Knowledge is good only if it is shared. As a new blogger, I had learned to change the Web template, and found out the tips, tricks, hacks, and tweaks of altering the Blogger template, customizing CSS, widgets, layout, blog design, inserting JavaScripts, HTML codes, Google AdSense, and other settings the hard way, through many trials and errors. For the purposes of this guide, I had started with the old Blogger “Minima” template. As I made the changes or learned something new, I had documented them. Before changing any template, please remember to save a copy of the current template. After editing the template, preview it, and save it when you are satisfied with the change. Hope this guide will help those who are finding the way around, just like me.

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We have extended our month-long vacation by a couple of days. We shall be posting articles the moment we return. We noticed that Google had updated the Page Ranks. New bloggers who have been waiting anxiously for this can check their blogs' Page Ranks. We have the PR checker link in our SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization article.

The blog we created recently in Aug 2007, Blogger FAQ and Help, has also got its first Page Rank, a PR4. All our blogs are now ranked:-

Tips for New Bloggers - PR6
Business Fables and Management Lessons - PR4
Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes - PR4
Blogger FAQ and Help - PR4

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Apr 5, 2007

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Submit Blog to Blog Directories (I)

How do you attract more readers and visitors to your Blog? To make your Blog more visible, the solution lies in submitting your Blog URL or RSS Feed to as many good Blog directories as possible. There are hundreds of websites touting themselves as blog search engines, blog directory hosts, feed aggregators, and traffic exchanges. A couple of the website creators are out to make a quick buck, selling their sites and member database on eBay the moment they attract sufficient traffic.

Over the past few weeks, I have submitted this Blog and RSS feed to many of these Blog directories for free. The first submissions were of course to Google and Yahoo; if you have not submitted your Blog URL to them, you may read the earlier articles on submitting sitemap to Google and submitting sitemap to Yahoo. At the same time, submit the Blogger Sitemap to MSN and Ask.com too.


Although my blog is only about 2 months' old at the time of this writing, if I were to enter my blog title “tips for new bloggers” into Google search, I am able to see it appearing at the top of the search results. Many of the other results are those of the blog directories in which this blog was listed. Listing in directories therefore helps in promoting your blog.

Before you proceed to submit your site to these directories, my personal advice is that you create a free web-based email account solely for this purpose. Should the directory hosts decide to sell their sites and database in future, your present email account would not be compromised. This is also to prevent flooding of your personal email with updates sent to you by the many directory administrators.

The aim of this article is to relate to you my experience in those free blog directories that I have tried submitting to. While I appreciate comments on these, please refrain from posting suggestions of new blog directory sites. A number of them may be fly-by-nights and I will not recommend them unless I have personally used them. Others may have specific requirements such as blogs having to be older than 6 months, or blogs covering specific news contents.

Different directories have different forms to fill when submitting your blog. Their instructions are usually easy to follow. However, you may want to note the following:-

1. Some directories require you to register before adding your Blog. While most of them allow you to submit more than one Blog, some may require you to use a different login name for each Blog. What I did in these situations was to create different login names but using the same email address.

2. If you are asked for the RSS Feed or your Feed URL, check that under your Settings -> Site Feed, the “Allow Blog Feed” shows either “Full” or “Short.” Do not choose “None.” Your Feed URL is yourblogURL/feeds/posts/default or yourblogURL/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss where yourblogURL is the URL of your Blog beginning with http:// Do not type in “www” for Blogger blogs. For example, our Atom Feed URL is http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default You can test it by typing your feed address into a web browser and view. If you have an external Feed address like a Feedburner Feed address, you may submit that too. I shall go into the details of Feed and Feed directories in a separate article.

3. Where you are to create a picture, banner, or link button to represent your blog, you can use Google's Picasa or any image editing software to create a new picture, or resize a current one to the required dimensions. Normally, you are required to upload it onto a free image host or server and provide the URL of your banner or picture. You can read about using free hosts like Google Page Creator and Google Groups. We also have a rather comprehensive list of free Image Hosts and File Hosting Services in our article on Manage Blogger Image Storage Space. Check out those sites and choose one that is fast, reliable and enables hotlinking to the uploaded files.

4. The “Reciprocal Link URL” is the main page where you will be putting a link to their blog directory. More likely than not, this will be the URL of your Blog.

5. The “meta keywords” or “tags” are keywords that represent your blog's content. Similarly “meta description” is a short few sentences describing your blog. Basically, “meta” tags provide information about your Blog for search engines to identify and match.

As the directory list is long, the article will be split into several parts, and updated as and when I try out the sites. Some sites track the number of the visitors to your blog. You may see voting gateways, which basically give visitors a chance to vote for your blog if they wish to. If they do not want to vote, there is always an option for them to enter the site without voting. Have a look at the directory sites and submit your blog to those you like.

Traffic Exchange Sites

A number of traffic exchange sites have blog directories which can include links to your blog. You may read my earlier article for a more detailed discussion on traffic exchange programs.

Blog Directories

Technorati Technorati

They supposedly track 75.2 million blogs. Quite naturally, you would want your blog to be one of them. Register with them and submit your blog. Follow their instructions to claim your blog. They will provide you with statistics like the number of blogs that link to you. You can also invite other members to favorite your blog.

Wikablog Wikablog

If you are familiar with Wikipedia, this is the equivalent for blogs. It faces the same problems as Wikipedia i.e., while it is easy to list your blog, it is equally easy for others to edit your listing. Nevertheless, for a new blogger, this is one of the fastest way to have your blog appear in a directory. [Update: This site has been down for quite a while and link is therefore removed.]

Fuel My Blog Fuel My Blog

This is an interesting directory. Unlike the usual text-based blog directories, this site goes by images that you create to represent your blog. When your visitors click a link on your site that says Fuel My Blog!, your image will move up the ranks and appear on the front page, making it more visible to directory viewers.

Blogtoplist Top Blogs

A blog directory listing that is sorted by the number of unique visitors to your blog. Your visitors can also cast a Vote to increase your ranking. The scores are reset every week to allow new bloggers like us a chance to be placed among the top.

Topblogsites

Here, you are ranked by unique hits based on the Votes you receive from your visitors. Many of the comments posted on the directory site are spam comments, and if you can disable comments, you might want to do that. [Update: This site has been down for quite a while and link is therefore removed.]

Mybloggingarea Mybloggingarea

Another directory that ranks you based on the Votes and the number of unique visitors to your site.

Topblogarea Topblogarea

A blog directory that tracks unique visitors. Unlike the earlier ones, visitors do not vote at this directory.

Blogflare

This is a simple, nice blog directory that tracks your unique visitors and pageviews. [Update: This site has been down for quite a while and link is therefore removed.]

Topblogging Topblogging

Here, you are ranked based on unique visitors. Although there is a count for votes in, somehow the code provided by them did not track this vote count.

Blogroll Blogroll

I joined this directory only about a week ago. A simple directory that monitors the Votes and unique hits.

Worldtopblogs World Top Blogs

Ranking is by the Votes cast by the visitors to your blog.

Topbloglists Topbloglists

There is a voting gateway for your visitors but ranking is based on unique pageviews.

This article continues at Submit Blog to Blog Directories (II).

For more visibility, you may want to submit your Blog to Feed Directories and ping your Blog every time your contents are updated. Also, submit your Blog to the various Search Engines for maximum exposure.

While you are looking at blog directories, you may also want to consider earning money while you are surfing the net. AGLOCO seems to have a nice scheme for you which you may want to take a look. You may also want to consider having AuctionAds to display an eBay auction widget which is compatible with AdSense and other ad systems. No harm trying it since it might give you an extra income.

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43 comments:

Richard Lockyer said...
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Richard Lockyer said...

Fantastic and comprehensive advice that i will be using to elevate my site.

Richard Lockyer
www.info4income.biz/sales

Jackie said...

Thanks for the info. Some I have never heard about so must take a look at them.

Princess Haiku said...

I am a novice blogger and your space is a wonderful resource. Glad that I found you and going to link you.

Marie said...

I would love to know if you have any ideas about getting the color palette thingie back on my blogger blog.

It just went and disappeared.

bizwhiz said...

Hi Marie

Is that "color palette thingie" a gadget by a third party provider?

Sue said...

Thanks for these tips ... :)

michael said...

This is a great article man, great work. I have implemented many of these in my web design blog at http://Designandprogram.com.

Karin said...

Thank you very much for this site. I was surfing Blogexplosion. I had to stop here... wanted to read more ...learn more...
I am 60+. There were no computers when I grew up, but I want to learn.

You are bookmarked. I´ll come back.

Johnny Cash said...

LinkReferral is not a blog directory. It is a traffic exchange program! You should put it in a different post.

bizwhiz said...

Thanks to all for the kind words. To Johnny too. Will transfer it to the other article. :)

I Love Upstate said...

Thanks very much for putting this in plain English. So many of the "how to's" are written with lots of tech references that frankly, go flying over my head. I've implemented a few of the suggestions over on my chunk of the net and I'm looking forward to seeing the results! Thanks again!

-Jean
www.iloveupstate.com

rajatgarg said...

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Anthony said...

I fine the information on your page to be very useful and I will be following some of these steps.

Anthony

Amor De Plata said...

I linked your site to my blog. Your information is fantastic!

Vishnu said...

cool..!

PatGmac said...

Great stuff. I hope to put your info to good use.

Patrick
http://patgmac.blogspot.com

Constructicle Boy said...

thank you for this easy to digest guide.i am going to boost my site!

Yale Zeuqsalev said...

Hi. I tried to register to "Fuel My Blog" and it's asking to upload my blog image. How can I get my blog image?

bizwhiz said...

Hi Yale Zeuqsalev

I think for Fuel My Blog you can use any picture that can represent you. It can be your profile photo or icon. If you want a picture of your blog, you can press the Print Screen button on your keyboard, without hooking up to a printer. Open up an image editor, paste the captured screen shot into a new canvas. Resize it and save as an image file.

Esther said...

wow!!!
such an informative blog for newbie like me.
Thank you for the informations.

Macedonian Babes said...

Those blog directories give a lot of good traffic.
Thanks for sharing some of them.

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Anonymous said...

Really useful links - you saved me a lot of homework ;-)
submitting my FreeBSD news blog to them now

PCG said...

It's a nice reference site for new bloggers.thnks a lot.

chikki said...

Hey! kindly help .My problem is kinda stupid but serious. I am new to blogger so for articles on the same topic i created different blogs.Then i made one blog as homepage and linked all other blogs to that blog making that blog homepage.And after submitting my so called homepage as the main page to sitemap it showed me the errors i wrote you about. Kindly help me with it !!!!!!!!!
How do i merge my dofferent blogs together

Pooja said...

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Coolbuddy said...

Hi
I find it useful and trying in my blog

Coolbuddy
www.hottest-namitha.blogspot.com

Sunish said...

Your site is awesome for newbies...

olasnavigator said...

thank you for the advice, i will follow your step by step guide.

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yumi said...

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Rishi said...

You are my primary resource for blogging mumbo-jumbo man. Keep posting nice things like this.

Fana Syeda said...

Hi bizwiz,
Being a novice blogger your tips were very helpful to me.
I need a small help: I followed all your suggestions for marketing my blog.. but how can I get tips for marketing websites other than blogs? If you can suggest some references about free website marketing that would be great..
Thanks

Brendan Wong said...

Nice sharing!!

JeanPaul said...

Great Blog and thanks 4 info

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dave said...

hi, i am the creator of this blog called" Secret Associated Wealth Review-project SAW" i submitted this blog to DIGG like you sugessted... for some reason , shortly after i submitted the blog, when clicked on is linked to a completely different website called "tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot…"...???? It links me directly to your page. i have no idea why this is happening and im really mad about this... my real website url is secretassociatedwealth.blogspot.com that is what should be listed above and NOT "tips for new bloggers?....................ive contacted DIgg and they have not goten back to me yet. when you type in " Secret Associated Wealth Review-project SAW " in the GOOGLE seach page, My page comes up incrediably on the first google page but the bad news is that when youclick on that listing in google it re-directs me to DIGG, i then again click on "Secret Associated Wealth Review-project SAW" in DIGG, and it finally brings me to this site??????????????????????????????? help me get rid of this... it is ruining my page info and traffic!!!!

dave said...

the below is what "google" is showing on the 1st page. now, please type that exact word phrase in Google to see for yourself what i mean.. type in " secret associated wealth review-project SAW " and then click on the one with this information i pasted(((( exact google copy )))))

Digg - Secret Associated Wealth Review-project SAW
Importance of Attracting Attention Utilizing the Interest Factor Planning Your Marketing Entertainment Application Sales Page Theme and Design Hype ...
digg.com/design/Secret_Associated_Wealth_Review_project_SAW - 9 hours ago - Similar pages -

((((after you click this )))) it will take you to DIGG and you will see the add again, NOW, click it on again in DIGG and it brings me to your tip on blogging website?????????????????????????? help me fix this.......

Sandeep Kanoi said...

below mentioned site is also not working.

Mybloggingarea

Another directory that ranks you based on the Votes and the number of unique visitors to your site

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