When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one far too long blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.
The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
C IS FOR COMMENTS!
Comments are the life blood of your blog. They give you energy, help you understand who is reading your blog and they are what makes your blog different from a private diary entry. I think most bloggers love that little lift they get when a blog post gets comments and it spurs them on to write more of the same. And also commenting brings the book community a little closer together and helps you find your people.
I know lots of people will advocate taking to social media to promote your blog and that’s one way. But I think a key way to grow your blog is to look closer! Look at your comments. Reply to your comments and/or visit back the people who comment on your blog. These people are your ‘audience’ and you should look after them and show them that you value them.
How to keep the chat flowing!
Engage! Comment back either on your blog or their blog. Otherwise people will think you don’t care and might just drift away. So don’t leave them drift, hold them tight and show them that you appreciate them with a little comment hug! It’s time consuming and takes effort but it’s worth the time investment.
Don’t leave it to chance. Ask a question at the end of your blog post. Some people are shy about jumping into the conversation, so leave a call for action at the end of your post and invite their opinions.
Never leave a comment-vomit comment! ‘lovely review, see my post here’. Don’t, the only impression it makes is that you are desperate for visits to your blog. It doesn’t work and it doesn’t entice anyone to visit you back.
Instead leave meaningful comments on blog posts that you genuinely liked. Don’t fake it. Leave comments that create value and that make people interested in finding out more about that person who left the comment.
Make it easy to comment. If you have captcha, kill it, otherwise it will kill comments for you. Most people can’t be bothered to struggle with it. I know I can’t. Or if I have to spend too long figuring out just where to add my comment, well that’s pretty annoying too. A good idea is to ask a non blogger friend to try and comment on your blog. If they struggle, then you might need to relook at your system.
Consider installing a plugin like Comment Reply Notification if you are on WordPress or Disqus if you use Blogger. I love when I find out that someone answered my comment and it makes me want to return.