You created a blog and you have added your first post.

Now comes the fun part. How do you get people to read what you’re blogging about?

Here are some tips on promoting your blog.

1) Quality Content – Interesting content will keep your readership returning. Update your blog regularly and as often as you can.

Googlebot is Google’s web-crawling robot that loves content. The more you update your blog, the more frequent the search engine spiders will return to it.

2) Take part in forums that are related to blogging.

Ask other bloggers for their help and opinions on your blog and take their suggestions to heart.

3) Publish an RSS/Atom/XML feed.

4) Choose your subject titles carefully. Take into consideration what other internet users may be searching for.

Use keywords in your title. The report from Word Tracker reports the most popular searches and is published each Tuesday and distributed to over 30,000 subscribers. is a blog search engine that also lists the top search words.

The more targeted your keywords are, the greater your return in search engines will be.

5) Involve yourself in commenting on other blogs.

You can gain a loyal readership just by offering feedback to your fellow bloggers. The comment feature allows you to add a link back to your blog as well.

6) Be sure to include your blog address in forum signatures and your email signature.

7) Submit your blog to directories.

Submit your blog’s URL to Technorati

8) Write articles. Include a resource box in your article and submit it to article directories.

9) You can go to a ping service  and send out a ping each time you update your blog.

This lets everyone know that you’ve just updated your blog.

10) Link to other blogs.

Maintain an updated list of your favorite blogs. But, don’t build a long blog roll of sites that you have no intention of returning to.

Be patient, traffic doesn’t happen overnight. One of the best ways to increase traffic is by getting to know people.

Spend what free time that you have, reading blogs, leaving feedback, and building friendships. Try to leave comments on the blogs that you visit as often as you can.

While you are waiting for the traffic to come, just enjoy blogging. You’ll be improving your writing in the process.

Eventually, you’ll build a network of not just readers, but friends and loyal supporters. Blogging is not just about marketing; it’s about creating lasting relationships.

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