Here Ye’ Here Ye’

Word Cloud with this week's post.

Here Ye’ Here Ye’ is the old way to bring in people to your location.  We are a far cry from the town crier in our age of social networking and bringing people to our spot.  I am rather a newbie when it comes to social networking in the 21st century.  I am a first generation blogger.  I still communicate with my grandma through letters and snail mail.  My parents and mother-in-law were on Facebook before I was (ok, that is really sad).  However, I am the first to start blogging in my family.

Challenge 8 is to write about promoting your blog.  I was a bit stuck since; I don’t tweet or ping yet.  I’m going to try my first ping with this post.  I’ve developed my bag of tricks for advertising my blog.  Every teacher needs a good bag of tricks. I learned most of this these techniques from other bloggers.

Berry’s Bag of Tricks for promoting her blog

  • Add Tags
  • Let your friends know on Facebook you added a post
  • Add your blog’s site to all your emails
  • Link your blog to other blogs
  • Add a spot on your sidebar where people can sign up for your blog through email (Hint Hint)
  • Keep writing to bring people back
  • Use Ping-o-matic and Pingoat (I am going to try this one and see if it works.)
  • Communicate with people that leave comments on your post and visit their site
  • Tell friends, family, and other professionals about your blog

This lesson could be used in the classroom when discussing advertising and marketing. The instructor explains how we present ourselves and where we present ourselves is as important as our message.

Something things for students to consider when they are promoting their blog:

  • Do you want to promote your blog for everyone in the world, or just a few friends and family?
  • Do you want to pay for advertising?
  • Where do you want to promote your blog? (Discuss how some companies pull their advertisement campaigns from TV shows or events because the TV show or event has a bad image.)
  • Do you want to be linked to a friend’s post or a post you like?
  • What kinds of topic words do you want for your tag?
  • How much writing to do you want to write?
  • Do you want people to sign up for you blogs?

-Mrs. Berry

P.S. Sign up for email posts if you would like ideas with books or art.  Most of my posts discuss reading or art and how to use them in the classroom.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Alrawi
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:38:03

    Hi Mrs Berry! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Your blog looks great, very artistic. You must be a real aesthete. Love your avatar.

    You’ve included some great points in this post. I’m still agonising whether I should reactivate my facebook account. I shut it down because I found it intrusive. Maybe if I keep my facebook page as a semi-professional space then I might be OK.

    I especially like your advice about leaving a link to your blog in your email signature. That’s a good one! I started doing that a few months ago I can already see an increase in traffic.

    Reply

  2. Kathryn
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 21:58:21

    Mrs Berry
    Interesting post. I haven’t heard of pingomatic so must go and explore, I guess it has something to do with ping backs.
    You are already in my google reader because of the art niche!!
    Kathryn

    Reply

  3. Glenda
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 01:10:57

    Thanks so much for sharing pingomatic. I hadn’t heard of it either.

    Cheers,
    Glenda
    http://groovylibrarian.edublogs.org

    Reply

  4. Lydia Schultz
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 02:54:35

    Thanks so much for becoming part of my PLN. I am going to check out pingomatic and pingoat, since I haven’t heard of those before. I look forward to those future posts. I wrote about Twitter at Book Frontiers—Be My Tweetie.

    Reply

  5. Theresa
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 03:23:27

    Good suggestions! I need to add my blog link to my emails – that’s great! I will keep in touch, even though I teach technology I like to share ideas with my colleagues.

    Reply

  6. Mrs S
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 06:19:14

    Thanks for the great suggestions in this post. I have added you to my Google Reader.

    Reply

  7. Malyn
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 10:48:14

    I’m with Theresa here – blog link in my emails is a fantastic and simple idea….so easy to implement.

    Thanks for engaging with me through the #ksyb Teacher Challenge 2011. Your posts and art have been most inspirational – just what a frustrated artist needs!

    Hope to see you around.

    cheers,
    Malyn

    Reply

  8. murcha
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 07:32:38

    Love your title – it is really captivating especially when you have combined the historical with the ‘future’ of technology in blogging.
    You have raised some great points and I also like the fact that you have brought it back to the student level – which is so important. We want them to be great bloggers too -as they are our future.

    Reply

  9. jee young
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 14:46:08

    Hello! You have great suggestions on how to build readership for your blog. I like the idea of including your website to your e-mail. I haven’t thought of that before.

    –jee young

    Reply

  10. Carol Satta
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 22:04:14

    Hi Mrs. Berry,

    Like everyone who commented before me, I appreciate your tip about adding your blog URL to all your emails. Got you in my Google Reader.

    I’m a Christian School Librarian that posts book reviews regularly. Just joined Twitter (@WCSLibrary007). Are you on Twitter? Would like to follow you there, if so.

    Reply

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  12. Sheri Edwards
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 01:39:04

    I love your idea of mixing art and reading together; it is something I believe should be done more, so I will be back. I especially liked the email tip and the addition of adding information for students. Great Post.

    Reply

  13. Laurie Fowler
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 15:15:00

    I like your ideas for driving traffic to your blog. I also like the allusion to a town cryer. We don’t have anyone but ourselves to promote our blogs so we have to take on that role. I want to build a readership so I am consciously posting comments (like this one!) on other people’s blogs and leaving my address for them. I have not used Pingomatic or Pingoat so I will have to check them out.

    My post on this topic is here http://lauriefowler.blogspot.com/2011/02/hey-you-guys-read-me.html.

    Laurie

    Reply

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