Have you ever seen an excited little kid who realizes he doesn’t have anyone’s attention? He soon starts yelling (or acting in a way that implies):
COME LOOK AT ME!
You know, people never really grow out of this. We all enjoy getting attention – young and old. But there’s a reason for that, humans are social creatures – we need people’s acceptance, and we will do (or not do) a lot in order to gain the approval of others.
As a new blogger, you are that kid. You desperately need the attention of someone, anyone. You want readers, fellow bloggers, or someone’s pet cat to recognize you. But how do you get that recognition?
While content is king, conversation is queen. Even if you have great articles, people will be hesitant to comment until they see that others are doing it. There are three things that you can do to get the conversation started on your blog.
1. Get your friends commenting!
Pay, beg, and plead with your friends to leave a few comments and this could help get your website moving. Of course, you might get a few “What’s up big nose?” or “You owe me dinner” comments. But at least conversation is moving.
Unfortunately, there are times when asking your friend to comment won’t work. For example, if you are writing about something that they have no idea about. Or, perhaps you are a bit embarrassed and you don’t want to tell them about the blog until it’s a bit of a success. If that’s the case, there are other options.
2. Comment on other people’s blogs
Remember that little kid that likes attention? Yes, that’s you with your blog. But that’s also everyone else who’s starting a blog. So get out there and comment on other people’s websites – leaving a link to your website. If you select other people just starting out (without many comments yet) they may be likely to return the commenting favor.
3. Bring in the pros!
If the conversation just isn’t getting started, then it may be time to bring in the big boys (and girls). Using Fiverr you can find a few great commenters who will happily make your blog more lively for just $5. Perhaps, all you need for the conversation to move along is to, well, actually have a conversation.
I’ve brought together a few gigs from Fiverr that can help get the conversation on your site going. Consider spending a few dollars to get these people to comment. And who knows, if they like your site, they may keep coming back and commenting more!
Tiffany’s offer is hard to turn down! As a professional writer and blogger, she is willing to leave 10 insightful comments. That’s a steal of a deal. Additionally, she will share two of the articles with her social network – helping you attract even more readers! I would recommend going and checking out TiffanyEBarry‘s gig on Fiverr right now. You’re blog will start filling with comments in no time.
This is my own gig. And so I can personally vouch for the quality. If this guy doesn’t perform, I’ll give him a smack in the nose. Basically, for $5 I’m willing to leave 5 insightful comments and tweet one of your posts to my of 3000+ followers. I enjoy getting into exciting conversations, reading great content, and sharing good ideas. So visit my profile and order any gig – then tell me that you would like me to leave a few comments for you. I would love to help get your conversation going!
Now, what’s better than getting a bunch of comments? Getting them spread out over an extended period of time! MamaMusing will leave 5 comments on your blog over a 5 day period. Therefore, if you’re creating content on a regular basis, you can be sure that there will be a comment on it within a day – getting the conversation going immediately.
Another helpful fellow is Knutofstbo. He also agrees to leave 5 comments over a period of 5 days. As an author, blogger, musician, youth mentor, and sales professional, he has a lot of wisdom that will make him a useful commenter on virtually any topic. Knutofstbo promises to leave great, relevant comments. Since he helps kids, you should probably help him and buy his gig.
Another useful commenter is JeskaBelieves – who promises to leave 5 interesting and useful comments on your blog. If she has a lot to say about the topic, she says they could get rather long – but she promises at least a couple of sentences for each one. She’s relatively new on Fiverr, but I think her gig is worth while for someone wanting useful comments.
Getting a conversation started on your blog can take some time. Don’t get discouraged. Keep writing, comment on other people’s work, and recognize that blog readership and commenting often starts slow, but will pick up as time goes on.
What are your suggestions for getting a conversation going? If you have a blog, leave a comment here with a link to it – I’ll stop by and comment back!
Motivated desperation has created countless successful entrepreneurs. Maybe you will be next.
Yesterday’s activity: 106 visits, 41 unique visitors, 224 page views.
My name’s Rob and I’ve been a perpetual student of business. After a BBA and MBA, I began pursuing a PhD in management but discovered that it was miserable! As of last week, I have officially dropped out – and I’m proud of it.
Thus, I’ve spent 7 1/2 years studying business, with a passion for finding ways to make a living flexibly, from a computer, at your own time, while traveling the world. However, I’ve been too preoccupied (ie, lazy), to really make this happen.
I was becoming the epitome of the phrase, “He who can’t do, teaches”. Therefore, after dropping out of the PhD program, I’ve finally decided to pursue my dream of making a living online.
Because I’m poor and newly married, I’m only going to give myself 100 days to work on this project (while trying to earn from other online venues). If I don’t make it to a decent level of income, then this blogging venture is over.
I’m hoping that I don’t chicken out before then.
About the 100 Days to 5000 Daily Blog Visits Challenge
In an effort to use my business “knowledge” for something that I will enjoy, something that I can make a living off of, and something that can benefit others, I’ve decided to challenge myself: My goal is to have 5000 daily visitors to this site (fiverrdaily.com) after 100 days of hard work.
By tracking my progress, whether I succeed or fail, I believe that this content will provide a valuable tool for others interested in making a living off of freelance blogging.
Why 5000 visits? From past experiences, I believe that a niche blog can make $10-$20 per thousand visitors using Google AdSense. Therefore, with 5000 visits a day, this comes out to $1500-$3000 a month.
With AdSense as a foundation for income, using sites like Fiverr.com, and selling your own advertising, I believe that it will be possible to earn an initial $30,000 a year. And of course, as you keep improving your site, the amount of revenue will keep growing.
Day 1 Goal: Decide Why You Blog
You can’t start a popular blog if you don’t know why you’re doing it.
So, let’s get started! The first thing we need to do is know why we blog. Here are several thoughts to help you get started.
1. What do you want out of your blog?
This is another important question. Is the goal of your blog to make a living financially, to promote a cause or idea that you believe has not been given enough airtime, or to find potential customers or clients for your own business?
Don’t place Google Ads all over your consulting website, or else people will click away and hire a different consultant. However, if you want to earn solely from your blog, then don’t be foolish and think that you can somehow make money without ANY advertising (which some people try).
2. What is the purpose of your blog?
The most successful companies are the companies that know what ideas to reject. It’s not just about having the world’s greatest idea, it’s also about ignoring the world’s second greatest idea.
Therefore, what is the purpose of your blog or website? Is it to give people fashion advice, is it to help organize the world of music, is it to connect with talented authors? Once you know the purpose of your blog, write it down. And then refuse to do anything that goes against that purpose.
For FiverrDaily.com, my purpose is to discuss how buyers and sellers can benefit from micro jobs and part-time outsourcing. I chose this topic because it’s narrow (micro jobs), but also allows me to discuss a wide variety of crazy business ideas (compensating for my easily distracted personality).
What is the purpose of your blog? Know what audience you want to target, and stick to it. And your purpose better not be “to make money”, or else you won’t. No one will serve the web just to make you rich. But if you help others, then you can earn a living as well.
3. What goals and milestones do you have for your blog?
If you blog is a fun hobby to express your thoughts, then this isn’t so important. However, if you want your site to develop into something significant, it is important to set up realistic goals and work towards those.
At this point, my goal is to achieve 5000 daily visits on FiverrDaily.com by providing useful articles that will keep people engaged, interested, and coming back for more.
I would love for you to come along on this journey with me. If you have a relatively young blog, let’s race to 5000. I’ll share my secrets with you, and you share yours with me! The beautiful thing about the web is that we don’t have to compete for visitors – they can view both of our sites.
LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS: Whether an amateur or a veteran blogger, I would appreciate your thoughts and advice in the comments section below. I’m working on achieving this crazy little dream, and your advice would be HUGE!