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Why Content Is Not The Only King On The Internet

by Adrienne Smith on January 19, 2012

Why Content Is Not The Only King On The InternetI know we’ve heard this saying so many times that content is king right!  I’m definitely not here to dispute that fact, no sirree. What I will share with you though is that content is not the only king on the internet.  Not by a long short.

Here is what I know.

Connect In The Comments

You can have an “epic” blog post (a definition I picked up from my friend Benny Hsu).  Those are the posts people are excited about, they spend a lot of time on and will come back to even months later.  That’s what we all aim for right!

But let’s say you have a few of these “epic” posts on your blog yet there aren’t a lot of comments. Why do you think that is?  Does the blog owner respond to each and every comment or are they only picking and choosing which ones they want to answer?

I can hear a few of you saying right now, well Adrienne that’s so time consuming.  I have a business to run.  Well yeah!  Who in the heck do you think your customers are?  The people you interact with and are building relationships right here on your blog that’s who.

Go ahead, ignore your readers, don’t respond to their comments but don’t come back over here and ask me how I’ve gotten all these comments on my posts.   If you want your blog to stand out then you need to have a connection with your readers and you do that through the comments.

Take the time and answer their questions and if you don’t feel you have the time, make the time.  This all depends on what type of results you intend to have with your blog.

Bring Your Personality

Connecting with your readers is so very important but what do you think will keep them coming back for more?  So we have that epic post I was talking about and it’s jammed packed full of really great stuff. But what if you read it and you either just don’t understand fully what they shared or it’s just boring?

Add a little you to your posts.  Remember that people connect with people so bring that to your posts. You always want to be in a niche you are either very familiar with or are extremely passionate about. Like in my posts I share my own experiences of what I’ve learned and I never claim that I know it all. I’m very open and honest with my results.  People find that to be refreshing, wow, an honest approach. Who knew!

People can relate to me because the majority of them have been in my shoes or are there right now. They connect with me on that level which is why they keep coming back for more.  Share your own experiences with your reader and bring life to your posts.

Be Consistent

Be consistent with your blog posting whether you chose to post once a week, twice, three times or every single day.  Whatever you do, be consistent with it because your readers never know when to expect a new post from you.

I know you guys have heard me say this numerous times but let’s face it.  There are a lot of blogs that people can visit and over time we all start to have our favorites right!  So if you aren’t being consistent with your writing schedule then your readers are going to eventually lose interest because they never know when you’ll show up again.

Get on a schedule guys and stick with it.  That’s the great thing about WordPress, you can write your posts ahead of time and schedule them to be published whenever you want.  There is no excuse anymore.

Build The Trust

Your readers will keep coming back for more because they trust you with what you’ve shared so whatever you do, don’t lie or hype anything up.  It’s just not worth all the hassle because the truth always comes out. When that happens you’ll lose a lot of credibility with your readers.

If you got an idea for a post or found some information that was very helpful, give that blogger credit where credit was due.  This post was actually inspired by what Benny Hsu recently wrote about over at his place, Get Busy Living.

Benny and I have been blogging buddies for awhile now and he’s fixing to celebrate his first year with his blog so he wrote about “9 Ways That You Can Build A Blog That Matters” (great post by the way).  I guess you could say that Benny and I have been through this journey together so I’m giving him total credit for the inspiration for this post.

A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way

Last but by no means least, always tell your readers thank you.  I mean seriously, what does that really take.  Without them, your blog would really be nowhere.  I’ve heard some “guru bloggers” say you don’t have to thank them every time.  Well, maybe they honestly feel that way and maybe you can get to a place where you feel you don’t have to anymore but I don’t think I’ll ever be there.

I am extremely grateful for every single person who has ever supported my journey, who has ever left me a comment, who has ever emailed me with a question, who has ever taken the time to speak to me by phone or set up a time to Skype.  I know that it was hard work and consistency that got me here but you really are the reason I’m here.  If you didn’t enjoy coming to my place and learning from me, my blog wouldn’t have the attention that it does right now.

That my friends is the truth of the matter.

Is There More?

Could I have shared more scoop?  Probably but these are the key points I wanted to cover in this post because I feel they are the most important, at least to me.

I hope you had some good take away from this one and I know I shared a lot with you about how to have blogging success in my last post of the year.  But you also need to bring yourself to your blog and don’t let it be a boring place for people to come.  Even if you are thinking about now that you don’t feel you are very interesting I’ll nip that one real quick.  I felt the exact same way and look at me now! See!!!

I want to hear from you, you know I do.  Would you care to disagree with me at all on any of what I covered here?  Do you think that only content is king?   Do you think you can build a sustaining business without bringing you to the forefront?  I would really like to hear your thoughts on this.

Another Surprise on Monday

So I had my surprise this past Monday and that was the announcement of my new Facebook Fan Page. Did you come over and like it?  What did you think?  Did Pit do a great job or what!  Okay so that was last Monday.  Guess what’s in store for this coming Monday?

Paul Wolfe will be gracing my blog with his presence and it’s going to be one of his fabulous videos next Monday. He’s going to be sharing some tips with you pertaining to YouTube so I’ll make you wait to hear what he’ll be sharing on this topic.  Trust me, it’s going to be good.  So please be sure to stop by next Monday and see what Paul will be sharing with us all.

I’m excited and hope you are too!  My first guest post of the year..  Can’t wait to hear what you guys think.  Okay, until then I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you.

Have a fabulous day!!

 

 

 

 


Business Developer
Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

 

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1 Jamella Biegel
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Good Morning Adrienne,

I definitely do not think that only content is king. It is certainly important, but not king. I aim to respond to every comment left on my blog. If someone takes the time to visit my blog, read the post and leave a comment, the least I could do is respond to their comment.

Regarding putting “me” into my post, I aim to do that as well. I enjoy reading posts that have personal aspects to them. If a post is too technical, or doesn’t have any of the writer’s personality in it, I lose interest pretty quick.

You have repeatedly mentioned the importance of writing on a schedule. I am not on a schedule yet, but I’m realizing the importance of getting on one.

As always, thanks for another great post. I truly enjoy your blog. Until next time.

Jamella

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2 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Good morning Jamella,

I know you’ve been doing a great job with your blog. I had a conversation with a friend the other day and they were really insulted that they visited a couple different blogs and always went out of their way to leave genuine and good comments yet the blog owners never responded to their comments. It’s like they were choosing who they wanted to respond to and who they didn’t. I thought well that’s just not right. Why would someone do that?

See, you lose interest when the posts are just technical and bland. Content has become so social now so I think that’s where the blog owners can really step up their game. It’s really the same as shooting a video. Talk to the camera like you’re speaking to a good friend. You should do the same thing with your content now. People enjoy reading something that they can learn from plus they get a feeling of the person behind the content. It’s a win/win situation.

I know, I must sound like a broken record but trust me Jamella, getting on a regular consistent schedule is in your best interest. There are so many bloggers out there and some of them have actually fallen off the face of the earth since when I first started visiting blogs early last year. Others may throw a post up every couple of months and then wonder why no one visits their blog anymore. I know when my favorite bloggers post and I rush over to see what’s new for that day. We can count on them to be consistent and that’s how you keep faithful readers happy.

Oh, thank you Jamella for always dropping by and sharing with me your thoughts on my posts. I really appreciate it and glad you enjoyed this one and I’m able to continue to keep you interested and wanting to come back each time. That’s music to my ears.

Have a great day!

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3 Sonia
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January 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I couldn’t agree more about the “content is king” mantra. It took me a long time to actually get it because you see people say it all the time. Content makes sense, but if you don’t interact with your readers they won’t interact with you. I love responding to comments on my blog, because honestly, I am honored that someone took the time to read my post and comment.

We all have busy lives and when a person digs something I wrote and I am completely stoked about it. My boss always tells us at work that building relationships with potential customers first is the key to long-lasting success in the future. Some people don’t get that and they try too hard without seeing the big picture. Building relationships.

As usual girl, you always create posts that make me smile!

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4 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

It’s great when you get the interaction going in the comment section for your posts isn’t it Sonia! I love hearing what people think and I even learn some things from my commenters. I think that’s the great thing about asking questions, especially when you really want their opinions. I think most people enjoy visiting blogs where there is a lot of interaction going on then those that kind of just sit there and are rather bland. That’s been my experience.

Your boss is right Sonia. My Dad was a salesman and that’s what he always told us way the heck back when. I mean I was young when he would take us with him to go on calls but it wasn’t about business. He’d just drop in, visit with the store owner, maybe buy us something and we would be off. It was all about the relationships which is why his customers always asked for him and were never happy when someone else would show up in his place. You have to see the big picture.

When I was in corporate America we had a office supply vendor come in and wanted our business. That was my job so I met with him and his company would beat any price no matter what it was so I gave them a try. The salesman was always there, he would drop by just to say Hi and check on me, he would bring me free samples and do you know that to this day, he’s now one of my very best friends! You can also bet that while I was in that position, he kept us as a client. It’s all about the relationships.

So glad I could make you smile this morning Sonia! Now, you have a fabulous day young lady!

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5 Vitaly Tennant
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 9:35 AM

After reading your post I’ve come to the conclusion, yet again … that I need to get on a more consistent blogging schedule. Thank you for your consistency and a kickass push with the content article for all of us that need it Adrienne.

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6 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hey Vitaly,

First off, thanks for liking my fan page. I really appreciate your ongoing support.

You definitely need to get on a consistent schedule Vitaly. Sometimes you don’t post for months and your friends over at Triberr miss sharing your posts. I actually saw one come through the stream a few days ago right! Where have you been? Off traveling and seeing the world I assume! Well, welcome back and hope to see you getting in the grove!

Have a great day Vitaly!

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7 Jack
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January 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I like that you said that content is not the only king because I believe that to be true. Great content is what draws people to our blogs but part of what keeps them coming back is how we treat them.

If we do a good job of making them feel welcome and valued they are more likely to keep coming back.

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8 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM

You are dead on my friend, so right.

The good content will draw them in but the only thing that will keep them coming back for more is how you make them feel. I love posts that give me a part of the blog owner. It shows us that there’s a real live human being behind that content. You do an exceptional job of that Jack but you are a writer so you know how it’s done. It just goes to show that we don’t all have to be professional writers to achieve the same thing.

Thanks Jack! Have a great day.

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9 Ruth
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January 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Ahhh, you’re writing about my kinda topic Adrienne. Content is not king; I recently read that conversation is king, and I DEFINITELY agree with that. You need great content to fuel a conversation, but if there is no conversation taking place, the content is pretty much being wasted. So that speaks to the notion of comments, expectations, appreciation of your stakeholders, etc. This blogging business (and note the use of the word business…lest Ms. Hate Mail be reading my comments here) is ultimately about building relationships.

Can’t wait for Paul!!!!

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10 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I thought that you would really appreciate this one Ruth! My Content Queen.. :-)

Oh, I like that better that conversation is King but in our case it’s Queen!!! lol.. I agree, the content is what gets people interested and you have to interact with your readers in order to make them feel welcome and appreciated. Without them, no one would read our posts.

I think that anything we do, you and I, will fuel Ms. Hate Mail. Let’s face it, I think she needs something to gripe about so why not pick on us right! As long as our readers know why we’re here, that’s all that really matters right!

Thanks Ruth and I’m really looking forward to what he’s got in store for us. I consider him the Content King and now I’ll have to crown him the King of Videos too! But, I’m ready to learn.

Have a great day and the rest of your week Ruth. I’ll catch up with you later.

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11 Chrysta Bairre
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January 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I love the phrase “conversation is King” and I couldn’t agree more! Conversation starts in the blog entry and continues in the comments. Conversation is a collaborative effort and I’m sure my blog posts will benefit thinking of them as a conversation.

Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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12 Eugene January 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

I think connecting with customers and responding to comments is important. Community is also important. But I’m not sure that it’s extremely important to the bottom line. I recently launched a new site after working on the old one for over a year. The old one had a lot more interaction…a lot! The new one almost has none. But the new one has already made me more money than the old one has. And if you are running a business online…I’ll take dollars over comments every time :).

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13 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

That’s interesting Eugene. I have no idea what your business is but if it’s working with people then I would think this type of interaction would be much more important. If it’s just selling products, maybe your business model does work better. You obviously know what works for you and in the end, isn’t that the most important thing?

Thanks for sharing that, very interesting indeed! :-)

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14 Annie Andre
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Eugene Brings up a really good point. I have noticed that people with blogs tend to leave comment but very few people without blogs leave comments. My target audience may be people with blogs but i think the bulk of my customers DO NOT have blogs and do not leave comments.
I think i’t important to weigh in on how much time you should spend commenting because although it’s nice and fun, at one point i commented too much. I was enjoying the socializing more than producing my target goal so i had to slow down.

I think for you adrienne, all of your customers will probably be blog owners? (i’m guessing) so it makes much more sense that commenting is going to be a good sign of success.
For instance, i don’t really think it serves my bottom line to comment on your blog. I do it because i like you and consider you an online blogging friend. My customers are on travel sites leaving questions about how to travel abroad. So i’ve been commenting a lot there, answering questions. Bottom line, yes interact but go where your customers are. I hope that by leaving comments in travel forums i’m attracting my idea customer.
Whoo, sorry for the long rant. Half of what i say here is conjecture and opinion. :)
ps
You and i have Benny in common. he was my first online friend in the blogosphere back in March. Can’t believe it’s been almost a year.

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15 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I find that too Annie which is why you need to leave a call to action and tell them that you would like to hear their opinions and what they have to say on the subject. I think over time they’ll get more use to it and leave comments. Once they see others there you know! Especially if they have questions about what you shared.

Oh yeah, you can get carried away with commenting and the next thing you know your entire day is shot and you’ve gotten nothing accomplished at all. You have to work that into your schedule and what fits for the individual.

No, you’re right Annie. You want to go where your customers are but the good thing with people commenting on your posts is when they stop by to see what you offer they will see you as an authority because people are voicing their opinions on what you share. So that will help make you look good in their eyes. So although we aren’t each other’s target audience, I also still enjoy what you share and hopefully those comments can make you look good in your customers eyes. :-)

I can’t believe it’s almost been a year too. I remember when Benny first stopped by my blog after reading my comment over at Steve Roy’s place. We’ve chatted on Skype and really gotten to know each other. He’s such a great guy.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day Annie and sharing these thoughts with me. Enjoy your weekend as I know you will. See you later.

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16 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Content is great, and I agree that good content isn’t enough to build a successful blog. Just as it’s true a business person can have a great product but if the business has poor customer service then the business is not going to grow.

I have seen many examples of popular blogs with average content that have built a great community by replying to comments, commenting on other blogs, showing personality, being consistent & giving thanks to readers. Sometimes readers connect to the blogger more than they connect to the blog.

I’m grateful to read this post, Adrienne, as you’ve reminded me to say thank you more to my readers. I thank everyone who leaves a comment, of course, but how about thanking those that read and do not comment? What about thanking my Twitter followers and Facebook fans? This is certainly an area I can step it up. The best part of giving gratitude is it makes me feel just as great as the person I’m giving it to!

Have an awesome day!

Chrysta

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17 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Amen to that Chrysta… Boy, I remember those days dealing with vendors. It was so hard to find a company that had a great product AND good customer service. Rare I’m afraid.

I know what you mean Chrysta I believe I visit a few of those too. Their posts don’t necessarily blow me away each time but I love visiting because I love the interaction and have come to really like the blog owner. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be perfect and know everything to build up a great following.

That’s wonderful to hear Chrysta. You are so right though that by thanking your readers and your online friends for sharing your content and showing their support that makes them feel special and know that we truly appreciate them for taking that time to help us. Do to others what you would want done to you. Oh yeah!

Thanks Chrysta for sharing your thoughts about this and I do hope you have a wonderful day!

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18 Thomas
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January 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Hi Adrienne
Great post. You really are right on the money when it comes to getting comments on a blog. Compared to my numbers of daily visitors I think I get a lot of comments because I always try to reply and connect with people. If people do not believe you they can just look on how many comments you get on this blog. Another thing I have notice about you is that you are very kind to comment on others blogs. I see you a lot around other blogs I visit and that might be another key to your success I think.
Personality is also very important when you are running a blog. I can believe how many bloggers forget the about page. That was one of the first lesson I learned as a blogger. The about page is one of the most important pages on a blog and actually also one of the most visit page you have. Why not make something out of it and give a little bit of yourself that people can relate to.

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19 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hey Thomas,

Your blog has really picked up steam Thomas and you are right. You take the time to respond to each comment and help us out if we want more information. That’s what I love about a lot of bloggers because that might not be our area of expertise but knowing you’re there to help really speaks volumes.

I’m just very appreciative Thomas of everyone who takes the time to visit my place. Let’s face it, without you guys my blog would remain a very lonely place.

Visiting a lot of blogs and commenting is a great way to really get noticed and get yourself out there. When people see you everywhere then they finally get their curiosity peaked and want to stop by to see what you’re all about. That’s how you get new readers too.

The About Page was something I learned to create early on too Thomas. What I also find extremely annoying are those bloggers who don’t even let us know their name. They are going by some tag line and you can’t even find their name on their About Me page. Why is that? Who do you think we’re connecting with anyway? Beats me!

Thanks Thomas, I appreciate your thoughts and for sharing your opinion about this topic. See, that’s what I like to hear.

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20 Sylviane Nuccio
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January 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Your are dead right on! Adrienne!
Let me give you an example here to underline what you are saying (and I am writing about content everyday:)

I just happened to purchase a product that one of the blog owners I follow is selling, but it happens that this person has not been that nice to me thus far :) Yes, she “lightly” respond to my comments on her blog, but as the song goes…. she is cold as ice :(

I asked this person to give me an interview and refused and few other little things. So, as you say, who is your customers, darn it! it’s people like you and me….

Guess, what, I didn’t even really did in purpose but I just purchased that product from another link, not hers. So, she lost a customer right there!

So, I definitely agree with what you said here, Adrienne. Thanks for that:)

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21 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Glad you agree Sylviane and you should know!

Wow now that’s the perfect example and I’m sorry that happened to you. It’s pretty obvious she’s just not that familiar with who her customers really are or maybe she just doesn’t care. That’s the perfect example because like you, I would turn around and purchase that product from someone else making darn sure she doesn’t get a sale from me.

Thanks for sharing that Sylviane and this is a huge lesson learned.

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22 Sylviane Nuccio
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January 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM

ahaha! I didn’t even want to say it so clearly, but you said it for me, Adrienne :) What happens is that she is very successful and one more or one less reader is not really important to her anymore… I guess. However, she is wrong :)

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23 Steve
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January 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

While Content is really important you make a great point that it is far from being the only “king”

As you said, replying to comments does a lot to show a sense of “community” and that what people has to say really matters.

Social networking and “other” sources like video and podcast can also be essential. Since I am a guy who loves content, I would never dispute the “content is King” mantra. But there are so many other viable means and ways to build traffic and a core of fans/followers. The more you can do…and do effectively the better.

Have a wonderful day,

Steve

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24 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You are right Steve, a sense of community does matter to people. Sylviane just shared the perfect example that a blog she visits often lost a sale from her because the owner doesn’t interact very well with her readers and hasn’t been that nice to her. We definitely will purchase from those we like so she lost a sale.

There are so many other forms of content, this is so true. I think finding that connection is just so important. You are a pro at this, that I know for sure.

Thanks Steve and have a wonderful day as well.

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25 Dawn Kay
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January 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Hi Adrienne

Wow what a post, I need to go back and read it again because
there was so much in it (lol)…

I’ve had quite a lot of instances where I’ve spent a lot of money with people and they couldn’t even be bothered to acknowledge me in their blog comments.

Needless to say I don’t follow them anymore or waste my time visiting their blogs!

The worst thing is that I thought everyone was like that and that was how you blogged, because that’s how people treated me…

It wasn’t until I started following Sally Neill and Barry Wells that I learnt what blogging was all about and thank god I did (lol)

I don’t care if you’ve got the best content in the world, if you are not into relationship building then I’m out of their…

I don’t have to worry about that at your place Adrienne as you are the relationship marketing queen.

I must of missed your facebook fan page so off to check it out now!

Have a fab day

Dawn

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26 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Hey Dawn,

Wow Dawn really? You’ve spent a good bit of money with people who wouldn’t even acknowledge you in their comments? Are you serious? I’d be singing your praises girl! My oh my. Now aren’t you glad you hooked up with Sally and Barry!

You have a great service and one that a lot of people need so I have no doubt that your client base is slowly growing now because of how you interact with everyone online. Thank goodness you found out the right way to interact. I’m really surprised at all these other people. How are they even able to exist? But then again, now that I think about it… Things are drastically changing for the better I believe so if that was the way they conducted business in the past, it’s what’s going to kill them today. Glad we are chatty Cathys… :-)

Thanks Dawn and hope you’ve had a fabulous day!

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27 Bill Dorman
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January 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Ok, I will agree with you up to a point. My initial reaction is if you are not going to respond (or don’t have the time to) then why are you even posting? But that would be naive of me and I know some it’s more about traffic than relationships so they are ok w/ collateral damage. However, because of this I am less apt to hang around, but I’m probably not going to be customer of their’s anyway.

You have done a great job of building your community and it is because of all the things you have mentioned. I have hung around some of the mega-sites where they get 3-500 comments but there are no replies. That’s not for me so it’s hard to keep me plugged into something like that.

I would say this is how to engage a community in a genuine way, and not a ‘what’s in it for me’ approach. In the long run, this is much more sustainable.

Thanks for sharing this today; hope you are having a great day.

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28 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I’m with you there Bill. That’s just my opinion but we also know people use blogs to drive traffic to promote their products and they are just here for the sales. Oh sure, we all want to make money but the big lesson I’ve learned from this is which business model will be sustainable? Yours or mine?

I understand what you mean which is why I don’t comment on those pro blogging sites. I think people just want a backlink to their site because they are playing with the big boys not even understanding that they’ve set them all to nofollow. They don’t respond to me anyway so why should I leave my measly little comment. Those sites aren’t inviting to me.

Thanks Bill, glad you feel I’ve left the door open for anyone to stop by and chat.

I am having a great day Bill and sure hope you are as well.

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29 Kari January 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

You can definitely see your personality all over your blog, and that’s what makes it Adrienne’s blog. That’s for sure! It’s really easy to connect with you, or understand you, because I can see who you are through your words and videos.

Looking forward to the guest post!
Kari

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30 Adrienne Smith
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January 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Thanks for reiterating that for me Kari! I’m happy to hear that people can see who I am and what I’m all about. I’m not hiding behind just the written word and I’m putting myself out there for everyone to get to know. That’s how relationships are built and the trust starts. Thanks for sharing that with me..

I can’t wait for my guest post either. It’s going to be good, heck, it’s from Paul! :-)

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31 Radu
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January 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Hey Adrienne,
This post really ROCKS :)
Quality content is important for every type of online business..But hey, there are already tons of content about the same topic on the internet. In fact it’s growing like crazy..any network marketing company would die to get the same type of duplication :)

However, it’s not the content itself that makes the difference but …your passion that shines through it, your gratitude for typing/shooting a video, your desire to help others that faced the same challenges as you, your funny/not so funny stories and as you said, the gratitude for having commenters on your blog…If we do not appreciate the simple things( a comment, mention etc) it’s pretty obvious that we won’t with the big fancy stuff either (toys, cruises, big houses etc). I wrote this too in a recent post…the human touch matters :)

We are all intereconnected..we’ve always been so. Believing that you’re more cool,smart, rich etc it’s just a bitter ilussion. All the things we got come from other people directly ot indirectly..a blog is not different at all.

Thanks for all the great things you brought with your way of being and acting, here on your blog and on other sites as well. Keep it up Adrienne!
PS: I like the new style of your fanpage. Clean, fresh and inspiring!

Have a blessed day,
Radu

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32 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Hey Radu,

First off thanks for sharing this one on Facebook Radu, I just saw that.

You are exactly right Radu, there is so much content out there pretty much saying the same thing. What’s going to make you stand out from the rest is the way you share it, the way you interact with others and the way you are able to connect with people. That’s the real key here in 2012. Content can only take you so far but if no one wants to come to your site, you’re dead in the water. The human touch definitely matters.

Thanks for sharing this with me Radu and I’m happy to hear you shared something similar over at your place recently. I’ve always known we were on the same playing field.

By the way, I haven’t forgotten about you. I promise to get with you soon okay! It’s been one of those weeks. Just not enough hours in the day! :-)

See you soon my wonderful delightful friend!

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33 Carolyn
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Hi Adrienne, You do a great job not only telling us about what’s important but showing us too. Not only do you respond to comments, but you thank people who tweet your posts, visit their blogs and comment/share them and respond to emails. You show you really care about your readers so of course we care about you too!

I am often asked by non-bloggers why I respond to every comment on my blog. My response is that if someone comes to my blog, takes the time to read a post and then write a comment on the post, the least I can do is to respond to his/her comment. Imagine having someone come to visit your home and you don’t even talk to them. Not okay in my mind.

When I first started practicing law, the head of the law firm sat all the new lawyers down and told us we were paid servants. He explained that the client was the boss, not him, and that the client should always be treated with respect and have their questions responded to immediately. We didn’t have to give an answer immediately, but we should let the client know that we were working on the issue.

Customer service is so important, Adrienne, no matter what business you are in. Sylviane’s example is a great one to show how to lose a customer.

I see how your new Facebook Fan page has quite a few fans already! Congratulations, Adrienne!

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34 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Hey Carolyn,

Ah, thank you for that I really appreciate it. Heck, if it weren’t for you and all my readers I wouldn’t even be here so how can we not be appreciative of others!

I guess a non-blogger wouldn’t really understand this either but then again, if you really care about people I believe responding to all comments would just come naturally. Wouldn’t you agree? You gave a great example of that. It’s like inviting people to your home and then ignoring them. I bet they wouldn’t want to come back would they!

I did that same thing in the corporate world as well Carolyn even though I wasn’t in the field of law. Since I was the owner’s assistant, whenever clients would call they would come to me. They knew I didn’t know all the answers but they knew I would find out what they were and get back to them. If I didn’t have it or know it, I would call them letting them know I was still working on it but that they had not been ignored. That’s why every time they came to the office they asked for me first. It’s building relationships and treating them with respect and they felt like they were at home. That’s the way it should be and you should do it because you care about them.

I loved Sylviane’s example because it’s so true. Keep that kind of attitude up and you’ll be out of business in no time at all. You certainly can’t be in profit mode treating your prospects in that way.

You like my Fan Page? Pit did a wonderful job didn’t she? I’m so happy with it Carolyn. Thanks for that, I appreciate it.

Hope you’re enjoying your day. I’ll be contacting you later. I want to ask you something so stay tuned for that.

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35 Deeone
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Well, I think you hit it right on the head, my friend. While everyone enjoys to read great content, they will not care about the content if the author doesn’t show up and say something about the comment they left.

I personally have stop visiting a few of my favorite sites that usually posted awesome content, but the author responds with only a “Thanks for stopping in.” And you already know how I comment. If I took the time to leave feedback and left two or three paragraphs, a one liner simply isn’t acceptable. Even if the individual doesn’t particularly care for me or my feedback, we’re in the industry where a little kindness tends to a long way.

Now, that’s not to say that sometime one-liners isn’t passable. I know that we all are pretty busy building our brands and businesses, but whenever this happens to me over several times, it’s almost as though the author is saying to me, “Why did you leave your thoughts, there are more important people I have to attend too.” I will take my eyes and their shares elsewhere. Not being mean, that’s just being honest.

I really think that you do a phenomenal job welcoming your readers to your site, and that’s why they continue to show up and support you.

I’ve not only learned plenty of blogging stuff from you, I’ve also learned how to treat my guest whenever they take the time to drop in and leave their thoughts. I think there are a few other blogger’s higher up on the blog chain that could learn a lesson or two on blogging etiquette. Although it’s not the only reason, it is the main reason I will definitely be sharing this post. ;)

Consistency in posting is one of my pet peeves though actually. I am pretty much consistent and if there is changes in play, I usually let my readers know. It’s just right now while I’m writing the book, some weeks I only have time to write one post, and I’m struggling to get that one out. Then there are some weeks I have more time, because the book was flowing beautifully; and I want to post more than once a week. How would you recommend I handle that? :D I’m open to any and all advice there.

Pit did a fantastic job on your Facebook page. She really does know her stuff; that’s for sure. And I also love what you’re doing with the place as well.

I look forward to Paul’s post on Monday. I have yet to get over there and visit his site yet. Maybe this evening will be the day I finally make my way.

Thanks for the awesomeness, my friend. May you enjoy the rest of your day. :)

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36 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Thanks Deeone, glad you approve my friend and that I can relate to. I’ve had that happen to me as well. Oh sure, maybe they don’t have too terribly much to say after our long drawn out comments but a “thanks a bunch” and “appreciate your comment” doesn’t go over too well with me when it continues to happen. Their content might be good but guess what! I’ll just find what I want someplace else as I have. There are so many terrific bloggers out there to share their stuff.

I don’t know if it’s the way you are raised or some people are just more respectful but you are right about that too. There are plenty of people who could take a few lessons on how to treat people. One of my older bosses and I had a few tiffs and one day he said “you should show me some respect because I’m your boss”. I very poltely told him that just because he’s the owner of this company doesn’t mean he automatically deserves my respect. He has to earn it just like everyone else. I don’t care how much money you make, you don’t treat people like dirt because you’re filthy rich. Not where I come from. For some reason I never had another issue with that man from there on out. More people need to learn that lesson I’m afraid.

If I were you and you are concentrating more on your book right now I would let your readers know that you’ll only be posting once a week. If the book is flowing and you have more time to write, just load those up as future posts for when you don’t have the time and it’s not flowing as easily as it should. But get on a consistent schedule and let them know what day you’ll be posting. Once you are done with the book I would get back to however many times you want to post but stick to a schedule. Once again, write them ahead of time if you have to but you need to remain consistent. I’m sure you’ve visited plenty of blogs and have been frustrated because you were expecting a post. You set aside your time to comment on certain blogs because you know they post on those days so give your readers the same respect. That’s just my opinion.

She did do a great job, I know I’ve said this over and over but I’m really happy with the outcome. I can’t believe I already have 80 likes and it’s just now three days old, well almost. Now I have to notify my other friends to let them know I’d like them to head over to my fan page instead of us corresponding on my personal profile. I’m hoping they won’t have a problem with that but if they do, oh well. Nothing I can do about that. I think they’ll continue to enjoy what I share. Okay, maybe not as much funny stuff but I’ll try to weed that in.

Paul really knows his stuff and you can learn a lot from him. He teaches a lot about writing and now videos so I’m excited about his post on Monday.

Thanks Deeone and sorry for the lengthy reply! You know me! :-) Hope you’ve had a great day and enjoy your evening now. I sure will.

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37 Deeone
Twitter:
January 22, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Like you told me, lengthy is always good. ;) It shows that you had something to say of worth towards the post and/or comments. So of course, I enjoyed reading your feedback to my comment. Thanks! :)

I’m right there with you sister on what you had to say to your old boss. That’s something that many folks haven’t quite gripped in life. We each have choices that we have to make in this life. Offering or giving respect to an individual is one of those choices. It isn’t rendered just because an individual acquired a title, and now everyone he/she encounters has to respect them. Respect is much like money, and that’s why I think so many people fail miserable in their money habits; they don’t respect their money. But much like money, respect has to be earned. If it’s freely given it’s not appreciated and the person it’s freely given to will more than likely waste it, because they didn’t earn it; and therefore can’t begin to understand what it entails to keep it. Funny how that works isn’t it? :D

I also just want to thank you for sharing your thoughts with me on what I should keep doing with my blog until the book is finished. I’m actually glad I started posting once a week, because had I not, one of the two would have been going lacking from me. In the past, when I was posting more than 3 times a week, it was definitely my book. I’ve begun getting so much further now since going to once a week posting. So I will definitely take your advice and stay on that path, and just write up future postings instead. Thanks for sharing your advice with me. Of course you know I am greatly appreciative of them. :)

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Cheers, my friend. :)

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38 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Hey Deeone,

I always enjoy hearing what you have to say about any of my posts topics. I believe that any blog owner should be thrilled that someone like you takes the time to really share what they want in the comments. I can’t even imagine them not appreciating that.

Oh boy are you ever right. You know Deeone I never claim to “know it all” but I am extremely opinionated and people who can’t appreciate that about me then that’s their problem. But just because you make millions of dollars or you own your own company or you are a top guru here online. That doesn’t mean you automatically deserve my respect. You have to earn it just like anyone else as I do yours. You make a great point about not respecting money either. I believe if people just understood this more our time here together would flow so much better.

I’m glad I could help with that Deeone. You just need to schedule your time so you can write your posts and comment on blogs because your blog is the platform you are using to introduce people to who you are and what you’re about. These are the people who you want to promote your book to when it’s completed. But don’t beat yourself up if you can’t visit every blog you want because you have to put that time aside just for that purpose and the rest of that time needs to go toward your passion. Just map out a schedule that works best for you and stick to it. Time will fly by in nothing flat.

Thanks for sharing that and I am having a really good weekend. Hope you are as well. :-) See you again soon.

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39 Leora Wenger
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Adrienne,

I wonder if I come to your posts to read the posts or to see how many different responses you get to whatever topic you have on the agenda! Ruth commented “Conversation is King” – now there’s a great response! And Jack says how we treat them is what keeps them coming back (or not).

“Who in the heck do you think your customers are?” – I was a little surprised last week when one of my long time customers wrote me an email and mentioned one of my posts! I was happy to hear they are being read by some current clients, even the conversation later goes on in an email or an office instead of in public comments.

And looking forward to your use of FB, too.

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40 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Hi Leora,

Either way Leora, I’m so happy you stop by. I loved what Ruth said too “Conversation is King”.. Jack nailed it too with what he said, if you treat them right they’ll keep coming back for more. I do believe that for sure.

I love that you received a surprise email from a customer. I bet that made your day and it sounds like your week too. I know I get excited when I have people responding to not only my emails but my posts as well. I know they are listening and it’s a fabulous feeling.

Thanks a bunch and stay tuned for more Facebook scoop! :-)

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41 Shelly Miller January 19, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Adrienne, I clicked on your website two seconds after my husband and I had a conversation about comments on blogs. I lol when I read this latest post. I completely agree with you about responding to comments and leaving them on those I read as well. It’s built my tribe. But my husband insists that most people don’t usually comment on blogs. I am wondering if blog writers are those who comment most. What have you found? Is there a common ratio you have found in number of views to comments? Just curious. And I enjoyed your thoughts here. Thanks!

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42 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Hi Shelly,

That’s too funny, guess my post came around at the right time.

I think that most blog owners are more familiar with commenting because they understand how it can help you build backlinks to your site, give you recognition in the community and help build relationships with other bloggers. But a lot of people also won’t leave them because the blog owners haven’t given them a call to action. As you probably know, most people have to be asked to leave a comment.

There is no comment ratio that I’m aware of Shelly because it depends on each individual blog owner. If your content is inviting enough and you interact with your readers then you will possibly receive more comments where some sites get a lot more views or traffic but not as many comments.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, so glad you two stopped by. :-)

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43 Otoabasi Umonting January 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Hey Adrienne,

another great post. The reason the new media is called “Social Media” is because people are meant to be social on it. Trouble is, most of us have become more concerned with what we want, than what others want. I have to say, I hardly have a lot of comments on my blog because my focus has always been on providing “content”. Bottom line is, content may be king to some, but if there’s no real connection with the content provider and the receiver, then it’s a waste of time.

I started a little experiment on my facebook page; I decided to focus on adding more value through my daily tips rather than just post random links. The page is now more engaging and I now know my true fans. What you’re doing on this platform is remarkable Adrienne, and sometimes I wonder – “How does she do it?”. Like you’ve said, it’s all about staying consistent, listening to what people are saying and responding accordingly.

I appreciate all you do. Keep up the good work. All the very best.

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44 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Hey Otoabasi,

Great to see you again my friend. I think a lot of problems with people today are that they are being taught to promote their businesses on the social media platforms yet they aren’t taught how. You would think that the word social would give it away yet it doesn’t. And you are right, we “want” what we want and we aren’t concerned with others. Only after a lot of understanding of how this works does that actually start coming into play.

Good for you Otoabasi, that’s fabulous to hear. The engaging part makes people realize that you care about them. You are asking them questions or giving them tips instead of sending them off to ready yet another post. When they know that you care, they’ll continue to come back for more. Isn’t it wonderful?

I’ve actually cloned myself so the one that works during the day has one that will take over during the night. Man, if only! But it’s listening to your readers and being consistent. The end result is so worth it, wouldn’t you agree?

Thank you so much Otoabasi I really appreciate that. It means a lot.

Have a great day tomorrow and we’ll speak again soon.

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45 Sherryl Perry
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Adrienne,
You’re one of the bloggers who truly get “it”. Blogs may have started out as one way communication but smart bloggers have realized that blogs are actually a tool that they can use to engage with their clients, customers and peers. By answering comments and thanking people who take the time to comment and share our posts, we’re building relationships that have the potential of being mutually beneficial to both of us. You’re building a very nice community here where we feel welcome. At the same time, we’re learning from you and with you. You’re building top of mind awareness just as Brankica has done with you. – Very nice FB fan page BTW.

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Hi Sherryl,

Do you know how good that makes me feel to hear you say that? I mean when we come online and are learning we hear so many different things about how to build your business. Although I know that the success of a business is how much money you are actually making so there are so many people who will tell you their version of how to make that happen.

When people ask me how much money I make with my blog and I tell them very little they are shocked. I don’t use my blog for that, I use it to help people and build relationships. Through those relationships comes the connection with my business. So you are right, it’s mutually beneficial for us both and if they chose not to join me then that’s okay to because I’m not emotionally attached to the outcome.

I’m happy to hear that you believe people are learning from me yet with me as well. I don’t ever want to come off as “knowing it all”. Everyone started at the beginning so for those who truly want to build a business and do the work I’ll go out of my way to help that happen.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment Sherryl. Seriously, it means a lot that you view me in this way. Thanks also for the fan page mention. Glad you like it and Brankica did a fabulous job. Now we promote each other. And that my friends is how it’s done. :-)

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47 Praveen Rajarao
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Well, well, well….look at that….content is NO LONGER the king for sure now…coming straight from the “lion’s” mouth, i had no problem believing this just after reading the title of your post.

That is the level of belief that you have instilled in me and all your readers for sure(i think i can speak for all of them or atleast the ones who have left their awesome comments above). You have really written in a way that will surely keep the reader engaged until the last sentence.

Of course, i love your new FB Fan Page :-)

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48 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I’m going to frame this comment Praveen, you just blew up my head so big I’m going to have to get a pin to deflate it! ;-) Wow… Thank you for sharing that and SO happy to hear that I’m able to keep you engaged. Hot dog!

Glad you like the fan page and I just headed over and liked yours as well. Glad we are connected in that way.

Thanks again my friend and have a wonderful day!

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49 Praveen Rajarao
Twitter:
January 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Hahaha…nice…atleast something I said was worthy of a “frame”

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50 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

A lot of what you say is worthy of a frame. :-)

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51 dave friant January 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I always get value and one of the first thing I noticed about you and your blog was the fact that you always reply to your comments. You also visit our blogs even if we are total newbies for that I’d like to say thank you.
To me that’s encouragement that helps me keep going. You touch something as basic as good manners instead of taking our reader’s for grant. Thank you’s and Please’s get us far in life and we should never get to big for them or our britches.
Thanks for the post. I always try to thank the writer no matter the content goo, bad, or indifferent.
Why? Because someone took the time to put some work into something so we should show them some appreciation.

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52 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Hey Dave,

Thank you for sharing that Dave and yes, I will always reply to every single comment. You deserve my attention since you took the time to stop by my place and read what I’m sharing. Plus, I love visiting your blog to see what you’ve got going because I think it’s just the right thing to do. So when I visit blogs for the day, it’s always the people who left me a comment that get my attention first.

Don’t you feel that we all could use a little encouragement? I know that a lot of the blogs I visit are extremely respectful as well because it’s like the big named actor who makes all the millions. That actor wouldn’t be making those millions if their fans didn’t come see their movies. No one should ever loose site of how they got to where they are. The ones that do will soon fall from that spot. Just by showing a little appreciation will go a very long way.

I appreciate that Dave and you are so right. Everyone should take the time to reply to every comment no matter what and with more than just a thank you. That’s how you engage with your readers.

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my place today. Glad to have you. Now, enjoy your day and have a really wonderful weekend too! Oh and Dave, thanks for liking my fan page. I’ll continue to share some good stuff over there too.

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53 Justin Mazza
Twitter:
January 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Great suggestion with scheduling your posts in Wordpress Adrienne. I have three edited and ready to go in WordPress as of today. This will make my life so much easier next week.

What about those blogs that have comments turned off. They might as well turn their blog into a static website huh? I often times comment on new blogs that have one or two comments on them. They usually reply to my comment and seem really grateful that I left a comment for them.

But, they forget to come to my blog and leave a comment. If they don’t come to my blog I will probably forget about their blog. I find 5 to 10 new blogs to comment on a day.

There are some blogs that I read on a semi- regular basis and comment on and they hardly ever reply to my comment. These are bloggers who earn good money online and are fairly established. I don’t mind if they don’t reply to my comment, I’ve come to accept it.

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54 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I try to get ahead at times Justin but sometimes I just don’t. But when I get on a roll and have several topics I know I want to write about I’ll go ahead and write those and set them up to be published. Sure is much easier and glad you already have a few lined up.

I visited one blog that I liked a lot and he always had the comments turned off. I emailed him and asked him why. He said that his blog was there just to share what he enjoyed but I told him that we like to share our opinions of what he enjoys but he still decided to keep the comments closed. His was more for enjoyment but I stopped visiting it because I couldn’t voice my opinion. What a shame.

I know what you mean Justin. People who are new are really more surprised that we actually took the time to not only read their posts but comment as well. Hey, I was there once too so I appreciate everyone who takes the time to stop by. I personally love helping the newbie out.

One thing they definitely need to do is install the ReplyMe plug-in so that we will be notified that they did respond and they need to reciprocate. Even if it’s just once and they don’t care for what we share. If they don’t want to come back that’s okay too but like you, I prefer visiting the blogs that I enjoy reading and know that the blog owners enjoy what I share as well. Let’s face it, that’s how relationships are built. We can’t visit every single blog every week, there are just too many good ones.

Those that are only here to make money and don’t reply to comments, I won’t waste my time. I’m not saying that I won’t read their post. If it’s something that will benefit me then I’ll read it but if they don’t reply to comments, I’m not wasting my time. That’s just me.

Thanks Justin for stopping by and it’s always a pleasure to see your smiling face and hear what you have to say. Hope you have a wonderful day and a great weekend.

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55 Dan Keller January 20, 2012 at 5:38 AM

You are spot on with this, connecting with your customers (readers) is an essential part of social networking and blogging and a simple and effective way to do this is to respond and thank the people who take the time to comment. The one thing that I find hard to believe is that there seems to be a growing number of blogs that have comments turned off, what do you think of this?

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56 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Hi Dan,

So glad you agree and I think what some people tend to forget that blogging is part of the social networking platform which in turn the word “social” is included. I guess I continue to scratch my head thinking what do they really think that means? Social to me is connecting with others by conversing either through the social platforms or our blogs.

I can’t understand that if you are here to build a business then you shouldn’t have your comments closed. I’ve only stumbled upon a few so the majority of them have them open.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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57 Viola Tam
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Hi, Adrienne,

I love your posts as always. I feel like listening to a friend. You do have your own personality.

I have noticed that you covered a lot of your own personal journey with your readers. I think that is a wonderful way to build rapport. As you mentioned, many readers would probably resonate well.

I absolutely agree with you about commitment. It does not matter how often. What matters is consistency, one of the crucial factors for success in business.

A do appreciate your sharing, Adrienne :)

Viola Tam

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58 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hi Viola,

Thank you for that, so happy to hear that you enjoy my posts. Once I started putting my own personality into them they started to get more attention. So people can see my before and after posts and tell the difference. That’s why it’s so important to have your readers be able to relate to you.

Commitment and consistency are extremely important. I think people give up too soon because these things definitely take time. Boy, I sure do know that! :-)

Thanks Viola and I appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful weekend okay!

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59 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Videos are making a big impact on the WWW. I like the fact that you can learn things via videos. There is so much i’ve learned online from Youtube videos and paid premium courses. Love this article Adrienne.

PS< Any ideas why my name shows up funny when I leave a comment?

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60 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Videos are huge Eddie and it’s how I learn how to do a lot of things. When I want to know how to do something I check Google and if a video pops up about it, I’m there. They are only going to become more popular so I hope more people will start incorporating them into their marketing stream.

I have no idea Eddie. It looks like some have worked fine while others have not. I’ll have to check and see if there is a problem with my plug-in. Sorry about that.

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61 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

It seems to be taking a default value every time I comment. Since you use a Premium commentLuv plugin. I am using a @keyword in this comment you will notice that it still takes up Eddie GearTwitter: genuineseonet. Hope this helps.

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62 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I don’t have the @keyword function activated which is probably why that’s happening. I kept getting people who would put junk in there and I wasn’t able to edit that part so I just turned it off. So now we know why! Thanks Eddie.

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63 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Couldn’t agree more to what you said Adrienne!

You so rightly mentioned about needing to make connection with your readers, which you can truly do by commenting and replying to the comments on your own post. I also just hate the fact how some people can just not reply to the comments and ignore the visitors on their blog, after all they have also spent time to read your post and leave a comment. The least you can do is reply and reciprocate- if not now, may be within a day or two!

I can so well understand the number of comments you get on your blog Adrienne, and theres no doubt in my mind it is because of your wonderful connection you have with so many of us :). I guess that is how trust builds up.

Yes, your posts do bring out your personality, and that is hw best we relate to you, and that is indeed how we must write our blog posts also. I feel we need to share our own life experiences with the readers and give them something of value to take back with them. There are no two ways about it :)

I have just about begun being consistent with my posts now, as I am nearly through with the shifting of the writing blog to WP- though still working to make it better- a little daily- but that’s surely a very valid point.

Looking forward to Monday now and reading Paul’s post. Until then, have a wonderful weekend :)

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64 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Hi Harleena,

I’m not sure why people don’t respond to the comments that are left on their blogs. I can’t speak for them but I do know that it’s in their best interest if they want to keep their readers coming back for more and leaving their thoughts.

I think we all just want to know that others can see a little of themselves in us so by sharing more of who we are in our posts our readers will be able to relate more and want to start interacting by commenting. That truly is how relationships are formed. We also love stories so if you’re able to weave some storied into your posts that’s an added plus. I have my moments in this area but not always.

I know that getting your blog set up just the way you want it can be time consuming but as you said, you’re doing it a little at a time and it will get there. I love the look of your blog Harleena.

I’m looking forward to Monday as well and Paul’s post will be in video format so stay tuned. Until then have a wonderful weekend yourself. :-)

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65 Amy January 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

While I don’t disagree with anything in this article, I believe that things like responding to comments, consistent posting, being trustworthy, and everything else you mention is all part of the umbrella of “content is king.” Content isn’t merely what you write in your posts, it’s what you say in comments, and how you are consistently creating new, good stuff.

Nice article, great points. Thanks for sharing them!

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66 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Hey Amy,

You are SO right but I think what people think of when they hear the word “content” is writing posts or articles. They don’t really realize that everything I mentioned here is actually involved in this process. That’s because when you are taught about writing content, how many of those lessons include responding to comments, interacting with your readers, building relationships, etc.! Maybe that’s a course I see that needs to be created. What content is really all about, I love that!

Thanks Amy for pointing that out and for taking the time to leave me a comment. They are always appreciated.

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67 Amy January 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It’s definitely a lack of education — I think that the only real reason I know these things is because I have my own personal book blog (on top of what I do for work), and comments and personality and interaction are the bread and butter of the book blogging world.

I would definitely take that class. And recommend it to every marketer. Thanks for your thoughts!

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68 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I so agree with you Amy and it’s great to hear that with your particular site, these things are what holds it together so to speak. See!! This is what people need t understand. It sounds like to me that you could actually teach that class yourself. Huh! Maybe we may have something brewing here! :-) I love that!

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69 karan January 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

You do love people who comment on your blog. Don’t you??:D You are such an inspiration to me. And I think I am a good student. I try to follow most of these points you mentioned above, like replying to all comments, thanking the readers etc. I do suffer in the consistency section though. Its something I am trying to improve. I left my blog for 3 months after working for 2 months on it because I got busy with other things. And now when I started blogging again I don’t see the same reaction from people. I don’t get that many comments these days. Lesson learned. I made a mistake and won’t make it again in the future hopefully.

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70 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Absolutely Karan, I most certainly do love the people who comment on my blog.

I’m happy to hear that you’ve done some of this rather well but as you mentioned, it was a brutal lesson to ignore your blog for three months. That’s the point I try to make with everyone. You can’t just do this a few times and then run off and do something else and expect your readers to faithfully be waiting for you to come back. There is way too much content out there for everyone so if you don’t build that relationship with your readers, they will just go find someone who will.

Looking forward to your “consistent” posts. :-) Thanks for sharing this with me. Have a wonderful day!

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71 karan January 21, 2012 at 1:58 AM

I totally agree with you Adrienne and I accept that I made a mistake. I am paying the penalty now. But at times you get too busy with other things in life that you can’t concentrate on things you love. Hopefully I won’t make this mistake again.

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72 Adrienne Smith
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January 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

When we know better we do better right Karan! You rock on girl (oops, I mean man)!

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73 KARAN January 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

damn I am a guy:D I understand the name karen is pretty famous among girls. But here in India, the name “karan” is used by guys only:)

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74 Adrienne Smith
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January 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Oops… Sorry about that Karan and I don’t live in India so I would not know that! I apologize because with my name, I’m sometimes mistaken as a guy! I KNOW how you feel. My bad!!!

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75 KARAN January 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

No Problem………………………
Added those dots because Wordpress asked me to type more words:)

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76 Adrienne Smith
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January 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

That wasn’t WordPress, that was me. Want to stop those nasty old spammers from leaving comments like “great post”! Thanks Karan and sorry about that – again!!!

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77 Colleen Kelly
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January 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Hi Adrienne!,

Oh Adrienne I am learning so much from you. No bull! lol I really love this and I am writing it all down lol No not nutty..lol Well…haha. Seriously..I do agree with all you said. I am very new to blogging so I have been looking around but I am following a few I have come to respect and like they way they blog. The funny thing is I was feeling I hold back a little, I stop myself from phrasing something a certain way or hold back something that is me, something , a story I want to tell that I thought ..”Nah” But It felt wrong to do that. I’m just learning..Reading this post I kept thinking “yes!” It all made sense and I am going to take your advice! and Benny’s! I Do like him.. He is such a a nice guy. His blog is one I read.. I read yours, Ruth Zive, Dan Gheesling. I started with Dan..found you guys through him.. So glad I did. you all have been so kind and teaching me new things. Oh Alex too..He’s cool..lol just giving people. Blogging has brought me a new world. Thank you for being part of it! Thank you for this post.! great job! I think honestly, something every blogger should be given is the link to THIS post. ;)

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78 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Hey Colleen,

Glad you are learning some things from me. That’s great news and people love stories. It’s how they’re able to relate to what you share and by showing that human side then they’ll be able to connect with you more on that level. So keep it up because you have the perfect story to tell with what your blog is about.

So glad you popped over here from Dan’s site and Ruth and Alex are also fabulous to learn from as well. Really awesome people and ones I’ve come to think a lot of.

Thanks for sharing that and enjoy your weekend okay!

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79 Jens P. Berget
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January 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I absolutely agree with every word you said, even about being excited about the video from Paul, I can’t wait to see it.

I have one question though, and that’s about engagement. I strongly believe that we should engage with every single one of our visitors/customers. But do you think there comes a time when you can’t do it, because you have too many comments, too many requests etc..? If that time comes, what do you think you’ll be doing? Will you be hiring a VA, or just “ignore” some of the requests or something completely different? :)

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80 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Hi Jens,

Good question Jens and I’m not sure because I haven’t reached that yet. I know there may come a time where my attention goes elsewhere and my comments will slack off. Either way, I’m just not sure what I’ll do when I reach that point but something to definitely think about down the road.

Thanks for popping in and I knew you would be able to relate to this one.

Have a great weekend.

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81 Linda January 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Very well put here Adrienne! Funny, I was just commenting on someone elses blog about this same type of thing..lol. I visit other people’s blogs and they don’t come back, so not worth my time to visit them and I don’t care if they are “famous” bloggers or not. They are not worth my time. And those that don’t respond to your posts – I don’t really care about that, I mean if they don’t know that they are supposed to respond, then they won’t. But, maybe now they will know that they should do that. I don’t always respond right away, but I do get to it :)

I just now “Liked” your new fan page. Looks FABULOUS!!

That is great you are getting guest bloggers signed up. Sounds like it is going to be a good one :)

Have a fantastic weekend, Adrienne!
Linda

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82 Adrienne Smith
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January 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM

This seems to be a popular topic this year Linda. I don’t doubt you were just reading something similar.

Thanks for liking my page and glad you like the look. I’m so pleased with it.

I’m really excited about my guest post on Monday so stay tuned for that. It’s going to be a great year!

Have a great weekend Linda and thanks so much for sharing that. Always a pleasure to see you.

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83 Jason Fonceca
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January 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

The Queen of Engagement strikes again ;)

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84 Manish January 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Every blogger must give response to the comments of their readers. For me, commenting is a best way to establish the good relations with readers as well with other bloggers. Many people do commenting just for only backlinks, but its more then that because with commenting we can learn many new things from other bloggers that are in our niche.

Thanks so much for sharing such a great stuff and have a rocking weekend, Adrienne! :D

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85 Adrienne Smith
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January 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Hi Manish,

Welcome to my blog and thanks for the comment.

You are definitely right, most people start out commenting for the backlinks. That’s how I was taught, not for the relationships you can build but for the backlinks you can get. So I know that a lot of people aren’t being taught the right way to do this which is sad. But once you start realizing that it’s just more than backlinks I believe more people will see the true benefit of this.

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this topic and I most definitely will have a rocking weekend. Hope you do as well. :-)

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86 Hajra
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January 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Hey Adrienne,

You nail it! I have read so much about content that I must say I was getting a little tired. But I love you way you bring in other important factors into the post. What I am amazed is that how people manage to be everywhere (yes, it is Bill Dorman I am talking about ;) ) I blog hop for one day and my fingers start aching ;)

Or maybe I just don’t find the time to be as connected as I hope I can. There are always so many posts to be read, so many blogs to be learnt about and so many bloggers to be connected with!

Thanks for sharing all the “scoop”; you are soon becoming one of my “gurus”! :)

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87 Adrienne Smith
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January 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Hey Hajra,

I know what you mean Hajra and I also know that content is so important. But with social media taking a huge chunk out of the way the search engines are picking things up today you have to do more than just write. You want your readers to connect to what you share and what better way than adding more of you in the mix. Not everyone will connect with me and that’s okay. I couldn’t please everyone online anyway so the ones I do connect with are fine with me. The same goes for you. There will be plenty of people who will be able to connect with who you are, what you are going through, how you got here, what you’re doing now, etc. On their level as well as yours. Those are the people who will keep coming back for more through your content.

Bill probably has a lot of time at his desk to play when he’s not in meetings or visiting with clients so he’s able to spend his spare time blog hopping. I know when I first started noticing him I thought my goodness he’s everywhere. It’s hard to read so many blogs because let’s face it. It’s very time consuming but so educational and enjoyable as well.

You are so welcome Hajra and that’s so funny. Can you see me as a guru! :-) I love that!!! You are too kind my friend.

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88 Brian January 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I often times now get replies to the littlest of comments and am surprised sometimes. But it does help one connect to me. I appreciate replies. And about being consistent, you’re right about auto-scheduling posts. I have no more excuses for not posting regularly. I just need to be writing more often.

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89 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

So are you saying that other people are replying to those comments Brian? That’s wonderful because that means the interaction is going on between others. Comments are what makes your blog really because we are definitely writing so others can enjoy and share their thoughts as well.

That’s right, just write a few posts ahead of time and schedule them. There really is no excuse for not having a regular schedule. Good to know you are aware of that and hopefully can remedy that as well.

Thanks for sharing this with me and hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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90 Brian January 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The replies I was speaking of are from bloggers when I’ve commented on their blog posts. Sometimes I don’t say a lot, but they still reply. I think Ana at Traffic Generation Cafe is one of the bloggers who replies even if I don’t say something of a lot of substance.

Will start scheduling my posts soon. Once I write them of course. Better than writing 3-5 in one day and posting them all at once.

Thanks for a great blog. I’ll return regularly.

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91 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Okay, thanks Brian for letting me know because I wasn’t sure. Ana is really good at replying to all her comments too and she has a lot more than me.

Good for you, I have no doubt if you start scheduling those posts head of time you’ll have much better luck with getting people to stop by and comment. If you need help with advice on getting your blog more attention, be sure to go back and read my last post for 2011. I think you’ll find it very helpful.

Have a great week Brian.

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92 Patricia Hines January 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Your post is very true. Content, is of course, very important. But your personality and and experiences are what makes your blog “live”. I am working hard to develop a blog and appreciate the open way you share so much valuable information. I have so much to learn, you make it seem easy-I hope someday it is that way for me too. A great teacher, makes things seem easy! Kudos to your teaching style.

Comments need to be answered and it is time consuming, but, as you know,it makes me (the commenter) feel validated if the blog host connects with me. As I read your many, many posts I realize that your content is great-what makes me come back though is the way you share the information in such a personal way. Thank you for sharing.

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93 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Hi Patricia and welcome to my blog.

I’m happy to hear that you enjoy my posts and the information that I share. I think when you have the right information to take you where you want to go then the process is a little easier. It’s a learning experience though I will admit.

You are right, I think each person who leaves a comment needs theirs responded to. They need to know they were heard and appreciated for taking the time to stop by and leave their thoughts. That’s what makes a blog I believe. I’m really happy to hear that you enjoy learning from me and that you’ll continue to come back for more.

Thank you so much Patricia. I’ll look forward to hearing from you again.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

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94 Kirsten Lodge
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January 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Hi Adrienne

What a lovely post! Adrienne, you were the one who taught me about commenting and responding to comments on my blog… I love that I now have a few dedicated readers who take the time to come back (especially since I installed Comment Luv – another hot tip of yours!). Your responses to the comments in your blog show that you are truly passionate about what you do… and that is so important. I too find it a bit boring when I comment regularly on blogs and don’t get a response. I want to build my personal brand that says I’m a passionate communicator in the area of health and medical research, and eventually create a network of communicators and bloggers in that space. I’m a while off that but comments have definitely helped me connect with people. And it makes me happy!

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95 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Hey Kirsten,

I love hearing that Kirsten and congratulations. Interacting with your commenters will keep them coming back for more. I have no doubt that you’ll start connecting with other bloggers in your same niche and from there the sky is the limit.

I find that you’re also very passionate about what you do and I love the way you write. I feel like a good bit of the time I’m right there with you. I love reading about your experiences and your post about your grandmother really got to me as you very well know. Just beautiful indeed.

Blogging is about interacting with others and building relationships so I have found that I’m not wasting my time commenting on posts any longer when the blog owner doesn’t have the decency to respond to my comments. Their posts may be good but I’ll find another one where I can actually relate to that blog owner and they appreciate me visiting.

You keep moving in the direction you’re going and you’ll get there in no time at all. That I do believe Kirsten. Just keep up the great work.

Thanks for your awesome comment and I’m so very glad we connected. Now, knock em dead girl!

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96 Kirsten Lodge
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January 23, 2012 at 2:13 AM

That is the nicest response ever, Adrienne. I’m so glad we connected too :)

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97 Lanre January 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I’m always glad whenever I see blogs like yours because I know I’ll learn something new. My blog is barely 3 months old and every day, I learn something new about blogging.
Being that I’m on the blogger platform, the comment section isn’t really optimized. Despite this, I still reply every comment, no matter how small (just as you suggested).

I try as much as possible to bring out my personality just to show that I’m not perfect, even though I blog about self improvement.
Thanks for this insightful post.

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98 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Hi Lanre,

Welcome to my home and I’m so happy you stopped by and am learning a few things from me.

Sounds like you are pretty new to blogging so welcome. It’s an experience and as we continue we learn and grow. The free platforms are okay if you aren’t building a business but I have found that their commenting systems aren’t always the easiest for us. I’ve had the hardest times leaving comments on a blogger blog, not quite sure why that is. That’s good though that the comments you receive you do reply to them all. I’m sure everyone appreciates it. The only problem with that is they have no idea you responded because people aren’t going to come back and check. So for the free platforms it’s much harder to get the recognition that you deserve.

Just share with your readers what you have learned and are still learning and they will appreciate that so much more.

I appreciate your comment and thanks for sharing that with me. Keep up the great work.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and hope to see you again soon.

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99 Paige Burkes - simple mindfulness January 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Adrienne,
You continue to inspire – and rock! Yes, content is important. It’s frequently what gets someone to stay on your site initially. After the first two or three posts though, people want to connect with people, not just content.

As bloggers, we’re creating communities and communities aren’t based on content. They’re based on people and relationships. Just about everything boils down to people and relationships.

People want to feel heard and understood. If we, as bloggers, can accomplish that with our audiences, we’ll go a long way.

Thanks again!!

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100 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Hi Paige,

Ah, thank you I appreciate that. You are so kind.

I agree, after we’ve read a few posts and decide we really like what this blog owner is sharing, we want to start connecting with them. It’s obvious through reading their posts that we can relate to what they share so it’s time to start building those relationships and it all starts with the comments.

Wonderful comment Paige and you nailed it on the head. That’s what we as bloggers are all about.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I do hope you are enjoying your weekend. Will see you again soon I hope. ;-)

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101 Dan Sumner
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January 22, 2012 at 4:16 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Sorry I’m late :-D been a very bad weekend for me but life goes on.

I love this post, you yourself are the main key to this blog. You are consistent, transparent and honest and this is magnetic. You blog model is great, yes it’s time consuming, but it shows in the posts and especially the comments. Little have I seen such engaging comments from all the readers.

I made promise to myself this year to ramp up blogging and gain consistency within my blog. Only after a short few weeks my stats are up and comments and better than ever.

I would like to talk to you on Skype if that’s ok? I will drop you an email this week :-)

Great outline for a fantastic blog business model Adrienne.

Dan Sumner

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102 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hey Dan,

OMG, I love that you are apologizing to me for being late in responding to my latest post. I love hearing that Dan so thank for sharing that with me. I do the same thing sometimes when I miss getting over to my “must read” blogs when I know they’ve put up a post. Life gets in the way and things happen but as long as I get there then I’m good with that. Sorry you’ve had one of those weekends and boy can I sympathize with you.

I’m glad you feel that way about my blog Dan, that means a lot coming from you. Wow! I do want to make the people who visit my place feel like they are hearing what I share from an old friend. Someone who is or has gone through the same things or has learned a thing or two and is sharing it with them in an easy to understand manner. That’s what I was striving for and I do believe I’ve made it.

I remember when I first visited your blog you didn’t have a lot of interaction going but you certainly do now. That’s what I keep telling people, just be consistent in your actions and the rest will follow. It just takes a little time, especially if you are an unknown. But just like me, you won’t be for long.

Sure, I’m always open to connecting with my readers. Please do, drop me an email and we’ll plan a time to get together.

I did hear a lot from my readers on my first post of the year and took lots of notes on what my first product will be. I’m really leaning more towards expanding on what I shared in my last post of the year. We’ll see.

Thanks Dan and sure hope you have a great week! Hang in there.

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103 Jeffrey Morgan
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January 22, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Well ……… you aren’t very interesting ……….. the dog, well the dogs’ a whole nother story! Is Content King? I say Kayla is KIng ….. err Queen!!! Kayla? Kayla?

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104 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Maybe I need to get Kayla to write a post or two Jeffrey! lol.. :-)

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105 Barry Wells
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January 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I find it frustrating and extremely rude when i see a blogger reply to their “pals” and leave everyone else whistling for a reply.

I used to visit some of these blogs on a regular basis as they did/do have great content but after asking question after question and returning to see that I STILL haven’t had a reply to those questions, even though they’ve replied to the “pals” who left comments after mine, I stop visiting them altogether.

It does take time to reply to comments, like you said Adrienne, but how can we build relationships without doing so?

Those relationships are what we need for us to start enjoying our blogging. I have great fun talking to my friends via their comments and replies and they have allowed us to get to know each other.

Like others have said before me Adrienne, this post really does describe you very well. Is it any wonder you’re Number One in my book, you set a perfect example for us to follow.

I’ll be back tomorrow Adrienne,

until then,
Respect and Regards,
Barry

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106 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Hey Barry,

I’ve encountered a few of the bloggers you speak of Barry and I just quit stopping by altogether. Sure, they had some great content they shared but after a while I just didn’t enjoy visiting because I had such a bad taste in my mouth about who they are as a person. Showing favoritism is just rude in my book and I don’t want to be associated with anyone like that personally.

Blog commenting and replying to comments is time consuming, I agree. There really is no way to get around that if you are here to build up a community and relationships with other bloggers. They are the ones who can help you get your business to where you want it to be and make those connections so you’ll find other bloggers there willing to help when you need it. I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

Oh thanks Barry, I appreciate that and I’m looking forward to Paul’s post tomorrow. So I guess I’ll see you then.

Have a great evening and a fabulous week.

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107 Mitch Mitchell
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January 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Okay Adrienne, you know I’m a be me! lol

Content is king, plain and simple. Now, if we go with the kingdom model of the Narnia series, content is the high king, which leaves room for all the associate kings. In that model, it doesn’t reduce the importance of anything but it clearly denotes who, or what, has the final say.

Yes, responding to comments gets to be a king but not the high king because without content there’s nothing to comment on. Marketing is also a king because without marketing one can’t make money, but without content marketing can’t take place.

And there you go; and now, back to our regularly scheduled program. lol

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108 Adrienne Smith
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January 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Oh Mitch,

I love how you just tell it like it is my friend.

You are SO right, without content no one would stop by and visit period so we definitely need to have the content. But not just any content, it has to be worth our time to sit in front of this computer screen and read it all the way to the end. Oh, but then you want to feel like wow, now that was some good stuff and I can relate to good old Mitch. You’ve definitely done that to me numerous times Mitch so I have to say that you definitely put your personality into your posts which is why you keep getting people to come back for more.

Okay, I’m headed back now to my regular scheduled program too! Oh and thanks for stopping by on that commercial break Mitch! lol… :-)

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109 Ashvini
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January 23, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Really cool post :).
I always feel that blogging as a business is not different from other business. People who blog need to take care of customers like other businesses do. The readers of the blog are the customers because they are the ones who talk about it , taking it to higher popularity.
So content is like good product but it is not equal to interaction with the customers (i.e. readers).
Content may be the king because it is the first thing that caught our attention and maybe we write great content all the time but still then reward when we interact with readers are much much higher.
Also , even if our blogging is about our personal lives, still we want people to comment and establish our authority on that subject.
I agree with you 100% .

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110 Adrienne Smith
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January 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Hi Ashvini,

Ah thanks, so glad you enjoyed this one.

You are right, you need to take care of your customers if you want them to keep coming back and for the blog owner, that’s their readers. Give them something to keep coming back for.

I appreciate you sharing that Ashvini and I couldn’t agree with you more.

Have a fabulous week my friend and I’ll be dropping by your place later.

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111 Thea
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January 23, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Hi Adrienne

Excellent post! I totally agree that content alone is not enough. I definitely hear you on the consistency. I wrote about this today myself. I installed the Editorial Calendar for Wordpress recently and it was a bit of a shock to go back over the time I’ve had my blog and realise how inconsistent my posting schedule has been!!! Shock, horror. I am on a mission to remedy that situation now. I have never used the publishing ahead of time function on Wordpress so I really have to give that a shot the next time I go away.

It is amazing how down to earth, honest and open (not to mention incredibly friendly and helpful) that you are. It does mean a lot to people both online and off. Having someone you can trust is so important. Good point about the comments as well. I try to write back to everyone on my blog but I must admit I do need to work on the timing getting back to them, sometimes I get a bit behind and it might take me a while. Like I said, definitely working on that though.

Can’t wait to see what you have planned for Monday. Of course it’s Monday night here in Australia so I will probably have to wait till morning. Good to know I will have a great post waiting for me to read in the morning. I look forward to it. :)

Have a fabulous day Adrienne.
Cheers
Thea

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112 Adrienne Smith
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January 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Hi Thea,

Ah, I’ll look forward to reading that post Thea.

I’m surprised that you haven’t been consistent with your writing schedule. My readers can expect a post from me like clockwork every Monday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. CST. I write all of my posts ahead of time and schedule them to be published at that time. I’m surprised at how some people just sit down and write a post when they feel like it and publish it then. Your readers have no idea when we’ll see one from you the next time so it’s harder for us to schedule a time to come visit.

Thank you Thea, I appreciate that and that you see me in that way. That really means a lot. I just know how it is starting out and not having someone you can trust to give it to you straight about things. I don’t claim to know it all but I’ve learned enough that I can definitely send you to someone that does if I can’t help answer a question.

I think as long as you respond to all of your comments it’s okay if you aren’t able to get right to them. I do hope you have the ReplyMe plug-in installed so that your readers know that you responded if they chose to come back and continue the conversation. That’s what makes it hard for a lot of us, we aren’t going to continue dropping back by unless we’ve asked you a specific question and would like an answer.

My Monday morning post is now live so sure hope you enjoy what Paul has shared with us. It’s good and I’m so happy he helped me with this topic.

Thanks Thea and have a wonderful week.

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113 Chadrack
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January 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Hmm, been there; done that :)

That simply was my reaction as I read through the post. In my early days as a blogger I was sucked in with the idea that great content was what really matters. But a couple of months down the road I realized that creating good content was not enough. Frankly, I was kind of frustrated seeing the barren comments section! But a simple change in strategy and installing the commentluv plugin turned things around.

I agree totally with every point you raised especially that of replying to comments. it’s important to install the reply me plugin if you really want this to be effective. With the reply me plugin installed you can easily continue the conversation with your blog readers as they recieve an email whenever you reply their comments.

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114 Adrienne Smith
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January 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hey Cadrack!

Ah, I think we all have first impressions right Chadrack! I’m so happy to hear that the CommentLuv plug-in helped a lot with bringing more people to your place. You share some awesome content my friend.

I know that a lot of people perhaps aren’t aware of the ReplyMe plug-in which I’ve mentioned numerous times through this past year so I do hope that it’s something they will bring into their blog if they want their readers to know that their comments have been replied to and they can perhaps continue the conversation. Great point Chadrack!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy your week.

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115 Chadrack
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January 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

In fact, it was a combination of strategies. As soon as I learned of te commentluv plugin and after installing it, I began to reach out to other bloggers with the plugin installed. And then when the comments started coming, I added the appreciation part! This time I installed the top commentator plugin and every month, the top most commentator for the month was appreciate with a mention and a link back in a post. This worked greatly until I discovered some were trying to game the show!

But all in all, the whole strategy worked so well because those who came and saw what I was offering soon began to spread the word. I must say that appreciating your readers can really be powerful thing.

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116 Adrienne Smith
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January 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I agree Chadrack, appreciating your readers is huge. We all would like a little “great job” or “awesome comment” every once in a while so that does go a long way. I’m afraid you’ll always have a few trying to game the system but overall I think the majority are really here for the right reasons.

Once people see the awesome content that you share, they can help but keep coming back for more. :-)

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117 Cat Alexandra
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January 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Hear hear, Adrienne!

I agree with you that Content is not the only King. Actually, the more I have begun blogging, the more I have noticed that some of the most active blogs I’ve found are from people who aren’t always necessarily dishing on lots of helpful content in their posts. In fact, many of these blogs are simply provoking conversation in their readerbase.

You are a fine example of blending the two. One of the huge things I’ve learned by watching how you blog is that you engage the conversation with a splash of “Adrienne” on everything you do.

There is a serious tip for all who want to pay attention to how you add this flair to what you do to encourage such an active blog full of various opinions that people are all too willing to share.

At the end of the day, I’ve found that it’s important for us to sprinkle some of that personal touch to what we’re sharing at all times. In most cases, this is what keeps people interested in coming back for more!

Cat :D

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118 Adrienne Smith
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January 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Hey Cat,

I agree with you on that note as well Cat. I actually enjoy the conversations that people share on their blogs because it makes them seem more human to me. It’s a great way for us to get to know the blogger and we both know how important that is when you’re building a business.

Ah thanks for sharing that and for that compliment. When I started blogging I was doing what I was told which was filling your posts full of great keywords and writing for your target audience. That wasn’t working so when I started just being myself and I’m a big people person, everything started to flow much better. So I’m a prime example that what the gurus say doesn’t always necessarily work in our favor.

:-)

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119 Seth Lyman January 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I have to agree with the portion you wrote on consistent posting. That has to be the most difficult part for people to master, yet over time will become one of the most important aspects of a successful blog. I enjoy reading your articles, very insightful and I plan to hang around to read more. I am impressed with the level of interaction you have from your readers…how long have you been at this?

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120 Adrienne Smith
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January 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hey Seth,

So are you saying you don’t agree with everything else? Just the consistency part? Just curious Seth!

Glad you enjoy reading my posts. I’ve been blogging for a little over two years but I didn’t start having success until a few months into last year. It’s been an eye opening experience.

I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me. I will add one thing though Seth.

I wrote some commenting rules so the next time you stop by I would appreciate you sharing your blog with us, you know, the place we can connect with you as well. I don’t allow products or services linked with the comments. I’m all about building relationships so if I can’t visit your place and get to know you then it kind of defeats the purpose wouldn’t you agree?

Hope to see you again.

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121 Seth Lyman January 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

No, I was just saying that was the part that rang true with me the most. I recently started an affiliate product review site and I am just feeling my way through all of the options to determine the best way to make it a success. I would love to get your feedback on what I have built so far even though it is quite different from your site. It only has one product right now but will grow over time.

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122 Adrienne Smith
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January 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Hey Seth,

Sorry for the late response and thanks for reiterating what you meant.

I checked out your site and am a little confused. So is your name Seth or Gene? Review sites are okay but if you are doing a blog then you have to build up that relationship with your readers and if they don’t know you or trust you, your review site isn’t going to benefit you in the long run. People won’t trust a review from someone they don’t know. Hence, the importance of a blog. See, you are writing about reviews but I have no way of getting to know Seth/Gene. Does that make any sense?

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123 Barry Overstreet
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January 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I hope things are going well for you!

I totally agree that content is extremely important, but not the only important aspect of running a successful blog. The other areas you’ve mentioned all carry a ton of weight.

It’s kind of funny. In my effort to visit more blogs I’ve found some where the owners only reply to a few comments, and I’m talking about blogs where they had 50+ comments with only like 4-5 responses. I made the specific decision to not comment on them. If the blog owner didn’t care what I had to say, why should I really care to invest the time to leave a quality comment that adds to his/her message. The link juice is nice, but if we visit blogs and comment with honorable intentions, the link juice will come anyways. The idea is to be engaging to the community that has visited and commented on that blog post.

In my own mind, I basically sum up the commenting section and the section about infusing personality as the difference between talking AT somebody and talking WITH them. When you talk at them, they feel like a school child being lectured, and nobody likes that feeling. When you talk with them, they become engaged as an important part of the conversation, and THAT makes them feel valued. And that’s what we all really want. In this world of anonymity called the internet, we all want to be valued for our thought content, time, and efforts to be included. Doing that consistently enough (there’s another area of having to be consistent, lol) will grow your readership and your community.

I also totally agree with the consistency of posting. I’ve had blogs that I stopped visiting because it would be way too long for fresh content to arrive. I got tired of going back and seeing the same stuff I’ve already read. Since officially launching my blog at the end of October, I think I’ve missed posting during the week a total of 3-4 days. It’s time-consuming, and sometimes frustrating having to do ANOTHER post, but that’s what we signed up for when we chose to follow the blogging route as a means of business growth and income. And business growth is time consuming and frustrating no matter what route we choose to follow. But the rewards are great for those who make the sacrifices!

Thanks for continuing to consistently bring value to the web! I hope you have a great day!

~Barry

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124 Adrienne Smith
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January 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Hey Barry,

Nice to see you again and thanks for the comment. Things have been a little crazy busy lately but I’m doing great.

I’ve seen some of those too during my time here and I also chose to not go back and continue commenting. If that’s how they chose to run their blog then that’s their business but I just choose to not participate. We can always just assume all we want with why they do what they do but we’ll never really know the reasons behind it and I’m certainly not going to waste my time thinking about it that’s for sure.

I love the way you put that Barry. We want to feel like we are a part of the conversation not being talked to. It does bring back those childhood memeories I will admit.

I have one blogging friend that I had met early last year when I started blog hopping and really enjoyed his content. Then during the summer he ran into some personal and professional difficulties and just quit blogging. He finally made his way back about five months later and apologized to us all and started back up on a regular basis again. I’ve seen one post from him this year and nothing more so he’s vanished yet again. I just can’t continue to support someone even though I like him a lot if he’s not going to stick around for the long haul. I hate for anyone to have any type of problems in their lives but they aren’t the only ones. My question has to be then, why are you really here? You want faithful readers yet you aren’t willing to follow any type of schedule. If you don’t remain consistent in your posting then you have to expect to lose your readers once again. I guess it just depends on what you really want from this.

Glad you enjoyed the post Barry and it’s always a pleasure to see you. Hope you are doing well and this week has started off on a very positive note for you.

Take care and thanks again.

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125 Warren
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January 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I wish content was king. Think how much simpler life would be if all we had to do was write the post? :)

So much goes into a blog besides the obvious content. You Adrienne are a great example of someone who has made the comment section a business all in it’s own right. I’m sure you spend more time on comments that content. Then of course we have social media, SEO, Design, etc.

Good thing we love what we do! :)

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126 Adrienne Smith
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January 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Life might be simpler Warren but would it be as much fun? I mean I love interacting with my commenters and at the same time I learn so much from some of them. So that in itself is a great learning experience. But for those who are more interested in just writing content, letting people find it and then purchase from them then I would agree. That would be a whole lot easier. When were things ever that easy?

Thanks Warren, great seeing you again and hope you’re doing well.

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127 Lenia
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January 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hi Adrienne,

haha, it is funny because I initially read Benny’s post about the “epic” blog post and right after your post with the same definition!
Well, in my opinion I think that content plays a very important role but it is not the only part of the success. Blogging success is a combination of things. I agree with the points you mention. I also believe that building a community and become known to other bloggers is very important in order to have a successful outcome.
Blog comments is time consuming but I do it because I see that with that way some people (not all of them) come and comment to my blog too. I see there is a result…it is a slow process but I believe it is worth.

Thank you for sharing your opinion!
And, yes I saw you FB page…and I am impressed by the increasing number of funs you got. Nice job and congratulations!

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128 Adrienne Smith
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January 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Hi Lenia,

I know that Benny picked that up from someone else but I heard it from him so it’s stuck with me for sure. If anyone can create them, Benny can! :-)

Building relationships is key to building a business. I can’t tell you how many opportunities I’ve had and help that I’ve received because bloggers have reached out to me after we’ve made that initial connection. It’s been so flattering and at the same time I’m so very grateful. It’s really helped me learn and grow in a lot of areas too.

When people visit your blog and they notice you have numerous comments and the interaction going on, they are going to stand up and pay attention. Just like when you visit blogs and they have that on theirs. Your first thought probably is that person sure must know what they’re talking about so that helps people gravitate to your place more and learn from you. From there the relationship building part starts and that’s what helps keep dedicated readers glued to your blog.

It will take time for your blog to get recognized and for more people to start showing up. So just enjoy the ride because you’ll look back and think wow.

Thanks, I’m happy with the fan page and the likes have slowed down some but that’s okay. I haven’t been promoting it heavily, yet. :-)

Have a great day Lenia.

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129 Lenia
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January 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Well that is definitely true!
I keep working on my blog and I insist even if it is not yet that kind of blog with numerous comments. But I believe in that and I follow many of the tips you advice us here in your courses. I really thank you for that. Yo always make me feel that I am not alone :)
Good day to you too.

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130 Adrienne Smith
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January 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

I’m happy to hear that Lenia because you definitely are not alone. We’ve all been there and have done that and some of us are still doing it. But the ride is so enjoyable and reaching your destination is so worth it. :-)

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131 Steve Hippel
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January 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Hi Adrienne.
I totally agree with you. You must build and become part of a community when answering and also leaving comments. Everyone seems to think only about getting a link and yet building trust and relationships has so much more value in the long run.
As far as content is king is conscerned, I have said many times that off page SEO starts on page. Give people value and engage with them and the links will find you. This is a great post and one that everyone should read twice.

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132 Adrienne Smith
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January 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Hi Steve,

Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate it when my readers share their thoughts regarding my content.

I know that the content is important because without it we’d all be nowhere but if you aren’t building a community where your potential prospects and clients feel comfortable and have a chance of getting to know you then it kind of defeats the purpose.

I like what you said, “Give people value and engage with them and the links will find you”. That truly is the key.

Thank you for sharing that with us and I do hope you’ve enjoyed your day.

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133 Hiten January 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This is a brillant post and thank you for reminding us of the importance of responding to comments left by readers on our blogs. I agree it can take time, but this is just something I’ve scheduled in my daily routine. If readers take the time to read our posts and comment, the least we can do is to respond to them.

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134 Adrienne Smith
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January 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Hi Hiten,

Why thank you, I’m so glad you think so.

I’m not quite sure why some people don’t respond to every comment. I know it’s time consuming, trust me. But it will make your readers feel like their voice matters and I know for me, each of my readers truly matter. That’s why you build relationships and isn’t that why we are all here? I mean this is a people business in case you haven’t noticed. Make the people happy and they will come. :-)

Glad you agree Hiten and thanks for your comment.

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135 Samantha Bangayan
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January 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Adrienne, this post is SO you. When I think about your expertise, aside from affiliate marketing, I think about what you contribute to the blogging community in this way — with your personality, humility, and honest gratefulness. I especially appreciated your point about how other gurus may cut down on their “Thank You’s,” but that you wouldn’t. It just goes to show that there’s no one correct way to blog and that we have to decide what’s right for us!

Building trust is a good example. There are so many ways that we could build trust with others whether through being honest in our writing, consistency or recommendations based on actual merit. In the end, I think we all decide what being a good blogger means to us. =)

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136 Adrienne Smith
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January 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Hi Samantha,

Having been online now for awhile Samantha I was really surprised when I read more than one place that it’s not necessary to always tell you readers thank you for their comments. Especially the regular readers who visit often, they already know that. To me that reminds me of people who are married. You’ve now been married for a year so do you stop telling that person that you love them because they are now suppose to just know it! Hell no! People want to be appreciated and they want to know that when they comment on your blog, you care. That’s what will help people want to come back because they know that not only do you reply to their comments but you actually care and appreciate their thoughts and opinions. :-)

You are so right Samantha, I believe we all have to find what works best for us and what we are the most comfortable with. What it all boils down to is that this is your blog and your business. You’ll build up the trust in the way that works best for you.

Thank you for sharing that and for all your kind words. I really do appreciate that! :-)

Have a wonderful week Samantha.

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137 Daniel D. Lombardi February 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Wow… Adrienne!
Thank you for this wake up call.

In the real world when you want to build a solid healthy business you must take into account two things good products and great costumer service.

Lots of bloggers forget that it is the same with an online business. They put so much effort on good content (that is their product) and when people (customers) are coming, visiting, and asking questions or making a comment on the products (content) the bloggers do not
response or better say totally ignore them.

Would they do that in a real business? Would they never pick up the phone? Would they close the door if a customer will come in with questions?

Thank you for sharing with us this great message Adrienne!
All the best,
Daniel

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138 Adrienne Smith
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February 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Hi Daniel,

Welcome to my blog and am so glad you enjoyed this post.

You are so right, people often forget about good customer service. When I was in the corporate world one of my jobs was dealing with vendors and I would take the customer service over the good product any day because trust me, it was very hard to get both.

I can’t believe the number of people who put up a blog, throw up some content and think it’s going to be successful on that alone. Ah, if life were that simple then we’d all be millionaires by now.

Thank you for your comment and glad you enjoyed this message. Hope you’ve had a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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139 Ahsan
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March 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Readers are the heart of a site. All success of a blogger depends on traffic. I agree with all your points. I always try to reply the comments. A blogger needs to respect readers. A commentator passes his time in a blogger’s site then give valuable comment. So in this regard we have to respect them

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140 Adrienne Smith
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March 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Glad you agree with these points Ahsan and that you also respect the commenter and always reply to what they’ve shared. I do believe they deserve our respect and we should appreciate that they have taken the time to read and share their thoughts with us.

Thanks again and have a great day!

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141 Oliver Tausend
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March 10, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Hi Adrienne,

thanks for sharing your insights. Yes, you are the living proof that it works: Great content and interaction.

What most people overlook though is the following fact: Success doesn’t equal content plus interaction. Success equals content by interaction (content x interaction). What that means is: The formula for success is not an addition; it is a multiplication. Fail at one little discipline and you multiply something by zero – and the result will be zero, will it not ?

Of course, there might be additonal factors such as the personal touch, as you note, but it’s never an addition.

Be blessed

Oliver

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142 Adrienne Smith
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March 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Hi Oliver,

It is my pleasure Oliver and yes, I just love sharing what I have learned and that doing the work, you’ll see results. You just need to stick with it right!

I do agree with you 100%… It’s the interaction that will get you noticed that will lead to results that will eventually lead to success. But just putting up any old content without adding a bit of you in there may not cut it. I know that’s something I struggled with in the beginning myself. Find that part of you that people can relate to and add that in with what you’re sharing and you’ll find more people being drawn to you. Then we definitely have to interact with other people so they will know you are truly real. What a great combination.

Thanks Oliver and hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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