How Important is a Thank You in Blogging Today?

Saying Thank You in the Blogging World

How important is it to say “thank you” in the blogging world? Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Thanking others for reading your blog or commenting is crucial. In real life too Thank You’s are of the utmost importance. It’s part of having good etiquette and the way we interact with others. People love to feel appreciated. A simple thank you shows appreciation towards others.

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How Do You Thank You To Your Clients During the Holidays?

This is the time of year when people start to think about Christmas and thanking their clients for their loyalty. I remember one year I received a Christmas Card from a fellow blogger in Switzerland, Ashley Faulkes of Mad Lemmings.  I hadn’t received any cards from abroad before. It was really touching that he took the time to send me a holiday card to thank me for connecting online. This was at least 5 years ago and I still remember it. In the following years I would pick one or two bloggers out to send holiday cards to.

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Holiday Gifts for Clients as a way to Say Thank You

custom gift cards Why not take it a step further a send out a few holiday gifts for clients? Years ago many businesses used to send out calendars during December.

It was a way for people to remember them throughout the year. Eventually the price of printing went up over the years and many businesses stopped sending calendars out.

Recently I found a company that does custom gift cards. I love how brands can put a logo on the gift cards. You can really personalize them for your clients, fellow bloggers, team members or co-workers.

 

Holiday Gift Cards

holiday gift cardsThey also offer holiday cards that are unique. I really like this idea as you can offer them in an denomination. Furthermore they can be sent anywhere in the world where Visa or MasterCard are accepted.

Imagine a fellow blogger or client receiving one of these cards from you? They will surely remember who you are years from now. Similarly you will feel good acknowledging them!

Do You Really Need A Thank You Page?

What got me thinking about thanking readers was the time when I visited a blog post and commented. After I left the comment I wanted to share the post on the social networks. But the post instead took me to a thank you page. Really? Is that really necessary? Consequently I didn’t have time to go back to the home page and figure out where the post was. It was a frustrating experience because I do like to share posts if I leave a comment on them. Could the blogger have thanked me in other ways?

 Here are 5 of My Favorite Ways to Say Thank You:

  1. Giveaways Have giveaways for your readers on a monthly or seasonal time period. You could give away a product, a PayPal gift card, an eBook, etc.
  2. Comments – You can thank them in your comments and/or you can go comment on their blog.
  3. Free eBooks – Give away your eBook for those that subscribe to your blog. (Now thru Christmas sign up for email or push notification – Go to my contact me page and fill out the form and I’ll send you my eBook “Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter” for FREE!
  4. Share your readers posts on the various social networks. And share more than one time! Fill up your Buffer or Hootsuite with their posts. Of course be sure the posts you share are relevant to your niche too.
  5. Mention your readers on your future posts. People love to be mentioned on others blogs. Why not give them a mention if they are worthy of one in a future post?
  6. Finally, send them something like a gift card or special note. People today will love receiving something in the mail as it is not used often anymore today.
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Read How Other Bloggers Thank Their Readers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Thank You Quotes

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”  ~John E. Southard.

Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” ~ Alice Walker.

Feeling good about your life, but not expressing a heartfelt ‘thank you,’ is like wrapping a gift for someone and never giving it to them.” ~ Chip Conley

 

All in all what do you think of those thank you pages?

How do you thank others that you do business with online or offline? 

I’d love to hear how you like to be thanked by other bloggers or clients in the comments below.

Thank you!

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 6 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

97 comments On How Important is a Thank You in Blogging Today?

  • Hi Lisa… Such a good post,
    I couldn’t think that someone can write an article on that topic.
    You have very well said. Thank you isn’t just a word but It’s a great sign to show that you care and appreciate something. It shows how genuine you are with your audience.
    It personally feels so good when I get a thank you message from someone.
    I have read many posts of yours and all was so good and informative.
    Looking forward to reading more.:)

    Sakshi.

    • Hi Sakshi, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Oh yes, it wasn’t hard to do. I think it is important to say thanks as many people skip over that too often. I really appreciate your coming by and taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend!

  • Hey Lisa

    Such amazing post, As a reader, If I find something (like any post) that has a lot of knowledge and that is informative, then I always share with my friends and share on my social handle. Sharing is a great way in order to appreciate the person and their work.
    I truly get so happy if I get a thank you message from anyone and Lisa you always do that, you know how to treat people.
    I always love to share your post and visit your blog B’coz I know your posts are always full of knowledge. Thank you so much for providing such important stuff. 🙂

    Maria

    • Aww, that’s so sweet Maria. It does amaze me how some people do not thank others when they share their content around. Some do ignore it 🙁
      I think showing appreciation is very important online and offline alike. It shows we saw what someone did for us, they took a moment out of their day to do something for us. That’s huge in today’s world.
      Thanks so much for coming by Maria and for taking the time to comment on this post. Have a great day and rest of the week!

  • Hi Lisa,
    What a joy to be here again after a gap.
    So sorry to say that I really missed this post.
    Yes. The little word “Thank You” can make such a lot of difference in our own life as well as on others.
    The many different ways you mentioned in this post to express it to others is really worth following.
    I am following some of them and will surely try others too. 🙂
    Hey, I have written a post too in this regard sometime back and on this Thanksgiving day I updated it too. I will surely mention this post in that post shortly.
    Meanwhile I would like to say that your page has been mentioned in my latest post on A2 Hosting review.
    I am glad to say that.
    Keep writing
    Have a great time of interaction ahead
    Best
    ~ Phil
    PS: Hey something wrong with the CommentLuv here, please check and fix it.
    Thanks
    Phil

    • Hi Phil, Only a week gap 🙂 Every once in a while I need a break. I will have to check your post out. I got a little behind yesterday but I believe you have tweeted it out. Thanks for the mention, I do really appreciate that.
      Oh yes CommentLuv, you must not use the HTTPS when leaving your link. I’ll double check for you.
      Have a great day Phil and enjoy the rest of this week.

    • PS Phil, I think you need to reply to this with http: only and NOT https: – commentluv does like the s for some reason. And it can’t be fixed, the developer got sick. 🙁

  • Hi Lisa,

    I seem to remember that when I used CommenLuv there was an option to use a thank-you page for first-time commenters. Then CommentLuv stopped working for my blog / theme combination, so that’s gone!

    Personally I consider it a thank-you if people share my posts and leave a relevant comment (as opposed to the dreaded “awesome post” one-liner.

    However, to go the extra mile for my favorite bloggers I add them into my Buffer feed. And as my thank you to YOU for this excellent reminder I have added your blog too 🙂

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

    • Hi Joy, What are you using now for your comments? I’m still hanging on here to CommentLuv but know it could be a matter of time before having to switch to something else.
      I love adding others to my buffer RSS feed. I’ll be adding your blog as well.
      Thank you for coming by and commenting on this one Joy. Have a wonderful day and week ahead!

      • Hi Lisa,

        Well – as of now I’m just using native WordPress commenting, but the theme I use has just released a plugin for commenting. I’ll leave it a little while to let the bugs get ironed out, and then have a try with that.

        Thanks for adding me to your Buffer feed – really appreciate that.

        Have a great week too.

        Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Hello Lisa,

    Awesome post and topic. Saying thanks to your readers and people who share your posts and made comments on your blog is not just a courtesy, Its create a personal bonding among users and bloggers. It create trust and more engagement. I always try to thanks to the people who share my posts and respond to the comments to my blog. I love to doing this. Thanks for sharing these great insights and helpful tips.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

    • Hi Vishwajeet, oh yes, I love the way you put it there. It’s a bonding among bloggers and users 🙂 I try to always thank them too on social media and of course here on the blog. I have to make a list of a few to send a card too like Ashley had done. That was really neat to receive. Thanks for taking the time to comment here Vishwajeet and have a great new week ahead!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Interesting article.

    I think people often overlook the importance of little things like saying thank you.

    I guess because it’s so easy to say.

    But it’s a little thing that really does mean a lot to people who receive your thanks.

    I like the methods you developed for saying “thank you.”

    It’s really what reciprocation is all about in blogging.

    When you leave a comment on someone’s blog, or share it on your social sites, it’s a very valuable way of saying thank you.

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna, yes- you are right about the little things getting overlooked today. Everyone is looking for shortcuts and the easy way out. Those that take the time to go out of their way do get noticed now 🙂 Thanks for coming by here on this one Donna and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Hi,

    An interesting and educative piece. From my observation, I think it is not a good idea to be redirected to a thank you page after dropping a comment.it is both a waste of time and bandwidth consumption into something that is not profitable, unless if you have an optin email form.

    The best and right approach is to simply reply the commenter with a tank you note. Simple!!

    • Hi James, thank you. I haven’t seen them as much as I used to – the thank you pages. I bet you are right about the bandwidth and site speed that has put a stop to them from popping up. I appreciate your coming by on this one. Have a great day ahead!

  • Hi Lisa,

    As you’ve concluded “Thank You” this word is really awe-inspiring, not just it helps in building a friendly relationship with a blogger and fellow readers yet helps to encourage them in their journey.

    Giveaways, is really a great method of “thanking” the readers. Comment makes them joyful and fill them with happiness. Free eBooks, set traffic on-fire. Sharing and mentioning, connect with each other 🙂

    Perhaps, what I’d say is – this article is really, really inspiring not just for me, but for everyone who want to build authority in blogging.

    “Thank You”, Lisa. Have a great weekend ahead.
    – Bishal Biswas
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I really appreciate that you brought this stuff into light. Actually when anyone thanks other person then it is sign that we sincerely appreciate the action of that particular person. It feels as the person have done something valuable and we are liking it. Thanks represents a good sign.
    The person who did the activity feel overwhelmed and he/she will surely try to connect with us again.

    Thanks for the post. I really like it.

    ~Ravi
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  • Hi Lisa, I guess the general thinking is that it is more polite – but I don’t need a thank you for commenting and I would rather stay on page so I can check out another post or maybe share the link on Twitter. I think that a better option is just to put a thank you in your comment section. Something like “Got something to add? I love getting comments so share below. Thanks for taking the time to comment”. Having a thank you page seems a little clunky – most of the time it also gets used as a sales page and that turns me off!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Going through your posts, the title of this post really caught my attention. I think the word “Thank you” is really important in the world of blogging. That’s because since we are not communicating face to face here, we can express our emotions and gratitude through simple words, and these words does effect the mind of the people.

    Here’s a real example. I am quite new as a blogger and last day when I came and commented on your last post for the first time, I got such a nice reply from you that I really appreciate and it touched my heart. And what touched my heart more was that you even followed me on Twitter and I got a great Thank You gift from you. So, you really taught me how we actually should say Thank You to our readers most of the time. 🙂

    I thank my readers with either a comment on their blog or a Tweet or follow or share on Facebook. Sometimes, if a reader has posted something great and really valuable article on his or her blog, I even link back to him or her.

    So, I say a BIG THANK YOU to you for sharing this wonderful post with us. 🙂

    Mainak.
    Mainak Halder recently posted..Are you Blog Commenting for Backlinks or Relationships?My Profile

  • Lisa:

    You just can’t go too far wrong anytime you employ the two most powerful words in marketing! That being “thank you!”
    And sadly, the two most underutilized words as well!

    Most blog com mentors would probably love to be pleasantly surprised by hearing the words “thank you” especially if they’re coming from a source they really respect and look up to.

    As more of the big name bloggers are doing things like discontinuing comments and unless, you’re part of their big buck paid inner circle crew.

    You probably won’t ever get a personal response from them, when you send an email message.
    So without a doubt, saying “thank you” goes a long way!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I also feel that people show their thanks when they respond in kind. I really appreciate a visit to my blog, and make a point of stopping by the blogs of people that comment on mine. A thank you page would do nothing for me. For me it’s like sending someone a thank you card, instead of taking a half hour out of the day to have coffee with them.

    – Cole
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Thank you page indeed a good option to show the appreciation for reading & commenting on the blog to our readers. But it really an annoying if we face same thank you page again and again for every comment on that blog.

    I like the idea of @Enstine Muki who have mention to have a thank you page for first time visitors. Thanks Enstine

    I would like to add one more point, instead of having thank you page even for first time visitor and embedding link for previous post so that if they want they can visit back the same page and share those page with their reader, we can simply open the thank you page in new tab as soon as the person has commented on our blog post.

    Thank you Lisa for explaining the importance of saying thank you.

    -Shivkumar
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    • Hi Shivkumar, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Yes, I agree and it prompted me to write about it. Enstine had a great idea with that one. That’s a great idea too – another tab! Excellent thought, thanks for adding to this discussion with that one Shivkumar. You are welcome and have a wonderful day – hope to see you back again soon.
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  • Good Morning Lisa and Thanks for the wonderful reply! I love how you put your commenters are like visitors coming to your home, what a great way to look at it. 🙂 And Yes as for Kingged I love what Kinsley has done, I was so shocked when I was paid the first time and even more shocked to see that I was paid while I was on vacation last week.

    I guess I didn’t even realize that my comments were adding up as I was replying to my comments there.. LOL

    I do love what you are doing here with your blog, Thanks again for the wonderful reply, Have a Blessed Day!! Chery :))
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  • Hello Lisa, Wow this was a great post, I do have a Thank You Page set up for my first time commenter’s and I guess I never really gave much thought about it leaving the page before they get a chance to share, But on the other hand I think it is a good thing to thank those people and let them know that I appreciate their visit and comment.

    I always thank everyone who leaves a comment and feel that this is necessary to build relationships with those who are visiting and commenting on your blog..

    Thanks for sharing Chery :))

    P.S. I did end up on your blog today Via Kingged where I also shared and kingged this post
    Chery Schmidt recently posted..The Honest Truth About Building An Online Business Of Your DreamsMy Profile

    • Hi Cheryl, thank you. I don’t mind the thank you page for the first time commenters, it’s the ones that are there for each and every post that get annoying. I would agree, anytime someone comes by to comment it’s like having a visitor to your home where you would offer a drink and food, right? Kingged is great, isn’t it? Just got my first payout from the comment content, sweet! Welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Hope to see you again Cheryl and have a great day.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    If I may… I would say that your approach is somehow wrong. Let me explain my point…

    Let’s face it, the main purpose of using a thank you page is NOT that thank you 😉 A reply to the original comment will do that job and I guess that most of the commenters appreciate a personal thank you more than an automatic one. Do you think that the bloggers who use thank you pages don’t know it? I guess they know it very well…

    The truth is that a thank you page is not a thank you, but yet another try to get the commenter on blogger’s mailing list. That’s it. Whether you or I like the thank you pages from a commenter’s perspective… well, that’s another story 🙂
    Adrian Jock recently posted..Do People Really Buy From Sellers They Know and Trust?My Profile

    • Thanks Adrian, I like your point. It’s more about getting on their mailing list than about being thanked. I did not look at it that way. But you make a really good point! Thanks for coming by and for your view on this. Welcome to Inspire to Thrive and have a great rest of your week.
      Lisa recently posted..Oh No Twitter Not the Hashtags & Other Twitter ChangesMy Profile

      • Hi Lisa,

        Believe it or not, I don’t post comments and tips for the sake of killing my time. Therefore… I was wondering why my links were removed from my previous comment…

        Do I look like a spammer? A spammer whom you thanked for the retweets of some of your posts… nice! 😉

        I’ve seen that some bloggers remove the links from first time commenters’ comments. That’s a “great” (read bad!) idea for bloggers who don’t know to handle spam. I always “liked” (sarcasm) such policy. When you don’t know how to handle the bad guys, punish the honest people. Superb! That’s how the politicians treat us. Why not copying all the bad things from them, right?

        Of course, it’s your blog and you can do whatever you want – including offering first time commenters an incentive for NOT coming back again.
        Adrian Jock recently posted..Do People Really Buy From Sellers They Know and Trust?My Profile

        • Hi Adrian, I have a 3 comment policy before allowing links. It’s set up via CommentLuv automatically so I don’t pick and choose along the way. I’m sorry you feel that way, you are just 1 comment away from having the links. It’s a way to reward those that are regular visitors. I know I get upset when I see offers for wireless or cable for new users only, what about those that keep using the service, why do they pay more? Just different thoughts – thanks for your feedback, I do appreciate it and your time for doing it – I know our time is priceless.
          Lisa recently posted..Oh No Twitter Not the Hashtags & Other Twitter ChangesMy Profile

          • OK, one last comment. I removed myself the links. I don’t need them anymore from this blog.

            Your comparison doesn’t make sense. The more comments your regular commenters post, the more backlinks they get. That’s their advantage in comparison with a one-time commenter.

            It seems that you didn’t understand that blogging has to be a win-win case. When I post my thoughts and YOU remove my links (even if it’s done automatically, it’s still YOU the one who choose such settings), that’s not a win-win case. When you want to be the only one who gets something, you lose on long term.

            Good luck!
            Adrian Jock recently posted..Do People Really Buy From Sellers They Know and Trust?My Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    Interesting topic which I think bloggers should think again! 💡

    I’m sure those who had Thank You page had good intentions 🙂 There’s no doubt about that. But you were right. Redirecting to Thank You page and coming back to share is kinda confusing. Yet I’ve gone that far and shared. Glad my favorite blogs don’t have that option (Not a single blog) else I would have to do that every week.

    I believe the alternative would be having a back button or something. Guess it should be conveyed to developers who offer such plugins. But the best workaround is to avoid that page and be grateful in creative ways. You already mentioned alternatives and just a simple thank you at the end of the post is enough. Well, everyone has different ways of coping. Isn’t it?

    Let’s hope those who had Thank You pages take suggestions into account and implement, Lisa 🙂

    You have a lovely weekend and hope your mom is doing fine dear!

    Cheers…
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    • Hi Mayura, yes a back button. Enstine left a code in comments about using one. That would be a good idea if one felt they must have a thank you page. You are lucky not to come across one. There are a couple I visit that have them – makes me hesitate to visit unless the headine is really something I must read now. Who has time to go back and try to find it to share it? So I either comment or share, but not both in those instances. 24 hours in a day go by way too fast for me! Mom has been doing pretty good past week, thanks for mention. We are expecting a bit of rain this weekend, has it warmed up in your part of the world? Thanks for coming by and for your input Mayura.
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  • Hi Lisa! Thank YOU for always sharing my posts via Triberr/Twitter, I really appreciate it!

    Personally, I think honorary mentions and interviews are a great way to thank people. I put together a post awhile back that featured 40 people, most of whom I had prior connections with. As a form of thank you for either letting me contribute to their site or helping me expand my network, this post was a sort of “grand” act of thanks, while doubling as a great social media resource.

    On another note, I need to spend more time here! I’m starting to reach out to more bloggers in social media circles so you can expect me to drop by more often 🙂 Have a great weekend Lisa!
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    • You are welcome Jesse, you always have really good stuff as I don’t share everyone’s posts on Triberr. That’s a great way to show appreciation Jesse. I’ve done a few like that at the end of the year – best posts of 2013, etc. But they do have to include good info and not just as a form of a thank you. As long as it’s real and relevant – it is a great thing. Look forward to seeing you here again and have a great weekend too. It’s finally here!
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  • Thank You could mean a lo in blogging but exessive thank you can damage and affect your user experience. When you direct a visitor out of a page to a thank you page after leaving a comment on your blog, you may have denied such visitor a chance to share the post on the social media.

    it will be nice to minimize the rate of the thanks you’s as it may become irritating and annoying to visitors. That is exactly the reason i removed the thank you page from my blog.

    I’ll rather interact with the visitor via a comment reply and after addressing their issues they may have then say thank you for visiting my blog.
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  • Thank yous…oh, yeah. I have a thank you page for first time commenters (I have found it annoying in the past, but sometimes I do like those pages, especially if they offer something useful).

    As of now, I don’t offer much (I do use a painting instead of normal text – perhaps that could serve as an inspiration for someone else? :D).

    I am thinking of other ways to thank (my readers…I don’t have any eBooks or anything. I am not entirely sure I wanted to offer those. The perceived value is really low…I want to provide something else. Perhaps not unique, but used less?).

    Hopefully I will be able to come up with something 😀

    Thanking in social media…I usually do thank people every time (even though I personally find it annoying when people do that to me…I know that they appreciate my act…I feel like I don’t need a reminder. I tried avoiding it for a week, but started feeling guilty about not thanking anyone. I might try it again, who knows? :D).

    Anyways, interesting topic, Lisa 😀
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    • Hi Jeevan, I don’t mind the ones for the first time commenters, it’s the ones that are there for each post – overkill! I wonder what you will come up with Jeevan? I’m sure it will be something unique. I do thank most on Twitter or on Facebook if they share or comment (but not if they just give something a like)….I know what you mean about feeling guilty if you don’t. Thanks for coming by Jeevan – I hope your studies are going well and that you have a great weekend!
      Lisa recently posted..Oh No Twitter Not the Hashtags & Other Twitter ChangesMy Profile

  • I guess being redirected to a thank you page after leaving a comment could seem annoying to someone familiar with WordPress and moderation, but on the other hand for someone not familiar with it they may wonder what happened to their comment, and why they don’t see it. In that case a thank you page informing them that their comment is in moderation might be helpful depending on what the thank you page actually says.

    I just assume that someone would hit the back button on their browser if they wanted to return to the article. They could probably tweet first, and comment second.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Saying “thank you” is just a courteous thing to do. There are some bloggers who don’t reply to comments at all much less say thanks on social media.

    I’m not too keen on those thank you pages either. If I had to guess I’m sure they did it to save time but if you can’t take a minute to type thank you on twitter to me that tells me a blogger is not in to make a connection it’s only to make money.

    I would have given a better answer on Twitter too but I got caught up in Ashley’s chocolates LOL.

    Happy Wednesday Lisa! Hope you’re having a great week :). See ya in the Socialverse!
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    • Isn’t that hard to believe that some can’t say thank you on social media or even reply to comments? Everyone seemed to love Ashley’s comment with the chocolates – got a few messages on Twitter on it as well. I can’t believe it is already Thursday, was a little under the weather yesterday. I hope your week is going well there Corina and see you back in the socialverse!
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      • A simple thanks go a thousand miles.

        Putting unique thank you pages on your blog can be really helpful and leave a HUGE impact on your audience.

        Make sure to use UNIQUE and relevant thank you pages on;

        -landing pages (where you sell)
        -optin confirmation pages (and try to give more than what they ask you for, you can give a checklist or video to surprise them)
        -about page (thank them for reading more about you)

        Also rewarding the blog commenters by saying thanks can be really a HUGE tip.

        Thanks for the write up!

        • Hi Anil, Do you have them yourself Anil? I think after an opt in page they may work well. I really haven’t seen many as recently as I used to. Thank you for coming by Anil and have a great week ahead.

  • haha, I had no idea that Twitter question was going onto a post!
    I might have given you a serious answer then :>
    BTW, the chocolates are on the way

    I try to thank my readers on comments they leave, via email if they send one, or by just posting consistently good stuff.

    i am also trying a new Patt Flynn tactic and putting more great content in my autoresponder emails, to thank people who trust me and sign up to my list.

    Give give give
    then santa may come down the chimney and you will receive, perhaps
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  • Hi Lisa,
    Hats off for this post. I liked the way you presented the subject. More importantly, I liked the way you incorporated the tweet replies from experts and your blogging friends.

    I get frustrated when I get redirected to a THANK YOU page after I submit my comment. I am ok if it is shown for a first time commenter. But, it is really annoying if I see the same THANK YOU page each and every time I comment on some blog. I usually thank my commenters by replying to their valuable comments. Also, I try visiting their sites and leaving a comment there. After all, we bloggers are a mutual admiration/feedback/promotion society.
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    • Hi Jakes, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. If you know me at all you know Twitter is my favorite place to be online. So glad that they have the embed feature. I’m with you if it is a first time comment. But every time you visit a blog? That’s overkill to me. I like that “mutual admiration/feedback/promotion society” – excellent point. Thank you for coming by with your input and have a great rest of your day.
      Lisa recently posted..How Important is a Thank You in Blogging?My Profile

      • Hi Lisa,
        I agree with you visiting blog every time is an overkill. I meant to say I give it a try and I am not a strict follower of that policy. And, my blog posts receive at most 5 comments. So, in my case it is a feasible policy. Out of those comments, majority are from my friends who are not from blog-o-sphere. It makes things easy for me 😀
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  • Hi Lisa,
    I think “Thank you” is so important. But, I think “Thank you” is always important; it doesn’t matter if it is blogging or in our “real” life. I think it’s a value we either have or we don’t.

    I believe in thank you’s. I believe in two-way streets: helping others in addition to being helped.

    For me, it is frustrating to comment on a post and then . . . nothing. They don’t respond with a conversational comment. Or, they don’t respond at all.

    I saw that Adrienne responded to your question. I am trying to implement this. if someone comments, I focus on commenting back; but, now if they comment on my site, I try to go to their site and comment. I try to go the extra mile.

    Barb

    P.S. I saw this on kingged.com
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    • Hi Barb, yes, I’d agree both in blogging and life in general. Oh yes, not receiving a comment back can be frustrating. The same for conversations on social media – you try to engage with some and nothing – like they are a bot vs a real person. I try to do that too but sometimes it does take me a week vs a day to get to everyone’s site. I’ve been using Kingged more often. I try to get there at least every other day now. Thanks for coming by Barb and have a great rest of the week!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    We are so used to the workflow of WordPress that it is often a surprising thing if we are directed to other page. I think if we comment, we already want to share the post . The author can show appreciation by thanking on social media sites.
    The other way the author can show appreciation is by putting a link in the Thank you page that takes us back to the blog post where we came from.
    It is a great topic for discussion on usability aspect of website. I agree with you that its better to show appreciation the other way rather than surprising your visitors :).

    • Hi Ashvini, yes, that is true. It seems unnatural when taken to that other thank you page. Yes, I love the idea of a link back to the original post. That would make a difference or as some have stated they only use it for the first time visitor. I know a few sites/blogs that use it every time though which inspired me to write about this one. Thanks for your input Ashvini and have yourself a wonderful day.
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  • Hello Madam Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing with us this insight. Showing appreciation matters and I don’t want to be seen as bragging but that is something I enjoy saying a lot.

    It takes nothing away from the ‘sayer’ but ends up enligthening you!
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  • Hey Lisa,

    Thanks for adding my two cents in there as well. I find thank you pages annoying.

    Some people swear that it’s their biggest converting page but people swear popups work for them too. I personally find them both annoying as hell. What I don’t like about thank you pages is that who has time to go back to the post to share it! You’re right though, there is no back button so I can go back to the post I was on.

    I think that each individual should test these things for themselves if they feel it’s something that can help them. Like you suggested though, I think you can definitely thank them in other ways. Who doesn’t appreciate you stopping by their blogs and commenting and sharing their post! Don’t you think that would gain much more ground? The people that put those up though are more concerned with opt-ins so I’m not sure they would prefer taking that kind of time.

    I’m not testing it I’m sorry. I hate to add anything to my site that I personally find annoying even if others swear by it. To each his own right!

    Thanks for bringing this up and have a great week.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne, you are welcome. I liked Enstine’s idea of putting a link to the post from the thank you page and only using the thank you page one time for first time visitors. I’m okay with that type of one. I agree on the pop ups too, they can make me leave a page quickly. I’m with you too so far on that one Adrienne. I would not put something up on my blog that annoys me at other blogs. Even if it does generate more money. I’d rather make it slow and steady. You are welcome and I hope you have a great week too. I can’t believe this is it for March. I still feel like it’s January – maybe because of the weather here too 🙂
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  • Thank You is very important. It shows appreciation. I readily give it in comment sections. It is very important in blogging because it promotes good relationships, engagements, and rewards. Every blogger needs to develop the best ways to appreciate his audience.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    I’ve never seen a thank you page, but that’s kinda of tacky you know. It’s like the blogger didn’t really care about thanking anybody who shares his/her post. To me, thank you’s on Twitter is *NOT* annoying. How can that be? This is simply just telling me that the blog owner I shared on Twitter *acknowledge* my sharing their posts. Even if I just glance it for less than 3 seconds. It is still nice that people appreciates when I share their post.

    Angela
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    • Hi Angela, I agree. It’s the acknowledgement that counts. Though a little engagement is nice too and then you can get to know one another a little better too. I’m surprised you haven’t come by one of those thank you pages yet. I bet you will now after reading this 🙂 Thanks for coming by Angela and have a great rest of the week.
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  • I have a thank you page for the first time anyone comments Lisa and it works really well for list building.

    I wouldn’t want to do that every time the same person comments though.

    When it comes to social media shares, I don’t tend to thank people as much now since I read a great post by Mark Schaefer on how annoying thank yous can become.

    I try and engage with them instead and start up a conversation – possibly more time-consuming but more rewarding and meaningful, I think.
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  • It is very important to say Thank you and let your readers and followers know that you appreciate them. I try to do a thank you as often as I can it goes a long way.

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  • Ahhh Lisa, you know how I feel about those “Thank you” pages that make you jump through hoops to get back to the post and share it! Their loss imo. I believe it is important to thank your readers but it can be done in simpler ways. A simple thank you when replying to their comment. A simple tweet to says thanks for sharing. A thank you on FB or G+ thanking them for the share. And many other ways. I understand those who do use the “Thank you” page but I don’t know if they realize the hoops their readers might have to jump through to share the post? Hopefully by reading your post, they’ll get it and change their Thank You way. BTW, have you ever just shared the post before commenting? That would be the only way to do it with these Thank You pages and well, I’m kind of an ole school gal at times and just don’t like changing my ways. :mrgreen:

    Way to address those BAD pages Lisa!
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  • Thank you is important in blogging but in the way some bloggers are doing. Those thank you pages are pretty bad if you ask me and I do not like it very much. But tweets and shares are great stuff and is perhaps liked by most.
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  • Hey Lisa!

    Thank you is huge. A simple thank you would go a long way!

    Especially when someone leave a comment, signup for your newsletter etc.

    That’s vital and hey, thank you for sharing this important information.
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  • Hey Lisa,
    Nice post and I am totally agree with you that Thank you is very important factor in blogging. It really helps in building good relations with other and and also helps in making good relation with readers. Thanks for sharing this post with us.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Oh yes…no one must be liking those thank you pages, which are mere time wasters I feel. But most of the time it’s for first time commenters and later they aren’t directed to those pages, but the damage is already done by then I think.

    However, being my first comment on such a blog, I do take that extra effort and go back to the post to share their’s – just to build the relationship, being the first time. But if it happens again, which hasn’t so far, I wonder what I’d do!

    Like Adrienne, I always thank people through my comments, in the mentions on Twitter, even on G+ and Facebook whenever they like or share my posts. I feel that’s basic courtesy, though I know many bloggers who wouldn’t like to waste time doing so – well, that’s their choice and their way. Besides, the occasional post we put up and mention such people we are thankful to and of course, sharing their posts all over too.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena, yes the first time commenters thank you page is okay. But if it keeps happening like I experienced on several blogs then it gets very frustrating! I agree to thank those for their shares and comments. I see some bloggers even thank people on Facebook for liking their posts – I don’t think I could go that far – especially timewise. It amazes me that John Paul Aguiar has the time to do that. He must be the most polite blogger out there 🙂
      Thanks for taking the time to comment today Harleena and you too have a new nice week ahead!
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  • Hi Lisa,
    I have a Thank You page for first time commentators on my blog and to be frank, I have feedback from readers who asked me to post on how to setup the thank you page. No one has ever complained about it

    I recognize having it shown on every comment submit may be irritating but for the first timers, like I get from some of them, it may be a way to get closer to them and share more thoughts.

    What’s your opinion about having it for first time commentators?
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    • Hi Enstine, for first time commentators I think that it is fine. I had visited blogs several times and it kept coming up. Does your thank you page have a link to go back to the original post? That would make it even better if you don’t already have it. Thanks for your input Enstine.
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      • I currently don’t have a back button on that page Lisa but just after reading this post (before I even got your reply to this comment), I was already thinking on how to add a back button to it. I’ll be using this piece of code. With Genesis theme, I can add the following javascript to the head of my blog posts:

        function goBack()
        {
        window.history.back()
        }

        then on that thank you page, I’ll do this from within the source

        Go Back to the article you just commented

        Looks like the solution

        Oh! I hope this piece of code will work too for pages. For blog posts, it should work. If not, I’ll try this:

        Back

        NB: I’m not a javascript developer though 😉
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Yes, I too got frustrated many times when I was directed to a separate appreciation page (after commenting). I feel like ‘share’ and ‘mentions’ works fine like Adrienne mentioned, or in most case a simple shout out “Thanks you” will do great (like Bren said). I too have the habit of replying with a simple “Thank you” to all my blog comments.
    But, anyway I should be trying your other methods especially ‘mention’ in the coming days !

    Thanks for this post. Was really helpful 😛
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    • Hi Bhanu, I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks that about those thank you pages making one frustrated. Oh yes, do try those mentions along the way if they are relevant. A great way to say thank you. Thanks for taking the time to come by and commenting today. Have a wonderful new week Bhanu!
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      • It’s always my pleasure to visit awesome websites like yours. No need to mention.

        Thank you too (I’m trying to apply your formula starting with this comment :mrgreen: )

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