10 Colorful Ways to Promote Your Blog

By: | April 12, 2016 | Tags: ,

Blog CreativelyHave you ever read a funny blogging tips article?

I hadn’t until I read today’s guest post.

When a Huffington Post writer and published author asked to guest post, I didn’t ask questions. I was thrilled. I eagerly responded “absolutely!”

My instincts served me well.

I bring you the hysterical Stephanie Lewis (a.k.a. Little Miss Menopause).

10 Outside The Box Ways To Promote Your Blog

You’ve brushed up on your writing skills, picked great topics to blog about, and given your posts really catchy titles. But is this enough?

Developing a good product is half the battle, but finding consumers of your creation is the important part. Just ask big names like Kleenex and Nike. How do they find people whose noses and feet are constantly running?

Your blog is your merchandise and now you must find customers to read it. Here are ten unusual ways to get droves of people to your blog (after they’ve wiped their muddy jogging shoes and snotty faces of course!) and motivate them to share it with others.

1. Strike that! Reverse it! It’s totally obnoxious to beg family and friends to circulate your posts amongst their contacts. Nobody wants to associate with a clingy blogger (a Clogger!) Try this instead. Confide to everyone on Facebook (and in real life) the following:

“What I wrote is intensely personal and I’d just die if it ended up making the rounds online. Thanks in advance for your understanding.” Then sit back and trust how discreet people are. Right?

2. Sex sells! Everyone knows that putting Sex in your title will get you plenty of clicks. But (in this day and age of typos and auto-correct) you can safely drop the letter ‘S’ in Sex and your post will still go viral! That’s right – – you can quit referencing sex and start writing about “ex.” We’ve all got one. An ex-boyfriend, an ex-employer, an ex-con, an ex-mother-in-law, or even an ex-smoker. Put them to good use.

3. Bumper Stickers!

  • Since you’re literally trying to drive more traffic to your blog, make a sign for your car that says, “How’s My Driving??” and put it on your fender.
  • Put your blog’s URL instead of a 1-800 phone number.
  • Be sure and change lanes without signaling and cut motorists off on the freeways to ensure tons of hits. On your blog, that is.

4. Flirty Shirty! If you’re a single woman, wear a low-cut blouse and head to local bars to seduce. When guys ask for the best way to connect, provocatively pull out a business card with your blog’s address straight from your cleavage. After a couple of drinks, I’ve even been known to sneak into the men’s bathroom and scrawl, “For a Good Time, read OnceUponYourPrime.com” on the toilet stall.

5. Chatty Children!

  • If you have kids, never discount the “out of the mouths of babes” phenomenon. Have your son or daughter memorize your blog address and then casually mention to their teachers and friend’s parents that mommy just found a lacy pair of panties in daddy’s car last week and has started an online Lost & Found.
  • Title all future blog posts, “To the Other Woman!”
  • Alternatively, have the cute tots run a lemonade stand, and print your blog address on the paper cups.

6. Sing For Your Supper! Become the Weird Al of blogging. Parody songs like Rod Stewart’s “If You Want My Bloggy and You Think It’s Sexy, C’mon Reader Let Me know!” Nobody can resist a good Elvis impersonation . . . “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Blog, Writing All The Time!” Or just collaborate with a professional rap artist and call yourselves, “Snoop Dogg Blog!” Music can do for your web address what it did for Jenny’s phone number, Remember “867-5309?”

7. Yahoo! No that’s not a cowboy’s whoop n’ holler. Yahoo has a website where users can ask/answer any kind of question and they allow you to leave a link or image there. Ask the question, “Does anyone know of a good blog to subscribe to?” And then leave answers directing them to yours. Any other existing questions asked by others (i.e. “Who’s Weird Al and Elvis?” or “What’s Jenny’s phone number?”) always refer them to your blog for answers.

8. Social Media Mash-ups! Everyone knows that online networking is the heart of promotion, so instead of putting something on Facebook, you can double or triple your exposure by combining several venues together. Pin a Tweet. Tweet a Pin. (Or Twin a Twit! C’mon, why not?) Stumble Upon a Tumblr, Snapchat an Instagram, Youtube a Linkin. The point is if you Yelp loud enough, people will link, wink, sync, flag, snag, tag (not to mention tic, tac, toe!) your posts.

Here’s a comprehensive list to get you started https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

9. Contests/Raffles/Sweepstakes – Every year when the Academy Awards show is televised, I host a competition on my blog too. But instead of The Oscars, I call it, The Bloscars with prizes for different category posts. I get more followers and traffic during this period than the entire rest of the year.

10. Guest Posting – – You don’t have to be a famous celebrity who’s appeared on Oprah to write for another person’s blog, but you do have to summon up the courage and inquire if it’s a possibility? Maybe they’ve never considered this option and they’re desperately searching for content. The worst that can happen is they call you out for cutting them off on the freeway (see #3).

And now I’d like to offer my gratitude to Janice Wald for letting me try this on her wonderful blog today.

Even though many of these suggestions may seem rather far-fetched, the point of the list was to give you the freedom and encouragement to start brainstorming creative promotional concepts for your own blog.

Tissue box photoPeople think they must stick to conventional tried and true ways, but there are so many original ideas out there just waiting to be imagined — if you just think outside the (tissue) box!
From Stephanie Lewis, Once Upon Your Prime

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How do you show a blogger applause? You know the answer. Go visit Stephanie’s blog Once Upon Your Prime. If you like to laugh (and who doesn’t?), you won’t regret it.

Before you go, please share, so other people have the benefit of Stephanie’s humor, as well as her important serious point– creativity is to be encouraged in blogging.

What was your opinion of Stephanie’s post? You know mine. What was your favorite tip? I look forward to your views.

 

 

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    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Well thanks so much for taking a moment to say that! Stephanie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jacqueline,
      Thanks so much for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed Stephanie’s article.
      Janice

    • Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew

      omG Jacqueline, Its not just funny its an absolute hot, Woot, where is that box of tissue…Sneeze, sniff guffawwww….aaaaaah I cant stop laughing What…cut em off the freeway and absolutely blow em a kiss as you do. Why havent i yet done this ..because I allowed my sense of humour to get mumsy faddy daddy!

      Janice, if you keep bringing such fun guest bloggers, sharing value content to boot I will keep coming 🙂
      These colourful ways to promote your blog are also quite practical and are the essence of Entertain, educate and Share immediately implementable content! Loved it

  1. Miriam

    This was so good. Really enjoyed reading her tips and having a laugh at the same time. I love the tip about Bumper Stickers!

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Hi Miriam, thanks for saying your favorite part. Bumper stickers was kinda mine too. And gonna make one up and slap it on my fender now! Take care, Stephanie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Miriam,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the tip and the post. I loved them all, but every time I read the “write about your ex tip and people will assume you left off the ‘S'”, I laughed twice as hard.
      Janice

  2. Patrice M Foster

    Wow, I laugh through it all. This was refreshing. Stephanie tips will stick in my mind . Will try some of these creative ways to get traffics. Thanks Janice sharing with us.

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      This was a wonderful comment to see. Thanks so much for taking the time to make it! Stephanie

  3. Teresa

    Hilarious! In moments of desperation, these ideas will be going through my mind!

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Hi Teresa – – in moments of desperation, I’ve done far crazier things than these! 😉 Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Stephanie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Teresa,
      Nice to meet you. I just returned from your site. I love the fantasy genre too. Sci-fi fantasy is my favorite literary genre.
      I’m glad you enjoyed Stephanie’s article. Based on the comments, people will be remembering her post when they see bumper stickers! =) Thanks for the visit and the nice comments.
      Janice

  4. Carolann

    Wow, that list was terrific! I think it’s great to think outside of the box when it comes to blogging. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Hi! yep, it’s just a Blog Eat BLog World if we don’t do some creative promotion to stand out from the others! Thanks for commenting!
      Stephanie

      • Janice Wald

        A “blog eat blog world”. You are SO funny.
        You did such a great job, Stephanie. What a hit you are!
        Janice

  5. Joy

    The bumper sticker option sounds really enticing right now! Thanks for the tips, Stephanie! 😉

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Hi Joy! Ive been mentioning your name a lot because at the Erma Bombeck conference there were lots of women who were at BlogU last year and I kept asking them if they met you! lol. Hope all is well with you, hubby and beautiful son!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Joy,
      I just came from your site. I’m so sorry about the fire. We live in a fire area. Our schools were closed; many had to evacuate (my brother and friends did), but we didn’t. My children were young and we had pets. Scary!
      Thanks for your visit to my site and the comments. You and I have something in common– we are both fans of Stephanie!
      Janice

  6. Anonymous

    Thanks for sending me here Stephanie! I especially love the one about the kids. Are child labor laws relevant?

  7. Marissa Bergen

    Thanks for sending me here Stephanie! I especially love the one about the kids. Are child labor laws relevant?

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Marissa – – are we gonna let a few laws stand in our way? 😉 Hope all is well. I am going thru a difficult period so please forgive me if I’m not actively on your hilarious blog during these times.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Marissa,
      LOL! Too funny. I hope not. My daughters sold lemonade. I would have them writing on cups. They’d happily do it; they know how much I like blog traffic. Moot point, though. My youngest two are away at college. Thanks for writing and sharing your funny comment. Thanks for visiting this week as well.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Marissa,
      I just came from your site. I have one word for you: AMAZING!
      No wonder you have such an engaged community. Your Facebook post will stay with me– memorable.
      Thanks again for the visit and the funny comments.
      Janice

      • Stephanie Lewis

        Marissa is COMEDY GOLD in rhyme. Stick with her and your day will start out on an awesome note!

  8. Amanda Nel

    Loved it, I was thinking now, its a pity my name is not Alice – think of all the traffic with a blog name like the song, it could get dirty!

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Right?! That’s a funny comment….thanks!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amanda,
      I agree with Stephanie,
      How funny! I can’t stop smiling recalling and writing about her post. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  9. Ryan Biddulph

    I’m digging each of the tips Janice because they are fun and playful. Sometimes I write a colorful post and promote along colorful channels. Only sometimes though 😉

    Enjoy the ride! Let your intuition guide you and folks will flock to your blog.

    Ryan

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      Thank you again for coming by and advising me. Your guidance is much appreciated! I used “Colorful” in the headline since it would be a “heads up” that the content was not exactly G-Rated. This is my first time publishing a “colorful” post like this. I agree the risque content is fun– and definitely rare. Thanks again for the visit and for the advice.
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Wow. Honored to have you comment on this. Thanks so much, Stephanie

  10. Carol Cassara

    How interesting your choices are–love the way you treated them here. And I picked up a tip or two!

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Hi Carol! Thanks and so glad you did! Stephanie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      I am so glad Stephanie’s post was well-received. As you know, I don’t often have “off-color” posts. I’m so happy you and everyone enjoyed her article. Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

  11. Judy Martin

    I have been following Stephanie’s blog for a long time, and she is always very witty, kind and gives great advice!:-)

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      You’re such a doll. I really appreciate you commenting here and on my own blog. Thanks for being so generous.
      Stephanie

      • Janice Wald

        Thank YOU for being so generous Stephanie– with your time, your comments, and your hysterical article.
        Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Judy,
      Great to see you. We are both fans of Stephanie. I would say “small world,” but I guess many bloggers travel in the same circles. I agree with you– generous, kind, and hysterically funny!
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Hi Amanda – – thanks for taking a moment to say so! Stephanie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amanda,
      Great to see you! I am so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for writing to tell us!
      Janice

  12. Donna Parker

    Thanks for the giggles, Janice, and there was so great blogging tips thrown in as well. 🙂
    Shared all over the place (with a low cut blouse, er, not) lol 😉
    Hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

      • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

        Oh my goodness. How kind can you be? I really appreciate that. If I ever write a humorous post about how to help other bloggers (and why you should!) what you just did will be at the top of my list. Thank you!
        Stephanie

        • Janice Wald

          Awww…. How great so many of us know each other! What kind words, Stephanie. I agree Donna is so supportive– on our blogs and all social media! We are lucky to have her in our communities.
          Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Donna!
      Thank you so much! I try to take a page from your book when it comes to being a supportive community member. You really did write the book!
      Thanks for your kind words, the visit, the comments, the sharing, everything!
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Glad you enjoyed! Appreciate you taking the time to say so! Stephanie

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Brenda,
      So great to see you! Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Brenda,
      I noticed you were on Kingged. I am trying to promote my post there. It says I don’t have enough Kingged points yet. How many do we need? I clicked on your name, but I didn’t know how to friend or follow you. Do you recommend it as a great source of traffic? Thanks.
      Janice

  13. Super Mom - No Cape!

    I’m smiling as I type this… thanks so much for the laughs. As a peri-menopausal woman, I will definitely be visiting her blog. 🙂

    Just a heads up… the links to Stephanie’s site should go to onceuponyourprime.com rather than onceuponaprime.com

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Super Mom!
      Thanks for visiting my site and the compliments on the article.
      Thank you so much for helping! I fixed the links.
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis aka Little Miss Menopause

      Aww, aren’t you kind to say that and point it out. Would love to talk more…..I have many posts (mostly in the beginning) making hot flashes funny but more recently I’ve branched out to all life humor. My friends say it’s just very fortunate I didn’t start blogging when I was 14 or 15, otherwise I would have branded myself as “Little Miss Menstruation.” lol. Take care now, Stephanie

      • Janice Wald

        “Little Miss Menstruation”! =) What a refreshing, novel week this has been hosting you! My blogging tips are normally so serious!
        Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Suraj,
      Glad you enjoyed! I just came from your site. That was sad about the actress. Thanks for the visit.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Peter,
      Nice to see you. There definitely were some serious tips in the midst of the humor. Thanks for coming by.
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis

      I am glad you could read between the tongue-in-cheek and thanks so much for saying so!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mink,
      I just came from your site. That’s a shame what you shared about the social media problems.
      I am glad you enjoyed Stephanie’s post. Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis

      Hi there– sorry for my delay in expressing my appreciation for your taking time to read and comment. A hearty thank you!

  14. Sandy KS

    These are great ways to promote your blog. i have not tried guest blogging yet. That is something i am thinking about.

  15. Melinda Mitchell

    BBFFJ, you sure know how to pick ’em!!
    Stephanie put the fun in funny!
    Thanks for having her.
    And Stephanie, thanks for being here!

    • Janice Wald

      I agree. Well-put Melinda– the “fun” in “funny”. Definitely!
      Thanks for visiting us and writing.
      BBFFJ

    • Stephanie Lewis

      Really this was so nice to read, thank you. I wish I could get my kids to want me to put the “Me” in their “Meals” but they just want Ronald McDonald. 😉

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mihir,
      I’m glad you enjoyed Stephanie’s humorous post this week. Thanks for writing to tell us!
      Janice

  16. Mohinder Paul Verma

    Hi Janice, this post is indeed strange but interesting and everyone can implement these funny tips in their day to day blogging to increase CTR and visitors.

    I agree with all the strange but impressive tips.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    Admin
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mojinder,
      Great to see you here. I wrote you this week about my concerns over ROI from using Google+ after reading your article. . I never saw your opinion. I use communities, hashtag, and my blog URL in my profile. I wondered your response.
      I am glad you found Stephanie’s tips valuable irregardless of the humor. Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Abeeha,
        Great to see you! I agree with what you wrote. Stephanie’s tips were useful regardless of the humor. I’m glad you and others can see that. Thanks for writing to let us know.
        Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis

      I like how you included “strange” as your adjective…. It resonates with me! Thanks for commenting.

  17. Abeeha Mahmood

    Most of these sound really useful (AND funny) 😀 Awesome post and ideas yet again =)

    • Stephanie Lewis

      I am flattered you took the time to comment. Thank you and nice meeting you!
      Stephanie

  18. Janice Wald

    Stephanie did such a great job writing this brilliant post–funny and serious. We were honored to have her here this week.
    Janice

  19. psd to wordpress

    Very well written and elaborated post. I really impressed to find you on web.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi!
      Why, thank you so much. My guest author did a wonderful job. It was funny and serious all at the same time. Thanks for the visit yesterday and the kind words.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      I wanted you to know that I did try to visit your blog, but I didn’t know where to leave comments. Thanks again.
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis

      It’s so generous you took time to say this. Thank you! Stephanie

  20. Hemant Kumar Arya

    Woow Awesome post. This is really helpfull for me. You made my day. I just loved this article to promote my blog. You helped me alot so I just wanna say thanks to you.
    Thank you.?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hemant,
      Thank you so much for visiting my blog yesterday and the nice compliments. It was kind of funny and meant to be kind of serious at the same time. I am glad you enjoyed it and found it valuable. Thanks for writing to tell me.
      Janice

    • Stephanie Lewis

      A hearty thank you for your high praise. I wanna learn how to remotely shut down everything by phone! Especially my mind at night! Gonna check out your blog!

  21. Kari

    Stopping by from SITS…These tips are hilarious! I was literally laughing out loud while reading. My favorite was the one about chatty kids…wonder if I can get my teenagers to help me out with that.

    • Stephanie Lewis

      Hi! So glad you found Janice’s AMAZING blog and took the time to generously comment on my guest post. Ohhhhh teens, I have four and will definitely do a post on recruiting their promotional help. Great idea, trendsetters that they are!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kari,
      Your comment reminded me of the lemonade stand cups, writing my blog URL on them. Why not?
      Thanks for writing. I agree Stephanie’s post was too funny. Thanks for clicking my link over at SITS.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thank you for writing me. I am so glad you enjoyed the article and found the tips valuable.
      Janice

  22. Dr. Shapero

    Brilliant blog tips. I suppose “ex” could be used in lots of articles as you say. including “ex” pert whatever that is. Like getting the kids involved brilliant , in fact I could make another large sign next to the Lemonade stand to advertise my blog.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Dr. Shapero,
      I agree with your assessment of my guest author’s article. Actually, I wrote the same thing about involving the children. Did you see the post received over 90 comments? Many readers agreed with us. Too funny! Thank you for your visit, the like, and the comments. I returned the “blog love” and visited you too.
      Janice

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