Patch blogger and marketing expert Suzen Pettit learned this the hard way: from years of trial and error.
In her latest post, Suzen outlines the step-by-step formula she uses to drive traffic and reminds us “content is only king if someone other than your mother can see it.”
From her version of the 20/80 rule – you should spend 20 percent of your time writing and 80 percent of your time sharing and promoting – to SEO tools, and tips on promoting and repurposing your content, Suzen’s strategies help take some of the guess work out of growing your audience.
“It doesn’t matter how great your content is,” Suzen writes. “Without actively promoting your content, systematically, your blog is STILL going to be in nowheresville.”
And don’t forget: community is key.
“The point here is to provide massive value to your community – and it will deliver massive value back.”
Have tips to share? Post them in the comments below or start a blog of your own! Just head to your hometown Patch site and click “start a blog.” Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.