You’ve decided to be a blogger, you are writing quality content, you have a product to give away, the party is set but you just don’t have anyone knocking on the door.
In the beginning, blogs and traffic are a bit like the chicken and the egg situation. You can’t get sales if you don’t have traffic and you can’t get the traffic to stick if you don’t have any social proof on your site.
In today’s post I want to share with you some simple methods to help build the community spirit you are so desperate to build on your blog. After all there is nothing more pitiful than killer blog content with no-one checking it out.
In the beginning a bloggers ultimate goal is to get readers to comment on your blog posts. So how is it done?
1.) Social Proof – There are a number of widgets that you can add to your blog sidebar to make your blog come to life, such as google connect, networked blogs, twitter feeds, facebook like pages. If you a wordpress blog, adding certain plugins will also add to your social proof such as facebook share, tweetmeme, digg, google buzz etc and encourage readers to interact with you and your content.
2.) Join a Tribe – I have used many different models and my favourite by a long shot is TSA Mastery. First of all it’s free and secondly, you will get other bloggers syndicating your content and leaving comments from day one.
3.) Comment on Other Blogs – What!…yeah might seem slightly insane, I mean why would you want to comment on other peoples blogs when you are trying to get your own blog going. Well believe me it works, what is more. If you comment on blogs that have plugins like comment luv you will reap the rewards when people read your comment and hit the link back to your blog.
4.) Ask for Comments – Might sound obvious, but if you don’t ask people questions and ask people to contribute you might not get what you’re hoping for. Try to end your blog posts with a call to action by, asking your readers to comment, add value and for their opinion on your topic.
5.) Interact with your readers – You’ve been waiting for the day when you had some comments on your blog and now you can’t be bothered to thank them for their time and wisdom. If people leave a question, make sure you follow up with them and make sure you leave a message on your blog so that other readers see that you are the real deal.
So what do you do, to increase the sense of community on your blog?
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