5 Ways to Interact With Your Blog’s Readers

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Blogging today has become a two-way street; so much of blogging requires that bloggers not only publish well-written and interesting posts but also to respond intelligently to the comments that readers leave in the comment thread of that post. In this way, the discussion can continue, which makes blogging not a self-reflective act (though it can be), but instead a public act of communication that can be extended as long as the conversation demands it.

So, if you’re looking to take advantage of this two-way street and create even more traffic, then you’ll want to consider reaching out to your readers and connecting with them. Here are five ways that you can do this; please feel free to leave your own ideas in the comments!

Try To Discuss With Your Audience. Don’t be shy!

Feature A Great Comment Each Week

I’m a big fan of featuring comments that have been left on posts. By featuring comments, you can reward a reader for carefully responding to your blog. Link to the reader’s blog, feature the comment, and then maybe type up a short response to it and explain why you liked the comment. This weekly attention could encourage more comments on your blog, and it will also show that you enjoy reaching out to your readers.

Run Blog Giveaways To Reward Commenters

Another way to keep in touch with your readers is to give them plenty of opportunities to win prizes. Run contests on your blog. Set up giveaways. Do these kinds of things that will encourage readers to participate in the community of discourse around your blog, and then reward your best readers. If readers know that your blog is a great resource and is really friendly to commenters, then they’ll make an effort to visit every day, especially if they know you run contests for them.

Ask Your Commenters What They Would Like You To Blog About

If you’re ever struggling to come up with good content, you can always post a quick question to your readers to see if they have any suggestions as to what you could write about next. This is a great way to open up a discussion as to what is important to talk about in the blog community. You could also have a contact field on your blog that will allow readers to submit anonymous tips or post ideas. Commenters will feel like they have some voice in the direction of your blog, making it a collaborative effort.

Seek Out Guest Posts From Your Commenters

As your blog becomes well-known as a great place for commenters, you could begin to get a feel for the various regular commenters and their writing styles. Eventually, you might find some commenters whose writing you really enjoy. In these cases, it can’t hurt to ask them to contribute a guest post every now and then to add variety to your blog. And your readers will appreciate being recognized as a great resource as well.

Actively Visit/Comment On Your Readers’ Blogs

Finally, you should make a big effort to actively visit and comment on your readers’ blogs. Doing so will show that you respect the fact that they too put a lot of effort into blogging. Your presence on their blogs will be a great sign because they will see that you mean to meet them on their own turf and converse with them. They’ll see that you’re not simply just worried about traffic; you’ll be developing the blogging community.

  • I’ve never thought about featuring a comment each week, but what a great idea! I’m starting it now!

  • Hey Pamela, these are some fine tips! I’ve never thought about seeking guest bloggers among my commentators – I will try this one 😉
    Alison

  • this is my first time here but really enjoyed
    it. thank you for sharing these helpful articels

  • B.J

    You have some good tips here, and I think the featured comment could be a good way to reward commentors. I see on my blog that I have some people giving great comments and at could be a good idea to write a post on the top comment of the post. To me comments are the most important feature of a dynamic page. Without (quality) comments, you might as well go back to static webpages…

  • manish2010

    Hello Pamelia!
    I really admire and appreciate your thoughts and tips,I’m sure it will gonna help us a lot.I always believe in responding valuable comments which readers post on my blog.And it helps in building personal attention,recognition and mutual relation with the reader.I really appreciate the idea of running “CONTESTS”,it is good and useful to build up a good traffic for your blog.I found your this post very helpful and your research is so firm and considerable.Thank you for sharing such a good informative content with us.
    Thank You and God Bless!!

  • Hi Pamelia,
    It is a very nice and informative post.Thanks for sharing 5 ways to interact with our blog readers.This post is helpful for many bloggers.

  • It seems that “featuring a comment” suggestion is a big hit and I was going to say the same thing. By featuring that comment, you also build a bit of a relationship with that reader and perhaps there will be some “word of mouth” advertising after that–effectively increasing your marketing for free.

  • I think the most exciting of these suggestions is the featuring a comment each week. I used to do that for a short time, and remember that the commenters loved it. I don’t know why i stopped, but I think I might get back to that and will pay attention to see if commenters become more interactive because of it.

  • Amenda

    These are very great tips for all the readers and for the bloggers too…Thanks for posting it!!!

  • Awesome article … Really great tips to engage with our readers

  • giveway prices will be expensive idea, other fours are good.

  • Thanks for this post Pamela! You gave me an idea with this. Maybe running a contest would be a hand I need to have more commenters. More power to ya’ll! 🙂

  • Hey Pamelia,
    Thank you so much for the great article. These are certainly 5 great ways to interact with our blog readers!

  • well, i s, new to this blogging so it will help me to a great deal(this article), n i hope a successful blogger also follows the same chain that’s why they are so successful, nice article mate.
    Thank you for the points!!
    cheers!!

  • Great work Pamela 🙂 And, those 5 paths should be more helpful for me 🙂 Thank you 🙂

    • Exactly! Great list of tips on how to have interactions with readers. I like the first tip which is t feature the best comment of the week.

  • it is so important to interact with your readers to make them feel that you care about their comments – but i think the most important thing to do is to response to comments, especially if readers ask something…

  • I like the idea of giveaways for commentors. I’ll have to try that on some of my blogs.

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