Blog subscribers and readers who leave comments – we all want them. We all crave them. But how do we get them? One way you can increase your blog’s traffic and subscriber list is to be a good neighbor. Here’s how!
When I started my personal blog I put up a few posts and waited for the traffic to come. And waited. And waited. This happens to many new bloggers.
I soon found the way to get eyes on your blog is to find blogs similar to yours. Then read posts and leave good comments that show you aren’t just visiting for a link. I would spend 30 uninterrupted minutes every week simply navigating through blogs and leaving comments. The majority of these bloggers would come to my site and leave comments as well. The more blogs I visited, the more comments I received.
Being neighborly means acknowledging visits as they occur. Whenever someone comments, the first thing I do is go to their site and leave a comment on one of their posts. Then I come back to my blog and reply to their comment. My reply hits their email, which sometimes generates yet another comment. The key to getting subscribers is forming relationships. Try to connect to other bloggers and they will soon connect to you.
Another excellent way to acquire more comments and subscribers is to publically acknowledge some of your favorite reads. If a blog I read recommends someone else I will always visit their site to see if their writing interests me. When I highlight a few of my favorite blogs on my own site then those people thank me for the recognition and, you guessed it, visit me more often. Again, being a good neighbor has its advantages.
If you write a post recommending others, don’t make it a long read that solely focuses on one blog. I get bored reading these on other sites, not needing to know the person’s favorite color or dog’s name. The best posts I’ve seen bullet four other blogs that only have three to four sentences written about each site.
Getting comments and subscribers to your blog is what really motivates us to keep on blogging. And being a good neighbor will help you to do just that. Are there other ways you get comments and subscribers to your own blog?