You know that thing when you post something you worked really hard on and you think it’s so damn genius and inspiring, but the next day your comments section is all but a coconut away from a deserted island? Let’s make that stop happening. Here are my favorite 10 ways to earn a few more readers and convince them to start commenting…
1. End your post with a question
Ask readers to write about their own experiences, share advice or favorites. And don’t forget to respond to comments even if you only have time to answer questions.
2. Comment on other blogs and interact with people on Twitter
It can take as little as 10 minutes and makes a world of difference. I like checking out random Twitter followers or hopping through people’s blogrolls.
3. Tweet or share a post from a Blogger you admire
Your followers will appreciate the cool content and you might just get a retweet from someone with lots of readers.
4. Guest posts
Write a guest post for another blog or invite someone to guest post on yours. All it takes is an email to see if someone would like to participate or trade posts. Pro tip – bloggers who are going on vacation might be very happy for the extra content.
5. Promote a popular post from your archive
Lots of people liked it once and lots of people will like it again. I almost always get a few retweets when I share an archived post.
6. Write a post that solves a problem
It doesn’t have to be a step-by-step tutorial or an earth-shattering issue. I wrote about finding your individuality as a blogger and creating a style guide for your blog. Two things that annoyed me a bit, so I wrote posts on how to fix them.
7. Free stuff
Who doesn’t love something for free?? I’m not talking about a giveaway, where readers have to Tweet and share and like and Facebook. Just a little download that is super useful. Want to know a secret…my photo templates were downloaded almost 900 times. People love that stuff!
8. Give your readers a blog prompt
My post on imagining your perfect day not only got a great response, but I received lots of traffic from readers sharing the post and using the prompt to write on their own blogs.
9. Connect with your readers
Give people a way to contact you and let them know it’s cool to send you an email. I receive email from readers all the time and it not only makes my day, but it makes me seem more accessible, which makes readers feel connected and willing to participate, comment and share.
10. Check your stats
What type of posts are people commenting on, sharing, and visiting most? Write more of those!