How Do I Publicize My Blog? A Personal Finance Blog’s Lifeline From “Start-Up” To “Staple”

I was contacted by a fellow Personal Financer this morning named Naveed from NaveedsMind who asked a question that got me going for 9 hours writing this one! Ever get on a kick like that? Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for this one, it’s a long, interesting, and informative story you will want to know about…

Hello Hank. I’m really enjoying reading and writing blogs. Yours is a particularly well rounded one. Wanted to ask about some general tips about publicizing. Eventually I’ll redo the site layout – but only when I can get enough hits to my blog. Now I may get one hit a day if I’m lucky. What do you suggest? – Naveed

First of all Naveed, thanks for the email, it really got my creative juices flowing and I believe this is what you’re looking for, a little post I call: Publicizing – from beginning a Personal Finance blog through to maintaining an established blog and how you adapt and succeed at it from unknown PF “start-up” to beefy investment “staple”.

1. As soon as your blog opens its doors, you need to get your name out there.

Very few people are just going to StumbleUpon your blog with you telling them to go there in the first place. StumbleUpon gets its pages by people showing up in the first place. So you’ve got to get you name on everyone elses plates. How do you do that?

Comment on your “competitors” blogs, A LOT! I’m not kidding, let me restate that for dramatic effect, and bold it: Comment on your “competitors” blogs, A LOT! There are hundreds+ (as per FireFinance) personal finance blogs out there. They’re interested in the same things as you, and it is quite possible that they’ll read YOUR stuff.

90% of bloggers have the “U comment, I follow” courtesy of returning the favor. I do, and I have found good blogs out there doing this. Think about being in their shoes. They’re excited to get a comment just as much as you would be. COMMENT THE CRAP OUT OF OTHER PEOPLES BLOGS in your realm (with relative content of course), and you’ll likely see people and traffic back your way.

I would have to say I see Mrs. Micah EVERYWHERE when I go to post a note on someones blog, she’s already beat me to it. She’s VERY good at what she does, and it shows in the visitors to her blog.

Note: Do NOT, under ANY circumstances spam your blog on your competitors sites though, make 100% certain you’re posting relevant info; there is no better way to blacklist yourself than to spam someone in your niche. You’ll have lost them as a visitor for life.

2. (RSS) Feed your readers.

Your RSS feed is arguably the most important piece of your blog. It should be out there to be found immediately. Make it obvious where to sign up and give them email, general RSS, and even comment feed options.

I’ve got mine in the top right corner with unique colors for all to see (and subscribe). A lot of the people that come to your blog might not even know what a “feed” is. Tell them what it is, make it obvious and promote it a lot, and at the top of your blog (above the fold). If yours is half way down the right sidebar. Pump it up to the top and let people know that’s the place to go!

3. You’ve heard it before: CONTENT IS KING.

Maybe a slight revision, RELATIVE content is King [ see point #5]. It really isn’t a joke. It’s the 100% truth. If you don’t have content, what is going to make people stay?

Yea, you’ve started to comment on peoples blogs as per [#1], and people are coming over, but I’m guessing they’re going to bounce like a beach ball when they see you’ve got 3 articles all saying something different like “my new purse is too blue” or “I ate at Joes last night” or “My boss is a dork”. I’m not saying this is you Naveed, you’ve actually got some good content on there to start, but keep it cooking daily [#5].

4. Don’t like writing? I have some bad news for you.

As a sub-point of [#3], if you don’t like writing, I’ve got bad news for you, blogging isn’t for you. Put down your papers, pencils, and keyboards now if that’s the case. You really need to enjoy writing to get anywhere with this. If it is a chore to you, you’re likely not going to be getting any good content out there in the first place. Enjoy writing, or start a new venture, people don’t like reading blank pages.

5. Post “the King” often.

Yes, content is King as per [#3], and that being known, needs to see a lot of face time. When you’re first starting out, it can be difficult to think you have to write an article per day, but in actuality, you really DO need to.

If you’re leaving gaps in your posting, especially when you’re just starting out, the few RSS subscribers you have are going to be hitting the road soon. They’re giving you a chance to prove yourself to them, and you’re really letting them down when they don’t see something daily.

Post daily or MORE when you first start. Get a good base of articles out there, you can taper off as you start building “street cred”.

6. Get in a blog niche.

If you’re in the “Personal Finance” niche stay there. Don’t write about candy corn, ice cream, or Beavis and Butthead, write about Personal Finance. People aren’t coming to your blog to hear about your favorite movie or your dogs birthday; they signed up because they’re interested in Personal Finance.

Yes, it seems petty and fickle that people don’t care about you, but to put it 100% blatantly honest, they don’t. They want your take on Personal Finance. Stick to it or you’ll risk losing visitors.

I dabble a bit in blog improvement, but that is only in reference to the fact that many of my readers are bloggers themselves, and I am personally helping them grow their finances with these tips, hopefully. 🙂

Note: For more info on why me blogging about this when I am in personal finance see #4 in the comments section or refer to this post where I chatted about it before.

7. Blog on OTHER blogs in your niche.

Well that sounds ridiculous, right? Isn’t the point to pump up your own blog as per [#3]? Well yes, but not exactly. Refer to trumping point [#1].

Guest posting makes sense because you’re writing on a blog that gets far more traffic than your own and YOU’RE writing it. Refer back to links on your OWN site as many times as are relevant to the post. You’re giving yourself free reign to promote your site to the hundreds or thousands of RSS subscribers that your competitor has. What a better way to advertise your blog name than to do it on your own 1 page spread!

If you do it right, people will find your blog because of the eloquent post you’ve left on a top blog. And the reason is obvious as to why the blogger would let you post on their site, They’ve done well on [#1] and [#2] so refer to [#3] again if you want clarification.

Note: That being said, I’m more than open to allowing guest posts, and posting as a guest on YOUR site! Contact me if you’re interested.

8. Trade BlogRoll links with people.

Some people think this is a childish way to get your blog publicity; like trading baseball cards or something. But what do they say in Hollywood? ANY publicity is good publicity? It really is; Most people don’t click on blogrolls, but it DOES increase your linkability through Technorati and Google PageRank, which is quintessential to getting the organic searches later in your blog life.

If you would send an email out to someone in your same community that you’re looking to trade links, and tell them the Technorati/Google PageRank benefits I mentioned above, you’ll be surprised how many people come back and trade with you.

Note: if you’re interested in a trade, I’m always willing to trade, contact me if you’d like to trade links.

9. StumbleUpon your way to blog UNanonymity.

StumbleUpon accounts for almost 80% of my traffic right now. Google organic searches are hot on the rise at about 15% of my traffic, and links from other places make up the remaining 5%.

I suggest signing up for StumbleUpon YESTERDAY, and start “thumbing” sites (including your own) and get it out there for people to see. You’d be surprised the “thumbs up” weight you carry as it relates to visitors following what you “thumbed up”.

You can drive hundreds of people to a site with just ONE “thumb up”, and like it is because you’ve gotten addicted to this gadget a little too much, but that’s not all bad.

Granted, it tapers off when you thumb up the same domain over and over again, not a lot, but a little, and it still generates good traffic.

10. Get involved in forums and groups.

FrugalHacks, MoneyHackers, and NCN Network are just a few in the Personal Finance realm, sign up for all of them! Your name is out there as per [#1], keep it moving around. This not only increases your NAME publicity, but your WEBSITE publicity through Technorati, Google PageRank, Alexa, etc. This is your moneymaker.

Google likes sites that have links OUTSIDE of their own domain. If you have 100 people linking to your site from external, you’re not only getting the traffic that site sends you, but you’re getting the traffic that “Google and friends” (via organic searches) WILL send you because you’re a “valid site” that is referenced across the blogosphere from other valid sites.

11. You’ve got to ditch blogger.com.

Nothing against it, well I guess it IS something against it; it doesn’t show your readers you’re truly out there to blog.

In my opinion, it means that you’re not quite ready to try it on your own, and if it fails, you don’t care. You don’t have anything invested in the project. You haven’t lost anything, and aren’t that interested in it.

Adding your own unique domain name is not only going to give you editor authority to move and change your blog to your liking (it’s very easy too) but it is going to keep you motivated because you’re spending YOUR OWN $$$ now, and nobody likes wasting money. It is a motivator.

I started out as a lurker on several other blogs and I would leave comments there, but clearly wouldn’t have any place to send them back to in the “website” section of the comment. I got to thinking, “Gee, I have a lot of comments and ideas, I should do this myself”. This is when MyInvestingBlog.com was born.

WordPress is free, the domain name costs $10, and the hosting usually runs around $8-15 a month. So to try this out for a year will cost you around $150. Furthermore, the longer you stay on blogger.com, the more people and links will direct there.

If you ARE considering moving, I say do it sooner than later because IF you DO get big, rebuilding your Technorati, Google PageRank, and Alexa traffic takes months.

Note: If you’re truly interested in pursuing Personal Finance blogging (actually about anything but as per my discretion) on your own domain, but don’t have the funds, contact me and I’ll certainly consider sponsoring and buying your domain and hosting.

12. Flex your advertising muscle.

This one could arguably be put at the beginning of your blog at [#1] because technically, Google doesn’t really care about relative content as much as people clicking their links on your site (don’t go clicking your own links though, they know how and when you do that, and you could get dumped).

I put this one after you’ve gotten a good baseline of content (10 articles or more) to start Google ads. The big thing in Google ads is placement. Look at the Google ad chart. The big places are in the post, left sidebars, and top banners (click to enlarge):forum-heat-map-763248ff.JPG

If you don’t have any content around it, people aren’t going to be curious as to what Google has to say about it. I do know Google tries to base the ads on the content you’ve written too. So if you don’t have content on the page, I’ve seen Google just leave the adspace open, and you don’t want that either.

Note: I make roughly 60% of my revenue through Google Ads right now, but have been seeing a good influx of sponsors and other income streams as of recent as per [#14].

13. Don’t do [advertising] steroids though.

I say don’t do steroids for the fact that people don’t want a bunch of blinky ads all over your page. They came for the content [#3], give them that, not a circus show.

I’ve messed around with Forbes Ad network, Kontera, crispads, and Amazon affliliates, payperpost, and adbrite, but never really found a happy medium with any of them.

Read the reviews I’ve used on a few through the links, but generally found they cluttered up and diminished the overall point of my blog, which will cause you to lose subscribers. Keep it clean.

14. Experiment with new traffic generators.

This is about where I’m at in my blog lifeline. I’ve been around for about 7 months and am making a few dollars off the site. I’ve absolutely more than paid for the blog as per [#11] in about month 3. Anything after that has been extra, and that number rises more each day I post something new.

Like I said, StumbleUpon [#9] is my main traffic driver, but it shouldn’t be my only one. I want to find ANOTHER StumbleUpon to generate the same kind of traffic, and more. Recently I’ve been experimenting with ProjectWonderful, EntreCard, and StumbleUpon Ads.

I’ve been doing the ProjectWonderful piece for about 2 weeks now as an advertiser on other blogs. I put in $30 bucks to test it out. I’ve spent about $10 so far and it’s generated a small amount of traffic so far, but nothing to write home about.

EntreCard is unique because the people interested in it, aren’t necessarily interested in your blog. They’re interested in dropping their cards and hitting the road. I have only been on the EntreCard bit for about 4 days now, and I’ve seen my traffic increase, but I’ve also seen my bounce rate (people that come for 1 second and move on) increase, which can be tracked in Google Analytics.

StumbleUpon Ads has actually been the best of the 3 so far. It’s different than the standard [#9] StumbleUpon in the fact that you’re paying $0.05 per person sent directly to your site. But my readership has increased in the 10 days since starting on this one too.

I know they’re likely coming from this venue because I can see the difference as I have them going to my site, but it has “SU” at the end of it (http://myinvestingblog.com/su“) which directs to the homepage, but I can see they’re entering from there (which clearly I need to change now that people will likely click on this link. 🙂 )

But yes, I can tell these are coming from this venue, and the bounce rate is actually very low on that, which is good.

15. You’ve got to maintain your castle.

If you’ve made it through to point [#15] and you’re still with me, you’ve really got a good foothold on what you need to do to start up your blog.

You now know that people aren’t going to just come, it’s not the Field of Dreams quote, “If you build it, they will come.” It’s more like, “If you build it, and CONTINUE to build on it, and get your name out there, and produce good content, people will maybe come.”

Even the big name bloggers like Problogger, JohnChow, TheSimpleDollar, and GetRichSlowly started out small. People didn’t just automatically find them. They worked at it.

16. This is where my blog is now.

I DO know that I am going to continue to do these things I’ve listed going forward. Honestly one of the key statements I’ve learned growing up was that “nobody is going to do it for you.” Which carries loads of info in those 8 words.

Nobody cares if your blog dies. Nobody cares if it lives. They only care that you’re giving them the information that they want, and if you’re not giving it to them, they’ll find it elsewhere. Like I said earlier, people are fickle on the internet. They’re not there to make friends, they’re there to get answers, and if you don’t give them answers, someone else will.

Conclusion

In closing, plan on NOBODY coming to your blog in the first month, but POST EVERYDAY [#3]. It takes time for Google, Yahoo and friends to find your blog, but they will if you’re putting content out there.

And I can GUARANTEE you if you follow the steps up I’ve listed here, you will most CERTAINLY start seeing traffic to your blog. It takes time and won’t happen overnight, but just remember “nobody else is going to do it for you.”

I hope this helps you on your quest Naveed! Good luck!

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  • 16 great tips…Looking forward to getting more tips from you. Thanks for the link love.

    Clement

  • How does this post fit in with #6? Is this a blog about investing or a blog about blogging?

  • How does this post fit in with #6? Is this a blog about investing or a blog about blogging?

  • @Clement – Glad to help. Thanks for the info!

    @Alex – Good question and completely valid. First off, Naveed is a PF blogger, so naturally I was looking to help HIS investment (his blog), and it started out as an email that went extremely long, and I thought it worthy of a post to help other PF bloggers. Additionally, I wrote in this post originally why I will occasionally toss in a blog improvement as part of my writings but basically:

    1- My blog is in the realm of personal finance.

    2- Personal finance is about money in all forms, getting it, saving it, and keeping it.

    3- One of my goals with the site is to teach people good ways to get, save, and keep it.

    4- Blogging is a form many of my readers use to get, save, and keep money.

    5- I reference my income from my blog in my monthly net worth statement.

    6- Helping readers to improve their blogs by things I’ve learned help them improve their personal finance.

    Definitely a valid question, and I hope that answers it a little more. Obviously I post a blog improvement about once a month or so – do you think it is stretching #6 too far? Let me know, I’m certainly interested!

    Thanks for the comment!
    hank

  • Hank – great post and thanks for your guidance. Hank’s blog is a great tool for learning to build wealth slowly and patiently – and having a successful blog itself can be indeed another income stream. So the methods he outlines here are clearly related to building wealth!

    But obviously I’m biased. I think most blog-readers may have a casual blog that they write in from time to time. First thing I’ll do is probably launch a new domain. Thanks again Hank.

  • FFB

    Great list of tips. Been on EntreCard about a week now. Been interesting. Some traffic is just to drop cards but others have subscribed. It’s an interesting model for getting your site out on other sites. If you find a blog that has a large readership that first signs up you can get some easy exposure for your blog. It’s also a great way to see what else is out there in your realm and others (either out of curiosity or research).

    StumbleUpon has been a traffic beast that keeps coming back.

  • @Naveed – hope the info helps. Glad to help where I can!

    @FFB – Totally agree on the exposure piece. I just get sick of deleting out the sites that don’t relate to mine, so I decline a lot based on that. But it is an interesting ride. …and yes, StumbleUpon is a HUGE beast for me lately!

  • That whole comment thing is exactly why I started blogging too. This is a great summary.

  • @Plonkee – No kidding. I think that is how a LOT of us got started. Thanks for stopping by!

  • @#4 – I think it’s fine. I was just pointing out the irony, but I still read it and enjoyed it. I don’t search for these types of articles any more, but still should since I have a lot to learn.

  • @#4 – I think it’s fine. I was just pointing out the irony, but I still read it and enjoyed it. I don’t search for these types of articles any more, but still should since I have a lot to learn.

  • Great post hank. Definitely worthwhile for new bloggers to read.

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  • This is great! I, too, started blogging because I had been a lurker in the personal finance / simple living / frugality blogospheres for over a year and wanted to have a place to voice my opinion 😀 Honestly, I already do (did) all the stuff in the post! That makes me feel like maybe I know what I’m doing… 🙂 At any rate, this was a great post, and a wonderful review to read that I needed.

    Thanks again!

  • @Pinyo – thanks for stopping by!

    @Shanti – Strange how us lurkers find the niche, eh? If you’re following those steps, I’ve got to assume you’re making a name for yourself! Thanks for the comment!

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  • Excellent post, I read every word. I just starting to transition between lurker and blogger, though I will always enjoy reading good blogs. I have subscribed to this one.

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    Appreciate your participation.

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  • Hi Hank,

    I found this through the “Bringing more traffic to your blog” carnival. I recently posted a similar post on my site:

    http://www.erica.biz/2008/how-i-tripled-my-blogs-traffic-in-two-months/

    We definitely agree in some areas. What I’d be curious to see is a breakdown of how many unique visitors you have, how many subscribers you have, and approximately how much advertising revenue you are making from your blog. These numbers seem to be hard to find, even in the personal finance realm (where we love to talk about money!)

    -Erica

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  • @SelfMadeDude – thanks for stopping by, and I am glad you liked the post!

    @Nester – good to hear! Thanks for including it!

    @Erica – We DO agree on several points, I stopped by your site and it looks like it is crafting up nicely! As for your questions of stats, I’ve posted them and will gladly tell you where you can find them. 🙂
    As far as subscribers, I post my weekly stats in there as to the up and down of my readership, but haven’t yet said the exact number as part of my experiment to see if people join because they see everyone else doing it, or they join because they like the content – I’ll tell you now that it is reflective of my SiteMeter stats though –

    My SiteMeter visitors can been seen in the footer of my blog via the SiteMeter button. 😉 But I’m almost to 20,000 pages views this month.

    As far as revenue, I am not supposed to talk as far as Google’s TOS is concerned, but I post that in my “net worth” statement via the link of pages at the top which mentions it.

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  • Lisa Kerry

    Good article, but you mentioned:

    “90% of bloggers have the “U comment, I follow” courtesy of returning the favor. I do, and I have found good blogs out there doing this.”

    Your comments are NOT dofollow.

  • Hey Lisa – I can honestly say, I didn’t know about the DoFollow plugin, I’ve tossed in the CommentLuv last week; did a little research about DoFollow and the comment spam that gets kicked up, so I’ll have to keep an eye on it, but as of now, DoFollow has been installed!

  • Amy

    Wow! I’m definitely bookmarking this page. What great advice. I just started a personal finance blog, so I’ll actively follow your advice for getting readers. Thanks!

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  • @Amy – glad to see you stop by, and thanks for the props. 😉

  • This is a wonderful post! Thanks so much!

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  • Excellent post!

    I advise people to do #11 all of the time. I know that I started with a free WordPress blog. It didn’t take me long to realize that I should be putting all of those lovely keywords on MY own domain.

    Thanks for mentioning StumbleUpon ads. I’ve briefly visited SU, but never paid any attention to the fact that I could purchase advertising. DOH! 🙂

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  • @Kayecee – glad to help, #11 is a big one! Yea, the SU ads have actually been pretty good. They’ve got decent rates and good reports as to the bang you’re getting for your buck… 🙂

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  • Great article, Hank! I put dofollow on my blog and the spam increased by about 75%. I took it off but the spam hasn’t dropped so I will probably put it back on again. I have actually had pretty good luck with Entrecard. My bounce rate hasn’t jumped terribly high and I’ve made some great friends and new subscribers there. It does take a lot of time in visiting other blogs, commenting and dropping cards though.

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  • PT

    Nice, Hank. Great list. Very motivating. I’m off to do some commenting…

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  • Esther CH

    Hi Hank, these tips are good.

    However, you mentioned in your comments that blogging can be a source of income, but how much income can it really bring in?

    I invest in properties, funds, and in my business but a blog isn’t going to make me rich?

  • Hi Hank.
    Fantastic article with some great advice. I have just started my own PF blog. Not so much to jump on the band wagon but to get out of it what I think many PF bloggers do, clarity and direction.

    I have also taken your advice and installed the nofollow plugin so if anyone wants some “comment love” they are more than welcome.

    I have subscribed to your blog. Thanks again for all the fantastic blogging advice.

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  • @Cindy – yea, a week later and there have been a few dofollow spammers, but they’re deleted soon after.

    @PT – glad to motivate!

    @Esther CH – I invest in those same things and chat about it here. There’s no set metric how much you’ll make blogging; but there are clearly many sites out there that turn a dollar, and some that generate many MANY dollars – right now, I’m able to pay a few of my monthly bills with the income; ideally, paying the monthly mortgage would be MUCH nicer. 🙂

    @Dave – glad to help out and good luck on your blog! I’ll be watching!

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  • Excellent tips!

    Thanks for submitting this to the blog carnival at The Rhythm of Write! Good luck!

    Deborah
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  • Thank you very much for the tips. It’s a catch 22 with Blogger. I don’t want to leave it until I know my blog is self-sustaining, but you imply it will be more difficult to reach this threshold the longer I stay on Blogger due to lack of cred. Argh. In the end my frugality wins out I’m afraid.

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  • Great post and some good tips. I have got two pf blogs (for the different geographies I am targetting) and I would say that I have implemented about 12/16 tips you have listed. The only other comment I have is people do care about your blog – espically those that have subscribed and look forward to your posts. The fact that someone takes the time to spend their valuabe time reading anothers persons view, shows the care factor. Good quality posts will always have em coming back for more.

  • Very good post. I need to work on a few of these!

    Mike

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  • Hey – I have a relatively new blog at http://www.savingtoinvest.com and your advice is very timely. Thanks.

    Great blog as well!

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  • Thanks for laying it all out like this. It’s a lot of work to get my blog out there, but I’m excited to get started. It’s a fascinating thing, affecting the zeitgeist as part of the zeitgeist. I’m totally geeking out on all the numbers. Huzzah!

    Oh – and this is me: http://www.myleftfootloose.com

    Not as serious as your money and investing blog – think of it as a study break.

  • Great list of tips. You’re a good writer. To add to #15, maintain your castle by building a “big moat” around it. That’s what Warren Buffett would say. 🙂

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  • Woow, its really clear and long. 🙂

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  • Hi,

    Your points are quite true, especially the content.
    One may “spread” the blog but competition is tough. So the way to get returning visitors is to write quality content and in a pleasant manner.
    No one is interested on reading a dull speach.
    My blog is quite new and I’ve been working on it (less than I should, I confess).
    Your blog is a good example of how a blog should be.
    Good articles and well layed out.

    Kind regards,

    José

  • Great tips, you should use digg as well.

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  • One of the best articles I’ve read on publicizing a blog. Thanks!

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  • Great list. I’ll add one more. Love what you write about…your readers will be able to tell.

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  • Lol, site bookmarked, feed burned, and waiting for more. I have noticed you commented on my blog a few times. You must spend a lot of time doing this. I hope you are making a decent amount of money for it. I was thinking about giving up, but imma push through and keep on workin. Thx for inspiration.

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  • These tips will definitely help someone like myself who’s just opened up her blog. In particular, I didn’t know about those features of StumbleUpon; and I didn’t know about this “DoFollow” plugin for comments. I will have to look these up.

    Everything else makes sense. Thanks for your help and comments, Hank – it’s good to hear from a bit of a mentor while starting out.

  • Great post…guess how I found my way to your site!

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  • Hi Hank

    Thanks for the interesting post. I have already implemented one of your suggestions (Stumbleupon) and will wait to see what results this brings.

    I have been trying to build up traffic to my fractional ownership website for a while now so any tips are very welcome!

    Best of luck with your ventures…

    Neil

  • Hello fellow. Would like to invite you to my personal blog also that talks about investments, entrepreneurship, and personal finance.

    We share the same mind set 😉

  • Awesome site and article. I’m only in the third month of getting my blog off the ground (20smoney.com) and it has been quite the experience! It definitely requires everything you mention above.

    Thanks for the info!

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  • Thanks for the post. I’ll keep these tips in mind.

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  • These are great tips! Thank you so much for sharing them. Your site is great!

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  • Great advice and kind of hits a message home. I have several blogs and most started out as a passion, but disapeared as I run out of ways to say one thing. The trusth is you need to have several things to talk about and idealy a subject that is changing and growing.

    I have always chosen subjects, that after 10 days, there is nothing left to say, not to mention I cant write for toffee.

    So great advice, thanks

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  • As a new blogger, this is great advice. I’m literally learning all this blogging stuff one day at a time. After finding out about Google Analytics and getting it installed, I was really disenchanted to see that I could count my visitors on one hand. I’m going to keep on blogging and keep on learning and see where it takes me.

    Thanks again for a great list.

    T

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