Forget 10 Mistakes Mommy Bloggers Make – here are the
10 8 things it takes to turn me into a subscriber and regular reader/commenter on your blog:
- Acknowledge me:
- Visit my blog:
- Provide me with an easy to find RSS link:
- Show me pictures:
- Don’t clutter your blog with ads:
- Provide great content:
- Proof read your posts:
- Be consistent.
Respond to my comments. I love when I’m acknowledged, it makes me feel validated and motivates me to keep coming back. It doesn’t have to be a long response either, a simple “Thanks for visiting” will suffice. Chris, Haley, Nadine, and Michelle are really good at making me feel special. They respond to every single one of my comments. I LOVE that!
Show me the love! If I comment on your blog, occasionally visit, and comment on my blog. I don’t expect you to visit everyday, and I certainly understand that my blog may not be as interesting to you as yours is to me, but at least visit me once every few weeks or so. One of my pet peeves is bloggers that never respond to comments or visit back – like they’re too good for me or something.
I hate having to scroll all over a blog to find the RSS icon or link. If I have to remember your blog address to input it into Google Reader then there’s no way I’m going to subscribe, no matter how entertaining your blog is. Even better, provide me with a subscription link in your email response to me.
Emphasize your point with pictures – I’m a visual person. I want to know who you are and who the people you blog about are. I want to feel like I know you. Show me a picture of YOU! So many bloggers will share pictures of their family, but I have no idea what the blogger looks like. If you blog about a site, show me a screenshot of the site, or the logo – that way if I visit that site I’ll know right away if I’m at the right site.
Keep your blog neat and clean. I can’t stand having to scroll past an ad mid-post. I generally will navigate away from your blog if I encounter this. I also hate messy sidebars – it’s too distracting and takes away from the content. While 125 x 125 ads are all the rage, I hate coming across blogs that have 10 ads running the length of the side bar.
I love participating in giveaways, and reading the odd product review or meme, but I won’t keep coming back if that’s all you write about. I like to feel connected to you, like I know you or share a common interest, and to quote @EarthMark: “They have to either make me smile or make me think”. Good point. Keep me interested.
I can’t stand reading posts riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. I find that it detracts from the message.
You don’t need to post everyday, but at least try to blog 3 times/week. If I visit your blog and see that this is the first post that you’ve written in a month, then I’m not likely to subscribe.
Now that you know what it would take to turn me into a regular reader, please help me:
What would it take to turn you into a regular reader?
Thanks for stopping by!
-Janice aka @momontherun
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