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Blogging is socializing. Although you must make your blog content king, it will look useless if you do not know that they are being read. To have a proof that they are, you must socialize with others. Social sites such as Digg, SU and Twitter are helpful, but it is more fascinating if you socialize within your blog. Besides, it is a direct way of inviting visitors to your blog. While there are a lot of ways how to do it, here are only some of them that I am currently doing in which I found very effective.
Share your experience
People love to know what you have been through whether it is a success or failure. By sharing them, readers will be interested to know you better. You can also create a community within your blog by inspiring them with your success. On the other hand, readers would also like to learn from your mistakes. This is also a sign of humility. However, be sure that you are not inventing them because readers are intelligent enough. They can sense if you are untrue to them. If they do, your blogging life will end up miserable.
Share useful tips
Useful tips do not only include the How To posts, but also What Not To Do things. If you are posting the How To tips, be sure that they are really applicable. You must have tried and tested them, and had a positive effect on your blog. Readers will be also thankful to you if you post the What to Avoid things and warn them about the bad effect they may cause on their blogs, and will waste their precious time. However, write only the proven facts. Be a keen observer and do some research.
To show that you are really accommodating, you must be easy to contact with. Besides putting a contact link on every end of your post, have an easy to access Contact Page. In this page, tell your readers that they can ask anything under the sun, and that you also accept suggestions, criticisms, and even service and product promotion. However, be sure that you have enough time to entertain them if they come abundantly. If you fail to do so, they will be disappointed and you may loose them.
Love your commenters
There are commenters who really took time to thank you for your interesting posts. Some also share their experiences. Replying to them immediately makes them happy. They will be glad that you are pushing an effort to communicate with them. I strongly advise that you show your Top Commenters and Recent Comments widgets on your sidebar. Who knows, they may be your regular followers and commenters someday. However, replying to comments need strategies too. You should also know how to deal with the not so good ones.
Run a valuable contest
For me, a valuable contest is not only about the amount of prize. It is also how it can help the contestants grow as a blogger. If you will notice my running contest, I am trying to help other bloggers by giving them ideas on what to post. I know how hard it is to make one especially if you are in a writer’s block. However, I am not saying that other types of contest are useless. In fact, I joined one and even won a free banner from Mr. Javo’s Birthday Contest.
Finally, do not treat your followers as fans. Consider them as friends who are helping you in reaching your goals as a blogger.
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Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 7:37 AM Posted by Angel
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