Every time I list a new blog, I take the time to go to their blog. Not because I have to find a banner and a description to your site, but also to get to know you. I definitely have favorites out there. In the future, we will be rating blogs to let our users know which blogs really stand out.
One problem I have found, is that sometimes its VERY hard to distinguish what kind of blog you are. There is such a scattered amount of material, and to be honest, MomCentral is a bit driving me nuts with all their Strawberry and Wonderfall celebration posts. Its hard to go to 50 blogs, and 35 of them have the same “ad” on it. I would say that blog marketing definitely works, its exposure! But its not content….Make sure you add thier post and then add something that is completly unique and real content on your site if you want your visitors to return. Just a suggestion.
I want to make a few more suggestions.
1) Make sure you have a banner w/ HTML on the side of your blog so someone can easily grab a banner. I am having to take headers (which are not as precise) to include in your listing. Some moms have nothing at all that distinguishes them or a theme on their site for me to even take. If people cant link you, they cant find you. Make it easy for other blogs to share you! Make sure your banner is 125/125 or so. No one wants to re-size something that is 300×125. If you make it accessible…they will come! Just for you all…this is what you need to put in your left or right sidebar. That will make it appear like ours is on the left up there. Just add your own photo and Voila! (btw, it adds all these extra huge spaces, just leave one space where they are)
<img src=”http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll201/momdot/listed.png” border=”0″ alt=”MomDot”>
<form><textarea rows=”8″ cols=”15″><a border=”0″ <a href=”http://www.momdot.com”><img src=”http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll201/momdot/listed.png” alt=”MomDot” /></a></textarea></form>
2) Make sure there is something that tells people about your site! Not just about you (although that is nice..), but something that defines what your blog is about. For example: “This blog is about my trials and tribulations of my 14 children and our adventures of daily life in the Outback, while raising wild bears”. You get the point.
Having these items ready to go will encourage others to share your blog (meaning more visitors) and also make sure what you are putting out there is what you want to portray. Plus, your listing will be up faster, which makes MomDot happy! LOL
Have a wonderful weekend!!