The We Op-Ed team have experienced the difficulties that come with trying to build readership, comments, and inbound links to blogs. With this in mind we wanted to point out features on We Op-Ed that our blogging members can utilize to promote their own website or blog. We're always looking for new ideas to help make We Op-Ed suit the needs of the community, so please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help.
Add Your Blog's RSS Feed to Your Profile Page
Once you're a member of the We Op-Ed Community, you will have access to your own profile page, which you can access by clicking on the "My Op-Ed" tab in the navigation menu above. Once in your My Op-Ed page, scroll down to the bottom of the left column. You will see an empty module labeled "RSS", with an "Edit" button on the right. Go ahead, give that Edit button a click. A menu will open up where you can paste the URL of your Blog or Website's RSS feed.
Once you're finished, click "Save", and in a few seconds your feeds will appear linking your profile page back to the posts on your blog.
Tip: Also, be sure to add the URL of your Blog or Website in the "About Me" section of your profile. Adds another link back to your site and we'll immediately add this link to our Links and Resources page as well.
Post on We Op-Ed for Readers, Comments, Links, and More
We know that maintaining your own blog takes time and that the Op-Eds you post on We Op-Ed will have most likely already been posted on your own site. We appreciate your taking the time to post again on We Op-Ed and would like to show you a few ways to get even more exposure for your efforts. We encourage you to add a line of text at the top of each post with a link back to your website:
Note: To avoid broken links and for general aesthetic appeal, we recommend writing the title of your blog/website, then using the "Add Hyperlink" button in the text editor to make the title into a link.
Bookmarking and Emailing Op-Eds
Once you have published a new post you can use the "Share This" icon, located at the bottom of each post, to submit the post to your favorite bookmarking sites (digg, stumbleupon, reddit, etc.) or to email the article to whomever you want. We found this to be a great way to attract attention to a particular post, and it couldn't be easier.
Invite Friends, Contacts, and Readers to Join We Op-Ed
The more friends you have on We Op-Ed the more people can help you spread the word about your Op-Eds, give your posts a top Rating, and Comment. We Op-Ed provides an easy and fast way to Invite Your Friends to Join. Just click on the "Invite" tab on the navigation menu and you can enter your friends email addresses manually or sign into your email host account and select from your email contacts. The more readers, opinions, and voices the merrier here on We Op-Ed.
Scratching of Backs: Help Promote We Op-Ed with Our Badges and Widgets
Because more people on We Op-Ed means more people who can check out your writing, help us help you by choosing from the following variety of We Op-Ed badges, which you can easily paste onto your Blog or Website.
Post, Comment, and Enjoy
The more active you are on We Op-Ed the more you will get out of it. So we urge you to post often, comment on other member's Op-Eds, join in the Debates, and find other engaged and curious citizens in the We Op-Ed Community.
Last updated by Justin Jun 9, 2008.