You have written the post, taken beautiful arty photos and published the post but you have only had three people read your post. You start questioning yourself – what did I do wrong? Why does no one want to read my post? Am I a terrible blogger? Worry not dear reader, it is not all bad news. This week’s #fblchat focused on how to get engagement on your blog posts and here is a quick recap of some the fantastic tips we shared.
1) How do you get real engagement on your blog?
· Asking questions as part of your post allows people to interact with your blog posts
· Commenting on other blogs
· Focus on returning readers by tailoring content to them
· Promote your posts on twitter regularly
· Linking to other blog posts within new posts
· Twitter chats
2) Why do you think it is important to get a large following on your blog?
· Having a large following makes you feel more productive and wanted for doing something enjoyable and opens up other opportunities.
· It can be great especially if having a large following inspires you to put out good content regularly
· I don't think it's necessarily important, I just feel that it is nice to get recognised for your hard work.
· I'd rather a smaller following and more engagement. That being said I guess it's important as it means your reaching more people
· I want my blog to reach girls who are at a transition point in their life. I also hope to be able to call myself an influencer one day.
· Having a large blog following isn't important at all. Focus on your content and your returning readers
· I feel as if as long as I write and create things I’m proud of it shouldn’t matter how many readers I have
· I think it's important because the more people you have read your blog, the more you want to keep posting & improving what you produce.
3) How do you think new bloggers can get real engagement on their blog posts?
· I mainly post my blog on twitter with #hashtag & #facebook. I also try to reply to all comments & read other #blogs #fblchat
· Find their niche and interact with similar blogs. It takes time but its worth it.
· Build up a rapport on social media & being real/true! No point commenting on posts that don't interest you just for the sake of it.
· Try to be consistent and don't expect them to stumble upon you So engage on social media and share stuff.
· Writing for passion and not for views will make you genuinely enjoy blogging, the engagement will follow!
· Be yourself and write about what you want. Also join in twitter chats.
· New bloggers can get engagement just like everyone else: schedule tweets, engage, be part of the community
· I think its important to blog regularly, blog what is important too you I think Wordpress its better for a following
· Social media referrals are a big traffic for me.
· Keeping their posts unique not following the crowd & giving each post a purpose. Being consistent is key too
· Cross promoting on social channels & making sure you interact with readers who leave comments
4) Do you know of any bloggers who get engagement right?
· @QueenBeady does IG engagement extremely well. She's incredible at promoting and helping others!
· @blogabtnothing1 @justauni4orm@KasieBeauty @_beccawhiting @Aysh_tmb@love_lippy @LoveRosiee1 @hayley_colleen@lovelibbyxx so many #fblchat
· I think @Hannahfgale and @Wonderful_U get engagement right #fblchat
Don’t forget to join us for our next #Fblchat next week when we talk about YouTube, Tuesdays at 8pm on Twitter!
Chelcie Nicole Moore @chelcienicolem