45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

16. Share your content somewhere besides social media

Most people usually post their new blog article on social media when it goes live… but then they don’t share it anywhere else. This is one of the huge mistakes people make when promoting their posts.

What else can you do? We already talked about email outreach and working with influencers. But there’s so much more work to be done!

Here are the best places to share your new blog post:

I. Niche-related forums

You probably saw this one coming after tip #15. Forums are a great way to get long-term traffic because (if done right) your post will stay there for a long time and even possibly show up in search results.

You can find forums by searching on Find a Forum or by googling inurl:forum + "your_keyword"

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

Once you find the forum, you need to become a member. This isn’t just a quick, “pop in and leave a link” strategy. You’ll get banned pretty quick doing that so it won’t do you any good when starting a blog.

I recommend leaving at least 20 to 30 high-value comments before any self-promotion. (High-value meaning thought-provoking and helpful, not just “Nice post!”.)

II. Quora

Quora is a place for anyone to ask anything. Anyone can go and leave an answer.

Search Quora for questions related to posts you’ve written, write a thoughtful answer and link back to the post with more details. Easy peasy.

III. Social media groups

I briefly mentioned Facebook groups in the section on social media, but I wanted to talk about them more.

Social media groups, like those on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, are an amazing way to drive highly targeted traffic. The 600 new visitors I got from one post proves that.

They’re easy enough to find. Just search on Facebook or LinkedIn and click on “Groups”. For Google Plus, go to the “Communities” tab and search there. Join any relevant ones.

Like forums, don’t just spam your stuff. Become a loved member of the community. Engage with the people and share other people’s stuff. Once the group members know your face and like you, then you can share your own posts. And don’t forget to respond to their comments!

17. Give your “About” page some love

If you don’t have an about page, you’re doing it wrong. Building one really is a must when starting a blog.

In the blogging world (and especially when you’re new, learning how to start a blog), people follow people who they know, like, and trust. How can you know, like, and trust someone who doesn’t show their face or have a compelling story?

When someone looks at your about page, what do you want them to see? A crappy page put together as an afterthought, or one built to draw users into your personal or brand story?

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