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10 Ways To Get People To Read Your Blog!


 

 

1.  Blog Frequently (at least 4 times per week):    If your writing is first-rate & relevant, your readers will be thirsty for more of your delectable words.   For me, I will not subscribe to a blog that is wishy washy, dull, or posts spontaneous content whenever the hell they feel like doing so.

 

 

2.  Utilize Trendy Titles:     One posting that captured my eye immediately wrote this at the top of his blog about the  bad boy of American Idol—Adam Lambert Gives Good Headline!”   Another great caption from Jezebel was:  My Ass Enormous & So is Yours.” Would you read those posts?  I would….And I did.

 

3.  Be Honest/Personal:    Never underestimate your readers.  Believe me, they will determine instantly if you’re a phony asshole.   Furthermore, they’re not interested in your oh-so-perfect life & your oh-so-perfect kids. They want to hear about Real Life, Truth.  They need to recognize that you are like them…that you encompass weakness, imperfection, & flaws.  FYI: The famous mommy blogger, Dooce, gives her readers everything.  Yeah,  every. rotten.  dirty. detail.  The payoff:    4,040,000 page views per month.   No, never underestimate your reader.

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4.  Social Networking! Promote! Sell Your Body (just kidding!):      Immediately after I finish a blog posting, I begin the social networking:  I tweet, Digg, facebook, Google, Bing, Pingoat, Yahoo, Liquida, del.icio.us,  Whew!   Social network is unbelievably, fantastically exhausting….but hopefully worth it in the end.

                                

 

               

 

 

 

5.  Comment On Other Blogs:    Think about it.  Are you done thinking?   Okay.  Are  you so narcissistic & self absorbed that you assume  that others ought to comment on your blog, but you disregard her/his blog?  Don’t do that.  That is So-Not-Cool.  And of course, I have a word for that:  Biach.    (Unless of course, you are Dooce & have too many comments to keep up with.)

 

 

6.  Engage With Your Readers:     When your readers take the time to comment Or contact you, it would be every-so-mannerly if you validated what they had to say—even if you disagree.  Get the dialogue flowing, babe.

 

7.   Do Not Preach:        Unless you’re a priest, Pastor, monk, or God himself.  Readers want to make their own decisions  & conclusions.  Remember, they have as much or more intellect and brilliance as you do!

 

8.  Get Your Blog Badge on Other Sites:    My web person, Diane, created this for me.  Btw, have I told you how exquisite you are lately,  Diane?  Anyhow, I have asked other bloggers to place this badge on their sites.  Most of them are happy to.  My Inner Chick Badge 

 

9.  “Give Voice” To What You Are Passionate About:    Are you interested in “Pop Culture,”  “Body Image,”  “Poetry,”  “Women’s Issues?”  Whatever you are passionate about….Whatever your voice is burning to scream…..This is what you must be writing about! DVAM Know More DV Purple Ribbon

 

 

10.    It’s Not All About You.  Find A Cause:     I’ve found that most bloggers have a cause they promote & deeply care about.  Whether it’s Americas For the Arts, Books into Trees, Animal Rescue, Domestic Abuse Foundation, Indian College Fund, or The Jane Goodall Institute,  find out what you care about and support that particular cause.  Place the information on your blog-site to share with your readers.  You’ll be pleased you did.

 

~~What Ideas do you have?   Do you have any suggestions how I can make my site better?  Give me the scoop.

 

 

 

 

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Irene
    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I won’t blog 4 times a week because I don’t want to bore my readers. “Oh ANOTHER blog post.” So I’ll wait a week or so then post a new one. I’m not that interesting, so I don’t want to make my readers feel obligated to HAVE to read my posts. That’s just me.

    As for comments, I do my best to be diplomatic. I don’t always comment on others posts. I live by “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Sometimes I don’t have time to comment. Doesn’t mean I didn’t read it. I don’t expect all my subscribers to comment on ALL my blog posts either. That’s fine. You have a life outside the blogsphere. I have subscribers that NEVER comment. I actually feel some of these people are stalking me from one of my posts about an eatery I went to in my area and are just waiting for the next bashing I’m going to give them and the people in my town.

    I have a couple of blog buttons on my blog. But I don’t want to overwhelm it. So I add their blog to my blogroll.

    Excellent post Kim!

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 6:41 am

      Sweet, Irene,
      you are oen of those bloggers who give a damn 🙂
      If not, I would tell you. HA HA.
      XXX Kisses From MN.

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    elizabeth
    May 4, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Oye! I wish I could order another me so I could do all of this. one coach who is so popular rubs it in about how good she has it – I want to bitch slap her. I can’t read her stuff anymore but I get her newsletters so I can yell at it- oh, another house, a trip to Paris, 3 perfect children, a husband who wants it to be good for you – HATE HER!
    okay- I am feeling better now.
    xx elizabeth

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      kim sisto robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

      ~~~Bitch Slap. Soooooo funny.
      Elizabeth…Seriously, I know parent like that, too.
      Oh, my son, Johnny is in Harvard now and he’s PURRFECT!
      luv ya….lets talk this weekend about lives & blogs… i need the distraction 🙂

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    Alina
    May 4, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Kim, I like your blog page and enjoy reading every post you send out. I think it would be cool to re-vamp your page every so often, keeping it fresh!

    One FAVORITE thing of mine on your blog is your slideshow of pictures. I have seen them all a hundred times but I still scroll to the top and look at every picture when I’m on your site. It never gets old. Add MORE MORE MORE!!!

    Love,
    Alina

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      kim sisto robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 9:26 am

      good idea about keeping it fresh, Alina.
      I shall do that 🙂
      nice seeing you this weekend ….
      i ate all of your chocolate cookies and then
      told Andrew I didn’t … Classic Denial xxxxxxx

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    Jackiy
    May 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I just started a blog this morning! You must of read my mind or something because I was going to ask you exactly how you get people to actually read it and I checked my email and here was this post! I haven’t written anything yet but you have inspired me to start! Thanks alot! 🙂

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Jackiy,
      what will your blog be about? Animals? Pets?
      I know that is what you’re passionate about 🙂
      Come see me. I miss your beautiful face.

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    Karen
    May 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Kim, I read all of your blog posts about your sister and about food, dont always read the pop culture ones if
    It’s not something I’m following, but know others do. I started reading you because you actually do all of the things you say a blogger should do, are great about building a community. I’m confused about my own blogging at this point. Am not doing it because I got into writing a novel and couldn’t keep up with both. I’m not really sure how to use blogging to promote a novel in progress–probably need to figure it out though. Another random thought–love your insouciant trademark lips! Do think that helps get “you” across quickly….

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Karen,
      when your novel is finished, i’ll promote it on my blog and facebook 🙂
      love love love,
      K.

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    Brenda
    May 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Excellent, post Kim! And yes, it’s all about regular post, being passionate, commenting, and all those things you’d rather not do, except write of course. Keep writing grrls… (note, it’s not always fun, but you do meet some amazing people along the way. I do enjoy your blog, Kim. You’re a gem. Keep us smiling. Brenda

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      ~~Brenda,
      U R a GEM, as well 🙂 xxxx

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    Tia
    May 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I am so proud of you Kim. YOU ROCK!!!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      I Rock more cuz you’re in my life, Tia 🙂 xxxxxx

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    Wild Child Mama
    May 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    THIS is very helpful to me!! I don’t trust myself enough yet to post more than once a week but I think I need to challenge myself. But what really helped me was #3, be honest, because this is what I strive to do and have been a bit SCARED. But I will press on with this!!
    Also, I need to think about my “cause”. This isn’t something I have outright thought about but deep down know I want to include in my blog. Hmmmm, I will ponder that one.
    Thank you for all of this awesome info!! And for commenting on my blog. You practice what you preach, sistah!! Wrd.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Dear, Wild Child,
      Don’t be scared!
      Your blog is already very Cool…
      keep writing your TRUTH (Always. Always. 🙂 xxxx

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    May 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Brilliant post Kim! I have been blogging for just over a year now and wish I could have come across a post like this when I first started out. Thanks for sharing such valuable information.
    🙂 Mandy

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      kim sisto robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 5:43 am

      Me, too, Mandy!
      I guess we just need to learn as we go along !
      –Never enough Knowledge.
      🙂
      XX xx

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    These are absolutely spot on points Kim! 🙂 I think point 3 is absolutely crucial. As we become more fractured from others due to longer working hours etc people want to get to know people through their blog. Great stuff thanks Kim 🙂

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 5:45 am

      Well, Lorrraine,
      I think you figured all of this out….
      CUZ YOUR BLOG ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 xx

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    Rach
    May 5, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Great tips, here! I’m not a post-every-day kinda girl, but I definitely get 4 posts in a week. And I definitely will always comment back on someone’s blog if they have commented on mine. I love forming relationships like that! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 5:48 am

      Rach,
      You are Awesome 🙂 xx

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    Lady Fi
    May 5, 2011 at 6:10 am

    On the whole, some good tips. I think that there are a few things that help: You have to visit others and always reply or comment if they comment on yours. For me, that’s a common courtesy. Find your niche – be interesting. I don’t think you have to blog four times a week, but three is OK… not too much less – you’ll lose readers. Some blog every day, but most people don’t have time to visit on a daily basis.

    THat cartoon is hilarious!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 6:16 am

      ~~Excellent Tips, Lady Fi,
      Yes, “Be Interesting” is a must 🙂 xX

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    Alina
    May 5, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Also, I was thinking, don’t put too STUFF on your page. It’s hard to navigate around and it looks sloppy! You know you go to some blog sites and there’s shit all over the page. I hope your page does not start to become an advertising website because I don’t like that either. You can’t even scroll down the page without some huge advertisment taking up my reading space.

    That’s my 2 cents

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 6:40 am

      I agree….
      I am already going to clean mine up…
      I like it clean looking.
      Love your 2 cents xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Theresa Sonoda
    May 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Hi Kim; I should have read this before writing my little pity post today. There are some good points here. I try to adhere to most of them, but everyone can improve.

    (Thanks again for your thoughts today).

    Hugs,
    Terri

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Same to you,Terri,
      I think you are just the coolest. Seriosuly:) xx

  • Reply
    Dad
    May 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Kim———————– Don’t ever stop writting, I love all your blogs.
    Love you
    Dad

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Never. As long as I live.
      Love U more Daddyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    LBDDiaries
    May 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Snuck online (shhhh) to order some stuff we needed and snuck over here to y’all! LOVED this post. You are going to have to help me with this social networking thing and all those things you listed. I understood tweet – that was all! I better get off now before it takes over my soul and I am sucked down into the secret black hole of cyberspace…

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      ~~~Nan,
      I’m tellin’ Alpha Hubby on you!! HA HA
      Shame on you for sneaking into Cyber Space.
      ~~~~WIll talk soon about Social Networking XXxx

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    Nathalie Huiting
    May 6, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Wonderful work

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    Heavenly Housewife
    May 6, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Great tips. For me I’ve learned that its best not to focus on numbers. Write for yourself, and write when you feel like it. I think writing 4x a week would kill me.
    *kisses* HH

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Well, Heavenly Housewife….
      you must be doing something right…
      cuz your blog ROCKS!!!
      xxx
      PS.BTW, I NEVER look at my numbers! &
      always write for myself. GREAT tip.

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    Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe
    May 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Some I do, and some I need to do. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      We can Always do better…
      It’s a lot of work to be a blogger!! xxX

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    Karen@WaistingTime
    May 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Great tips. Ironically though, sometimes I DON”T like blogs that post too often! So many blogs so little time to read them all.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      ~~~Karen,
      That is so true. I pick some of my faves and read those…
      Only if a girl could blog & read all day long…
      Wouldn’t that be a grand life? xx

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    Classic NYer
    May 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    You’re right, social networking is tiring sometimes… but oh, so necessary…

    Oh, and you forgot #11 — include a title like “10 ways to get people to read your blog” haha! wait, that was #2, wasn’t it? nevermind.

    Stopping in from the LBS tea party!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Classic NYer,
      I am always pleased when you decide to stop by 🙂 xxxxx

  • Reply
    Darren Detrich
    May 11, 2011 at 1:24 am

    You have some exciting thoughts! Perhaps I ought to consider about trying this myself.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Cool…
      See how it works for you, Darren!

  • Reply
    Christina
    May 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I love your blog.

    I do try to always comment back even if it’s just telling the person thank you for giving me a comment. It is nice to be validated that someone actually cares what you have to say. I do tweet some posts that are not really personal. I deleted my facebook though. I am not sure how to create a badge but am thinking I’ll try to figure that out since I have been thinking about that.

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      May 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Christina,
      it sounds as if you are doing all the right things to keep up
      a good blog 🙂
      xxx

  • Reply
    justAdoreIt
    May 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Great advice. Love your sense of humor!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

      ~~JustAdorelt,

      Thanks for stopping by…
      I’ll check out yoursite. 🙂
      Nice Lips.

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