Boosting user engagement on your blog leads to greater traffic and bigger business too. Plus it feels fun to grow a large, loyal community that connects through engagement. I enjoy reading and responding to comments daily because at the end of the day, helping people and connecting with people makes blogging incredibly fun.
But most bloggers struggle to increase user engagement. This seems to be a particularly difficult issue for new bloggers who start from scratch. Follow a few simple tips to boost engagement on your blog pretty darn quickly.
Write About What Your Readers Want You to Write About
The first step to boosting user engagement on your blog is to write about what your readers wants you to write about. Do you have a small audience? That’s okay. Simply ask these few readers what they want you to write about. Or just read a few top blogs in your niche to see what top bloggers blog about. Blog about that. Covering topics interesting to your readers is the easiest way to boost user engagement on your blog. People talked about topics interesting to them. So cover interesting topics.
Poll your readers. Or simply email readers who comment on your blog to pick their brain. What problems are they suffering through? How can you inspire them to live their dreams? How can you help them? Your readers are the ultimate source of blog post ideas that increase comments. Chat with these folks. Listen to them. Tune into their thoughts and feelings. Increase your blog engagement.
Comment Genuinely on Blogs in Your Niche
One simple way to boost user engagement on your blog is to chat with chatty bloggers. Comment genuinely on their blogs, persistently. Be social. Connect with social people who follow you back to your blog. Social bloggers are likely to comment on your blog. Boost user engagement by engaging chatty bloggers. This is another simple tip ignored by most bloggers. They try to boost engagement solely on their blog versus commenting genuinely on other blogs. This has been an incredibly easy way for me to boost engagement on my blog. I have registered over 11,000 comments on Blogging from Paradise because I have read and commented on tens of thousands of blogs over my decade online.
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As strange as this sounds, some bloggers want to boost engagement but keep blog comments closed. This is your friendly reminder to open blog comments to keep people engaged. Readers like to be heard. Allow them to speak. Allow them to be heard. Open comments on your blog to increase reader engagement. Make sure you use a simple blog commenting system so readers do not have to jump through hoops just to leave a comment.
Respond to All Comments
Forget just trying to get new comments all the time. Think about landing return readers and commenters by simply responding to all comments on your blog. Read all comments and respond to each comment. Increase the engagement train. If readers know you read and respond to their comments you’re more likely to get more comments from the same readers. Plus shy readers become more social if they see you read and reply to other reader’s comments.
Increasing reader engagement is not some impossible task. Be social. Be engaging. Talk to other people. Release your blogging shyness. By following these simple tips you can see increased blogging success and actually enjoy the ride as you connect with more people.