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How To Encourage Your Visitors To Stay

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You’ve got your blog, you’re writing content consistently and you’re starting to get some decent traffic.

So what now? That’s the million dollar question I’ve been asking myself the last couple of days.

Who doesn’t want more visitors, a more substantial blogging community, and yes, more sales?

I’ve let things slip a little over the last few weeks. It was inevitable because I was trying to do too many things at once.

I’m back on track now and have been thinking about ways I can encourage people to stay a little longer and be more engaged with my blog.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Navigation

Pretty important really. Is it easy for visitors to get around your site?

I think keeping things simple helps. There’s nothing worse than going to a blog and being inundated with a hundred different ways of getting around it. It causes confusion.

It may seem obvious but making the titles of your navigation menu describe exactly what you have on each page is essential. So, if it’s an archive page. Call it an archive page!

You don’t want to go to the opposite extreme though and only have a couple of pages on your navigation menu as personally, I think that’s confusing too.

I’ve been to a few blogs recently that only have a couple of pages in their navigation menu; one was just a home page and an about me page.

So, how do I get around your website then? Help me out and I’m more likely to stick around.

I’ve recently added a couple of buttons to my sidebar: Resources and Start Here. After reading my blog, I’m hoping they point my readers in those pages’ direction in particular.

In case you’re wondering, I got my inspiration for the buttons from Adrienne Smith.net and the Traffic Generation Cafe.

Colour Scheme

Ever been to a website that just blows your mind but for all the wrong reasons? Psychedelic colours, too many colours, not enough colours.

I’m not an expert on what the best colour for your blog is but I know if you’ve got loads of bright, vivid colours on your website you’re going to give me a headache and I won’t stick around too long.

Less is more, I think. Shades of the same colour work pretty well and lots of white space makes things easier to read.

I use a contrasting colour for the areas of the page I really want people to notice, such as my opt-in form.

Header & Tagline

I wish I were a graphic designer sometimes. I created my header logo and for now it does the job but I know it could be better.

When I started my blog, I didn’t have a header logo at all. I’m sure many people start out that way.

It’s important to get one though. It’s part of your brand and will help people remember your website.

The tagline is also important so people can get a sense of what your blog is about.

I recently changed my tagline as I felt the one I was using stifled my writing and it’s subject matter.

It was only a subtle change and you may not have even noticed but just by changing that one thing, it felt liberating!

Headlines & Sub Headlines

Not necessarily something to keep your visitors on your blog but something to get them there in the first place.

Attention-grabbing headlines are something that’s going to get people to your blog. At least try to make the headline as related to your post as you can though!

If you don’t, people won’t stick around longer than to read the first paragraph.

The other thing that a lot of readers do, me included, is skim a blog post to see what it’s all about to decide if it’s worth reading.

You can be helpful to your readers by including sub headlines. It also helps to break your post up into sections and makes it easier to read.

Images

Images can really help break up text and I think using an image will grab your readers’ attention.

I’ve not tried it much until today but try to think out of the box with your images.

An image of someone pointing to your headline or what you want to emphasise draws your reader’s eyes in that direction.

Readability

Unless there’s a specific need to, don’t write in a formal way, if you want your visitors to stick around for any length of time.

I make my posts conversational, like a was talking to someone and telling them about a particular subject.

Try not to use jargon as well as this can really cause confusion and if you do use it, explain exactly what it means.

If you don’t people will just end up confused and not come back.

Give Direction

At the end of your posts, do you tell people what to do next? Or do you just leave them to their own devices and they go somewhere else?

I generally always ask my visitors to share my post and sometimes ask them, if they liked the post, to sign up to my mailing list.

The other thing I have on my blog is nRelate which amongst other things has a related posts plugin.

I have it set up to show thumbnails at the end of my posts suggesting a few other related posts that visitors should read.

Original and Unique Content

OK. So pretty much every possible subject has already been covered a thousand times over in blogs throughout the world but you still have to be original and put forward some unique content.

Here’s where your personality comes. You’re unique, so put some of yourself into your blogging. Tell interesting stories that have a message behind them.

Check out what other people are writing about and write about the same thing but in your own words and from your perspective.

That’s still original and unique content because no-one else knows what you’re thinking about, only you unless you put it down on your blog.

Ask A Question

I’ve not really used this much but I think it’s an excellent way to engage your audience.

I don’t mean a questionnaire, I mean writing a post asking people what their opinion is on a particular subject.

Or you could ask them what you should write about next or even ask them for help on something or if you can help them.

I’ve only done once and it really got people making comments and engaging on my blog.

Community of Peers

Now this is the best thing about blogging. Getting to know other bloggers and creating a community spirit.

There’s a loyal following of regular commenters on my blog and I’d like to thank those people particularly.

I really appreciate them coming along and taking time out of their busy lives to come over and leave a comment.

If you have this on your blog, or are striving to get it, make sure that you treat this group of people right, as they’re the most important visitors around; VIPs!

Always reciprocate and visit their blogs too and leave useful comments and remember to share their stuff on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

And that’s it. That’s my thoughts on encouraging people to stay that bit longer. It’s not an exhaustive list but it’s what I’ve come up with so far.

How Do You Encourage Your Visitors To Stay?

I want to open the floor to you guys now. Tell me what you think.

Is there anything to add? Am I talking nonsense? What do you think are the most important ways to encourage visitors to stay on your blog?

Please keep the conversation alive by sharing this on your favourite social media sites and leaving a comment below.

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  1. Sapna says

    HI Tim,

    I’d say this is an awesome share!

    While reading I could make out, home page and about us page these were the 2 pages which were there on my blog till few days back.

    I fully agree with you regarding the navigation, it gives the overview of the blog and gives user a direction and mine is still below par. I like your color scheme it is a treat for eyes and your’s is the best example. I could see nrelate plays a major role in decreasing bounce rate. Finally it boils down to relationship.

    Thanks for this great share. Have a great week ahead.

    Sapna

    • says

      Hi Sapna

      Thank you for saying that.

      Wow, your site has had a few changes! It looks great and I see you’ve added contact us and privacy policy pages too. That’s great, everyone needs a privacy policy for sure.

      The nRelate plugins are definitely a big part of the navigation on my blog and hopefully decrease bounce rate. I really like what you can do with them.

      And yes, when it all comes down to it, making a connection with people is a great way to engage them.

      Love the new look of your site Sapna. It was a nice surprise :-).

      Tim

  2. says

    I think visuals of the blog are very important – nobody want to be around dirty places ;) content is also important, but the most important is taking part in the blogging community – I’ve seen lots of lets say mediocre blogs which had tons of comments because their owners were very skilled at making relationships with other bloggers :)

    best regads, thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hi Siegfried

      Great to see you. Thank you for coming along to my blog and joining in :-).

      People make up their minds about your blog in a couple of seconds when they land on your page.

      If they don’t like what they see visually, then they’re more than likely going to go elsewhere before even reading any of your content.

      The blogging community is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to blogging.

      With Google constantly changing the goal posts, being part of a community means you don’t have to rely on search engine traffic so much.

      Supposedly comments aren’t as important as they were in terms of SEO but they are vital to keep a blog going I’d say.

      Without any interaction, a blog looks empty and unloved.

      Thank you for commenting Siegfried. Have a great week.

      Tim

  3. says

    A great post, Tim – as the saying goes, I reckon you’ve just about ‘nailed it’ with this one! I really like your blog’s new look, with the resources and ‘start here’ links in your sidebar. I also agree with Sapna that the colour scheme’s very easy on the eye and your navigation’s very user-friendly.

    You’re absolutely right to emphasise the importance of original, readable content and building relationships with your readers – all crucial.

    This isn’t really related to your post, but I’ve just noticed the bar at the bottom about your use of cookies, but I’ve found I’m able to browse around your site without clicking the ‘accept’ button – is that right? I had a plugin installed a while back that forced people to click ‘accept’ before they could continue browsing the site but it was a pain because it kept popping up when people moved around from page to page, so I got rid of it and so far I haven’t found an acceptable replacement. I do have a cookie policy page, and someone told me recently that ‘implied consent’ was now again ok. I wondered which plugin you’re using for this (I assume it is a plugin)?

    I know I have tons of work to do on my site as I start thinking about how to monetize it, and I reckon I have a lot to learn from you, Tim – thanks so much for all these tips.

    Sue
    Sue Neal recently posted…Is This How You REALLY Learn About Blogging?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Sue

      That’s very kind of you to say :-).

      I’m pleased that you agree with me on this one!

      The plugin I use for the cookie acceptance is called Cookie Law Info and it’s specifically designed for implied consent.

      I wrote about it a few months ago and you might be interested in my post: Cookie Law Info Plugin.

      The ICO sort of changed their stance on this at the beginning of 2013 by changing their own website to implied consent.

      When I say sort of, I believe they stated that implied consent was always allowed under their guidelines in any case.

      The plugin will let you browse around from page to page without clicking on it because by doing so, you’re giving implied consent for the use of cookies.

      It’s the only plugin that I’ve found that I like and is easy to install and change the design for.

      It should only appear until someone clicks the button, although you can leave a small tab open at the bottom of your screen to refer to the cookie policy if you want.

      I’ve had a rethink about the Accept button and I think I’m going to change this to Close rather than Accept because by design you are consenting by using the website.

      Thanks for your input on that Sue. It makes a lot of sense to change the button!

      I still have a lot to learn on monetizing my blog Sue but it’s great that we can all learn together and pass on any tips :-).

      I have to say, I don’t make a great deal of money from it yet but if I can increase my traffic I hope that will change.

      Great to see you Sue and thank you for your comments.

      Tim

  4. I. C. Daniel says

    Hi Tim,

    No problem if the notification doesn’t have a title, I always check inside email, maybe I find a treasure or something.

    Now about this article, my opinion is that a good looking theme and a great content keep a reader on your blog and maybe purchase a product you may promote, that’s the way I’m seeing things (blogging online). Well, thanks for sharing, see you next time Tim.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel – Romania

    • says

      Hi Daniel

      Thank you. It’s good to hear that you checked out the email in any case!

      I agree with you totally. Good looking theme + great content = engaged visitor :-).

      Thank you for your input Daniel.

      Have a great week.

      Tim

  5. says

    In terms of color, I like having websites with a weird and rarely seen scheme, even if it’s a little ugly sometimes. It helps it stand out in people’s minds more than the blue/white that pretty much every page uses these days.

    • says

      Hi Alex

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments.

      If you buy a premium framework for WordPress like Thesis, Genesis, or like the one I use, Pagelines, you can come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful designs yourself.

      I wouldn’t go for ugly though. It may stand out but that would be for all of the wrong reasons.

      I used blue/white on my blog because I’m going for the minimalist look. I find it easier to read if you’re theme has shades of colour with lots of white space.

      Great to see you and thank you for contributing to the conversation.

      Tim

  6. Karnal Singh says

    Once you get a visitor your website – it is very important that you make your website interesting enough for the visitor to stay and make it interesting.My website has a very high bounce rate,i am planing to improve it – your article will definitely help me….

    • says

      Hi Karnal

      The first thing a visitor to your blog sees is your theme and then they may look at the content.

      I hope my blog is easy to read with the way I have it set up and people can find their way around.

      Best wishes with improving your website and thank you for your comments.

      Tim

  7. says

    Hi Tim,
    I like a clean look and not too much on the sidebar. I cleaned up mine a lot. Also think of the mobile version. I visit a lot of blogs via my mobile. I got rid of my side Digg Digg buttons for that reason. And pop ups drive me nuts. But your little on bottom is okay. Your banner ad up top I’m not sure I would have there. It can be distracting and seem too important. It looks like a Google ad to me as of now ?
    I really like how you are breaking up the posts with your sub headlines. It makes it much easier to read and skim if one wants to. I like your footer too. Reinforces where one can go.
    I think commenting on other blogs is important too for others to come back to yours. And sharing the content on various social networks. It builds up that community for your blog.
    Lisa recently posted…Tweeting During Extraordinary Events – A Yes or a No?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Lisa

      I definitely agree that a clean look is the way to go. Yours is looking great and I love the background colour. You’ve also made it really easy for people to get around and find out exactly what they want.

      I got rid of the side social sharing buttons for exactly the same reason as you.

      Mobile is going to how people access our blogs more and more going forward so making it easy for people has to be a priority.

      I tried out a pop up for a while but without currently having a freebie to give away, it didn’t perform so well.

      I like the nRelate slide in at the bottom but I know what you mean about pop ups. In general they are quite annoying.

      I’d experimenting with the banner at the top at the moment. I joined SocialSpark a while ago and thought I would give the ads a go.

      It is a Google Adsense ad, you’re right. One of the prerequisites of having the ad is that it must be above the fold.

      There weren’t many other places for it to go. Depending on how it performs, it may stay or go but thank you for letting me know your thoughts on it. It’s really helpful to hear what other people think.

      I’m loving the community aspect of blogging. It makes it all worthwhile. I know that doesn’t pay the bills but I hope it may one day open other doors that may.

      Thank you for your kinds comments Lisa. I hope you’re having a good start to the week.

      Tim

  8. says

    Hey Tim,

    I do like the clean simple look, you know that about me.

    I’ve been cleaning my blog up some as well and have removed quite a bit. I took all of my ads off my blog and have everything on the Resource page. I don’t want them to leave my site until they’re ready. I personally don’t like Google Ads on a blog, they make it look cheap. Not hat yours is, don’t take that the wrong way but let’s face it, most do.

    I appreciate the mention and I immediately say that you had the start here in your sidebar. Nice addition..

    I liked this post and great suggestions. Glad that you’re back and hope all has been well with the family. So here is to a great week ahead.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…Learn How To Grow Your Email SubscribersMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Adrienne

      I like the clean simple look too. I think it makes things easier to read and easier to find.

      That’s a great point about having all of the ads on your Resource page. I have them there too as well as on my sidebar.

      I need to have a think about that one but it makes sense to try and keep people on your site as much as possible. Great point for this post too!

      I’m not overly keen on Google Adsense ads either. I had them for a while and then took them off a few weeks ago.

      I also joined SocialSpark a few weeks back and they keep sending me emails about putting their ads on my site.

      I thought I’d test it out to see what the reaction was. I hadn’t realised it was going to be Adsense ads to be honest though.

      The banner ad may not stay for long. I had to do some CSS coding though to get it to look how I wanted it to so for the effort I put it, I need to give it a few days at least :-).

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments Adrienne. I’m definitely thinking about yours and Lisa’s suggestions about the banner ad!

      I hope your day is going well.

      Tim

  9. says

    Hi Tim

    Plain or color? Well maybe the color is fine if it doesn’t clash with everything else. Actually I like both plain and color, so I am caught between the two, but as in everything in life not everyone is going to agree all the time. What I find to be difficult to read and get monster headache is dark background with light writing. It is a place I am intrigued with but can’t read much of what they have to share, so they lose me very quickly. They could always do an interesting dark background but leave the reading part light with dark letters.

    We probably always risk not relating to someone by being too flashy or too plain, but all the time just hoping to hit the majority somewhere in the middle.

    Great stuff to think about.

    Mary
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    • says

      Hi Mary

      I like both plain and colour too. It’s when they’re all mixed up and psychedelic patterns everywhere that I can’t stand!

      I completely agree with your comments on dark backgrounds with light writing. They’re really difficult to read. Why stick around huh?

      It’s always a gamble as to whether someone will like your colour scheme and how your blog is set up.

      I’m also definitely hoping to be somewhere in the middle as well. I’ve kept my site minimal with lots of white space to try and make it easier to read.

      Great to see you Mary. Have a great week.

      Tim

  10. says

    Your blog does have a simple, clean look. I like that. I think navigation is very important, though I think some people have way too many categories/pages on their menu at the top. I have heard of others recommend a start here button too. I found yours on the side bar but I was first looking for it on the top bar! :) Good job, Tim. blessings, Amy

    • says

      Hi Amy

      I hope that by having the simple, clean look it makes my blog easier to read and find things.

      I definitely agree that too much in your top menu is really off-putting and even confusing. If getting around a blog or website is hard, I don’t think many people will stick around for too long.

      I’ve just moved my start here button above the fold so it’s easier to see. Thanks for pointing that out Amy.

      Great to see you again. I hope you’re having a great day.

      Tim

  11. Michael Belk says

    Hey Tim that is excellent advice. I especially agree with the part about the titles because I have left blogs for that very reason.

    I hate when people tell tell you something and the content is totally different.

    I just had a gentleman email me and said he was going to share something that works for him, but I have to click another link to get to it.

    He thought I would click the link because he was being honest.

    I was on another blog today and the headline was about boots for Memphis in May event in Memphis, TN and the then the link goes directly to a target website. Ugh

    • says

      Hi Michael

      Welcome to my blog. It’s great to see you.

      I’m in complete agreement with you Michael. The content has to match the title, otherwise it’s just going to put people off. The two examples you gave reaffirm the point.

      These days, I’m always wary of someone asking me to click on a link unless they give me good reason to. Sounds like you had exactly the same reaction.

      It makes you think twice about something. I’m sure the people and websites in question went down in your estimations. That’s where trust and reputation also comes into it.

      Thank you for joining the conversation Michael. I hope you’ll stop by again soon.

      Have a great day.

      Tim

    • says

      Hi Prabhat

      Thank you. I’m glad you agree. Navigation and colour schemes are so important when it comes to encouraging people to stay.

      Hopefully then they’ll stick around to enjoy what you’ve got to say! :-)

      Great to see you again Prabhat. Have a great day.

      Tim

  12. says

    Great question Tim, and you’ve provided the answers too. To me, content and personality is what really matters. If the content is great people will stay, and if you’ve created a relationship, like you’ve done with me, we’ll come around again and again. On the other hand, navigation is very important, this way we’ll find the best blog posts and the related ones.
    Jens P. Berget recently posted…Ways to make moneyMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Jens

      I’m with you on content and personality, although does that come first?

      I’d say the look and design of your blog can be a game-changer. If it looks terrible, people aren’t going to hang around to read any of your stuff.

      I love getting to know people and it’s great to know you Jens. You’re one of the people who’ve inspired me the most in how I write.

      I’ve tried to keep navigation as simple as possible on my blog and hopefully it means people can find their way around okay.

  13. Khaja Moin says

    Hey Tim,
    Yes you`re right, next thing after getting traffic is making them stay for longer time. And best way to do this is make simple design, with informative content.

    I normally don`t spend time on most of the blogs, but if am spending time reading complete post then it`s that the blog owner has good networking, like yours.

    ~@Khajamoin1

    • says

      Hi Khaja

      Great to hear that you spend time on my blog. I love to network, get to know people better and also create a community of like-minded people.

      I definitely agree that a simple design is the best way to go. That will keep people from leaving as soon as they arrive.

      After that, the content has to be at least a little bit interesting! :-)

    • says

      Hey Josh

      I’ve been thinking of changing my header for a while and also about Fiverr. I’m never sure about what I’m going to get for $5 dollars but then hey it’s only $5 dollars, right?

      I’m going to head over there now and see what I can find out. Thanks for the heads up Josh.

  14. says

    Tim, good list. I am really glad the web is past talking about making a site ugly so the AdSense CTR goes up.

    User engagement and interaction is important and your suggestions will definitely help sites get more of it.

    • says

      Hey Jon

      I think Adsense has probably had it’s day. I just removed some ads from my blog because they just didn’t convert very well.

      I can’t imagine making a site so ugly that the AdSense CTR goes up. It would certainly have to be ugly!

    • says

      Thank you for your kind words Cynthia.

      I’m sure the suggestions in my post will help you to get people to stay longer and engage more.

      Best of luck with it :-).

  15. says

    Hi Tim,

    Read your “About Me” page and WOW…you’ve been here since 2004? And you quit your full time job to do Internet Marketing and making a decent living out of it…double wow!!! It’s very impressive.

    I love your header and your tagline. So far, I cannot find the right “tagline” for me just yet. I’ve only been blogging since January 2013. And though I’m not new doing graphic designs…I’m still very new on blogging and doing online marketing.

    Anyway, I agree with everything you said. Your banner or header represent more about you and your product. The colors scheme is very important. In the world of graphic design, I’ve learned that “black & white” still can’t be beat. It’s what most people catches their eyes. Our eyes tend to just see the black & white more than any other colors. If you pass a big billboard on the freeway, I’m pretty sure that you’d see the BLACK & WHITE design more than the colors. I know I do. Colors are nice but you have to put it in the right perspective. A good design, my teacher said, looks good either in black & white or colors!

    And the SPEED is number one when it comes to blogging or your website. Coz no matter how dynamic and sophisticated GREAT looking design you have…if your speed sucks, nobody will visit you. I know I won’t. I hate to wait for some images to keep loading and loading…Anyway, it’s really late here. I’m gonna hit the hay. Hope you have a great week!!

    Angela
    Angela McCall recently posted…Promote YourselfMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Angela

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for reading all about me :-).

      I used to have a number of sites which made me some decent money but they got hit hard by Google updates so I discontinued them.

      At the moment, my primary focus is being a stay at home dad but I’m also building up my blog and a niche website to see where they take me.

      Actually, I don’t earn that much from the internet any more. I had to really start from scratch with internet marketing. I wish it were more impressive!

      Thank you for your kind words about my header and tagline. I made them myself but I’m not a graphic designer so I’m sure they could be better.

      I’d not really thought about black and white as a colour scheme to be honest. You’re right though, if you really want contrasting colours which stand out then they’re the colours to go for. Something for me to ponder :-).

      I agree with sorting out your blog’s load time as being a huge priority as well. I keep trying to tweak mine so it loads faster. Generally it’s around 3.5 seconds but I’d like it to laod much faster. The consequence of plugins I guess!

      Great to see you Angela and thank you for your comments.

      Have a great week.

      Tim

  16. Dean Thompson says

    Hi Tim,

    I think you’ve covered just about every base there my friend :)

    I think the important aspects are certainly the visitors experience when arriving at your site.

    A nice clean site that’s easy to navigate with great readable content. Regular posting and good interaction, like you say, to engage with the reader and build up that all important relationship.

    Seems to me you’re doing all those things. Onwards and upwards :)

    Regards,
    Dean.

    • says

      Hi Dean

      Thanks for your kind words mate.

      I agree with everything you’ve said and for sure I’m with you, onwards and upwards!

      I hope I’m doing all the right things. Only time will tell :-).

      I hope you’ had a good day.

      Tim

    • says

      Hi Oluwaseun

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments.

      Images can certainly grab the eye and make people want to stick around to find out more.

      You’re right though, for people to keep coming back consistently, your content needs to be of a good standard.

      I think also since the Google updates, that’s very much what they are also looking for.

      Great to see you Oluwaseun. Have a great weekend.

      Tim

  17. Theodore Nwangene says

    Confirmed Tim,
    You are not talking nonsense at all. You know, one thing is getting the visitors to your site and the other thing is getting them to come back.

    I think the later is the most difficult to achieve, and you’ve just made it so simple here. I was on Facebook today when someone started charting me up. He pleaded with me to visit his and tell him what i think about it but, when i visited the site, i told him bluntly that if I’m a visitor that just landed on his site, that i will not visit again.

    One, his site is looks old and premature, his logo is also not bright and clear enough. And his sidebar is filled up with so many things that does not matter.

    Yea, there is a saying that an image speaks a thousand words so, its really advisable to be using relevant images on your site.

    Really interesting post Tim,

    Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Theodore

      That is the key really, isn’t it Theodore?

      Getting visitors to keep coming back but also to attract new visitors too.

      If only there was a simple way to do it!

      Hopefully the guy that spoke to you on Facebook will act on your advice and change his logo and sidebar.

      Then maybe you might visit him again :-).

      I think images are really important in a blog post, for sure. As you point out they need to be relevant though.

      A blog without images just doesn’t look quite right, does it?

      Have a great weekend Theodore.

      Tim

  18. Dan Black says

    Great points Tim! Sharing great content on a regular basis are two of the most important ones in my opinion. I’ve seen great results because of staying consistent and publishing good and thoughtful content. I have also noticed one of the reasons why a blog does not take off is because the author is not consistent in their writing.

    A community of readers and commenter’s can cause other people to follow us. People want to be around and engage in conversation with others. People who understand blogging know the power of networking with like minded people.
    Dan Black recently posted…How Leaders Build TrustMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Dan

      Consistency is a very important part of blogging. I couldn’t agree more :-). And great content is definitely a must!

      If you’re not consistent in your approach then people just aren’t going to keep coming back for more.

      You’ve got a great community of readers on your blog and there are some very interesting conversations going on.

      Something I learnt very early on was that making a connection with other bloggers can really help you stay motivated.

      As you say, it can also help in persuading others to follow us.

      Great comments Dan! Have a great weekend.

      Tim

  19. says

    Hi, what my basic experience says that giving best possible navigation on blogs basically keeps the readers bound on your blog. Also tips given by you are the sure tactics to apply to reduce bounce rate!

    • says

      Hi Krishna

      Welcome to my blog and I appreciate your comments.

      Navigation is definitely important on a blog so people can find their way around.

      I think that comes second though after the design of your blog. If people are turned off by the colour and the your blog is structured, they’re not going to stick around for too long.

      Have a great weekend.

      Tim

  20. says

    Would have to say that your blog is really great from readability point of view and love the format of your blog posts too where you are mentioning the main points in header tags. Good color scheme too :)

    • says

      Hey Keral

      It’s great to see you at my blog. Welcome.

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m pleased that you like my blog.

      Have a great week ahead.

      Tim

  21. says

    This is such a great list of idea’s but I don’t have enough of a following to really do much of these yet. Once I’ve got the followers and visitors up I will definitely be implementing some of these. thanks

    • says

      Hi Sarah

      There’s no time like the present to look at making some changes to encourage more visitors to your site.

      I find that it’s all about testing to see what works and what doesn’t.

      Thank you for your comments.

      Tim

  22. says

    Hello,

    Well i believe quality content is the first thing which make visitors to stay, apart from this elegant design, good navigation and catchy titles are also other factors which encourage visitors to stay.

    However the mentioned ideas are really helpful..

    thanks

    • says

      Hi Sarvesh

      Great to see you and thank you for your comments.

      I agree that quality content is important to make visitors stay, although I don’t think it’s the first thing which will make visitors stay.

      I would say the design and headlines are the first thing and then the content.

      I think if someone lands on your blog or website and it really doesn’t look good, they’re not going to stick around to read any of your content.

  23. vipin says

    i have been following your blog for last 1 month. The seo techniques you have mentioned are excellent. I am new to blogging and wanted to build some quality backlinks for my new blog. I shall be highly obliged if you share some cool tips to build strong backlinks. In return i’ll provide you link to my site for your site.
    Please help a newbie.

    • says

      Hi Vipin

      Welcome to my blog. It’s great to hear that you’ve been following my blog for a while now.

      I plan to write a post in the near future about building quality backlinks and I hope that you will find it useful.

      In the meantime, here are a few ideas; in particular in terms of blog commenting.

      CommentLuv blogs, such as mine, will certainly help you with building quality backlinks.

      You could also look at the top 100 blogs on Technorati and comment on some of those to gain backlinks, even if they are NoFollow they will be of use.

      A program such as Fast Blog Finder may also help.

      Great to see you Vipin and I hope you’ll continue to follow my blog and be part of the community.

      Tim

  24. says

    Million dollar suggestion! But one thing also should remember that- Where you’re promoting your blog and what group of traffic you’re targeting for. If your blog is about only blogging tips then the traffic come from Techcrunch may not working for you.

    What you think?

    • says

      Hey Majharul

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for adding to the discussion!

      I totally agree with you. Targeting Techcrunch for me would be a waste of my time as I don’t write about technology.

      As much as possible, I try and stay roughly within my niche when it comes to targeting traffic.

      The wonderful world of blogging sometimes brings unrelated gems to my attention though and I’m not going to ignore those opportunities to connect just because they don’t match my target audience.

      For me, blogging is about helping others, building a community of like-minded individuals and getting to know people.

      I appreciate your comments Majharul and I hope you’ll visit again soon.

      Have a great weekend.

      Tim

  25. says

    Hi Tim,

    Great article and definitely very informative. I agree with the color scheme. I like simple blog that is easy to read.

    I think the line spacing is also important as if the paragraph is too long it’s also hard to read.

    We want to make it easier for our readers.

    I think besides content, if people can relate to you or like you as a person they will stay and keep coming back. You content might be ok, but if your life is interesting, people would still follow.

    I guess that’s why reality shows like The Kadarshian is very popular eh? :)

    Chetz

    • says

      Hi Chetz

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments, much appreciated :-).

      Keeping things simple, I think, are essential to make it easier for your readers to not only navigate your site, but also easier for them to read.

      You’re right about line-spacing and shorter paragraphs too. I like to write in a conversational way to make things more interesting.

      Allowing people to relate to you is the key Chetz. If they like who you are and the way you write, they’ll keep coming back for more.

      To be honest, I’ve never watched The Kardarshians and don’t have any interest in them.

      If people really want to sell themselves out in that way, it’s up to them, I just wish it wasn’t on my TV!

      Great to see you Chetz. Have a great day and I hope you’ll stop by again soon.

      Tim

  26. says

    Hi Tim,

    This is an interesting article and made me meditate a little bit. I do have some things to say about this topic.

    Keep things simple. Make it easy for your visitors to get around

    True and not true. That’s what 90% of internet users say. However, I’m not so convinced. Why? On the one hand it’s a good idea to make your site easy to navigate. On the other hand you want’ them to stay longer, don’t you? If your site is easy to navigate they will leave faster. You need to be smart. I’ll use a literary example.

    Did you read Emile Zola’s “Au bonheur des Dames”? It was translated “The Ladies paradise”.
    In this book a merchant had a store dedicated to women. He prepared the store for the launch day. He arranged the stands and all the store in a simple way. He made it easy to navigate. Everything was in plain sight and it was very easy to find what you want.

    People came and bought but he was not satisfied. He meditated and meditated and meditated and decided to make a change. He took the stands, the tables, everything and arranged it in a complicated manner. Now it was not so easy for the visitors to get around. Making your way out of the store became a little bit difficult and convoluted.

    He opened the store again. This time people bought 10 times more. Why? I’ll let you the pleasure to find the reason.

    Have a nice day
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    • says

      Hey Silviu

      Thank you for the interesting point you make. I’ve not read “Au bonheur des Dames” and perhaps I should.

      I’d still be of the mindset that keeping things simple is a more prudent because it’s more likely to bring repeat visitors back.

      If you make things too complicated, yes, people may stay longer because they can’t find what they want initially but are they likely to get frustrated? Yes, I know I would, and do.

      Are they likely to come back? Possibly but not as readily as they would if it was easy to find their way around. You certainly don’t want to put a visitor off so they don’t come back ever again.

      I would also say that nowadays the culture tends to be that people want things quickly and with little effort required on their part.

      If you make it harder for them, they’re likely to go elsewhere where it’s easier to find what they want.

      Enjoy the rest of the week and thank you for adding to the discussion.

      Tim

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