Use Publicize to help grow your crowd
One of the great features that came with our transition to WordPress.com this season is the Publicize tool for social media promotion. Be sure you have it activated to take advantage of more no-brainer traffic. Use Publicize to send out a new status update or tweet every time you make a new post to your blog, so your friends, followers and connections can stay up to date with your blogging about Major League Baseball.
Setting it up is simple in your dashboard. Create a connection under Sharing, found in the Settings menu. Once you have given WordPress.com permission to access your account on the other side, you will notice a Publicize section has been added to the Publish box when you are composing or editing a post, showing where the post is to be publicized. And it is fully customizable. You can choose to not publicize an individual post or to only publicize on a particular social media site. You can even customize the text of the status update or tweet if you want to explain a little about the post.
If you want to get onto the MLB.com/blogs Latest Leaders rankings for August, or want to try to run away from the pack, this is another good idea. There are many more ways to increase traffic as well. Be sure to comment on other MLBlogs routinely, always typing your full URL within the comment as it stands out more as a clickable ID. Post often, and obviously well. Make sure you About identification is prominent on the first screen, using the Gravatar or other method of display to show who you are. Give them a subscribe widget so they can get your posts by email. Experiment, and ask others who are in the monthly Latest Leaders how they do it.
Also, remember that you can order a JUMBO presentation of your MLBlog at MLB.com/blogs — the kind of specific baseball-crowd advertisement that only MLB.com can deliver. Just follow those specific instructions we gave you to do that, as others have done.