Blogging is not just about write, publish, promote and forget. Blogging is all about creating a community and to make your blog a place where people like to come back again and again. To build a better blog you need to make it an exciting place to be.
You may have read a lot of posts about how to get traffic and now you know quite well how to bring some visitors to your blog. In the end of the day, if all of your visitors go away then what is the point? Don’t just check how many people visit your blog focus on how many people are staying on your blog for a long time.
If generating traffic is the first step, engaging your readers would be the second step. This will help you to build up a solid blog.
Now here are 10 tips that will guide you to engage your readers on your blog for longer,
1. Write Awesome Articles
Of course the content is the king. No one will last in your blog for longer if there are no such articles to interest the reader. One of the greatest articles that attract readers is the articles which inspire someone to do something. If you write an article which guides someone to do something, then your readers will be interested and will do that. Lots of articles about ‘How to’ are one of the top favorite choice of many internet users.
You can also engage a reader by motivating them to do something great with inspiring articles. Your readers will be highly attracted to your blog when you will present lots of articles from your own experiences.
2. Your Blog Design Matters
If content is king, design should be the queen. A well designed blog or website acts like a glue to attract people to your blog. Have a simple and professional design ready for your blog. You can find a beautiful blog design from Theme Forest. You can also hire a designer to create a unique design for your blog. A well designed blog will engage your blog readers on your site for longer.
3. Killer Headlines
The word ‘KILLER’ -itself is also a killer word to attract anyone. I learned this trick that, if you write a great headline, you will get the more chance of getting noticed by your readers. Killer headlines works also with social Media sites to get more buzz. Write a great headline for your article which will get more eyeballs into reading it.
It’s better to write a long article title (10-12 words) and to add some of the keywords on the title. I like to detail my headline for each blog articles. This will help me describe the article before they start to read.
4. Showcase the Best You Got
It’s easy to bring someone to your blog but don’t let them get away. Showcase your best articles on your blog so that the visitor can also check other articles too. A cool way to do this is to put your popular articles on your sidebar –just like you see on my blog. Add some ‘categories’ which will help your reader to browse your blog. With all of the great articles you previously wrote, your reader will stay on your blog and come back again.
5. Offer More Ways to Stay in Touch
Offer RSS feed of your blog and place the RSS feed icon on the top of your blog. Add an option to get updates via email. You can also use other options of feed for your readers. I have offered facebook and twitter updates along with regular RSS feeds. Giving more options will help your readers to get connected. Transforming your visitor into your daily RSS reader is better for the long run.
6. Show off Your Readers
Show off your readers on your blog which will give you more creditability. You can use a facebook page widget to show off your fans. This will make your visitors feel that they are not alone in this site and other people read it too. Show off your RSS feed counter that lots of people like to read your blog and you should subscribe too. Some blog platform allows you to add a followers widget. Add it to your blog if you have a good number of followers (more than 100).
7. Make it Easy for Your Reader to Connect With You
You have to reveal yourself if you want to develop a successful blog. Reveal yourself and make it easy to contact with you. Show off your social profiles on your blog which will help your readers to connect with you. If you communicate with your readers and they like you, they will come back to your site regularly and you can make a long term readership. Show off your social buttons which will attract more people to connect with you just like you see on BlogKori.
8. Allow Comments on Your Blog
Make it easy to leave a comment and ask your readers to leave a reply. If someone leaves a comment, thank them for the comment and start a discussion. Comments can boost up when you will reply to your readers. People will come back again and again to read the follow up comments. You can also add a chat widget on your blog to engage your readers with your blog. You can also show off a recent comments widget to attract more comments on your blog. You can also add a recent comments widget in the sidebar.
9. Give Them a Reason to Comment
Don’t complete your article with everything you know. Use a good ending line which will engage your readers. Ask questions and ask them to leave a reply. Ask them to describe their own opinion in the comments and to complete the article. You can also use it as a reminder to them to promote it. You can learn it by taking a look at my article ending lines.
10. Capture Them
When you will provide a great quality article, you readers will be interested in your blog and will keep coming for new ones. Don’t make your readers leave like this. Add an email capture form at the end of an article to capture them. Send them blog posts in email. This can be done with the help of feedburner email subscriptions.
How do you engage your readers?
There may be lots of ways to attract people and to keep him for longer in your blog. What do you do for engaging readers? Please tell me a little about your blog. Please leave a reply.