Comments are the lifeblood of any truly successful blog.
And, using strategies to help your visitors want to stay is a very smart move to learn.
Think about this ‘1 out of 100 readers comment on your blog’ – from ProBlogger.net
I know I want more interaction and great questions – I want to build a community with my blog. So, I want to encourage comments.
These are some of the steps I have found that work…
Tip #1 Ask your visitors to comment.
I have seen many bloggers ask their readers to leave a comment. As a writer, we really do want to hear what they think of what we just said.
I often do this on Facebook also – I’ll post my blog entry and ask others what they think about the information and what strategies they have used or would need help with.
Tip #2 Repost or Reference Comments
One great way to draw in readers and to encourage them to comment more frequently is to reward them when they do it.
Example: If someone makes a great remark about your post, then it may make sense to comment on it explicitly.
You can do this by quoting part or all of the comment, mentioning the poster by name, and then saying something complimentary or funny about his or her post.
If you do this in a way that makes people feel involved and recognized for their effort, then they’re more likely to contribute in the future. Others, seeing this, will also contribute.
Tip #3 Maintain Their Attention
I love giving hope and inspiration to others – that’s why I write. Because most people simply don’t believe in themselves.
I try to write in a way that let’s my readers know that they can do this. I don’t want them to just gloss over what I’ve written.
- I want my readers to take action and get going and growing in their business and changing their lives.
What are you passionate about? Do you share that with your audience? I certainly know I am not good at this, Yet – I try to share in a way that I would like to learn. And, I know I can be a bit too ‘just the facts’ type of writer.
- But, I so want my readers to learn and engage, that I do need to work on this more.
How do you share with your audience?
Our goal is to keep the discussion going well after the blog entry has ended. And send a signal to new visitors that other people find the blog post interesting and worthwhile.
If you want to ensure that your blog becomes successful, retains visitors, and encourages visitors to stay longer and to become more active, then you need to do whatever you can to try to draw more comments.
So if your blogging is getting a bit boring, experimentation helps you not only learn what works, it also helps you learn what your audience wants.
I know that learning is fun and safe. But, we do want our readers to take action and get rewarded from their actions. That way they may remember that we helped them along the way and they may comment on that and even start wanting to get to know more about us and our business.
How are you working on growing your blog community? What did I miss?
Please do leave it in the comments! 😮