5 Ways to Promote Your Blog with Print (And 100,000 Biz Cards Giveaway!)



We talk a lot about designing on the web here (obviously!), but rarely mention designing for printed materials.

As bloggers, the majority of our promotion is online. Our readers are online of course, so that makes sense, but it’s also because online is what we know.

We know how to use Twitter, we know which Facebook groups to join, which forums are active, and what blogs to guest post on. That form of marketing is second nature to us, but print is a whole different world.

Would you be surprised to know that it can cost less than $70 to print off 1000 flyers though? And who here would say no to 1000 new readers?

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Create an Auto-Stats Page for Advertisers



Hello guys! For my first guest post here at Pro Blog Design, I’m going to show you how to sell more ad spaces by adding stats to your WordPress blog’s Advertise page.

Unless stated, the PHP codes here are going to go into your content itself. That means youl have to use WordPress Page Templates (They allow you to make a theme file specifically for your Advertise page).

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How to Make a Blogger Business Card in 5 Minutes (And Win 1000 free!)



As bloggers we’re used to doing all our networking and promotion online. None of us are likely to be taking out billboard advertising deals any time soon, but a business card is a cheap and easy way to network in the real world as well.

Why not hand one over the next time your cousin asks about your “web thing” again? Or that co-worker with the techy friends? Or the talkative guy beside you on the bus?

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Convince Ad Blockers to Turn Your Ads Back On


Ad block no ads. As bloggers, many of us rely on adverts for income. A new danger is shadowing that income though; the ad blockers. We have already asked whether ad blocking is moral or not, but regardless of the answer, people will continue to use it.

If you’re looking to protect your income, you need a solution to this problem. Blocking all FireFox users is not a good solution, and even blocking only those using the extension isn’t ideal either.

The Answer Is To Hide an Image

In the morality discussion, we came to the conclusion that whilst ad blocking may not be moral, and while it may damage the internet as a whole, it will continue to be used because it suits individuals. And therein lies the answer.

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Advertising vs. Readership. It’s One or the Other.


The Money CommunityAdvertising and readership are the two things that most bloggers are trying to promote. The thing that isn’t always realised is that you can’t promote both advertising and readership. It is either advertising or readership.

Your blog’s layout contains a number of hotspots. Content in these hotspots, such as that above the fold, is looked at (And then acted upon) more often than content in other locations. It is important to realise that each hotspot can only contain one type of content; either adverts or readership promotion.

Promoting Readership

By choosing to build readership, you are actively choosing to put your adverts into locations where they will perform worse, for the benefit of your readers. In this way, you can more easily encourage readers to subscribe, or simply browse in non-commercial peace. In this way you are hoping to build up a good audience, discussion and contacts.

This approach is best recommended for blogs still in their infancy. You will only continue writing the blog if you feel people are actually reading, and benefiting from it. With small audience, your profits are going to be meagre no matter how well you place them, so why damage your blog’s growth potential?

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