Show Your Readers Some LoveTutorial Tuesday
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the day to show the love, and not just to your significant other. You can also show your readers some love. What better day to appreciate your readership, than Valentine’s Day? Spread the love and let them know you appreciate them…here are my ten suggestions for a bit of blog reader love.
Talk To Them
This sounds like an obvious suggestion, but just talking to your readers will show them a bit of love. Write a conversational post, about them. Thank them, as if you were having a conversation with them. Say hello. Use “you” and “we” like they are a part of the conversation and not reading something general.
If they comment on your blog, follow them to their blog, or to their social media account and show some love there, with a mention or a like. Tweet to them on twitter, “thanks for the comment” or “thanks for the visit.”
Link Them Up
Are you becoming friendly with a fellow blogger? Include a link to their blog or social media accounts in a post. Make sure to let them know – with no strings attached!
Everyone likes a reward. Reward your readers. Maybe select some top interactions on your blog, or social media and send them an eBook. No giveaway entry required. Ask authors to donate to this cause before you do this, of course.
Send them a thank you email. Nothing generic, this should be personal and heartfelt. Just thank them for their support and ask for nothing in return.
Another obvious one, but it’s always good to reiterate. Reply to ALL comments on social media and your blog.
Host a Contest
Create a great contest for subscribers only. Maybe make it an “existing” subscriber contest (for subscribers before XXX date) only so you don’t look like you’re trolling for new followers.
Pick a few subscribers/readers and send them a surprise gift, just as a token of your appreciation. This would be a great time to send them an eBook, or some swag if you have their address.
Install a top commentator sidebar widget, or a comment luv type plugin that shows who comments and you can track who is giving you love – so you can love them back.
Get To Know
And the best way to show your readers some love is know them. Get to know who is visiting your blog, know what type of people they are, where they like to congregate (favorite social media etc) and give them what they want. Give them quality content that they want to read – then they’ll know they are loved and heard. And they’ll keep coming back for more.
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