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DAY 5: Email a Blog Reader

Good Morning everyone, its Friday! Congrats to each of you who worked on this great project all week long: In case you are new to the party, Welcome!

Here is what you missed:

Monday Day 1: Create an Elevator Speech

Tuesday Day 2: Create a List Post

Wednesday Day 3: Promote a Blog Post

Thursday Day 4: Analyze a Blog in your Niche

Today Day 5: Email a Blog Reader

There has been a lot of great commentary going back and forth on each of these days! *cheers to all of you! If you are late to the party, please jump in and start with Day 1 and then support each other with comments as the group has been doing so far.

We are only working in the forum Monday through Friday, but if you have time jump back in and see what your other “sista’s” are doing, or if they might need support.

Also, for any of you who are new to Twitter I have a how to set up a twitter tutorial and The Anatomy of the Tweet tutorial.

Today’s task: email a new reader. Find someone who’s commented on your blog and contact them via email to thank them for commenting. The idea behind this task is to build a community by making your readers feel welcome and giving them your personal attention.

Key Concepts:

• Pay attention to new readers and this will significantly increase the chance that someone will return to your site or tell others about it through their networks.

• Shoot a quick thank you with a link back and make the email relevant to their comment, then point them to your RSS feed

• If a person leaves a link to their blog in your comments, stop by their site and leave a comment back.

• Respond to comments on your blog

• ProBlogger recommends that we take 10-15 minutes to do this every day, to make our readers feel special.

Questions:

1. How do you reply to comments on your blog?

2. Do you utilize your comment section and send out personal emails, or do you use another method?

3. How have you benefitted from making personal connections with your readers?

For those of you with new blogs: If you don’t have lots of comments on your blog yet, then Darren recommends you take the time to visit other blogs in your niche (maybe that you discovered this week) and leave “relevant, helpful, and genuine comments”.

If you published a post for today’s challenge, don’t forget to leave a link! Also, please take the time to leave a comment for the blogger who posts just before you here. The comment love is going strong, let’s keep up the momentum! Here’s to week one!! Woot Woot!

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 95 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

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