How to Promote Your Blog Post with Postaga


Andy Cabasso

June 2nd

This post is going to give you some ideas and inspiration for how you can build links, get shares, and more traffic by promoting your blog posts using Postaga.

Writing a good blog post is half the battle.

Getting people to find that post is the other half.

And Postaga is meant to help you simplify that other half, helping you promote your content, getting links, shares, and traffic.

For this, all you need is a good blog post, and a free account at Postaga.

If you are reading this but not familiar with Postaga, Postaga is a free tool that helps you create outreach campaigns to get backlinks, shares, and more traffic to your content.

The inspiration for this blog post comes from a few questions we have received recently:

“If I want to promote my blog post, how can I use Postaga?”

We had a particular question come in via our Facebook Group: Grow Together: SEO, Link Building, and Outreach (which you should join if you have not yet).

grow together link building facebook group by postaga

Megan from MTC, a content marketing agency in Berlin, asked:

“What is the minimal outreach effort that I can perform as a busy business owner that will bring quality links and inbound traffic”

So, I wanted to put together this blog post, and a video below, on how to promote your content.

Also accompanying this post is a video walkthrough, shared below:

Postaga Campaigns You Should Run to Promote Blog Posts

Every time I publish a blog post, there are a few different campaigns I run, no matter the blog post.

Very briefly, those campaign types are:

  1. Resources outreach
  2. Roundup outreach
  3. Mention outreach
  4. Skyscraper Technique outreach
  5. Reverse mention outreach

Next, I will explain the campaigns and how I use them. 

Then I will get to how to build a campaign in Postaga.

Most of the campaigns here, excluding the Mention Campaign, are going to be designed specifically to get you backlinks to your blog post. These backlinks will help improve your rankings in search engines, and ultimately increase the traffic to your website.

Resources Campaign

In this campaign, we are going to find other blogs’ resource pages and try to get our blog post added to them.

Resource pages are other peoples’ lengthy blog posts or webpages that share links to other helpful websites on a given topic.

Here is an example of a good resource page:

resources page example for resources outreach link building

This post shares tons of links to other websites on the topic. Like this:

resource page list of links example

Wouldn’t it be great if they updated that article, adding a link to your amazing post?

Heck yes it would.

With a resources campaign in Postaga, we search for relevant resource pages on your given topic, and then we suggest they update their article, adding a link to your blog post.

Related: How to run a resources campaign in Postaga

Roundup Campaign 

In this campaign, we are going to find other blog and newsletter roundups and try to get our blog post added to their next roundup.

Some blogs regularly publish “roundup” articles or newsletters.

These are curated blog posts or newsletters that summarize and share other recently published articles on a given topic.

Here is an example roundup blog post:

link roundup blog post example, showing how link roundups can be good for link building

Here is an example roundup email newsletter:

roundup newsletter example

A roundup post is kind of like a recurring resource post, where the goal is to share recent, current blog posts on a given topic.

With this outreach campaign type, we are going to try and get our article included in a future roundup post.

One thing worth mentioning is that, in my experience, the ronudup outreach type generally has a higher success rate because the people you are reaching out to are actively searching for your type of content.

By providing them with good content with them saves them time from having to search on their own.

Related: How to run a roundup campaign in Postaga

Mention Campaign 

In a mention campaign, you reach out to all of the websites that you linked out to in your blog post to: 1) let them know that you mentioned them in your post; and 2) have an “ask”.

A mention campaign is extremely versatile.

Mentioning someone in your blog post is really just a conversation-starter. Having mentioned someone is an excuse for you to reach out to them and show appreciation for their content.

After you get past that, your “ask” can be anything you want it to be. You can try out different pitches and see how they go. In my mention outreach campaigns I might do something like:

  • Ask for the website to share my article on their social media
  • Build a longer-term relationship, pitching a guest post, guest post swap, or some co-marketing opportunity
  • Ask for a backlink on their “press” page (if they have one), depending on the context of how we mentioned their website

So, this campaign type requires that your blog post have outbound links. Speaking of which: every blog post you write should have outbound links

Related: How to run a mention campaign in Postaga

Skyscraper Campaign 

With a skyscraper campaign, you are going to find out which websites link to the top-ranked blog posts on your topic, and request that they link to your post instead.

A skyscraper campaign is a link heist – here you are going to get different websites to switch links in existing articles of theirs, currently pointing to another website, to your blog post.

One benefit of a skyscraper campaign is that it can present many opportunities for getting links – sometimes several hundred for a single blog post.

A skyscraper campaign involves doing some research ahead of time. You will need to research your blog post topic, see what blog posts are ranking well, and then write a better blog post, before beginning any outreach.

After that, you are going to reach out to all the websites that link to the top-ranking post, recommending that they switch their link from the worse blog post to your post.

For this you will need an SEO research tool like Ahrefs, SEMRush, or Ubersuggest – and you will need to find websites that link to the top-ranking blog posts on your topic. In these tools, you can export the backlink data in a CSV.

Then you’ll import that into Postaga with a Skyscraper campaign, or paste the links from the CSV into a Custom URL campaign.

Related: How to run a skyscraper campaign in Postaga

The Reverse Mention Campaign

This is a campaign type that I have been exploring recently.

It uses Postaga in a way we had not originally thought of, but it can be very effective.

Sometimes when you find a webpage or article, you’ll see that it has a ton of outbound links. Good examples of these are resource pages or pages directory listing pages (the kind that list different types of websites or businesses).

Some of these websites or posts might be good for you to connect your post with as well.

So, once you find a website like that, you can take note of the website URL, then run a mention campaign on that URL.

That will scrape all the outbound links on those webpages.

From there, you can build a tailored outreach campaign to those websites with your unique ask.

I have used a reverse mention campaign to reach out to different podcasts that I found on podcast directory pages, as well as websites for guest posts.

How to Do a Blog Promotion Outreach Campaign in Postaga

Next, let’s go through the process of how we promote a blog post using Postaga.

First, we will choose a campaign type.

postaga campaign type resource outreach

Then, you are going to enter your blog post URL and click Analyze Post.

Your Post

In this section, Postaga shows your analyzed post, with any additional custom post merge fields that you’ve added.

Postaga will pre-fill any information it finds in your post. You can also click on any given text box field and edit the value.

Postaga campaign post meta information

These fields are important for your campaign because we can use them later as merge fields in our outreach emails. 

The data in these fields can be pulled into your emails wherever you have the appropriate merge field. As an example, if your post title is set to “Great Blog Post” and you have a sentence in your email “Check out this post: {{post_title}},” Postaga will swap in “Great Blog Post” where the {{post_title}} merge tag exists in the email, making the final output, “Check out this post: Great Blog Post.”

These post related fields (and their corresponding merge variables) include:

  • Post Title (post_title) = your blog post title
  • Post Site (post_site) = your website name
  • Post Search Keyword (post_keyword) = your target keyword
  • Post Category (post_category) = your blog post’s category
  • Author Name (post_author) = Author of your blog post

Below these, we also have post related fields for any custom merge fields that we may have created. You can create your own post merge fields in Settings.

Then, Postaga will find all the websites you linked to in your post, and a contact for each website, if possible.

Links

Postaga will then give you a list of the links to the websites you selected. 

Postaga campaign finding outreach opportunities

Here, you have options for Basic Configuration and Advanced Configuration.

First, let’s review Basic Configuration.

A lot of the time, Postaga will be able to find a specific contact name with the text of the link. However, if no contact is found and you know a specific contact at the website you would like to reach out to, just click the link of the specific website. This will reveal First Name and Last Name fields. Enter the first and/or last name of that contact you want to reach out to.

link configuration in campaign setup postaga

Next, there’s Advanced Configuration.

In Advanced Configuration, you are presented with every merge field for the website, including custom merge fields. You can fill these boxes if you want, or do that later.

link advanced configuration in postaga campaign creation

Once you are satisfied, click the Get Contacts button.

Now, you will see the contacts.

Postaga campaign outreach contacts

On the left side of the screen, next to each contact, is a checkbox. With the box selected, that individual contact will be added to your email sequence.

Though you will see email addresses for each contact, some information may not be available, such as name, company, position, social media handles, or any custom contact merge fields.

If you would like, you can supplement that information and add that to contacts by filling it in the appropriate text boxes.

Also, you can edit existing contact information text boxes. As an example, if the Company Name returned is Acme Company, Inc., but you want to just refer to the company in merge tags as Acme, you can edit that field as needed.

Next to each email address found is a numerical contact score. This indicated how confident we are that the email address is accurate. If the contact score shows as red, you can click the score to bring up a validator and try to validate the email through Mailgun.

To the right of each contact are icons for Twitter, Linkedin, the original link, and a few other key pages at that contact’s website.

If a Twitter handle is provided , clicking the Twitter icon will load up a default tweet, presuming you are already logged into Twitter. Otherwise, it will perform a Google search for the Twitter handle of the contact.

If a LinkedIn url is found clicking the LinkedIn icon will load the contact’s LinkedIn profile. Connecting with a contact on LinkedIn before emailing can be a great way to increase response rates. If a LinkedIn url is not provided, clicking the icon will perform a Google search for the contact’s LinkedIn profile.

Clicking the link icon will take you to the original link.

You can also toggle between Basic Configuration and Advanced Configuration to make edits to all available merge fields.

Once you are satisfied with the outreach contacts, you can move onto editing the email sequence.

Email Sequence

Next, you will choose an email sequence for your contacts. 

Postaga campaign email sequence

Email sequences available to you will include any sequences that you created and assigned to this particular campaign type, sequences assigned to “any” campaign, as well as template sequences created by Postaga.

Once you select a sequence from the drop-down menu, you will see the sequence laid out on the screen.  

If you are not happy with the sequence, you can always modify the sequence by going to Sequences in another window by clicking the edit button to the right of the selected sequence. Then, you can edit the sequence, save it, and then reload the sequence section in you campaign by clicking the Load Sequence Changes box below the sequence.

Related Help Doc: Sequences

Email Preview

Next, you will see an email preview section with the email templates of the sequence you selected.

Postaga campaign email preview

On the left side of the page are the list of emails as well as contacts who will receive each email. If you click on a specific contact as well as a specific email, you will see that email as it will send to that specific contact in the preview pane on the right side of the page.

If there are merge fields used in your email template, they will fill with the supplied information in the preview pane.

However, you may also see merge tags in red. If you see red merge tags, it means that Postaga does not have data for these merge fields. You can always go back and provide that information to see how the revised email will look with the new information.

postaga campaign email preview red merge field

Alternatively, you can edit the email by clicking the edit icon to the right of the email, then clicking the Load Email Changes button to see how the revised email will look. Any changes here will affect the template, and therefore, every message using that email template.

It should be noted that red merge tags do not show up in outreach emails. If there are any red merge tags when you send out your campaign, they will disappear from the outreach email and your contact will not see anything where the merge tags would have been.

You can overwrite individual emails in this section as well. To do so, just hover over the email, and you will see the screen darken and an edit icon appear. This will let you edit an individual email in the sequence, related to the contact that is highlighted in the left side of the screen.

Once you click the edit button, a modal window will pop up, allowing you to edit that unique email.

email overwrite in postaga campaign

One cool feature to note here is that you can insert unique snippets to your personalized email. For example, let's say you want to mention something specific on your contact's website that you appreciated. Postaga's AI pulls mention-worthy snippets from your contact's post or URL, so you can paste it in your message. 

email snippets in postaga

Once you are happy with the edits you have made, click the Save Email Overwrite to save the individual email, or Close to undo any changes.

To send a test email, click the Test Email button below the email in the preview pane. Then, enter the email address for the test and click send.

Rules and Scheduling

Next, you will set the rules and schedule for your email.

Postaga campaign scheduling and rules

The Schedule button has a checkbox option. If you select it, you will be able to schedule your sequence to run at a given day and time. If not selected, the sequence will run as soon as you click the Launch button at the end of this campaign screen.

If you select a schedule, click the text box under Start Date to select a start date and time.

Below the schedule button is a Testing Mode button. If selected, the email sequence will send all the emails to your test email address, but not your actual target recipients. This is generally used for situations where you want to confirm what emails people will receive, though you can also do this in the Email Preview section.

There is also a Send on Weekends option that you can select. If it is not selected, your email sequences will only send on Monday through Friday; any emails that would have been scheduled to send on a weekend day will send on the first following weekday (e.g. if scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday but “Send on Weekends” is not selected, it will send on Monday).

There is also a rule for Stop on Reply. If selected, the sequence will stop for a specific recipient if they reply to any of your emails. For example, if I have an email sequence with 5 emails, and a recipient responds to my 2nd email in the sequence, the sequence will stop for them and they will not receive emails 3, 4, or 5.

Track Opens lets you know if your email opens are being tracked. If you have configured your Postaga account fully, this should say “Opens are automatically tracked.”

Schedule and Launch

With your campaign created, it’s time to launch your campaign.

Postaga campaing launch

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