Do you believe that your content is worth promoting? Worth rising above the noise?
Then why are you creating that content?!?
Then why not figure out the best way to promote it?
*Hint: the answer is not in yelling louder, and more often, about your content. Just in real life, if you yell often about how awesome you are, people don’t like it.
Here’s a principle you can take to the bank:
You have to capture your audience and engage them in your promotional content if you ever expect them to click through.
The words you use to promote your content are just as important in driving traffic to your blog as the actual content. Let me explain by example.
New blog. Check it out! http://lame.twitter.update.com (fake link)
Ever wondered how to write a successful blog? New post: http://engaging.twitter.update.com (fake link)
Your content is battling an increasing amount of noise every day. If you don’t engage your potential readers at the level of Twitter and Facebook, piquing their interest, you can forget them ever clicking through.
I’ve written posts I thought were paradigm-shifting. I’ve written others where I poured my heart out. I’ve written others that I could barely finish because I was laughing so hard.
And in each of those instances, I’ve had posts that never got off the ground.
The more people that engage social media, the louder, more chaotic the noise that we all create. And if you’re adding multiple voices (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.), then you’re adding an exponential amount of noise, hoping that your noise produces more noise (through ReTweets, Facebook Shares, StumbleUpon “thumbs up”, and Diggs)…right?
I assume you’re crafting substantial, helpful content on your site. Don’t let your status updates and promotions of your site fall flat. They should start reflecting the quality and effort you’re putting into your blog.
Do you publish content to a blog?
Have you found success in promoting it?
How are you measuring that success?