How to Build Readers for your Blog through Commenting
Hi Bloggiesta people!!!! Lets give it up for all the hard working behind the scenes people making Bloggiesta possible this year! WOOT! WOOT!
My mini challenge here is about building a reader base and seriously, don’t we all want that? I mean there is one thing I see book bloggers say all the time, they do like comments. It has even been said that comments are the heart of book blogging…
we do like to discuss books don’t we? 😛
So while my mini challenge is not going to be technical about CSS, or about repairing broken links, or anything awesome like that… you need to realize established blogger or just starting out… comments are the heartbeat of the blogger, and sitting around waiting for them is not that way to build up your readers.
When I started blogging in June of 2009, I seriously did not have a clue as to what I was doing. I knew I liked to write, and I knew I got excited when someone commented on something I wrote (shoot, I still get excited when people comment!) I felt I could write a good review, I just had to figure out how to get people to find me and read them. I was confident enough to believe if I could get people to come and check out my blog, they may find something they like and come back again… and maybe… again. 😀
To make this happen I started making it a point to go out and visit and comment on blogs. I set a goal of at least twenty a day. I found them through links provided by blogs I was already reading, and by people who commented on my blog. I discovered quickly that when I went out and provided a real comment on a blog (Not a “I’m just hopping through”, “Nice post!”, or a “come and visit me too!”) often, these bloggers would come and check out my blog in return.
My commenting on other blogs provided a way for me to build my own reader base. It’s true.
So here are a few do’s and dont’s I would ask you to consider for commenting:
Leave a genuine comment that shows you actually read what the post was about, this along with questions to the blogger can create people clicking back to your blog
Share if you have read the book as well, or one similar, or plan to read it… it builds a common interest
End posts with a question to your readers, it encourages conversation
Respond to comments on your blog, it creates conversations and your readers may stop back again to see what you have said in response to their comment.
Leave comments with a link back to your blog, your name is already a link to your blog (*unless you have multiple blogs and need to link so people an find your posts)
Say you are “hopping through” unless you truly are on a blog hop and so is the blog you are visiting.
AND… post well. When your readers arrive on your blog have something interesting for them to read about. If you are new to blogging, check out closely the blogs you enjoy reading. Why do you enjoy reading them? Do they have interesting posts? What about their writing appeals to you? Do they have a lot of comments and conversations stemming from their posts?
Growing my readership was and still is a constant work in progress. I love to comment, and yes, I know between reading, and writing posts, commenting is just one more thing…. but I know it works, and I know it is appreciated by all the hard-working bloggers just like you who are writing and reviewing and posting and building their own readership as well.
My mini challenge for you (if you choose to accept it) is…
1. Go and comment on at least 20 blog during Bloggiesta and then come back here and let me know in a comment that you did AND
2. in the same comment let me know one thing that you are hoping to learn or accomplish during Bloggiesta
The winners of my mini challenge will receive (using random.org) a $20 gift card to Amazon (available to anyone who can use an Amazon gift card (this will be delivered to the winner at close of Bloggiesta through email).
AND one runner up will receive a $10 gift card to Amazon.
This is a sticky post and will remain at the top of the blog until closing on Bloggiesta. All new posts will be below. Watch for additional giveaways below during Bloggeista weekend!