As the old saying goes, “If you build it they will come”, but a majority of the time ‘they’ (your website visitors) need to know you ‘built it’ (your design blog and its articles).
Since starting The Design Cubicle, I have submitted many of my quality blog posts to various websites that accept community submissions. In the past year, approximately 900,000 visitors have come via referring sites (statistics provided by Google Analytics on 12/16/09).
While there are hundreds or more websites around the web that allow you to submit, below are the ones that have produced high traffic and successful exposure for my articles and blog in the past year.
Please note that many of these sites are reader voted or moderated, so I suggest only submitting your best and highest quality articles for approval or acceptance.
Twitter, the most obvious on this list, but honestly the most effective. Tweeting your new blog posts allowing your followers to become exposed to your new content and get passed along to your follower’s followers and so on. A quality article has the opportunity to be seen by millions within a matter of minutes.
Smashing Magazine [submissions via Noupe]
If you are not familiar with Smashing Magazine… well let’s just say, you should be. The name says it all. (*83,001 Smashing Magazine visitors tracked by Google Analytics)
Design Float is like Digg for design-only articles. Users vote on your article and once they surpase 4 votes appear on the front page’s Popular Entries. (22,517 Design Float visitors tracked by Google Analytics)
Psd Tuts, an amazing website for Photoshop tutorials, offers a community link feed of high quality content from around the web. (15,233 PSD Tut visitors tracked by Google Analytics)
Using @TDCBrand as my Twitter account for only new Design Cubicle posts and news (I use @behoff for everything else), I also link those tweets to Facebook. (12,463 Facebook visitors tracked by Google Analytics)
All of my new posts show up in Facebook’s status updates so my friends and followers can stay up-to-date.
Another great site similar to Design Float. Design Bump as brought TDC continuous quality traffic over the past year. (8,132 Design Bump visitors tracked by Google Analytics)
Being that Design Newz is one of the newer sites on this list (**under 1 year old) its hard to get an exact reading in the past year, but I must say it has gained momentum and popularity quite fast. All posts are hand-picked to ensure the highest quality possible. (**6,211 Design Newz visitors tracked by Google Analytics)
Recently acquired by Smashing Magazine, Noupe is gaining even more heavy traffic and popularity. (5,384 Noupe visitors tracked by Google Analytics).
Other websites producing consistent traffic for TDC last year:
- Graphic Design Links
- Design Moo
- The Web Blend
- Fuel Your Creativity
- Freelance Folder – for freelancing articles
Sites where others submit your articles:
The above websites are sites that I personally submit my quality articles, but there are sites out there where readers can submit for you. Below are three that have been extremely good to me in the past year.
- Digg – in the past year I’ve only had 3 articles Dugg, but have accumulated 58,164 visitors because of it.
- StumbleUpon – 199,199 visitors in the past 12 months.
- Delicious – 25,362 visitors in the past 12 months.
Personally, I like to have the above three, in addition to Twitter, on the bottom of every post to make it easy for my readers to submit articles that they enjoy and want to share.
*Visitor numbers for Smashing Magazine visitors will be higher because of recent addition to The Smashing Network
**Visitor numbers for Design Newz do not accurately reflect the course of an entire year