Interact with Your Readers and Visitors
September 1, 2007
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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