Keep Your Readers Flooding Back

Every blog owner wants traffic to their blogs, and they want to keep their readers coming back again and again.

One of the ways you can do this is by listening to the needs of those people who visit your blog, and also listen to other people who might visit your blog if you offered what they want.

A good place to start is in your comments section.  Read the comments left by your visitors and engage in a discussion with them, build a relationship with your readers so that they feel comfortable asking you for advice and help.

Read discussions in other places too.  Forums are a good place to look for blog post ideas.  Find something someone wants an answer to and reply in a detailed blog post.

My last post, Make Sure Your Video Is Centred, was made as a direct result of a conversation in a Facebook group I am part of.  One of the members was having trouble with the automatic features in the kitchen sink and their video constantly showed on the left of the page.  I was able to address the situation for her and prepare a very quick blog post and video to help out.  I then went back to the group and pointed her to the post I’d just written.  If you read the comments after that post you will see that it helped a great number of other readers who have had exactly this problem.

It pays to listen to what people have to say, that way you can write targeted blog posts and keep your readers flooding back!

48 Comments

  • Steve Vernon
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    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    I think so many of us forget — and need to be reminded periodically — that just like any form of social media is about conversation. That’s why it’s called “social”. I believe too many bloggers out there are interested only in getting out the word about what THEY are doing and promoting their latest thing. Sir Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.” William James said, “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” All of us bloggers want to be appreciated, and the best way we can show that appreciation is to comment on what others share and create dialogue, recognizing that there is a real, flesh and bone person behind those words on a screen. Thanks for a great reminder, my friend!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Steve, thanks for visiting. I agree, it is about conversation, and I am not inclined to go back to a blog where the owner does not reply to my comments. I know it can be time consuming if you have a really popular blog, but to me it’s an integral part of the business. Great quotes, thanks for sharing!

      Enjoy the jounrey.

      Mandy

  • Becky
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    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    Hi Mandy, this is a nice post and addresses what every blogger wants – to get readers coming back time and time again! That’s a great tip about engaging in the comments, very powerful for building relationships 🙂

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Becky, thanks for visiting. Building relationships is a great way to push your business forward. All of that action on your blog will help to push you up the rankings and the higher up you go the more traffic will find you. A win win situation.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Mitch Mitchell

    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    This is something that I think many of us struggle with in some form. I have a lot of returning commenters, but I think it’s probably 50-50 with new visitors, who luckily enough find me on the search engines here and there. It’s great having people come, but it’s hard to concentrate on your returning visitors when the numbers aren’t really all that high.

    Then again, mine have gone up nicely over the past year, though still not where I want it to be.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Mitch, thanks for visiting. As I said in an earlier reply, it is time consuming when you have a really popular blog, but I do think it’s worth persevering as a regular task, and it will pay dividends in the end.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Simmeon

    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    Hey Mandy,

    The more we can engage with our visitors the more likely they will come back.
    Same applies to a store, If I feel I’m being given good service then I’ll come back and buy again from you.

    Replying to comments will help us achieve this.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Simeon, thanks for visiting. Yes, good service will encourage you to return, exactly. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jeevan Jacob Johnt

    Reply Reply August 18, 2012

    Targeted traffic is great, right Mandy?

    These days, my principle is simple: Participate, participate and continue participate until visitors return (reciprocation comes in automatically).

    Right now, I am focusing more on blog commenting (targeted traffic, because I only comment on blogs of my same status – I mean, established bloggers, but not pro or new bloggers) and I am getting great results so far.

    Anyways, appreciate the post, Mandy 😉

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 19, 2012

      Hi Jeevan, thanks for visiting. I’m glad it is showing great results for you. I have always believed it is the best way to move forward with your business. And I too get good results from it.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dawn Kay
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    Reply Reply August 19, 2012

    Hey Mandy

    I loved your last video on how to center videos and its great that you did it because someone was having a problem doing it.

    Facebook is fab for that and you can also get good ideas for blog posts listening to problems in forums and Twitter…

    Or ask your readers what problems they are having, I’ve done that before aswell.

    Have a fab day misses

    Dawn
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Dawn, thanks for visiting. I do get a lot of inspiration from reading people’s comments on other forums and social networks, Dawn. They are brilliant sources of topics.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Theuns

    Reply Reply August 20, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    Thanks for this good post it make a lot of send to me and help me also to get people to my blog Post

    Thx
    Theuns
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Theuns, thanks for visiting. I’m glad my post has helped you, if there’s anything else you need to know please do ask.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Paul
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    Reply Reply August 20, 2012

    Very Interesting Mandy and also true. The More our customers are engaged and thrilled, the more they keep coming back for more. Very great stuff. Thanks Once again

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Paul, thanks for visiting. I believe this to be true, Paul, but notice others do not seem to think the same way!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Kim Stanbrook
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    Reply Reply August 20, 2012

    Hi Mandy. having a conversation with people on your blog is a great way of finding our more about how you can help and build relationships over time. Great tips – thanks.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Kim, thanks for visiting. And I think helping each other is a very important role to play here. Thanks for sharing, Kim.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Laura Morris
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    Hi Mandy,
    It’s all about serving our readers isn’t it? You are so right. When we really get down to it, there’s two ways to look at blogging, and one question to ask. Either you are blogging to share all of your knowledge to load up your blog with lots of information and training, articles, videos etc OR you are sensitive to your target market, their needs, and consistently provide the same information in a way that serves your audience. So the question is: How do we find out what our readers want?
    ASK THEM!!!
    It seems really simple, but I don’t think I’ve seen many bloggers, or coaches for that matter that stop to ask “what is it you are struggling with? and how can I BEST HELP YOU??”
    To me this is a valuable blog!
    Great post as always!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Laura, thanks for visiting. You are right, there aren’t many bloggers who ask those questions, Laura. There are some howvere, and I’m going to give a shout out now for Adrienne Smith and Barry Wells, who are always asking their audience what they want and whether they can help them in any way. Brilliant bloggers and so valuable to the blogging community.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jon Barry
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    Great advice, and for anyone stuck on what to write about, hour comments can be a great source of inspiration!

    Let me share what I have done this week or so… (similar to your centre video piece)

    I replied to a question in a FB group, I liked my comment so much I copy pasted it as a blog post…

    Then for a bunch of comments on blogs I again liked what I had written, and copied it out to form the seed of a blog post….

    I have something lime six post topics with the help initial seed ready to be expanded into a full post.

    Look call it Blog-Cycling!

    Taking old comments, and turning them into new shiny blog content!

    See you soon, just off to cut and paste…..

    Posted By Jon Barry of http://JonBarry.co.uk
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Jon, thanks for visiting. Great share there, thanks! What an innovative way to create a post. I do find I often get inspiration for new posts from things I’ve read on other blogs, and not always the blog post, sometimes it’s a comment made by someone that sparks my imagination.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Kerris Torkington
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    Hi Mandy
    If you are writing interesting content then people will want to follow you and will comment on your posts. There is someone I know that just writes about her life and she has a huge following.
    I prefer blogs that are friendly and easy to read and without being bombarded by pop ups!!
    Kerris
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 21, 2012

      Hi Kerris, thanks for visiting. Yes, I too dislike pop ups! They are very intrusive, disturb my reading, and I never pay any attention to them so for me they’re a waste of time.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Janelle Wright
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    Brilliant post, such helpful and useful tips.

    I will definitely put into action what you have suggested and look forward to sharing the results with you!

    Talk soon,

    Janelle
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 22, 2012

      Hi Janelle, thanks for visiting. Glad to be of help. I think interacting with our readers is the only way to progress.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Shiva Chettri

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    Hi Mandy,
    I think the best way of getting your readers coming back to your blog is by engaging with them.

    Engaging with them by every way possible, like replying to comments, connecting with them on facebook, twitter and other social media sites etc.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 22, 2012

      Hi Shiva, thanks for visiting. Yes, connecting with your readers on social networking sites is also important. They get to know who you are as a person then too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Freddy Rodriguez
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    Excellent tip, Mandy. Listening to your audience and addressing their questions and concerns is definitely a great way to create compelling content that your visitors actually want to read. If someone took the time to ask you a question, odds are that there are many more people with that question. I think it’s time I go back through some of my comments. 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 22, 2012

      Hi Freddy, thanks for visiting. I’m glad I prompted you to take some action! Going through old comments is indeed a great idea. Sometimes you see things in a new light when you revisit them.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    I totally agree with you Mandy. Just check out what people are saying and if you can solve their problem like you did with your last post then you have just helped numerous people as well. Trust me, if that one person wanted to know that answer then you can bet there were many more that it would help.

    Next time someone asks you what to write about, send them to this post. 🙂

    ~Adrienne
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 22, 2012

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. You are a classic example of how well this method works, Adrienne. I so agree with you that many more will have the same question if one person has asked it. As I found out with the centre tags video. Quite a number of commenters said it solved a difficulty for them too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • richa

    Reply Reply August 22, 2012

    Thanks for this great share, Mandy. Every blogger wants their readers to keep coming back. Reading and replying to comments is a great way to build a kind of relationship with people. Getting engaged with the readers surely works.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 22, 2012

      Hi Richa, thanks for visiting. You are so right, we are all in the business of relationship marketing essentially.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Joy

    Reply Reply August 24, 2012

    I firmly believe that engagement is the key to keep your visitors coming back for me. Apart from the usual quality and relevant content bit, it’s imperative to give your viewers the interactive experience they desire. This is also a great way to make them feel valued. Thanks for the insightful share 🙂

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 24, 2012

      Hi Joy, thanks for visiting. I agree with you, I believe a readers come for interaction and engagement, and the more we can accomodate that the more often they will return.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Riaan Saaiman
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply August 24, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    Engaging with your blog readers and solving their problems are an awesome way of getting them back on your blog wanting more.

    Also makes writing blog post that little bit easier!

    Thanks!

    Riaan
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 25, 2012

      Hi Riaan, thanks for visiting. You are right, writing becomes easier once you have engaged with your readers. Post topics can often come from that interaction.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Kristine

    Reply Reply August 24, 2012

    Hi Mandy, I completely agree that it pays to listen and pay attention to your readers because they have the potential to eventually become your loyal followers. I gain a lot of insights from those who leave comments on my blog so I make it a point to reply to each and every one of them– after all, they are also a critical part of the learning process I’m in. Thanks!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 26, 2012

      Hi Kristine, thanks for visiting. epplying to the comments left on your blog is the most important action you can take to ensure people come back again.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Angus McEwan
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    Reply Reply August 25, 2012

    Hi Mandy I am laughing as I read your post! The reason is because I have had on my blog post ideas list a not to write a post about listening to people for ideas and finally wrote that post an hour before I read yours.

    However, I was interested that you suggested looking at what people are saying or asking when they comment on/visit your blog.

    Angus
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 26, 2012

      Hi Angus, thanks for visiting. Great prompt then, Angus. It’s funyn how we can often have an idea then read a half dozen posts on a similar topic. I find that about ebooks too. I just get a great idea for a product and suddenly there are a number on the same theme.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • anshul

    Reply Reply August 27, 2012

    hi mandy ,trafficing on blog is good idea becoz when we share our view to the existing blogger that it create a bonding between the bloggers and make a habit to bloging.and this a great chance to grow your traffic on the blog .
    good thinking mandy

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 28, 2012

      Hi Anshul, thanks for visiting. Yes, make a habit of replying to blog comments, it does indeed create a bond between you and your readers.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Griffin Bell

    Reply Reply August 27, 2012

    These are very effective ideas to keep the readers flooding back to our blogs. I want to follow these ideas, because i think these ideas are great. Really we need to realize about the feelings of readers.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply August 28, 2012

      Hi Griffin, thanks for visiting. Glad to be able to help, hope it works well for you.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Dee Ann Rice
    Twitter:

    Reply Reply September 11, 2012

    Mandy,

    I think the very best place to get ideas for blog posts are exactly as you said – from reading and interacting with others on the internet.

    There are so many great ideas for posts out there if people would just read and listen.

    So many times when I hear someone if having trouble thinking of blog posts, including myself, it is because they have not been interacting with other people.

    Thanks so much.

    Dee Ann
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 12, 2012

      Hi DeeAnn, thanks for visiting. That is a very good point about being short of idea when you interact less. I get stacks of idea from my internet friends and colleagues. I am in a hangout every Tuesday with some people and we have a task each week to come to the group with two ideas for posts to share. It really makes you focus on some great ideas for posts, and you can get some great ideas from the others too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

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