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31DBBB: Day #5 Email a Blog Reader

Send Email to New Blog ReadersThe day 6 challenge in my 31 Days to Build a Better Blog quest is to email a new reader with a personal message. After pounding out 1,277 words on the last challenge to analyze a top blog in your niche, this was a welcome assignment!

The bonus assignment has two parts:

  1. If the reader left a link to their blog, click through and comment on an interesting post on their blog.
  2. Respond to their comment on your blog.

I’d like to give one caveat to item number one. I never leave comments just for the sake of some artificial commenting quota I have set. When I leave a comment it is because I sincerely enjoyed a post, found it helpful, or have something I’d like to ask or address. I appreciate it when the owner clicks through my name link and comments back. But it drives me nuts when their comment consists of:

Cool blog. Thanks for commenting on my [great, amazing] site. Come back soon.

Seriously?

Anyway, this assignment was simple. I opened up the comments section and popped off a few quick emails to those commenting, some new and some loyal commenters.

I’ve been doing the bonus items for some time — not on every comment, of course, but when something interesting stuck out. I’ll make a note to continue this more conscientiously.


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  • Selurus March 16, 2010, 2:35 pm

    This seems to be a very effective strategy. I like getting emails from other bloggers but its essential to have a personally drafted mail for each reader rather than a marketing message type mass email sent to all readers on your mailing list.
    .-= Selurus´s last blog ..Upgrade to Opera Mini 5 =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 17, 2010, 3:09 am

    Absolutely. Form letters don’t carry nearly the same impact. I wrote a few specific emails.

  • Keith Davis March 19, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Hi Alison
    I’ve seen the “31 days to build a better blog” and thought that I might buy it.
    If this is your day 5, I think I’ll follow you and see how you manage.

    Great idea to have posts related to the 31 days.

    Notice that day 5 task is “If the reader left a link to their blog, click through and comment on an interesting post on their blog.
    Respond to their comment on your blog. ”

    Look forward to reading your comment on my blog. LOL
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 19, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Hi Keith, glad to have you following along.

    And, yes, I did drop over and post on your blog. I’ve been a public speaker for years so it’s a topic that really does interest me. But you’ll note that I’m doing the tasks on my life change blog. This is just where I’m reporting the tasks. 🙂

  • Keith Davis March 19, 2010, 6:03 pm

    Nice one Alison.
    I’ll keep in touch and read the rest of your 31 days.
    Thanks for explaining the “life changing blog”
    I’ll take a look.
    Keith
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

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