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.
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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.
Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?
Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?
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But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.
Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.
This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.
Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.
2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.
For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.
Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.
All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.
What About You?
Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?
Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?
Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.
May be time for a big shift guys.
Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson
Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.
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Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.
He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.
I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.
All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.
Bloggers Need Thick Skin
I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.
I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.
Do Not Care What People Think
Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.
Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.
As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.
Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.
Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.
Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?
This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.
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I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.
As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.
I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.
I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.
Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.
Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.
Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.
Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.
Trust in the process plays a big role too.
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