Interactive Blog - 5 Ways for a more Interactive Blog

5 Tools For A More Interactive Blog

Interactive BlogMore interaction with your blog visitors means visitors stay longer so you have a better chance of building a relationship with them and converting them.

Do you use the tools that are available to encourage interaction on your blog?  Are there other options on your blog other than converting to e-mail subscribers or buying your products or services?

Are you big and scary or open and fun and ready to interact!!!

Here are 5 tools for a more interactive blog that you should consider.

1. Generate business using vcita

Lilach Bullock (Forbes top 20 women power influencers) has a popup that appears in the corner of the screen which encourages people to schedule an appointment with Lilach.  You may be browsing the website and not even consider that the founder is available for a mentoring session. This certainly grabs your attention.

 

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This appears on Lilach’s website to encourage visitors to book a mentor session

 

“Since using Vcita I’ve seen a huge increase in people getting in touch, whilst I still have a contact form located on my blog more people get in touch from using the pop up contact box courtesy of Vcita.  It’s a very simple tool but very effective in generating more interaction from your visitors.   It has a whole host of other cool features too but for me the pop up contact form delivers the best results” – Lilach Bullock, Sociable.

Could you use vcita to drive additional business?  What about offering consultancy services or encourage people to discuss the products you have for sale?

2. Leave a Voicemail with Speakpipe

A novel way of encouraging interaction is the ability to leave a voicemail instead of filling out a form.  You can still have your contact form but having another option of communicating with you is useful.  Sometimes your visitor might want to say a lot but doesn’t want to type it up. Jon Loomer (Facebook expert) uses this facility on his site.

 

Send a voicemail
The ability to send a voicemail instead of typing up a message is an interesting option

 

The software Jon uses is Speakpipe.

3. Implement a commenting system like Disqus

The type of commenting system you use can effect the amount of comments you get.  Initially we used wordpress comments on this blog but because people had to login to comment it was harder to get comments.  We did add on the option to connect via Twitter or Facebook but we st

Initially we used WordPress comments on this blog but because people had to login to comment it was harder to get comments.  We did add

We did add on the option to connect via Twitter or Facebook but we still felt we should be getting more comments.  When we moved to

When we moved to disqus we got more comments.  The main reason is that disqus is very popular so when people arrive on your site a lot of them are already logged in to disqus so it makes it easier to get comments.

 

Disqus comments is great for getting comments as a lot of people are logged in to Disqus when they arrive on your site
Disqus comments is great for getting comments as a lot of people are logged in to Disqus when they arrive on your site

 

4. Build a community with Buddypress

If you have a large audience and you want to encourage people to spend more time on your blog you could implement BuddyPress.

Buddypress is a wordpress plugin that creates a social network within your WordPress blog.  Through this social network you can have profiles for users and forums broken then by topics.  This can be a great way of taking your blog to the next level.  If you want to see buddypress in action check out social media examiner.

Through this social network you can have profiles for users and forums broken then by topics.  This can be a great way of taking your blog to the next level.  If you want to see buddypress in action check out social media examiner.

 

BuddyPress
Social media examiner networking forum in Buddypress

 

5. Implement Surveys for Site Visitors using Qualroo

Surveys are a great way of getting interaction on your blog.

Ask a couple of simple questions to visitors to your blog.  For example, what content should you be writing, how did you find out about this blog etc etc.  A simple survey tool is

For example, what content should you be writing, how did you find out about this blog etc etc.  A simple survey tool is Qualroo.

 

Qualroo
Qualroo is easy to set up and you can ask questions to your audience to get relevant feedback

 

What have you done to support having an interactive blog?  What works for you?  We’d love to hear from you.

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