12 Essentials your blog needs to do in 2013
If your blog is going to grow and develop into a successful money earning blog, then you need to concentrate on the 12 things you want your blog readers to do in 2013.
Building a following is the first stage of blogging, and writing good quality posts is the only way to build a fan base. Once you start to get repeat visitors coming back to your blog for more information, you need to concentrate your focus on these 12 things you want Your blog readers to do in 2013.
12 Things you Want Your Blog readers to do in 2013
1. Subscribe to your Email Newsletter
Your list (of email addresses) is one of the most powerful marketing tools you can build. The larger your list, the more money you will make, which is why this is #1 on our list of 12 things you want your blog readers to do in 2013.
2. Click on an Affiliate Link and make a purchase
Monetizing your site effectively will provide the cash that will make it all worthwhile. You need targeted visitors to click on your affiliate offers and continue through to purchase. This is the #2 most important of the 12 things you Want Your blog readers to do in 2013.
3. Click on Ads
Ads are your source of revenue. If you have targeted ads on your blog, then your readers will click on them.
4. Subscribe to your RSS Feed
Your RSS feed allows you to easily stay in touch with your readers. The more people subscribe to your RSS feed, the more people will see your content and ultimately purchase your offers.
5. Bookmark your blog
If readers bookmark your blog then it becomes much easier for them to find your site again in the future. The more bookmarks you can encourage the better.
6. Download your eBook
A free eBook is the best way to get readers to interact with your blog. In exchange for the eBook you can collect the readers email address, adding to your valuable list. A good eBook will also feed readers through to other offers and services. Your eBook should offer good quality information so it becomes a point of reference for the downloader. If they keep going back to it, they will keep being reminded of you and your useful content.
7. Purchase your product or service
Even though this is 7th on the list of 12 things you want your blog readers to do in 2013, your blog is ultimately there to sell stuff, you want your readers to purchase your products, services and offers, so once you have the basics for traffic delivery in place, making sales should become your priority.
8. Leave a comment
Once your readers leave comments on your blog, then you are well on the way to building a community for your niche, quality comments should be encouraged and responded to. Watch out for spam and don’t auto publish comments as spambots are rife online.
9. Submit a post to a social bookmark
Encouraging your readers to socially bookmark your content is a great way to build your readership. As your social bookmarks increase, the social bookmarking sites will raise your profile within each social bookmarking site, driving evermore traffic to you.
10. Follow you on Facebook and Twitter
Building your followers, likes and shares on the social networks is very valuable and becoming more so. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, Google+ is gaining ground swiftly and will be a significant influence on search engine traffic in 2013 and beyond.
11. Email a post to a friend
When your readers share your content, you know you are on the right track. Whether they share socially, or via email, it is a personal recommendation for your content.
12. Check out the blogs on your Blogroll
If your readers follow your recommendations and find additional information that they enjoy, then your influence as an authority blog increases. Don’t be afraid to recommend the other peoples blogs, as they in turn will notice and will recommend the posts they find on your blog to their readers.
Those are the 12 things you Want Your blog readers to do in 2013. Don’t expect everyone to do all of them, and bear in mind that the more you ask people to do, the less they will actually do. For this reason, we suggest picking the priorities from the list of 12 things you Want Your blog readers to do in 2013 above, and concentrate mainly on them.
For example, if you concentrate your efforts on getting eBook downloads as priority one, then you will be building your email contacts list, which will enable you to then promote your offers and affiliate purchases at a later date.
As a blogger, you are in the relationship business, and the first job of your blog is to establish yourself as the ‘go to’ guru for your readers. If they understand and trust you, then you will be able to monetize that traffic in the future.
Many bloggers are far to gungho in their approach, with a sell sell sell philosophy from the word go, and this seldom works.
When your review our 12 things you want your blog readers to do in 2013 list, pick out 3 or 4 that you want to focus on, and structure your posts to achieve those as best as they can.
Once you have a connection with your readers, you can then introduce them to addition information by pushing your Facebook channel, or Twitter for example.
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