Blog Post Promotion Guide – works!
Of course the fact that it was written by Kristi Hines is a proof itself, but there is more to it.
Kristi won more blogging contests than I knew there was and she is revealing all of her secrets on how to do it.
Note: You are reading an edited book review that I posted when Kristi first published this book, now updated with info from the 2nd edition.
The awesome book I am talking about here is Kristi’s master piece - Blog Post Promotion: The Ultimate Guide.
Why do I recommend Blog Post Promotion book?
In March 2011. I entered a big traffic generation blogging contest and the post promotion lasted for pretty much two months. I had the luck to get this book as a gift from my husband as soon as it was published and it made all the difference in winning the contest.
I was pretty much a beginner with not many connections in the blogging world, but applying the tips from the book got me to the first place and I won the contest. Along with $1.000.
I know how valuable this book is for situations like those. So, before you decide to enter a contest, do yourself a favor and get the book.
Kristi won 5 out of 6 contests she entered (she came 2nd in one) and who is more qualified to tell you how to promote your blog posts than her?
Well, the book is perfect for contests because you need to promote those posts like crazy. It is also great for promoting your own articles or guest posts.
Let’s avoid the misunderstandings
Let’s make some things clear before we go any further.
This book is not for promoting your blog in general. Some tactics are really specific and the point of the book, as the title says, is Blog Post Promotion. Sure, you can apply the strategies to every post you write, but that would definitely be too time consuming. You should use this one on those special posts you want everyone to know about!
Also, this book is not for complete newbies. It will not explain in details how to set up your social media profiles or how to connect with people. It shows you great, unique and advanced strategies you can use to create crazy amounts of traffic and engagement on your posts.
Does it really work?
It sure does. I wish I read it a month or two before the traffic generation contest.
That would give me more than enough time to prepare for my post promotion. The main thing being – connecting with more people and creating my own network. Still, I was catching up with some of the tips and saw results as soon as I implemented them.
I haven’t even used all the tips at the time since I was not using some of the stuff you need to implement them, but the ones I was using were bringing results.
My favorite 3 things
#1 One of my favorite tips is related to Blogger outreach, as Kristi calls it. It is related to the round ups many of us make.
You know that the blogosphere is very big and that no blogger can catch up with all the great blogs out there. Well, if you wrote a great post you think deserves to be in a round up, contact the blogger.
I tried this by contacting Kristi herself about my SEO 101 post and, guess what – it worked. She included my post in her Fetching Friday and it was the first time ever.
If I hadn’t told her about my post, who knows when and if she would ever link to me. She probably had no idea about my blog all together. She linked to more of my posts since, so the outreach definitely opened the door for me on her blog.
If you have great posts that need promotion, you can always contact me and tell me about them. As you know I have a bi-weekly round up and I am always searching for great posts to put in it.
#2 Another thing I like is how Kristi is explaining how to include the link to your guest post via Comment Luv. I have built hundreds of links to my contest post at the time, using this strategy. In this 2nd addition Kristi just published, you will find updated information about using the new CommentLuv plugin.
#3 Using Livefyre to build links. Livefyre commenting system attaches your last post in the comment if the blog you are commenting on has it enabled (similar to CommentLuv). But to be able to use it, your blog has to be using the same system. Unless you know the trick.
The trick she uses to build links with Livefyre, even though her blog isn’t Livefyre enabled, just shocked me. The creativity Kristi uses to build links and promote her posts is amazing.
There are many more things I like about Kristi’s book, but I will let you discover them while reading it.
Blog posts need specific strategies when it comes to promotion. Guest and contest posts require special attention.
Popular guest posts usually mean that more people will ask you to write for them. And popular contest posts mean you can win some money.
So instead of thinking “How to do it?”, just make it easy on yourself and get this Ultimate Guide to Blog Post Promotion.