It has been 9 days since I last published a new blog post.
This is because I have been busy with work and I have injured my finger a bit which makes typing a little challenging for me.
Even though I haven’t published a new blog post over a week and two days now, did you think my blog was dead and boring?
No it wasn’t!
My blog still had traffic and I also got tons of comments from my readers on my existing blog posts.
Those comments that I got I struggled with my injured finger, which made typing a bit challenging, and replied to those comments. I didn’t want to leave my commentators comment’s lonely so I replied to each and every one of them.
I then realized that I had built a strong blogging community, because If I hadn’t posted an article over one week and still got traffic and blog comments, this means I have been doing something good to keep my blog readers coming back to my blog.
I am going to give you some tips on what I did to build my blogging community and how you can do the same as well.
[box type=”spacer”]Write Blog Posts With Value[/box]
When you write your blog posts with value then you are practicing the first step to capturing your blog readers attention.
Have you ever heard the term, ‘value for your money”? Well principle goes for your blog as well, even though you aren’t selling your blog readers your articles.
In blogging we all know that quality content is a key to success, and if you want to become a blogger with a great blogging community then you must write quality content.
One thing that we should try to remember is that our blog readers come to our blog to read what we have written in order to satisfy their needs on gaining more knowledge.
Here are a few tips to write quality content.
Get Your facts Straight – In order to get your facts straight while blogging then some research may be needed. This is the best way to write a blog post that has quality content with valuable information. Giving value to your blog post is the best way to start your blogging community and this should be one of the things that you practice while writing your blog posts.
Write On What You Know – Writing quality content is very easy. All you have to do is write on things that you already have knowledge about and make your writing interesting. Don’t write about things that you don’t know because this will make you struggle when writing begins.
Give Readers What They Want – Some blog readers will call almost anything quality content because that article was tailored to their need. Once you give your blog readers the information then they will hold your article as something valuable. Do a poll and see what your blog readers want to read or have them email you and then you can plan your next blog post from that.
[box type=”spacer”]Reply To Your Blog Comments[/box]
Why do you think that you should reply to your blog comments left by your blog readers?
This is because you want to build a community around your blog.
When replying to comments, do you just simply thank your blog commentators for leaving a comment?
If you do then this is like spamming, because spammers only say “great post” or “thanks for the information”.
You don’t want to become a spammer on your own blog. What you want to do is engage your commentator in a discussion so that you can get this person to come back to your blog and continue the discussion so that you can lay the foundation for a blogging community.
While writing your articles, try to get your blog readers to leave a comment instead of having them read and then leave.
Invite them to comment. Ask them what they think about your blog post. Tell them that they are free to ask any further questions about your post.
Doing this would be like handing them an invitation to comment on your blog.
[box type=”spacer”]Be The Leader Of Your Blog[/box]
One of the main reasons why my blog was on the low side a few months ago is because I wasn’t the leader of my blog.
I had allowed some guest bloggers on my blog which resulted in the posting of low quality articles.
I am not saying that all my guest bloggers weren’t posting quality articles. But majority of them submitted some crappy articles and expected to get great results on their blog.
I wasn’t being the leader of my blog at that time. But now I have decided to stop accepting guest posts for awhile and take matters into my own hand.
Since I have been writing for my blog now, I have gotten tons of comments because I am the leader of my blog.
Each community needs a leader and when you are the leader of your own blog then more success will come your way.
At times, community members want to hear from their leader and writing often on your blog is the best way of doing so. You have to write for your blog because you are the owner and moreover your blog is your responsibility.
So if you see that things aren’t going right on your blog, then you need to put your feet down and take matters into your own hand.
[box type=”spacer”]Networking Builds A Blog Community[/box]
A blogging community is much stronger when networking takes place.
Why is this so?
Well if you network with other bloggers and also your blog commentators then you can create a buzz around your blog. Creating a buzz means that lots of people are talking about your blog and this is where the networking takes place, leading to a blogging community.
Having discussions on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and other sites will help you to kick start your blogging community.
You can do this by connecting your blog to the most popular social media and social networking sites. Find people online who are interested in your niche and then you can invite them to like your page or group, or follow you to get more details.
When your blog is connected to these sites, adjust your settings so that each time you post a new article on your blog this article will be shared on your social media or social networking account. This will notify the persons who are connected to your blog via these sites will be notified that you have published a new post.
This will cause them to come to your blog and reader your article. If your article was good enough then then will be more liable to leave a comment.
So always remember to use social sites, they are great for driving traffic and also helps to build a strong blogging community.
[box type=”spacer”]Aim To Get Subscribers For Your Blog[/box]
Most of the time the people who subscribe to your blog are the ones that are really interested in your articles or your blog.
If these type of people willingly subscribe your blog then they can be used to build your blogging community with little or no effort.
Say for example you created a mailing list. You place the optin form on your blog and your visitors have subscribed. You can email them every now and then about the things that you have been doing on your blog.
Keep them updated so to speak and make sure that you are not spamming these persons.
Spamming will only cause them to unsubscribe from your list.
The same goes for RSS subscribers. Once you get them to subscribe then getting them back to your blog will be easy.
If a person visit your blog for the first time and enjoyed reading your content you should try to get this person to subscribe to your blog. Doing this can keep you connected to the person so that you can inform him/her of new happenings on your blog.
Try it out. Build your blogging community by building a subscribers list.
Some of the most successful bloggers have a blogging community which is really strong. This is what helped them to make money from their blog as well.
If you can do the same then this will help you to become successful like them.
What are your tips, tricks or secret for building a successful and strong blogging community?