Blogging Better #2

Welcome to our second edition of Blogging Better! Before we dig into our topic for today, I first want to feature a few of the posts from last month

Creating a Blogging Income from Oak & Oats

Blogging Resource List from Reflective Mama

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Blog from Fresh Mix Momma

One thing I have learned in the last two years of blogging is that for every one thing I learn about blogging I also discover ten new things I need to learn to help me blog better. I believe that whether you are a brand new blogger or a veteran blogger there is always something new you can learn, so this series is designed to help you become a better blogger by learning from each other. If you have topics you’d like to see covered in future Blogging Better posts, please comment below or email me at girlonthemoveblog01 {at} gmail {dot} com

This month I am going to address one of the reader questions I received regarding blogging…

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How do I get people to interact with my blog?

First of all, that is a great question! If nobody interacts with your blog it can sometimes feel like you are just keeping a public diary…and that’s not always fun. For me, one of the best parts of blogging is interacting with readers and other bloggers. I love that because of blogging I have friends all over the place! So now onto the tips…

  1. Do you remember learning the Golden Rule when you were younger? Do to others as you would have them do to you. The same rule applies to blogging…if you want more comments and interaction on your blog, then you need to comment and interact on other blogs. You don’t need to spend three hours a day commenting on other blogs, but make a point of spending some time each day on other blogs.
  2. Invite interaction. If you want readers to comment on your blog it helps to give them something specific to comment on. At the end of your post ask your readers a question or ask them to share similar experiences. You can also ask them to share the post via social media…whatever you do, just make sure you’re inviting them to interact with the post in some way.
  3. Don’t forget that commenting on your post is not the only way they can interact with your blog. Maybe your readers don’t leave a lot of blog comments, but they comment away on your Facebook posts…that’s awesome! Without readers, it’s not very easy to blog, so take time to interact with your readers wherever they are…whether it’s your actual post, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, some other type of social media platform, or maybe even a meetup!
  4. Remember to have patience! It’s very unlikely that you’ll go from zero comments a day to 173 comments a day overnight (unless you become an overnight Internet sensation!) so remember that building a blog is more like a marathon than a sprint. Commit to interacting with other blogs for at least a month and I’d be willing to bet you’ll start to see an increase in interaction on your blog. Commit to doing it even longer and you’ll see even more of an increase.

I’d love to hear your tips for getting people to interact with your blog in the comments below…see how I invited interaction there 😉
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Once a month, I co-host a link up on blogging resources called Blogging Better with Lisa Kerr.  We would love it if you linked up your best blogging resources below. Our readers are new bloggers, mid-level bloggers, hobby bloggers, professional bloggers, small businesses and social media managers. Our link-up will go live on the last Tuesday of every month. Join us on Twitter using the hashtags #bloggingbetter and #blogbetter.

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Lisa Kerr is my co-host and a fellow Southern California blogger. She is a veteran blogger of more than four years whose work has been featured on the Huffington Post TED WeekendsHuffPo LiveNPR and more. During her four years of blogging, Oprah’s network has contacted her and the CW developed a pilot TV show about her first blog, so she has learned a lot about the business side of blogging, blogging beyond monetization and protecting your intellectual property. She now advise companies about how to connect with their clients by creating a compelling story and building community and works with new and mid-level bloggers, teaching them how to manage their social media communities, tips and tricks for WordPress optimization, and how to create a professional writing portfolio that will further your career.

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If you’re new here, I’m Julie DenOuden and am a girl on the move who blogs about traveling, fitness, cupcakes and social media resources. I started blogging just over two years ago and enjoy sharing what I have learned with others. I offer social media tips and resources and my 31 Days to Create a Social Media Plan is a must-read for any blogger.

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17 comments

  1. These are all great tips. I think one of the most important is to interact with other bloggers. After all, I think bloggers read more blogs than non-bloggers (hows that for a sentence!) So to increase readership and comments, reach out to other bloggers and let them know you exist. I know I still get excited whenever a HUGE blogger sends me a comment/shoutout/etc. It means you are headed in the right direction!

  2. Thanks for hosting and for inviting me to the link up, Julie!

    I agree with every point you make about commenting… I found that making the most of social media to promote my posts increased comments a lot – and replying is really important too. I think if people see that you reply then they’re more likely to leave a comment as they know for sure you’re reading them. It takes flippin’ ages to reply to every one but I make sure I do it now where I never used to to in the beginning…! :))

    Catherine x

    1. You’re so right, replying to comments goes a long way towards building a relationship with your readers and I think that’s what blogging should be all about!

  3. Could not agree more with your comment of do unto others…. The moment I started to take the time to read and give back comments, I too received. That said, I interact a LOT on twitter. That is my social media mecca!!!! Facebook not so much.

    1. I also LOVE Twitter! But commenting on blogs has definitely been good for me as well. Great chatting with you yesterday during the SITS chat!

  4. Oh I’m so glad that you have this kind of linkup. I love collecting blogging tips and sharing my own. I’ve signed up for your Blogging Better email so I can linkup next time and your social media plan which i really need to get on!

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linkup and hope you share your awesome posts again with us this week!

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