Professional Blogging Part III: What Does a Professional Blogger Do When He Visits a Blog?

I hope you read the previous two installments of the professional blogging series. A blogger is in a constant quest to increase his readership and visit statistics. And the device that helps him the most in this is social interaction. There are a huge number of social media sites out there that help you in this. Here, we will see how you may be approaching a blog and how a professional blogger should ideally do that.

Conventional Thinking vs. Lateral Thinking

Normal people do one thing—conventional thinking, or more or less a straightforward approach to solving problems. They go to Google, search for what they want, visit several of the relevant sites, read information, and leave. There are far better things you can do besides this.

A professional blogger moves in another way—lateral thinking. He gets two or more things done through one action. When he has a need, he goes to Google, searches, finds relevant results, and reads the content. But, instead of leaving the site right away, he analyzes the website/blog that helped him. He looks for ways to interact in that blog and make the blogger visit his blog too.

Ways for That?

1. Have you ever commented to a blog?

Many professional bloggers’ identity is just that. They don’t just visit the site for information and leave after finding it. They comment, suggest any other relevant post they found recently, point to any errors or suggestions. And thus, he actually contributes to the blogosphere, and adds a point to his personal profile.

2. Have you checked that blog and tried to find out who pens it?

If you find valuable information anywhere in the Net, don’t just run away. Look around the blog to see who the author is. This gives you quite a bit of information about the blog. You can judge if it is a resource you may want to bookmark and visit more often. This helps you find valuable information when you need it.

3. Look around for ways to connect with the blogger

An honest professional blogger usually posts his social media submissions and social network profiles on his blog. They are not doing it to get no attention. It is for others to connect freely with them. So, utilize it and connect with these bloggers.

4. Ways to improve your own blog

Checking other blogs more deeply helps you make your own blog better. You can analyze the traffic, if stats are given, the advertisement options that the blogger is using, the affiliate programs he is promoting, design he uses, etc. This is valuable information that will help you better your own blog.

A professional blogger does just that. And so, he stays current with the industry.

5. Most importantly, you will make an impression

Just make sure you interact with that blog, comment, connect with social media, etc. It may prompt the other blogger to visit your site too and check it out. Which means, you are making yourself more popular.

Advantages of Increased Interaction

You know well that Facebook has a friend limit of 5000. I have long stopped adding friends randomly in Facebook. You know why? Most of my friends are ordinary people. They are not bloggers or webmasters. And a blogger’s best friends are other bloggers. I want other bloggers to add me in Facebook through the Facebook icon here on the sidebar.

When you have 5000 bloggers as your friends, you have a better way to promote your own blog than when you have 5000 firefighters or plumbers. This is the case with any other social network. Connect more with other bloggers than people from any other profession.

Guest posting opportunities, link building opportunities, mutual promotion, money making, investing in mutual business, and much more. The advantages of connecting with other bloggers are innumerable.

So, make it a point to check out the features of the entire blog when you visit one next time. It is an important professional blogging technique.

Related Entries:

Commenting Well on Other Blogs
Professional Blogging Part I: Characteristics
Professional Blogging Part II: Lifestyle

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