The people who read your blog are the people who spur you on, and give you a reason to keep the blog going. So you should thank them once in a while. How can you say “Thank you” to your readers in the most genuine, thoughtful way possible?
1. Recommend a Reader
#FollowFriday is a nice idea on Twitter. Instead of listing several usernames, simply choose one person and say why they’re awesome.
This is much more likely to send new followers to that person – and they’ll probably appreciate it more than if you simply put them in a list.
2. Share a Post
Did someone really come through for you this week? A nice, simple way to say thank you is to share one of their posts. Before you share though, make sure you add a little wording of your own.
Even a little “Great post!”, or a quick heads up that this post is from someone you really respect, shows you really care and haven’t simply shared for the sake of it.
3. Send a Quick Email
If you really appreciate someone, let them know with a short and sweet email. Don’t ask for anything – don’t link to anything – just write a few short sentences to say thank you for whatever reason you like.
It only takes a short email to make someone’s day. Why not be the person who makes their day today?
4. Link from a Post
Whether you’re writing a weekly round-up of great posts, or you’re including a relevant link partway into your latest article, linking to someone else’s post seems like such an obvious thing to do. But it’s all too easy to forget to do it – or to overdo it.
Keep your links to a minimum – link to the posts you really enjoyed – don’t tread the path of linking to all the big bloggers just to see who bites. Choose appropriate, relevant links that enrich your posts with auxiliary content.
5. Ask their Opinion
If you’re ever looking for feedback on an idea, comments on your latest eBook (before it goes out), or an view on what a reader might like to see more of at your blog… try asking people one by one.
When a reader can see you’ve gone directly to them with a personal message, and not a blanket note to lots of other people, they’re much more likely to respond.
Show that you care enough to ask – and take their comments on board. Many people like being asked for their opinion. So why not ask them?
How do you thank your readers?