How to Actually Convert First Time Visitors into Returning Readers

Isn’t it an extremely frustrating feeling when you’ve written some good blog posts, SEO optimized them and started getting a good number of visitors daily, but can’t make them stick around and can’t convince them to subscribe?

I know it is.

In just 70 blog posts, Guide and News has got over 7000 comments, and an amazing community of intelligent, lovely and good looking readers. The post I’ve linked to above got close to 200 comments in just two days.

In this article, I’ll tell you exactly the same methods I use to convert new visitors into returning readers that act, and subscribe. Hopefully you’ll be able to start growing a community on your blog a lot quicker.

By taking the steps below, you’ll learn to:

  • Convert first time visitors into returning readers (and subscribers)
  • Make people love your blog
  • Find your target audience
  • Make your blog sticky
  • Get more comments to your post
  • Redirect your comments to a custom “Thank you” page
  • And more.

Why returning readers matter:

I had a quick look on my Google Analytics account this morning to check the blog stats. What I noticed is that 60% of the visitors are new comers who arrive at the blog through Google, or other referral sites.

And 40% of other visitors are returning readers which means that they have visited the blog more than ones in their cookie period.

Repeat and returning readers are the ones who becomes loyal subscribers of your blog, links to you from their blogs, leave comments on your posts and share your posts on their network.

That’s the main reason why I place a lot of importance on capturing email subscribers and growing a community of loyal readers on my blog. Those are the ones who will help you grow your blog a lot quicker.

So, How to Convert New Visitors into Returning Readers?

Returning readers

In this 1300 words post, I’ll show you the steps you can take to convert first time visitors into returning and loyal readers of your blog.

1. Serve the needs of your readers:

Your blog is all about your readers, It’s not about you. You need to focus on the benefits to your readers.

In order to impress and make the first time visitors love your blog, you need to provide VALUE to them. Give them what they’ve came for, even more than they expect from your blog.

Be clear with your goals, ask them about their problems and solve them. Remember, the first impression is the last impression and you have only few seconds to grab a first time visitor’s attention. So you must have clear call to action.

Focus on the benefits to your readers on the menu bar of your blog, the sidebar, footer, everywhere. Ever wonder why I placed an image on the sidebar of my blog with the text “Starting a blog 101, read before you begin” and linked it to my ultimate guide to starting a blog? Because It’s a clear call to action to those who’re new to blogging and want to begin.

Don’t just try to place too many ads and struggle to get clicks, instead make it simple and highlight the best things about your blog on your sidebar that you think can make your blog sticky, just like I do here. (be it your best posts, features, or testimonials).

2. Blog for a particular group of people:

One of the common reason on why people forget your blog after their first visit is that they’ve got confused after landing on your blog and aren’t sure If the blog is for them

Make it clear who the blog is for, say to a particular group of people, and target the specific audience.

For instance, let’s day you’re passionate about blogging and you blog about it. That is my passion actually. Now, If you don’t make it absolutely clear that you’re writing for those you wants to start blogging, or for newbie bloggers, you’re just confusing your readers.

Same goes with other niches. Let’s say you’re a Tennis lover and you blog about it, make it clear that your blog is all about those people who loves Tennis game.

How to make it happen?

One of the best way to make it clear who the is for is to say that in your blog’s tag line. Make sure that the title of your blog’s homepage describes your blog clearly.

Another way to make it happen is to say that in a mini author bio and display it on the sidebar of your blog, just like I do here.

3. Engage with your readers through comments:

Something that I’ve been really working hard for here on Guide and News is to engage with my readers through comments and make the first time commentators comeback, and I see most of my commentators coming back to engage through comments.

Here’s what I do:

  • I respond to every comment on my blog: It’s my #1 strategy of building relationship and increasing the number of comments on my blog. It also adds a human aspect on my blog and encourages people to comeback. A couple of months ago, I wrote an article on why do I respond to every comment on my blog and why you should too which got close to 130+ comments in just few days.
  • I redirect first time commentators to a “thank you” page. One of the best strategy to develop relationship with the first time visitors and convert them to a returning readers is to redirect them to a custom “thank you” page, when they leave their first comment on your blog. If you don’t know how to do it, read my easy guide to redirecting first time commentators to a THANK YOU page.
  • I send a reply notification email to my commentators: Sending a reply notification email to your commentators is like reminding them of your blog ones again, and another chance to get them back to your blog. I use CommentLuv Premium‘s (which is 8 in one plugin) ReplyMe plugin for it.

Hopefully you’ll be able to make your blog more sticky, and make your readers stick with your blog by using my commenting strategies.

4. Be yourself and show your real face:

You might have heard before the term before “You’re the most unique thing about your blog”.

That is the thing. If you want to convert first time visitors into returning readers, you need to be yourself and show your real face into the everything you do on your blog.

If you’re providing solutions to people’s problem that thousands of others are doing, then what makes you different? Your voice, your human side and your personality.

The more highlight and accept it, the more chances you’ll have to make your readers love your blog.

5. Don’t let your blog get caught with It’s Pants down:

If you want to build a loyal readership on your blog, and convert first time visitors into returning readers, then don’t ever let your blog get caught with It’s pants down.

What I mean by don’t let your blog get caught with It’s pants down is that make sure your blog is ready and deserves to get huge traffic and to convert first time visitors into loyal readers.

Does your blog has enough quality content, a unique design and good first impression to convert new visitors to returning readers and subscribers?

If not, then you might get caught with your pants down. Ohh I mean not you, your blog!

I turn it to you now:

I’d really love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Guide to blogging community is not all about my ideas and tips, but also ideas and tips of a cool community of bloggers who interact and help each other.

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165 Awesome Responses to “How to Actually Convert First Time Visitors into Returning Readers”

  1. July 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,
    Thanks for this wonderful post. First of all I would like to say that you have mentioned each and every aspect of how to convert a visitor into user. Well it is important to intertract with them and make them feel comfortable at your blog.
    Relevant content and consistency is also important which can be used to make it more efficient.
    Keep up the good work :)
    Thanks & Regards

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Hey Ashi, good to have ya here, and glad my blog convinced you to subscribe :)

  2. June 29, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Converting you first time visitor to returning reader is not a easy task . To do that you will have to work hard . You have to make your blog active and engage reader to your blog

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      What else Amrish?

  3. June 14, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Thanks for the great tips! It is not an easy task to grab a first visitor’s attention as well as to create an engaging content. I think we also need to conduct a little research in order to understand our visitor’s better.

  4. June 5, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Hi there, really nice post I like the idea because these tips are really important for the returning visitors.
    Thanks for sharing keep up the good work.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      Hey Vectra!

  5. June 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Gaining trust and catching a reader’s interest is really quite a task especially for new bloggers. Your tips surely are very helpful.

  6. May 23, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Being there for your readers, in terms of providing them with fresh content constantly and helping them address concerns they might have in their niche will also serve the purpose of making you readers return and remain loyal to you.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      Hey Amelie, you have a good point! Thanks.

  7. May 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Really an awesome post @Ehsan. You could add one more point “Returning the favor” Commenting on their blog posts would help to create a lasting relationship in blogosphere. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Thanks Karthik, glad you liked my writing.

      Seems you want a comment back from me? Kidding! ;) Good point BTW.

  8. May 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    The first impression you give to your readers matters a lot when it comes to holding your clients and converting them. Thank you for touching in the fundamentals and giving the best advice on this topic. For newbies this is very important.
    Regards

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Hey Brown, If you’re new, no prob! Read the welcome message.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Keep on commenting!

  9. May 19, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Ehsan, as usual – another wonderful post. Yes I agree that we must serve the right piece of information or content to our readers, which can help them solve their issues or get new knowledge about a certain traffic. That would surely help you get the first time visitors coming over to our blog over and over again.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks PrIyAnGsHu – and as usual great to have ya here.

      Serving the needs of your audience is the key, awesome point!

      Thanks for stopping by, keep on commenting!

  10. May 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Ehsan, the number of comments here amazes me. You’ve got this community thing down, bro.

    I wrote a new post with you in mind…think it was a better take this time around.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 19, 2013 at 6:30 am #

      Thanks Greg – Good to see ya here.

      Loved that post. $445 in a month just by buying a blog theme is great. I’m still confused on how to design those “squeeze page” Greg. I asked you on Twitter, and waiting for your response.

  11. May 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi Ehsan, I think you make your points very clear and consicely which I totally agree with you that making a connection to readers by creating the content that they are interested in is very important, But somehow, at the beginning stage of the blog,which I see that there is little traffic and comments, how do we know what attract them?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 19, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Hey Tony, welcome!

      The content of your blog, the design, and YOU are the one which attracts people to visit your blog.

      Keep coming back Tony.

  12. May 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Hey Ehsan Ullah !
    I totally agree with you that one should properly response to the comments of his readers.
    I can see above that you are one of them who properly interact with your readers. This is a nice strategy and I am impressed by it. Moreover I really appreciate the point that serve the need of your readers, because readers just want to solve their problem. They are not interested in our success. so one should take care of them.
    Thanks.
    Dalton

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 19, 2013 at 6:38 am #

      Great comment Danton, good to have you here.

      Above? I guess all the comments are below! :D Kidding okay?

      What’s new with Cleaning Supplies blog?

  13. May 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Really informative post, seems like i should work on the same strategy of your’s.

    thanks for sharing.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 19, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      Good luck Saul, let me know how it works for you.

  14. May 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Worth Reading this article. Visitors are the basic key in Blogging field. Competition is so high that managing the bond with readers is quite difficult. Thanks Ehsaan for sharing tips.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 19, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      Hey Rudraksh, long time no see. Where are you?

      And what’s new with Tekdig?

      • May 21, 2013 at 3:33 am #

        Hey Ehsaan, I was busy with my Engineering studies so I was off from Blogging for a while. Well Tekdig is fine. Right now I’m working on something new. Will come out with something big. :-)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

          Hey Rudraksh, you’re back!!

          Really? Seems something big is cooking up there. What’s that?

  15. May 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    thnks for sharing this awesome article……..

  16. May 15, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Hey Ehsan,

    Those are fantastic tips, mate. You’ve covered all the essential steps a blogger needs to take in order to convert the first time visitors.

    I recently added the thank you for first time commentators and I’m getting good engagement rate (& more leads).

    -Dev

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Hey Dev, glad to have ya here.

      That’s great, have you considered adding an optin form in your THANK YOU page? Works great I know!

      Thanks for droppin’ in. Hope WPkube and BlogPrenuer is killing it!

  17. May 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    As a reader, I also like seeing pictures. Lots and lots of pictures! It breaks up the reading and gives the post a lighter tone.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      What type of pictures are you talking about Alex?

  18. May 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Hey,

    I wanna thank you for sharing the informative post, it was really helpful. Secondly i believe most of the commentators return to the blogs only for comments and some will return for other things.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Glad you found the post useful Mark, appreciate your comment :)

  19. May 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Ehsan,

    I hate to say this because it sounds somewhat spamming but I really did enjoy reading your blog because I found its topic extremely important because our company blog doesn’t have any “loyal” reader base to speak of and were searching for ways to remedy this problem. Although our blog posts actually have pretty good ranking in the search engines, what viewers we do get from them are almost exclusively one time viewers and damn(!) if we can’t get anyone to comment on our blog posts.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      Welcome Ken, If It’s your first visit. Read the welcome message.

      Imagine If you’d be able to convert those visitors coming from search engine into returning readers and subscribers of your blog, won’t it be an amazing feeling?

      Thanks for your comment, stay around.

  20. May 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    great tips. Thank you very much from a learner.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 14, 2013 at 7:09 am #

      Hey Celia.

  21. May 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,
    It’s being a while. Hope you’re doing great.
    This is a well written post. Converting first time visitors is really fundamental.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 14, 2013 at 7:05 am #

      Hey Emmanuel, long time no see?

      Glad you enjoyed the post, stay around bud.

  22. May 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Those are some awesome tips Ehsan.
    Notifying a commentator via email when his/her comment gets a reply is one of the easiest ways to bring back a reader. Unfortunately, Blogger platform doesn’t have those kind of things.
    Other points that you have mentioned are spot on, and I think is a must follow for every blogger.
    Another thing that I have experienced is the first impression, specially about the blog design. It plays a big role, at lease in my case.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      No prob Sourav,

      Hate Blogger, personally!
      I don’t know why people still bother to blog on Blogger, while WordPress rules the blogosphere with It’s amazing features.

      Have you had a blog on Blogger?

      • May 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

        I’m a culprit here, my blog is actually on Blogger. But seriously, I myself hate the platform too.
        Actually 80% WordPress can be implemented in Blogger blogs, but in a hard way. Not by using plugins, we are not so privileged. :(

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

          Why don’t you consider moving to WP then? The process isn’t that complicated!

          Read my massive guide to starting a blog? I’ve shared a few reasons there that makes WordPress, the best blogging platform.

          • May 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

            That’s because I didn’t get my dad’s permission to buy hosting for a WordPress blog. :(

          • Ehsan Ullah
            May 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

            Than convince your parents to let you blog, here’s how.
            I hope you enjoy my bud, Rahul’s post ;)

  23. May 12, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Hay Ehasn,

    Another gr8 post, I always enjoy reading your posts and I am really proud of you brother.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks Noor.

  24. May 11, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    As a constant reader of different blogs, first impression do really last. Once I have visited a blog and was not impressed with what I’ve read, I tend to forget everything about that particular site.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      So how do you think about the first impression of Guide and News?

  25. May 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Truly fantastic post, Eshan. Return visitors are extremely important to a blog. They help you sustain your traffic and could even refer more traffic to your blog. I’ve found that always providing valuable info that actionable and being myself is what keeps my readers coming back, plus attracts new ones. Thanks for sharing your insights with us. I appreciate it! :)

    Ti

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Much appreciated TI, good to see ya here.

      I love the way you provide value to your readers with your insightful case studies, that’s what makes me return to your blog Ti.

      Keep on commenting.

      Ehsan

  26. May 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Hey Ehsaan,

    I loved your writing style and you are awesome.

    You have created a great community which clearly reflects through huge comments on your every post.

    The idea of thank you page is awesome. I will surely implement it.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      Hey Arun,

      Thanks – would love to have you as a member. :)

      Okay, let me know how it works for you.

  27. May 10, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    Hi Ehsan,

    It’s long post! but worth reading. For me it’s a bit hard to predict whether my visitors keeps returning or not (since I blog in dual language). But my best bet are to make sure that my blog gets new content displayed on it on a predictable basis. This gives a reason for your visitors to return to my site.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Hey Okto,

      They’ll definitely comeback and stick with you If you let them know about your approaches, your goals and what they can get from your blog.

      Yep, updating your blog frequently gives a reason for people to return.

      Thanks for your comment.

  28. Veronica
    May 10, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    That would be awesome! Knowing my readers like what they read is like heaven! Nice work!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Thanks Veronica.

  29. May 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Ehsan, thank you for giving specifics about emailing first time commenters. I reply to every comment but an email would certainly take it to the next level. And you are so right that your blog shouldn’t be caught with its pants down. Thanks for the helpful actionable tips.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Hey Jenni,
      Thanks – Which lever are you talking about? kidding.

      Do you working to avoid the mistake of letting your blog get caught with It’s pants down?

  30. May 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Hi Ehsan

    I’m back on your blog again, for one reason only my friend.

    Quality of your posts

    Keep sharing :)

    Mike

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      Great to see ya back, Mike. You’re awesome!

      Keep on commenting!

  31. May 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Great list of tips for getting your first time readers to return.. They all stuck out to me, but i think the most important thing you said is that you’re blog is about your readers and not you. Law of reciprocity, give more and you’ll eventually receive. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hey Sherman, long time no see? Where have you been?

      Well said! Those who give more will receive more than they give.

      Hope to see ya back!

  32. May 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Hey Ehsan,

    Very well thought out post and thanks for sharing all of this. Now I wonder how many people are actually doing what you suggested here.

    So the only thing I don’t do that you have listed here is send them to a thank you page. The reason I don’t because you’re not giving them an opportunity to share your content. Now I know you can do that through CommentLuv Premium but no everyone does that. I don’t because I like to read the post, leave my comment and then share it on the social media sites. I’m weird, I know but it’s just been my routine for so long.

    I have new bloggers contact me and they want to blog about everything. I know they’re excited but that just won’t work so sticking with one topic is the only way to be able to get your target traffic.

    Another long but killer post so thanks for taking the time to put that one together.

    ~Adrienne

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Thanks for the praise, Adrienne.

      Well, converting your first time commentator to a loyal reader (and subscriber) of your blog is better than just to get a share from them, isn’t it? A personal thank you message has a big impact and can convince them to subscribe If It has some catchy lines, and an optin form.

      Ohh Adrienne, now you can reference those newbies to this post for better idea ;)

  33. May 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    This is a good post Ehsan. This post shows how can you convert your first readers to your permanent ones.

    • May 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      It really does :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      Vincent, Thanks and hope you implement the tips to convert new visitors into returning readers on your blog.

      @Amal, ;)

  34. May 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    This is very important thing to consider.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      What?

      • May 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

        Whether first time visitor come back into Returning Readers as a form of direct traffic source.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

          Ohh, yep It is!

          Good to see ya back!

  35. May 8, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Hello,

    The post is really helpful to me, as i can earn some new tips about blogging. Secondly i guess responding to the readers via comments or emails would make a good impression and can be converted into daily visitors.

    thanks

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      Hey Sinbad, aka Android Shouter!

      Thanks for your comment ;)

  36. May 8, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    I have those kind of people that are 1 time visitors only. Now I know where I have done wrong, after doing your tips, I reached a high for visitors for 3 consecutive times. Thank you so much!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Yay! You’re very welcome Emilia.

    • May 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Emilia,
      Try giving some great value to your readers before they leave. This will automatically bring them back in. Make sure you have a subscription facility and a perfect design.

      • Ehsan Ullah
        May 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

        Thanks for your suggestions to her, Amal. It’s appreciated.

  37. May 8, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Hi Ehsan,

    You took long gap for this article to roll out, I was peeping daily when will the new post come. Here comes the new post, were you busy?

    I completely agree with the third point as you said engage with your comments, this is what makes a user to return back and see what has been posted. It is a great way of showing courtesy to those who appreciated through comments by replying them back.

    Anyways your article was Bang on the target Ehsan. Now I need to work these tips in my blog to convert my search engine traffic into returning visitors.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Hey Vijesh, good to see ya here.

      Yep, I was busy with moving my hosting to Bluehost and with some other offline activities.

      Glad you enjoyed the article, and going to work these tips on your blog!

      What’s new with BlogingRace? I think there’s a “G” missing in your domain name. Is it “BlogingRace” or “BloggingRace” ?

      • May 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

        Hey Ehsan,

        I have been busy too but just now I am bit free. It is “Blog in Grace” not BlogingRace” or “BloggingRace” Thanks for the reply…

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

          Three words domain name, wow! I thought It’s Blogging Race :D

  38. May 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,

    You’ve perfect blog and do most of things required to run a successful blog right, that’s the reason you’ve the great fan following. The engagement I can see on your blog is nowhere to be seen.

    I really like your idea of be yourself and show real face is the perfect receipe to be successful and I truly believe in that.

    Keep rocking Ehsan and have a great week ahead.

    Sapna

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Hey Sapna,

      Thanks for the nice words, just doing what I love to do!

      Now what’s that BBCCartoons? Did you change your domain name?

  39. May 7, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Great Post Ehsan, The ideas are good to implement for a new blogger. Hence I would like to say that it is quite important to be as you are while you blogging. Specially new bloggers feel shy to promote them as they are. personal branding is important!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Well said Mizan, personal branding is definitely important because you need to let people know about yourself and show your expertise.

      Thanks for dropping in.

  40. May 7, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    This is very important thing to consider, Who are you blogging for? Alot of people do get confused if they see different kind of content on a blog.

    Because if your main niche is something and you are blogging on different content, they there will be confusion.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      You nailed it, Usman. That’s a common problem with new bloggers these days. Confusing your readers is like making them hate and forget your blog, instead of encouraging them to stick.

      Thanks for stopping by Usman.

  41. May 7, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    I like that! I want my readers to keep coming back for more. Everybody likes their audience to appreciate their work and come back for more.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Exactly Stacey, that’s what bloggers are struggling with.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  42. May 7, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    Hi Ehsan,
    You are really a passionate blogger and I just love visiting your blog.
    Its true to retain someone who visited your blog and give him such an experience as to make him come back again and again. Redirecting first time commentators to a thank you page is an awesome idea and I appreciate it. Though commentluv premium handles this task beautifully too via reply me feature.
    Thanks for this awesome piece looking for some more like this one.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      Hey Vineet, thanks for the kind words. Hope to see ya back again and again!

      Yep, CommentLuv Premium has too many features. I just noticed that It’s ReplyMe plugin does it too, and started using it today. Were you redirected to my THANK YOU page after posting your comment?

      • May 8, 2013 at 5:48 am #

        No I wasn’t redirected Ehsan. May be I posted this comment before you started using it.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

          Ohh, or maybe that wasn’t your first comment here? Was it?

  43. May 7, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    You have raised some great points here. Some of them I always do, but there are a few newbie ideas which I am going to try out. I love the thank you redirect page, I think this will be really useful on my blog.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Glad to see ya here Catherine.

      Thank you page redirect strategy works great on niches like yours. Do you have a welcome message on your blog yet?

      What’s new with Smart Party Planning blog?

      • May 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

        Thanks Ehsan. I’ve set up the thankyou page and I love how it looks :-) Yes I do have a welcome page, well its more of a static post that is seen at the top of the blog! And there is always something new on Smart Party Planning Ehsan :-) 1 minute chocolate cake take your fancy??? he he.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

          Hey Catherine, you’re back!!

          Your welcome post looks great attention grabby, Now do your best to send first time visitors on that post. One great way to make it happen is to include that in the menu bar of your blog.

          You’re doing great job Catherine, good luck!

  44. May 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Awesome tips Ehsan. I think the THANK YOU page is a great idea. Many people will benefit from this post for sure. Great work!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      How are you Gauraw? Lovely short comment from ya.

      Yep, redirecting first time visitors to a THANK YOU page when they leave a comment is one of the best strategy to develop a strong relationship with first time visitors.

      How are you doing with your personal blog, Gauraw?

  45. May 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Great Tips Ehsaan!
    Especially the last one :-)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

      Hey Ritish.

  46. May 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Thanks for the above stated tips to get loyal readers. Let me add some more words that to convert your organic traffic into loyal blog readers
    we have to do much more effort to improve quality of contents by using long tail keywords,we should also encourage them to be part of our blog for this the option of “Notify me follow up comments via email” is much helpful also your idea of providing an e book of “Starting a blog” is excellent.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Thanks for adding knowledge Rafaqat, are you new to the blog? Welcome message is a perfect place to get started ;)

  47. May 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    OK Ehsan. This is how you converted me. In addition to the fact that you show your real face and you actually talk back to me, AND you fished my comments out of our spam box :) – what I really like about your blog is instead of saying “Comments”, you say “intelligent opinions”. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Mutual respect!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Always great to have ya here, Treathyl.

      Those are REALLY “intelligent opinions” from my lovely readers, not just comments. My way to show more respect to my blog comments ;)

      Stay around Treathyl. :)

  48. May 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Return readers are actually very important for every website some of the return readers may actually turn out to be some of the buyers on the affiliate products for the next post. This is why it is necessary to create quality content so that visitors and readers keep coming back. As a blog reader myself, I always visit the sites I find valuable or quality information from. If the content of a blog seems spun, I never visit that site again. For this reason, I also always try to create quality content so readers will keep coming back to my sites.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

      Hey Emily,

      Quality content is definitely the key, that’s a common thing, isn’t it? But If you don’t follow the other steps mentioned in the post, you won’t be able to get returning readers even If you have top notch content on your blog.

      Hope to see ya back around Emily.

  49. May 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    So you are back, huh? Good to see your new post, buddy.

    I am now thinking to make a THANK YOU page, like you have done, for my blog. This is actually a real good idea to let our readers know that we appreciate their support.

    Can you tell me which plugin you are using for that?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks Abhi, and as usual great to have ya here.

      I thought you’re already doing it. Anyway hey, I use “Comment Redirect by Yoast” plugin for that.

      Have you read my easy guide to redirecting first time commentators to a thank you page yet? I’ve shared some useful tips there to create an effective thank you page (And mentioned the plugin as well).

      Hope to see ya back Abhi.

  50. May 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Oh My God. It’s really hard to convert visitor into daily reader. Anyway your tips are looking like may work for me. Thank you.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Welcome Tarun,

      How are you doing with Earning Journal blog?

  51. May 6, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    thanks great article. As a new blogger It seems to me very effective to create returning visitors.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      You have a great domain name Fazle!

      Thanks for dropping in, hope to see ya back!

  52. May 6, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Great Information Ehsan bro. thanks for sharing your thoughts in this post valuable post for everyone :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Hey Wassup Rahul?

  53. May 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Yet another interesting article Ehsan :-D

    Returning visitors are really important for a blog’s growth :-)
    I believe, to bring back first time visitors to any blog, we need worthy content !

    Very interesting points :-)

    Keep Posting :-)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Hey Akhil,

      Worthy content and?

  54. May 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,

    Well-written post yet again :)

    You covered up everything that every blogger needs to do in order to convert first time visitors to returning readers…hmm…lots of lessons to take back home.

    I agree with all that you wrote, though I’ve yet to do all the things you mentioned. Being specific and writing for your readers is what I believe in too. However, perhaps my niche covers a wider audience so I do cater for a lot of people of different ages and presently it’s working well for me. However, those into blogging or the tech kind of things remain to be in their niche.

    Ah…comments…you already know my views about those. :) I guess I can’t stop writing when I start, though always believe to reply to every comment too, more so because that way you respect your readers and the time they have taken to stop by and read your post. However, I rarely see the top rank bloggers doing that. Yes, they might be busy or have no time, but I don’t think writing a few lines would take away much of their time. Comments take a lot of my time, and the comments on other people’s blogs too. I truly believe in write like you speak, which is always from the heart – and you can never go wrong in building relationships then – isn’t it?

    Oh yes…when you are blogging, it’s best to have your own voice and show your real face to people, rather than try to be someone you are not. Sooner or later people come to know and that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

    Thanks so much for sharing these nuggets with us. Have a nice Sunday :)

    • May 6, 2013 at 1:24 am #

      Why don’t you just write a Guest Post here? :)
      That was more than just a comment Harleena.
      Thumbs up for that – Yea! I also believe you must write from your heart and win some. Well said. :)

      Good luck.

      • May 6, 2013 at 1:51 am #

        Lol….thanks Amal :)

        I guess I should take that as a compliment. I still have to get started with guest posts, and perhaps I might just land up here one day – you never know.

        Oh yes…your heart can never go wrong and always guides you to do the right thing – so I feel.

        Thanks once again :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

          You publish smart stuff Harleena, but If you think you can blow up just writing on your own blog, sadly It doesn’t work like this.

          Write all around the glob to get your name up there and bring the audience your way.

          • May 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

            You are right and thanks for the reminder – I know I have to start off soon one day :)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            May 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

            Good luck!

            Go global Harleena ;)

      • Ehsan Ullah
        May 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

        It’ll be a pleasure to have Harleena as a guest here, when I started accepting guest contributors.

        Love her writing!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Words of wisdom Harleena, awesome comment!
      Glad you learned something new today from this post.

      I know you’re doing a darn good job of converting your blog visitors into your blog lovers. I hope to be that good in working the way you do on your blog.

      Responding to every comment definitely takes time, but It’s worth it. Guess/Imagine If those top bloggers start engaging with their audience through comments and start responding to every comment, won’t they be doing 10 times more good than they’re doing now?

      What about other commenting strategies Harleena? Do you use CommentLuv’s ReplyMe plugin to send a reply notification email to your commentators? And do you redirect your comments to a custom “Thank you” page? Those works great!

      Always great to have ya here Harleena, keep on commenting!

      • May 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

        Oh yes…I do use CommentLuv’s ReplyMe plugin to send a reply notification email to those who leave a comment, but I still have to redirect comments to a custom “Thank You” page – I know you that and that’s on my to-do list too. :)

        Thanks once again :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

          Good to see you back. That might convince the first time commentator to become a loyal to your blog, so redirecting your comments to a “thank you” is one of the “Do. It. Today” task of blogging.

  55. May 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Those are great tips Ehsan. I think the best way to convert your first time visitors into returning visitors is by engaging them with the quality of your content and also interacting with them by replying to their comments or emails.

    • May 6, 2013 at 1:26 am #

      But if people are not subscribed to the comments which we usually don’t want to do by getting you Mail all junked up, it will be an Epic fail to think like that.
      The best way is to give them some value to remember our blog and come back when they feel to read.

      • May 6, 2013 at 8:51 am #

        True, but it shows other people that read the comments that you’re trying to interact with them so people that want to get an answer from you will subscribe to the comments.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

          Well said!

      • Ehsan Ullah
        May 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

        Amal, CommentLuv’s ReplyMe plugin which I mentioned in the post sends reply notification to commentators automatically when their comment gets responded, there’s no need to subscribe to comments – It’s good for super engagement through comments tough, just like the way you do ;)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

      Thanks for adding knowledge Darek, great to see ya here.

      Another great way to impress first time visitors is to redirect them on your welcome post, do you have one, Darek?

      What’s new with your affiliate tips blog?

      • May 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

        Unfortunately I don’t have a page like this(yet), my blog is only 1 week old so I’ve got lot of work to do on it but everything goes well so far – baby steps till the top.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

          The first post on your blog should be a welcome message, or you can create a new page telling people why you started and how you can add value to their life with your blog.

  56. May 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Great Post Ehsan,
    these are really good tips for turning first time readers to loyal readers.
    I will love to add this, create great contents that Your readers will love and always put your best foot forward; you can do this by adding a popular post widget to your sidebar or links to your best posts.
    thanks for this post Ehsan.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      Good to see ya here Joseph,

      Creating great content is definitely the key, what really makes you different is the way you provide it to your audience. That’s one of the reason I don’t like showing the date in my post because I don’t want my posts to get older.

      Thanks for your comment Joseph, what’s new with BloggingTipsToday?

  57. May 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Very informative and well written post , returning visitors are the real asset of any blog .

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      Hey Mehtab, well said!

      Keep on commenting.

  58. May 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Ehsan, great blog and some great tips!

    I think the best 2 I have found for bringing people back is since I made a (Dubai News) section and forums. Began to get the same amount of returns as new visitors!

    Another great tip is when you get enough enough visitors everyday, instead of beginning to sell advertising for money, Do it instead for freebies.

    One of my advertisers is a Water Park in Dubai and they give me no money but for now 10 free tickets a week. Which is a great way for people to come back and try to win prizes.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Welcome to Guide to blogging community, Charless. Glad you liked what you see.

      Advertising people’s products for free is what I’ve done before, which is REALLY a great way to build strong relationship as well, other than encouraging them to stick with your blog.

      BTW, is your blog all about Dubai city?

      Hope to see ya back.

      • May 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

        Hi Ehsan, yes currently just have Dubai & Cape Town, meant to be for expats but so far making most money from tourists via booking.com affiliate program lol.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 5, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

          Great! Seems you’re targeting huge Dubai and Cape town traffic which you can easily convert into $$$.

          Have you built you monetizing plan yet?

          • May 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

            Hi, only thing have got is Google Analytics, which would you recommend? Thanks!

          • Ehsan Ullah
            May 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

            Google Analytics is what I use too. By monetizing plan, I mean have you planned how you’re going to make money form your blog? If you haven’t, than you should must read my post on planning a blog which is a complete blueprint on building a successful blog plan.

  59. May 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    hey Ehsan

    I like the focus of your post, as well as the cartoon…

    I once (recently) read that illustrations and cartoons get higher/more clicks on Twitter than images… can you believe such?

    I truly believe (one of my partners tested this) that with cartoons (not just royalty-free photos) your blog and content will stand out, and increase visitors to return

    What do you think?

    P.S. I recommend all cartoons have brand links attached for viral exposure and traffic gains…

    • May 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      An Image does tells Thousand words. Maybe not Thousands :D But a few I think.
      I really liked that visualization too.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Hey John, welcome to blogging.

      Do you mean on Pinterest? Well, I didn’t know that cartoons get higher clicks. I used that by accident ;)

      I can’t believe images in blog posts encourages people to comeback. Have you read my ultimate guide to blogging where shared the importance of it.

      Hope to see ya back John.

  60. May 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Hy,

    I appreciate your interest for posting such an essential topic. This is very helpful for all the bloggers. Keep going!

    Thanks

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

      Welcome Jane, glad you found it useful for bloggers.

  61. Amos Eshet
    May 5, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Another awesome post indeed, Well i think we should provide freebies to the new readers.. so that they can be converted into daily readers.

    • May 5, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      Providing freebies to newbies. Hmm a great idea. But it might get your blog junked I think.

      • Ehsan Ullah
        May 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

        Exactly!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Hey Amos, how are you?
      Providing freebies is a great idea, but doesn’t work on every niche.

      Seems It works for you?

  62. May 5, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    I think the most important part of engaging readers is being yourself; giving the most out of it. This not only returns readers but also engage them in your write-up.

    I have been reading 10s of article a week, these days on many top blogs I’m subscribe to; the reason I like to read their articles are – they present themselves instead of talking on others. And, that’s the quality people get attracted to.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Right on Irfan, glad you commented.

      That’s what you’ve been struggling with on your logo designing business, right Irfan?
      The way you provide solutions to people’s problem, there’s nobody else just like you, with your insights and point of view.

      Thanks for droppin’ in.

  63. May 5, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Hey Ehsan,
    Was waiting for you to roll out the next post here on Guide and News. And there you was, geared up with a killer blog post. Congrats :)

    Don’t let your blog get caught with It’s Pants down ! Well said bro, that part was really interesting :)
    Kudos. Good luck.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Hey Amal, Wise words.
      Much appreciated, as usual great to have ya here.

      Glad you liked the last point. What’s new with BloggerDoc?

      • May 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

        Hey bro! I thinks it’s more my honor to engage here.
        Well speaking about my blog, I was kinda working on Dominating to tailed keyword “How To Write Killer Blog Posts” on Google Search Results and I think it’s actually starting to work.

        Can you do me a search on that and tell me if I’m up there? Do tell me who all are competing with me. Will you?

        Thanks a lot in advance. Lemme just handle your loyal guys!

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

          Thanks a ton bud,

          Wow, you’re on first page 6th position with that keyword. Congo!

          How many exact monthly searches does that keyword has on Google?

          • May 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

            Whoa!
            Thanks bro. Finally!
            And I think it’s about 6 searches a day on that one now!
            Is that Good?

            {{ And I think I just again did that comment doubling! :( Sorry! }]

          • Ehsan Ullah
            May 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

            Only 6? It’s good to target long tail keywords, but try to target keywords that has a few thousands (or hundreds) monthly searches on Google, that can get you organic traffic consistently.

            Ohh you’re spamming me now.

            Kidding.

            Keep on comment doubling! ;)