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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tips on How to Promote Your Website or Articles Online

Search Engines

Many websites are created daily so it is not possible for search engines know of them. When you start your website, it is your job as the owner to let the search engines know the site.  The easiest way is to submit your sitemap to the search engines. Most search engines accept the RSS feed for your site as the sitemap. SEO or search engine optimization is useless if your website is not even in the search engine. You can submit your sitemap to Google using the Google Webmaster and to Bing and Yahoo using Bing WebMaster. Having your website indexed by the search engine will not generate traffic to your site automatically but will help. The next stage is to announce your articles to potential readers and fans using social networking sites like Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, Facebook and GooglePlus.



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Social Network Sites

One important thing to remember about social networking sites is the effectiveness depends on the size of your network. If you on the site and do not have anyone connected to you, then your post will not reach anyone. In certain sites like Digg and StumbleUpon, your post or sharing may still reach those not connected directly to you if it is in the right category but that is similar to hoping that your site may be found by random searches; the chances of that happening is very low. It is therefore very important to build up the size of your network. With a large enough network, you have the law of averages - chances of finding others interested in what you write.


You need to remember some rules when it comes to social network sites. Many sites do not like spam. If all you do is post articles from your site (within a very short time), it may be considered spam and some sites like StumbleUpon may blacklist your site. It is a social network site, so you are expected to socialize. No one likes any relationship that is one sided.

Some sites are longer term compared to others. Links submitted to StumbleUpon and Digg will stay around longer while links to submitted to GooglePlus, Facebook and Twitter do not .

Forums

If there are forums that are related to the subjects you write on your site, you can post links from your site. However, be sure to only post the link if it is related to the questions you are answering, otherwise it will be considered spam. Better still, if your article is a reply to the question asked on the forum.

Closing

Now you know how, start letting others know your writing.
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