“Community” This word is getting popular in blogosphere now days as it has some remarkable blogging benefits. Even, the question “How do I create a community for my blog?” comes up through my email constantly and so here I took an opportunity to show some useful ideas to form an active community for a blog.
Are you a blogger and do you want to construct a dynamic community for your blog? I hope this post would help you to do so with which you could reach a good level of blogging success. Before getting into the discussion of building a lively communal for you blog, I want you to understand the difference between visitors and community. Yes, visitors are one way! They might not interact and not sure that they would share your content. They just read your blog posts and don’t participate. But a community is a two-way path to discuss and exchange. They are extremely interactive, social and share your quality content on their network.
Now you say! Do you need visitors or community for your blog? I am sure that your option gonna be “Community”. Am I Factual? Then, do read the remaining post to form an active community for a blog.
8 ways to build community for blog:-
1. Offer fresh quality content consistently
Forming community for a blog starts with a great content. Having fresh quality content in your blog posts would impress your visitors and they could realize that they are receiving some beneficial content from your blog. How quality your content is? Are they trendy? How often are you updating your blog? Based on the answers for these questions, it is possible to build a community for a blog.
2. Find and reach your audience
Even if you’re excellent in generating high-quality content, you need to find and reach your audience through practicable ways. So you could make use of Google trends, Facebook & twitter insights, Google Keyword planner and Forums. Also find the timing when they’ll be active on social media sites to schedule to share your posts according to that.
3. Impress them to write comments and respond back
Your visitors are more prone to engage with your impressive content. Yes, instead of writing the posts like documents, speak and ask questions related to the written content. Politely invite your audience to contribute to the discussion through comments. Getting systematic blog comments from your visitors is a great way to start creating community for your blog.
Do respond to every comment and notify them that you’ve replied to their comments by using a relevant WP plugin.
4. Offer giveaways
This is my familiar method of building a successful community around my blogs. We do offer some regular software giveaways for TechTricksWorld’s readers and we have turned their attention well through it. Moreover, we don’t assign strict/difficult job to take part in the giveaway. This is significantly aiding me in raising a dynamic community for my blogs.
5. Network with other bloggers
To have community around your blog, you need to read and comment on related niche blogs. You’ll get return for these activities in the form of comments & share and I would say that it is a law of reciprocity or give & take policy. So spending time to network with bloggers is an upright way from which to start community building from. You could make use of social media platforms and blogging communities to connect with other bloggers.
6. Stay human and keep up your distinctiveness
People would love to connect with humans. So share your mistakes/failures, problems faced and success stories for your visitors. If they started to read your real experiences, then they would enthusiastically visit your blog repeatedly. Add your behaviours (don’t over talk about yourself) to your blog posts and try to keep up your distinctiveness. Sustaining uniqueness and being personal would develop a closer bond between you and your readers which in turn mildly push them to join in your blog community.
7. Send emails
Collect the email of your audience and keep in touch with them by sending regular mails. Other than sending latest post through subscription, speak with them to improve your blog. Ask suggestions and wish them to share their desired topic on which they are looking for detailed information. They would recognize that you’re caring for them than customizing your blog. So they never hesitate to take part in your blog community.
8. Add relevant links from other blogs
Mentioning other bloggers and adding their relevant links to your blog posts would let you to build a vigorous community for your blog. Not only to build a community, even search engines would expect you to include some outbound links in your blog posts. So add the links of readers with exact anchor text.
Blogging is not suitable for people who want to stay isolated from outside world. Even though it takes time to build an active community for a blog, I assured that the blogging success depends on the community around it. Make your readers to listen you and keep on working to construct a good supporting community for your blog. Keep it in mind that the well engaged readers would be loyal readers and you could make a respectable blog community with them.
I understand the power of community blogging and this made me to write this post for you. Yes, I get weary responding to blog comments even around 12 AM and I’ve wondered, Am I on the right path? But I feel that this is real community and am happy to help and connect with my readers.
Do you have community for your blog? Did I miss any imperative ways about how this could be done? Share your best ways to build an active community for a blog through comments.