How Promoting Your Blog Turns Into Shares and New Friends

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internet-marketing-cycleA lot of people are asking; how do I grow my business online through blogging? I’ve tried it and it just doesn’t work. Google doesn’t like my website, and my social media is… well it’s not very social. How do I grow my online presence for real?

I want to take this post and do something a little different today. I’m not going to get all technical nor am I going to give a big set of how to’s. Instead I’m going to share with you a few ways I’ve started promoting my articles and growing my online influence:

 

#1  Write great content that solves someone’s problem and gives them a reason to build a relationship with you

 

We moved beyond the branding economy of the past and are now in the relationship economy. The more people feel they know, like and trust you the more apt they are to buy from you over and over again. Solving problems is the key to unlocking the door. It’s the introduction to the relationship.

At the end of this article are a few practical links to articles that will help you with understanding the concepts of how to think like your prospects and customers and start solving their problems.

 

#2 Connect with others who serve the same audience you do but in a different way

 

This is one form of target marketing.  Visit their blogs and leave valuable comments that focus on building the relationship with site owner and providing their readers with more ideas, suggestions, or thoughts that can help them.

Include others in your blog articles and share their social media posts. Don’t be stingy or selfish. Remember, it’s about relationships.

I have been blessed to connect with a few really great bloggers that I’ve come to appreciate. I hope you’ll connect with them as well. They have unique voices that can make your business better.

People like:

 

Adrienne Smith

Andrew Warner

Enstine Muki

Mi Muba

Ana Hoffman

Sylviane Nuccio

Ryan Biddulph

Kevin Duncan

Sherryl Perry

Chery Schmidt

Stephanie Frasco

 

There are many more but these guys have gone out of there way for me several times and I’m excited to share their unique talents and abilities. Many of these bloggers have become new online friends and I read and comment on their blogs weekly. I do hope you will connect with each one!

 

#3 Promote and market your content in addition to connecting with great bloggers

 

There are many resources out there to distribute your content to. In fact, in one way or another, I have met every blogger I mentioned above on one of these sites either directly or indirectly:

 

Kingged.com

Virtual Content Buzz

DoSplash

Inbound.org

BizzSugar

Triberr

Facebook Groups

Google+ Groups

LinkedIn Groups

 

And there are many, many more. But these are the main ones for me. Whatever you do, remember, it’s about giving back to the community. If you don’t give back you will not get!

 

Can you see how engaging, sharing, and promoting others has helped to promote me? I get far more when I give than when I just do nothing and hope for the best, or worse yet post my links around and wait for others to share when I’ve done absolutely nothing for them.

If you want to be promoted, then start promoting. Share in your blogs, your social media, and in your emails of how others are making a difference for you.

Does content marketing work? You bet it does!

Does it take some work? In the beginning it absolutely does!

Is it worth it? I GUARANTEE that it’s worth it.

 

I want to encourage you to look at the relatively few amount of articles I’ve written and look at the engagement on each one. I am averaging nearly 100 comments or more per article. People are seeing them and I can prove it!

Above I mentioned I would share articles that have gained popularity on my blog because of the efforts I have mentioned above. They are full of comments, shares to social media, and all start by somehow solving a problem:

 

Why are You Not Where You Want to Be Online?

Why Isn’t Your Online Presence Exploding?

Want to Know Why Your Online Efforts Stink?

Why Should I Visit Your Website, Stay On It, or Buy From You?

If Someone Only Visits One Page on My Website, Is It A Big Deal?

If Content is King, Why Isn’t Anyone Reading My Blog?

 

I hope you’ll take the time to get to know my new friends and check out the few directories I linked to for you. If you work at creating friendships and opportunities, you will gain more readers, traffic, and opportunities to grow your business online.

You can get great results, but only if you’re willing to work for them.

 

Please leave a comment or question below, I would love to interact with you and get to know your thoughts as well.

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Don Purdum

Don Purdum

Don works with businesses to help them discover who their customers are and what business they are "really" in. He is an award-winning blogger and branding / marketing consultant.
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76 thoughts on “How Promoting Your Blog Turns Into Shares and New Friends

  1. Totally excellent advice Don!

    And so very practical! Everybody and I do mean everybody can help out other non competitive entrepreneurs by periodically sharing their extremely valuable content with our audiences.

    It’s a triple win! Our audience gets exposed to new helpful sources for free! The other entrepreneur gets additional free viral exposure and we’ve (hopefully) just laid the ground work and planted the seeds for a long term, mutually beneficial relationship!

    Awesome material Don, I’m going to read all of your other post that you listed in this extremely well written post.

    But I just gotta start with the one entitled”Want to know why your online efforts stink?” That headline is priceless!LOL! Great job! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Mark, I appreciate your kind words!

      If we promote others over ourselves the opportunities are endless. I’ll keep my comment short and say succinctly:

      When you start building others up, they will start building you up!

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Don

  2. Hi Don,

    Reader satisfaction is the first rule when it comes to worthy post sharing. For every visitor that stumbles on your blog, there is a drive that caused and that is where your blog content comes into play.

    Your concept of solving readers problems is actually the brain behind successful blogging and community building.

    I have come to know that building relationships with people already in the business is worth doing. No man can ever be an island, we all need to hold each others hand and that is also where solving problems comes into play.

    Don you have really done an awesome articles that will help refresh our minds.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jackson

    1. Hi Jackson,

      Solving problems is the introduction, but giving someone a reason to connect with you is the key to growth.

      Online that key is great comments and shares. Over time, it can grow into something more meaningful.

      I’m starting to get invitations from some top bloggers to guest blog and that opens me up to even more of an audience.

      With some people, I’ve had Skype or phone conversations that have deepened the relationship.

      I appreciate your comment Jackson and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Don

  3. Hey Don,

    You know as soon as I met Adrienne about a year ago, I found out how important building relationships are. Through her I met a lot of other great people and they have pointed me in the direction I needed to go.

    What’s blogging without building relationships?

    If this is the case, there would be no commenting or even sharing each other’s content.

    With out these, there would be no social proof when is a mean for people to stop by your blog, read it’s content, comment, and share.

    But it looks like we’re doing the same thing as far as promoting our articles as well as building relationships with others and getting a lot of shares. I’m on the social media sites you mentioned, kingged.com, triberr, but haven’t checked out the other ones you mention. I may have to add them to my list!

    Thanks for the share and I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Sherman,

      Relationships are the key to all professional and personal growth. Sales happen when we feel we know, like and trust someone; and then they deliver in the little things!

      Little things are stubborn facts. When someone follows through on the little things it’s amazing how the big things just happen seamlessly.

      Have a great weekend Sherman!

      ~ Don

  4. “Write great content that solves someone’s problem and gives them a reason to build a relationship with you”

    I will highlight this on Don. No doubt, it is true and logical.

    People have a reason why they Google words, phrases and sentences. Becoming a problem solver gave readers a reason to keep coming back and trust worthy.

    On my blog, in a week, I received several concerns and sometimes they are redundant, but for you to build a good relationship, still solve their problem and give a precise instruction.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social bookmarking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  5. after posting a new post so many visitors may see that if they like that post they will share it on social media or they will comment on that post ,in this way we can improve number of friends to our site ,thus we can promote our blog.this is very efficient way to improve traffic to our site .after reading your blog i learned some new points ,thank you for your post.

  6. Hi Don,

    I wanted to leave a comment earlier from another computer, but it didn’t work, so here I am now.

    For sure the more we give the more we’ll receive. There no way around that, and don’t get it when I still see people who don’t get that.

    Thank you so much for including me, Don. Very honored.

    1. Hi Sylviane,

      You’re so welcome. Looking forward to jumping over to your site shortly to see what you have to teach me today!!!! I really appreciate you site.

      I don’t understand either. But any way you look at it people want cheap, time free, easy results. That’s not how works, does it?

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend Sylviane!
      ~ Don

  7. Hi Don, I think number 3 is the easiest way for me to promote articles. I wan tot try number 1 and 2 but I guess I need to give enough time to blogging. Since I’m a SAHM, I don’t stay in front of the computer 8 hours a day.

  8. Don… I Love the excitement in your blog along-with with the great tips and insights! I agree with the relationship value as well! Synergy is better than one-sided loss of energy. Thanks for the post!

  9. Hey Don,

    I’m a day late but I made it! Enjoyed my time off but playing catch up is rough! LOL!!!

    Oh and Disqus isn’t liking my comments today, it won’t accept any of them so I’m trying this again for the third time.

    I scanned down your comment section real quick and I’m not surprised at the ones that really took the time to share their thoughts on this post. Now that’s what I’m talking about, conversations darn it.

    You are so right about how to get out there and start making those connections. I know when I first started online things were a bit different. Still I’ve always been a people person so for me I just enjoyed meeting other people and learning what they were doing and how it was helping them move forward too! As time went by I started to see that it was most about connecting with others. I mean we are the ones who are going to support and help each other right! So you may never purchase anything from me, big deal. What you will do though is point others in the direction of my content just like you’re doing here so that’s why these connections are SO important.

    The same goes for me! Because of what I’ve come to know about you in the short time we’ve been visiting each other I would 100% point someone in your direction that needs to learn from you. This is a people business so the sooner others realize this the better off they’ll be.

    I know that early on when I would share this with others they would complain that it’s time consuming. Looking back though they are still at the same place they were so the way I look at it is that you have to do certain things every single day anyway right! Why not make this part of your daily activities! It’s certainly not going to hurt you any. Instead you’re going to start slowly see results.

    I appreciate you mentioning me here Don, thank you so much. That was very nice of you and I only hope that those that have been visiting you and seeing all the activity here will realize that this is what it takes to get yourself out there. Oh, and it’s a fun process too so who doesn’t want to have some fun along the way right!

    Great sharing these sites you recommend them use too. I think that’s a great list to start and I think they’ll do really well if they take your lead.

    Thank you again Don and I wish you a great week ahead.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi Adrienne!

      YEA! Third time was the charm…

      I knew there was a reason I liked you so much aside from the obvious. You’re heart is amazing. If we are going to be hoarders and selfish then we’ll get the same results of those you mentioned who don’t want to put the effort in.

      In reality, once you get in the habit, train your eyes and brain to read and comprehend, it’s not that hard to think through what someone is saying and offer them a word of encouragement to let someone know you read their work.

      I’m not one bit surprised those folks are still stuck. They are in it for “me” and as long as they are no matter of agreement with you will change their situation until the get off their duff and change what they are doing.

      Gotta change what you’re doing if you want different results, right?

      I learned a long time ago that’s the difference between the top 1% and everyone else. You have to work at it and work hard and smart!

      People don’t get wealthy by accident. It’s not just because it’s a brilliant idea, or whatever… they still needed someone to help them get there. Scarcity will eat your lunch all day long and keep you hostage to your misery. If you want to break out you have to connect with people by offering them something other than “you” when you first meet them.

      I’m weary already of people asking me to spotlight them and their blogs look terrible, say nothing, mean nothing, and help no one. It’s not HAPPENING!

      I’m so glad you had a happy birthday and some much needed time away. I’m so blessed and honored that you would choose to come here today in light of all the other important things you could be catching up on.

      What a blessing!
      ~ Don

      1. Ah, aren’t you so sweet! Yeah, I kind of grow on people! LOL!!!

        You are right, why wouldn’t you not want to connect with others. You can learn from them, share their content and start building some pretty darn great relationships ya know.

        It really doesn’t take much to share a good comment. I love to share my own experience because I know people can learn from me. I think that’s very important in this instance and it helps us to relate to that other person as well no matter what their experience has or has not been.

        You’re right, those people will probably remain in that same place or have quit by now because they’re not getting their desired results. There are some people who just have blinders on and they see one way. If they aren’t comfortable doing something they don’t want to then they won’t. Well you can’t really have success if you aren’t willing to step outside your comfort zone. What a shame too.

        You’ve got that right, you don’t because wealthy purely by accident. One thing I learned coming into this is that you definitely are going to need some help. Whether it’s about something you don’t understand or you need your content shared in front of more people, you are going to need assistance. Stop thinking you can do this alone and just make a few connections. I was surprised by all of the people who were so willing to help. It’s really amazing.

        Well I have a lot of catching up to do and I had to start with those posts that mentioned me now. You know me, I can’t be too late to the party. That would just be rude! (((all smiles)))

        Thank you Don and I had a great birthday and nice time off. I’m regretting it today but that’s okay. Most of my friends and followers know my situation and what happened last year so this was well deserved.

        Have a fabulous week my friend and you know we’ll be talking again soon. I can’t help myself.

        ~Adrienne

        1. Who me? You think I need help Adrienne? I thought I was doing fine. After all, what don’t I know? I am the master of my own domain?

          LOL….

          Isn’t that the way most people think, even if they don’t say it out loud?

          Growth is a product of having great ideas, focus and clarity, and the ability to execute. The strategies you execute better include finding out how to benefit others over self if you want to achieve success!

          It’s not about me, it’s about you!

  10. Hey Don,

    I’m a day late but I made it! Enjoyed my time off but playing catch up is rough! LOL!!!

    I scanned down your comment section real quick and I’m not surprised at the ones that really took the time to share their thoughts on this post. Now that’s what I’m talking about, conversations darn it.

    You are so right about how to get out there and start making those connections. I know when I first started online things were a bit different. Still I’ve always been a people person so for me I just enjoyed meeting other people and learning what they were doing and how it was helping them move forward too! As time went by I started to see that it was most about connecting with others. I mean we are the ones who are going to support and help each other right! So you may never purchase anything from me, big deal. What you will do though is point others in the direction of my content just like you’re doing here so that’s why these connections are SO important.

    The same goes for me! Because of what I’ve come to know about you in the short time we’ve been visiting each other I would 100% point someone in your direction that needs to learn from you. This is a people business so the sooner others realize this the better off they’ll be.

    I know that early on when I would share this with others they would complain that it’s time consuming. Looking back though they are still at the same place they were so the way I look at it is that you have to do certain things every single day anyway right! Why not make this part of your daily activities! It’s certainly not going to hurt you any. Instead you’re going to start slowly see results.

    I appreciate you mentioning me here Don, thank you so much. That was very nice of you and I only hope that those that have been visiting you and seeing all the activity here will realize that this is what it takes to get yourself out there. Oh, and it’s a fun process too so who doesn’t want to have some fun along the way right!

    Great sharing these sites you recommend them use too. I think that’s a great list to start and I think they’ll do really well if they take your lead.

    Thank you again Don and I wish you a great week ahead.

    ~Adrienne

  11. Hi,

    This is yet another stumbling stone of wisdom from you. It’s all about giving more,that’s the only way to get more. An ironic truth.

    I have tried many things in the past, but few worked and few didn’t. One thing helped me a lot, the connection with fellow bloggers. It’s a great feeling when my content is promoted. I need to give that happiness to others as well.

    Bang on Don, sometimes all you need is good karma to begin and you end with all good karma. Nice article.

    P.S. I found this post on Kingged.

  12. Great tips. I agree that one of the best ways is to create content that solves someone’s problem. I love reading posts that contain helpful tips and information about everyday issues.

  13. Thanks Don! I love connecting with people and it helps a lot when they are the same audience. Thanks for sharing another great post.

  14. Hey Don,

    Thanks for writing yet another awesome article about the power of the “right” promotion of our content.

    I like how you started with the most important point – “Write Great Content that solves a problem…” That’s the starting point of course. Without a great content, promotion won’t get the results desired. Even if you have the right friends and use the right platform, bad content can only go so far.

    I agree with you that connecting with others who are in the same audience as you are is critically important. I remember you saying that you met Adrienne Smith and a couple other bloggers through our Kingged.com platform. That’s wonderful and goes to show that what we are doing is working well for bloggers!

    And that’s what Kingged.com has been doing for about two years now (and plan to keep doing) – helping bloggers get their “GREAT KINGLIKE content” out there, where they will get read, appreciated and shared even more, by the right bloggers.

    By the way, I like your [soon to be famous?] quote towards the end of the article:

    “If you want to be promoted, then start promoting”
    — Don Purdum 🙂

    Talking about quotes, I used the below quotes in another comment today and I think they still come handy for this post of yours, since it’s also about the importance of building the right relationships with the right people:

    “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
    – Dale Carnegie

    “You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people and I’ll build the business right back again.”
    — Henry Ford

    “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
    — Winston Churchill

    “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
    — Theodore Roosevelt

    Thanks again, for this post, Don, and for adding Kingged.com to your list of “resources out there to distribute your content to.” I see you have shared this yourself on Kingged and I will “king” it and am sure others will too.

    Kingsley

    1. Hi Kingsley,

      It’s a mantra of mine… if you’re not solving a problem for someone are you really giving them a reason to visit your site or blog? I spend a lot of my time with my clients helping them identify the “real” problems they solve because it is so foundational to their business and marketing.

      I appreciate your platform and I thoroughly enjoy the quality of bloggers and engagement through the site. I’m happy I found you guys and look forward to much engagement in the days, months, and years ahead!

      Thanks for the great quotes and for all you do!

      ~ Don

  15. Hello Don,
    I always say this when of relationships comes up; No Man is an Island and we all need each other to survive. There are more than 1 billion internet users so why then do you intend to be selfish when it comes to linking to others?
    The world those who share.
    It is all matter of caring. II for instance have linked to several bloggers in my post and that to me is what has made my blog today.
    Thanks for sharing with us this insight. Do have a great week bro.

    PS: I found this shared on kingged.com

  16. Hi Don,
    The power of influence could be persuasive if it is filled with the potency to help and solve problem. This applies in building relationship online.

    Promoting articles that turn shares into friends can be achieved. We ought to increase persuasion by helping others meet their needs.

    Building relationship with others is vital in online success! The bloggers listed are heart-warming and the resources mentioned are great for building valuable relationships that help solve readers problems!

    This post “kingged” or upvoted in kingged.com where it was shared for bloggers,social marketers,and online marketers.
    http://kingged.com/promoting-articles-turns-shares-friends/

  17. Hi Don,

    You are SO right about all that you wrote 🙂

    You have to promote your articles, and those shares on the various networks does turn into an added advantage for you when you start making good friends, and all of this happens only with time and effort. Nothing comes easy in life, isn’t it? And we do have people who complain when things don’t work, or perhaps there is effort they lack where building relationships is concerned.

    If you don’t reach out and connect with people, it’s not going to work for you, and that’s a surely thing, and I know you get a lot of comments on your blog because you write well for one, and most importantly, you make an effort to build relationships too. Social networking matters a great deal and you DO need to share your posts if you want to reach the masses. Simply writing good stuff and now being present all over doesn’t really work. However, it gets tough at times to be all over, yet you try the best you can. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Thank you for stopping by! What a blessing and treat!

      I learned the hard way that if you write great content and no sees it; it does you no good. It’s as if no one ever saw it. It’s frustrating and painful to think I put all that effort into trying to help someone and for what purpose?

      I don’t know why I didn’t get involved in these communities sooner and meet all these great people, including yourself Harleena!

      I am really encouraged by your kind words and appreciate it more than you may know. I hope you have a great week as well!

      Sincerely
      ~ Don

  18. Hi Don,

    Thanks so much for the kind mention 🙂 What a winning list of bloggers you have there. It’s funny; simply promoting others and commenting on their blogs has opened so many doors for me, I can’t begin to tell ya.

    A comment here, a RT there, and doing so on a daily basis, well that makes a guy like yourself stand out from the crowd. The monster community you built here is no mistake; take notes folks…..Don knows how to network, and connect, and how to serve others, so naturally he prospers, his business prospers and his blogging community will continue to grow at a steady pace.

    I dig the groups you’ve joined. I’m huge on Triberr. Ever since I’ve started Blogging from Paradise 3 short weeks ago I’ve seen a massive spike in traffic, no doubt due to the Triberr influence and the support of my friends.

    As you said, you’ll get as much out of tribes as you get putting in to them. Be an active member to achieve the greatest returns. Help people, comment on updates, promote others, and you’ll be stunned at how quickly your online presence grows.

    Thanks again Don, awesomeness.

    I’ll tweet this one out in a bit.

    Ryan

    1. Hi Ryan,

      You’re very welcome! It’s such a blessing to have connected with you.

      I learned in sales and in fundraising a long time ago that the key to growth is not in how much you can get, but in how much you can give. People love to promoted and shared and it greats a great starting to point to building trust.

      The problem with too many people is that they are keeping their “little” empires to themselves. Their insecurity and need to protect their “list” is holding them back from achieving real growth. It’s not a build it by myself and they will come game…

      The more we give away, build trust, and offer people a reason to share us and / or buy from us the better off we are. I can try to reach one person at a time for many years or we can help one another.

      I followed your advice you messaged me from Triberr and it’s still not pulling the feed. I’ll figure it out shortly. For now, I’m just gonna jump in and start engaging very soon.

      Thanks for allowing me into your Triberr group!
      Sincerely.
      ~ Don

  19. Hi Don,

    First of all, cool graphic – and it’s unique to you, well done! 🙂

    You are spot on – so many people start, do a little bit, don’t see any results and begin to say, “It doesn’t work!”

    Definitely agree with your number one, however, I don’t think we’ve moved past branding at all… although I do get your point about relationship marketing being extremely important and relevant in this day and age.

    For number two, yes – I agree that blogger outreach is of the utmost importance especially since we cannot do this alone, and social media has become more important to search engines.

    I sincerely appreciate you mentioning my name and site, and am very thankful that the Lord allowed our paths to cross.

    You hit the nail on the head when you say the people in this list have become new online friends. That is very true for me too. 🙂

    I know everyone in the list except for Stephanie, and I will definitely rectify that tomorrow.

    It’s funny you should list Virtual Content Buzz, because I just joined a few days ago. I need to be more active on DoSplash and Inbound, but the others I’m very active on.

    Now Google plus and Google plus groups is something that I need to make some time to understand and build up… as I hear it’s a great source of traffic.

    Thanks for sharing, Don, another delightful read.

    Have a great evening.

    – Carol Amato

    1. Hi Carol,

      Thank you for the kind words!

      Yep, there is a lot of people out their sabotaging their own efforts subconsciously. They are pre-determining the outcome and when it does fail, and it will, they can say they were validated.

      It’s a terrible approach and way to think. But, most people are unfortunately conditioned to think negatively and see the worse possible outcomes instead of being optimistic and hopeful; and working in a positive way to achieve their dreams and goals.

      It’s been a lot of fun the last few months getting to know everyone on this list and contribute to each one of your communities.

      I appreciate you and look forward to fun times ahead.

      Hope you have a great week Carol!

      ~ Don

    1. Hi Liz,

      Selfishness will get you where you are at. If someone likes the results they are getting then they should just keep doing what they are doing. However, if someone wants different results then they should consider a different approach.

      Thanks for sharing Liz!
      ~ Don

  20. It’s a bit like the golden rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. Eventually, they will reciprocate!

  21. That’s a great list you shared for resources. The interaction with others in the same field is my favorite part of what I do, it’s always nice to find more places to do it.

  22. Thank you so much for this post, i have trouble with people connecting to me, mostly my friends and family refuse to support me on my blogging, its pretty hard at fists when you dont have a following, heck i still dont, i just keep posting

    1. Hi Samantha,

      I wouldn’t focus on your friends and family. They can’t help you and you shouldn’t expect them to. Instead, find groups and communities online like I have shown you above and start connecting and engaging. Remember, it’s all about them. Make it about them and at some point the will make it about you.

      Thanks for sharing.
      ~ Don

  23. Thanks for this info! I’ve been trying to get past some roadblocks in growing my blog lately and these will come in handy!

    1. Hi Britney,

      You’re welcome. I hope that you’ll take the time to find those who serve the same audience you do in a different way and engage, share, and help them out.

      Thanks for sharing!
      ~ Don

  24. Wooo Hooo Don I am so honored to be mentioned here on your blog with this amazing list of bloggers.. Thanks You! Everything you have stated here is so true, It is not all about YOU! You need to get out there and share share share.. Love this aticle Don, Thanks again my friend and Make it an Awesome New Week.. Chery :))

    1. Hi Chery,

      You are so welcome. I love your passion and discussion about passion on your blog! You inspired me and your comment has greatly encouraged me.

      I appreciate you and thank you for the kind words!

      ~ Don

  25. I am very happy that I found this during my search for something concerning this. I have read your article completely. I m a new reader and happy to have found you. I’m impressed by your blogging. Thanks for the tips and I look forward to reading more posts in the future!

    Excellent blog, Thanks so much for sharing

  26. Thank you for these tips. I’m going to have to read this indepth and try to apply a few of these to my blog. I’m always struggling to get traffic to it.

  27. Hey Don
    First of all thanks a lot for again mentioning me here. That’s very nice of you as always. 🙂

    The biggest thing I noted at your blog is you blog for the people and only for the people. I mean neither for money nor for search engines. Customer satisfaction is your top priority and after that earning money is not a big thing.

    Though you must be taking full care of what search engines want but humane aspect is so dominating in your every blogging chore.
    You promote others post regardless of if they are promoting yours or not. You mention others at your blog without thinking how many times they mentioned you at their blog.

    You also share your every blogging strategy with your blog readers and at social media communities. These are all signs of a great blogger who blog for the people and only for the benefit of the people.

    Great post again and very to the point and without any sermon of how-tos. Just you mentioned how you are doing great and did mention a lot of links to send your readers to check out themselves.

    Thanks a lot for sharing it. Have a great week.

    1. Hi Mi,

      You are very welcome. Your articles are so enlightening and helpful. I appreciate all that I’m learning from you.

      You’re right that I don’t write for search engines. Don’t get me wrong, I would love their traffic. But it isn’t going to just come. So, I would rather work hard at building relationships and connecting with amazing people such as yourself and help you get where you want to go. That’s really in all our best interest isn’t it?

      Too many are thinking… me, me, me… and wonder why they don’t get ahead.

      No one cares for the “me” crowd. If we help one another we have a shot at doing something special and achieve our dreams.

      I appreciate your kind words and I enjoy reading and connecting with you!

      ~ Don

  28. Hi Don,

    Like I said on my comment to you on Facebook, relationship is the key to networking. That’s something that is hard too beat coz even if your competitor has greater things to offer, if you have strong relationship with your audience and followers, they are more to stick with you.

    I can say more but running out of batteries on tablet. I’ll see you later.

    Til then,
    Angela

    1. Hi Angela,

      I agree – relationships are the key to great networking and the principles are the same if you’re online or offline. It’s just that the tools are different.

      I really appreciate you and your perspective Angela and look forward to being on your website every week!

      ~ Don

  29. Hey Don,

    Thank you so much for the mention! I really appreciate it. It’s been such a nice surprise to a typically-blah Monday morning to receive notifications you AND Andrew mentioned me in new posts. It’s almost better than coffee! 😀

    I know almost all of the bloggers you listed, but thank you for sharing a couple new names I didn’t know. I’ll have to be sure to visit them soon.

    And I think you hit the nail on the head with: “If you want to be promoted, then start promoting. Share in your blogs, your social media, and in your emails of how others are making a difference for you.”

    You get what you give.

    If you give nothing, you can’t expect to receive anything. It’s true in tithing, it’s true in acts of kindness, and it’s true in blog promotion!

    If you find content worth sharing, share it. Share it with zero expectations.

    That’s how you make friends, that’s how you network, and it’s how your own content, eventually, will be promoted.

    Thanks again, Don. Have a great Monday!

    1. Hi Kevin,

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad I could brighten your day and the start to your week.

      I really believe that sharing and promoting others is the way to go. We have to give others a reason to want to engage with us and the introduction to that is what I call the “Share” economy. The more we share the more we grow.

      I don’t know about you, but I don’t know it all and it’s good to connect with those such as yourself who see things differently than I do and can teach me along the way.

      I love your comment to “share it with zero expectations.”

      Such great advice.

      Thanks Kevin!
      ~ Don

  30. Hi Don,

    Wow. Thanks for the mention here on your site. Connecting with other who share the same audience as you but in a different way is important. I’m very grateful to connect with people like yourself, Adrienne, Adam, Ana, Kevin Enstine and others that I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with. It truly is about building those relationships and friendships.

    Point number 1 (Write great content that solves someone’s problem and gives them a reason to build a relationship with you) is always going to be something that bloggers have to focus on and do. If you’re not solving your readers problems, then what are you really doing?

    Lastly, the places that you shared to share and promote your content are some real gems. After all, it is all about promoting content these days. And to be effective and to be where you want to be in the blogosphere, you need to be willing to spend even more time promoting your content than it takes for you to write it.

    Thanks again for the mention, Don and also for providing great content as always.

    Have a great week.

    – Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew,

      You’re very welcome!

      I like how in a very short commentary by myself you got the essence of my points. That means much to me.

      I look forward to being on your website every week now and I appreciate your feedback!

      ~ Don

  31. Hey Don,
    I’m excited about ever meeting you online. Your blog has
    inspired me in so many ways. Some really popular posts on my blog came
    as a result of reading your articles. I love the relationship which is
    being so fruitful

    I’m happy to be on the list of these tough bloggers. I connect even on a more personal platform with a majority on the list 😉

    I
    love one thing you mentioned and I’d like to hit hard on it. This
    phrase “Include others in your blog articles” to me is the backbone of
    relationship building and referral traffic corner stone. If bloggers
    keep to this, we will always grow in every dimension.You can’t link to
    me in your article and I don’t stop by to say thank you. It’s a very
    tough way to attract me and I can’t resist it.

    Secondly, sharing my content on social media is another way to call me in. How can I ever resist that?

    I’m
    developing a whole content on this point, trying to get bloggers into
    growing a sharing habit that will positively influence their growths.

    Thanks for keeping this relationship warm Don. Better days lie ahead 😉

    1. Hi Enstine,

      I absolutely love your blog!!!! I learn something from you every time I visit, which is several times a week. I saw your post today and look forward to heading over soon to visit it.

      I am past being around selfish people that hoard their “friends” and think that everyone is out to steal their network. It’s childish. If you offer value and a reason for them to keep coming back they certainly will!

      I’m very blessed to be included in your growing community Enstine. Thanks again for the blessing and I look forward to reading your article in a just a bit!

      ~ Don

  32. I agree that relationships are important in being able to get the word out and be seen on social media. You need to care about people for real.

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