Why I Come To Your Blog Today Again and Again – Updated May 2018
I’ve been reading many blogs lately as to why bloggers don’t like your blog. I wanted to focus on the positive and the reasons I keep coming back to read your blog today. Isn’t that what you want?
Bloggers love when their readers come back to their blog. It is nice when their readers read each and every post. Many work hard to write, research and find or create images for too.
Here are some tips on how to have your readers come back for more!
My 8 Reasons For Coming Back To Your Blog Today
Content Is King
People love reading about new things. Provide new angles on various topics of interest and sometimes topics out of their interest so they can take a break. Write in your own voice and make it unique. Today content is more long form than ever before.
Even using Yoast plugin suggests that your content is now 900 words. In the old days of blogging it was just 300 words. That’s 3x more content you must produce!
Recently Words by Justin wrote about how to make your blog stand out from the crowd. He mentions that they are so many more blogs today too than ever before. You must find ways to stand out from that crowded space.
Layout of Your Blog Today
Pleasing to the eyes is a must for your blog layout. Folks don’t have to search through endless ads to find the content. A layout should be organized and internal links should make sense. Readers should not have to hunt around your blog to find your contact info or how to purchase your latest product or service.
A clean sidebar is a must too!
Of course you can go with no sidebar today too. Minimal design is the latest craze for blogs. Many of the new themes are made with minimal design in mind. They are much easier on the eye to read too.
Gone as the days of ads all down a sidebar or links to other bloggers. The old blogroll is dead! Remember how everyone used to list their favorite bloggers down the sidebar? Some had 20 plus of these links along the side.
Readers should not have to hunt around your blog to find your contact info or how to purchase your latest product or service. Click To Tweet
Type Size and Text Length Matters
People don’t want to squint to read the text! Use nice large text in short paragraphs. Short paragraphs with no more than 300 words is best for SEO. Yoast SEO premium will guide you along the way for this one.
Therefore try to write short sentences. I get many contributor posts today with extra long sentences that need editing. Try to keep it short and sweet!Short paragraphs with no more than 300 words is best for SEO. Click To Tweet
Freshness of Your Blog
People don’t want to read on topics of social media or SEO tips that are old. These topics change constantly and folks want to read the most up to date info they can find.
Therefore update your blog content from time to time. This post is being updated 6 years later in 2018. It was first written back in 2012.
Google will also love your blog when you update your content.
Responsiveness of Your Blog
Responsiveness means 2 things today. The first is for mobile ready. Is your website mobile friendly? This is so important as most of the web traffic today is done via mobile. Folks are not reading blogs from their desktop as they once did.
Secondly, responsiveness means responding to your readers. Are you answering your comments within 24-48 hours? Do you respond to emails from your readers? Being responsive to your readers is key to keeping them around. People today want answers and information fast. There is not time to waste today.
Graphics Make A Difference
Readers love to see a visual and they need to see a visual. It doesn’t have a to be a Picasso either! When I come upon a blog without a visual I tend to not to want to read it.
In fact I love using Canva for making images today. It is so easy to create different sizes and types of images with this image service. Many of their images are FREE and some are just $1.
Links – How Many?
Finally if a blog post has just links out to everywhere, why bother reading that blog? You can just read the ones that they link out to. A few links out are fine and sometimes necessary for citations. It shows where you generated your info from. It gives you authority to show what you know!
Be sure to use internal links too on your posts. These are very important for your blogs structure and SEO efforts. It can help readers to learn more.
Sharing Your Blog Today
I do like to be able to share great content that I find on blogs through various social networks so the blog should have ways in which to share it. Sharing is caring!
Bonus Tip: Have your share buttons where others can share easily from your blog. Include your Twitter handle on them. I see so many today that still DO NOT have their Twitter handle. It makes it hard to share and give them credit! It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. It takes me and others much longer to share your content if we do at all. On days I’m short I’m time I pass on it. Don’t let that happen to you!Have your share buttons where others can share easily from your blog. Include your Twitter handle on them. #Twittertip Click To Tweet
What is it that makes you come back to read a blog over and over again?
What tips would you add to this? I’d love to know more in the comments below.