As bloggers, we always have the challenge of engaging first-time visitors to our blogs. We want to turn those who happen to come by chance to our site into loyal readers. We want to maintain our reader base, and work towards to always add to it. First impressions matter, so we have to make sure our visitors feel that our blog is the blog they’ve been looking for.
Content is king, that’s right, but it’s not the only element of success. You also gotta offer your first-time visitors something new, that little something extra that makes them think “wow, what a nice blog!”. The layout of your site, the way how your contents are organised in it, how your visitors interact with your blog, etc., all these elements also play an important role.
The following are 6 tips I’ve learned from experience for engaging your first-time visitors and turn them into regular readers of our blog, in order of importance:Regularity: maintaining a regular posting schedule is critical for success. Personally, I find it attractive when I visit a blog and see that the owner(s) updates it in a regular basis.
Blogging isn’t only about writing and publishing entries and expect people to read them. Interaction is also necessary. Ask questions about your writing, reply to your visitors’ comments, create polls, etc.
As a blogger, I like it when someone takes the time to visit my site and leave comments on it. The only way I know to correspond their interest in my site is by taking time to read what they said and reply. And if they have a site, I pay them a visit, too!
I think it’s very important to check your writings for grammar/typographical mistakes before presenting them to an audience. Show you care about the quality of your content. (by the way, if you find any typo please let me know […]
I don’t know about you, but I find being healthy on a budget is difficult. I mean, really difficult. I’ve actually decided to write myself a meal plan to ensure I don’t eat something naughty, and also to help save a few pennies, too!
I’m not entirely sure why it’s such a struggle, considering I absolutely love smoothies, sushi and much of the other meals I’ve listed below, but for some reason it’s easier to pick up something cheap and nasty in the supermarket.
I feel like sharing this might help me stick to my shopping list, so here goes nothing..
Yoghurt and Banana
Porridge And Berries
Eggs and Avacado on Toast
Granola and Yoghurt
Rice Cakes and Apple
Green Tea and Banana
Tuna Sweet Potato Jackets
Pitta/wrap Chicken Salad
Noodle Soup and Veg
Mackereal Pate on Toast Greek Salad
Chilli Nachos Prawn, Chicken and Chorizo Paella Prawn Noodle Soup Sushi and Miso
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
Chicken Caesar Salad
According to a survey carried out by Netcraft, as of December 2009 there were approximately 233.8 million websites available on the world wide web. I know what you’re thinking… that’s a lot of sites. And indeed it is.
If you have just created a site, you will probably want to know what you can do to get it noticed. The answer lies in promoting your website. Below are 10 good tips which will help you get started.
This is one of the easiest methods of promote your website. Word-of-mouth promotion can really help in getting the traffic flowing. You should start with your close friends and family, and ask them to tell other people about your website. Maybe send out a few emails to people in your address book. You may be shocked at the results!
Forum signatures are a great way to get a free link back to your site and promote it at the same time. Sign up to a forum about a topic related to your site, and spend some time being an ‘active’ poster, for example post answers to questions. Most modern forums/discussion boards give an option to insert a custom signature.
Put a link back to your site here. This way, every time you post a new message, your link will appear at the bottom of your post. This will help your site get a better search engine position!
Links back to your website are important and search engines such as Google love them. Look for websites about a topic related to yours. Email the webmasters of the websites asking them if they would like to participate in a link exchange.
If they agree, place a link to their site from yours and ensure that they have done the same. Beware […]
Hey there! I’m Sam, a lover of Scandinavian homeware, floppy eared bunnies and pepperoni pizza. It’s probably easiest to re-wind a little, to tell you about who I am and about my little blog!
During university I was lucky enough to take part in a study abroad exchange for a semester in Queensland, Australia studying psychology and marketing at Griffith University, Gold Coast. After jumping 14,000ft out of plane, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and riding an elephant through a safari in Indonesia, it was time to return […]