I don't know about you but one of the greatest things about blogging is the comments. It provides an instantaneous affirmation that you have reached someone, inspired them, helped them and connected with them. I've said it before and I am going to say it again, I have the best readers, subscribers and commenters on my blog. I am so grateful to all of you who regularly visit and interact with me.
One of the things I vowed to do early on when I started blogging was to regularly visit my subscriber's blogs after they took the time to visit and comment on mine.
Well my subscribership has increased significantly since I first started so I will admit that I'm not as faithful as I should be to that practice but it's on my plan to improve. I will be posting about that bit of accountability in a new group designed to help me stayed focused on the necessary tasks that will provide me the focus on my business and all the things I need to be committed to - feel free to join in.
So when I'm not as busy with my client's marketing and have time to read, comment and comment back on my posts, I will typically a few times a week visit my subscriber list and randomly pick a few people and visit their blog and yes, I will not only visit but comment. I've even been known to comment on a listing postespecially if it captures my eye and those are the kind of posts that blogger puts out. The point is I want to connect with my subscribers and let them know that not only do I appreciate their coming to my blog but that I want to get to know them more. How are you doing with commenting?
Another great way to connect with your readers and subscribers is to email them directly.
I have received some many great emails from new subscribers letting me know how much they've enjoyed my blog posts, both on and off the network. I received a wonderful example of this from our own Lisa Udy. She so appreciated my subscribing to her blog that she took the time to email me. It was a great feeling to be appreciated in that very personal way and I highly recommend doing it because being on the receiving end of that appreciation taught me that it's something I need to be doing to continue building the relationships with all of you and my readers. Thank you Lisa for being a wonderful example of this!
For those of you that are new to blogging the one important thing I can share with you (because I did it) is this:
Visit blog posts and commentand more often than not you will encourage bloggers to visit your post and comment - that's how you build your readership and page views. (Don't keep yourself a secret.)
Need more convincing? Think of it in this way:
Commenting on blog posts is like writing your own "mini blog." We've all seen countless examples of how the search engines are indexing our comments. Imagine having some of the keywords in your comment picked up by the engines. Someone sees it, it prompts them to go to your blog, check things out and what do you know - you may just have a new reader/subscriber. If you're not regularly commenting you're missing out and we could be too! (Right Brad?)
Ok, so to recap what I've learned from this task and what I will be doing because of it:
- At least once a day visiting a few of my subscribers/commenters on my blog to check things out on their blog - and yes, I will be commenting.
- Emailing new and old (not referring to age) subscribers to thank them for interacting with me on my blog as well as commenting on their posts and sharing information that might be helpful to them.
- Remaining Accountable to myself and my readers to providing relevant content
- Remaining Accountable to doing these 3 things every week.
Do you regularly visit/comment/email your subscribers? Will you?
Are you new and just reading but not commenting - here's your chance - post a comment - I won't bite!
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If it's not evident to you by now, consumers are very knowledgeable and computer savvy and are using the Internet to not only search for homes but for real estate agents and real estate professionals who they feel are like minded and can lead them to the results they are looking for.
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