Now that your blog is “LIVE,” you need to do some basic things to help others find you. Or give your established blog a little shove and see if traffic doesn’t improve.
Submit to Giant Search Engines
Even though you’ve optimized the general metadata on your blog, as well as each post, you may still want to hand submit your blog to some key search engines.
- Google. Google will eventually pick up your page but it doesn’t hurt to submit it via Google Webmaster Tools. You can also check there to see how it is performing. Make sure your metadata accurately describes what your blog is about. Submit to Google here.
- Yahoo! Blog Directory
- DMOZ. This is a human-reviewed directory of the web. The Open Directory Project (ODP), also known as Dmoz (from directory.mozilla.org, its original domain name), is a multilingual open content directory of World Wide Web links. Netscape owns it, but it is constructed and maintained by a community of volunteer editors. When you submit to DMOZ, make sure to follow their instructions for categorizing your blog VERY CAREFULLY.
- Bing. Learn more here.
- Aol. In partnership with DMOZ.
- ASK.com. Add your URL to Ask.com
Submit to legal content centric directories
Some legal blog directories have grown quite large and may not be of immediate help to your blog, but try submitting to the narrowest category possible and see if it doesn’t help.
- ABAJournal.com Blawg Directory
Submit to General Blog Directories and Aggregators
- Alltop.com. Try submitting your (non-legal) industry focused blog to a more general category here.
- BlogCatalog. www.blogcatalog.com/
- BlogPulse. submit link here: http://www.blogpulse.com/submit.html
- Best of the Web Blogs. http://blogs.botw.org/
- FeedAgg. Aggregates your blog feed by category http://www.feedagg.com/
- Bloglines. Now being run by Merchant’s Circle, this site reaches out to retail consumers rather than corporate types, but great for personal services practices.
- Zemanta. Valuable blog tool that feeds bloggers link suggestions to use within their content—submit your blog as a content provider. http://www.zemanta.com/
- Newsgator. More of an enterprise social networking tool, but you can build a Newsgator widget to distribute your content via mobile. (MS Sharepoint partner)
- Techmeme. The web’s technology news site of record, Techmeme spotlights the hottest tech stories from all around the web on a single page. Meeting very specific criteria will get your post featured on Techmeme. Not easy but check out this out. http://news.techmeme.com/
- StumbleUpon. Paid Discovery on StumbleUpon can be effective if you have a specific target audience you are trying to reach. https://www.stumbleupon.com/pd/ OR, simply submit your site for free here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/help/how-to-submit-a-site/
- FeedShark. Free online tool that easily promotes your blog or website – with the simple push of a button! http://feedshark.brainbliss.com/
- Twitter. Use FeedBurner or FeedBlitz to auto post new content to your Twitter account. Then, for extra measure, write a Tweet that highlights content, asks a question or encourages discussion and send another link.
- LinkedIn. Include your blog website URL on your profile using the “custom” box and type in the name of the blog. Using the (easy) widget on LI, set up the feed of your blog content to appear on your profile page and news stream. Add Twitter to your LinkedIN profile and your Tweets about your blog will show up in your status update.
- Facebook. Add your blog posts to your firm’s Facebook page and your individual page. You can link your FB account to automatically grab your new posts.
- Reciprocal links. In addition to links within your content to others’ blog content, which can create a pingback or a reciprocal mention, make sure to include a well thought-out, strategic Blog Roll to your blog. Give your readers similar or complimentary content in your blog roll and ask those bloggers to include your blog in their roll. Build a valuable “blogger community” and incoming links as a result.
- FeedBlitz. http://www.feedblitz.com/ Alternative to Google’s Feedburner. Sends email notification to visitors who sign up to receive your latest posts.
- Scoop.it.com. Curate your favorite posts, news articles, web pages, as well as your own new posts or favorite evergreen posts, and send your scoop to social networks.
- Paper.Li (http://paper.li/) Similar to Scoop.it, publish and share your own-online newspaper on Twitter and other networks—include your most recent post.
- Repurpose. Set up your blog on Martindale Connected, social networking site for the legal profession, or other industry focused social networking sites. Some will even let you set up a feed so you’re not doing double duty.
- LinkedIn Groups. This can be fertile territory for specific posts, relevant to specific Groups. Excerpt some of your post to create a discussion and link to your full post. This may take a little more work, but I’ve heard from more than one attorney that this is a very effective tactic.
- Guest blog
- Add your blog address to your business card and email signature.
- Include a post teaser and blog URL on the firm’s eNewsletter when content is relevant.
- Include your blog URL in every media by-line when possible. (Rather than, or in addition to, your law firm website!)
- Send a personal email note with a link to a relevant post to a special client or others in your contact list.
Hope this is a helpful resource for you. This list isn’t comprehensive, nor do I personally endorse any of these sites or services and I am in no way connected to any. It is simply a random list of ideas that have worked for my clients and me in the past. If you have some favs to add, please drop us your suggestions in the comments! Would love to hear from you. Thanks!