How 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.
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.
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.
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.