How to Build Your Blog Readership

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Now when you have a good idea on how to set up and manage your blog and also how to create blogposts, it’s high time that we come up with ways on how to attract traffic towords it. Here are some tips from Scary Mommy to help you sail through rough waters!

A Good Blog: Before you worry about taking over the world, you need to get the nuts and bolts of your blog figured out. Design, user-friendliness, niche and content are the top things to consider. Your blog should be original and authentic – it’s the one place in the world that is all about you!

Commenting: When you start blogging, there is simply no better way to build a readership. You have to put in your time and get out there – it’s an absolute must. Start with the blogrolls of blogs you like and then see who’s commenting there. The comments you leave are your calling cards, the more you scatter across blog-land, the more people will come back to visit you.

Find your Tribe: Every blogger needs some good blogging buddies. These are the people who you can ask to tweet something for you or keep an eye on your blog while you’re away or comment on a post that isn’t getting any attention. Put each other on your blogrolls, subscribe to each other’s feeds and just be an overall support system.

Guest Posting: Writing on someone else’s blog is a great way to expose yourself to a whole new audience. Ask your friends if they need a break or submit a post to a blogger you like. Your post should be one that you’ve never posted before and is representative of your blog. If it’s a good one, people will check your blog out and hopefully become your readers.

Twitter & Facebook: Start a twitter account and build a following by engaging people. Promote yourself in one out of every ten or so tweets. More than that and you’ll turn people off. Title your posts well so that people are intrigued enough to click over. Also, incorporate Facebook on to your blog through ‘like’ buttons and widgets. Once someone likes your post, it posts to their wall - the reach is incomparable.

Conferences/Meet-Ups: The more you get out there, the better your reputation will become. Pass out business cards, go up to strangers and get out of your comfort zone. This is your chance to make the avatars that live in your computer your friends, and to make strangers your readers. It doesn’t have to be a conference with thousands of people - meeting a few local bloggers for happy hour can be a start.

Accessibility: Answer emails, respond to comments with questions and don’t ignore twitter. Be nice and be available. Gone are the days when I respond to every comment – there simply isn’t the time. I do, however, take the time to respond to every e-mail I receive or question that someone poses in my comments. It’s simply common courtesy.

Maintain your site: I’m constantly changing things around on my site – whether it’s the plug-ins I’m using or the layout or trying out a new type of post. Keep an eye on your comments - are people playing nice? If not, step in. It’s your blog and your job to keep it alive and growing.

Wanna be a blogger but don’t know how to? Fret not as we have some really workable tips to help you out. Email us your queries at: editor@magtheweekly.com or drop texts at: +92-322-6242582.

Happy blogging!

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