Monday, July 9, 2007

Building A Good Relationship With Your Readers

Having a good relationship with your readers is very important for reader loyalty, linking, social bookmarking, and just overall blog success. Building a good relationship with your readers goes hand in hand with building traffic and reader loyalty. If readers feel a connection with your blog and other readers of your blog they are more likely to return and to also help you in your social bookmarking efforts. Here are a few tips on building a good relationship with your readers.

1. Content is still King

Let me qualify the above statement and help you avoid a pitfall that I still and many new bloggers fall into. Quality of content not quantity of content. The latter will follow as your work on the former. I know that the “rule” around the blogosphere is “post every day!” This pressure to post every day drives poor quality content and will in turn eventually impact your relationship with your readers. Read a great article that goes into more detail on this over at the MyDailyFix blog on this topic.

2. Respond to Comments

Responding to comments lets your readers know that you are involved and reading what they are saying. It also encourages return visits and creates more of a community of bloggers/commentators than simply readers. Actively involved readers become loyal readers.

3. Link to the blogs of your regular readers/commentators blogs

If you have a reader that consistently posts quality comments and has a blog, link to their blog in a post or via a top commentators list.

4. Visit and comment on the blogs of your readers

This encourages reciprocation and will build loyalty and who knows you may even learn something.

5. Subscribe to the feeds of your readers.

This goes hand-in-hand with #’s 3 & 4. By actively engaging your readers through links, comments on, and subscriptions to their blog increases the likelihood of gaining a loyal reader and one who will spread the word about your blog.Place value on your readers and their comments and they will place value in what you have to say as well. Integrate these tips into your blogging and you will be rewarded with a more loyal and engaged readership.

later all and have a profitable and productive blogging day

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5 comments:

cowboytf said...

Hey Cman...I'm trying to incorporate all those everyday but it gets exhausting sometimes. By the way, I enjoyed your newsletter. Already lookin' forward to the next one!!
A Cowboy's Wife

cmanlong said...

I hear you. I try to work on these every day but like you sometimes find the time hard to come by.

Thanks for the compliment. I am already working on the next edition trying to boost the quality and quantity of content.

roundouts said...

Hey, I agree with cowboy about your newsletter. Very informitive. Before I didn't even know about parsed codes.
As far as time goes about blogging. Hopefully in a few months I will have more time on my hands to do this. Well looking foward to your upcoming editions.
Making money online w/ Stud

cmanlong said...

I am going to really be pushing hard for traffic and quality links in the coming weeks as the new google pageranking is coming and I would love to be up around 4 or 5.

roundouts said...

That would be awsome! I don't know if I will even get a page rank at all. I checked one of those future PR checkers and it said I don't have enough backlinks. Well good luck, hopefully Google will treat you right.
Making Money w/ Stud