The first 7 days on blogging and marketing

The website (blog) went public on Jan 3, 2014. For the first 7 days I tried several channels to do marketing. Here’re some thoughts I’d like to share.

I find it’s kind of hard to promote a new plugin. After publishing my first plugin – Completely Delete, I was so happy but didn’t know what to do next. I’ve read the Plugin Submission and Promotion on WordPress Codex, but got no luck for 2 WordPress Activities and Announcement Sites they recommend were stalled for a long time. Then I checked out several WordPress communities on Google+ to see if I could write some promotion or introduction about my plugin, got no luck again for promotion posts are not allowed in most of these communities.

Later on I joined the to see what I could do there. The guideline said “Do not (mainly) self-promote” so I guess it should be fine if I share my first blog post “Delete a post with all its children in WordPress” there. It went just okay and I got 5 votes for that post. That encouraged me to keep sharing good resources there. I’d also like to upvote for other members’ contributions, and I do enjoy reading articles from some not so famous sources.

The other channel I’ve also tried is Twitter. Actually I started to use Twitter before was up. Twitter was harsh on me for it banned my account because I followed 10 WordPress celebrities and no one followed me back (of course). Fortunately after my request they brought my account back. Now I’m using Buffer to publish my new posts to Twitter and Google+ page. Occasionally I also tweet things I’m interested in. My next move on social network should be building my profile on Linkedin, there are lots of WordPress groups I assume self promotion would be welcome.

As to blogging, I used a theme called Collections from Theme Foundry, it’s the first time I bought a theme for my own WordPress website. I like Collections mostly because it’s powered by Backbone.js, even the design might not fit the style I blog, I still enjoy learning from their code a lot.

It’s a little bit clumsy that I need to upload a featured image for the YouTube video I share every time. After doing some search I found Auto Thumbnail to the rescue. It will automatically get a thumbnail from an oEmbed video and set it as featured image for the post. I might fork it to modify or extend its functionalities in the near future.

That’s my first 7 day journey on blogging and marketing, maybe see you in another 7 days. 🙂

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