Blogging for passion or for money has become very popular in these years and especially more and more people everyday choose blogs for advertise their business.
Blogs can help you to connect with your customers, make some advertising without investing a lot of money and publish information about your products and services.
As major importance for a blog, we can put first the high quality content, but after this, the marketing is the engine of your online success, in order to attract visitors and customers.
In other words, get more traffic.
Here you find a list of tips and ideas on how to market your blog .
1 . Write inspiring, useful and interesting content, that can be an inspiration for your readers.
2 . Give Away : before you ask something, give value to your readers, with an eBook or an online course, something that can be beneficial for people.
3 . Start now building your e-mail list : make it easy for people to subscribe to your blog, both via email or RSS Feeds. Again, give something away as gift to your subscribers (I use Aweber, you can test it for 1$ dollar here).
4 . Submit your site to blog and feed directories.
5 . Share the love : spread your content around and as many places as you can. See a list of 100+ links where you can submit your content here.
6 . Optimize headlines : learn to write headlines that make people want to read the rest of your article.
7 . Place the share bottons at the end of your posts (I use SexyBookmarks plugin - by Shareaholic).
8 . Create a Facebook Badge : include a Facebook “Like Widget” near the top right side of the blog so people can like your Facebook page while they are visiting your blog.
9 . Comment regularly on other blogs related to your niche. Search for Comment Luv enabled blogs and KeyWord luv, so you can have a reward both having your last post backlinked in your comment and your keywords, after your name .
10 . Ask your readers what they want you to write about. Show interest for your audience and they will pay more attention to you.
11 . Engage conversation with your readers, make questions to your visitors so you should expect more comments and always reply to them (I use ReplyMe plugin, that send a notification to your reader, when someone reply to his comment).
12 . Install Google analytics, so you can find in your blog what you can tune and improve.
13 . Have a “Contact” form on your blog that makes it easy for people to contact you for consulting and business opportunities.
14 . Have an “About” page, with your personal information, description and goal of your blog and at least a real picture of you.
15 . Consider a Contest : launching a contest can bring you a good amount of visitors and backlinks, as people may want to share this.
Probably the best TIP is always to create good content.
The more content a blog has, the more possibilities have to appear in search results and have links to or from other web sites.
Try to post on a schedule basis and according to your readers interest, at least one or two posts a week.
These above are only few tips, there are many more : what do you suggest?