After successfully creating a blog, all you need to do next is to promote your blog. Why would you want to promote? The whole purpose of your blog is to make money by promoting various affiliate products or putting some advertisements or anything else that earns you money. What good would your blog do if no one visits your blog? That's why you need to promote your blog, to get more and more visitors to your blog.
So, how can you promote your blog? Well, there are numerous ways to promote one's blog/website. One of them is social networking.
If you are not sure what these social networking sites are and how they work, these online social networking sites are like online communities. These websites give internet users an easy and safe way to come together and connect with new people especially those that you have something in common with.
There are many online social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Twitter, FriendFinder, LinkedIn and Yahoo! 360 with over many a million members with a large user base of professionals, bloggers, internet marketers etc.
As everyone who uses internet are on any of these social networking sites, I hope that you are already a member of a popular social networking website. Well, you may not be. If you are not already a member, but would like to become one, you will need to choose a social networking website from the list above to join. Add your friends to your network if they are already there or invite them to join your network. Connect with other like-minded people in the community.
When it comes to promoting your blog on social networking websites, you have a number of different options. Your first option is to include a link to your blog in your community profile or profile page. This will allow other community members to checkout your blog, only if they wish to do so. The other way is to inform your online friends of your blog through private messages. Once you join a social networking website and create or join a network of friends, you should easily be able to communicate with those friends. Sending each of your friends a private message with information and a link to your blog tends to be more effective than just placing a link in your profile or on your profile page.
If you are using your blog to make money with advertising programs, such as affiliate programs or Google Adsense, you may need to approach social networking websites in a different matter. As you are not focusing on a particular product or service, you will need to approach these websites as if they were personal websites. Let's say your blog discusses how to stay healthy, it would be a good idea to state in your profile your love and interest in being healthy. After doing so, it would be acceptable and not necessarily considered spam to add a link to your blog. Social networking websites should help to increase the number of page views your blog receives. More page views mean more clicks which means money for you.
PS: There is one social networking website that is entirely different from the ones mentioned above. None of the above mentioned social networking sites pays you for your activities on the webiste. But SWOM does. It is a social networking website that pays you for your activites on their site. I strongly recommend SWOM as it has also a great potential for driving visitors to your blogs/website/affiliate-links. Know more about SWOM here.
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