I have tried many different things to build a buzz around my name and my websites, since I started online years ago. There are things that failed miserably – and then there were things that really worked. One of them was taking strategic editorial positions at high-traffic online information sites.
I started out at one of the largest magazine sites for women as a home finance editor to get in the door, then I moved over to my specialties when the openings were available – in mental health and depression.
I have gained tremendous exposure and traffic to all of my other sites, because I have written and continue to write for a high-traffic and reputable website. I get the best of both worlds at sites like Bellaonline – which include credibility and visibility. Plus I get to write about a topic I’m very passionate about:) Just make sure you carefully choose the site that you write for — and don’t commit yourself to something that would take a huge amount of time away from your own business.
1. Look for traffic ranking (get an idea over at alexa.com)
2. Look at google pageranking for the site
3. Look at the process for applying to become a writer
4. See if you get to split or keep 100% of the affiliate income made
with your articles
5. Check the forums out at these sites and see if people are visiting
and connecting with each other. Another good “traffic” sign for you.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, take a look at available topics over at the Bellaonline site now and see if any would tie in with your existing business. Other sites you may want to consider include allexperts, about, ivillage, sheknows, and soon I will be accepting writers over at my advice & counseling site – GirlShrink. (I’ll let you know when that happens.)