Thursday, May 17, 2012

How To Increase Blog Comments & Interaction



Okay I've started a blog, but how do I go about increasing blog comments and interaction?




Ever find yourself asking this question? Well I've been there!  When I first started blogging with my BFF (on our first blog) we were so excited to start blogging, but then we found ourselves asking that age old blogger question. What's the point of having a blog if no one is going to visit and interact?  


Well, if you've read my About Me page then you'll know I'm a self proclaimed Googlenista and I put my talent to use when we started blogging 3 years ago.  I found lots of information and tips on how to increase blog interaction and comments via my beloved Google, but only some of it has proven to work for me.


I'm writing this post because I get lots of emails from my fellow bloggettes asking me various questions concerning blogging.  I'm really quite honored and so I wanted to share the information that I give them with my #1 loves, my Glamouristas (if you're reading this you're a Glamourista, get excited!).  So here goes, this is what has proven to work the best for me.


1. Comment on other blogs that you like.


This is THE number one unspoken rule.  Commenting on other blogs is almost like a way to announce yourself to the blogging community.  Commenting on other blogs shows others that you are interested in their blogs. It also sparks curiosity in that others will in turn want to know who you are and what you blog about.  Be genuine when you comment, but don't be shy to ask the blogger to stop by and check your blog out.  


Commenting on blogs allows you to discover new blogs, make new blog friends, as well as gain comments and interaction if your visitors find your blog interesting.  




2. Be interesting.


The best thing I could ever tell anyone about being interesting is to simply be authentic. Be yourself. Talk to your readers and share fun things with them. Tell your story.  Those who are supposed to connect with you will and that's pretty much that.




3. Join a forum.


Join a website that hosts a forum or a forum that falls in your niche.  If you're a fashion blogger join a fashion forum, a natural hair blogger, then join a natural hair forum.  If you're niche is a little more broad say for instance, fashion & lifestyle, join a site like Blog Trends that hosts a forum catering to fashion and lifestyle bloggers.  


Joining a forum will increase interaction because you will be exposed to a big audience that shares similar interests.  Not only will you be exposed, but you can also connect with like minded people who may be able to share helpful information.  You may even just befriend some bloggers in your surround area.  The possibilities are really endless.




4. Ask questions at the end of your posts.


If you're blogging for the public, then don't write like you're blogging for yourself.  Don't make your posts a one way street.  Let your readers know that you want to know what their opinion is. Let them know that you want to know how they feel. 


The best way is to ask them a targeted question related to the post you are asking the question in. Keep in mind that all posts do not call for questions.




5. Build relationships.


If follow the tips listed above then you should get well acquianted with building relationships not only with your readers, but also with other bloggers.  


Some other fun ways to build relationships include replying to comments on your own blog. If someone leaves you a comment, make a point to reply to it. Show them that you appreciate their comment and would love to interact more.


Another way to build relationships is by joining socila meida networks like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to name a few.  


If you join twitter another easy and fun way to build relationships is through twitter/blog chats. These chats allow you to connect with others with similar interests at a specific time and week day by tweeting using a hashtag  such as the #beautychat hosted on Wednesdays at 3pm est.




If you have any blog related questions send me an email (here) and I'll try my best to post the answer for you here.  


***Note - All blog related posts will be tagged "Blogged" and the "Blogged" tag can be found on the right under "Pretty Posts" for those who wish to follow along with the blog tips I share here on the blog!


Until next time Glams...Keep Sitting Pretty



33 comments:

  1. I think another main point is that nothing happens over night. All good bloggers didn't get their popularity quicky, it takes time and dedication! :)

    Jessie
    CopperGarden.blogspot.com
    Xxx

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    1. You're definitely right about that one Jessica! Patience is probably the number one thing to work on before even starting a blog, because you definitely need it! Thanks for adding that!:)

      XO Kelley

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  2. woow very interesting post,congratulation!!! ;-)

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  3. Kelley, this was genius! Thank you so much! I love how authentic, positive and creative you are. I'm so incorporating these tips. Have a lovely day girly! xo

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    1. Thank you Rachel! You're the sweetest! Let me know how they work for you!

      XO Kelley

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  4. I have to say if it wasn't for you responding to my email regarding blogging 101, I wouldn't have my own blog today. These tips are wonderful and I hope other people get to use this too just like it helped me. So thank you for all your advice and support for other fellow bloggers :)

    XO Jojo
    www.jojosecretfashiondiary.blogspot.com

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    1. Really Jojo? That is so awesome! I'm so glad I could help you:) You're more than welcome:)

      XO Kelley

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    1. Thank you Shelly and you're welcome!

      XO Kelley

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  6. very interesting post and you are right about everything!

    i started my blog with love and to meet and support other bloggers so if you want and other to check my blog feel free.

    ilvana xoxo

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    1. Thank you Ilvana! I would love to check out your blog:)

      XO Kelley

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  7. Great post! Thanks for the tips! very useful since I just started my blog a few months ago!

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    1. No problem and I hope you find them helpful with your blog!

      XO Kelley

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  8. I loved number 4. I think bloggers often forget that since they are writing on a forum that the world can read, they should probably address the world. Very smart!

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    1. Thank you! We do forget sometimes, but it's always important to include your readers!

      XO Kelley

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  9. It's crazy that we just had this convo yesterday! Great minds I tell you! You're awesome. Thanks for the tips! And Yes I have to agree with Jessie...nothing happens over night! We have to keep grinding!!! :-)

    Melissa
    www.melissachanel.com

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    1. I know! That email pretty much confirmed for me that I need to share the tips I give through email with my readers! So thank you!

      XO Kelley

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  10. Loving this post! I think this is one of the main questions all new bloggers ask themselves! Thank you for all your tips girly! Gotta try to interact more in forums and chats!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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    1. Thank you Giovanna! I hope this will be useful to all the new blogger out there!

      XO Kelley

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  11. This is great! Thanks for the tips! :)

    elisabethdawn.blogger.com

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  12. those are great tips! I'm new to the blogging world as well and its good to know I was doing most of these things without really knowing what I was doing!! : )

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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    1. Awesome! They all work great so I hope that you found this useful and can apply some of the new info as well!

      XO Kelley

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  13. that's great advice kelley! i'm new to blogging but i'm really enjoying it.

    your new follower, Eimear x

    http://supposeishouldblog.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hi Kelley very nice post and true! We are all in the search of the same questions I guess
    I read this article yesterday found it on twitter, check it out as you might find it interesting http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2c5EsB/heartifb.com/2012/05/08/more-is-more-20-essential-traffic-driving/ xoxo ES

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  15. Nice post Kelley! I would also add that incorporating user video into your blog can be effective as well. Readers love to comment when they can show their face and say their comment directly to the writer!

    Nice work!

    http://www.getbravo.com/solutions/blog-content-videos/

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  16. I absolutely love all of the tips! This post answered many of my questions. Thank you so much for sharing! As always, I love your blog!

    Love Jasmine Marie

    Thejourn3y.com

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  17. I am new to blogging and these are really great tips.
    xoxo,
    http://www.umbrelladrink.com

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  18. I am new to blogging and these are really great tips!
    xoxo,
    http://www.umbrelladrink.com

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  19. thanks for sharing, this tip is so useful to me and other newbie blogger.

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  20. Great tips! Thanks for sharing this on blog trends tonight and look forward to chatting with you again sometime.

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  21. I love and value your tips! I have several followers but one of my failures is in engaging my readers! I am going to share your post on my blog...since my followers are almost all fellow bloggers and I think they too will find value! www.copperleaftreasures.com

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