The order in the list is relevant. FaceBook is my best traffic/comment generator, Blog Engage is great resource with a great community, Twitter is a distant third.
As the current top user on BlogEngage, I’ll throw out some ideas for how to be a good Blog Engage community member. If you’re into social networking — or a fellow Blog Engage aficionado — add your own rules of engagement in the comments below!
- Add a Profile Image
Without a profile image, you look like a spammer. Take a minute to get a photo or icon (or something) up so we can identify you.
- Vote, Vote, Vote
Take some time — at least a few times a week — to browse through the other great blogs. Find some in your niche or a topic that interests you. Vote up the ones you like. Be generous.
- Give Reciprocal Votes
Some people spend a lot of time voting up the posts of others. See who’s voting for you and give them a little kickback once in a while. (Ahem.)
- Comment on Blog Engage
Once in a while throw out a comment on a post’s Blog Engage page. This helps draw attention to the article itself. It’s also a good way to notify the author if there’s a problem accessing or commenting on the post.
- Visit Blogs
When you find an intriguing article — or just want to encourage another blogger — go to the blog and read the entire post. It’s great to see traffic coming in.
- Comment on Blogs
Leave a thoughtful comment on your favorite posts. Add some insight, share experience, give constructive criticism, present a counterpoint. Most blogs welcome all quality input. It makes for great discussion.
- Do Not Clog the Upcoming Blogs Page
If you have a boatload of posts that you’ve neglected to add to Blog Engage, please, please don’t hop on over and add them all in a huge post dump. Doing so will knock all the other brand new posts clear off the front Upcoming Blogs page — and sink their chances for gaining votes. It also look pretty egocentric. Take your time and space them out. Having a couple of posts on the front Upcoming Blogs page at a given time is probably enough.
- Do Not Add Links to Non-Blogs
The name is Blog Engage. That first part is key. Blog. Don’t be just throwing up any old link just to try to make a buck from the members. They don’t take kindly to that.
Just follow a few, simple rules and you can make the most of your Blog Engage experience — without making a serious social faux pas.