If you are here there’s a good change you have a blog too so I’d like to talk about blogging today. I created my first blog years ago as a part of an undergrad class. Please, don’t ask me how many years exactly since I am still recovering from the fact that I just turned 30! I don’t even remember anymore what my first blog was about but I had several blogs since then. In 2010 I started a photography blog at http://www.miracrisp.com which I recently transferred here to http://www.crispphotoworks.com Now, this is my lovely blog and it’s entirely in English. I had to stop writing in Croatian when I enrolled in the graduate school to help my brain use English as a primary language. Please, pardon my English, it yet has to become perfect.
So, during all these years of blogging, what have I learned? I’ve learned that blogs change and as they change, the entire online community is changing. Bloggers today have a lot more power and authority than bloggers ten years ago had. Bloggers are so powerful that they are becoming a huge online library, database that offers tested first-hand information. Serious bloggers don’t blog just because, they blog to make a difference. I love that! If you are blogger, you probably hope someone out there is reading your ramblings. If you receive a comment or two are you happy as a kid in a candy store? If you receive tens of comments, you can be certain your readers like your style. Let’s be honest, we all blog and hope people out there read it. However, with millions of blogs it is not easy to become noticed. How do you make sure people find your blog? What could you do today to improve your chances of being read this week? There are a few things.
First, go out there and find blogs in your niche. What next? Comment, comment, comment, comment, and comment! No matter what they say, nothing will bring you visitors as comments; especially honest and thoughtful comments. Don’t spam, people recognize a spammer quickly and they can tell if you’re fake and/or if you copied & pasted the same comment to 20 blogs. Invest your time into building a blogging community you enjoy. Find blogs you like and keep commenting. By commenting, not only you let the blog owner know you exist, but you also announce your existence to the entire blog society. Trust me, bloggers notice thoughtful comments and will start visiting your blog.
Don’t be fake! Faking that you like someone’s blog, post or a photo does not give results. People know when and if you’re faking. Give compliments just as you would do it in the life – only if you mean it. Telling everyone you love their posts, blogs, or photos will not make you popular, contrary. Bloggers want an honest feedback, if you “LOVE” everything and anything, they won’t trust your judgment so be honest but don’t be rude.
Commenting in return?
If you are regularly visiting a blog that has 10 times more visitors and followers and you leave a comment, don’t expect that blogger to return the comment or visit just because you showed up at his or her blog. However, if you leave 10, 20, or 50 comments and keep visiting, you could expect a visit, comment, or e-mail. So, you keep visiting but after a few months of leaving comments you realize that you’ve never heard from that blogger, he or she has never replied to any of your comments or gave you any clue they know you exist. What now? If you love their blog and enjoy reading it, keep visiting. But if you start feeling sort-of-stupid because you adore someone who doesn’t even know you exist, delete the blog from your bookmarks and find a new blog. There are many similar blogs out there and I am sure you will find another one that is just perfect for you and the love will be mutual.
Returning a Comment or Visit
If you have thousands of followers and tens of comments each day, it is hard to return each comment and visit. So, make sure your readers know you still love them and appreciate the time they spend at your blog. If Coca Cola can reply to emails within 48-72 hours, you can too! If you know you won’t be able to visit every single blogger that leaves a comment, you don’t have to tell them that. By saying something like “Due to high number of comments I receive, I probably won’t reply to yours but thank you for being here” you tell your readers that you have already set your mind to a no-replying necessary mode. Rather say nothing or put a note on your blog stating that you love your readers and strive to return visits and comments. Finally, see who regularly leaves comments so you can return the comment. That will build your relationship with your readers. Unless you have a highly different and unique blog, your readers won’t come back if you don’t show them some love.
By joining different blog challenges, you leave your link for everyone to see it but you also link back to the host blog in your post. By linking back you create a traffic source for the blog owner. Bloggers appreciate that because that’s basically free marketing. The same thing happens when you provide a link to someone else’s blog in your post. That blog’s rating goes up and sends some traffic their way. Again, same as with comments: if you link to someone who has 10 times more visitors, don’t expect that blogger to return the favor and link to your blog immediately. The most important rule is that you link back only to posts and sites you really like and those that are relevant to your readers.
What are your blogging advises?
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