I’m finally here. Phew, I made it.
I’m a new visitor to your blog and I want to see what you have to offer.
You’d better make it quick and easy for me or I’m going to bounce out of here as quickly as I arrived.
Whether I stay or whether I go is up to you now.
It’s an age-old conundrum. How are you going to keep your visitors interested long enough to stay for more than 15 seconds?
Well, there’s a number of things you can do that will certainly help your cause.
I’ve put together some tips that will encourage your visitors to stick around rather than leave as soon as they arrive.
Engage your visitors with header graphics that stand out
OK, I’m a visitor who’s just arrived on your website.
The first thing I see is your header graphics and a tagline if you have one.
Make sure your graphics look professional, eye-catching and bold.
If you have a tagline, does it tell me what your website is about?
No, then bin it and think of another one quick.
Your tagline should at least give your visitor some idea of what to expect on your website.
I recently made my own header graphics and favicon for my blog.
Check it out and let me know what you think in comments.
Don’t make things complicated
Most visitors want to be able to read and understand what you write without the need to swallow a dictionary.
So you need to make sure it’s easy to read, compelling and easily accessible.
Try to avoid jargon as much as possible.
Most of all though, make sure there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes in your work.
Point your readers in the right direction
Once your visitor has read your post, where do they go next? Do they know?
So tell them.
Ask them to comment, share your post, ask them some questions to get them thinking.
If you want your readers to do a certain something, you need a call to action.
Add a related posts section to show your readers where to go next.
Grab your readers’ attention
You need an enticing headline to grab your visitors’ attention. You may like to read How to write killer headlines?
The more curious you can make your headline, the greater the chance you have of people reading your posts. also see How to Create Compelling Blog Posts
Remember, your headline is the door to your blog post so you need to make sure your reader opens the door and walks right in.
Otherwise they may go away and never come back!
Get to know other bloggers
A great way to encourage your visitors to stay is to build a community on your blog
You may also like to read that How to build a community around your blog?
How do you do that?
Well, the best way I have found to do this is to visit other blogs in your niche and make meaningful comments on their blog posts.
You may also like to read How to get comments on your blog?
You’ll get noticed on other blogs and people will start coming to visit yours out of curiosity.
This has certainly helped expand my reach within the blogosphere.
Remember, your comments should be meaningful, so no comments like, ‘thanks for some great tips’, or ‘really interesting stuff’.
I hope you have found these tips helpful and if you have I would encourage you to contribute in the comments section with any tips of your own.
You can see some more tips in this video
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