This is going to be a weird one.

Even though I really like the way I do blogging and how I promote my content, to be honest it’s definitely not the most effective way.

And the 3 most effective ways to promote blogs are things I am not even currently doing.

Why am I not doing them?

Because I don’t like doing them, plain and simple.

However, since you’re looking for the most effective ways, that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

1. Guest Blogging Is Where It’s At

The most effective way to grow a blog is to get your own blog in front of readers of a similar blog.

Guest posting is the most simple and straightforward way to do this.

All you do is find a popular blog on the same topic that allows guest posts and offer to write an original post in exchange for a promotional link to your site.

If they say yes, you have the potential to reach an insanely targeted audience for fast growth.

I recommend linking to your freebie opt-in page so you can gain email subscribers.

2. Banner Advertising Isn’t Dead

The alternative to the above method is to just buy exposure.

Find another related blog (preferably with lots of comments and social shares) that offers banner advertisements and see how much they cost.

After you pay for them, you supply your own banner with a call to action to download your freebie to build your email list.

Even though you may not get a lot of clicks, the number of subscribers per dollar can still be very high if you advertise on highly related blogs.

It is a paid method, so if you’re not at the stage where you’re willing to spend money to get traffic, then you can focus on method number 1 above.

3. Search Engine Optimization

Here is an ever changing, somewhat technical, slow-to-kick-in way of growing your blog, but once it starts working it can grow your blog at lightning speed.

All you really need to do is write content people are searching for in Google and make it as relevant as possible.

I am not an SEO expert by any means and if you want advice about it, check out this post on NomadicHustle.com.

It’s nowhere near the fastest way, but it is absolutely effective.

And well worth learning if you don’t mind doing it.

Personally, I like my own little system I put together for growing a blog.

Write and promote daily.

Repeat.

It’s simple and it works, but it might take a bit longer to grow than the above methods.

That said, to learn more go here:

http://gabejohansson.com/subscribe/

Talk soon,
-Gabe