I am currently operating 4 websites about various topics that interest me. My most popular site gets about 25-35 visitors a day which is not much, but I have not done anything really to promote it except basic SEO and posting weekly articles. Anyway, that is not important, I just wanted to tell you a little about what I do.
I have a bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in two of the fields I discuss on my websites, as well as work experience in the other two, so I am fairly knowledgable about the topics I discuss and I like to think I can write fairly well. I have over 45 articles (the sites are still young) spread out on the 4 sites. I genuinely believe that some of the topics I cover would be of interest for many people so I would like to expand my readership (like everyone else out there I am sure). The difference however is that I am not in it to make a quick buck. I want to know ways of promoting my articles and website in ways that are sustainable and I find it very hard to navigate through the crap load of personal-agenda driven information found on the web.
I first read that submitting to article directories was key, so I am signed up to Ezine which has sent a little traffic so now I am considering signing up to others such as Articlealley, Articlesbase, freelibrary, goarticles etc..
I also read that social bookmarking such as Del.ic.ious, Digg and Reddit were very important..so I am signing up to those.
Then I read that using RSS and Squidoo is absolutely necessary, so I have signed up to those as well...
Yes, I am total newb with good content and no clear understanding of how to promote it, so can someone help?
How can I combine the 3 steps above to promote my articles? I am asking the writers out there that write well and have managed to get their articles on many computer screens. How did you do it? Can I take the same article and submit to all directories, then submit to all social bookmarking sites, then create a squidoo lens, (after having it indexed on my site, I learned that here) and that will be good enough? What about duplication?
So to sum up this long question, I have decent content that I want to promote, how should I go about it?