Help Them Spend More Time On Your Blog

Time Spent on a blogHow to get people to spend more time on your blog

Outside of having rockin’ post content and awesome free information, there are other ways to engage your visitors and help them stay on your blog longer. I’ve put together a list below with a short excerpt for each tip.

Video Library

Do you have a YouTube Channel? If you’re are blogger then you probably have an account on YouTube with some videos. If not, pick your favorite videos to share with your visitors by embedding the video within a post and add a brief summary of why you like the video. Then, encourage the viewers to leave their feedback in the comment area.

Photo Galleries are fun

Videos are fun too but photos sometimes capture the most amazing moments. Share those with your visitors. People love looking at photos. Have you personally engaged with your readers at an event or conference? Be sure to publish those photos in your photo galleries on your blog and let them know to check out their photo. People love seeing themselves. I’ve put together a video tutorial on how to set up the built-in WordPress photo gallery function. Check out this awesome free Facebook Photo Gallery Plugin that lets you display your Facebook Page Photo Albums right on your blog.

Quiz or Contest

Do you have a large following or high readership? Hosting a contest can really engage your fans and be a lot of fun. Remember to look into the legalities of it too. A quiz can be fun for those frequent readers and a fun informative activity.

Don’t just suggest related blog posts

Popular WordPress plugin like Linkwithin uses their algorithm to suggest related blog posts to the current reader. That is cool, but boring. Although it takes a little more time, you can manually suggest additional reading at the bottom of the post but instead of saying “Suggested Blog Posts”, try something more interesting like “Visitors who read this blog posts also read…” People want to know what other people are doing. If you let them know that someone who read this post also read another post, that visitor is likely to follow in their foot steps.

Internal Linking

If you are anything like me when writing a blog post, you don’t stop and think about linking to your other blog posts at the same time. So here is what I do. Once finished writing, I read through the post again before publishing it live. I look for keywords or keyphrases that I can convert to links to connect to my other blog posts. This is a great SEO tip and gives the reader a place to learn more about the content referenced within your post.

Final Thought

When you’re looking for ways to further engage your readers and have them spend more time on your blog, you must think “outside the box.” Guess what! The world has gone social and people spend more time on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube watching videos and looking at photos. They want to know what other people are doing and what they’ve already done. Use those same guidelines to entertain and engage with your visitors encapsulating them into your blog. Just have fun with it. If something doesn’t work so well…move on to the next idea. At least you tried it.

About Clifton Hatfield

He fell in love with the WordPress Publishing Platform and has been creating themes and plugins for it ever since. He is the kind of guy that can read code better than he can read a book. Often, you can find him hunched over a keyboard delivering his magic. He likes cold pizza, walking on moving sidewalks, and Indiana Jones. Clifton co-founded The Internet Lifestyle Network.

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11 comments
Miss Leslie
Miss Leslie

Great post, Clifton. Always looking for ways to get people to my blog, so I copied your ideas to Evernote so I can review them. Congratulations to you on the birth of your new baby. You'll have to update About Clifton Hatfield! Wishing you a song in your heart, Miss Leslie @ Music with Miss Leslie.com

Linda Secretan
Linda Secretan

Clifton, You are so great about laying out the specific steps, so that the additions you suggest not only sound effective, but also sound like fun to do!

Tristan Azcona
Tristan Azcona

Really good tips on how to keep people on the site and increase SEO ranking. The world truly has gone social and its all about engaging and entertaining people. :)

Eric Martinson
Eric Martinson

Hi Clifton - once again you deliver straight up great content! Thanks for the tips. My two favorites are the photo and related posts tips. I'm going to start implementing these on my blog asap. Keep up the great work!

Roz K Walker | The Savvy Mompreneur
Roz K Walker | The Savvy Mompreneur

Hi Clifton! I love the idea of displaying my Facebook page photo album on my blog. I will definitely check out that plugin. Thanks for sharing the great ideas! Roz

Hezi
Hezi

Hi Clifton, thanks for a very good compilation of ideas. I am definitely going to implement some of those.. when I will finally have some time :)

Matt Findley
Matt Findley

Hi Clifton, great blogging tips! Keep them coming man!

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Thank you so much! I am very pleased that you have found great value in my blog. :)

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Hey Eric! Thanks for the comment, feel free to share these ideas with your friends today!

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Thanks Roz! Head over and download my WordPress Facebook Plugin. Let me know if you have questions.

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Thanks Hezi! I am really glad you found use for the ideas! Hope you find the time to implement them :)