When it comes to promoting your blog or business, it’s hard to know where to begin. There are so many social media platforms (and it seems like more are being created every day!) that it can be a tad overwhelming.
But if you are ready to start creating a community/following you’re going to have to decide how to get the word out.
Luckily, there are lots of places where you can promote your blog or your business FOR FREE. You don’t have to pay a bunch of money to get your name out there- all it takes is a little work and research- and patience.
Excuse my shudder- but being patient is something I dislike. But it’s true! Building a tribe isn’t an overnight thing and sometimes your business requires you to be consistent and patient.
I’ve created a list of 35 free ways/places that you can promote your blog or biz. I have not tried all 35 platforms because I’m a firm believer in mastering a couple things well before moving on. But if you are looking for a wider variety of places to get your name out there, other than Facebook and Twitter, here are some ideas!
To get you started, here are 35 places to promote your biz:
- Facebook Facebook is an awesome free platform to promote your blog or biz! I highly suggest creating a specific page for your blog/biz. That way the people who follow your page genuinely want to follow it. Nothing turns me off of a “business” faster than if a person uses a personal page to spam you with a product over, and over again.
- Instagram I’m falling in love with Instagram. It’s image based.
- Twitter Limited to 140 characters, but you can post pictures too!
- Pinterest A marketing powerhouse where you can share images that link back
- Tumblr Post multimedia content and use as a social networking platform.
- Flipboard Set up like an online “magazine,” you can “flip” through blog posts and news articles and save specific content to your magazines.
- Google+ Share content and create specific groups you can share niche content with.
- Yummly For you food bloggers out there!
- Feedly You can organize a blog feed and share content with Feedly.
- Linkedin The business minded social media platform. Linkedin is usually touted as the professionals’ social media platform. Make business connections and create a profile for your freelancing business or blog.
- StumbleUpon Stumbleupon is exactly what it sounds like. You “stumble” through blog posts and can like content that you find and save blogs that you want to follow later.
- Bloglovin Bloglovin allows you to follow any number of blogs through the site. You can set up your blog to where it automatically adds any new posts you’ve published to the Bloglovin site.
- Digg This site shows the top and trending news and blog posts.
- Reddit Add direct links or summaries to Reddit. Start discussions or build a community.
- Fancy Find/show products for sale.
- Diigo It’s a social bookmarking site.
- Crunchbase This site provides industry information and information on specific businesses.
- Newsvine A collaborative news site.
- Blo.gs A blog index site.
- Slashdot News for technology related content.
- Kinja News aggregator.
- Yammer Social networking site to be used within organizations.
- Sphere Personalized content discovery.
- Bloglines Blog index.
- Techmeme Technology news.
- Technorati Advertising platform.
- Wanelo Want, need, love. A round up site where you can find products for sale!
- We Heart It Image based sharing platform.
- Xing Professionals networking platform.
- Blogger Blogger is the Google blogging platform where you can follow other “blogger” blogs and they can follow you.
- WordPress Follow other WordPress blogs and vice versa.
- Word of mouth. Never underestimate the power of face to face communication.
- Email. Email is still a fantastic marketing tool and it hasn’t been relegated to the dark ages yet. 😉
- Tailwind. Join Tailwind tribes and get your Pinterest pins shared by other bloggers! It’s a fantastic way to get your blog posts/products out there. You get your first 100 pins free, and if you sign up with my link you get $15 credited to your account.
With 35 places to promote your blog/biz, this list should give you some ideas on where to start!
Disclaimer: Don’t try to do all of these at once! Pick a couple and learn them well. Master those BEFORE moving on. Otherwise, you won’t be able to gain any traction. So find some platforms that fit your niche- and FOCUS on those.