Camo’s great for soldiers and hunters. Do you fall into either of those two categories when you’re blogging? No? Then take off that camo!
You don’t want your blog blend in to the web around it and be invisible. You’re not trying to hide from the enemy or that deer about to become your dinner.
It’s day three of my quest to take one action to improve my blog each day. Today my action step is to submit my blog to the blog directories I’m not listed in yet, and to double check my current listings to make sure they’re up to date.
Why take time to do this? Because I want to be found!
Technorati: The first blog search engine, Technorati now indexes more than a million blogs. They also track authority and influence so it’s an interesting way to watch your blog’s progress as you grow. It takes a few days to get through their listing process. First you sign up for an account, then you claim your blog. Join here: http://technorati.com/account/signup/
Best of the Web Blogs: This one’s human edited so you can submit free but it may take a while to get your listing added, if they choose to add it. It’s worth a few minutes to submit and then just don’t obsess. Here’s the free listing link: http://blogs.botw.org/helpcenter/freeblogsubmit.aspx
Blog Catalog: A social blog directory. When you get listed here it’ll give you a page on their site that shows your most recent posts (they keep it updated by grabbing your RSS feed). Submit your blog here: http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/submit_blog.html
Blog Flux: Free blogging community that includes tools/resources and a blog directory. Join first, then you can submit your blog free.
Want more? There’s a huge list at http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/ I won’t be taking time to submit my own blog to all of them. I’d rather focus on other promotional strategies or interacting with my commenters and visiting their blogs. But you might give the list a quick scan for directories in your niche or that fit well with your goals.
Tip: Find blog directories in your niche by searching Google for “keyword blog directory” like “small business blog directory”
Getting links from other sites can boost your search engine rankings and every link out there to your website is another doorway that someone can come walking through to find you.