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Add Value: 5 Ways To Treat Your Blog Readers

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When you are blogger your readers are an asset. You want to keep them happy so that they continue to read your blog. You may even find that they sign up for email lists or potentially bring you profit. Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what it takes to hold onto those readers. The most important thing is that they must find value in your blog. If you are unsure of what adds value for your readers then you are not alone. Perhaps finding out five ways to help add that value will help you as you begin your blogging adventure.

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  1. Reply: Nothing means more to your readers than to have you reply to their comments. They feel they are being heard. They get the answers they want. Most of all, they see you as a human and not just a website. The best thing you can do for your business is to spend time each day replying to what your readers have to say. It also helps you stay on top of what they are wanting.
  2. Give them answers: Your readers have problems. Unless you are an entertainment blog, then they are on your site for answers. You have to showcase your expertise in a way that shows your readers the answers that they want in a way that entertains and keeps them interested.
  3. Add more to your site: You have the potential to add a number of things to your site. If it will add value to your readers, go for it. You will know what they want if you are paying attention to the comments. Then you can simply find a way to add it for them. This will keep them happy and make them feel heard.
  4. Volunteer your skills: There will be people that need help and you have the ability to help them. Maybe you know the answer, maybe you can physically fix the problem. Whatever the case may be, it pays off to occasionally volunteer your skills to others. You will find more success and your readers will be happier with your blog.
  5. Have manners: One thing that can ruin a blog quickly is for the blogger to be disrespectful and rude. Sometimes people will push your buttons. You simply have to respect their opinions and move on. That doesn’t mean it will not bother you, but if you want to be treated like a professional then it is important that you act like one.

Value to your readers means everything. If they do not see value in your content then they will find it elsewhere. You can bring in or lose readers simply by doing or not doing enough. It is hard to know what exactly is right. Instead of trying to figure it out yourself, watch your readers. They will give you all the cues you need to find the answers. Then you can have a successful blog because you are well respected.

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  1. Dana

    I know that I, personally, very much enjoy when someone will answer me back on the comments I leave. It leaves a great impression on me and honestly makes me feel very special, to be listened to is really what people want. Give the people what they want, and you will definitely be successful! Great article!

    1. Gorman

      Just like in Gladiator!! “Win the crowd, and win your freedom!” Ok well maybe that’s not the best parallel, tying gladiators to bloggers, but you know what I mean, it’s all about pleasing your audience!

    2. Replying to every single comment can be very time-consuming but it can prove to have a lot of consequences in the relationship-building process.

  2. Liz

    OMG I want that kitty!!! Too precious!! Readers are like that kitty: Adorable and needing attention. I know I always try to be helpful and open with my readers, on a personal level, because that builds trust. Trust is the #1 thing you need to have to build any great relationship.

    1. Sarah

      Me too!!! it makes me want to dress up my cat and take pictures of it LOL! That’s one way to please fans!

    2. A kitty can never go wrong!

  3. Affmaster

    All of theses are great pointers. Anyone who is a beginner just learning to blog could really benefit from reading this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Chris

    Great advice, I think it’s very important to do all of these things. Because without your readers, without your fans, what are you? How successful can you be?

    1. Without readers and fans, there wouldn’t be any A-list…

    2. Chris

      Very true! I hadn’t even really thought about that. But it’s like the awards shows where musicians get voted to win, the first thing they always say is “Thanks to the fans.” A-listers would basically be nobodys without a following!

  5. Mike

    I think the last rule you listed speaks volumes. It’s true, sometimes your readers will post things that are rude, or that “push your buttons” as you said. It’s very important to keep your head about you and stay polite and respectful. More often than not, your other readers will come to your aid without you having to say a word! Wonderful advice here, thank you for sharing.

    1. Michelle

      Oh that’s a tough one for sure, some people can be so disrespectful, it can be hard not to be disrespectful back, but it’s all about being the bigger person. Readers definitely will appreciate it.

    2. This is something I have been working on lately. I used to react very fast to these kind of messages. Now I generally let 24h g, then I come back to the message and reply to it once I cooled down.

    3. Michelle

      Good for you! I think that is a great strategy, just taking the time to cool down, and being master of yourself. You’re so much better than letting those sort of rubbish comments get to you! ;)

  6. Shad

    I think you do a great job of volunteering your skills for our benefit. I really liked one of the quote about you at the top of the page. Something like you give without ever expecting anything in return. That’s the true mark of a great human being, and definitely someone I’d like to follow.

    1. Thanks Shad! It means a lot to me.

  7. Buysellwordpress

    I agree with you completely. As for me, then I don’t visit blogs very often their authors or owners don’t react at any comments at all or don’t answer questions that I have or any other reader

  8. Mitch

    It’s funny, I feel like a lot of times blogging is like 50% entertainment. You do really want to make sure people are entertained and you are posting new content that will do that. But I also think it’s still important to stay true to yourself, and be sure to post things that entertain you as well.

    1. Samie

      Haha I definitely agree with you there, sometimes it really is like putting on a show and catering to an audience. But hey, there’s no business like showbusiness!!