[quote="maryharket, post:11, topic:229535"]
I'm not intending to hijack the thread but I do have one question:
After publishing your blog how do you get others to see it? I have tried blogging on several occasions and for some reason I never got any views. Is there some service you have to subscribe to in order to get your blog advertised or is there something in the way the blog is set up that gets it noticed?
I use blogger because its connected to my gmail account. It just makes it easier and the formats are very flexible as far as the templates. I'm not good with html but there is access for people that can use it well so that you don't have to be confined to just the templates that they offer.
There's really no shortcut to building a viewership. You simply have to get out there on other sites and be present. And, of course, you have to have regular, original, dynamic content being posted on your blog.
95% of all the visits to my blogs come from people clicking on the links in my signature right here at CAF. If I really wanted to build them up more, I would do more. (Maybe someday....)
One approach is to find similar blogs on blogger and start making comments on their posts. Spamming them by saying "Nice post! Check out my blog at myblog.blogspot.com" is NOT the way to go. It is best to make intelligent contributions (even if they are brief) and trust that people will click on your name and follow that to your blog. People can spot shameless self-promotion and it's generally a turn-off. If you want to get people to your blog, you have to put in the time and effort to build relationships with other bloggers.
If you want to spend some money, you can advertise through Google Ads or something like that to get your blog in front of more people. But you better have the content to keep people there. ;)
But really, the best approach is to utlilize many approaches. Post here on CAF with your blog link in your signature. Go to other blogs and post comments and link to those blogs from your blog. Set up Twitter and Facebook accounts such that news posts to your blog automatically get posted on your wall. Buy some ad space if you're really motivated.