Readers-Keep Them On Your Page
Readers are what writing is all about. Where would writers be without readers? We'd be lonely, without purpose, and very few. For most of us, writing is fueled by having avid readers who appreciate our work.
Receiving supportive comments, votes "up", increasing numbers of followers and subscribers, lots of likes, tweets and "shares"--well, it's invigorating. And, of course, regular readers also build our income so that those of us who need revenue can justify the time that it takes to do this well. Thank God for readers!
So, how do you find them?
You write good content and share it. Share it with your followers, facebook and twitter friends. Encourage others to follow you or subscribe.
Steps To Writing Good Content
First: select a niche that agrees with you and develop it. Whatever you are interested in will interest many others. Write about what you love.
Next: write material that is really good.Put some time and research into it. Search for popular keywords that relate to your content and will draw the attention of search engines. Doing that should attract readers that are interested in your subject! Use keywords sensibly--don't overdo it.
Now: check your grammar and spelling, add great photos that you have the right to use, include links to products where appropriate.
Insert links to other quality resources that will enrich the post for your readers. Make it valuable to them.
Add: tags, a good summary and, for HubPages, select a group in which to categorize your hub.
Ready to publish? NO WAY! There is one important step you must take before you go live. Set your post up to KEEP your readers on your page!
I cannot tell you how painful it is for me to go to great hubs...some written by the best, even the HubPages elite...and click on a link only to be sent off into cyber-land! If I don't have the presence of mind to click the "back" button, I am off their page -- perhaps forever.
With some writers, I know who they are and I can find the hub again. With others, I love their stuff but don't know their pen name well enough and may not find the hub at all--especially if I get an interruption. Hours later, who knows where I was!
Guard against "page drop off" and learn this little html tip that will keep your readers with you much longer.
Keeping Your Readers
So, even if you find more and more new readers, how do you keep them? Certainly, supplying superb content on a regular basis is a key. But it is just as important to keep them on the page as it is to attract them in the first place.
What do I mean? OK. You've written a great hub or blog post and in the midst, planted a link. They click on it. There happens to be another link on that webpage that takes them someplace else. How will they ever find you again? Unless you are one of their favorite writers and they are determined to go back and re-establish contact, you've lost them.
Open In a New Window
Keep your writers on your page as long as possible by setting up your links to open in a new window. Even if you don't "speak html" (which I don't), this is easy to do and you can become a master at it.
Here is how it is done:
- Write your hub and then, using your mouse hold the left button down and highlight the keywords that are to be linked.
- Now click on the link sign in the toolbar at the top of the Hub capsule or blog page.
- In the top field, where it says "URL" put the web address of the page that you're linking to.
- Click "insert".
Now, here's the fun part. Click on the toolbar where it says "HTML". Look like gibberish? You'll become more comfortable with it when you know what to look for.
What to look for: You are looking for the code to that link. It will begin with href: and end with a " (quotation mark).
What to add: Directly after the end quotation mark you need to enter one blank space and then this very important code: target="_blank" After you add it, click on "save". Sometimes it will say that the code needs to be cleaned up and sometimes it will not.In any case, still save. Now, test your link. It should open up in a new window!
Learn more about HTML with simple, easy to understand instructions
Try this little test...
I am going to embed a link in this post as an example of what I mean. Don't go there yet. Just follow along. The hub I'm using as an object lesson is: "How to Blog".
After I put the link in this post, I clicked on the "HTML" button on my toolbar and this is what I saw:
<p>Here is a link that I've embedded to my post "<a href="http://hubpages.com/literature/blog-how-to">How to Blog</a>".</p>
Now, in order to make sure it opens in a new window, I am going to click my cursor directly after the words blog-how-to" Now, after the quotation mark,I will add a space and then type in target="_blank"
Here is what it looks like, now set to open in a new window (bold type added to make it easier for you to find the added code):
<p>Here is a link that I've embedded to my post "<a href="http://hubpages.com/literature/blog-how-to" target="_blank>How to Blog</a>".</p>
Now click on the How to Blog link and see that it opens in a new window. The blog "Readers--How to Keep Them" and "How to Blog" are both open on your desktop! If you choose to click on any links in the "How to Blog" hub, they also will open up in a new window because I set it up that way.
Now that you know how to do it, you may want to revisit your old hubs and blog posts, over a period of time, and add the code so that links open up in a new window (I did). Above all, get in the habit of doing it with your new posts. It is well worth it. You've worked hard for those readers....keep them!
For more advice for online writers, check out:
Here's a Tip
How to Find Your Links in All that HTML:
If you have a lot of html to look through, use the "FIND" function. What you do is open up the html and then press "Ctrl" + "F" on the keyboard. In the upper right hand corner of the screen a "find window" will appear. Type in a couple of keywords from the title of the link and it will highlight them in color in the body of the html. Now you can find the right spot to add your target="_blank" to it. Makes it so much easier to locate!
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