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Promote your niche

Updated on June 17, 2015
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How to promote your work and your niche

Do you write articles that focus on a particular niche or topic? How do you promote them? There are some excellent tools and services we can use.Read on.

We all need to promote our work

We all need to make the most of the opportunities we have to show the world what we're doing here. There was a time when we could rely on Google and other search engines to promote our work and send us visits. With so much competition today, that glorious era is long gone.

Please join in - this is just the start

Below, I have explained what works for me but I know that there are a lot of writers here who are marketing their work, and their niches, incredibly successfully. If you have ideas that will help us all, please join in by using the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Useful links

Here are some links that I've referenced below:

How to develop your online promotional system:

1. Assess your assets. Before you start thinking about creating new social media accounts, or starting a blog for your niche, assess what you already have. You probably already have social media accounts, for example.You might already have an existing blog. Is that a suitable way to promote your niche? Most social media accounts and blogs can be re-branded - will this work for you? List the advantages you already have.

2. Assemble your tools. If you need to start new accounts for social media, curation services and so on, now is the time to do it. This site, and many others, provide handy sharing buttons that we can use but for some services, it's preferable to install your own to your browser.

For example, the Pinterest button you see on most sites doesn't give you a range of options when deciding which image to post. The official Pinterest button does, so this helps maximize your marketing.

Are there are other tools you need? For instance, if you use - or intend to use - Twitter a lot, then consider getting Tweetdeck, it's free. (See link above).

3. Create your schedule. I believe that this is the most important step. The first thing to do is to determine how many hours per day, week or month you are going to devote to your promotional activities. It might be an hour a day, and afternoon a week or a day every month - whatever is right for you.This should have a little flexibility but it is better to set aside specific times to do your marketing work. This helps you to stay organised and stop feeling guilty!

4. Create your calendar. Once you have your schedule in place, you can start to develop your calendar. I use an extremely low-tech desk diary.

Note down any special dates or events. For example, I tend to concentrate on British-themed work so my diary contains dates applicable to events in history, the birthdays of famous Brits and so on.

This means that I can promote articles about those subjects on the relevant days without it appearing to be overly commercial or random gratuitous promotion. Sometimes, I have a date noted, but no article to match it - that's a great incentive to start writing.

5. Use social media daily. Using either your computer or your phone, post daily if possible. This will take less than five minutes, even if you are using a lot of services.See the link in the list above to see just how easy it is once you've got the tools in place.

6. Plan around dates. This is for both your writing and your promotion. If you have an important date in your calendar, and you haven't written about that subject, then promote another writers' work.That should preferably be from this site but it's perfectly fine to lead your followers to other sites too from time to time. This helps establish you as an expert in your field who can be relied upon to regularly keep your followers entertained and informed.

7. Keep a close eye on the most popular dates. Try to show a different approach when you are writing for special dates such as Easter, Mother's Day, St Valentine's Day and so on.

Approach the dates from a creative angle based on your own niche. For example, as I glance at my diary I see that have noted the date when Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call. This could fit into so many niches. For my own British niche, for example, I could write about the famous UK red telephone boxes. When you write, consider the promotional opportunities.

Then I can note other dates that are relevant, such as the date the first one appeared in the streets.

Telephones might have nothing whatsoever to do with your niche but when you promote the article, it's on-topic for your followers.

8. Maintain lists. In addition to dates, keep lists of articles by other people you'll promote one day. Keep lists of niche topics, even if they are a niche-within-a-niche.For example, if you write a lot of recipes, have a list of daily desserts, or this week's soup or the cake of the month. Don't worry if you don't have enough recipes for a 'daily', promote other writers' work. They, and your followers, will appreciate it. When you get to the end of your list, just start again at number one.

9. Show & tell. What do you want people to do? What are your goals? If you want to encourage others to write here, show them how easy it is. Use this format to show readers how to create their own useful articles that will solve readers' problems. If your goal is to have people visit your blog,make sure that it's easy for them to do so. Provide clear instructions - a call to action - explaining what you'd like them to do now.

10. Be generous. Support and promote other people's work. Create showcase pages (see the link list) and encourage those who are included to share.

Visit this site's forum and help out if someone has a problem you can solve for them. Leave comments for people. Follow fellow-writers on social media.

Ah, karma...

Do you have promotion tips?Please let us know below.

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bead at home mom: Good luck - you can do it :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Jerzimom: I'm pleased that it's useful - thank you!

    • bead at home mom profile image

      Teri Hansen 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Jackie, just the right article at the right time for my present dilemma - creating my 'recipe' to make it work for me.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Awesome tips. As our niches grows its good to be organized with out. You can get lost on social media alone so setting up a time frame is a good idea. Thanks for sharing this!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      No I don't have any tips, I think you cover everything so well you are a great ambassador for Squidoo, helping so many, giving great advise, person with great knowledge, especially to do with the social media and willing to share. Thanks.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @fullofshoes: I'm so glad that it's helpful.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: Great advice Susan, thankyou!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Thanks so much!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @aka-rms: Thank you Robin, I hope they are useful to others.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Adventuretravels: It was a fantastic suggestion - thank you!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: Thanks for dropping by!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Diana Wenzel: I hope that lensmasters will be dding many more tips too :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Excellent lens on promotion. I pretty much do what you have here, except the Tweet. Thanks much!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you, Nancy!

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      fullofshoes 

      4 years ago

      This is a great list... it gets overwhelming sometimes but having this in one location is definitely helpful for me!

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great list of tips! My tip would be to never leave a link without a sentence or two to introduce it. Why would I want to click on a "naked" link? Write something to entice me to click.

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great tips here for promoting our lenses.

    • aka-rms profile image

      Robin S 

      4 years ago from USA

      Great tips. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 

      4 years ago from Perth UK

      Jackie my girl - you've don it again - answered my prayers - I'm so glad I inspired this lens, now you have inspired me. Thank you.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What excellent suggestions. So nice of you to put it all together for us. I'm off to check out the links you included too. It's still all so new to me. Thanks so much.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent tips to help all of us support one another and succeed together. That's what it is all about. Thanks!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Joanne Reid: Thank you so much! Flashissue is really easy to use once you get the hang of it. There's a button you can add to your browser that makes it really quick and easy.

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      Joanne Reid 

      4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      I was looking at flashissue.com after seeing that great flashissue on women and have been trying to get myself to understand how that works. I think it will be great for what I am trying to do.This lens is a heaven sent..

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