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Taking tips from Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Nation <br />to build community among your readers<br />How to build your...
XKCD on Community<br />
The basics behind community<br />LEADERS<br />
The No Fact Zone community<br />The Completists<br />
What is community?<br />Community <br />≠ <br />Audience<br />Community <br />= <br />Interactive<br />Conversation<br />
What makes the Colbert Nation unique?<br />Focal point is always Stephen Colbert<br />Our name – the Colbert Nation<br />C...
Defining your blog<br />YOUR FOCAL POINT<br />
Defining your blog<br />YOUR FOCAL POINT<br />
YOUR COMMUNITY – Questions to ask<br />What kind of communities already exist in your niche?<br />How is your community go...
What kind of community do you want?<br />Shiny Happy Community<br />Sad Stressful Community<br />
Give identity to your community<br />Naming your community<br />
Define your possible reader base<br />
Where to find readers<br />Friends<br />Message boards<br />Official site communities<br />Twitter<br />
Build your own culture<br />No Fact Zone vocabulary<br />Zoner – A reader/community member of No Fact Zone<br />Completist...
Encouraging readers to be active in your community<br />CALLS TO ACTION<br />
Why the Nation is so rabid<br />INTERACTION!!<br />
Three words:<br />Make<br />It<br />Easy!!<br />
Activities for your community<br />Encourage readers to submit content<br />Live meetups<br />Blog suggestion posts<br />C...
Hosting your own message board?<br />Pros<br />Cons<br />Gives your community a better chance to know each other<br />Cont...
Featuring content from your readers and from other blogs<br />Bump your readers<br />
Ways to feature readers<br />Blogroll<br />Guest posts<br />Reaching out to primary sources of news<br />Invite readers to...
Gratuitous Eye Candy Slide<br />
Treat your readers with respect and kindness to win their loyalty and devotion<br />Loyalty Through Kindness<br />
Connecting with your readers	<br />Social Networking (Twitter/Facebook)<br />E-mail commenters and thank them<br />Comment...
Using online blogging tools to build your community<br />THE INTERNET IS YOUR FRIEND<br />
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How To Build Your Nation - Taking tips from Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Nation to build community among your readers

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    1. 1. Taking tips from Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Nation <br />to build community among your readers<br />How to build your nation<br />Presented by :<br />DB Ferguson<br />Webmaster, NoFactZone.net<br />
    2. 2. XKCD on Community<br />
    3. 3. The basics behind community<br />LEADERS<br />
    4. 4. The No Fact Zone community<br />The Completists<br />
    5. 5. What is community?<br />Community <br />≠ <br />Audience<br />Community <br />= <br />Interactive<br />Conversation<br />
    6. 6. What makes the Colbert Nation unique?<br />Focal point is always Stephen Colbert<br />Our name – the Colbert Nation<br />Call to Action<br />Bestowing the “Colbert Bump”<br />Treating the fans with respect and attention<br />Using the internet to grow the fan base<br />
    7. 7. Defining your blog<br />YOUR FOCAL POINT<br />
    8. 8. Defining your blog<br />YOUR FOCAL POINT<br />
    9. 9. YOUR COMMUNITY – Questions to ask<br />What kind of communities already exist in your niche?<br />How is your community going to fill a need that is not being met?<br />What will be the structure of your blog – key defining points and attitudes of content?<br />What will your community standards be?<br />
    10. 10. What kind of community do you want?<br />Shiny Happy Community<br />Sad Stressful Community<br />
    11. 11. Give identity to your community<br />Naming your community<br />
    12. 12. Define your possible reader base<br />
    13. 13. Where to find readers<br />Friends<br />Message boards<br />Official site communities<br />Twitter<br />
    14. 14. Build your own culture<br />No Fact Zone vocabulary<br />Zoner – A reader/community member of No Fact Zone<br />Completist– Staff member of No Fact Zone<br />Geoffrey why?! – From “Strangers With Candy”, an exclamation of disbelief or unhappiness<br />*HEADDESK* - Zoner equivalent to *FACEPALM* in Lulz speak<br />Colboarder – community member of ColbertNation.com boards<br />*Balloon Drop* - exclamation of happiness or celebration<br />
    15. 15. Encouraging readers to be active in your community<br />CALLS TO ACTION<br />
    16. 16. Why the Nation is so rabid<br />INTERACTION!!<br />
    17. 17. Three words:<br />Make<br />It<br />Easy!!<br />
    18. 18. Activities for your community<br />Encourage readers to submit content<br />Live meetups<br />Blog suggestion posts<br />Contests<br />Off-topic posts<br />Polls and Surveys<br />Message boards<br />
    19. 19. Hosting your own message board?<br />Pros<br />Cons<br />Gives your community a better chance to know each other<br />Control off-topic content, channel away from main blog<br />Gives your readers a chance to guide content<br />Not as much control over guided conversation<br />Much more opportunity for dischord and conflict<br />Cliques could make new members feel unwelcome<br />Time suck – taking away from blogging<br />
    20. 20.
    21. 21. Featuring content from your readers and from other blogs<br />Bump your readers<br />
    22. 22. Ways to feature readers<br />Blogroll<br />Guest posts<br />Reaching out to primary sources of news<br />Invite readers to become staff<br />Better Know a Staffer/Reader/Community Member<br />
    23. 23. Gratuitous Eye Candy Slide<br />
    24. 24. Treat your readers with respect and kindness to win their loyalty and devotion<br />Loyalty Through Kindness<br />
    25. 25. Connecting with your readers <br />Social Networking (Twitter/Facebook)<br />E-mail commenters and thank them<br />Comment Reply Notification plugin<br />Participate in other communities<br />IM with people who have e-mailed you in Gmail<br />Offer your help to other bloggers/readers<br />
    26. 26. Using online blogging tools to build your community<br />THE INTERNET IS YOUR FRIEND<br />
    27. 27. WORDPRESS TOOLS<br />Threaded comments<br />Contact forms<br />Social networking plugins<br />Shout Out (Hey!) - Comment Rater plugin<br />Unique and prominentRSS Feed button<br />Woopra – Trending Topics<br />
    28. 28. What makes your community unique?<br />Distinct focal point of blog and direction in your community<br />Your community name and culture<br />The activities within your community<br />Recognition of readers<br />Treating the readers with respect and attention<br />Using WordPress tools to grow your community<br />
    29. 29. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING<br />DB Ferguson<br />www.nofactzone.net<br />db@nofactzone.net<br />Twitter - @dbferguson<br />
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