Rolling out the Family Blog Network

We have been working on this network for quite a while, but since much of our team moved quite a distance things have been slowing to roll out. We have much to introduce you to, but for now we want to get started with connecting and promoting those in our network.  

What makes this network and directory different from others?

There are blog directories that rank your blog based on the amount of times a person clicks on a button on your side bar. This will then require that your readers would click each time they visit your blog. I find this to be an inaccurate way to share the value of your blog with others.

Then there are directories that will list your blog with a requirement to link back. I feel that is fair since they are listing your blog for free, however many do not promote your blog and it gets lost in a sea of alphabetical listings. It simply serves the purpose of getting your main URL on one site and that is all well and good, but it really doesn’t make a big difference in the long run. You would need to get your link on hundreds of sites for the link to your blog to have a powerful impact through Google’s search engines.

Another style of directory lists the blog, it’s URL and a short description and a small graphic or photo of you. But on a site that has a directory of 10 pages with 20 blogs each page you have to search for a long time to find one you might have something in common with. Another problem is that some bloggers drop out of blogging and you may click through 10 blogs before you find one that is current.

The hit count style of blog listing is one that has a computer generated authority that informs the listing site which blogs have the most hits. Do you think your blog has what it takes to compete with bloggers who have been at it for 5 or more years? Will your blog ever be seen in the top ten? As long as those bloggers stay at it, your blog will need to be quite an outstanding blog in order to get to their position in the directory. This doesn’t give readers a chance to be introduced to fresh new bloggers with unique styles and perspectives.

Some networks allow your friends to find your blog listing and get connected as a follower. This is good for those who want to befriend your friends and find similar blogs in your niche. After an initial introduction to the network and following a handful of people, they surf away to another site and rarely return. How often do you go back to a blog directory to read the new listings? How long does it take to search through the site to find what you’re looking for? How often do you think people are doing this in order to find you and how easy is it for them to discover you?

I’m not saying you should stop listing your blogs and doing all you can to network, but the Family Blog Network is designed to not only:

  • get your blog listed,
  • get featured,
  • be promoted,
  • get connected with others,
  • be encouraged to blog relationally,
  • but also to have actual people read and review your blog and highlight what makes your blog unique.

We aim to see your blog be introduced to other readers and bloggers. We want to get you connected with people whose topics compliments yours and vice versa. On a color wheel you will find that one color compliments another to bring the décor of a room into balance and beauty, but a monochrome room might become bland for to regular visitors. Blogging can become the same way. Yes, you can become an expert in your topic, but a good blogger will introduce their readers to guest bloggers who specialize in other topics. Let us help you get connected with bloggers who compliment you.

How do we accomplish this?


 

First of all we invite you to get listed for free with a reciprocating link back. Copy and paste this code into your blog’s side bar or footer. 

Click for Code Here

When we have confirmed the link back is on your site, we will put your blog in the queue to be listed. Let us know which categories you want to be listed in. (details below)

Include the following information:

  • Name:
  • Blog Name:
  • Blog URL:
  • Email:
  • Twitter:
  • Facebook page:
  • Short description:
  • Location (optional): (Locations will be listed in our state listings)
  • Categories desired:

A word about categories:

We’ll start with a few of the popular categories and add more as needed. Blogs that contain a variety of categories may add their blog to the Variety listing as well as the individual categories provided that your blog has at least 30% of it’s articles in that category. For example if your blog is 30% recipes 30% gardening 30% homemaking 10% photography, then you cannot list your blog under photography, but you can get listed in the other categories.

Code to your 125×125 blog button {optional} If you do not have a button, we will use a pre-made generic button.

Include up to 10 keywords for your blog:

Please allow 2-3 weeks for your listing to be published. You will be contacted once your listing is available. This time frame may be lengthened as the demand increases.

Your listing will then be put into the reviewer’s cue for future Blog Feature publication. All Featured Blogs are promoted on our Twitter and Facebook page.

This is just the beginning! We have so much to share, but don’t want to overwhelm you.  This is a good start and if you get in now, it will make it easier to get involved with the other fun stuff as it is introduced.

Here are the qualifications {This is important to keep our network family friendly}

  • Join the network, it’s free.
  • Upload a profile photo.
  • Blogs must be family friendly. A general rule of thumb is that the content and photos be G or PG rated. Some PG-13 topics are permitted(but not PG-13 photos), but remain under the sole discretion of our network to decide before listing your blog. We don’t want to censor your blog, so please use your best judgment, honesty, and integrity in joining our network.

You can copy the above information about your blog AND your Pix-O-Sphere profile link (go join for free!) and paste it into the submission page here.

Do not miss the updates! Be sure to subscribe here to get all future updates which will be posted on this blog. Once the directory pages launch, we’ll be announcing it here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

You can link up with our public link up to any of our categories in the mean time.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Lisa blogs at The HomeSpun Life and is a contributor at The Homeschool Post. She enjoys blogging, photography, and cooking. Her homeschooling family is active in their community and enjoys traveling with friends and family.

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