Wednesday, October 19

Blogging 101 - How to Get Them to LINGER LONGER

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So, remember the 
HOTEL CALIFORNIA?
How you could check in 
but you couldn't check out?

Well, I'm not saying your blog has to be like THAT,
but I do think it's great to
make your visitors want to 
relax & stay a while.

HOW?
Well, for one thing - 
make your readers feel like royalty.
{My little granddaughter & her friend with their "chalk crowns"}


I always call the Pixie Dust readers
my "Blog Friends" & I really mean it!
So, my first tip is -
Make sure your visitors know 
how much you appreciate them.

2nd - Use live links within your posts 
to other, related items 
your visitors might want to read.
For instance,
Click here to read another article I wrote
about blogging tips.
{To make a link "live": go to the page you want to link to, copy the URL, click on the "Link" icon, & paste the URL address in the "To what URL should this link go?" box. 
Then, type something like "Click here" in the "Text to Display" box.}


3rd - Call attention to your 
"GREATEST HITS".
Some do this by making a tab for their
favorite posts at the top of their blog.
{You have to add a page to do this.}

I have photos along my sidebar, 
which, when clicked, link to some special content.
{If you use "Blogger", you can do this by clicking "Design" in the top right-hand corner of your blog page. Then click
"Add a Gadget".  A gadget window will pop up. Click on 
"Picture". You can add the picture you want & the link. Then you can move it wherever you want on your sidebar & save the changes.}


4th Tip -
Try "Link Within".
This is a widget that shows related
stories under each of your posts.
In the photo below,
it's the 3 pictures under "You might also like". . .
When readers click on one of the photos, it takes them
directly to the related post.
{I get a lot of traffic this way.}

And finally -
Don't send them away!
Most every blog I read has "buttons" or links
to other blogs. That's great.
However, when you refer a reader to another blog,
it's ideal if ANOTHER WINDOW OPENS
when the visitor clicks on the button or link.
That way, you didn't loose your visitor.
She can now read both blogs!

{Whenever I post a link, I try it first. If the link closes my blog & goes to the new URL, I change it. TO DO THIS:
first, post your live link as usual. Then, go to the 
"EDIT HTML" tab, find the URL & add
"target=new" before the URL address.}

Hope these tips were helpful - 
I've only been blogging for about a year & a half,
so I'm still learning too!


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