You publish that awesome piece of content. If you don’t promote it properly, no one reads it.
It’ll be stacked above 4 million blog posts written every single day.
In order to get your voice heard in the world of noise, and to grow your blog traffic, you need to promote your content effectively and cut through the noise.
Or else, you’re doing a disservice for not letting people discover your awesome content.
In this post, I’ll be presenting you some blog promotional strategies that you need to execute right after publishing your new blog post.
- 1. Make your content easily promotable
- 2. Add internal links
- 3. Send a broadcast to your subscribers
- 4. Resend the broadcast to non-openers
- 5. Send emails to whom you’ve featured
- 6. Share it on social media
- 7. Share on content aggregator platforms
- 8. Find influencers who will love your content
- 9. Repurpose content
- 10. Comment on a few high traffic blogs
- Wrapping up
1. Make your content easily promotable
First things first.
You need to make sure that all the posts you publish are easily promotable.
Here are some formats of blog posts that you can easily promote:
- List posts
- Case studies
- Ultimate guides
In these blog posts, make sure you include lots of statistics, researches, facts, and also make sure that the blog post delivers true value to your target audience.
Before writing any blog post, take a look at some of the highly shared content in that topic, and try to analyze what made them go viral.
You can also consider adding these elements in the blog post to make it more promotable
- Feature other’s stories, case studies and research work.
- Giveaway some freebies to your readers in turn for sharing your post using WordPress social locker plugins.
- Ask people to share your content on social media at the end of your blog post as a call to action.
- Have social sharing buttons on your website. You can make use of plugins like Social Snap or Social Pug for this.
- Have click to tweet buttons embedded in your blog posts.
The moment you have all these elements in your blog post, it’ll become very easy for you to promote your blog post. And, your blog post visitors also find it easy and worthwhile to share your blog post.
What’s the best way to drive traffic to your newly published blog posts?
It is to mention and link to your new post from your old popular blog posts.
For this, you need to head over to Google Analytics > Behavior > All pages.
In here, find out the top traffic-driving pages on your site.
Head over to those pages, and find or create context in which you can internally link to your new blog post.
With this strategy in place, you attract lots of traffic to your new blog post by people visiting your top pages.
This strategy has great advantages when it comes to SEO too. When your newly published blog post gets lots of internal links, it increases the crawlability of your new post and thus blog post indexation will be faster.
It also helps Google quickly determine the topical relevance of your latest blog post and helps it determine for what keywords it needs to rank your article.
So, the next time, whenever you publish a new blog post, just head over to your old blog posts and add internal links to the new one. It’s very crucial for on-page SEO too.
3. Send a broadcast to your subscribers
I know it sounds simple when I say that you need to send email newsletters every time you publish a new blog post.
Yet, many people forget this.
You see, the traffic you drive on the day of publishing your new blog post is very important. It helps Google to analyze the kind of user interaction you’re getting on your site and rank accordingly.
You also need to consider growing your Facebook Messenger subscribers. According to many reports, the chatbot messages have an open rate of 80% and click thru rate of 13% which is quite astounding.
That means, if you have 10,000 Messenger subscribers, from a single broadcast you can get 1,300 to your new blog post. That’s quite a big number.
You may want to also consider building push notification subscribers using great free services like OneSignal. This allows your visitors to subscribe for the browser notifications. You can send them new post notifications right to their browser.
4. Resend the broadcast to non-openers
In case of email marketing, there’ll be people who don’t open your emails. Or, your emails may have landed in the spam box for them.
To combat this, once you send your initial email, wait for 3 days. Then again resend your campaign to all the non-openers of your initial email to make sure that they open. This time, you need to consider adding a more intriguing subject line that makes them open.
You’ll be often surprised by the number of additional people who open your email the next time.
According to a SendPulse’s case study, sending emails to non-openers increased overall open rates by 47%. That’s a good increase!
5. Send emails to whom you’ve featured
In one of the previous sections of this blog post, I suggested you to feature some great influencers in your space, include their case studies, stories, so on.
Now after you publish your blog post, make a list of people whom you’ve featured in your blog post and reach out to them that they’ve been featured.
To often make this outreach effective, you may try to include social sharing buttons right in the email so that influencers may find easy to share your awesome content with their audience. To get a clear idea, you may want to read this article on blogger outreach by BloggingX.
The influencers you feature often have more social media followings than yours. It leads to more shares and traffic than you could ever bring.
The moment you publish any new blog post, you need to consider sharing it on social media sites like:
- Facebook page
- Facebook profile
- Facebook groups
It has great benefits like brand awareness, SEO, relevant traffic etc.
You may also need to make use of social media scheduling tools like Hootsuite or Planable to schedule the promotion of your blog post.
The moment you publish any of your new blog post:
- Share it right away
- Share it after a week
- Share it after a month
- Share it every 3 months after on.
Like this, using the social media tools to regularly promote your new blog posts is very important to attract your audience who hangout on these platforms.
You may also know that the social shares or signals is also a major Google ranking factor. Google takes a look at the social shares your content has got while ranking it for specific keywords.
In addition to this, it’s very essential to include social media share buttons in prominent places of your blog like:
- End of the blog post
- Beginning of the blog post (optional)
You may also need to read awesome guide by Adam, on how to encourage social sharing on your site.
You can consider sharing your content on content aggregator platforms like AllTop, GrowthHackers, BlogEngage, Triberr, etc.
These platforms allow publishers to share their awesome content on the platform and help that content get more eyeballs.
If your blog is new, you can’t afford to miss these platforms to get a headstart for your blog traffic.
There will be also niche specific content aggregator platforms.
In some of these channels, you need to work on building your profile by engaging with other community members, commenting on other posts, and so on.
8. Find influencers who will love your content
You need to remember sharing your content with other niche influencers.
You can reach out to people who’ve shared similar content previously on social media.
For this, you can make use of tools like NinjaOutreach or BuzzSumo.
In either of these tools, you just need to enter your target keyword.
Here you’ll get to know the people who shared a specific content previously on social media. You also get to know about their Twitter followers.
You just need to make a list of people who likely share your content on social media and reach out to them.
If they’ve shared similar content on social media previously, chances of them sharing your content will also be higher.
9. Repurpose content
I often advise people to follow an omnichannel approach when promoting content.
But to follow this approach, you need to have an endless stream of content.
Right? Not quite right.
You need to consider repurposing your blog content so as to tailor it to different channels for promotion.
- Repurpose your blog content to YouTube videos and publish on YouTube
- Create podcasts out of those videos or the blog posts
- Create slides out of your blog post outlines and upload them to SlideShare
- Repurpose parts of your blog posts as Quora answers or your Facebook group posts
- Create infographics out of your blog posts and submit to infographic directories and publish Guestographics
Like this, you can leverage the content that is already published on your site, create various content formats out of it and get traffic to your site.
10. Comment on a few high traffic blogs
Whenever you publish new blog posts on your blog, make it a habit to leave insightful comments on other popular blogs.
You can find blogs to comment, using the search query – niche “leave a comment”.
This will return you all the blogs in your niche that are accepting comments from the readers.
Again, the goal here is not to build backlinks as the comment backlinks are no-follow.
The goal here is to build a connection with the blog owners and also to make people of other blogs aware of your brand. Your comment needs to be really insightful and well-thought. Or else, you may end up hurting yourself instead of helping.
These are some of the best ways to promote your blog posts, after you publish them. You need to get your voice heard by as many people as possible to get a loyal audience for your blog.
You can mix ‘n match the above strategies, to come up your own creative promotional strategy.
So what about you?
What are your favorite blog promotional strategies? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll jump right in!