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Interact with Your Readers and Visitors

September 1, 2007

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One of the most important things you can do, especially if you’re a newer blogger and you’re just starting to “get out there”, is to interact with your readers and visitors. Encourage them to ask questions or give their own opinions at the end of your posts. If they comment, answer them. If they ask a question, be ready with your response and have a smile on your face. If they contact you or send you an email, don’t just delete it or not reply. Actually take the time to give back to your readers and don’t ignore them - without them, you would be nothing.

Interacting with your visitors is especially important for bloggers who don’t have a huge readerbase. The few people who do read your blog on a regular basis and are loyal are very important. They are your first stepping stones to becoming a bigger, more popular blog. Treat them with respect! When you are quick to answer them and always show your interest in your readers, they will feel more faithful to you. They will be more likely to link to you and spread the word about your blog. They will be the ones who stick with you forever.
But of course, interacting with your visitors is something all bloggers should be doing, not just beginners. Take a look at the next few points I’m about to ask you and honestly think about your answer.

  • When a visitor comments you, do you comment back or ignore it?
  • When you receive an email or contact message, do you reply or delete it?
  • When a reader asks you a question, do you answer them and do your best to help?
  • If a reader makes a suggestion, do you share your own opinion or maybe even follow up on it?
  • When someone links to you or compliments you, do you thank them?

If you couldn’t say yes to every single one of those points, then you should reevaluate your priorities. Readers come first. If you can’t make the time to talk to them and respond to them, then why are you even blogging? Remember this one thing: If you give to your readers, I promise you, they’ll give back.

NOTE: If you do comment me, email me, etc. I promise I will respond. However, in the next couple of days I will be busy, because it’s my birthday. However, I assure you I’ll catch up! ;) Thanks for understanding.

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Comments

9 Responses to “Interact with Your Readers and Visitors”

  1. Steven Snell on September 1st, 2007 8:37 am

    Tay,
    Happy birthday! I have found that many readers appreciate getting a personal email. When I have a visitor who comments for the first time I try to visit their website and send a brief personal email to thank them for reading, and mention something I liked about their site. I’ve gotten a number of people who wrote back just to say thanks for taking the time to write a personal note. If you have a few minutes a day to do this, I highly encourage it.

  2. Kirsten on September 1st, 2007 8:31 pm

    I do my best to reply to comments and reply to email messages, even if I have to wait a couple days to do it. I really try to answer questions and I do take suggestions into consideration, though I honestly don’t get many of those. Compliments definitely get thanks, but the linking I don’t always know about because I don’t check for them on blogs I don’t read.

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  4. Malathy on September 4th, 2007 9:44 pm

    I reply back to comments but not always. I think should do that.
    Thanks for reminding me.
    Can we ignore comments made by anonymous and not publish them?

  5. Tay on September 4th, 2007 11:53 pm

    Malathy - Glad you liked the post. :)

    As for your question, you use Blogger (Blogspot), correct? The one thing I always hated most about Blogspot was its awful comment system. I always wished if you set posts to moderate, that you could see which post they were made on. And when you let the post appear automatically, that you could have a dashboard and see them all or the most recent (like Wordpress). I think you could go in your settings somewhere on Blogspot and not allow anonymous comments. Either that, or you could moderate them all and filter those out. Hope that helped, and if it didn’t, please let me know!

    Thanks,
    Tay :)

  6. Malathy on September 4th, 2007 11:59 pm

    Thank you very much Tay for taking time to reply.
    Yes, I can block anonymous comments.
    I am subscribing to your blog.

  7. Tay on September 5th, 2007 2:48 am

    I’m glad you figured it out.
    Thank you so much! :)

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