The Art of Keeping People Coming Back to Your Blog

ne of the most challenging aspects of writing a blog is encouraging people to come back time and time again. Often, people will only come to read a single post but will not stick around to look at what else you have to say in the future. With so many other competitors all clamouring for attention, you are certainly in a highly competitive marketplace. But with time, commitment and the right strategy in place, you are more likely to be able to attract the long term readers that you are looking for.

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Here are just a few of the top ways that you can hold people’s attention and keep them coming back to your blog.

Establish Your Expertise

People often come to blogs because they are looking for expert advice. One of the most common types of blog post is the ‘how to guide’. If you can provide people with solutions to specific problems, they are more likely to come back to you when they need some advice. Everyone will listen to someone who knows what they are talking about. That’s why it is a good idea to focus your blog on some core subjects if you are running it all by yourself. Otherwise you could risk spreading yourself too thinly and people will not have as much faith in your expertise.

Stick to a Blogging Schedule

You should have a schedule of posts that extends several weeks or months in advance. Nothing looks worse than a blog that hasn’t been updated in a long time. People are likely to turn back as soon as they see your page and not come back again. Some of your posts may not be time specific, so you can be flexible with them if there is any breaking news that you would like to cover. Other posts will be about specific times of the year, so these will need to stay in place. Stick to your schedule as closely as possible to show that yours is an active site that is worth coming back to.

Respond to Comments

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If you continually write interesting content, people are likely to want to comment on your posts. You should make sure to respond to each comment individually, therefore encouraging more people to get involved. This shows that you actually care about what your readers think and you’re not just focused on creating content that fills your site. It also demonstrates that you’re committed to your blog. As well as this, it helps you to build up new relationships – potentially with other bloggers who write about a similar subject area.

Connect with Social Media

The best bloggers nowadays are active on social media, as well as keeping their page updated on a regular basis. This can be one of the most effective tools to attract new readers, as well as keeping the ones that you have already. Once you have a big following, you may want to do a Facebook privacy checkup to make sure your account is safe as it is likely to be a valuable commodity to you. Social media allows you to let people know about your latest blog posts, as well as post shorter comments reacting to developments in your industry. It is another way to get in touch with your audience to gage what posts are working best and what type of content they are looking for.

Serial Blog Post

Sometimes, you will have a blog topic that is simply too big to tackle in a single post. You should break this up into bitesize chunks and set up a schedule of when you will be posting the rest of it. It may well be a certain long anecdote, so you can leave cliffhangers at the end of each post encouraging people to come back. You should make sure to include links back to previous posts so people can catch up if they are late to the party. If you have captured people’s attention, this is one of the best ways to keep them coming back for more.

Send Out Newsletters

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When you create a blog, make sure to include a signup page so people can input their email address and you can get in touch with them whenever you have something interesting to say. Remember not to overuse this technique as people are likely to be signed up to a huge number of mailing lists these days. Try to make your content helpful or exciting, not just a deluge of self-promotional emails. A newsletter can provide a timely reminder to check back on your blog page for any content that they may not have read yet.

Vary Your Posts

People are much less likely to come back if they see that you are posting about the same type of thing again and again. Instead, utilise the range of different blog post styles that are out there. We’ve already mentioned the ‘how to’ posts, but you could also write ‘checklist’ posts, giving people a clear guide of the steps they need to take to complete a certain task. You could also write product reviews, either about a single one or comparing and contrasting different items.

News posts are a regular feature on many blogs, while you could also create ones which are more personal in style, drawn from your own experiences. To get a fresh perspective, you could interview an influential person in your field or encourage people to submit guest posts. This helps to take some of the burden off yourself. Surveys, polls or FAQ posts encourage your readers to get involved, and may also help you to come up with a clear direction for anything you choose to write about in the future.

Write Engaging Headlines

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Often, people will judge whether or not they want to read a blog post based purely on the strength of the headline. That’s not to say that they all need to be over the top or sensationalist, but you should take the time to make sure they are engaging and give a good overview of what is in the post. Try to keep them short and snappy if possible. People who glance briefly through your blog may see a whole range of things that they want to read, keeping them coming back at a later date.

You’re Only as Strong as Your Last Post

The best bloggers put a huge amount of time and thought into their posts because they know how quickly people can switch off and go elsewhere. Like a sportsman is only as good as their last game, you are only as strong as your last post. Again, this comes back to making a detailed schedule. If you just sit down in front of a blank page and expect magic to happen, you are likely to be sorely disappointed!

Link to Related Posts

As we said at the start, people are often drawn in to read a single post on your blog page and don’t come back on a regular basis. Make sure that single post is strong by linking it to other related posts on your page. People are likely to open this up and follow the links like a trail of breadcrumbs, showing that you are so much more than a one hit wonder! This is definitely a technique that you should use for all your blog posts as you never know which one people will be drawn to.

Share Your Personality

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Posts that tend to be dry and generic are likely to get passed over pretty quickly. With such a wide array of content out there on the internet, make yours stand out by making sure your unique style shines through. Show off your sense of humor and try to make people laugh. Share personal anecdotes and write as if you are only speaking to your best friend. If people get to know you and enjoy your own unique take on the world, they are much more likely to come back to read more of what you have to say.

Optimise Your Posts for SEO

If your posts regularly rank highly on search engines, people are more likely to see you as an authority on a particular subject and trust your site to provide them with the type of information they are looking for. There are numerous techniques for making your posts SEO friendly including using backlinks, keywords and making your content unique. If you are not well versed in these, now is the time to brush up on your skills.

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These are just a few of the best ways to keep visitors coming back to you blog time and time again. Ultimately it all comes down to creating fresh and readable content, and making sure you promote it as widely as possible. It may take some time to find your voice and a style that works, but always try to improve wherever you can and you are likely to build up the loyal readership you are looking for.       

Tammie~

Core #Fitness Resistance Bands #Review #resistancebands #CoreFitnessZone


I received the below mentioned complimentary product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% m own.

     What is your exercise routine? Or do you even have one? I have a multitude of health issues. I was told by several Doctors that even low impact exercise might be too much for me. They suggested a swimming pool for me to exercise in. Well, That would be wonderful except there is not any near where I live. This is why I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to review the Core Fitness Resistance Bands. Beach body alert – resistance bands can help! I am curious to see if they can help me!

About The Company~

From competive Track and Field athlete, Middle Distance Coaching, Master Personal Trainer and Open Water Swimming, we have the experience and know-how to guide you through your journey to improved health and fitness.

It’s never too late to make a start. In your 40’s, 50’s or older? No worries.

By making a start on a consistent exercise program, you will significantly increase your chances of staying active long into your senior years. Evidence suggests that middle-aged or older people who take up regular, moderate intensity physical activity/exercise have a 23% reduced risk of heart attack compared to those who do not! That’s not a bad exchange is it?

Whether you want to go to the gym, or stay at home, we’ll give you the exercises and ideas, motivation and structure to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.

          These Resistance Bands Set is utterly amazing. Each colored band relates to a different weight amount. The paper in the upper picture shows what each color means. I can now do simple, low impact stretches and actually get some exercise in. I am in love with this product. I feel that this can help so many people. I know you are going to want to purchase a set of Core #Fitness Resistance Bands for your very own by going HERE

     I highly recommend this product and give it my thumbs up. You can stay up to date on all the products they offer by liking/following them on their Website/Facebook/Twitter .

 

Tammie~

Gifts For Men: The Guide

Buying gifts for men is never easy. In fact, it is always hard. They always seem to have everything, and they usually aren’t bothered with what gift you buy them. This is a pain for all. Whether you’re a wife, partner, son, or daughter. But buying for a man doesn’t have to be that hard if you just put your mind towards it a little. Try to think outside the box too. This list can help you by highlighting certain items and themes you could think on. You can then go further in depth on each category until you think you have what you need. You may have already considered some of them, but try to let your inspiration do the job for you. Think wide and far ranging. Check what they have or haven’t already got. Ask them, of course, but if they are unhelpful look for what they are not saying. Sometimes the answer lies right in front of you. Listen to what they are saying, what they are complaining about and think, what would make their life better at the moment? Granted, it is easier said than done. Until your investigation work is complete, perhaps these can give you some inspiration. Good luck, and don’t give up!

Jewelry

The amount of men who wear jewelry has dropped over the past decade for reasons unknown, however lots still do. Consider getting them another addition to their collection. There are all kinds of things you can go for. Different metals, like gold, silver or platinum. Then you can consider what kind of jewelry. Do they like bracelets, rings, earrings? Maybe you could check out these Frost NYC gold chains if they like necklaces. The possibilities are endless. The good thing with jewelry is that it has a wide ranging price range to suit all budgets. You need to make sure you match it to their tastes, don’t just go off and buy something random or it won’t get used. Look at their collection, look at what they wear every day. From it you can get a good example of the kind of stuff they would like. Buy similar though not the same. Put the effort in and you could get them something exactly like they want and be the hero.

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A Watch

Similar in a way to jewelry but deserving its own paragraph, a watch can be the best present you get them, especially if they enjoy watches. Just like jewellery you need to check what they have. Do they like leather straps or metal? These are the kind of questions you need to answer before going ahead and buying a timepiece. What do they do as a day job? If they are always on construction sites you may consider getting them something solid and shockproof. Around water? Go for something waterproof. Always think about what they do and how it can fit in. The budget differences are similar to jewellery too. You can get branded watches for all budgets. You’ll be looking to spend in the low three figures for something half decent, then the price goes up to silly amounts. Do your research and you could find something that is an instant hit. Especially if their current one is looking worse for wear or you think they could broaden their collection.

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A Games Console

You may become unpopular if you aren’t his partner because so much time will be diverted to the game’s console. However, you could also get a great gift. Perhaps they are still languishing on the PS3 or XBOX 360? Bring them into the modern era and get them an upgrade. These days PS4’s and XBOX 1’s can be procured at quite the cheaper rate. What would they prefer? Check what they already have and go with that franchise. If they don’t have one, ask their friends what they have. Buy him something similar. It can be a great addition to a home entertainment system too. These days consoles come will all kinds of streaming apps you can use to watch your favourite shows/ Make sure they somewhat remotely enjoy gaming before going ahead.

If consoles are slightly out of budget consider going for a game for an existing console. What type game do they like? Sports, action, multiplayer? Check their collection. Perhaps you can get them an upgrade of an existing sports franchise game. Or a game their friends have been playing so they can play together.

If they are a games nut, and already have the majority of games you have been considering then think about getting something really special. How about virtual reality. It has become ever popular over the last few months. Getting them a virtual reality headset could enhance their gaming experience like none other and take their gaming to the next level. There are games out for it, but it can be expensive because you need the headset, the camera and wands to track movement. If your budget is high then this can be a great bet for anyone looking for that knock out present.

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A Day Trip

Do they like history? Maybe you can arrange a trip to a city in the distance, where many historical sites and museums operate. Think about what kind of history they like. You can make a day of it too. If you are the partner, book for the two of you. If a friend or other relative book two slots so they can take their partner. It can be a great small break. Something to look forward too. Just be sure to get the right kind of trip and it will be a hit. Make sure they have not gone to the place you’re thinking of recently too.

A Show

Do they like shows? It could be a new play in the local theatre or an open air production. Check out what’s going on in your local area and buy two tickets. It may be something they had never considered but something they will get lasting enjoyment from. It could be something they had wanted to see but for whatever reason had never got around to it. This is a gift that can be hit and miss, but it will give them something to do on a coming night and they may just love it.

Sports Event

They may not like shows, instead they may enjoy sports. Get them tickets to something great like the superbowl or the champions league final and they will love you always. What kind of sport do they like. Consider it, then buy them corresponding tickets. Look ahead to the time of the event. Will they be busy, on holiday, doing something else that’s important. Make sure there are no clashes before going ahead and buying the tickets. You should also try to find out whether they already have the tickets. If they do, back to the drawing board you go. Better than buying them something they already have.

Sporting Gear

Do they play a sport? If so this can be a great shout. If they play football you could get them some new boots. Look at the type they play first. Do they play five a side on astro turf? Indoor football? Or the traditional kind on grass. You need to make sure you get the right boots. Moulded for indoor, astro turf or blades for playing on artificial grass and traditional studs for grassed based games. Think about other equipment. Maybe a new tennis racquet, shin pads, golf club. The possibilities are endless. Find out what sport they play and go for it. If you get it wrong they can always exchange it for something different. Finding the right gear can be troublesome, but if you get it right it can be the perfect gift for the sports lover. Think to yourself whether there is anything else you can get them that could help them further excel at their chosen sport.

Sticking with the same theme, you could go for sporting lessons. Having an expert teach them how to swing better at golf or play tennis could be a great gift and one that helps them beat their opponents with more ease. Are they introverted? IT could be something they would not like at al so consider their character first before going ahead.

A Day Of Adrenaline

This can be the gift that beats all. You can get something they enjoy too, not just something to shock and surprise them. Do they like cars? Consider a few laps in a supercar at a local track. These gifts are usually only an internet search away. If they don’t like cars too much then look at the other options. White water rafting, maybe for the whole family. It would be a day out like none other and get the whole family laughing. Or you could consider something like a hot air balloon ride or even something like skydiving or bungee jumping if they are the type that likes such things. Make sure they are, because they simply won’t go ahead with it otherwise. They need to be a true adrenaline junkie to appreciate some of these. There are all kinds of alternatives though, so pick what you think would be best enjoyed and give it a try. It’s something different and can also come with the gift of memories.

Tammie~

Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor #Review

I received the below mentioned product for a discount price. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

     How do you keep  an eye on the things that matter the most to you in your home? Now that I own my own home, I have been taking so much for granted. If only I could keep an eye on at home or even outside the house when I am home alone. This is why I was thrilled when the opportunity presented itself to purchase the Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor at a discounted price.

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ShenZhen Sricctv Technology Co.Ltd,one of the Top Five ip camera manfacturer in China, many models good quality WIFI IP camera to your choice.

     The  Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor is not just for the baby. When I was ordering this product, I thought it would be perfect to keep an eye on the baby and smaller children but little did I know that it can be used for so much more. I want to tell you about some of features of the Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor:

  • WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION – Our Security Camera no complicated wiring. Automatically detect moving objects and trigger alarm. Send alert emails to user and upload screen captures to FTP server.
  • MOBILE REMOTE CONTROL – Support remote viewing Sricam security camera on mobile devices. iPhone / iPad / Android OS supported.
  • DESIGNED WITH EASE OF USE IN MIND – New iPhone/Android App for live view monitoring in home or anywhere in the world. Security camera captures screenshot and record video clip (Support up to 128GB SD Card) right on your phone
  • PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY 24×7 – Day/Night Surveillance with IR. Configurable motion detect function to trigger instant alert to you
  • H.264 VIDEO COMPRESSION – Smaller video file size, ONVIF compliant.


     I think the thing that I am impressed with the most is that you can actually use the Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor to keep an eye on your home, An eye on your pets and even an eye on who is walking up to your door as it has night vision. I feel it is a shame to waste this camera on just one focus but rather I plan on buying several of these to use for the different area I listed above. The Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor is such a versatile item that I now now I can keep my family safe and give myself a little piece of mind.

     I give the Sricam Security Camera, Baby Monitor my highest recommendation and my thumbs up. I know you are going to want one for your very own and what a perfect time to buy one as they are on sale by going HERE

Tammie~

@Disney Beauty and the Beast – Be Our Guest Pre-Sale Tickets ‏@evite Custom Invitation Girls Night Party #Ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Evite Influencer Program. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do you remember how old you were when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast hit the big screen? Yes, it was 25 years ago and I do remember that day like it was yesterday. My children and my nieces counted down the days until we were to go. We had the best time and plus a few of my girlfriends were also there. Did you know that Disney is releasing a live action adaptation of the iconic “Beauty and the Beast”? This movie is sure to please. Pre-sale tickets are available now.

I think I am going to celebrate the movie release like I always do with a party. I am going to have a Beauty and the Beast themed girls’ night. I have the perfect invitations from Evite, from their new custom Beauty and the Beast – Be Our Guest invitation collection. I am starting to plan the menu, the drink list and a few party games. My Beauty and the Beast Evite invitations were the easiest of my list of things to do and plan.

Evite has an awesome selection of Beauty and the Beast – Be Our Guest invitations. The process was so very easy to go through. The site literally walks you through the process. You can send it to a number of people via email or your invitation’s shareable link and keep track of who is coming to your party. Evite also offers other products such as gifts or mementos. I am in love with this site as everything is so affordable or even free.

My Beauty and the Beast themed party will be a memorable one. What will be more memorable will be the release of Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast on March 17th in 3D. Yes, you heard it here first. You need to buy your tickets as they are already on pre-sale. I know your kids will thank you for this.

 

Tammie~