I am constantly amazed at all the great blogs there are on the internet. Almost every day I discover a new one and add it to my iGoogle page. What does this mean? I spend way too much time online! Not only that, I’m not using my time online to boost my blog’s profile efficiently. So, how does one go about boosting a blog? Darren Rowse of Problogger gives some tips in his 31DBBB workbook:
Describe Your Desired Reader
What kind of people are you hoping to attract to your blog? Who would benefit most from your content? When I first started Growing Kids Ministry, I aimed most of my posts towards other Children’s Ministry workers. Now, I try to include more post for parents — both in terms of spiritual development and ideas for family time.
Ask Yourself “Where are my potential readers gathering online?”
For Children’s Ministry workers, there are some great forums such as CMConnect, Kidology, and Ministry to Children where you can meet some great kidmin minds. Ministry to Children also has a list of the top 100 Children’s Ministry blogs. If you have some spare time, you can check out some of those and gain some readers through comments and adding to the discussion.
As for parents, I’m not sure where a central gathering place for Christian parents might be. That’s something I’ll need to explore. I have found some great blogs by Christian parents through sites like Faithful bloggers, SITSgirls, and Twitter, but it’s kind of a hit and miss thing.
Build Your Presence with These Ideas
After you’ve located a few potential-reader saturated places, you can promote your blog in these ways:
- Guest Posting
- Leaving super useful comments
- Setting up a profile page
For further reading and more ideas, be sure to check out the workbook!
What About You?
What great gathering places have you found? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know!