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Increase Traffic and Authority by Listing Your Blog

There are a lot of places to list your blog for getting the maximum exposure, as well as places where you can receive blog reviews that may be the first impression a visitor may come across for your site. Here are some to add your blog or submit your site to in order to increase your blog traffic and reputation.

For Reviews

Want to get reviews and ratings for your writing skills and your blog? Submit yourself and your sites to the following networks.

Scribnia

Scribnia is an excellent blogging community that lets you connect with and review other blog writers. I was added here as a contributor to Famous Bloggers, and my profile has already brought in some traffic, as well as connections and reviews from other awesome bloggers like Hesham, Andrew, Danny, Francisco, Julie, Meena, Arijit, and Antonia. I will be getting some reviews going for you all soon if I haven’t already.

There are a lot of places to list your blog for getting the maximum exposure, as well as places where you can receive blog reviews that may be the first impression a visitor may come across for your site. Here are some to add your blog or submit your site to in order to increase your blog traffic and reputation.

For Reviews

Want to get reviews and ratings for your writing skills and your blog? Submit yourself and your sites to the following networks.

Scribnia

Scribnia is an excellent blogging community that lets you connect with and review other blog writers. I was added here as a contributor to Famous Bloggers, and my profile has already brought in some traffic, as well as connections and reviews from other awesome bloggers like Hesham, Andrew, Danny, Francisco, Julie, Meena, Arijit, and Antonia. I will be getting some reviews going for you all soon if I haven’t already.

Alexa

Alexa offers webmasters the ability to claim their site with a verification code and update additional details for your site on Alexa. You can also get reviews about your site by other Alexa members. I don’t if it helps in any way when it comes to your rankings, but it certainly can’t hurt, especially if someone is already checking out your stats there.

For Top Blog Lists

Want to get listed as a top blog in your niche? Get listed on these sites.

PostRank

Adding your blog to the PostRank system (if it’s not already there) and under particular topic categories, you can get ranked in the top blogs on that topic based on your blog’s social engagement.

Technorati

Having a listing on Technorati will allow you to not only get reviews for your site, but if you have enough authority, you will get listed as a top blog in your niche based on your blog’s authority (or backlinks counted by Technorati).

Alltop

Alltop imports the feeds of popular blogs on a range of subjects (like blogging) for the site’s visitors and those following Alltop’s category Twitters.

For Overall Exposure

Here are some more ways you can get more traffic to your site by getting your blog’s link out there.

Social Profiles

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to add your blog to your social profiles on any network you belong to. To make your link even more attractive to click on, be sure to remember to do things like add it to the information box on the front of your Facebook profile (which pulls from your Info tab’s website contact information) and choose Other instead of My Blog on your LinkedIn profile to include the name of your blog or main keywords.

Google

Do you have a Google account (ie. Gmail, Analytics, Webmaster Tools, etc.)? Login, and visit the Google Profiles area to add your blog (along with your social networks and other websites) to your profile. Depending on how long you have had your account, your profile will probably get all dofollow links.

Blogging Networks

There are a number of great networks specifically built for bloggers for the purpose of bookmarking, forums, groups, and networks. Some that I am particularly fond of are Blog Engage (blogger’s social bookmarking site), Blogger Den (the alternative to Digg for bloggers), and BloggerLuv.

Guest Blogging

Do you accept guest blog posts? If so, head over to MyBlogGuest and connect with other blogs who are looking for and accepting guest posts to increase your traffic and your blog content.

Forum Signatures

If you’re active in forums, such as Bloggeries, ProBlogger, or other blogging communities, be sure to add your blog to your forum signature. Even if it is nofollow or not visible to the public, you will get some significant traffic from other members if you are a valuable contributor.

Also, if you have an option (like in Bloggeries) to add your blog feed, be sure to do so – just like CommentLuv, it will add a link to your latest blog post on each of your forum posts.

Email Signatures

Add a plain text link to your blog (plus social networks) to your blog signature. Or try out WiseStamp, a plugin for Firefox, Chrome, Flock, and Thunderbird, that will let you add not only text links, but social network icons and a RSS feed that will automatically put your latest blog post in your signatures.

Your Blog Listings

What sites do you list your blog on which send great traffic? Please share your favorite blog linking tips, as well as what blogging communities are your favorites.

By Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and ghostwriter who specializes in business and marketing topics.

78 replies on “Increase Traffic and Authority by Listing Your Blog”

Sleep. What is that? 🙂

I still do a lot of networking – what I’ve found is that, as your site grows, you start networking with even more people. But at the same time, it becomes a bit easier simply because you’ve gotten used to it from the beginning, and it flows a bit more naturally.

Thanks for the list! I just found PostRank myself and was quite impressed with their specific lists actually.

Anyways, if your blog happends to be about Public Relations, you might want to consider uploading it at http://www.pr-hamster.com/blogs/. We just launched it and the little hamster is still hungry enough for more PR blogs!

Cheers,
Jasper Jansen

Looks like a good site.. I don’t know if I am purely PR focused, but my site is similar to some of the ones you have listed. Thanks for sharing!

Love Alltop and PostRank, never had any luck getting results from Technorati and I don’t know what’s the deal with Alexa but I had people tell me they wrote reviews for SocialMouths but they were never published, actually Hesham was one of them.

Love your post and I’m heading to Scribnia to sign up now. =)

That’s true, I don’t see any Alexa reviews published since a few months!

It’s also kind of hard to know what Technorati want from us, but I recommend you give another try from time to time, probably the secret is on choosing the right categories for your blog! also it’s not bad idea to send them an email after you submit the site for claiming!

Yeah! it’s still not stable as sometimes FamousBloggers.net goes down, then up again when I got a link to one of the posts from another blog at Technorati!

I am still getting traffic from Technorati when I write about blogging, include “blogging” in the Title and tags.. also in the URL 😉

I’ve only had one review on Alexa, and it showed up right after the person had submitted it. Maybe they are changing their system there…

Technorati has been working on some changes as well, and I figure it’s good to be listed there, in the event that their new version (when it comes out of Beta) will get a lot more attention.

Thanks for commenting, and I hope you like Scribnia. If you have any troubles, just shoot them an email – they’re very helpful.

With all the sites I belong too, I somehow haven’t heard of Scribnia until now. I joined and you were my first contact and review there. This is a great post and even as comprehensive as this list is it pales to the amount of social networks and sites that a blogger can belong to.

Thanks for the review! 🙂

Yes, there are a ton of sites out there, and some pretty notable ones that I left out deliberately – I chose to only include sites that I felt were filled with quality blogs and bloggers, as well as ones that I have seen noticeable traffic from. Plus, ones like Technorati, PostRank, and Alltop do not even need any maintenance – once you submit your site, the sites do the rest for you – you can just check in to check your stats / ratings / reviews when you want.

Technorati is definitely a good place to find your site listed on. Though with the way they have changed their system over the years, it seems my personal blog website always seems to be disappearing, and then coming back to be re-enlisted in the top 100 for its particular category. I’ve contacted support about it a few months ago, but it took a very long time for them to respond with basically no response, lol. I guess from what I’ve seen Technorati just seems to do their own thing nowadays.

-Jean

They’ve been working on changes for months… I still see sites that have the “Add to Technorati Favorites” button, but when you use it, it says that it’s saved but not being displayed until their new system rolls out. Hopefully that will be soon and it will be more stable.

Yup! You are pretty much right Kristi, and you are right hopefully they get it fixed soon, but at this point we just gotta hope that when they roll out the updates it is in our favor 🙂

-Jean

I don’t have clear the theme about Alexa reviews but I see traffic coming from Technorati!
Alltop is a must for all bloggers.
Nice landscape about those places Kristi 🙂 and specially about Scribnia I’ll explore it more.

Cheers,

Gera

That’s the joy of having so many blogs out there. Everyone can have their own take on a topic, so reading 2 – 3 posts even on the same subject will lead to different viewpoints and resources.

I have heard about Entrecard, but I heard it resulted in a lot of bounce rates. You’ll have to return and let us know how it works out for you.

Sweet! Glad I could help, let me know what you think. I don’t use them much anymore for the marketing niche, now I use Commentluv links in all the blogging communities I now belong too; found originally through EC.

If/when I branch to other niches though, I will most likely hit EC once again and pick another couple hundred blogs to sift and narrow. lol

Btw, don’t get me wrong, if you’re on a blog with the widget, drop while you’re there; it’s just 1-click and most drop back. I just meant don’t get drop&bounce happy as everyone did in the first year or two. 🙂

This is awesome Kristi. With the exception of PostRank (will remedy that one now), I have submitted my blog to all others that are part of your list. For some reason though, I am having trouble getting it right in Technorati. It was working well until I changed something and it appears to have lost all of the history I already had. Will probably have to check on that one again. Thanks for the reminder.

Thanks for the mention about BloggerLUV. As someone who has signed up for tons of sites like every blogger I am sure NONE really made any difference to my blog or the quality of friends I had. All that has changed 🙂
I will also just mention since some other “community” owners are here.
One BloggerLUV is an open web project meaning we compete with no one.
I decided to adopt that philosophy instead of my personal preference which was
to CRUSH all the losers that are selfish and going in circles.
The main point and uniquely so is BloggerLUV puts bloggers first, no code
or links no rules are there to prevent a blogger from reaching their goals,
if someone doesn’t make it on this site it’s their own fault.
We don’t stack the deck in our favor, personally the site was merely a small way to pay back blogging.
And to all my “friends” that didn’t have my back Thanks 🙂
I will be laughing and thinking about you at the BANK 🙂 with LUV
Thanks Kristi for all your support
PS
It did hurt me to see many of my friends do what they did but I recover Quick 🙂
and I am talking about people that I have known over two years or thought I knew 🙂 I don’t have to depend on no one which for me when looking at blogging is Perfect 🙂
Thanks 🙂
The real point is bloggerluv is bad ass 🙂 and any bloggers that are to busy or don’t want to join for whatever reason PLS don’t Thanks 🙂
I just turned down getting hundreds of bloggers EVERYDAY from Blogcatalog.
This IS NOT some site you join and hope something happens or friend a bunch of random Goofs this site is changing people’s lives DAILY 🙂
We just getting started 🙂
If you miss out and I see your doing the same Chasing GHOSTS routine don’t blame me 🙂
And if for whatever reason any blogger doesn’t like me and decides to not join that is fine with me your loss not mine 😉
See you @ THE TOP 🙂

It is! I have had several people I emailed shortly thereafter tweet my latest blog post link or, for people that I contact outside of the blogging world, connect with me socially. I even had one freelance opportunity develop because the person I emailed was impressed by my social networking profiles.

Don’t forget niche type listings – especially for local service or product based businesses. I recently started looking up links to other local sites and found them listed on directories for Canada and such. I don’t know how much traffic the listings bring in but they are part of link building I believe too.

I think it’s because of the changeover – I have noticed that the two systems aren’t syncing. Supposedly the new Digg is going live pretty soon – maybe once it does, registrations will open again. You should signup for the email alert till then!

Hi Kristie.
I never heard about blogger den. I try digg but look like its not helping for a new blogger like me. Thank you very much for the Alltop. Never heard about it before.
You make me smiling today. 😀 🙂 😉

wow- ok, I am adding more to my list now LOL, I think I need to stop reading your articles, I have added more ‘to do’ than I have gotten done…

but it will be worth it in the end I hope!

Nice list. There are a couple that I haven’t thought of. I’ll spend some time. I have been using BloggerLuv and I’m highly impressed with the value I’m getting. I recommend it for any blogger looking to engage the community and receive something in return.

Thanks for the tips, Kristi! I’m always looking for new ways to link build and of course send traffic to my site. I’m currently in a few blogging networks and I’ve engaged in some forums before too but I’d never though of putting my blog in my email signature. Gonna update that right now!

Hey Kristi, great list, working on getting myself submitted to these sites as we speak. I’m with you and Ana, no time for sleeping 🙁

Hi Kristi,

I do have my blog listed with some of the well known sites but you came up with a list of some total unknowns to me like Scribnia. I’m glad to be able to check it out now and I also am interested in looking into MyBlogGuest.

I wish I could share with you what you don’t already know on this subject I don’t have anything at this point.

Thanks for the great tips you keep continually giving.

Vance

No need for another “Technorati doesn’t work for me” post… but Technorati doesn’t work for me. Unless I’m now listed there (and don’t even know it), repeated attempts were fruitless.

Off to check out Alltop now… 🙂

I have just started updating my blog regularly (after revamping my website for my small business). Any suggestions as to how long I should wait/how many posts before submitting to blog directories etc.
Thanks for your help!

It depends on the directory – some require that your blog is more established (Alltop, for example, wants blogs that demonstrate they are popular via having lots of content that is commented on and shared), others will list your site at the beginning stages.

Fully informative article post. Getting back links to your blog is how you will rank better in the major search engines, especially Google. One of the best blog post I read in recent past. This post have great content. I can stand up and say superb! There is sufficient reason why you got more than thousand visitors to your article.

Yippee. So glad to have found your site Kristi. What gems you have shared in this article. I am in a fairly small niche so will be looking at all your suggested sites. Then onto reading more of your posts.
Thanks again for such a great article.
Patricia Perth Australia
http://www.lavenderuses.com
all things lavender

Wow, yet more great ideas. I’m very new to blogging, so I’ll take all the help I can get. I honestly can’t wrap my mind around all the places to list my blog – there aren’t enough hours in the day. Guess I better get busy.

I feel like it’s difficult to see traffic come in from certain sites like Technorati unless you have an extremely high rating. Have you had much luck from Blogger Den? It’s one I have been meaning to try out. Thanks

Kristie this is a great list and good advice. I think a lot of people miss out by only trying to get backlinks and not blog reviews. I love to visit your blog again and again, its really very nice and all posts are fully informative.

Thank you very much for all this valuable advice on listing your blog to increase traffic. I will try out your tips and tricks one by one over the next couple of weeks in my open research project on best practices to increase blog traffic. The aim with this research is to identify the key most effective and efficient practices to increase blog traffic. So far I have already tested some of the tips and had some surprising results. The dedicated blog for this research is located here: http://bestblogtraffic.tumblr.com/

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