If engagement is low but your content is impeccable, you should take the design of your blog into consideration. As hard as writers work to provide impeccable content, that isn’t enough to keep people engaged with your blog. Additional factors such as format, visual appeal, and site functionality effect user engagement too. As a blogger, you should carefully consider how proper design elements can increase your engagement and readership. Continue reading the article below to learn how to boost engagement with these design tips.
Use Short Paragraph
As you format your blog post, design it into short paragraphs. Users run away from large blocks of texts because it’s intimidating. Most internet users have very short attention spans. Smaller blocks of texts are more digestible for readers, especially if a concept is highly technical. This will help you create content that works to capture visitors’ attention for a longer time. At the content level, you will be more focused. More so, on an aesthetic level, it makes your content and blog more approachable overall. Since users will feel less intimidated by your content in small paragraphs, engagement will improve.
Use Visuals When Appropriate
Another way to break up large blocks of texts is to design your content with images, graphics, and videos. Visuals are a great way to help explain your point, and they help make the content more visually appealing. When you add images or graphics to blog posts, you will increase the stickiness of that blog posts. Visitors appreciate images and graphics as long as they make sense, so use them to your advantage to bump up engagement. They will end up staying on each page longer and increase your visitor duration in total.
Minimize Ads and Popup Use
Are your visitors bombarded with ads, subscription opt-in popups, and chat boxes? That’s likely a contributing factor to high bounce rates. Too many ads and popups get in the way of the content. With so many websites online, users are not going to sift through them. They will simply click away to the next link. Design your site so that ads and popups a more user friendly. You can do this by minimizing the number of pop ads on the page. Or, you can make pop up ads less obtrusive. Instead of having a pop up cover the whole page, have a widget slide from the top or the bottom of the page. This can have a positive impact on your engagement and ad revenue overall. Since readers will be able to see you content with fewer distractions, engagement will rise as a result.
Focus on SEO to Target the Right Audience
A blogger can focus on their site content all they want, but if they aren’t getting the right users to their site, what’s the point. This is where SEO and search engine marketing comes in handy. If someone is searching for something through Google and they come across your site, you know they are actually interested and ready to take action.
The concept of SEO is nothing new, but it’s something many marketers and brands continue to neglect. Go after the long tail, and create the best content possible. Once this is done, focus on your content promotion and link building efforts.
Social Media to Bring Users Back
There are many different ways to promote the content on your site and to make it look fancier, but without the right marketing efforts, no one is ever going to find it. Social media makes this process a whole lot easier and faster, versus waiting for the search results to index your site. Just follow the best practices of any social media agency, and they will stress the importance of using the right visuals within your content and social media sharing efforts. Something to keep in mind here, is that Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter all use different image and thumbnail sizes.
Even with Facebook and Twitter being two of the most attractive networks for directing traffic back to a site, Instagram is still one of the fastest growing social platforms out there. To win the Instagram game, it’s all about visual engagement and optimizing your posts for branding. To learn more about the best social media marketing tips, and what’s working today, be sure to follow the latest updates posted to reachive.com.
Incorporate Bullets and Lists
Visitors want content that is easy to read. In order to engage them, utilize lists and bullets to deliver long form content. When you have well organized bullets and lists, visitors can read summaries of the information they are looking for. Studies have shown that visitors stop at bullet points and lists while scanning through articles. Implement clearly designed lists and bullets that stick out. By installing a child theme, you can override your parent theme files to implement a CSS file that emphasizes white space through custom coded <ul> and <li> tags. This is a great way to convert scanners into readers. Certainly, when more visitors are reading your content, you can expect your engagement levels to increase too.
Implement A Nested Comment Section
A well-designed comment section can take an inactive blog into a full-blown platform. With nested comments, visitors can see direct replies to their comments. When you have lots of people talking on your website, it encourages other people to get involved. This leads to further engagement as more people join the conversation. In the beginning, you may have to respond to each comment. However, other people will also respond and join in on the conversation. Make your comment section design a priority so that visitors can have real interactions on your website.
These are all effective design tips to increase user engagement on your blog. In addition to making a major design change, you can make these tweaks for a quick boost. Start by breaking up your content in short paragraphs. Include as many visuals to capture reader’s attention and get them to stick around longer. Then, analyze the placement of your ads so they are not obtrusive to the visitor’s experience. When possible, use lists and bullets that are designed to stick out in the content. This will get visitors to stop scanning and start reading. Moreover, you can implement a new comment section design to encourage more conversation. Try out all of these content design elements to boost your visitor engagement.
How Most People Think Blogging Is and How it REALLY Is
I love my gig. Right now, I blog from beautiful NYC. Quick 9 day trip to Manhattan. Can you imagine how fun and freeing this life is? Circling the globe, seeing places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand, experiencing these spots for years at a time? Amazing journey indeed. I feel appreciative of this fun, freeing life. I also know how most people think my life goes; write a few words, tap a publish button, make money, soar off to Fiji for 4 months. Most human beings cling to a terribly flawed aspect of their personality; ego. Ego sees free people and assumes, to preserve itself, how freedom must be an easy, comfortable journey for other people to take, because ego KNOWS freedom has not been an easy, comfortable objective, for ego.
Most human beings vibe from a dominant energy of fear so most human beings see illusions, appearances, NOT reality, a magic trick, something not REALLY happening. Most humans see me living in Thailand for months and see the illusion of me spending 2 hours to publish a post, seeing me making money, then, flying to Thailand. What fear-filled folks cannot see is the truth of this: me blogging for 5,000 hours – or more – through ups and downs, highs and lows, love and fear, peace and terror, and an even wider range of emotions….to live a life of blogging in Thailand for months at a time. The truth, the reality, of how blogging really is: blog for thousands of hours, make little or no money, then, after blogging for thousands of hours from a generous, calm, trusting, abundant vibe, feeling deep fears here and there along the way, the money flows in freely and you get to circle the globe whenever you want to circle the globe.
Take a look at this picture of me in Lyttelton, New Zealand:
Most people see an illusion: “Ryan is SO lucky! He gets to spend 2 months in New Zealand! I wish I had his life!”
The few human beings on earth who see the truth see this: “That guy lives an amazing life, being in New Zealand for 2 months, because he blogged for 10,000 hours, often times, when things did not appear to be coming together, outlook, appearing bleak.”
Truth seers are rare birds, folks. Why do you think I spend 3 or more hours daily meditating, doing yoga and exercising? I stabilize my vibe, uncover and purge illusory-producing fears and see the truth, more often than not. You need to see the truth to taste freeing, sweet blogging success. Can you taste my life? Imagine how it’d feel to live in NYC for a week? Imagine how it’d feel to live in Bali for 6 months? Fun, eh? Freeing, right? Of course you’d feel free, circling the globe, changing time zones like people change their minds. But to live this fun, freeing life, you have to live the truth of blogging for hundreds to thousands of generous, trusting hours, before you live the life, and, before you experience this level of fun and freedom. Most humans mean well but totally get caught up in the illusion, not seeing the truth because they fill their minds with fears, creating the insanity of luck and the delusion of envy, and the crazy, mentally ill, concept that you can live an amazingly fun, freeing life with a few hours, a few weeks or a few months of lazy blogging effort.
Do you want to step up to the blogging big time? Step away from most people. See the truth. This blogging gig takes serious effort and serious time. Most people live in delusion, in an illusion of fear. You know better. You know how blogging REALLY is. Sure blogging feels scary in moments but the ride feels largely fun and freeing when you follow your fun, generously help people and trust in yourself, and, trust in the blogging process. I know you’re up it!
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Face Newbie Blogger Fears Early to Accelerate Your Success
Do you genuinely want to hit the ground running with your blog? Face newbie blogger fears early. Do not mess around. Do not play around. Never be anchored down by doubt. Face fears, feel fears and you will feel so good, and free, and ready to succeed through your new blog because fear cannot hold you back if you face it, feel it, release it and proceed.
Life as a solopreneur feels fun, freeing and highly challenging because you do not possess the resources of more established entrepreneurs or people working for a company. The #1 tool in your new blogger arsenal is a willingness to face, feel and release deep fears related to being a newbie. Do this; be golden. Fun, freedom and expansive success awaits you because your generosity, creativity and willingness to connect just accelerates your blogging success…yes…even as a new blogger. How cool, right? No new blogger needs to struggle, fail and quit before giving themselves a chance, because fear is the only thing standing between you and what you need to do, to succeed. For example, I routinely tell new bloggers to buy courses or eBooks for due diligence material. More importantly, I tell them NOT to rely solely on questions and answers through Quora for their due diligence campaign because free platforms pale in comparison to trusted, premium resources from the top bloggers, in terms of research materials.
What can you do to accelerate your new blogger success fast? Nudge into the fear of spending money on training resources, feel the fear, release the fear and buy the course and/or eBook. Doing this, you begin taking the course and/or reading the eBook, putting your new knowledge into action, succeeding more quickly. Meanwhile, most new bloggers who refuse to face their fears keep asking questions on Quora, relying on strangers, possibly skilled but usually unskilled bloggers to supply them with non-vetted answers for critical blogging research. How in the heck can you rely on this most crucial of information if you have no idea who offers the answers? Can you see why this method is totally unreliable, for getting your blogging research? A few skilled bloggers offer some keen insight but step out of the fear-vibe into the abundant, successful vibe by investing money in a top blogging education.
If you can either pay for a Harvard education or ask some stranger on the street for their free advice, what seems to be the more intelligent decision? Invest money in expert advice? Or save money to get advice from some stranger on the street who may or may not know what they are talking about? Can you see why so many new bloggers struggle, fearing to invest money in the best blogging advice, choosing to get free, unreliable blogging advice from the general blogging public?
Pay up to play up. Invest money in your blogging education to move higher in blogging circles. Be a fear-diver; keep nudging into fears to better understand how to succeed, feeling and releasing these confining, restricting forms of bondage. Face newbie blogger fears early and often to remove the shackles that hold you down. Doesn’t it feel better to dive into fears routinely so you can accelerate your blogging success, even as a newbie?
How to Promote Yourself without Bragging and Repelling Readers
You do know promoting yourself freely constitutes one pillar of blogging success, right guys? Bloggers need to be clear, confident and relaxed enough with self to appeal to us. Who wants to follow someone with low self-esteem? We seek out bright lights, not bloggers slumming around in the blogging sewer, eh? But self-promoting is a fine art for the discerning blogger to master; go too far, bragging your butt off, and your arrogance repels readers. People despise someone who speaks about self all day long because these over-compensating buffoons, deep-down, fear they are not enough. Bad trait in a leader. I figured it’d be easiest to self promote by simply…..self promoting like the dickens.
Example; buy our new course. Yep, Sue-Ann and I plan to make you happy as a blogging pig in slop with our new course. Do you see how I got right to the point? No beating around the bush. I promoted me, and, Sue-Ann, clearly explaining why you need to buy our blogging course….by saying….buy it, and you will be a happy blogger. Promoting yourself through virtually all content you create is the easiest, simplest way to find the happy medium between being a shy guy or shy gal and being an arrogant, boastful, bragging clown. The real secret is to keep promoting self through all the self-conscious, anxious, money-related, appearance-related fears most of us cling to, before we become clear, confident self-promoters.
Put Attention on Your Readers
Do you feel disgusted with wasting time online? Do you want to drink up sweet blogging freedom, using your time online effectively, powerfully and efficiently? Buy my eBook:
Let us rewind for a moment, shall we? Time to review how I promoted myself by putting attention on you, you rocking readers of Blogging Tips Dot Com. I promoted self because I promoted my eBook. I make money every time you buy the eBook. Cool. Feels good to me. But did you notice I asked if YOU felt disgusted, and if YOU wanted to drink up sweet blogging freedom, before I promoted ME? This is one secret to promoting your products and services without looking like a dingbat. I helped you by putting the attention on you, making my self-promotion about you and me. We both win. You access a freeing, fun, valued resources and I access an energy we call “money”. Fair exchange, methinks. I never come off as bragging, being boastful or outright being a cocky jerk because I make it about US. See how thinking about everybody, and bringing folks together, benefits everyone? Cultivate your sense of compassion guys; developing this skill helps you go far in blogging, and, in life.
Be Subtle in Sharing Your Accomplishments
Feel free to share your accomplishments if you feel doing so boosts your credibility. But never be a flat out braggart by speaking about yourself in boastful, self-centered, self-serving tones. Why? Doing so turns off folks because braggarts secretly do NOT believe in themselves, and need that facade of boastfulness to even dream of trying to succeed online. Every braggart is broken. Point blank. Even if you achieved immense worldly success and appear to be happy, the appearance is an illusion, as you do not believe in yourself, and people who do not believe in themselves cannot succeed in leading others. Be subtle in sharing your wins. Be delicate in sharing your feats. Humble yourself. Allow other folks to do the bragging so you promote yourself from a relaxed, chill, attractive energy.
Tap those Twitter and Facebook buttons to spread the word on this important topic of self-promoting. Let’s empower bloggers to taste sweet success by teaching them how to promote themselves the right way, shall we?
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