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Get Followers --Tips for Bloggers Part Two
In the first installment of this series, we talked about the big boost Comment Luv can give to a blogger. It enables you to post a direct link on someone else's site leading back to the most recent post on your blog. We learned how to cultivate a following by "Comment Luv Surfing" and boost other writers' blogs at the same time.
For more information on how it works: Get Followers -- Tips for Bloggers
Not a blogger? If you're thinking about starting, here are some Blogging 101 tips that may be of help: How To Blog
Blogging is a bit different than any other type of writing. Blogs attract readers of similar interests, much like magazines do. Blogs also encourage conversation. The writer blogs; the reader comments. Commenting is a healthy flow of dialog between writer and reader which often develops a faithful following of subscribers.
For a blog to become financially successful, it must have a large, consistent following. High search engine recognition, increased product sales and "per click" income can only come from a large, attentive audience.
A Success Story: A blogger's dream come true--too many followers to keep up with the comments! There is one very popular blogger who actually had to hault the comment process on his blog, strictly because it had become "too popular". He had to get his life back! Can you imagine that? Ever so grateful for each and every reader, he could no longer do his part in answering every comment. Thus, he discontinued running a comments section altogether.
Who is he? Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. Leo has built his blog to over 230,000 subscribers and was named #1 on the Time Magazine Top Blogs list in 2010. More on how he did in How to Get Subscribers With E-Books.
Now, more about getting followers. Ultimately what you are really looking for are subscribers. You need subscribers to your blog by RSS Feed and/or email who will continuously visit your site and promote it to others. In addition, building a strong following on Facebook and Twitter is very valuable. But first, they have to find you before they can like you! Note: Be sure to keep an active dialogue with your current readers by giving them a call to action (a reason to comment) and then answer them.
To increase your following, it is essential to expose your writing to new readers in your niche. Some great tools have been created to help you find them: Linkwithin and Inlinkz.
Linkwithin searches and finds blog posts on your own site that the reader might also be interested in. It keeps them around longer and may even convince them to subscribe.
Links to those related posts will appear as image icons at the bottom of the page. They are clickable and will take your readers right to that article! They will help your current readers to browse your archives in a targeted way.
Inlinkz allows you to accept submissions from your readers. The reader enters the URL of the post they would like to share, its title and their email address (which does not appear publicly). By posting a link, their hope is that your readers will become theirs, as well.
The Importance of this: 1.)You gain the benefit of having backlinks coming to your site and 2.) it draws more traffic to your site. There are many bloggers who look for link parties and blog hops and will come back to visit you again and again. (Same principal as "Comment Luv Surfing"--see part one for more details.) They may even subscribe to your site. You, in turn, may find some among those visitors that you would also like to follow. Win-win!
Link Parties and Blog Hops
Link Parties and Blog Hops are just about the same thing. You, as the blogger, establish an invitation for readers to enter their links at the bottom of your blog post. The code gets set up by Inlinkz for you. Select when the "party" will start and end. It will be automatically closed at the time and date you determine.
You may open it up to anybody or put some parameters on it such as requesting that the linker also click on at least one other link and post a comment. You could ask them to "like" your Facebook Fanpage or subscribe to your site. Whatever you want. You might want to set up a theme for your party such as asking that their post be a recipe post or perhaps a link to a giveaway that they are running.
Hope you find these tips of value. In closing, here is another really good one that you need to know. Once you have them, how do you KEEP your readers on your page? Here is how to do it: Readers--How to Keep Them.