It has dawned on me, as I interact with bloggers- new and old alike, that there are always certain aspects of blogs that we must have and that are non negotiable to grow and develop our blogs to that next level.
As I peruse blogs, I have noticed that there are a few things that frustrate me or hinder me from interacting, leaving a comment, or even sharing with the world what awesomeness you have. You already have the content- that has hooked me, but have you ever wondered why people are not commenting, sharing, or interacting with you?
I have noticed a few things that have thrown up a virtual do not disturb sign… leaving me to think you do not really want to play. And hey, if that IS what you want, more power to you. But more times than not, this is not the case. While some of these may seem elementary, it is not!
Five Must Haves for Your Blog
About You Page
Who are you? Where are you from? What started you on this path? No, seriously? If I stumble upon your page, I want to know who you are and why you started blogging! I read these about you pages and if you look, they are probably one of the highest trafficked pages too! This About me page is a great place to tell the world about YOU- the who, what, when, where, and why of you and your blog. Trust me, we care!
Check out Smashing Magazine for some really cool ideas for your about you page!
OMG. What if I have an opportunity for you? What if a brand is trying to reach you? How do we do this? What if someone has a question, concern, or suggestion? Please do not have the person running through facebook, twitter, and wherever just to track you down! Even if you have your email on the sidebar- this is a step! And please make sure your email address is updated! You would be surprised!
Social Media Share Buttons
I am sure you have been here. You read an amazing article and you want to share it. However, there are no buttons! No “Like,” “Tweet,” or even “Share” buttons! You are left with two choices; either close the window and go about your life, or rub your head in confusion and copy the URL to share …
Regardless of your platform for blogging, there are tons of plug ins, widgets, and tools that you can easily add to your site to make it social sharing friendly!
Which leads me to…
Comment Friendly Section
Yes. I said it. A comment friendly section. I cannot tell you how many times I have left a page without saying anything because I had to sign in five different ways, just to say WOW. Even you are using Blogger’s platform, you can enable comments to be on your blog page (not in a pop up window with all the other comments). I love to read what others have to say and know I am not alone.
If you are on WordPress’s platform, I do not want to log into wordpress.com to leave a message. I am already logged in via my own wordpress… give your readers options! If they are a guest, let them leave a comment as a guest!
If your blog takes widgets or plugins, there are tools such as Disqus, Intense Debate, Comment Luv, and so many others ones that make it quite enjoyable that helps keep the conversation going…
I have read your blog, love your style, and want to read more and stay up to date- YET you haven’t a subscribe form NOR a burned feed. Add that on top of no Twitter link or Facebook Page- HOW am I to follow you? Stay In touch?
Blogger Mint shares a few hacks on how to do this for Blog Spot Blogs, but there are quite a few widgets and plugins that do this to make your life easier! Love the Mashable subscribe box? The Area-51 has a cool hack for Blogger Blogs. Are you on WordPress and are looking for some fun plugins? WPMU.org has the mecca of plug ins!
Okay. This is just a beginning but def a place to start! Please leave a comment if you think there is another major must that I missed! Sharing is Caring!