Friday, May 30, 2008

Bring It All Together With Blog Catalog

A site that seems to be gaining popularity and users everyday is Blog Catalog. Like most other blog directories you can submit your blogs and have them commented on and rated. Much like MyBlogLog this site also keeps track of recent visitors and people who subscribe to your site. The real difference is that Blog Catalog breaks down ever site into two categories that you get to choose. This makes it so readers can easily find the exact kind of subjects that your site covers. You can also check out similar blogs to see how they compare to your own.

Blog Catalog is also a place where people can keep track of your activity on sites like Digg, Flickr, Stumbled Upon, Delicious, Reddit, Technorati, Magnolia and MyBlogLog through an "Activity Feed". This is a great way for all your fans to keep track of your activity on multiple sites! Just add in your user names into your profile and Blog Catalog takes care of the rest.

Unlike MyBlogLog, Blog Catalog is completely independent, MyBlogLog is now owned by Yahoo. This tends to make the site a bit more community oriented with a lot less spam. Personally, I like it a lot more than MyBlogLog, but that is just my personal opinion. Not too mention, I have seen a lot more traffic in Google Analytics coming in through Blog Catalog!

Blog Catalog also has widgets that you can embed on your website to keep track of recent visitors, new members of your neighborhood (website), and even a recent discussions widget which will help you keep track of all that is going on in the Blog Catalog community. You can see an example on the sidebar of this page under "Blog Catalog Fans".

So if you are looking for more traffic to your site and a feeling of community look no further that Blog Catalog! You can sign up here or check out my profile here, don't forget to sign up for all my communities when you get a chance. I know there is a lot, but what can I say : )

Looking for more ways to Promote Your Site? First thing is first, you need to submit your websites to all the major search engines, click here to learn how!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Is Mixx A Digg In The Making?

Mixx is a relatively new site, but has been growing like gang busters of late. This site has a format much like Digg and Netscape (propeller) were you vote stories up or down, but also has the added bonus of groups. This makes it possible for you to not only submit your work to different categories inside Mixx, but also to different groups and therefore gain more exposure to your work.

Another great aspect of Mixx is that you get to select who, or what is on your homepage. That's right if you like sports, it will be sports, if you like a certain person's posts you can have them displayed right on your homepage so you don't miss a submission!

Is Mixx going to get you the kind of traffic that you could receive from Digg, Netscape or even Reddit... well no, but it is always good to get in early on a site like this and build your fan base. Plus, they just signed up with CNN, which should certainly bring a few more users in!

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sign up here or check out my profile here!

Want more ways to Promote Your Site? Check out this post on Technorati or this one on Stumbled Upon!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Importance Of Tags

A simple, but sometimes overlooked way to promote your site is to use tags. Most blogs like blogger let you add tags to each of your posts. Tags are general terms that help describe your post. For instance, if you have a post all about photography you could have tags like photos, photography, pictures, tips, ect.

When you use these tags over and over again you can click on the tag, and it will bring up every post that had that particular tag in it. This can also be useful if you want to submit multiple posts to a place like digg, netscape and corank.

Plus, all kinds of other sites let you add tags to your submissions. Tags not only allow people and search engines to find your content easier, but they can also help you organize your site. I don't know how many times I have been looking for a certain post and had to click on a tag to even find it!

This is one of the basics, but it is very, very important if you are looking to drive more traffic to your site. So don't forget to add your tags to all your posts...

Sorry for the big delay in between posting... I have been quite busy with my other sites!