Getting My Blog Noticed

Okay kids, it’s time I get serious and start working on getting this blog noticed by someone other than the one or two people who accidentally land here looking for something else. So, where do I begin?

The first thing I thought to do was jump on Google and type in “Free Blog Promotion”. Yeah, don’t do that. There’s a ton of pages to sift through and the ones that do actually jump out are so outdated that many of the sites for blog promotion don’t even exist anymore. I scrolled through and even clicked on other recommended search terms. Still no real luck. Then I thought, “What about Pinterest”.

Now I do have to say, I am a Pinterest junkie. You can usually tell where my brain’s at by what my latest pins look like. I’ve got a board titled “Make Money”. I’ve had it for awhile, but it doesn’t have much pinned to it. However, I did notice that there are a lot more options out there now than when I first started that board. Sure enough, I found a ton of pins on blogging, starting a new blog, how to create a profitable blog, and so on. But what I want to know is how do I get people to start visiting my blog.

Granted, I’ve been blogging since the days when it was a relatively new thing. But a lot has changed over the past 5 years. And just like getting back into the writing game as a whole, I’ve got to learn all this as if I were new to the game. The fact of the matter is that I’ve been working this blog for a couple years now, so it’s made it’s way into Google’s database. Just not in a way that has anyone wanting to come back for more. That’s got to change.

The main purpose of this blog was to keep me writing and to give me a space to call my own. Now, I need to start making this a real spot where others can come and find useful information. But how do I do that???

One of the first things I came across was a lot of “experts” say to plan out your posts. Make a blog binder and fill it with ideas and which days you’ll be adding those posts to your site. Okay, that’s cool but I still have a real world job (for now) and I’m raising a grandbaby. I don’t have a ton of time to just sit and think about what and when I’m going to blog. I write when I can, between work, laundry, dinner and dishes, and all those other fun things a normal person has to do in life. Besides, I never know what inspiration will strike me or when it will happen. A blog plan is a great idea, but not very practical in my situation.

I also read that you must have great content to present to the world. Well, duh!!! That much I already knew. And for as hard as it was for me to find those ideas a few months ago, things are starting to come a little easier. But it’s still not my top priority.

As for promotion ideas, most of what I’ve read says to use your Facebook page. Um, no. I know I should but there are people on my page that have no idea what it is to be a writer, nor do they care. That’s where I keep up with family and friends from around the world, find things to make me laugh, and that type of thing. I’m not the kind of person that posts their personal stuff on Facebook, but I don’t want to bore my loved ones with this.

I’m not a huge fan of Twitter. I’ve used it, I have an account and check it out now and then, but it’s not a place I hang out. I find it boring. I’ve used it in the past, it has its ups and downs, but I just don’t have that much time. And as for Instagram, I’ve never even been to the site. I have no clue how to use it, what to do there, or anything of the sort. I know that’s probably a downfall in my quest, but I’m old and set in my ways.

Then there are the sites that say “Become an affiliate pusher” or something along those lines. Been there, done that, hated it. I worked in retail (real world) for many years and I could sell ice water to the devil himself, if I’m there eye to eye with the buyer. But I suck at it from the online world. I’ve tried, several times, and it always came out the same. Never sold a damn thing.

So I guess I need to keep trying and find ways to promote my blog and keep myself moving ever onward. I have to say, so far, Pinterest has been the best place I’ve come across to find answers to my questions. I don’t know why, but it seems easier to say “nope, not what I’m looking for” or “yep, that’s what I want”. And the quest continues.

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