Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Are You Playing Games with Your Readers?

What are your goals as a blogger?
Are you interested in getting a lot of readers? Are you hoping for a lot of comments? Are you looking for people to click on your ads? Do you have a product you want to sell? Are you hoping to meet people in a similar situation as you? Do you have a cause you want to promote?
Regardless of your motivation for starting a public blog, you probably need for people to come to your blog in large numbers to accomplish your goals.

My suggestion to you is to stop making your readers play Hide 'n Seek to help you.

If you want repeat visitors, follow them to their blogs and comment there, too. Respond to every comment, if possible. Make it a conversation.

If you want votes, or ads to be clicked, or products to be sold, etc., then make that clear to your readership.

Design your template so that it is attractive, easy to navigate, and it's easy to find all the important links.
Some Villagers have the BLOG VILLAGE voting link hidden behind a drop down list. Others have the lower case text link buried in a long list of miscellaneous links. Even if a reader wants to help you out, they will probably give up looking!
Want visitors to return regularly? Then you need to post regularly. People will get tired of coming back to a blog, if they keep finding the same old post at the top, time after time.

Having a blog with a large readership does not come without hard work and time. Take a look at the blogs at the top of the BLOG VILLAGE TopList. See what they are doing that you can use on your blog. Put the effort into it, and stop making your readers play guessing games and hide and seek games with you.

Interested in joining BLOG VILLAGE?

Start HERE.

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BLOG VILLAGE was established on May 23, 2006


Keith said...

Very good advice and info...

Thanks for sharing...

Dirty Butter said...

Thanks, Keith, for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Thanks, too, for the kind words. I hope you come by again soon. Do you have a blog that would be a good fit for BLOG VILLAGE? If so, we'd love to have you as a member.

marshamlow said...

Thanks for fixing my banner, and for the great advice.

Dirty Butter said...

You're more than welcome for the help on the banner, marshamlow. I've fixed so many of the Villagers' banners that I don't even remember doing something to yours LOL. Glad you found the advice useful, too.

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