I remember when I published my very first blog post on my personal blog back in 2007, I was very excited about it and I made the mistake of just sitting back and expecting thousands & thousands of people to flock to read it and sign up to make me a ton of money overnight.
It didn’t take me long to realise that it doesn’t quite work like that.
Writing your article is only just the beginning. So to help people who are just starting out I thought I would offer several little tips on what to do once you hit publish for the very first time.
1. Double Check Your Work
I hate it when I read an article and it is covered in spelling and grammatical errors. This blog has its fair share of them and trust me nothing will put readers off quicker than lousy presentation.
Just have a quick read of your post, when it is published, and correct any errors you have.
2. Start Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is the best way of exposing the world to your blog posts. But not just any blogs will do, you should start looking for blogs in your niche that use the excellent CommentLuv plugin.
Why? Because it leaves a link with your comment with the name of your last blog post title, this will entice people to visit a lot more than blogs without the plugin installed. Here is a list of 400 of them to get you started
3. Promote, Plug & Pimp
There are other ways of promoting your blog post apart from blog commenting, you can spread the word by linking to your post on social networking sites like Facebook & Twitter. Place a link in your sig on any forums you are part of.
This may not get you a lot of visitors but every little helps. 🙂
4. Guest Post
If you have a decent writing standard then you might want to think about submitting guest posts for other blogs in your niche. This is good because you get to leave links to your blog in them and it will expose your blog to people who might not have come across it. Plus the owner of the blog gets extra content for their blog so everyone wins. 🙂
5. Think About Your Next Post
DON’T do what I did and just sit back for a week or two after writing your first blog post. Once you have published your first post you should start thinking about what you are going to write about for your next post.
These are just a couple of ways to help get you off and running. If you can think of something else then please feel free to leave a comment and let us know. 🙂