Sharing your blog is really sociable

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Blogs are meant to be shared. Interactive websites, as that what blogs are, should be seen as the hub of your business on the internet, as they are able to encourage your readers and visitors to interact with you on your own blog.

Blogs are perfectly designed to enable comments and feedback on what you have written, a chance to allow your audience to express themselves and share what they want to say. And the more interaction you get (and this means responding to your comments, perhaps even starting a conversation), the more likely the internet spiders will index this new content and raise both your visitor and search engine ratings.

But as well as comments, you need to encourage your readers to share your blog on social networking sites. This sharing encourages links, and links are like portals on the web, allowing access to visitors and spiders alike to enter your blog and read its contents. You shouldn’t be shy of encouraging links, because if they come from quality sources, they can boost your blog no end!

But first you need a method of sharing your posts, and that is done through RSS (really simple syndication, an American term that means putting it about in many different places at one time). Usually a blog’s theme will already have a RSS URL incorporated into the theme (template), located through the little orange square that signifies RSS. This provides a simple RSS URL like http://successnetwork.wordpress.com/feed.

This RSS URL will enable you to feed your newly written blog posts into your social networking profiles and your Twitter stream automatically as soon as they are published (all at once at the same time!). All you need to do is to set up the applications in each profile and add in the RSS URL and everything will just happen for you!

This self-sharing of your blog shouldn’t stop there, you need to encourage others to share for you too. You can add in applications that allow your readers to share your post into their social networking profiles and Twitter streams, all at a click of a button, and if they’re really technically minded they might share them in the social sharing networks like Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Mixx, Tumblr, Delicious and many more!

These sharing networks are primarily sites that thrive on their members sharing worthwhile posts with each other, recommending them to others, and voting on which ones they like the best. The most popular posts will result in more visitor traffic, and this activity and interaction will gain the attention of the search engine spiders to index these blogs, resulting in large peaks in your visitor stats and a lot of ‘retweeting’ and sharing on social networking sites.

As sharing is a nice, altruistic and caring thing to do, why not go out and share a blog post today, starting with this one?

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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