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This is number 2 in a series of presentations that discuss the hows and whys of building a community around your blog.

This is number 2 in a series of presentations that discuss the hows and whys of building a community around your blog.

Let the comments be your content!

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Building a Community Around your Blog 2 - Let the Comments be your Content! Building a Community Around your Blog 2 - Let the Comments be your Content! Presentation Transcript

  • Building a Community Around your Blog 2 Let the Comments be your Content!@digibomb
  • First, a quick recap ...Check out par t 1
  • If readers h ave a personal attachm ent to you and other reade rs of your blog they’ll be more likely to return agai n and again ...
  • The pro blem with blogs
  • 1 Community is only inthe comments, and that is ver y limited!
  • 1 Community is only inthe comments, and that is ver y limited! Reade rs are forced to discuss the topic at hand. No new discussions. No interaction. 2
  • What’s thesolution?
  • Anybody?
  • Stop speaking and listen!Let the comments be your content.
  • Interac tivity engagesreaders a nd creates a positive impression
  • Interac tivity engagesreaders a nd creates a positive impression A sense of community creates loyal readers
  • Interac tivity engagesreaders a nd creates a Readers who like you positive impression will help you out in various ways A sense of community creates loyal readers
  • Interac tivity engagesreaders a nd creates a Readers who like you positive impression will help you out in various ways A sense of community creates loyal readers Even if your community is small, it p rovides you with an o ppor tunity to get to kno w your readers
  • Where do I start?
  • Bork! You need the rightingredients!
  • 1 Notifications
  • Let users knowwhat’s going on
  • Let users know what’s going onGive them a reason to come back
  • 2 Keep the barriers low
  • Easy to enter
  • Easy to enter Easy to post
  • 3 Monitor content
  • Prevent trolling What a bunch of crap. This site sucks and your question is stupid.don’t bother com ing here for anything
  • Prevent trolling What a bunch of crap. This site sucks and your question is stupid.don’t bother com ing here for anything R emove noise Title: How this work?
  • 4 Promote Influencers
  • Give members jobs It’s amazing how many people don’t want to just read and consume – they want to be a part of building something that matters. Jobs can be anything from moderators, contributors, documenters, or recruiters.
  • 5 Be a cheer leader
  • Answer questions and manage user expectations
  • Answer questions and manage user expectations Give feedback regularly
  • Answer questions and manage user expectations Give feedback regularly Mention milestones in newsletters, etc.
  • Answer questions and manage user expectations Give feedback regularly Mention milestones in newsletters, etc. Remember: The community belongs to the community!
  • 6 Give your readers homework
  • Tips and tricks
  • Tips and tricks Tutorials
  • Tips and tricks Tutorials Ask questions
  • Tips and tricks Survey and poll Tutorials Ask questions
  • 7 One last tip
  • Determine who your community is and what they want
  • Determine who your community is and what they want Uploads Notifications Voting Shares Badges FollowsSignatures Attachments
  • What’s thenext step?
  • Get theplugin!
  • Get theplugin!So easy a Caveman can do it.
  • Dow nload the pluginfrom WordPress.org
  • What’s inclu ded in the suite <embed> Vanilla plugin – Allows you to embed your Vanilla forum into WordPress with a single line of code. Discussions widget – Displays recent discussions. Activity widget - Displays recent activity. Users widget – Displays recently active user profile photos.
  • ... then download Vanilla
  • Download for FREE Signup for FREEat VanillaForums.org at VanillaForums.com or
  • The sweetest forum on the web!
  • Thank You!@digibomb