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How to make inactive readers to comment?

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All of us would agree that the total number of comments on a blog is made up of less than 20-30% of the total number of visitors on the entire blog.
Even the blog which receives the most number of comments(Problogger ,SEOMoz or any other blog), is able to convert only it’s 25% of total traffic into active comenters.
The total unique hits to total number of comments from unique ips is the proof for this.

Comments are one of the most surest ways to calculate the popularity of articles on a blog.Well, the traffic and link backs are also metrics to measure the popularity but active comments sure gives you an idea of how effectively you managed to get your visitors involved on the topic you wrote about.
Sadly, not every visitor/reader of your blog responds to every article.I think the following reasons can be attributed to it.

  1. Bad writing skills – well, a very basic point here. If you write in english that not many understand – then obviously, it wouldn’t prompt anyone to comment or even read your articles.If at all it generates any discussions, it would be criticisms on your writing skills.Believe me you don’t have to take a degree in “Bloggerscience” to impress people with your articles. All you need is good industry knowledge and some humour sense with some basic writing skills.(Or you can make it like a average writer like me. 🙂 )
  2. Another more genuine point is not writing on interesting articles. Everybody likes to read about news on Paris Hilton,but not everyone would prefer “How to avoid Chikun gunea”. When the articles on a blog are not interesting to it’s readers, then it leaves them with no opinion.Since every blog has a niche category – the focus should be on how to make the respective topics more interesting and readable.Of course, you need to put in the boring facts now and then – but make it attractive.
  3. Deviating from topics – A very common mistake by blogger. Understand that people visit your blog with some expectations already – they know that you write mostly about a topic they like. But when you write about something else they aren’t expecting, it takes time to sink in or they’ll ditch you for what you’ve done.This forms another reason for not responding to your articles.
  4. Not being interactive – Don’t get carried away with the traffic you recieve . It just shows how many people found you easily on the search engines.It may not be the exact measure of how many people love you site or your articles.Interact with them, ask them questions, or give them an opportunity to talk to you. It’s always good the build a two way feedback system rather than a monologue.
  5. Stop pretending being a “guru” and talk like a common blogger.Stop preaching but write about your experience.People like to read stories rather than the encyclopedia(a few do!).You asked questions in stories to your grandma right? Same principle goes here.

Being interactive is the key to make people talk.But, even then there would be passive visitors to your site, who are comfortable just reading content rather than talking or interacting with the rest of the bunch.Little do they know that they are missing the action – when they remain dormant and isolated.It’s a fact that many of them would be power houses of knowledge, and if you can extract the best out of them, believe me, your comment interaction in the blog would sky rocket!

How do you woo the passive visitors to interact?

If you had noted the previous post from me – If you are reading this on an RSS reader – your’e a loser! You might just have got the answer already.

After posting that article, i told to Kevin, that this article is going to give you a surprise. It will dig out the passive readers from Bloggingtips and get them commenting.
Precisely, that’s what happened. If you notice, there is something interesting in the comments to that article.

Most(excluding the regular commenters) of the comments came from people with a total of 1-3 comments on blogging tips. Which means that that particular article managed to provoke those passive readers who are most unlikely to comment to a popular post.

The keyword there is “Provoked”. Yes, indeed the very title of the article was a provoking one. I even hurt some regular readers – calling them losers.
Through this article I’d like to make clear that it was only an experiment and i didn’t really mean anything – other than to get the guy with the least comment on bloggingtips , take that extra pain to write a few lines.

Interestingly, there were some one line comments too – like “Thanks for calling me a loser.”, “I’m not a loser” and the like. Though, they are of few lines, i think it’s a commendable effort from their side – to having written down at least that much – they don’t usually do that.

Here, what I’ve done is used the “emotional value” first by writing a – provoking title and second – by writing something that compels you to respond.I must admit that the article was not completely right – in the sense that – you can’t really make a decision on whether reading an article on RSS reader is better than reading the site on the actual site or not. But i intentionally, made it a one-sided view. That reading on a RSS reader is stupid and that who ever reads it is a loser.My only idea was to make an impact in your minds and make you write a few lines.

What I’m trying to say is that – If you use the right tone(friendliness),right language(jargon free common language),right angle(just) and right medium to expressing your views, you can directly connect to your readers.

This is because,after some time of regular reading, a reader/subscriber develops an emotional attachment with the blog(not right in all cases though.) This applies to every reader, not just the active commenters(which is only visible) but even the guy who have not commented yet on the blog.

So next time you want to know how many passive visitors are on your site – select the right topic that will affect them, write a provoking article, and leave space for comments. You’ll come to see the shadow areas(unseen traffic) of your traffic respond to you. Wouldn’t that make you happy?

I must admit – no SEO tips can help you get this sort of reader interaction. 🙁

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What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?

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Drive traffic to other blogs.

Give what you want.

Help people get what they want and people help you get what you want.

I have found this to be the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog because friends I made through cross-promotion promote me around the clock, 24-7, 365. Easy peasy.

I checked my Twitter a few moments ago. During the past 3 hours I noticed 11 mentions, engagements and retweets collectively. 3 hours, 11 engagements, more blog traffic.

I drive a heavy amount of traffic to my blog by driving a heavy amount of traffic to fellow bloggers who drive a heavy amount of traffic to Blogging From Paradise every day, all day long.

The more you give, the more you get.

The hardest way to drive blog traffic is to try to do it solo. Imagine publishing one post and hitting social share buttons. Even if I do a fine job writing the post, gaining traction solo is tough because successful bloggers know: 1000 is better than 1. 1000 blogging buddies promoting you 24-7, 365 beats you promoting yourself or you trying to write and publish 5 to 10 or more posts daily.

I used to publish 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. Short videos and short posts created the bulk of the content. I had a difficult time succeeding because you can only do so much solo. I published 60 posts in a cyber cave. Nobody listened to me because I did not listen to anybody. But making friends by driving traffic to other blogs made blogging easier and easier for me.

My blogging buddies – who appreciate me promoting them – freely:

  • link to me on their blogs
  • retweet my posts
  • share my posts on Facebook
  • share my posts on LinkedIn
  • send my blog posts to their email list

That my friends is a lot of traffic flowing to my blog easily, freely and exponentially.

Every time a blogging buddy promotes you to their tribe you gain exposure to one more large, targeted audience. Imagine when you gain exposure in front of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 or more audiences daily? This is serious traffic! Plus it is easy traffic because your prime duties of reading posts and tapping social share buttons, or, linking to fellow bloggers on your blog, are quite easy.

How to Drive Traffic to other Blogs

I spent a fair chunk of today driving traffic to other blogs.

I promoted some of my blog posts linking to my blogging buddies. I also retweeted and Facebook shared posts from other bloggers.

Each share lays the foundation for new blogging friendships and fortifies old blogging friendships. Every time I promote Donna Merrill or Alonzo Pichardo, we bond more deeply. Easy way to keep friendships strong and to grow your blog traffic exponentially.

You Will Run out of Time Solo But You Never Run out of Friends

Eventually, I ran out of time each day trying to do it all by myself. No human is super human. No human can be in a billion places at once, by their own steam.

But you never run out of friends if you are generous. During a reasonable lifetime, no blogger will befriend all 7 billion humans. You will however keep meeting friends every day if you drive traffic to other blogs every day.

As more folks befriend you, more folks promote you. What an easy way to increase traffic to your blog. Your ever expanding friend network does much of the legwork for you and also drives traffic to your blog:

  • when you sleep
  • when you travel
  • when you spend time offline with family and friends

Sounds sweet, right?

Give freely.

Drive traffic to your blog easily.

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What Are 2 Powerful Qualities of Top Bloggers?

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John Chow and Bigfoot.

No correlation exists save this post. Although John is super tall. I met him in person during Affiliate Summit East.

Both JC and Bigfoot taught me 2 incredibly powerful qualities of top bloggers.

John taught me how to think abundantly.

Bigfoot taught me to be open-minded and to think for myself.

Think Abundantly

A while back I recall reading a post on John’s blog.

He explained how being an Amazon Associate creates a steady passive income stream.

For an example, he showed how linking to a product your audience finds useful – in the proper context – leads to blogging profits. At the time, I admired his strategy but could not get why you’d link to an affiliate product for a measly $2 commission. But of course, John thinks like, feels like and is a multi millionaire so he thinks of acquiring increasing wealth versus thinking of how little he makes on certain commissions.

$2 adds to the John Chow millions. Plus, even if JC began blogging yesterday, at zero, he thought like a millionaire well before becoming a millionaire, so he would have made his first $2 on his way to millions.

These days, I think, feel and act abundantly. I celebrate every penny I make online because where your attention and energy goes, grows. Top bloggers think abundantly. If you think, feel and act abundantly, at year’s end, the $2 commission per sale yields $500,to $1000, to $5000 per a single income stream because the more you celebrate money and feel rich, the more money you make.

Top bloggers think: money. Open 5, 10, 15 or more income streams. Seize every opportunity to prosper. $2, there, and 100 sales later, you made $200. Top bloggers think abundance – versus lack – and make money.

Be Open Minded and Think for Yourself

As you know, I love studying the creature Bigfoot.

Most humans are closed-minded and follow the herd, being lazy thinkers, and simply agreed with the herd; naturally, these folks believe Bigfoot is a myth.

A handful of YouTube videos of Bigfoot scientifically breakdown:

  • the size of these creatures: 7-10 foot tall, up to 5 feet wide, and 500-900 pounds
  • the physiology of these creatures; compliant gate, 90% knee flexion, absence of neck, hulking trap muscles, heavy brow ridge
  • the sounds these creatures make; clearly not within our current animal kingdom

If you are open-minded and think for yourself, you clearly see a huge, primate-type creature with some human-like qualities appears in these videos. Truth reveals itself to clear, deeper thinks.

But if you are closed-minded and agree with the herd, you become blind to the truth and see a guy in a suit, or hoax, in these handful of legit Sasquatch videos.

Like the small group of humans who know Sasquatch exist, top bloggers are both open-minded and do their own thinking. Successful bloggers open up to new strategies and new income streams. Plus these top folks never agree with the herd just because most people think a certain way; these pros think critically, for themselves.

I think incredibly deeply about blogging, and mindset, and see parallels no blogger on earth sees, save me. Why? I am open-minded and do my own thinking, for myself, never being swayed by the general public and its poisonous, limiting skepticism.

You almost have to be insane *not* to believe in Bigfoot after scientific video breakdowns and tens of thousands of credible eye-witnesses prove these encounters are with large primates, not humans in suits. Even a 300 pound, pro bodybuilder would look like a 5 year old trying to fit in his dad’s suit if he tried to wear a suit with dimensions for a 9 foot tall, 800 pound being.

In the same breath, you really need to be out there, if you are so closed-minded and agreeing with the poor masses, that you are blind to the truth of abundance around you, as a blogger.

Think abundance.

Open your mind.

Think for yourself.

Succeed.

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What Should You Ask Yourself Before Using a Pop Up or Slider Form?

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Before you use a pop up or slider form, ask yourself:

“Do I want to ask the reader for something or tell the reader to do something before I give them what they want?”

Yesterday I clicked on a link based on the blog title promise. I found the title and link on Twitter.

Since I wanted to see the solution based on the title-promise, I looked forward to reading the blog post. I wanted content; quick content, easy to access content, and simple content.

But I was quickly disappointed.

Why?

One second after arriving to the blog to read the post, I saw a pop up form. The blogger wanted something from me; my name and email. The blogger asked for my information. I did not click the link to volunteer my information. I clicked the link to get what I wanted; content. Oh well.

Mildly annoyed, I closed the pop up form to finally get what I wanted: helpful content promised via an attractive blog post title. But then I had to deal with a slider form; yep, the blogger asked me to click a box if I agreed with my personal information being stored via cookies. I have no idea why you do this as a US blogger; the European Union and its laws have zero jurisdiction in the US. Mass fear tends to goad the weaker minded to do silly stuff.

Anyway, this marked the second time the blogger asked me for something or told me to do something before giving me what I wanted. 99% of the time, I close the window and leave the blog forever. I have no time to waste. But to see how far this blogger would go, I closed the slider form and stuck around. Until 2 seconds later when, I kid you not, the blogger used a corner slider form calling me to do something else. Some ask; some command.

I immediately closed the window and left the blog; never to return.

One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make is promising readers helpful content, then, before giving readers what they want, asking them once, twice or three times to do something, before giving readers what they want.

Bad idea.

Most or all readers will exit your blog and never return. Who wants to jump through hoops once, twice or 3 times before getting what they want? Readers get my content immediately. I use no pop up, slider, or barrier to content. People get what they want immediately and also buy my stuff. Good for me. Good for you.

Jeff Bezos became the wealthiest human being in modern times because he made it incredibly easy to get what you want immediately. His net worth is $150 billion because:

  • he enabled one click buying
  • he offers 2 hour to overnight delivery for many products in urban and suburban areas
  • he uses few or no pop ups or other barriers to giving customers what they want

Why do you think I have 170 plus products on Amazon? Dude makes it easy for me to make money. No barriers to buying.

Ask Yourself

Do you want to give readers what they want quickly and easily so you succeed more quickly? Remove all pop ups, sliders and other barriers to content and buying. My blog took off like the dickens when I removed everything so readers could read my content fast and buy my stuff fast.

Stop trying to get what YOU want (names, emails) and give readers what they want – quickly – to become a successful blogger.

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