I’ve been a bit behind on reviews lately as I am currently on Spring Break in the somewhat-lovely city of Sacramento, but I wanted to throw this Two Cents Worth out there from the nearest Starbucks. One of the golden rules of blogging is spend half of your time on content, half of your time on networking. Many of you will agree that the content end is by far the most enjoyable half, but none of it would really amount to much if it wasn’t seen by anything.
That’s where the networking half comes in. There are a wide range of strategies we bloggers use to promote our material. Most of us start out by advertising to our friends and family through things like Facebook posts and email notifications. After that, the common progression leads us to creating a Facebook page for our accounts, starting a twitter account, and utilizing other kinds of social media.
Personally, I’ve had limited amounts of success with things like Facebook, Twitter and a recent spike in activity from Reddit for my advanced review of next month’s Evil Dead remake. However, my biggest referrers by far have been search engines. Approximately 81% of views to my site have come from engines like Google, Google Image Search and Yahoo. While I’m fully aware that these views don’t represent the sort of quality readership most of us would like, from what I’ve seen about 1 in 10 people who find my blog through google go on to read other articles aside from the ones they originally searched. About 1 in 3 of those either leave a comment or follow my blog, which after a while adds up.
Now I’d like to hear from all of you. Where do the majority of viewers from your site come from? Successful methods I’ve seen so far have included Facebook, Twitter, IMDb External Reviews, Reddit, membership The LAMB, Email followers, and referrals from other bloggers. Sound off in the comments below!