I just spent 10 hours straight doing the design for Easyonlinemoneymaking.com (still waiting for the dns to update for my Host Gator switch, I’ll post when the results are live). I figured that since I spent such an extended period of time actually being productive I would make a post about some of the “time fillers” that you can do to promote your blog when you don’t feel like pumping out posts or articles.
When I have spare time I usually do some or all of the following, mixing them up every 5 minutes or so to keep myself interested. I love internet marketing, but I don’t always have the attention span to keep churning out the content so it is fun to do moderately effective traffic driving techniques rather than the high power but highly boring techniques such as article creation/submission.
Here’s where my spare time goes:
- Adding followers on Twitter and starting conversations with some of my followers when they have interesting status updates. My twitter: James Spinosa
- Adding contacts on MyBlogLog and joining communities.
- Adding friends on BlogCatalog and joining groups, discussions, blogs, etc.
- Posting on various forums that allow me to have a blog feed, this is mainly to build up name reputation but it doesn’t hurt to get some traffic. Don’t just spam them, post useful content.
- Commenting on a bunch of related niche blog posts.
- Tinkering with my advertisements to find better converting programs so I can make some more money.
- Creating link bait lists, such as “Top 100 dofollow blogs” so that I can get some free links from other bloggers.
- Staring at the ClickBank marketplace trying to reverse engineer the success for some of the products that I have no idea why people buy them.
While these may seem like a waste of time I actually enjoy them, and they do yield results. Most of these are designed to get a one time visitor, but about 10% of people that come to this site sign up to receive my blog posts, yielding long term traffic.
In terms of things like blog commenting and forum posting, this will yield permanent one way dofollow links, which will make me show up for more search results. The other methods like adding twitter followers, friends, contacts, etc. make it so that I have another set of people that get updates each time I post.
If you have spare time, you might as well use it for something constructive. There is always some way you can be promoting your blog even if it isn’t through the traditional methods.