How to Make Readers Stick To Your Blog

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How To Make Readers Stick On Your Blog

Over 3 million blog posts are published daily.

Guess how many of these blog posts would see the limelight?

If you ask me, I would say 10%. I think my guess is even higher. Maybe it’s somewhere around 5%. Well, all that doesn’t matter.

There’s a reason why you created your blog in the first place. You created your blog to educate or entertain a group of people. Or, probably to share your unique story you believe the world needs to hear.

There is a group of people you have in mind who you believe would be your blog readers.

So, let’s assume you have a few people reading your blog today. Let’s say they are 100 in number.

How can you make those 100 readers keep coming back to your blog?

How can you make them share your blog contents with their friends on social platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram?

Attracting traffic to your blog is hard. I know.

But keeping that traffic is even HARDER!

The truth is if you can keep a few people who visits your blog today, then you’ll find it easier to grow your blog readership from 100 to 1,000.

Keeping readers is where the work is and this is where most bloggers fail.

I want you to succeed with your blog.

Yes, I believe you could turn your hobby blogging into a professional blogging career that earns you a lot of money, even more than your current job. This post will tell you how you can have a blog so successful, you can stake steps in that direction.

A lot of people have achieved this.

People like Darren Rowse of ProBlogger and Lindsay Ostrom of Pinch of Yum.

In fact, Lindsay was able to turn her hobby blog into a business that now earns over $30,000 per month.

She made this transformation because she knows how to keep her blog readers coming back.

So how can you do the same?

I mean, how can you keep readers coming back to your blog, and wanting more from you?

Stand For Something Unique

Don’t just create an average blog that does what hundreds or thousands of other blogs do.

Your blog has to be different. Your blog has to stand for something unique.

Because you can set-up a blog within 4 minutes doesn’t mean you should create a “me-too” blog.

Don’t start your blog because almost everyone you meet is a blogger.

So how can you make your blog different from every other blog out there?

First, you have to recognize your competitors.

Who are they?

How do their blogs look like?

What makes people come back to read them?

What problems do they solve?

Who are their readers?

Write the answers to these questions on a piece of paper.

Then you should find ways you can do better.

For example, take a look at the design of their blogs, and make yours different and more attractive.

What makes people coming back to those blogs? Try to do better by giving more and better reasons why readers should come back to your blog.

Try to solve the problems your competitors are solving even better.

Create Epic Content On Your Blog

You shouldn’t be creating average contents that offer the same information that can be found on your competitors’ blogs.

Your blog is made to serve people, so it should serve them well.

When you publish epic contents on your blog, these good things begin to happen:

  • You build your personal brand.
  • You build an audience that trusts you.
  • You overcome objections.
  • You naturally attract more opportunities into your life.
  • You deepen your loyalty with people who already know you.
  • You make selling way easier (even if that’s not your primary goal).
  • You build a reputation with search engines (Google, Bing and Yahoo!).
  • You crush your competition.

All these benefits cannot be ignored.

But I’ll like to expand on the last point.

Let’s assume you decide to quit your job tomorrow and start a business.

You can easily introduce your new business to your blog readers, who have so much trust in you.

They would be happy to buy your product. They would even recommend it to their friends. That reduces your customer acquisition cost.

So you don’t have to worry at all about getting customers for your future ventures. You know you already have those customers who care so much about you and what you’re doing on your blog.

Respond To Every Comment On Your Blog

Blogging is a two-way communication.

You’re writing to communicate with your readers. If they find your contents educating, entertaining and interesting, they’ll want to communicate back.

When they do communicate back, they do in the form of dropping comments on your blog or sending you an email message.

When you don’t respond to those comments or emails, your readers who have taken the time to send you an email feel neglected. They hate you as a result or refuse to read your blog again. It means a valuable fan lost.

Ignoring your readers’ comments won’t help your blog move forward.

So start communicating with everyone that drops a comment on your blog or send you an email.

You should even become friends with them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. It shows them that you truly care.

This was a guest post by Michael Akinlaby. Michael is a freelance writer and SEO Consultant. He’s the founder of RankRain, an Internet marketing agency that specializes in Content Marketing and Search Engine Optimization.

Please share, so other bloggers know how to turn readers into subscribers.

How do you turn visitors into subscribers? Are there any tips and tricks you can offer in addition to what Michael shared? I look forward to your views in the comment section.

Note: Janice will be responding to comments as her summer vacation allows.

MostlyBlogging is looking for guest authors.

Related Post:

How to Get Loyal Visitors to Repeatedly Return to Your Blog

How to Be Memorable in a Sea of Bloggers

How to Increase Traffic with a Blog Brand

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  1. Carolann

    Great post. It’s so difficult even getting your post seen out there when there are so many blogs. And Google doesn’t make it any easier for us. It’s true about replying to all of the comments for sure. Thanks for sharing this info…it’s so valuable!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carolann,
      Great to hear from you! I am currently in the middle of the Pacific sailing from Sydney to Darwin, Australia.
      It’s true what you wrote. Google doesn’t make it easier. In fact, they have recently made it harder by answering readers’ queries themselves. I have a blog post about it in draft stage.
      Janice

    • Michael Akinlaby

      Hi Carolann,

      Google is getting harder and harder. But the most important thing is building a community of readers who loves your blog. That’s the biggest signal you can send to Google, and Google will reward your blog for that. Thanks for the comment Carolann.

  2. Mark

    Thanks for featuring an excellent guest blogger Janice!

    And I can certainly appreciate first hand, Micheal’s
    real world advice.

    And I also love Micheal’s excellent advice, blogging is
    a two way communication.

    And swiftly replying to comments, are a great way to begin building
    long term relationships.

    Thanks for featuring Micheal Janice! He did a great job!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      Great to see you! Did you hear I am currently sailing around the Atlantic in Australia? Thanks for the kind words about my guest author Michael. I agree. He wrote a strong post with valuable tips for bloggers of any level. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  3. Melinda Mitchell

    Hi BBFFJ, I thought from the title You’d be talking about sticky writing, like you did before.
    Yay for me, I got the brand part down! And I do respond to every comment! Yay!! 2 down!
    $30,000 a month???? I gotta get it in gear!!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi BBFFM,
      Thank you for the help. I updated the post to include my articles on Sticky Blogging and my blog brand post. You are a great BBFF.
      Your BBFFJ

    • Michael Akinlaby

      Hi Melinda,

      It’s great to read that you find this article unique. I’m glad Janice publish the post. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Leanne

    Some great points Janice (as always) 3 million posts a day is a little overwhelming if you think about it too hard! I started my blog on a whim and the fact that lots of people stop by to read it is such a bonus – one I never expected and I certainly appreciate. I don’t think I can do much else to make them stay without changing my blog into something I don’t want it to be. So I’ll keep connecting and hope that is enough because I love the friends I’ve made (and that includes you!) x

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Leanne,
      Back at you! I love our friendship as well!
      Thanks for the kind words about my guest author’s post. In response to what you wrote, I try NOT to think about the 3 million other posts. I might get “stage fright” or writer’s block or something if I thought about the competition, LOL.
      Did you hear I am currently vacationing? Right now I’m off the coast of Australia sailing around the Pacific. As long as I have Internet, I’ll continue to blog. It wouldn’t be a vacation after all if I couldn’t. Blogging is too much fun to give up. Vacations should be fun, right?
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  5. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Woot, cruise girl. This post was among the most clicked. Congratulations.

  6. Judy Martin

    Thanks for the tips Janice, as always, they are so helpful 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying your cruise 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Judy,
      Great to see you. Thanks for writing me. I’m glad you enjoyed my guest author’s article. Yes, we are having a lot of fun. I’m currently sailing from Malaysia to Hong Kong.
      Janice

  7. Julie Syl Pit Stop Crew

    Hey Janice,
    How is the Cruise going hun? Have a total blast!

    I Loved the Way or Guest Blogger, whom I greatly admire by the way, Set this piece of content out.
    Getting one’s blog noticed and have stickability is not hard, but its rarely done because most people are lazy..Yes I said it lol! Lazy bloggers regurgitate without adding value to content they have copied…I wont call it Curation!
    They wont even set a Canonical Redirect so Google simply hides their content in the Search boonies!
    So every point mentioned here is spot on. I am off to get some Sticky tape make that Gaffer builders tape 🙂
    Thanks for sharing at the Pitstop 🙂 Loved it!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Julie,
      You are sweet to ask about my cruise. We are having fun. Yesterday, we went to a zoo in Maylasia, I went swimming, and sat in the jacuzzi. Fun and relaxing!
      My favorite part of your comments were: “I am off to get some Sticky tape make that Gaffer builders tape”. I am guessing you noticed my graphic. Thank you! I always wonder if people notice them.
      I am sorry, but I didn’t understand : Canonical Redirect. Sounds important to know since I blog about blogging. What is that?
      I sent you an Email, by the way.
      Janice

  8. Stacey

    Setting your blog apart from the crowd, putting that extra twist on your content, and not getting discouraged are so important.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Stacey,
      Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday and for commenting. I agree with what you wrote, especially not getting discouraged. Blogging is not for impatient people. I am currently composing an article on blogging mistakes. Being impatient for success is definitely one of them.
      Janice

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