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6 Ways To Keep Your Blog Readers Coming Back




Getting people to read your blog is hard work. There are millions of blogs out there, so readers have an enormous choice. This means that when someone visits your blog for the first time, you need to do everything possible to make sure they come back. It isn’t rocket science – but you need to know what you’re doing. The trick to making your blog “sticky” is to give your readers compelling reasons to come back again and again. Successful bloggers know how to do this – and you can too by following these six great strategies.

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Great Content

This one is obvious. Readers follow blogs because the content is great. However, producing great content week in week out isn’t as easy as many people think. Some days it’s difficult to find inspiration, so you end up writing boring blog posts or rewriting old ones just to create more content. This is guaranteed to drive readers away.

One good approach to creating content is to plan ahead – sit down for a few hours and come up with a set of topics to write about over the next month. If you do this, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get the creative juices flowing – and you’ll never be stuck for something to write about on the day.

Also, there’s nothing wrong with scouring the web for interesting things to post. For instance, if you find an infographic or video that would interest your readers, share it with them. As long as it’s relevant and you give credit to the source, your readers will thank you.

Share Your Personal Thoughts

People don’t just read your blog for information – if that’s all they wanted, they could buy a magazine. They want to connect with you on a personal level and feel that they know you. There’s no better way of creating this connection than by sharing personal experiences. If you do this, your readers will see you as a human being – they’ll feel empathy because they can see themselves in the same situation. Don’t be afraid to talk about your goals, passions and fears – this will strengthen the relationship even further. Above all, be honest at all times – if readers trust you, then they’ll want to know what you have to say.

Build A Community

A blog isn’t a one-way street. You need to have a conversation with your readers. There are too many blogs out there that shut off reader comments, killing any chance of building a community where people feel that they belong. Make it easy for your readers to share their thoughts with you – and with other readers. Respond quickly to them – and don’t just answer their questions. Ask their opinions, and find out what they would like to see on your blog. Have friendly debates, and don’t assume you’re the only expert in the room. If you do this, people will come back to keep the conversation going – and you’ll get great content for free as well.

Create A Series

Think about your favorite television program. Why do you watch it every week? The chances are that it’s because you want to find out what happens next. You can do exactly the same with your blog. Write a series of blog posts about a particular subject, and tell people in advance what the next post is going to be about. Mix this up with other content, and people will come back to read the next installment – and get caught up on your other posts at the same time.

Post High-Quality Product Reviews

Your readers value your opinions – or they should do. They want to know what you think about things, including whether or not they should buy particular products. If you write great product reviews, you can turn your blog into a reader magnet. But you need to put in the effort to do this – if you just rewrite existing reviews, you’re not adding any value.

The best approach is to get in touch with manufacturers and ask for product samples that you can review. Sites such as Tomoson are a good place to find manufacturers who want to do this. Once you have a sample, try it out. For instance, suppose you’re reviewing a hiking jacket. Don’t just read the label and say the fabric is waterproof. Put the jacket on and go for a walk in a rainstorm. Did any rain come in through the zipper? Could you move easily, or did you feel like you were in a straitjacket? Does the jacket breathe easily, or did you end up in a pool of sweat when you wore it? If you talk about your real experience with the product, you’ll keep your readers waiting eagerly for your next product review.

Invite Other Experts

Don’t be afraid to open up your blog to other experts. Your readers want good content and advice, no matter where it comes from. When you invite other knowledgeable bloggers to post guest articles, you’re giving your readers another point of view – and another reason to come back. When you do invite a guest blogger, the chances are that they’ll ask you to post something on their blog in return – which is a great way of reaching new readers. Keep in mind that you’re not really competing – if both blogs have unique and interesting content, then readers will follow both.

You should also interview industry experts who may not be bloggers at all. For instance, if you run a snowboarding blog, then an interview with a snowboard designer is going to fascinate your readers. You can write up the interview in a blog post – but why not make a video instead, post the video on YouTube and embed the video on your blog? Best of all, this will be a way of attracting a whole new set of readers who originally find the video via YouTube.

This article was written by Jeff Foster, who is the co-founder and CEO at Tomoson, the influencer marketplace. The platform allows bloggers and social media influencers to get paid for posting sponsored content, and lets businesses connect with targeted, niche audiences.

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1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific



I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.

I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.

A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.

Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.

Not super shabby.

I am kinda prolific.

If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.

Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.

Do not wait to create.

Do Not Wait to Create

The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.

Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.

Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.

I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.

Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.

No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.

All because I chose not to wait to create.

Being Prolific Impacts Folks

Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:

I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.

Tips to Be Prolific

  • Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
  • Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
  • Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
  • Do not wait to create
  • Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.

Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.

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How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck



I lose blogging momentum sometimes.

You may be in the same boat, being human and all.

But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.

I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.

You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.

1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive

I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!

Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.

What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.

If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.

2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles

Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.

Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.

I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.

Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.

3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers

I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.

Each day I:

  • do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
  • exercise for 1 hour
  • usually take an icy cold shower
  • focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes

I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.

You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.

Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.

Wrapping it Up

Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.


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1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting



Have you missed me?

I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.

A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.

The Problem

Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?

I did. For a minute.

Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.

If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.

Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.

Google Image Search

The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?

5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.

The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.

I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.

Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.

Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.

Why this Strategy Is So Powerful

I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.

This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.


Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.

Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.

Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.

The Verdict

I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.

If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.

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