Starting out with a new blog is never easy; how to get followers to read your blog and how to get people to leave real comments. Sound like you? Whether your new or been around for a while, we all at some point have been through this and for some, you either figured out a different approach or created a niche worthy of traffic.
That is not to say that your blog is no more relevant or worthy of a visit right, but you have to consider what you are not doing to drive traffic and getting people to leave feedback.
Traffic and comments go hand in hand when you are trying to figure out how well your blog is actually doing. There are all kinds of method of measurements that you can use to decipher what works and what does not, but does it actually answer your problem? Probably not, so what truly works and what actually does not? In this guide I will show you what works to get feedback and how to develop your blog one day at a time.
- Blog Design: you only get one chance to make a first impression. Whether you’re using Blogger or WordPress, select your template and backgrounds carefully. Do they make sense with your niche? Do the colors match? People are not crazy for powerful bright colors or something that will make their eyes hurt. Look at other sites in your niche to see how their template design works to develop ideas and inspiration.
- Fonts: Picking out some crazy font can scare off customers if it does not seem to make sense with your niche. Keep your font to the standard normal font that everyone is using to see and play around with it till you get the style you want. Brankica, from “Blog Like A Star“, has the best font on her blog and it’s easy on the eyes. Remember it has to work with your site or it will not make sense.
- Template or Theme: Think about your niche and the topics you will talk about on your blog; does the theme make sense with your blog? If you have a blog that talks about various subjects like food, try using a “Magazine” style theme to make your blog pop as this will help coordinate and manage the various topics around your niche. If you talk about Movies, choose a template that will allow for pictures and videos to let your readers to see and visualize the previews about each movie. You have to think outside the box with your topic or niche to decipher what makes sense and how well it works together.
- Categories: Are you utilizing your tool bar to create categories for other topics? I think some blogs that do not allow users to check out every aspect of a blog leaves other areas of your blog off the table. Add sub categories to keep your blog organized and easy for your readers or potential readers to get around your blog and add a site map or archives to keep it all together.
- Social Media: Are you utilizing these features to allow people to become a “fan” of your blog? Can people find a section on your blog to follow you? Do you use plugins that would make it easier for future readers to follow you? Do not make this easy part of your blog hard to find. Add social icons or plugins so you can reach fans with a simple click.
There are also other areas that you need to think about when it comes to how your blog actually appears to readers “eye”, so take careful consideration when you are designing or adding features to your blog.
- Comment other blogs: I cannot say this enough on how beneficial it is utilizing this when you are starting out. Unless you have a product or niche that will go viral, no one knows who you are. By visiting other blogs and commenting, you get to leave a link to your blog if users want to click back to your blog. When they click on your name it will link them right back to your blog automatically so make sure when you fill out the form that you include your website url (not in the comment section).
- Set aside time: Pick a day during the week where you can consistently sit down and read other blogs and comment accordingly. If you write posts on one day, choose a time where you can devote some time to commenting on your favorite blogs. Check out Twitter for post ideas and new ideas. You will be amazed at what comes across your tweet stream minute by minute.
- Leave well thought out comments: Leaving comments like, “Follow me, I will follow you”, is lame and no blogger likes to see comments like that. If you see a post that actually resonates with you, leave a comment that showcases that. People want to see you actually understood their point and how you really feel about it. Your feedback is what lets them know they are doing something right and how they can work off that next. Most times, comments they see from their readers can trigger off another blog topic for a later post. When you make well thought out comments, you are adding “value” to the conversation already going on. From time to time you might see other reader reply to your comment in agreement and this can escalate into connecting with other bloggers you do not know based on how you both feel about a particular subject. Roll with it and network.
- Consistency: Don’t just visit a blog, comment and then never come back. Make it a point, if you genuinely liked that blog to revisit often as time allows, and comment more. Bloggers love when they get repeat visits from the same blogger and generate more candid comments. The blogger will take notice and you can create a strong connection with them in the future. I found this to work for my blog, where I was able to connect with experienced bloggers all the time. Bloggers will support you when they see the genuine support for them.
- Join Forums: Forums are an excellent place to start to meet new bloggers and network like crazy. You can learn allot from other bloggers on what to do and what not to do. Some people like Blog Hops (not a fan) and some people do not. Whatever works for you try and emulate what does work in your blog, but use a different way to get your blog to stand out? Forums are keen to ask questions on how to do certain things with your blog and find topics for your blog. Find like bloggers in your niche and network with them on a consistent basis.
Those are just some key points to consider when you’re new and wonder why you are not getting comments or traffic. Take a fresh look at your site and ask yourself what you are doing to network with other bloggers. Nowadays, it is not what you know, but “who you know”.
What do you think?
Now I open the floor to readers:
- Have you ever left comments that were less then, only to improve that later?
- Do you get comments from other bloggers that you had to delete?
- What other tactics do you use to get comments on your blog?
- Do you feel leaving comments is more of a chore or fun?
- Do you struggle with time constraints that prevent you from doing this?
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