As most of you know, I was out of town on a skiing vacation with my family.
My husband and my daughter surely had lots of fun…
This little vacation made me realize that running your own business is a 24/7 deal and if you don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
Don’t get me wrong though: it doesn’t have to be that way.
I absolutely 100% agree with Todd: online business shouldn’t take over our lives, rather give us the freedom that you are all after. But that’s a story for another blog post, isn’t it?
To get back to my point: the first 2 days of our vacation I couldn’t get the internet to work.
I spent countless hours either talking on the phone trying to get someone to come out and fix my problem or waiting for that person to come out. Needless to say, I wasn’t a happy camper.
When I finally was online, my jaw dropped.
I have over 100 emails to respond to (those are real emails from real people, no spam), 120 blog comments to get back to, Skype messages, not to mention Twitter and Facebook…
Thanks for feeling bad for me. 🙂 However, I do have a point besides just celebrating a pity party and hoping to score some “Poor Ana!” points with you.
As I was going through the comments, I was amazed to notice something: some of you, my dear readers, stepped in and answered some of the comments!
At first, I was simply grateful to see that the world and Traffic Generation Cafe were still functioning even during my involuntary absence.
However, as I had some time to think about it, I realized that you just discovered a brilliant NEW way to do an OLD thing.
I won’t name names – simply because I am bound to forget some of you and I would hate to do it, but this is what you did:
You HIGH-JACKED my blog readership!
Some time ago I wrote a post on how to high jack A-list bloggers’ readership via guest posting, but this is way easier. 🙂
That’s right. All you did was answer some of the questions my commentators posed, but in doing so you networked, established yourselves as experts and someone ready to help, AND got my readers’ attention.
All I can say is BRILLIANT!
And so a new commenting technique is born.
Let’s sum it up and use Traffic Generation Cafe as an example.
As I mentioned before, I get dozens if not hundreds of comment per day. Take a look at this:
183 posts. Over 10K comments. 7 months.
Granted, close to half of those comments are my responses to you, but even if you cut 10K comments in half, that means that on average I get over 30 comments per post. Seems manageable when you post 2-3 times per week. But when you post daily? You get my point.
So, let’s say you take an initiative and answer a comment or two or three on my blog when you see that someone needs help or has a question.
You think those people will check you out? You bet.
What if you do it regularly? What if you start a discussion in the comment section? Would you get even more traffic from that? No question.
You are right, you have to be careful and find the right balance between helping people and overtaking my blog :), but some of you have already been successfully doing it for a while now.
So here’s a plan of action:
1. Read a post on TGC; let me know what you think about it (network with me).
2. Browse through the other comments on the post; see if anyone is asking for help. If you have the expertise to help them, by all means answer the question! (network with my readers)
3. Get actual traffic to your site from commenting and a huge THANK YOU from me for not letting my readers hang in there, if I couldn’t get to them in time. (network with my readers and me)
By The Way…
As hard as I am trying to catch up on the comments, I am drowning in them.
I LOVE it, but I can’t swim – really!
So I might have to cut down a bit here and there on getting back with you, guys, particularly when you just want to tell me how awesome I am and build a quick link back to your site. 🙂
Hope you forgive me, but I still want to see my family and plus producing great content that will keep you learning as way more important. 🙂
Who needs forums anyway: you cant’ get much traffic or good links from them any longer.
However, turn my comment section into a forum-type environment and now you’ve got something!
Plus, I could really use help here. Not that I won’t personally respond to every comment like I normally would, but at least I’ll know that my readers are in good hands – YOUR hands until I get there.
Love it or hate it? Comment to show me that you’re alive!… and don’t forget to check out other readers’ comments, naturally.