It would be great if each blog writer could engage the Internet’s equivalent of the town crier to publicise their work ~ Anon.
I remember the first blog post I ever wrote, looking back nowadays I recall it had a couple of errors in it. The greatest challenge finding people to read my material. I needed that Town Crier. Aside from creating their masterpieces the greatest activity any writer must be committed to is publicising the writing. Across the web there are many websites to aid those publicity efforts. These are the services you need to tap into. Each works slightly differently, but each has its value in showcasing your work; classified as:
- Social Networks
- Social Sharing
- Bookmarking, and
- Specialist services
- Facebook — Social network used by 2 billion people worldwide. If you are only connected to family and friends then it will be of limited use. If you connect with others sharing similar professional goals then it is a very useful publicity tool.
- Twitter — Social headline site. you should post material here regularly and aim to build a large following (don’t be afraid to make your following massive) .
- LinkedIn — A business focused social network. If you produce business focused material this is essential to your publicity.
- Google Plus — Google’s social network, has a lot of blog communities which allows you to publicise your posts to people in your industry.
- Xing — A business focused social Network mainly active in Europe.
- Yammer — Enterprise based social network.
- Tsu — A social network that claims a likeness to Facebook, but pays for posting.
- Twoo — A social network and sharing site.
- Pinterest — A place to pin pictures (and associated words/links). It is easy to build a large community here and a great place to share your work.
- Arto — A sharing site (primarily for pictures) but also links to articles you have created.
- Corkboard — Social site for posting pictures and video with links.
- Delicious — Public bookmarking site that carries advertising.
- Digg — This site has a front page to showcase recent posts under its various categories.
- Diigo — Maintains a library of links you have posted to the site. A social bookmarking site that allows users to link with others on the site, search for other people based on specialty.
- Reddit — Public bookmarking and commenting site, allows anyone to post sites they like, which are displayed on the main site. All pages bookmarked on Reddit are also posted on Twitter by Reddit.
- StumbleUpon — Provides a browser toolbar with a thumbs up for any page you like and pages are easily added to the site.
Other Bookmarking Sites
- Blogmarks.net — A multi-lingual social bookmarking service to share pages.
- Buddymarks — Claims to be “online personal, group and social bookmarks manager” that allows you to share book marks with friends.
- LinkaGoGo — Allows a user to add bookmarks and favourites through its own tool bar.
- Folkd — A site for storing any page and sharing it with others on the site. A multi-lingual site in English German, French, and Spanish.
- Netvouz — Allows you to create and optimise public bookmarks. There are various categories already against which your page is linked.
- Newsvine — Was originally started as a news-wire service but has transitioned into a public bookmarking service. It allows you to share published material, you are, however, not allowed to share your own work.
- StartAid — A service for saving all your bookmarks and favourites on-line, which are shared publicly.
- Stumpedia — a human-powered search engine supported by social bookmarking. The advantage of this site is that you don’t have to have an account to share a link (although you should if you intend to post a lot).
- Xerpi — Web and social bookmarking site.
Specialist Sharing Services
- Buffer — Used to buffer pages posted to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google Plus in the future. I use this regularly. It adds posts while I am busy working on other things.
- Citeulike — Service for sharing, managing and discovering scholarly references as articles are regularly added. Can be used to share references.
- Edmodo — Educational resources for schools.
- TheCherryShare — for food articles
- N4G — A gaming community which allows posts.
- MoShare — to share your posts to others via their mobile phone.
- Embedly — Service that allows you to generate html code for a page. It allows you to embed a post on another site.
- LiveJournal — a promotional site to post your work.
- Flipboard — A news service which allows users to create their own magazines.
- WeHeartIt — A place to save things you love.
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