Friday, March 25, 2011

Bloggy Promotions - and a Challenge

In Wednesday's Mish-Mash blog post I put a question out there. What do you do to promote your blog? Now I was planning on posting this yesterday and I spaced (bad Ruthie) but it gave me time to digest what I was really thinking about when I asked that question. I realized that what I should have asked was: What do you do to promote your work?

I know a lot of my readers are fellow artists and we have these blogs so we can share about our creations, promote ourselves, and talk about the creative process. So, really, promoting our blogs is a part of our over all promotions process, not independent of it. In that vein, I'm going to do a series of blogs about promotions, because it's something we all do, and something we can always learn more about! If your not an artist - rest assured I'll post about other things as well! 

Here's Where I Promote my Blog Posts:
(Click to find me on these sites!)

Social Media Sites:

Each of my Etsy Teams

If it's a giveaway there's a list of giveaway blogs I'll go to on Giveaway days, that's new and the list is developing. So what do you do? Can you think of some great sites I'm missing? Or am I doing more than you are? I want feedback!

Ok - my questions asked, and my promotion places shared - now a challenge! One thing I've worked hard to do is always respond to my comments. I've noticed a lot of other people don't do that, but I challenge you to think about it! Why? 

Making sales are about two things: Great Product, and Building Relationships. Even big stores will tell you this, they stay in business because they have developed a relationship of with their customers. However, the tactics a mega-company uses and the tactics a one-man band company uses are necessarily totally different! 

Responding to your blog comments is a great way to build that relationship! The easiest way to do that? Click on the link that takes you to their blog, read their latest post, and comment yourself! Some of these people will be your old and dear friends you would have visited anyway, but you'll also find new people that you just love! So - go out there and give it a try!


Meri Greenleaf said...

And there's one problem that comes with promoting- you don't want to spam your audience, so somehow you have to spread word without doing that, ya know? Promoting is tricky.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

It is because of you that I have my comments sent to my email so I can respond to people :)
And I always try and visit blogs that have visited mine :)

Anitra Cameron said...

I do that, too, visit people who've come to my blog.

And I try to "give away" something every week, whether it's free clipart and photos on Tuesdays, or a tutorial--something that says, "Here's a little giftie for you!"

Now if I'd just do better about actually listing things...