Today’s Question for “Ask Dr. Diane”: Hi Dr. Hamilton right now I am up and promoting my artist Bianka and would like to ask you, how do I get people to read my blogs and visit my artist website. I am new to blogging and would like to know how to start people talking about them. If you can give me some insight on this it will be gratefully appreciated.
There are a lot of good books that give helpful advice about blogging. I liked the last two books I read: Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields and Dirty Little Secrets of Buzz by David Seaman. I also think there are a lot of bloggers like Seth Godin and others that list helpful advice on a regular basis. Some sites like Mashable and Problogger can be helpful as well. If you type in the question ‘How do I Get People to Read My Blog”, into Google, I think you can find more advice than you probably can handle. I think some blogs are really good to follow for advice as well. It can take some time to get blog followers. You need to post regularly and post information that is targeted toward the people you want to have follow you. Remember to include your blog address on everything . . .your signature line on your email, your twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc. pages . . . You’ve done one important thing already by responding to a blog (in this case mine). By posting helpful information on other people’s blogs, people can find you as well. You can go to forums like these to chat with others about it: http://bit.ly/aDqmQq . . . http://bit.ly/bbCG5H. You can start with Twitter as well by following people and posting things from your blog there . . . check out these articles: http://bit.ly/18qgK3 and http://bit.ly/Zq4Qt. I’m not sure if the price is still as reasonable as it was (I assume it is), but programs like letsgetsocial.com byKate Beck can be very helpful. She gives some good advice about how to set up social networking sites. Her aim is more about starting a social networking business, but I feel her videos are just as helpful to someone like you that is new to the social networking scene. One big piece of advice is to be sure you are spell checking what you type. You want to come across as professional as possible.