Today is day four in our five part series to optimize our wordpress websites.
In day 1 we improved our site with proper WordPress Maintenance, then we setup our site to rank well in the search engines with WordPress SEO Optimization, next we changed our WordPress Layout to make more money.
Today we need to spread the word about our site using:
WordPress addons have been created for just about any purpose you can think of. One way to make use of them is to promote your blog without any extra effort. As long as you take the time to set them up correctly, here are some ideas for addons that’ll help boost your blog without you even trying!
1) Tweet Addons
If you hadn’t realized it yet, Twitter is a huge platform for your blog. You should be taking advantage of this with a range of available addons.
Before you begin, note that you’re going to need to sign up for an account. Go to http://www.twitter.com/ and create your profile before connecting with people in your niche to start building a following.
Now you can set up some of the following WordPress addons to help promote every post you write.
Tweet Old Post: This post will allow you to promote your older posts to your Twitter following. It’s extremely easy to setup and, once you have, your blog will start tweeting old blog posts at the interval you choose. You can also use hashtags with these tweets for extra promotion. Find the addon here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-old-post/
TweetMeme: This plugin doesn’t actually require you to have a Twitter account. Instead, it adds a button that’ll allow your readers to tweet the post to their own followers, if they think it’s worth sharing! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweetmeme/
Tweet This: This post is essential if you want to tweet out a link to every new blog post you write, but want to save time by automating it. The Tweet This plugin will automatically send a link to your followers as soon as your new post goes live, after you’ve taken a few minutes to get it set up: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-this/
Facebook is among the top few most popular websites in the world, so it makes sense to also focus here if you want to get your blog noticed. Here are some excellent WordPress addons that’ll help you do this as easily as possible.
Note that the best thing about using these Facebook plugins is that you don’t need to have a fan page, or even a Facebook account, for your visitors to come to your site and like or share any of your posts with their own Facebook friends!
Socialize: This plugin isn’t just perfect for promoting your site on Facebook, but it’ll also give users a chance to share your posts with any of their favorite sharing sites (including Digg, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and more). You can control where you want the “like” buttons to go, but by default it’ll place them at the top and bottom of your posts to get the most exposure. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/socialize/
Facebook Tools: if you do decide to go ahead and create a page for your website, then Facebook itself will give you a number of different promotion tools to help get it noticed. All you need to do is copy and paste the code they create for you: http://www.facebook.com/
3) RSS Feed
If you run a blog then it’s easy to create an RSS feed for it. This is just a way for people to read it and subscribe to it so they never miss an update. It’s a good idea to help them do this as it’ll create loyal readers and repeat traffic.
FeedBurner: FeedBurner is the easiest tool for promoting your RSS feed as well as tracking how many subscribers you have. When you sign up, all you need to do is enter your URL to get started. FeedBurner will do all of the hard work for you and will provide you with a number of different buttons to place on your website and (hopefully) increase your blog subscribers!
The best thing about all of the WordPress addons mentioned in this article is that they’re complete free to use. They only take a few minutes to set up. Once you have, you’ll find it easier to get other people to promote your blog posts for you!