Crafterminds is a super group of expert craft bloggers with a mission to connect lifestyle bloggers and their loyal audiences to marketers that focus on DIY, handmade, and arts & crafts markets. I ran across them last week during their regular Monday Twitter chat. The chat was about blog design and there were a lot of great tips exchanged. Their next chat is scheduled for Monday, February 14, at 4:00 pm ET. Search for the hashtag #crafterminds to follow along. Their topic will be about increasing traffic to your craft blog.
Here are some of the tips they have given already:
- Linky Parties (see, I told you linking up to Etsy Wednesdays was a good idea)
- Feature Sites (Have you signed up for Feature Friday yet?)
- Tweet It Out (If you're on Twitter, this tip is a must-read)
- Facebook (The new fan page layout makes this even better)
- Social Bookmarking Sites (Ummm....haven't tried this one yet.)
Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom, Making the World Cuter, What Allie's Making Now, and Tools Are For Women Too each have a directory of these linky parties.
FEATURES - Getting featured is an interesting challenge. Some blogs offer these opportunities for free. There are other blogs that connect their features to advertising. Another popular way to get featured is with a blog swap, allowing each of you to get noticed by a new audience. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions when you do your first feature. The first time I had an opportunity to be featured, I did a tutorial and was so excited. Being new, I didn't realize that I should delay posting the same tutorial on my own blog so it wouldn't take traffic away from the original one. I should have just posted a teaser on my blog so that people would go to the other blog for the full story. Live and learn! Don't forget to click on the Feature Friday tab for more information on being featured here on my blog.
I hope I'll see you on Twitter for tomorrow's Crafterminds chat. If you can't make it, let me know of any advice or questions on increasing blog views that you'd like me to share.