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You may have noticed I have not been posting like I said I would. I have an explanation for this. Shortly after my last post there was an incident. I will not go into the ugly details. This incident has led me to believe avoiding Facebook at all costs is the right thing to do “in this season”.
As everyone knows, blogging and Facebook go hand in hand for most bloggers, for promoting purposes mostly. While I have missed blogging, even though it is still quite new to me, I figured the two went together and when I gave up one I had to give up the other.
WRONG! One morning I was thinking about how much I missed blogging and the potential opportunities that could come with it. Then the proverbial lightbulb came on….GOOGLE. Yes, I googled “blogging without Facebook”. And guess what friends, there were 6,080,000 results!!! I kid you not. Here is just a sampling of the suggestions I came across:
- Microblogging – Twitter being the most obvious example. You make a statement or a comment in 160 characters or less, and the people on Twitter who “follow” you will be able to see it. You can also reply to other people on Twitter.
- Social bookmarking – A few popular social bookmarking sites include Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, and Del.icio.us. It works pretty much like a regular bookmark in your browser, except it is public and people can “vote” on your submission. The great links that get shared and voted on by the most people end up on the first page of the social bookmarking site, this can potentially bring your blog a lot of traffic!
- Video sites – Video is incorporated into almost every site that you visit these days. It is said that YouTube is now the #2 search engine after Google. I know I use it a lot with homeschooling. With YouTube and other video sites, you can add “subscribers” to your video channel, which are similar to friends on Facebook. This is a great feature for bloggers, especially ones that plan to upload videos regularly. Subscribers to your channel will receive a notification when you upload a new video, so you can get regular visits to your blog just by uploading good videos regularly. Besides YouTube, you might look into Vimeo or Dailymotion.
- Guest posting on blogs, especially within your niche
- Participate in Blog Carnivals
- Buy Advertising
- Email your friends who would be interested in your particular niche
- Commenting on other blogs, leaving a link to your blog
- Host Webinars
So you see there are MANY alternatives to promoting on Facebook. I am one happy girl to learn that I can be free from Facebook and Blog on 🙂
I hope this has been a help and a blessing to you.
Please feel free to comment, make suggestions, even criticize (in love) it is all helpful <3