Having spent a lot of time creating and writing your blog, you will probably want people to read it. Getting people to your blog can be one of the biggest challenges, especially when you are getting started and don't have enough content to really get noticed by the big search engines.
One quite quick and easy way you can start getting people to your site is by getting your site listed on blog directories and especially ones which are ELT or education specific.
Some of the best source of referral traffic to my own sites are ELT specific blog directories and these are the ones.
- This is a great site that allows you to create a profile and then submit sites, interesting articles etc that are relevant to language teaching and learning. To begin with you can only submit one site every 24 hours as there has been a problem with lots of irrelevant sites being posted.
- Teaching better is not only a great way to get traffic to your site it is also a great source of information and I've found quite a few really useful sites and web based tools there.
- Visitors to the site can also vote recommended links up or down if they think they are good or bad, so if you do visit and submit your link check out some of the other links there and help the site owners by voting down anything that shouldn't be there.
- OneStopBlogs has been created by Macmillan, who also created the marvellous OneStopEnglish and is another ELT specific blog directory. Again this one sends a lot of traffic to my own blogs and I would highly recommend it. You have to submit blog information by email to the editor, which is great because it ensures quality.
- Blog articles also get higher ranking on the site if other blogs are linking to them, so again there is good quality control so this is a great place, not only to get listed , but also to find good links and information from other bloggers.
- Englishcaster is a directory I've only recently discovered and is more heavily aimed at resources and blogs for students than teachers. You can submit links by creating a profile and adding quite detailed information. Again this is great because it reduces spam and insures greater quality. Sites that are submitted can also be voted on by users, so again there is more quality control.
- There is a section for teachers, but most of the categories are things like grammar, vocabulary and the skills etc. Really useful directory to both list and find materials for your students.
- The British Council BBC site TeachingEnglish also has a really useful links section to their site and again this is a great place to get a link added.
- You will again need to contact the editor to submit your link and there is no guarantee that they will add it, but it as a great place to get listed as quality is assured there and the site already has a huge ELT audience so these are the people you want to bring to your blog or site.
- This is another great site directory site that concentrates manly on elearning and use of technology rather than ELT. The focus is also more on corporate elearning, though it might be a useful site to submit to if you have a mix of technology and Business English related materials.
- You'll have to apply to the editor to get a chance to get listed on the site, but again this is great because it ensures quality and makes it a great place to get listed and find information.
- Blogcatalog is for any blog and isn't ELT specific, but I have still found it to be a good source of traffic for my own blogs. You create a profile and register your blogs there and you also have to include a small gif on your site to be registered.
- Blogcatalog is also something of a social network and you can register things like you Twitter feed there to and start building up a network of friends, so it's a handy way of making blogger contacts too.
These are all great places to submit you blog and your postings to, but remember, be a good member of the community:
Only add links to what you feel has genuine value to the community
- Don't spam the directories with too many links or by trying to get every thing you write listed.
- Vote up other good stuff you find on these sites and so help to ensure quality
- Don't just focus on your own material also add links to other materials that you feel would be useful
I hope these sites help to bring readers to your blog and in turn this encourages you to keep posting.
How about you?
- Know of other good directories, especially ELT ones to get listed?
- Where does most of your site traffic come from?