5 Things You Must Do After Writing a Blog Post

by Justin

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Blogging is popular…

You can make money at blogging…

Shit, you can conquer whole markets online just by blogging…

However, if you are like most bloggers you feel like your blog is a ghost town.

I know how frustrating it is to spend a couple hours writing the perfect blog post and then be able to count your visitors on one hand. However, if all you did was write the blog post – even the most killerest leet post – then that’s your main problem.

Sure daily blogging while pinging the RSS directories can slowly build up some SEO stats but waiting around for that to happen is about as fun as watching grass grow.

If you want people to read what you wrote, you need to tell people you wrote something! It’s a simple-smack-in-the-head-why-didn’t-i-think-of-that strategy but thousands of bloggers forget to do it everyday.

From now on when you finish writing your blog post you should not think, “great I’m finished,” you should now think “I’m half way done now I have to tell people about it.”

Granted I’m no perfect boyscout either and I have forgotten or been just plain lazy before too. However, when I am blogging daily and do the following 5 things after each finished blog post – I typically see about 1,000 – 2,000 readers. Even on new blogs that are only 1-2 weeks old!

Do These 5 Things After Every Blog Post

1. Share your new blog post with your social network.

With sites like IFTTT.com that automate this process for you there is no reason not to be doing this.

However, you should also think about manually doing it. Sometimes tailoring the status update for each community REALLY increases how well it is received by that audience.

2. Tell the world you just made a new blog post.

There are news aggregates, social bookmarking sites, and facebook/linkedin groups.

Every blog post should be stumbled, digg’d, bookmarked (del.icio.us), RSS pinged, and more.Where is your market hanging out at? How can you let them know you got a new blog post, but without being spammy about it?

3. Talk about your blog topic in forums, Quora, and twitter discussions

Right now as we speak there are people discussing your topic.

You should join these discussions and become part of the community. If you leave valuable contributions to these communities they will value your blog posts when you mention them.

If all you do though is show up every time you have a new blog post, make the discussion all about you, and blatantly promote your blog post… You’ll be “flamed” and castrated from the community.

Search a forum in your market for people talking about your blog topic, make a valuable contribution to that discussion, change your signature box to talk about your new blog post. (don’t be spammy)

Search Quora.com for topics related to your blog post, leave a valuable reply, if you happen to have a blog post that would be helpful to that discussion then leave a link to it. However, you should not have a link back to your site in every reply you make. (don’t be spammy)

Use http://search.twitter.com to find people talking about your topic in real time. Join in on these conversations and see if an opportunity to mention your blog post comes up. (don’t be spammy)

4. Talk with other bloggers who are blog about your topic.

Do a Google search on your blog topic, then click “show options,” then click “blogs,” and BOOM there are all the bloggers talking about what you are talking about.

Build relationships with other influencers in your market by sharing their blog posts with your social network. Starting small talk conversations with them and being involved in their discussions as a user.

Then when you have a blog post you need shared you can send them private messages asking them if they’ll tweet or share your blog post with their readers.

Next go leave comments on their blogs and fill in the link to your new blog post in the website field of the comment form. If people like what you have to say they will click through to see your blog as well.

If you are a “vlogger” (video blogger) then you should go comment on other peoples videos related to your video just as if it were a regular blog post.

5. Syndicate your content across the web.

Tell your readers that they may re-post your articles on their blogs as long as they link to your original article and give you credit.

Submit your article to article directories so that others may use it in their newsletters or online magazines.

Find other places like Ning communities, forums, WPMu sites, and membership sites that allow you to have your own blog inside of a community. Post your article there so you get more exposure.

You Should Bookmark This Post

Print this out, make a checklist, bookmark this article. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you are always doing these steps after writing a blog post.

Because there are actually two steps to blogging…

Step 1… Write a blog post

Step 2… Tell people you wrote a blog post

If you really want to see your blog grow then I suggest you spend about 2 hours after each post doing these 5 tactics.

Want more tips like this… 12 Things You Can Do To Promote Your Blog Post

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Desmond Ong November 18, 2009 at 7:48 am

Don’t be surprised Justin, but MOST PEOPLE don’t ping, social bookmark or even tweet their blog posts when they finished writing them.

(and that includes me) LOL ;-)

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Jan November 18, 2009 at 7:57 am

Well these are good tips. I do most of them already, but its consistency that lacks for me. And then there is the topic of repurposing. Thats a biggie too!

Jan

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Bernie Landry November 18, 2009 at 8:00 am

Nice touch with the “time this takes”. As always useful info and made simple. Thanks. – Bernie
.-= Bernie Landry´s last blog ..If Margaret Atwood Can Read Online, So Can You. =-.

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John Tan November 18, 2009 at 8:18 am

Hi Justin,

I guess most of the people know the stuff you mention but most people to apply these consistently.

so the key here is consistency

John Tan
.-= John Tan´s last blog ..Daily Task For November 11th 2009 =-.

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Jeanette Fitzgerald November 18, 2009 at 8:21 am

Hey Justin,

Great tips on getting traffic to your blog. Pinning your post and commenting on other blogs is very effective.

When you comment on other peoples posts you must leave a productive comment and you should comment on many blogs before you see any considerable traffic.

Cheers,
Jeanette
.-= Jeanette Fitzgerald´s last blog ..Blogs Get Hacked – It Could Happen To You =-.

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Freebie November 18, 2009 at 8:33 am

Great Article you posted here. You are abslutely right about this and it is something more people should be doing. I am going to start doing this with all my posts in the future and really start getting some traffic moving to my website. Why don’t you put up a short blog about how best to ping?
.-= Freebie´s last blog ..Ultimate Chocolate Machine =-.

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SoundsAndGear November 18, 2009 at 8:34 am

Yeah man, I do pretty much the same thing, just depends on which sites I use based on the site I’m promoting. Some sites are better for particular subjects. Twitter and Facebook are a must. Stumbleupon works the best for my site as far as bringing quality traffic, youtube as well.

twitter, youtube, stumbleupon, facebook are my go to spots. I also use digg, delicious, and sometimes other video sites like myspace, dailymotion, vimeo, etc.

It really doesn’t take long at all.
.-= SoundsAndGear´s last blog ..The dope new features in Kontakt 4, and why I love it even more =-.

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normz2 November 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

Good comments. There is no point in having a blog if nobody reads it. If you have good content let it be known.

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Derrick Markotter November 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

Of course you’re right, Justin. I usually get as far as number 1 – well, actually Friendfeed does it for me. But all the other stuff is just as important, and I don’t seem to do it consistently enough.
.-= Derrick Markotter´s last blog ..Affiliate Marketing 6: Installing WordPress =-.

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LeslieZ November 18, 2009 at 8:42 am

It’s all about doing it consistently. Too many times, if people don’t see results immediately they assume it doesn’t work and stop doing it all together. Or they become too lazy and slowly stop doing it. Dedicate time to do it and just do it. Stop looking for other ways to do it quicker or easier…this takes only 30 minutes for pete sake!
.-= LeslieZ´s last blog ..Affiliate X – Not Affiliate X Factor =-.

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Linda November 18, 2009 at 8:46 am

Great suggestions and consistency is key… I have my sites set up to tweet and ping automatically whenever I post… with all of the free WP plugins out there, everyone should take the time to set them up… they’ll do most of the work for you… =)
.-= Linda´s last blog ..Too Thin? How Not to Lose Weight & Gain Weight =-.

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Chris Brisson November 18, 2009 at 10:00 am

Great stuff dude. Should become just a simple system each and every post…

1. Tell friends (social media)
2. Social Bookmarking (hire out)
3. Post same article on forums, facebook pages, and other resources for ultimate leverage

Easy cheesy. Great article braaa…

see you tomorrow
.-= Chris Brisson´s last blog ..Ultimate Integration Marketing: Firefox Add-on’s =-.

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Simon Carter :: Mr Article Marketing November 18, 2009 at 10:36 am

Use the ping.fm plugin with wordpress to do all this on autpilot.

Use another plugin to submit to onlywire.com

Spin it a little and submit to multiple article directories, pointing resourse box link to your original content.

Do a video of your blog post and take it to tube mogul.
.-= Simon Carter :: Mr Article Marketing´s last blog ..Should you hire a pro to write your articles? =-.

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werner November 18, 2009 at 11:04 am

Hi Justin,
great tips which I use already always but without big results, because consider that for every site to which you submit you’ve also to get or better to conquer the right audience
and that needs time too.
But please explain one point you named (Submitting my blog posts to article directories)
do you mean the same identically blog post, shoulden’t it be different to my blog post because of duplicated content?
Keep up the great work
greetings
.-= werner´s last blog ..On Defining & Ensuring Personality Development =-.

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PotPieGirl November 18, 2009 at 11:32 am

Hiya Justin!

Great post. It’s amazing how the simple things can make such a huge difference, isn’t it? I have a lot of these things automated for me which helps me be “consistent”. If I had to do it all by hand, I’d forget….lol

Thing is with blogs – you can’t wait for them to find you…ya gotta go out and and get ‘em ;)

All the best,

Jennifer
~PotPieGirl
.-= PotPieGirl´s last blog ..Google Ranking Case Study Results =-.

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Mike November 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Hi Justin

Very good overview!
You might want to add that commenting on keywordLuv and Commentluv-Blogs like yours is even more effective than commenting on regular blogs…

Mike
.-= Mike @ Getting backlinks´s last blog ..nofollow or not … a short interview with Matt Cutts =-.

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Paul Cooley November 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Great stuff Justin!

Hey do you have any thoughts on Ping.fm and Onlywire? Do you use them? Do you like one more than the other?

Thanks Justin!
.-= Paul Cooley´s last blog ..5 Things to Think About When Choosing A Domain Name =-.

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Dovinea November 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

There’s another rockin’ resource to use to get more visitors and that’s Vinefire.com. Forget the fact that they claim you make money to post your links….I managed to get over 100 visitors to my blog lastnight alone!! And while that’s not huge, it beats the 10 or 20 I get from Twitter every day.
.-= Dovinea´s last blog ..Increase Website Income With A Simple Change =-.

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Justin Brooke November 18, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Ping.FM and Onlywire.com are cool but I’m more about quality then quantity. Delicious, Digg, Reddit, & Stumble are worth probably the other 300 bookmarking sites combined.

But what about the extra backlinks???

Ehh… They are backlinks but not the most valuable. Kinda like collecting pennies to get rich. Sure it’ll work eventually but you’ll get there a lot faster with quarters and dollars.

Best thing anyone can do for really great links, is provide the most kick ass content that they can provide. Because that’s when other websites start linking to your stuff.

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Sandra February 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

Hi Justin
I agree with you completely. Whenever I have written what I consider to be a rather good post there is some magic that makes it popular and people seem to find it automatically. An indifferent article on the other hand collects an indifferent response.
Readers are very clued up. The seem to instinctively gather around quality like bees to a honey pot.
In the same way word of mouth will pack a movie house for a good movie. But they will stay away in droves when it’s a poor one. It really is all about quality which makes it easy to understand but not so easy to apply!

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Justin Brooke November 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

P.S. Spinning articles is for spammers and duplicate content is a myth (google it)

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Jeff Bode November 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Hey Justin

I usually tweet my post, then email my list about them and the cool thing is my list usually tweets my post using tweet meme

I also like posting comments on other blogs, it’s cool to learn new things on blogs like yours that always provide quality information.
.-= Jeff Bode´s last blog ..Social Media Marketing – A New Marketers Best Shot? =-.

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Zulfikar November 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Awesome article Justin.

Most of us do some if not all of these tasks, the only problem (and am guilty as hell) is the lack of consistency.

It takes a great article like this to remind us of what we should be doing and where we are loosing out, thanks for sharing – keep em coming :)
.-= Zulfikar´s last blog ..10 Ways To Increase Your Blog’s Pageviews =-.

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Greg R W November 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for the tips Justin,
I just put up my first blog and have been working on ways to get traffic to it. I think I will no longer have to think about it, I’ll just follow your advice, and do it.

Thanks again,
Greg

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Michelle Jayes November 19, 2009 at 12:33 am

Hi Justin

Great tips, some of them I am doing but you sure gave me a lot to think about. There is plenty more I could still do to increase traffic to my blog. Thank you.

Michelle Jayes

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Adam November 19, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Try PING.FM… you can get all your posts distributed to a number of different social sites all at once.
.-= Adam´s last blog ..Just Released – Center of Gravity indicator for NinjaTrader =-.

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Dushan November 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Great tips, but a little question about point 5 :

When you add your article to articles site, do you rewrite it ? Because if no there are risks of duplicate content penalties, isn’it ?

All the best,
Dushan

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Justin Brooke November 21, 2009 at 8:20 am

There is no such thing as a duplicate content penalty… Feel free to research it yourself just google the phrase “duplicate content is a myth” and you’ll find proof.

Basically, duplicate content only happens when you submit the same thing to the same website. When you submit the same thing to multiple websites it’s called syndication. There are no penalties either… Google just won’t index more then one copy on one site.

They will however index AND RANK more then one copy on multiple sites. I have proven this for myself with over 200 front page Google rankings. You should prove it to yourself as well.

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digitalrenewal December 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm

you sure know how to make me bookmark your site. didnt make it past step 1 before I was off signing up for new automated services :) now Im back for the rest. Just want to say thank you for ALWAYS the best advice. everything that comes from you is top notch.

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Ravi Kuwadia December 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I especially like your fifth suggestion… It's definitely beneficial to talk about and promote your own blog, but it's that much more believable that the blog deserves the praise if it's coming from a third party like an article site.

I don't think you can overestimate the power of “networking”, on- and offline, about your blog.

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Iris Rounds December 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Justin, thanks for those great tips. You listed a couple I had not considered before nor read about.

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digitalrenewal January 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I was checking the links back to my site and I just had to mention… you aint kidding about mixx.com. They gave me 30 back links for one submission.

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Justin Brooke January 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

I try not to kid ;-) haha

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Tim February 28, 2010 at 10:18 am

Thanks for the information. I was tweeting my blog postings, but was not doing anything with the digg, mixx type sites. Went back and submitted a bunch of old blog posts to those sites. Hopefully it helps out

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Maggie May 6, 2010 at 2:03 am

Just refreshed myself with this post! Had not heard of Ping.fm many thanks for that, will add to my list of tools.

Take care now, Love and Light Maggie

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Maggie May 6, 2010 at 7:03 am

Just refreshed myself with this post! Had not heard of Ping.fm many thanks for that, will add to my list of tools.

Take care now, Love and Light Maggie

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David Bauernfeind April 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I agree with the above comments that state that the whole link building, PR increasing methods are tedious. I think the best advice is clearly to write/do what you love and spend a nominal amount of time promoting it. If you truly have great information, thoughts, ideas…word gets around pretty quickly.

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Rohit September 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

i generally do most of these things when i post a blog. But sometimes it becomes repetitive and boring updating all different blog directories and bookmarking sites. Perhaps i should be a little more active in marketing my stuff

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John November 16, 2011 at 4:25 am

I have had success with the following:

If you are using wordpress do the following.
1. deactivate pinging.
2. make great post
3. submit snippet to social news sites
4. Let social bookmarking site know about your social news post
5. ping you social bookmark rss feed. Look on your profile page.
6. Reactivate wordpress pinging for daily post.

Works great. Along with the stuff Justin says this will also help you out.

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Shonda @ Abundant Journeys December 26, 2011 at 7:41 am

Great post. 2 years later here we are checking out your info. I am constantly trying to learn new ways to promote after writing. I want to get into Ezine Articles; however, i am so confused… you submit the same article posted on your blog into Ezine Articles? Will this not be seen as duplicate content? Or do you re-purpose your content (not spin, but repurpose) and submit the article and tie it into an article already on your blog?

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Our Manly Ed. January 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Hi thanks for the post. It is a refresher on content marketing strategy/ systems for me. Scrolling round your blog Justin – enjoying a lot of the content – thanks!

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Tony Finbarr-Smith July 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

I loved this post the first time round, and have revisited it several times.
The update makes it even more stellar; particularly the easily-overlooked gem of ifttt.com – I actually bought a product to learn about that secret but it was well worth it – it’s such a handy tool!
I’ve automated it so that when I “like” an instagram picture it posts it to a pic folder on Facebook, and several other automations that hang off that.

I think one key to blogging is consistency; one thing I have to work on.

Cheers, Tony.

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David Frey - MarketingBlogger.com July 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Justin.

I’ve gotten a few ideas from your article and all the great comments.

I have a syndication checklist that I go through once I finish a blog post.

I turn my article into a pdf, video and audio and syndicate the crap out of it.

Thanks!

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John Counsel July 14, 2012 at 5:30 am

Justin, it’s interesting how what goes around comes around.

In 1996, when I first came online with plans to build a really useful site, I spent a week just observing. I noticed a few things, and chose a course to follow. It was basically the same course as I chose in 1984 when I first got started doing what I do now (and in 1972 when I first got started teaching marketing to small business owners — this year, 2012, is my 40th anniversary).

In a nutshell, that was to focus on quality in everything. Content creation, ideas, innovation, breaking new ground, finding intelligent leverage points, building on a base of integrity and goodwill and never compromising.

It works. It works consistently and it works well. The carpetbaggers come and go, along with the snake-oil salesmen and their carnivals and circuses. Quality lasts.

Importantly, like attracts like. Birds of a feather flock together, etc. I’ve said before, and it still applies… watching you is like watching myself in so many ways.

One problem I havent yet found a real solution for is the fact that, like so many creative people, much of the real satisfaction is in the creation. If I write an article, a book, a musical for kids, etc, it’s too easy to move on without actually making anything of them.

Fortunately, I’ve mostly been surrounded by people who see the value and usefulness in what I’ve done and come back to me with ideas and strategies to take it further. I’m so appreciative of them and for what they do.

Thanks for the reminder — I’m grateful for you and Chaunna, too. Good people doing good things. Makes life so much sweeter. :)

John

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