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.

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Is It Ethical For Bloggers To Do Paid Posts?

Polls are great when you want to gauge how people feel about certain things. To date I’ve run 1o polls on this blog, the top two involved comments. The poll that got the most votes was Is Disqus Costing You Comments? with 162 people participating. This actually turned out to be a very popular post with 815 views and 140 comments. As it turns out 56% of people refrained from commenting on a Disqus blog, something you may want to consider if you run Disqus on your blog.

The second most popular poll with 107 votes was Will Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success? That also turned out to be a popular post attracting 109 comments. I wrote this post because someone tried to tell me that replying to comments on your blog was a harmful practice. I disagreed but rather than argue the point I put it to the vote and as it turns out I won with 89 people saying that interacting with your commentators was not harmful to your blogging success.

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My last poll came about because I was trying to work out how often I should email a newsletter to my list subscribers and naturally the best way was to ask by way of a poll. This was the fourth most popular poll with 51 votes and the one that polled the highest with 43% of the votes was getting an email every time I wrote a post; once a well polled second with 37% and fortnightly came last with 20%.

Naturally as one poll ends another must take its place. I submitted one of my posts to Helium as it fit very nicely into the Bloggers Being Paid To Post: Is It Ethical? As I said in the article it’s always been a hot topic amongst bloggers. Many are dead against while others are for it. I thought it was about time I found out what my readers thought about it by running this poll.

Is It Ethical For Bloggers To Do Paid Posts?

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Naturally I expect a little more from you guys than just participating in the poll as I, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, would love to know why you voted the way you did.

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Googles Interest-Based Advertising Sucks

In my last post, Big Brother Google Opts For Interest-Based Advertising, I talked about how Google is introducing a new form of ads, one that is supposed to target a user’s previous actions displayed while they go along their merry way visiting various sites. The way they are able to do this is by dropping cookies into people’s browsers in order to keep track of their surfing habits.

Now, whilst Google isn’t the only one to do this it has never bothered me before because I was neverĀ  in the procedure. This new endeavour of theirs will now directly affect ever person who displays AdSense and I have decided, just like John Dillbeck, that I will not take part in their latest venture and so I have just opted out of their mischievous program.

I feel that if enough people take this stance then Google will have no choice but to listed to the majority and put an end to this latest money making ploy of theirs. I’ve added a poll to this post so that we can get a quick view of how the rest of you feel towards this so called Interest-Based Advertising.


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