Want to Be Read? Then You Need to Expose Yourself!
Gotcha! Seriously folks, people here can’t read you if they can’t find you.
As I wander around the Rain, I will often stop by posts by Newbies or at least “New to Me” bloggers. If the title catches my eye or if they have little or no comments I’ll pop in to say “hello”.
I’ve been doing a lot of that lately as I search for posts for my weekly “What I Learned in Active Rain this week” series. Many have written about how to write a good blog post... what to include, adding photos or graphics, no wall of words, bolding words for emphasis.
With so many Rainers posting, the blog log can whiz by. Your post you just published could be at the bottom or next page in the blink of an eye. If you had subscribers, you would come up in their Social Blog or on the right side of the Blog Log Page, which is a list of their Blog Subscriptions.
But, if no one can find you to read your post, how can they subscribe to your blog??
Join Groups and Post to Them!
ActiveRain lets you place each of your posts in up to 5 Groups! There are people who only go to the Groups to which they subscribe to read posts. Not only that many Groups will feature posts within their Group. This means you could hang at the top of that Group page a lot longer than you would in the general bloglog.
The point is your post for which you labored long stands a better chance of being read when posted to groups, especially if you do not have a lot of subscribers and/or are new to Active Rain.
Some points to remember:
1. Read the Group Guidelines! For example, in the Stage It Forward Group, your post needs to be about Staging. While the group welcomes Realtors, Inspectors, and any member of ActiveRain, it discourages Listings or anything non-Staging related.
2. Do Unto Others: If you become a member, don’t just post there... read and comment on the posts of others in the group.
3. If you see a Goose Egg by a member’s post, stop in and leave a comment.
4. Some Groups are very topic specific and may not have a large # of members or the activity as a larger group.
5. Vary the Groups to which you post. If you are always posting to the same groups, then it’s pretty safe to say that, with a few exceptions, the same people will see you. Mix it up depending upon the topic of your post.
Stage It Forward