Here are a few "Key Tips" for getting the most out of your BLOG! Great advice and information on points that I wasn't aware of until I read her post. For example, I never realized you recieved points for comments received on your own BLOGS after 3 comments. Very good to know! So ... now the goal is to make the article intersting, informative and intriguing to get it noticed!!
One of the basics here on Active Rain is attracting readers. And we hope that once they find out posts, they will comment and come back for more. But I've noticed that a lot of bloggers, even some of the old timers, blog in patterns that discourage this from happening.
So here are some tips:
- Don't "bunch" your posts: We get points for 10 posts each week (225 points per post), at least if the post contains 50 words or more. Then you get additional points if you get three or more comments, and that can add up to a total of 325 points per post. Some members write all ten posts on one day (often Sunday). And they are usually market or neighborhood reports using a boiler-plate format that are put up within a few minutes of each other. While this will get you the minimmum number of points in any given week, this type of post attracts almost no comments.
- Comment a lot and then some more: Most of us make an attempt at reciprocating comments. We look at the comments left on our posts and drop by to visit posts of the people who commented on ours. If your posts are remotely intereting, the person who you commented on will probably leave a comment for you. But if all they find is boilerplate with boring statistics, they will propbaby move on. So the idea is to comment a lot and have something interesting posted when bloggers get back to you. But keep in mind that if a blog buddy gets a whole lot of comments and if he has a business to run, he may not have time to reciprocate everything.
- Try to vary your content: If you have some combination of market information, neighborhood information, how-to posts for consumers, little vignets about your adventures in real estate and really good photos of pets, wildlife or grandchildren, and if your posts are spread out throughout the week, you will probably find that the average number of views and comments per post will increase.
- Neighborhood information might not get many points, but is more likely to make your phone ring: the whole point of blogging is to attract business, and writing about particular neighborhoods or condo buildings is more likely to attract buyers than a clever observation you make about our industry (although the second is likely to get more comments from fellow bloggers).
Of course, getting people to your blog is important. But it's even more important to treat them to something interesting, informative, or at least funny when they get there.
It can take a while to build up a following, and it might go a little faster the more you follow other bloggers. At least, it worked for me!