To be a blogger, a simple question to ask yourself should be – “Whom Am I Writing For”. The answer should come from within and it should obviously be “The Readers”. When you’re writing for your readers, you don’t just provide them the things they want and end it up. There are many more things to do apart from that. What about being close to your readers? How about getting to know them? How about getting to know their blogs? We all know that content is king, but who’s the kingmaker? If it’s you, then why don’t people know you yet? You must agree that to know more people in your niche (regardless of what it is), blogging is the way forward. But yet, how actually do you get to know more people’?
There are several ways to connect with your blog readers, and we shall be discussing three major ways in a series that will follow this post.
Commenting, and Replying To Comments
There are probably thousands of articles that proved that blog commenting is extremely efficient for building backlinks and generating some traffic as well. But does it all ends after building those few backlinks and getting some moderate amount of traffic? I believe not. Commenting might have been about just building backlinks, but it is no more the same.
It’s all about building relationships now. But the question is – how do you actually build that relationship? Let’s discuss more on that.
Commenting On Other Blogs
When you’re asked to comment on other blogs, do you just go to any random blog and write any random stuff? For example, you come to this blog and write – “Wow yesterday was the best day ever! I loved spending time with my best friend“. What would be the impact on the author or the blog owner? Is there any chance of building any relationship with either of the two? I believe not.
This teaches a lesson that when you really feel like commenting on a blog, the first thing you should do is to read the post properly. Skimming through the headlines is not a solution and even if it is, it should not be done. The second thing to keep in mind is that one should always see the author’s name, as nowadays many blogs out there accept guest posts and if you don’t see the author’s name, you might send the comment to the blog owner’s name.
You might be wondering how this whole scene will affect your readership. But think about it in this way – what if the comment was so effective that it made the author/blog-owner to visit your blog? Didn’t you just add one more name to your “Readers” list?
Replying To Comments On Your Posts
You might be replying to all the comments made by your readers, but then do they know that there has been a reply? This is because of the lack of usage of plugins that shoot out an email informing the commentator about the reply. To solve this, the only thing that needs to be done is to install plugins such as Comment Reply Notification, or the updated version of Commentluv Plugin as well.
The conclusion is simple. Always be yourself when you’re commenting. Try to speak your heart, and not your mind. And do install tools which notify the commentators about the replies to their comments – the readers should definitely connect more with you.
Author Bio:- Kevin Gao is the founder and CEO of Comm100 Live Chat Software, a leading provider of live chat software for business. As a software developer as well as a small business expert, he’s always ambitious to revolutionize the way of online customer service and communication. Find Kevin on Google+ to find out more about him.