It is easy to create and publish your blog. But when you talk about website traffic, readership and inter-activity with other bloggers- this is where the hard work comes. There are many blogs around giving free and useful advice on these essential subjects. I am still a neophyte blogger and so I won't dare give you any advice on the matter. But what I can do is rob you of some fun in surfing the web and discovering new sites by sharing with you a list of some of the helpful sites I have visited to cut your surfing time. Cheers!
Here is my initial list of websites which I believe can be of great help to all upstart bloggers. (Site description adapted from http://Go2Web20.net)
1. zemanta.com Making Blogging Fun Again Have your browser understand what you are blogging about and suggest pictures, links, articles and tags to make your posts more vibrant.
2.blogcatalog.com A Social Community for Bloggers BlogCatalog's purpose it to list Blogs available on the Internet. The goal is to provide a service that drives traffic to Blog owner's sites as well as give users searching for Blog's an easy way to find them.
3. mybloglog.com For all This Talk of a Global Conversation Throughout the Blogosphere MyBlogLog is a communities service to empower authors and readers to operate at the same level. For the first time, everyone who reads a web site or blog can learn about and engage with one another, and in the process take the conversation to a whole new level.
4. blogrush.com Your Blog Syndication Network BlogRush is a free service that was created to help bloggers solve their #1 need: More Readers For Their Blog. By adding the BlogRush Widget to a blog, a blogger can get instant distribution for their latest blog post titles across a network of related blogs.
5.technorati.com Explore the blogosphere Technorati is the authority on what's going on in the world of weblogs. The power of weblogs is that they allow millions of people to easily publish their ideas, and millions more to comment on them. Blogs are a fluid, dynamic medium, more akin to a 'conversation' than to a library — which is how the Web has often been described in the past. With an increasing number of people reading, writing, and commenting on blogs, the way we use the Web is shifting in a fundamental way. Instead of being passive consumers of information, more and more Internet users are becoming active participants. Weblogs let everyone have a voice.
6. feedblitz.com Email your blogs, boost your readership FeedBlitz is a service that monitors blogs, RSS feeds and Web URLs to provide greater reach for feed publishers. FeedBlitz takes all the headache out of converting feed and blog updates into email digests, delivered daily to subscribers' inboxes. NEW LAYOUT!
7. bloglovin.com New Blog Posts from your Favourite Blogs in one Place bloglovin´ gathers new blog posts from your favourite blogs in one place. Just add all the blogs you want to follow, and then you’ll get notified every time one of your favourite blogs has written a new blog post.
8.business.blinkweb.com Website Creation Tool Want a website to sell your product, but don't know where to begin? If you know how to point and click, you can create your very own professional, "sales letter style" website or blog in minutes.
10.edicy.com Build and Edit Websites with Ease Create a fresh site with nice design and web hosting on any domain in seconds. It’s seamless, all in one and unprecedentedly easy to use. Oh, and it’s free too.
11. madmimi.com Simple. Lovely. Email Marketing. Mad Mimi is a simple, intelligent and powerful email marketing utility that anyone can use. Mad Mimi makes email marketing easy for the creator, and easier on the eyes for the receiver. With ground-breaking technology, Mad Mimi is the simplest way to create branded, well-designed newsletters and promotions. Sign up free today and get started with simple, lovely email marketing.
12.tineye.com Image Search Engine TinEye is an image search engine on the web to use image identification technology. Given an image to search for, TinEye tells you where and how that image appears all over the we - even if it has been modified.
13.addtoany.com Subscribe and Bookmark Widgets that Include Every Service for Your Visitors Add to Any's "Subscribe" and "Bookmark" widgets let your visitors subscribe using any feed reader, bookmark using any bookmark manager, and share using any social service. Widgets contain a searchable menu of every applicable service, with the most popular displayed by default.
14. disqus.com Track your Comments and Replies Disqus is a new, distributed comment system for blogs and websites. The comment system works hand-in-hand with a dedicated forum backend, so the conversations are never fragmented.
15.lijit.com A Better Way to Search for Information Lijit Creates a social network search, based on your blog(s), your opml, and your social networks and web 2.0 sites including digg, flickr, reddit, myspace, linkedin, and youtube. It creates a Google CSE using an Google account you provide.
16.hyplet.com Your Online Signature Hyplets are FREE personal IDs and online Flyers, which you can easily add to emails and Web pages, allowing you to enhance your online presence and promote your content with a single click.
17.blogmailr.com Publishing to your Blog Made Easy BlogMailr is all about making publishing to your blog easy. There is nothing to download, nothing to install, it’s free for personal use, and works with all popular blogging software. BlogMailr allows you to publish to your blog from anything that can send an email whether it’s your PC, Mac, Phone, PDA … you name it. If you can send an email you’ve got everything you need to use BlogMailr.
18tellafriend.socialtwist.com Leverage Word of Mouth Marketing Tell-a-Friend is a complimentary tool that lets readers recommend and share content directly with their friends word of mouth style via any method: e-mail, IM, social networks, Twitter or even their blog. Without taking readers' attention away from the content page, Tell-a-Friend taps their internal address book to access their lists of friends from each of the supported networks and contact them individually or as a group.
19. findmeon.com The Cure for Multiple Web Personality Disorder FindMeOn is an online profile management service that connects your identities across social networks, blogs & more. Instead of collapsing all of your network identities onto one site, FindMeOn helps you manage your circles of friends, family, colleagues and others… respecting the divisions of your real life online.
20.askablogr.com A Free Blor Q & A Widget Askablogr is an integrated blog question and answer (Q&A) service that: - Makes it easy for blog readers to submit questions to their favorite bloggers - Makes it easy for bloggers to answer some questions and decline others - Automagically publishes these Q&A exchanges to the blogger's blog - Creates a master index of all the participating bloggers, readers and Q&A sessions.