Ways To Keep Blog Readers Engaged
Guest post by: Jessica Stambaugh
With the internet as a primary source of communication and social interaction, blogs have become a revolutionary way to share personal thoughts, experiences and opinions with people around the internet community.
Writing an interesting, thought provoking and ultimately successful blog is often harder than it sounds. It is important to keep readers entertained and engaged in order to ensure they continue reading and frequently return. Securing the attention of targeted readers can be easily done by following a few simple guidelines:
Use Headings and Sub-Headings
Using bold an italic fonts, separate thoughts and paragraphs with headings and sub-headings that catch the reader’s attention and clearly describe the topic at hand. Such font manipulations can spark interest in the reader and encourage them to keep reading. Headings and sub-headings also allow readers to skim a blog post and get a general idea of what is being discussed.
Use Visuals and Links
In today’s world of on-demand gratification, even relatively short blog posts can be too long or drawn out for some readers. Keep these readers’ engaged and interested by incorporating pictures and video clips. Readers appreciate visuals that are related to the topic being discussed and will be more likely to absorb the information with the help of visual media. Adding links to other websites that will provide readers with additional information relative to the blog will also make the reading more attractive to interested visitors.
Publish Content Regularly
Nobody enjoys reading out-of-date material. Readers will not remember a blog that is not frequently updated. In order to establish a regular following, a blog must be updated on a regular basis. Most blogs give readers the option to become a subscriber which notifies the reader every time new content is published. Stay disciplined and set a writing schedule in order to ensure new content is posted promptly. Readers will appreciate and remain loyal to a blogger that consistently publishes new material.
Interact With Readers
At the end of every blog post, readers will often make comments or suggestions based on what they have just read. If they are taking the time to share their opinion and communicate with the writer, the best thing to do is communicate back! The easiest way to attract a loyal following is to interact with readers and show them that the time and effort they have put in to reading and responding to the blog is appreciated.
Be Current and Creative
With the overwhelming amount of content available on the internet it can be difficult to attract readers and keep their attention. Staying up-to-date and knowledgeable of current events and trends is very appealing to readers who are trying to decide which blogs to subscribe to and read regularly. Stay creative by writing original content and sharing interesting visual media.
By following these five basic guidelines even a first time blogger can write a successful blog and attract a loyal following.
This article was written by Jessica Stambaugh, a freelance writer who in also pays the bills by helping people find the best paralegal programs in New Jersey.
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