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Blog Post Promotion Checklist

Blog Post Promotion Checklist

I have the ULTIMATE 2020 blog post promotion checklist for you right here!

Here’s a bunch of unique ways to promote your new blog post that nobody talks about.

Alright, you just hit that “Publish” button on your blog post, now what?!

Hey, you need to promote your blog post whether it’s free promotion or paid promotion! That’s what!

Blog Post Promotion Checklist

Why Do I need to promote my blog post?

Your blog post needs to be promoted to rank well in search results. PERIOD. If you don’t promote your blog post, it may lay dormant and undiscovered for a long period of time. Promoting your blog post helps create buzz that there’s something new and exciting people should be reading!

  • It’s the fastest way to get traffic to your new blog post
  • It may take time before you see your blog post indexed by Google’s search results
  • The fastest way to start earning backlinks on your new blog post (you need backlinks)

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How much time should I spend promoting my blog post?

The odds are NOT in your favor to just rank out of nowhere. I’m sorry to tell you this but it’s the big fat ugly truth. I know it’s horrible…

In fact, you should spend more time promoting your content than writing it!

“What the heck Jen?! I don’t have time for THAT!”

Hush-up buttercup! I don’t know why I talk like that.

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Not promoting your new blog post is the number one mistake I see rookie bloggers make.

The days of “post and pray” are long gone. With so much competition out there, you HAVE to promote your blog posts. Don’t worry, you can promote your blog posts for free, I’ll show you the free options and the paid methods you can spend $5 on OK?! If you follow this easy blog post promotion checklist. This is what I use for clients after I publish a blog post and it works.

Follow along with my 2020 Blog Post Promotion Checklist:

Post On Social Media Multiple times!

I know you’re tired of hearing you should post your new blog post on social media, but it’s true. Here’s some extras nobody talks about. You can use a service like meetedgar or buffer to automate your social media. Side note on meetedgar, I like that you can add a post with different titles and automatically reshare at random. The beauty of adding this automation is first, you’ll look like you’re constantly updating with fresh content. Second, you’re giving your content a second chance to be discovered. Third, you’re giving your content a Google social ranking signal that it’s being shared on social media. Hopefully, your post will gain likes and shares. If it does, Google will help increase your rankings.

Pick 5 items on this Blog Promo Checklist:

  • Pinterest: Make sure you create a custom image to share on Pinterest that has a text headline that solves a problem. Use Canva to create it!
  • Twitter: Post your link with a photo and some relevant hashtags.
  • Facebook Fan Page: Post your link with a photo and great headline.
  • Personal Facebook Account: Share the post from your fan page onto your personal FB account.
  • Facebook PAID: Boost your post on your FB fan page for $5 and retarget people that liked/interacted with your post.
  • LinkedIn: Post your link with a photo and great headline.
  • Reddit: Find a subreddit where you can post. You may need karma points before you can do this.
  • Instagram: Share this blog post link in your story if you’re able. (have large enough following)
  • Instagram bio link: Share your latest post in your bio with a https://linktr.ee/ link. (you can have multiple links this way!)
  • YouTube: That’s right Use a free program like Lumen5 to generate a video from your blog post. Publish on YouTube with a link to your post!
  • Ask your friends on social media to share your post.
  • Podcast: Create a new podcast on your blog post since you will already know what to say! Embed the podcast into your web page so people can listen to your new blog post instead of read. This will also increase the dwell time on your page! A Google ranking signal.

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Blog Post Promotion Checklist

Don’t let this checklist get you overwhelmed!

I know this an overwhelming ULTIMATE list of FREE ways to promote your blog post. So feel free to pick a few to start with. You don’t have to do every item on this checklist. In fact, it’s good to just concentrate on a few instead of stress yourself out over promoting your new blog post. This post is sole intended to show you a huge checklist of ways to promote your blog post that you’ve never seen anyone talk about.

Email

  • If you have an email list set up or just want to send out to your friends/family, do it!
  • Use your free Mailchimp account to automate a new blog post to your subscribers each time you publish a new post! Grab your RSS feed. Piece of cake.
  • Add your blog post to your email signature. It’s super cute and adds a personal touch of charm. The example below: (why am I so adorable?) LOL
blog post promotion in your email signature

Internal Links

  • Got popular blog posts already? Add an internal link on the popular blog posts back to your new blog post. This gives a little “link juice” to you new post.
  • Add internal links on your new blog post to other related posts. This will help your CTR (clickthrough rate)

External Links – You NEED backlinks

Part of off-page SEO, you need links pointing to your blog post. You need backlinks from high domain authority websites to pass link juice to your blog post. The bad news, nobody is going to want to link to your blog post if it’s not helpful. The good news, you can hire me to get links for you! If you know a lot of blog owners yourself, go ahead and shoot them an email asking for a link.

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Web 2.0 / Social Bookmarks

Add your new blog post to web 2.0 sites. You can simply copy and paste your blog post into Medium.com as long as you use a canonical link. This will help you gain backlinks to the post as well as gain traffic to your blog post from these high traffic websites. For example on LinkedIn, leave out a last tip and make the user have to click on a link to your blog post for the final details.

InfoGraphics

Sometimes, a super long blog post can be better as a visual. Get an infographic created for your new blog post and share it to an infographic directory. This will gain you backlinks, as well as traffic.

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Ask and you shall receive

In your blog post’s conclusion, ask your readers to share it! Why not!

Ask your readers to subscribe to your email list if you have one!

blog post promotion guide

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Overall conclusion

Big thanks for checking out my blog post promotion checklist.There’s so many benefits to promoting your blog post that I’ve covered here. If you’re not promoting your blog posts, you’re missing out on a HUGE element called online marketing and off-page SEO.

Many small business owners think that if you post fresh blog posts regularly, that’s all you need to succeed with Google. While it’s beneficial to post regularly and on a schedule, it’s not enough.

Thank you so much for reading my latest blog post. If this helped you, I’d greatly appreciate it if you share it! (as mentioned above LOL)

If your website needs a little or a LOT of SEO help, I’m here to give your website a tune-up.

As an SEO guru, I love to look at your Google Analytics data / Search console and see where we can improve! Let’s talk!

Jen

SEO Friendly Directory Websites for Instant Backlinks

SEO Friendly Directory Websites for Instant Backlinks

Finally, a list of SEO friendly directory websites for instant backlinks!

Got ZERO Backlinks? This List of Backlink Opportunities is for You!

This list of directories is perfect for new websites to start building trust with Google. Especially if you have a small local business. Don’t worry, this is a safe white hat link building strategy for your websites.

SEO friendly directory websites list

If you have a new website that’s still in the “Google sandbox” (not indexed yet) you don’t want to be aggressive with building anchor rich backlinks.

That could flag your website as spammy! I recommend you wait a few months before slowly getting “money keywords” as anchor text. Be patient when adding new links, quality backlinks pointing towards your “money site” is far better than low quality / spammy links.

You want natural, high authoritative (high DA), quality backlinks for your website’s SEO foundation as all SEO experts want for their back-link building strategies.

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Benefits of adding your business to this list of Directory Websites:

  • Permanent backlink
  • Getting a high DA website backlink
  • Safe and trusted backlink source
  • Helps build you a solid backlink profile
  • Fastest backlinks to obtain by yourself
  • Can help improve your Domain Authority
  • Can help rank your business higher in Google Maps
  • Source for constant link building opportunity
  • Most are do-follow links

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If you Have a New Business Website, First Concentrate on Building “NAP” Backlinks

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • (website URL)

Why Does your Business Need so Many “NAP” Business Citations?

  • First of all, you want to make sure your “NAP” is consistent and kept up to date.
  • Second, a well maintained “NAP” can help you rank higher in Google’s 3 pack in Google maps.
  • More High DA business citations = more quality backlinks pointing to your website
  • More QUALITY backlinks pointing to your website means a higher domain authority

You need Domain Authority

Yes, you do need great backlinks from a diverse and high number of domains. Don’t believe me? Go to google search and check out the top-ranking websites’ backlink profile. The top search results usually have the highest amount of quality backlinks and domain authority.

That being said, if you’re trying to rank for keywords while you have low domain authority, chances are simply put – you most likely have a low probability for ranking on the first page of Google search results.

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You Want Niche Directories With Your City

When you add your “NAP” to the directories, you want to make sure you select the right city and business category. Some directories may not have your specific industry available but that’s OK. Just select as close as you can. As long as you have your “NAP”, you’re OK.

Ideally, you want to make sure you’re getting directories for your niche business AND the City your business is located. (BIG thanks to https://chrispalmermarketing.com I learned this tip from this SEO guru)

Here’s how you can search for specific directories in Google: “allintext: directory plumbing San Diego”

Yes, they will give you a small and very specific list of directories.

directory listings in google search

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Are you ready for the BIG list of SEO friendly directory websites?

Have this list of things ready in a text document and folder labeled “Directory Backlink Campaign” It just helps because you won’t be making all these backlinks in a day. You’ll most likely want to spread out gaining these new backlinks dripped to your website through a few months.

Make sure you keep a record of the username and password you use to set up these directories because if your business moves or changes the website, etc, you need to update it everywhere! Below is a list of items you need in order for your directory submissions. Some directories don’t need all these items, but it’ good to be prepared because some give you these opportunities.

Most of all, you want to keep your information consistent!

directory list for backlinks

Here’s what you’ll need for your directory citations:

  • A high-quality image of your logo
  • A few images of your business or service images/products/menu items
  • Short business description
  • Make sure you have a consistent URL such as “https://www.yoursite.com or yoursite.com”
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Consistent address
  • Consistent wording for your business “Buckboards BBQ & Brew or Buckboards Barbecue and Brew”
  • Any social media account usernames/addresses
  • Access to your business phone/email if some listings need verification

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add your business listing
Be on the lookout for these directory listing opportunities
screenshot of adding a business to a directory
Here’s an example screenshot what the fields look like for entering your business information

FREE SEO Friendly Web Directories List

Submit your link to this list of directories:

google.com/business
aboutus.com
bingplaces.com
smallbusiness.yahoo.com/local
superpages.com
mapquest.com
citysearch.com
insiderpages.com
localdatabase.com
showmelocal.com
topix.com
citysquares.com
localpages.com
yellowmoxie.com
tupalo.com
copilot.com
navmii.com
pr.business.com
findopen.com
8coupons.com
n49.com
yasabe.com
getfave.com
getlocal247.com
spoke.com
yalwa.com
superpages.com
yellowpages.com
merchantcircle.com
b2byellowpages.com
cylex.us.com
dexknows.com
alignable.com
linkedin.com
2findlocal.com
pointcom.com
local.com
wheretoapp.com
hyellowmoxie.com
mapquest.com
yelp.com
bing.com/maps
facebook.com
local.yahoo.com
google.com/maps
houzz.com
merchantcircle.com
elocal.com
aroundme.com
kudzu.com
iglobal.com
cylex.com
ablocal.com
voteforthebest.com
ibegin.com
chamberofcommerce.com
hotfrog.com
foursquare.com
tuugo.us
mapquest.com
us.enrollbusiness.com
tupalo.co
yellow.place
bizhwy.com
iformative.com
freelistingusa.com
yepplocal.com
callupcontact.com
askmap.net
travelful.net
place123.net
pininthemap.com
peeplocal.com
bestbusinesslocal.com
businessified.com
bizearch.com
zeemaps.com
eliteservicesnetwork.com
quponing.com
nextbizthing.com
equiag.com
citybyapp.com
directorytogoto.com
goodnewspress.us
hrbusinesslive.com
foxifieds.com
facilityaxs.net
hot-web-ads.com
reddit.com
whatsyourhours.com
bizbangboom.com
swizzness.com
onestop4me.com
1stopstartup.com
spotspan.com
communitywalk.com
brownbook.net
tupalo.com
foursquare.com
bizcommunity.com
bizvotes.com
where2go.com
ebusinesspages.com
bizhwy.com
biznet-us.com
cataloxy.us
enrollbusiness.com
own-free-website.com
callupcontact.com
find-us-here.com
City-data.com/profiles/add
pinterest.com
gobestnow.com
iglobal.co/united-states/add-business
wherezit.com
cityfos.com
ikeanded.com
askmap.net
travelful.net
a-zbusinessfinder.com
place123.net
yellow.place
quora.com
livejournal.com
40billion.com
evensi.us
b-review.com
tumblr.com
teleadreson.com
issuu.com
zeemaps.com
trueen.com
hot-web-ads.net
postclassifiedadfree.com
usnetads.com
about.me
businessclassifiedsads.com
local-classified-ads.com
pro-classified-ads.com
advertisingflux.com
georgiabd.com
linkcentre.com

Premium Directories (paid listings) :

bbb.org
botw.org

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SEO friendly directory websites list conclusion:

I hope this massive list of backlink directories does not intimidate you. Take your time and grow your citations slowly aka drip them. If you have SEO clients. These links may take a while for Google to crawl and discover. It’s best to let Google naturally discover them.

If you’re looking for an SEO expert that can submit your “NAP” across the web, contact me!

Thanks for reading my SEO friendly directory websites list. You know what would make my day? If you shared this blog post.

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