my blog from my delicious and Flickr accounts. I include the URL in blog comments and in my email sig file.

  88. Chris — Wow, just finished reading your blog, comments and your comments to the comments. Some of my thoughts: I have my delicious and Flickr links on the sidebar of my blog. Similarly, I link my blog from my delicious and Flickr accounts. I include the URL in blog comments and in my email sig file.

  89. @Serge, yes it is a good idea to email people when you write about them – people love the attention and will likely link back :)

    @Engtech, use what works for you!

    @Maurene, you have to be careful dropping links in comments, many blogs (like this one) put comments containing links straight into “awooga! awooga! possibly spam!” category ;)

  90. @Serge, yes it is a good idea to email people when you write about them – people love the attention and will likely link back :)

    @Engtech, use what works for you!

    @Maurene, you have to be careful dropping links in comments, many blogs (like this one) put comments containing links straight into “awooga! awooga! possibly spam!” category ;)

  91. Ross Gordon says:

    This was helpful. But i am a little confused about the linking out part. When you say “link well” what does that mean? Should i not have a list of related sites in my sidebar? Does it matter if the sites you are linking to are not related to yours? Thanks.

  92. Ross Gordon says:

    This was helpful. But i am a little confused about the linking out part. When you say “link well” what does that mean? Should i not have a list of related sites in my sidebar? Does it matter if the sites you are linking to are not related to yours? Thanks.

  93. @Ross, when you link don’t just put “go look at this”, at least say why you like something, what benefit it will have, and preferably anything you can add.

    Personally I don’t believe in blogrolls but that is a personal preference.

    If the site you are linking to is not on topic, why would you want to link to them? If there is value for YOUR readers then link, if not it doesn’t deserve to be brought to their attention.

  94. @Ross, when you link don’t just put “go look at this”, at least say why you like something, what benefit it will have, and preferably anything you can add.

    Personally I don’t believe in blogrolls but that is a personal preference.

    If the site you are linking to is not on topic, why would you want to link to them? If there is value for YOUR readers then link, if not it doesn’t deserve to be brought to their attention.

  95. Chris… “comments containing links straight into “awooga! awooga! possibly spam!” category” I didn’t know that. Thanks!!

  96. Chris… “comments containing links straight into “awooga! awooga! possibly spam!” category” I didn’t know that. Thanks!!

  97. @ChrisG,

    “@Andrew, top 5 works surprisingly well. I notice people tend to read them in the order they are listed also”

    Would then suggest ranking them in order of popularity or perceived article quality/interestingness?

  98. @ChrisG,

    “@Andrew, top 5 works surprisingly well. I notice people tend to read them in the order they are listed also”

    Would then suggest ranking them in order of popularity or perceived article quality/interestingness?

  99. @Andrew, if you CAN change the order (you often can’t) put your best stuff first

  100. @Andrew, if you CAN change the order (you often can’t) put your best stuff first

  101. Many trackbacks quote the original article FIRST, then that part is what appears in the comments. It’s a of repeat what I just read in the post.

    If trackbackers could add their thoughts/comments BEFORE the quoted text, then it would read more like an actual comment. If it’s good, I’d probably click on them like I do with good commenters. But if trackbacks just quote text from the original post, I skip right past it.

  102. Many trackbacks quote the original article FIRST, then that part is what appears in the comments. It’s a of repeat what I just read in the post.

    If trackbackers could add their thoughts/comments BEFORE the quoted text, then it would read more like an actual comment. If it’s good, I’d probably click on them like I do with good commenters. But if trackbacks just quote text from the original post, I skip right past it.

  103. Chris
    Those are a set of great means for finding new blogs. For me personally, many of the blogs on my reader were discovered via the “via” link on some post that interested me. This link to the site originally having the content is another good way of finding a new, interesting blog related to the content.

  104. Chris
    Those are a set of great means for finding new blogs. For me personally, many of the blogs on my reader were discovered via the “via” link on some post that interested me. This link to the site originally having the content is another good way of finding a new, interesting blog related to the content.

  105. @Chris: I don’t really like the plugins that do this automatically, so I’ve just added it to my sidebar manually. I can put it in any order I want :)

  106. @Chris: I don’t really like the plugins that do this automatically, so I’ve just added it to my sidebar manually. I can put it in any order I want :)

  107. chris hi, i’m new to blogging. my nephew told me its something i must do to promote my new buisiness. Ive really enjoyed doing it but I am also with “ross gordon” -How! also my niche is very narrow so i have been having trouble finding similar blogs to connect to. the ones I have found have had their last post back in 2003, so why bother. I thought, write it and they will come. I can’t even find myself in a search!! my blog is http://www.knordesigns.blogspot.com- i would enjoy any hints or feedback you may have. thanx

  108. chris hi, i’m new to blogging. my nephew told me its something i must do to promote my new buisiness. Ive really enjoyed doing it but I am also with “ross gordon” -How! also my niche is very narrow so i have been having trouble finding similar blogs to connect to. the ones I have found have had their last post back in 2003, so why bother. I thought, write it and they will come. I can’t even find myself in a search!! my blog is http://www.knordesigns.blogspot.com- i would enjoy any hints or feedback you may have. thanx

  109. Hi all!
    Yet another newbie blogger trying to extend visibility of his site. First of all I would’like to thank you all for the gold pot of infos I got here. As ever, when a work is done with passion results are great.
    Well, have I said thanks?
    belfigor.

  110. Hi all!
    Yet another newbie blogger trying to extend visibility of his site. First of all I would’like to thank you all for the gold pot of infos I got here. As ever, when a work is done with passion results are great.
    Well, have I said thanks?
    belfigor.

  111. Hello Chris,
    I am a new company and would appreciate any advice on how to learn blogging to attract an educational technology audience, especially middle school teachers.
    Janet

  112. Hello Chris,
    I am a new company and would appreciate any advice on how to learn blogging to attract an educational technology audience, especially middle school teachers.
    Janet

  113. @Sherri – yeah a lot of the time trackbacks dont offer much context, it is best when you can see something worthwhile to click for

    @Deepa – I often follow via links too, especially if it is a topic I am really interested in

    @Andrew – it’s always good to have control :)

    @knordesigns – design is a huge field, if you can’t find blogs in the exact same niche you will find related niches

    @belfigor – you will see in my latest posts I agree 100%

    @Janet – The key thing is to get inside your audiences head, what are their wants/needs/desires/problems/pains/confusions

  114. @Sherri – yeah a lot of the time trackbacks dont offer much context, it is best when you can see something worthwhile to click for

    @Deepa – I often follow via links too, especially if it is a topic I am really interested in

    @Andrew – it’s always good to have control :)

    @knordesigns – design is a huge field, if you can’t find blogs in the exact same niche you will find related niches

    @belfigor – you will see in my latest posts I agree 100%

    @Janet – The key thing is to get inside your audiences head, what are their wants/needs/desires/problems/pains/confusions

  115. It is actually not so easy to come across good, quality blogs. I face this problem when trying to find blogs for my Blog Reviews site. Usually I discover great blogs by accident.

  116. It is actually not so easy to come across good, quality blogs. I face this problem when trying to find blogs for my Blog Reviews site. Usually I discover great blogs by accident.

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