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

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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.

Let the comments be your content!

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

  1. 1. Building a Community Around your Blog 2 Let the Comments be your Content!@digibomb
  2. 2. First, a quick recap ...Check out par t 1
  3. 3. 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 ...
  4. 4. The pro blem with blogs
  5. 5. 1 Community is only inthe comments, and that is ver y limited!
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. What’s thesolution?
  8. 8. Anybody?
  9. 9. Stop speaking and listen!Let the comments be your content.
  10. 10. Interac tivity engagesreaders a nd creates a positive impression
  11. 11. Interac tivity engagesreaders a nd creates a positive impression A sense of community creates loyal readers
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Where do I start?
  15. 15. Bork! You need the rightingredients!
  16. 16. 1 Notifications
  17. 17. Let users knowwhat’s going on
  18. 18. Let users know what’s going onGive them a reason to come back
  19. 19. 2 Keep the barriers low
  20. 20. Easy to enter
  21. 21. Easy to enter Easy to post
  22. 22. 3 Monitor content
  23. 23. Prevent trolling What a bunch of crap. This site sucks and your question is stupid.don’t bother com ing here for anything
  24. 24. 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?
  25. 25. 4 Promote Influencers
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. 5 Be a cheer leader
  28. 28. Answer questions and manage user expectations
  29. 29. Answer questions and manage user expectations Give feedback regularly
  30. 30. Answer questions and manage user expectations Give feedback regularly Mention milestones in newsletters, etc.
  31. 31. Answer questions and manage user expectations Give feedback regularly Mention milestones in newsletters, etc. Remember: The community belongs to the community!
  32. 32. 6 Give your readers homework
  33. 33. Tips and tricks
  34. 34. Tips and tricks Tutorials
  35. 35. Tips and tricks Tutorials Ask questions
  36. 36. Tips and tricks Survey and poll Tutorials Ask questions
  37. 37. 7 One last tip
  38. 38. Determine who your community is and what they want
  39. 39. Determine who your community is and what they want Uploads Notifications Voting Shares Badges FollowsSignatures Attachments
  40. 40. What’s thenext step?
  41. 41. Get theplugin!
  42. 42. Get theplugin!So easy a Caveman can do it.
  43. 43. Dow nload the pluginfrom WordPress.org
  44. 44. 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.
  45. 45. ... then download Vanilla
  46. 46. Download for FREE Signup for FREEat VanillaForums.org at VanillaForums.com or
  47. 47. The sweetest forum on the web!
  48. 48. Thank You!@digibomb

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