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If you have a home business, one of the best ways to brand yourself and get traffic is to start a blog. But what if you started a blog but have no idea on how to build an audience? Well this is the challenge, but once you get into the habit, it’s not so bad. Let’s see what you can do to get the ball rolling….
When it comes to growing your home business you definitely want to have social proof. The question that a lot of people with home businesses have is how do you get this social proof. Well popular way to get this social proof is through blogging.
I know, many of you heard this over and over again and still don’t know the value of writing blog posts and getting that social proof. Other’s of may have a blog and you’re stuck at a cross roads and don’t know which way to go in order to get that social proof.
But behold, in order for you to have social proof you must brand yourself quite well. You have to be able to be genuinely interested in people, convey your knowledge, and be able to produce something of value that’s going to be beneficial to others. And no, not every offer you put other there is going to be valued by others.
You may already be doing this, or least you may think you’re doing this, but if you’re not getting the results you want, then you need to do a little tweaking in your approach. So what tweaking can you do with blogging?
When it comes to blogging, the little things matter when it comes to building your audience. The following tips are from my experiences with blogging and growing an audience that not only come to your blog, but will help you build it:
Build Suspense By Guiding Your Readers
Have you ever was attracted to an article, video or a blog post by the title and as you were reading, the other keeps talking about the answer but won’t tell you the answer until the end. Yes this bugs me, but it builds up my curious. Although I hate the fact that may I have to wait until the 10th post to get the full answer, my curiosity would run rampant.
Well your readers will feel the same. Even though the suspense will be killing them, if they’re really intrigue and want to know more, they’ll keep coming back to your blog for answers.
Highlight Or Bold Major Points
Yes most of your readers, including myself, want to skim through your post in order to find the most interesting point. Now if you’re the type that knows your readers and make your blog post easy to read for them by highlighting or bolding major points, I guarantee that they will keep coming back for more. This is the type of reputation you want to build. Easy reading means more readers!
Link Up To Other Sites Within Your Niche
If your blog is about classic cars, why would you go to a knitting blog to help build your audience? Yes I know, you may run into a blog where some of the readers may be interested in cars, by why waste that time. Go to another blog where they talk about classic cars, leave your comments, and watch the audience start to grow in a shorter time. Remember, like attracts like.
Show Most Popular Posts
If you have just a few comments (less than 5), and just a few shares (less than 5), then why not showcase them? You have to start somewhere right? The one’s that are getting over 100 comments and shares started out this way too. They persisted and kept on building. This is why they have a big audience. It takes some work, but by staying consistent you will reap the rewards.
Show Top Commenters
This is social proof at it’s best. It’s great to get comments, but what if you get comments from top bloggers or home business owners? Do you think that’ll say a little something about your blog? Ya dam skippy it will. These top commenters will help you attract other people to your blog. The seed has been planted and now it’s growing!
Share On Social Media Groups And Blog Sites
This is piggy backing on linking up to other sites within your niche. You can also find your niche in blog sites and on social media by browsing through the groups. Those of you that are in your specific niche will definitely be more interested in what you have to say than those who aren’t. This is a great place to start building!
Focus on Devoted Readers
Last but not least, focus on those that keep coming back to your blog. They are the ones who are helping to build your statistics and the ones who find what you write the most interesting. Give them the respect and attention that they deserve and through them your audience will grow!
Now It’s Your Turn!
Has this been helpful? How are you growing your audience? Are you having a hard time or are you steadily growing your audience? Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to reading them!
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