My friendly reader Steve submitted some questions in response to yesterday’s blog post What do "A List" bloggers have that I don’t?:
Wow you read my mind. I was going to ask a very similar question.
Pam can you suggest some more sites to promote a blog at?
I am working on a list for one of my new blogs and would like to include it. With a link back ofcourse :).
One other question what are your thoughts on the free blog platforms such as blogger.com versus the pay for blogs? Do you think a person can still be an A lister with a free service?
Here is my response:
When I first started my blog, I used a service provided by the great women of The Blog Squad. For a modest fee, they submitted my blog to a large number of blog directories. Many people search for blogs on a particular topic. This will ensure that your blog is included.
The other key strategy that smart people I respect tell me that works (including Robert Middleton and Ali Brown )is to submit articles to article directories. In your bio box (the few sentences at the end of the article that talk about your background) include a link back to your blog. I also use an automated service to submit articles to a variety of directories – www.submityourarticle.com. They recommend submitting at least 3 articles a month. Not more, since too many will trigger s*pam alerts.
I also include links to my favorite 5 blog posts of the month in my monthly ezine.
As I mentioned in my post, one of the best ways to build a presence is to visit and comment on other people’s blogs. Choose those that you really relate to, and that have sizable traffic. I have been surprised at how many visits I get from a simple comment I posted on someone else’s blog.
As for free vs. pay blogging platforms, I am no expert. I use Typepad myself, per recommendations from Suzanne Falter-Barnes, The Blog Squad, and many successful bloggers I admire such as Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Garr Reynolds , Kathy Sierra and Scott Adams. Basically, I don’t think the platform you use is what matters – it is what you write. If you have compelling, relevant, provocative, useful and entertaining posts, people won’t care what software you are using.