1. Use “Share This” widgets to shamelessly self promote.
Whether you’re using WordPress or any other blogging or web development tool, you can use the “Share This” widget on your website to quickly promote your posts . Just install the widget on your site and right after you file your post share it shamelessly! Take an hour and share your story with every possible site out there–especially Digg and StumbleUpon. The more you share, the more links you are generating back to your site — and the more traffic you’ll get.
2. Use the “Publicize This” feature in Wordpress.
Yesterday WordPress announced some improvements to make their Publicize This feature more friendly. Follow the instructions and watch your traffic soar.
3. Time your posts strategically.
In the world of old school journalism and PR, we have learned to strategically project which times and days will generate the most pick up for a news announcement. Tuesday at 8 am EST is when I’ve found press releases get the most pickup.
Why? Because on Monday at 8 am, everyone’s still groggy and drinking coffee (or they’re rolling in late to the office, or sitting in meetings.)
Tuesday is when business gets rolling. And it’s the day when publications traditionally have their story meetings.
Wednesday is the day the weeklies traditionally file their stories.
Thursday is still ok, but your story might get forgotten by the following Monday when reporters are writing again.
To bury bad news, you use reverse psychology. To bury bad news, announce on Friday afternoon, or right before a holiday weekend when everyone’s jetting out of town early. (This is the day for announcing the departure of a CEO or dismal profits that you don’t want to influence the market with.)
Well, I’ve discovered the same theory works with blogging, Tweeting and Facebook:
Tuesday at 9 am EST is the perfect time for a Tweet or post you want to get noticed because:
- It’s 9 am on the East Coast and everyone’s drinking coffee and checking their email, Twitter and Facebook.
- It’s 12 noon on the West Coast and everyone’s checking their social media profiles while on lunch break.
- It’s 6 pm in London, and everyone’s finished their work day and are checking their PCs.
There are lots of tools that help you write your Twitter posts in advance and time them. WordPress also let’s you schedule a post in advance so it blasts out just at the right time. Marketing consultant Gary McCaffree has this great chart that helps you predict the “sweet spot” for a Tweet — he says the best time is between 9 am and 3 pm.
4. Have everything connected so your WordPress updates your Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, automatically.
This is so easy and so potent. (And you can even rig it so that it’s on autopilot while you’re still asleep — tricking your clients and colleagues into thinking you are a hard working early riser!)
- Set up the Wordbook plug in to post your WordPress to your Facebook wall.
- Now set up the WordPress to Twitter plug in so that your WordPress post automatically goes out to your Twitter subscribers.
- And use the Twitter to Linked in widget to set things up so your Tweet automatically updates your LinkedIn status.
Wow! You just got out the word to thousands of professional connections while you were still asleep!
5. Use a press release to dramatically boost your story’s pick up.
There are hundreds of free press release sites that will help you blast out your story to the planet, or you can use a professional press release wire service for a fee. You can time your news in advance to go out at a strategic time, and you can load up your press release with key words that will make it stand out in the search engines. Plus, if you use a paid newswire, your news will automatically go out into Yahoo News and Google News where it’s picked up like an AP or Reuter’s newswire story.
With one well written article or news release, I have consistently generated from 50,000 to 100,000 links back to a client’s website. (That’s not a typo.) And your traffic will only increase as spiders and bots pick up your news, reprint it on RSS feeds and blogs throughout the web, and yes, generate more links back to your blog which in turn permanently increase traffic and search rank.
But the key word here is “well written.” You can’t get this kind of pick up for self serving fluff — your content has to be genuinely newsworthy, interesting, engaging, funny, controversial, keyword-rich or relevant. If you’re not a wordsmith, hire a professional. Ultimately it’s a juicy headline and great content that gets noticed, reprinted, passed along virally and linked to.
6. Time your email newsletter to go out at the same time.
Start a news virus! Put your blog post in your email newsletter and time it to go out simultaneously to your customers, internal company employees, investors, partners, influencers and your press/blogger list. With everyone hearing about your news announcement at the same time, it has more psychic impact and feels more important. Also it’s courteous to give the news to your most valued contacts just as it goes out to the blogosphere.
7. Spin it and send it out again.
Tweet your story several times in one day or week by simply spinning your Tweet slightly and changing the headline to focus on a different aspect of the story. For example, my headline here is: “7 lazy ways to shamelessly promote your blog posts.” My next headline could be: “7 lazy ways to get more traffic on your website,” and then “7 shamelessly lazy ways to get more Twitter traffic,” and then, “Get more web traffic while you’re still asleep,” and so on… and yes, you can even set them up in advance so they go out on autopilot.
Well, (gloat, gloat) just wanted to let you know that this post went out to thousands of friends and influencers, all over the planet, boosted my search rank and increased my credibility while I was lounging around doing my morning yoga and drinking my first cup of coffee.
That’s why I love social media!