Getting your message out there
Get your Message out there.
Now you've got your blog started, it's time to get your message to the masses. In this installment of activism for beginners we're going to get you linked up with like-minded people, do some things to increase your traffic and hopefully start getting the word out.
Ready? Let's go.
You've got your blog, you've got some content now it's time to get some traffic. First let's take a look at how you can increase your traffic easily without technical know how or even search engine optimization which we'll cover later on. An easy way to find like-minded folks is to go find their blogs. Whatever your subject is, try plugging it into a search engine like Google and using their blog search feature. Chances are you'll have pages and pages of blogs to have a look at. One way to establish a relationship with your chosen community is to participate.
Leave comments, engage in dialogue with readers and other writers all over the Internet. To make it easy on yourself to keep track of who you're reading I highly suggest using an RSS reader and subscribing to blog feeds so you can keep up with less clicking.
To make sure people get to know you, use one nickname or alias when you comment and for the other things we'll get to in just a minute. It can be your first name, the name of your blog. Anything you like. As a tip to keep your comments out of the spam pile don't use adult oriented words or phrases in your name or email address, also keep any typing LiKe this to a minimum.
The next step is to link to those bloggers. You can use something like BlogRolling, it's simple to use and add to your blog. You can also join what are called web rings, those easily direct traffic to your site from other blogs with similar content. The easiest thing to do is spend a little time doing some searches on your favorite search engine and you're off and running.
To wrap this edition up, let's talk about a few technical tips. When you find code for banners, web rings etc I suggest using notepad and cutting and pasting the code just as you see it. That way you don't have to be tech savvy to add some great things to your blog.
Next time we'll go over some creative ways to promote yourself, your message and your cause. Also I'll give you some tips on improving your writing, and even if you can't spell and don't understand formatting how to make your blog look good.