Day 10: Set up alerts to monitor your blog’s niche
I probably have way too many Google Alerts set up.
I monitor “mom blogger” daily; It’s interesting to see what’s being said about us, especially from a marketing perspective. I also keep an eye on my blog’s name and URL, as I’m not always notified (pinged) if someone links to me; it’s nice to be able to go and thank them right away. I create alerts for topics that interest me at any given moment. Right now? “BlogHer scholarship” and “iPad accessories,” among other topics.
I also get Twitter keyword alerts. I use SocialOomph for this (formerly TweetLater). I track my Twitter name (@ohMariana) so I never miss a response or a mention of my name. I can track basically any keywords that I can think of. All of this gets filtered into a special folder in my inbox.
- Set up a system of alerts to monitor what’s going on in your blog’s niche. Read more about this at ProBlogger, and remember – this task and more is available in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog e-book. I’ve printed it out and placed the pages in a binder that I can access at any time.
- If you’re open to monetizing your blog, join an affiliate program today. Something that’s a right fit for your blog. Think about what you write about often. Music? iPhone apps? You might be the perfect iTunes affiliate, for example. If you’re already writing about those topics, you’re potentially missing out on good money! Well, not that great necessarily. But it adds up. If you’re active on Twitter, that’s another way to get click-throughs. These are the affiliate programs I’m a member of:
PopShops is a site where you can add several of your affiliate programs and combine them into one “shop” where it’s easy to find what you need all in one place. FYI: some of those links above are affiliate links. 😉
*Please let me know if you need any help setting up Google Alerts or joining an affiliate program.*
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