Attracting traffic to a blog or a web site is challenging enough. So from the very beginning, when you start to see visitors coming to read your blog, be sure that they feel comfortable to stick around. And there are a number of ways you can help them to do just that.
Here are seven vital ingredients for building a successful blog with a loyal following.
1. Publish Regularly.
As your readers become familiar with the frequency of your posts, it will influence their visiting behavior. If your readers know that you post fresh content every day, they will probably come every day to read it. If they know you post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, that’s when they will come.
2. Stay on Topic.
Stick to your niche. If your blog doesn’t have a niche, give it one. Readers like blog’s that are focused on a particular theme or topic. If you have no theme and just post about anything, then readers are less likely to become passionate about your blog and will probably move on to somewhere else.
3. Use Meaningful Titles in Posts.
This not only announces clearly what the post is about, but it will help people navigate your blog and also influence your ranking with search engines.
4. Interact With Your Readers.
Think of your blog like a conversation. You post. Readers comment. Be active and be positive as you interact and converse with your readers.
5. Highlight Your Best Posts.
Don’t let your best posts get lost in your archives. Itís always a good idea to link to your best posts from a ëbest postsí category on the main page.
6. Provide Good Navigation to Popular Pages
If you help people find the key pages within your blog, their visit will be a much more enjoyable experience.
7. Avoid Not Posting for Extended Periods.
If someone visits your blog and discovers that the last post was three weeks ago, they will probably be disappointed. If you don’t post, people may give you the benefit of the doubt and come back on a few days to check, but you better believe they will lose interest quickly if you fall out of your regular schedule and stop posting.
There you have it. Seven little tips that will make a big difference to your blog’s readership. It’s not rocket science. It’s just using some common sense when posting and interacting with your readers.
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You have the best idea for a blog and now you want to market it. You want to be successful and make it the best. How do you do this? How do you draw readers and keep them coming back for more? It seems that someone already had the same idea, so how do I separate myself from my competitors?
You won’t go anywhere by just setting up a blog and hoping that people will find it. You are not going to gain links, get a higher S.E.O ranking. You will need to start marketing your blog and make it successful.
You will need to start looking for your competitors blogs, related blogs, and just about any blog that will find your blog useful. You want to start commenting and promoting your blog. Allow them to RSS feed your content and make your blog shareable.
Your site needs to be social media friendly. Your blog needs to display several ways to share your content. Whether it be images, the whole article, the website. Locate the share buttons on top of the image, bottom of the image and near the comment section. When you promote your blog through social media, you want to provide them the title as well as the name of your blog. Create brand awareness and shareable content. If your visitors can’t share, you will go nowhere.
If you are posting one a week, you need to do more than that. If you are just starting out, you want minimum of 15-20 articles so you can cycle them every day using social media. You want mixture of usefulness and your social media account shouldn’t look repetitive. You want to announce how many articles you will be posting so you can gain your visitors attention. You want to be routine-based. If you are going to publish one article a week, do it on a specific day like Monday and keep posting it every Monday. If you change the day you post the article your visitors will be disappointed, takes too much effort for them to keep looking when you will post it. Keep it easy for them to follow you.
If you are writing about health and fitness. You want to write about those who have a huge to medium influence. As you write about it, tag and mention that you have written an article about them. Whether they share it or not, keep at it. Whether they like it or not, maybe they will contact you. This goes back to contributing to other blog posts. You can mention that you have an article that is related. With social media like Twitter, you can mention their names.
SEO the heck out of your blog. If you want to reach a certain audience, you will need to provide several ways your new visitors might be able to access your blog. Keep a record and see how successful one is over the other.
Marketing is both free and paid. Paying for your visitors will make a huge impact on your blog site. This will help with the share and comments that will lay down your credibility and trust foundation.
Want a little trick on how you can make money online without selling any product?
One way of doing so is through starting your own Newsletter.
In a nutshell, you send out your Newsletter issues on a periodical basis to your subscribers. Deliver consistently so that people are aware of when you will send them an email. The good part is that you have a flexible choice in automating the process of sending out your email newsletter issues for you or manually sending them on a periodical basis.
Not only can you easily achieve the benefits a conventional newsletter publisher enjoys without having to chop down several trees in the process, you can easily and conveniently spread your marketing influence and expertise to your base of subscribers from the shoes of an ordinary individual.
Just how do you make money online? If you are not into selling, you can provide advertisements, through your blog articles.
Basically, all you need to start your own Newsletter are an auto responder and broadcast feature to go with, enabling you to reach out to your massive subscribers whom you can regard as your prospects, too.
You want to provide your latest articles, reviews and keep your audience engaged. Having a blog site is not enough. You want to capture your visitors with an email marketing software like Sendlane or Aweber and keep your new subscribers informed and send your articles right into their inbox.
Do not hope that your visitors will come back, provide them comfort and ease and have it delivered straight to their phones or computers by sending an email.
All in all, if you do not have the commitments of creating your own product for sale, then publishing your own online newsletter can be one of the wisest decisions you will ever make, given the benefits of impressive marketing power and influence it can offer to you.
Sign up with Google Adsense or other advertising platforms. Once you reach a few thousands you can provide ad spaces for companies of your own choosing.
So, you want to blog eh?
Blogging is a great way to provide content for your viewers and gain their attention. Whether you just entered into the blogging world or you’ve been blogging for some time. You might notice some obstacles, it will be worth your while to spend some time understanding the common mistakes that bloggers makes.
Mistakes that make it hard for people to enjoy and provide them an amazing experience.
These are the five common blogging mistakes (Newbie or Amateur and Experience… well Everyone)
Dive! Dive! Dive! Many bloggers are so anxious to get started that they dive in FACE FOWARD rather than dipping their toes first. Its a mistake going in uncharted territory we call “Blogosphere” i
Target your audience, Find your blog. Focus what you want to provide your audience. Most importantly, focus that reflects what you know and what you can do for your readers. Topics that are out of your range would not provide any insight and you might as well just talk out of your ass.
We are all mature adults, unless you are 13 years old who wants to make money for a living. Here is the honest truth…
There will be no censorship here. I am merely protecting the quality of content that and it is my passion to dissolve crappy ones.
Due diligence is key. You need to take the time to read millions of blogs (blogosphere) and do some note taking. What colors they use, graphics, layouts. What attracts you and what can you adapt? Make your blog as comfortable for you, as much as you possibly can. Your tone, visual presence is also what attracts your audience.
DO NOT BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT.
Establish your blog. Get a domain. Free or not, you do not want to change your address. Few readers will be annoyed by that and you’ve just lost their interest. Choose carefully what you are going to use. Some have more features than others, some features you might not want, and some you might need but not right now.
You might want to use your own name or brand name. There are many factors for your decision. More important thing you need to know is how you want to be identified publicly. How your opinions or information is presented and how you want your readers to feel.
Everyone falls for “Get Rich Quick” feeling. If you come to blogging expecting instant results, too bad. There are thousands of blogs in the blogosphere that caters to the same audience. You need patience and tenacity. Write well, find a unique niche, create appealing headlines, promote tirelessly…. and then… possibly… they will come.
DO NOT GIVE UP!
You might lose your focus and want to give up. You’ve lost focused and the particular reason why you created one in the first place. Readers will come and they will either be interested or won’t be. They might leave forever, or might come back. Do not change your tone because of the results you’ve witnessed. Stick to it and provide continuity.
Back to “Get Rich Quick” mentality. Creating more than one blog might spread you thin. If you can handle it, go for it. If not, well you just screwed yourself.
Copy and Pasting A.K.A Plagiarizing. Give credit where credit is due. Many bloggers are willing to share their hard work, give them what they deserve. If you are crediting yourself of an article that someone else wrote, that is not only illegal but inconsiderate, idiotic…. (Add all the synonyms, bad words here*)
Last but not least….
Go back to your focal point. If you’re plan is to get people to read your blog and make money some way, some how. Ignoring your reader is a no no.
Some people who read your blog will leave comments. Today, there are spammers everywhere. You need to keep on a lookout and give your audience the attention they are looking for. Your readers are gold. They will either praise you or ruin you. Whether the comment is negative or not, use it and take it into consideration. Respond to your readers comments; thank them, be appropriate and engage with them.