Wouldn’t you like it if more of your blog visitors stayed a bit longer on your blog?
Yes we would all love that.
Many of us as bloggers wish that when our blog visitors comes to our blog that they will never leave. Spending all day, even all night, browsing our blog and reading everything that we have written.
It is highly impossible that people will come to our blog going through every single post or page that we publish. Thinking about it’ that would be a great idea, but still highly impossible. When a person goes to a blog or website, they only stay on the website if they can find the information that they are looking for and also if the blog or website is entertaining.
In order for us to make our blog visitors stay on our blog a bit longer then we have to work on building up our blog so that our visitors will love it. When we get visitors to out blog they look out for lots of reasons why they should stay on your blog.
Here are a couple tips that you can implement on your blog to make your blog visitors spend more time on your blog.
[box type=”red”]Write Better Quality Content[/box]
Whenever people go searching for information that they can find in one place then they will treasure it. They will even spend extra time at that place gathering more and more information as possible so that they can expand their knowledge.
The same thing can be said for our blog. When new blogger goes hunting for new blogging tips and if your blog has information that they need to make them into an advanced blogger, then your blog would be like a gold mine to them.
Never disappoint a new visitor to our blog especially if they have been searching for information that is hard to find. We should always aim to write better quality contents at all times because we don’t know when our targeted visitors might come our way.
Lots of bloggers claim to write quality content and I agree that I claim this as well. But not all the time others will see our content as golden. So when writing we should make sure it is information that has not been blogged about over and over again. Write about new and interesting things and also to write to please our blog readers. Doing so will keep our blog visitors much longer on our blog.
[box type=”red”]Have A Search Bar In Plain Sight[/box]
If your blog has a search bar then your visitors can spend more time on your blog and acquire more information of interest to them. If your blog doesn’t have a search bar then your visitors may come to the conclusion that your blog doesn’t have the information that they are looking for.
A search bar located at the top of your side bar is the ideal place to be located when your blog visitors are ready to search. Without the search bar then they might get turned off if they have to be flipping through the pages of your blog to find information.
So always remember to display the search bar on your blog, right where your visitors can see it.
[box type=”red”]Make Sure Your Blog Loads Fast[/box]
Many a times people get turned off by slow loading web pages. This often turns me off as well. I don’t like sitting around my computer, knowing that I have a very fast internet connection and the damn web page won’t load.
Isn’t this annoying? Quite so.
Most times visitors to a website that loads slowly they often leave upon visiting the very first page. It doesn’t matter if that website or blog has information that the visitors wants, once the page loads slow then they will leave.
If you want your blog visitors stay much longer on your blog then you have to limit the usage of plugins you use on your blog. Too much active plugin can slow down your blog, it has happened to me and I had to let my plugins go because I wanted to keep my blog visitors. Limit the use of images as well. Too much image can make your blog load slow and that can make our blog visitors leave much sooner than expected.
Install a cache plugin on your blog such as the W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin, that will help to speed things up a bit.
[box type=”red”]Have A Clean Navigation Menu[/box]
Having a clean navigation menu at the top of your blog can help to make your blog visitors stay a bit longer. In the navigation menu, make sure to include a link back to your homepage and also to other important pages.
If your blog has great content then you would no doubt want the navigation menu to be great as well.
[box type=”red”]Display Related Post Under Posts[/box]
If your blog visitors and readers like your content then they will want to read similar topics of interest. I like to check out other posts if I like what I read on a blog.
This is where the related posts come it. Displaying at least 5 posts which are related to the post that is being read is a great way to go to keeping your blog readers busy on your blog. This often ends up in the reader subscribing to your blog (if your content is good) and also a low bounce rate.
You can use plugins as well to display related posts to your liking. This is a must for every blog.
[box type=”red”]Display Top Posts In Sidebar[/box]
Most blogs that you visit today you will notice their most read or top commented posts being displayed in the sidebar. This is not that the blog owner is showing off that his/her blog is better than yours. This blog owner is saying to you, “here are some blog posts that you may want to read” in a calm and friendly manner.
Showing your top posts in your sidebar can make your blog visitors browse your blog and reading more article for a longer time, and hence spending more time on your blog. If you don’t have a “top post” section on your blog, I advice you that you go put it there now.
[box type=”red”]Make It Easy To Comment[/box]
Whenever visitors come to our blog sometimes its to make blog comments. Blog commenting is a way to traffic to ones blog and also building strong backlinks for your site. Blog commenting exposes you and your blog to more new audience online so that you can become visible. When it is easy for your visitors to comment on your blog then they will stick around your blog some more to make more blog comments as well.
You have to make sure that you approve comments fast if they are being held for moderation and also reward them by the use of CommentLuv Plugin or a top commentators widget. This will surely keep your visitors longer on your blog.
[box type=”red”]Cut Back On Your Ads[/box]
Another great way of making money from our blog is by the use of banners and advertisements or Google Adsense.
Selling advertisements on your blog can help you to pay your monthly bills, pay for hosting, buy new plugins, or help to put extra money in your pocket. Many bloggers and website owners sell ads on their blog, including me. I have made great money selling ads and this has helped me quite a bit to keep up my blogging.
However, too much ads on a blog can distract your blog visitors from their main purpose on your blog. Too much ads can make your blog look like a billboard or a magazine just for advertisers. We don’t want our blog to be like that. We want our blog visitors to be focused on our content and what we have to say to them.
Publish more content and cut back on some of your ads, this will help your blog visitors to spend a much longer time on your blog.
[box type=”red”]Limit OR Disable Pop-Ups[/box]
In order for us as bloggers to build or increase the subscribers to our mailing list then a great way to do it is by the use of pop up optin forms. Pop Up Domination is a great WordPress plugin that can help us to increase the number of subscribers to our mailing list. Having a mailing list can also help us to make money online and also to inform the people who have subscribed of new blog posts and so on.
Pop ups can also be a turn off for your blog visitors, even though this is a form of increasing your mailing list. So how will this work. Well what you can do is make your pop up visible and set it that if a blog visitor closes thepop up box it does not come up again until after 30 days. Displaying your pop up too often may cause your blog visitors to go away.
QUICK TIP: If you are using a pop up such as Pop Up Domination then to increase your subscribers list, a free ebook or tool related your niche is one of the best ways to do it.
[box type=”red”]Open External Links In New Window[/box]
When you feature a link on your blog in an article or in your side bar, or maybe you are selling banners and text links on your blog you can act wisely by opening these external links in a new window or new tab. Doing this will make your blog visitors browse the other page that you have sent them to and still have your blog open in a background window.
Why should you do this although they are browsing another site that YOU sent them to?
Well the site that you sent them to maybe down, it may have information that they already know or want to exit, they still have your blog opened in the background tab and they can come back to it to continue reading. We wouldn’t want to make our blog visitors leave our blogs be opening external links in the same window that they were using to browse your blog.
I have lots of links on my blog but I didn’t have time to go through my blog to make all of them open in a new window.
I would have to make ALL my links like this code below. The target=”_blank” is for opening links in a new window.
<a href="http://google.com" target="_blank">Google</a>
But I have found this excellent plugin which does this for me.
This plugin is called Outbound Links and this plugin makes ALL your external links to other site open in a new window. Installing this plugin on your blog will help to keep your blog visitors on your blog much longer.
Keeping your blog visitors on your blog much longer can help to increase your blog traffic and also to decrease your bounce rate. This also goes to show that have successfully built a blog that people love.
Group Discussion: What tips can you offer in keeping your visitors on your blog much longer?