How To Promote Your Telegram Channel with Ease (free!). (Scaly-Sided Merganser, China. Snapped @ Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC)

How To Promote Your Telegram Channel with Ease (free!)

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♦️ Pub: Apr 25, 2019 | Updated: Apr 25, 2019 @ | Reading: 9 min. | Words: 2,243 ♦️
Free! Walk through these steps to promote your English-language Telegram channel. Increase awareness using newly created interlinked resources designed to feed Google, gardened audiences, and the @CuratedTelegram Channel.

The Problem: Few Promo Resources for Telegram Channels

Wisdom = acknowledging a problem + learning possible cures
Wisdom = acknowledging a problem + learning possible cures

Workouts with several search engines unearthed few promo resources for quality English-speaking Telegram channels.

Many Telegram directories, like “Telegram Channels” featured at the top of a related Reddit page, no longer update. The granddaddy resource yanked its plug completely (503 error at tchannels.me). Others spew spammy get-rich-quick schemes. Some suffer submission glitches. Others choke potential interest with a deadly boring presentation.

Irked, I resolved: confront and cure.

This article outlines self-help maneuvers, buffered with teamwork (i.e. fellow Telegram Channel owners). We will:

  • build the contents of a new promo Telegram channel
  • support that channel and related new social network showcases
  • join, like, follow, and comment to ensure the vitality of each resource


By giving love, we’ll bask in its shadow, i.e. popular resource → eyeballs → potential enhanced support for participants.


The How

Scrutinize what's out there, re social media. Choose the ones to ride to glory.
Scrutinize what’s out there, re social media. Choose the ones to ride to glory.

TL;DR: Ride existing (free!) tools.

You create a description, with photo, and post to a photo-friendly site.

You tweet that link to a dedicated account.

After review, I post it to a related social showcase. IFTTT triggers, auto-feeding your info to the @CuratedTelegram channel.


The Why

Our community craves a current English-only directory of quality channels. Likewise, the envisioned Telegram-based directory’s design must attract a reader’s attention, not repel it. When ya can’t find what ya want, improvise!

The Who: Telegram Channel Owners

For this maiden voyage, only channels are invited.


The What: TLC’d Promo Chores

Showin' TLC to promote your Telegram Channel (Pintail Ducks, local. Snapped @ Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC)
Showin’ TLC to promote your Telegram Channel (Pintail Ducks, local. Snapped @ Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC)

TLC = Tender Loving Care.

As the @CuratedTelegram name suggests, this project provides no mere dumping ground. Rather, each submission will experience the ultimate algorithm — old-school human eyeball review. Quality channels = TLC treatment.

List of nope! channel types:

  • crypto, bitcoin, trading
  • get rich quick schemes
  • buy followers
  • pay me $$ and I’ll do
  • the usual: hate, porn, etc
  • non-English language

1️⃣ The Standard (Lazy) Plain Text Submission

Typical promo: submit a plain text description directly to a Telegram-based resource. Result:

The died-in-2017 Telegram Channels channel
The died-in-2017 “Telegram Channels” channel

It gets the job done. But the onslaught of black text risks a 💤 Sominex effect. 💤 We wanna intrigue folks, not snooze ’em out.

Further, confining promo activities to Telegram itself cocoons the offering. Search engines bring traffic, as does Pinterest (and other premier social networks). Finessing, by interlinking, social resources requires focused creativity.

2️⃣ Arranging a More Enticing Channel Description

Like it or not, our eyes gravitate toward the good-lookers
Like it or not, our eyes gravitate toward the good-lookers

Linking to a photo-centric resource gifts eye candy which, in turn, knee-jerks visual interest.

Telegram’s powers include “Preview,” triggered only by a link. Preview caresses informative eye candy.

A second super-power, dubbed Instant View, loads a full article … within a blink!


The When:

Dedicated social accounts are now in place, as ✅ noted ✅.

The Where: Social Platforms and Blog Posts

🔸 Goal: Widen promotional reach by exploiting popular resources.
🔸 Method: One pic, sized per platform, for consistent your-channel cues
💡 Tip: Link to a specific post, not your social account’s base URL. The difference?

Telegram link Preview: top, base URL; bottom, specific post URL
Telegram link Preview: top, base URL; bottom, specific post URL

✅ Telegram channel: receives auto-generated links

@CuratedTelegram:
🔛  https://t.me/CuratedTelegram

@CuratedTelegram channel, with @IFTTT as an Administrator
@CuratedTelegram channel, with @IFTTT as an Administrator

The next Gaining Access section details link creation.

✅ Instagram: Telegram text mirrors the caption

@Curated.Telegram:
🔛 instagram.com/curated.telegram/

Confining most hashtags to the first comment area yields a clean caption. That caption becomes the descriptive text when shared to Telegram.

You can glean the resulting flavor via this IG post, as captured by the Telegram channel I created for personal referencing.

Sample IG post, as captured by IFTTT and pushed to a Telegram channel
Sample IG post, as captured by IFTTT and pushed to a Telegram channel

✅ Pinterest: Telegram text reflects descriptive area

Curated Telegram Board:
🔛 pinterest.com/writesquire/curated-telegram

Consider this a premier target for one reason. Pinterest entries litter most Google search results. This showcase piggybacks on my board, to tap the established ½ million monthly visitors.

A sample Pinterest post, as it auto-appears in a Telegram Channel

Pinterest pin, as it appeared in a Telegram Channel during testing
Pinterest pin, as it appeared in a Telegram Channel during testing

✅ Facebook Page:

@Curated.Telegram:
🔛 facebook.com/Curated.Telegram/

Facebook Page: @Curated.Telegram Channel
Facebook Page: @Curated.Telegram Channel

Facebook’s tortured history of ever-changing APIs and algorithms prevents reliance. Today’s smiling Facebook—IFTTT partnership may scowl tomorrow. Yet, the sheer audience size mandates FB’s inclusion in promo ventures.

My compromise: create a showcase-friendly Facebook Page. A Telegram Channel owner—who has a personal Facebook profile but no Facebook Page—can directly post (set to PUBLIC) a submission to the Page; it lands in a moderation queue. Those with an FB Page: send a FB DM to @Curated.Telegram, alerting me to your post (or just share to the Page timeline- haven’t tested so I don’t know if that works).

Bonus: the yellow highlighted segment = a clickable link!

Facebook Page post, as it appears in a Telegram Channel
Facebook Page post, as it appears in a Telegram Channel

Blogs

👉🏽 WordPress post: Telegram nestles the excerpt

Got a WordPress blog? Create a post, say, exploring behind-the-scenes creation info about your channel. This provides a teaching moment; folks love free lessons.

Observe: a WordPress post, reflecting my manually entered excerpt, as it appears in my blog subscription Telegram channel, @WritesquireWP.

a WordPress Blog post, as it appears in a Telegram Channel (Ugh! A typo)
a WordPress Blog post, as it appears in a Telegram Channel (Ugh! A typo)

🤗 Medium.com post: auto-triggers Instant View

Wish I could hug an e-thrill, like the Telegram Instant View
Wish I could hug an e-thrill, like the Telegram Instant View

Two Telegram features propel unique entries.

When you provide a link to Telegram (here, IFTTT-generated), a Preview appears as shown in the pics above.

Telegram can also sport an Instant View button, appearing under the resource. One tap opens the FULL article, in a blink, courtesy of a template. The problem: this feature is so new, no one-size-fits-all template exists.

Think: all those blog themes out there, not to mention customized CSS sheets. This outta-my-league tech novice prowled for a work-around. Turns out, posts at Medium.com automatically trigger Telegram’s Instant View treatment!

Therefore:

  • Post a WordPress behind-the-scenes article. The article you're reading serves that purpose for the new @CuratedTelegram channel.
  • Post a short what-my-channel-offers article at Medium, more than a week after the WordPress publication. How? Tap upper right profile pic → Stories → Import Story at Medium, to pull in the WordPress article as a draft. Revise on Medium. Why? Avoids Google's duplication penalty.
  • Bonus: you automatically get a highly regarded backlink, inserted by Medium to your related WordPress post during the import process . Let the Hallelujah Choir sing, y'all!


Google vamooses an article duplicating another. While the topic—promoting a Telegram channel—will grace both WordPress and Medium, I drafted each from a different perspective, guaranteeing different content. Thus, no Google dupe penalty.

After creating a Medium account, I threw some words together for testing. Lesson: keep the excerpt around 20 words. (WordPress? 35 words)

A Medium post, manually shared to Telegram
A Medium post, manually shared to Telegram

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This snapshot reflects the first screen appearing after tapping the Instant View button (👋🏽 hi, auto-correct):

Telegram's Instant View of a test description post, typo and all
Telegram's Instant View of a test description post, typo and all

💡Summary

Rather than one lonely linked locked within a Telegram-based resource, the outlined steps produce a series of links:


Except for a non-Medium blog, each enjoys a super-duper high Page Rank, as well as a luscious degree of Domain Authority. Read: Google bows!

Sample workflow:
🔸 WordPress post → share as Pinterest pin
🔸 Pinterest pin → IFTTT → @Curated.Telegram channel
🔸 Instagram post → IFTTT → @Curated.Telegram channel
🔸 Facebook, Medium post → tweet per provided entry key
🔸 My tweet → Twitter audience → IFTTT → @Curated.Telegram channel


Accessing the Curated Telegram Resources

Yo! Z'up wid da lock-down, Homie?
Yo! Z'up wid da lock-down, Homie?

✦︎ Why the Lock-Down mode

Each resource (InstaGram, Pinterest, etc) lives in lock-down mode. Y'all know: too many crap resources sully the social landscape. NOT. Here!

Paraphrasing a maxim: a directory listing is as strong as its weakest link. As channel owners, we're judged by the company we keep, i.e. our neighbors within the directory listing. The lock-down vibe ensures Sammy Spammy and crew won't invade our 'hood.

✦︎ Gaining Access

Lemme in !!!
Lemme in !!!
  1. create a brief yet comprehensive description of your channel
  2. create a relevant picture
  3. post to your personal Instagram, Pinterest, Medium, WordPress, etc account
  4. tweet the link to me at a new dedicated account: @4mePamGtg

Suggested tweet format with pic included:

  • @handle <Telegram Channel Name> | <@UserNameOfChannel> | <abc do efgh ijk description.> See pic. URL (link hosting the pic with description)

To remain informed, follow that Twitter stream.

Example: if you tweet, say, an Instagram link, I'll push it or repost to the Instagram @Curated.Telegram account. IFTTT then auto-pushes my IG post to the @CuratedTelegram promotional Telegram channel on your behalf. When I tweet to trigger IFTTT, your @Twitter handle is included, thus notifying of my actions re your submission.

Bonuses flowing from this Tweet scenario:

  • my tweet informs Twitter about your channel
  • the linked resource itself serves as a juicy backlink
  • using the 3rd party link activates Telegram’s Preview mode, ensuring a visually rich entry in the Telegram promo channel / directory


A Quick Word about Photo Creation

In the world of photo manipulation apps, my personal cuz-it's-crazy-fast-easy fave = iPad's WordSwag (Android and iOS).

I open a pic in WordSwag. By tapping assorted sizes at the screen's bottom, I discern whether the pic nods to all networks. Some pics work well across the board, allowing a speedy WordSwag workflow:

Pushing a pic through various virtual sizes, to see what works where
Pushing a pic through various virtual sizes, to see what works where

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Pushing a pic through various virtual sizes, seeing what works - more configurations
Pushing a pic through various virtual sizes, seeing what works - more configurations

Others coerce onerous additional work as you move from one size to the next. Apps like WordSwag empower discovery of, and trashing, problematic pictures early in the workflow.

Tip: if you don't want WordSwag to add text: tap Color; move the transparency bar to the far left; save.

Not a photographer? Check out Pixabay.com. And, run a search:

→ <insert your desired topic> "cc0"


WrapUp

You've learned about:

1️⃣ new showcases, created over the 2019 extended Easter holiday weekend, to embrace promo endeavors

2️⃣ the rationale for dual blog posting, at both WordPress (or other platform) AND Medium, plus a preempt-Google-dupe-penalty technique

3️⃣ a few photo creation tips & tricks

Yeah, imma say it: not bad for a weekend's work, eh?!  😇



Call to Action

Choices:

  • waddle in frustration when smacked with what-is (e.g. inadequate Telegram directories) vs confront and cure
  • witness the extensive learning curve & give up vs grab coffee & dig in
  • resolve the problem for you alone vs widen your perspective to share solutions with others


African Proverb → “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.


How To Promote Your Telegram Channel with Ease (free!). (Scaly-Sided Merganser, China. Snapped @ Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC)
How To Promote Your Telegram Channel with Ease (free!). (Scaly-Sided Merganser, China. Snapped @ Sylvan Heights Bird Park, Scotland Neck, NC)

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