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A Collection of 975+ Fresh Social Media Icons

We all love social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg and StumbleUpon, and when used correctly they most definitely are one of the best ways to promote the content on your website. To promote the content though, it’s not as simple as simply retweeting your own posts – sure, that can help, but the real joy of it is when everybody joins in! From just one tweet, you could generate hundreds or even thousands of others, and the same goes for Facebook, Digg and StumbleUpon.

One of the best ways to get your websites audience to interact with your site and help promote it using social media is to include links or icons at the bottom of your content-filled pages, such as posts. This post shares with you eleven fresh and modern social media icon packs, with a total of over 900 individual icons!

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Six Great User News Sections to Submit and Promote Your Design Posts

This simple but informative post lists six great user news sections you can submit your art, design and photography related posts to, all of which will help increase your incoming traffic and improve your feed subscriber count.

Submitting your posts to everyone of these user news sections on the great sites listed below shouldn’t take you any longer then five minutes, but can bring you hundreds of new and unique visitors in return. If you want your blog to become successful, or are simply looking for some new readers, this is one of the best things you can do.

User News Sections

Noupe & Smashing Magazine

(Submit News)

Smashing Magazine is one of the biggest and most respected design and development blogs on the net. A lot of people don’t know this, but Noupe is also ran by Smashing Media. Since Smashing Magazines latest redesign, they introduced a new User News section which is actually powered of Noupe. So add your news to Noupe and if accepted it’ll get shown on the front page of both Smashing Magazine and Noupe – result!

DesignM.ag

(Submit News)

DesignM.ag may not be as big as Smashing Magazine, but it can bring in some great targeted visitors.

Build Internet

(Submit News)

Build Internet is a relatively new design blog (although older then Circlebox) but they already have thousands of loyal subscribers and even more visitors. Submit your latest posts and articles here and you’re sure to receive some targeted traffic. Keep in mind that Build Internet mainly focuses on web development, so the more web development news you add, the more clicks you’ll get back!

Abduzeedo

(Submit News)

Abduzeedo is slightly different to others on this list as you need to register and make an account to enable you to be able to submit user news. Don’t be scared off though, it’s worth it! The Abduzeedo User News Twitter account will automatically tweet your news submission to thousands of followers.

Inspired Magazine & Inspired News

(Submit News)

Inspired Magazines news section, like Abduzeedo, also requires a membership – it’s free though! They do things slightly differently as the news section is actually powered from a different domain all together. The blogs address is inspiredm.com, whereas the news section is inspiredn.com.

Colorburned

(Submit News)

Colorburned is very similar to DesignM.ag. Sure, you might not get as many hits, but the ones you do will be targeted and are much more likely to subscribe to your RSS Feeds!

Conclusion

One of the shortest posts from me in a while, but I feel the short list is worth for those of my readers who own their own blog and are looking to promote it to the correct audience in a relatively simple, quick and free way.

Promoting Your Creative Blog: 8 Great Tips to Success

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time promoting myself and my blog, Circlebox Blog. During that time I have picked up a lot of things, good and bad. The blog is growing very well now and due to that I feel I know enough to share with you eight of the many tips that can help towards making your blog a successful one.

Tip #1 – Your Content Is King

Since reading an article on DesignBump Originals called ‘If Content is Really King, Then What is Design?’, I have been calling the content on my blog ‘King’. Without good content, no-one will want to be on your site. Sure, you have a nice design, but having a nice design isn’t going to make people sit at their desks and stare at it all day long. Whereas, however, content can.

If you have enough quality content, it can rule your target-audience, no questions asked – it is the King, after all. Keep your readers engaged and if possible post gripping content frequently. If you’re only blogging part-time and find you don’t have the time to post frequently, then don’t – the chances are you’ll be rushing, and your readers will most probably become aware of that. Instead spend a longer period of time on a very high-standard article.

Tip #2 – Your Design Is Queen

Although your content is the main people want to visit your blog, that doesn’t stop you from having an attractive and sexy design. If you’re on a tight budget there are some excellent free themes about. If you have little budget, purchase a subscription to a premium theme site or purchase an individual theme. There is of course one problem with this; the theme isn’t unique to you. Most free and premium themes do allow you to make as many changes as you want so long as you keep the link back to the original designer/developer in the footer of your blog.

Having a unique and fresh design specifically for your blog is always the best way to go, though. Sure, it takes a lot of time as there is a huge list of things to be done: planning, sketching, designing, developing, testing, fixing, releasing… and this doesn’t involve any complications a long the way, which in one way or another you are bound to cross at least once or twice. Don’t be scared to ask for a helping hand. Can’t design? Hire a designer! Can’t code? Hire a developer! Don’t have the time? Hire both! If you want your blog to be successful you need the three main ingredients: time, money and lots of hard work.

Tip #3 – Promote Your Design

If you decided to design and code your own blog theme, then you will want to promote it. If it’s good, it will get accepted to design gallery sites such as UniqueCSS, CSSMania and SiteInspire, so be sure to submit it! Many blog writers browse these sites on a weekly basis looking for fresh and unique web designs to showcase on their own blogs, so this is a great way to get a little exposure!

It’s a good idea to keep your audience updated about the new design via social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Tip #4 – Don’t Keep Your Personal Life Locked Away

This is one thing I know a lot of people are scared of doing. You look up to big sites, lets say Smashing Magazine and HongKiat, which are both incredibly successful and popular blogs. It’s always good to look up to such big sites, think big and never look back. But (there’s always a but!), if you’re reading this you’re probably a one-man show – don’t be scared of adding a personal touch to your blog! Write articles about what you think and your opinions, what not the community think: you may find this is more likely to attract people commenting on your posts, causing deep discussions and debates.

Let people know what you are doing! Where did you go on vacation this year? Did you spot anything different about their design trends such as logos, shop window decorations, etc? Share your photos! Be individual, be yourself, be unique!



 

Tip #5 – Be Active In The Community

I’m not talking about your daily exercises, although that is important too! What I’m talking about is the online design, art and photography community. You expect people to comment on your blog yet you never comment on theirs, or anyone elses for that matter? Commenting on other blogs can be a great way to attract loyal and genuine subscribers to your blog, there’s an incredibly likely chance they will like the content on your blog if they found you though another blog in the creative niche.

Don’t comment with one-liners! Be productive, share your opinion on the post with the other readers, what did you like, what didn’t you like? What do you agree with, what don’t you agree with? It’s all about discussion! Oh, and remember to get a Gravatar! Having an avatar will increase the chances of people becoming familiar with you, making it more likely for them to click on your name and be taken through to your blog.

Tip #6 – Use Voting Sites

Voting sites are a superb way of promoting your blog and it’s new content. You can submit a post and leave it up to the users of the particular site to promote your post. If it has a catchy title and the content is superb, it will get promoted – no questions asked. Some great voting sites they are commonly used in this niche are Digg, DesignBump and DesignMoo.

Your loyal readers will help promote your content, so include networking buttons at the bottom of your posts. Digg, DesignBump and DesignMoo all use self-updating buttons that don’t even require a user (so long as they are logged into the voting site) to leave your post, making them much more likely to click it. So you’ve got a few hundred or more RSS subscribers but your posts are only getting a few votes? That’s common! A great solution to this is to get involved with your audience, respond to their comments and don’t be afraid to ask them to help promote your post! If they like your content they will only be too happy to help you out in return.

Tip #7 – Write Detailed Tutorials

Tutorials, so long as they are of a good quality and are helpful, are virtually always guaranteed traffic. I was reading Photoshop tutorials from the young age of 11, and that is really where my passion for design started, so allowing people to see how you work can really inspire them. You can submit your tutorials to tutorial archive sites such as Good-Tutorials and Pixel2Life. Once submitted, if your tutorial is good, expect a thousand or so hits to flood in within the first 24 hours. If only 1% of them subscribe, you’ve gained 10 subscribers. Keep them engaged in your blog by following Tip #1, and you’ll be gaining readers quicker than you could ever imagine!

Tip #8 – Write For Other Blogs

Once you have a few successful articles on your blog you should maybe think about writing for some other blogs. Other blogs in the niche are your friend, not your rival. They can, after all, be an excellent source of traffic. There are plenty of blogs out there that accept guest authors, some in return for author links, some in return for a small payment, some in return for a very good payment.

I had an accepted tutorial on Tutorial9 a couple of months back. I got paid $150, got a good response from the readers, an increase in my traffic count and a huge confidence boost. Since then I have become an author for Smashing Magazine, Six Revisions and the Tuts+ Network. With my blog and writing for these other well-known blogs, my name is becoming more and more known in the online community, until there became a point where I actually felt I could earn a full-time living from home – I felt strongly about this and quit my job a few days after! I recently compiled a list of articles on self-employment and how to become a better designer, so if you want to find out more about that be sure to check them out!

Conclusion…

Hopefully you’ve picked up a little bit of useful information from this post. Please do discuss my points below, I’d love to hear what you think. Is there something you do that really works when promoting your blog, or something that you’ve done in the past that did the complete opposite? My readers and I would love to hear your story. And remember… don’t be scared to experiment. Try something new, if it doesn’t work then tough luck, if it does you might just be on to something!

“He who is afraid of making mistakes, is afraid to succeed”

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