Blogging primer part 2 – Jim gives up his power blogging secrets!


In part 1 of this series, I discussed the many ways to add value to your blog and cement your brand to your readers — essentially your customers and prospects. In part 2, I get a bit personal, offering some tips I’ve used to build my personal direct marketing blog and others.

As a direct marketing consultant, blogging has been a powerful tool for me as part of my overall networking strategy. While I do plenty of in-person networking, I much prefer the newfangled way of using my blog and social media to drive lead generation and ultimately customers my way.

So here, follow these steps. And shhh, don’t tell anybody about this, OK?

1. Figure LinkedIn prominently in your strategy. Link your blog to your LinkedIn profile page. This is very easy to do via the blog publishing platform WordPress and LinkedIn’s Blog Link application.

2. Join as many LinkedIn groups as you can. Try joining groups that complement your skills. I belong to many direct marketing groups. But graphic design agencies can recommend my services as well, so I belong to some graphic design groups, too. Get the picture? Once you join the groups, use LinkedIn’s news feature to add your blog posts. The maximum number of groups an individual can join is 50, according to LinkedIn.

3. Use the LinkedIn discussions feature. This feature, which enables you to comment on other posts in the LinkedIn groups to which you belong, adds value to your groups. When posting a comment, always add your blog’s URL. Make sure your answers are relevant and not spammy.

4. Use LinkedIn’s Q&A feature. When I started my blog, I used the Q&A function to ask people to check out my blog and tell me what they thought. You’d be surprised how many people did. Ask people to do the same for your blog, as well as critique it and offer advice on design, content and marketing. Also, answer questions that you have a good feel for, always add your blog URL and be relevant.

5. Add the appropriate links to your LinkedIn profile page. You can add up to three links, according to LinkedIn. I have links to my blog, Twitter feed and (eM+C sister publication) All About ROI magazine column.

6. Make sure your blog has RSS, and it’s in a prominent position on all pages. People will subscribe to your blog.

7. Use Twitter to tweet your blog posts. I also use FriendFeedBiznik and Plaxo to do this. These social networking services allow you to join groups and use similar tactics to LinkedIn.

8. Use LinkedIn’s status feature. This enables you to update people on your blog posts.

9. Send your blog posts to your Facebook connections. Join Facebook groups, and push out there, too.

10. Use feeds such as Technorati and Delicious. This blog search engine (Technorati) and social bookmarking web service (Delicious) will help you distribute your blog to the masses.

Wow, I gave away the farm here. A final thought: Blogging and promoting your blog is a “give-to-get” experience. The more you give, the more you get back.

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9 Responses

  1. great advice, Jim. Thanks for the great tips.

  2. Pretty cool post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your posts.

    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

  3. Thanks Jim. Not only is it nice to see these valuable tips summarized in one post, but it’s also nice to know they are actually working for you. Our company blog has been neglected and we’re about to perform resuscitation. Parts 1 and 2 are excellent references.

  4. You’re welcome, all. Glad i could help. By the way, any topics you would like to see me cover? Let me know.

    Jim
    jimdirect@aol.com

  5. Hi Jim

    Thanks for putting it across. It is extremely helpful.

  6. Good set of suggestions I’ve just been updating as I read each point, thanks, Walter @g2m

  7. Excellent info thank you for sharing. Like you said, the more you give, the more you get back.

  8. Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read.. :)

    -Bill-Bartmann

  9. I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

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