OK, enough with the links...
Read the online newspapers.
Checked the weather: cold and more snow.
Checked in with Adsense once again to see what traffic happened overnight on my blogs. I am obsessed with this. Do it multiple times each day.
Wow! Pleasantly surprised to see that the # of unique visitors running significantly ahead of where I hoped to be. Hmmm...
To be perfectly honest, I started blogging last October with a couple of things in mind. First, I wanted and needed an outlet for my writing. This I have done in spades and have covered business, running and driving. Stories about the off-beat experiences I have observed and participated in: http://mykalsreport.blogspot.com/. I organized my previous three blogs into this one site to consolidate my work. Seems to be working.
Second, I wanted to make money from blogging. I signed up with Google's Adsense https://www.google.com/adsense from the beginning and have been experimenting with ad placement, sizes, type etc. continuously. I have daily goals for traffic and have a goal for the end of 2010 to be earning significant dollars from these blogs.
And the good news (that is shared below) is that I am on track!
Enough self congratulation though. Here are the steps I have taken to get to this point:
- Hard work. Slogging daily through the various social marketing networks, setting up profiles on endless web sites and blogs. Signing up to receive endless newsletters.
- Go back to the ones that work for me and update them every time I post new material
- Twitter (http://twitter.com/). Follow me at Chris_Morales. I post an update with a link to the blog I am promoting every time I post new material.
- Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/. A number of things here. Update my profile of course with the new post and blog URL. Then post the same update in one or more of the relevant groups. If I have story on driving, I post in the driving groups I belong to. Same for the running or business posts.
- Send emails to 30 or so contacts/friends. So far they have put up with my intrusion :)
- Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/). More subtle here. I post a discussion only in the relevant groups I belong to.
- Tribal Running (http://www.tribalrunning.net/). Recently joined this group. Not many members yet, but all seem dedicated to making the site work. Like it. Have received great response from the posts. An interesting note: I was prompted to join this group because of a connection I made in a Linkedin group, 'Running in Business'.
That summarizes the basic plan for me on promoting my work. The key is connections (dun!). And doing it honestly: I approach most new situations by asking permission for my post. So far the community has welcomed me. It has been a positive experience.