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Are People Reading Your Posts

Are people reading my posts is a question that I have asked myself on a fair few occasions. It’s also a very important question because as bloggers the reason we do what we do is so people can stop by and read what we have to say. But how do you know if people are reading your posts? Is the fact that they’re leaving a comment enough proof of them reading them? If only that was a true indication!

You know as well as I do that the majority of comments left these days are by people who are only interested in getting a link back to their site. They don’t care in the slightest what you have to say and more often than not formulate their comment from your title or from quickly scanning some of your content. Sometimes their comment is so bad you know they’re full of shit and so you can spam their comment but a lot of the time their comments are so vague you’re just not sure.

Are People Reading Your Posts? How Do You Know?

The best way is to ask them a question in your post that requires a specific answer in your comments. The problem is you can’t do this in all your posts as it will get pretty tedious for your commentators commenters. Thanks Mitch:tongue_laugh_ee:

One way I’ve been doing is by asking them to do something to earn the right to leave a comment. I use this in my Friday Funnies post where I require them to LIKE my Best Gifts Idea blog. lately I’ve been promoting my YouTube videos and asking them to click on a  LINK, leaving a comment there and then LIKING the video

This may seem unusual to many who know me as I have always told everyone how they should make it as easy as possible for people to leave comments and not make them jump through hoops to do so. So, why the sudden change? There are actually two reasons. The first being because of the nature of the posts most of the comments were of the “Great Post”, “Love the jokes” and the like. They left no real substance and I just got tired of the anal commentary. Read the rest of this entry

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Spam Alert! How Many Emails Does It Take?

The other day I happened upon an interesting post written by Dan Sumner titled 8 Product Promotion Tips You Won’t Want To Miss. As I am want to do with interesting posts I left a comment, one that disagreed with one of the points that Dan made in his post. I got to give it to Dan, unlike some other posts where I disagreed with the blogger, Dan was most professional and we had pleasant discussion about it and by the end of it we both gave in a little saying that we were both partly right.

The discussion was about the the following point in Dan’s post.

Importance of the product – As I mentioned above. Your subscribers need to know how important this product is to them. One email just isn’t going to cut it. You need to email every day to get the message across. Drill it into your subscribers that they need this product. Many people need convincing that they need something that works!

How Many Emails Before The Spam Alarm Sounds?

In my comment I said to Dan that I thought an email a day promoting the same product was a bit over the top. Perhaps it would work with some people but if anyone was to do that to me I would jump ship and ditch that sucker.

According to Dan, “I have read a lot of research in one of the mastermind groups I am in and the numbers point to more sales after at least two emails on the same product. It does work. Some don’t open the first email due to title and time etc so you it’s always worth shooting a few email in a big promo”

OK, so maybe a second email wouldn’t go astray because not everyone will open the first one and so a second one may be needed, but how about a second, third, fourth or even more? Exactly how many emails promoting the same product are you willing to get before it pisses you off and you consider unsubscribing from the list?

Perhaps you wouldn’t unsubscribe at all? Perhaps you love getting these emails so much that you wouldn’t buy anything unless you get at least a half dozen emails, anything less just shows the guy on the other end isn’t really interested in selling his product?

I thought the best way to find out exactly how people feel about it would be to run a little poll.  :happy_tb:

How Many Emails Before It's Considered Spam

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Naturally, the more people who take part in the poll the better the results are going to be, so in order to get a great result now would be a great time to share this post by giving it a Stumble, Tweet or any of the other social sites that you’re a member of.

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How To Really Improve Your Bounce Rates

First off I want to give credit where credit is due and in this case it goes to a post my mate Mitch wrote called Too Many Tags And Categories? That particular post, one that I recommend you read, refers to a blog Mitch had read where the blogger claims to have reduced his bounce rate to 2% :bigsurprise_ee: :flush_tb: The thing about that bloggers post that caught Mitch’s attention was when the blogger mentioned that smaller tags and tag clouds were beneficial because it allowed the reader to focus on what the blog is really about. I’m assuming that having a huge amount of tags would confuse the reader causing him to leave without searching any further.

Will Tags Decrease Your Bounce Rate?

The question is whether or not having a tag cloud decreases your bounce rate? Personally I feel that they are next to useless and the space would be better used for something else. I know that I have one on my Buy Lottery Tickets Online site but that’s only because I like the way it behaves more than anything else. :tongue1_tb:

The only way to get a true result to that question is to run this poll. As you well know the more people that take part in any given poll the more accurate the result and so I urge you to get the word out.

Do You Click On Tag Clouds

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How To Improve Your Bounce Rate

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