April 23, 2014

Guest Post: 6 Ways to Improve Your Blog Karma

By Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

“Karma” means you reap what you sow, or get as good as you give. Karma is what the clichés “She had it coming”or “What goes around, comes around” are all about. Karma means your actions will return to help – or haunt – you in this world…or the next one.

To improve your blog karma, you need to throw stones and make positive ripples in cyberspace. Luckily, it’s easier – and more fun! – than you think…

1. Write blog posts based on your readers’ comments or questions. One of my all-time favorite “blog-currences” is when readers ask a question or make a comment on a post. Responding with a full-blown article not only gives me something new to write about (an idea I may never have considered), it also makes readers feel special! Thanking them in the post – and even connecting to their blog or website – creates more delicious karma.

2. Barter your blog “buttons.” Desirée Ossandon over at Canada Arts Connect is featuring my buttons on her blog, and in exchange I’m featuring hers on mine. If you have a blog button (it could be a small 125 x 125 graphic that represents your blog), ask a fellow blogger to do a button exchange. If you don’t have one, ask about it below….and I’ll write a “how to create a blog button” post! J

3. Add a CommentLuv plugin. One of my favorite blog features is a WordPressplugin called “CommentLuv” (I’m not sure if it’s available on Blogger). When readers comment on your post and insert their URL, their last post is listed as a live link. I love this feature because it reveals a little of the personality and style of the commenter, and it gives them a bit of exposure. Karma!

4. Talk blogging with Gramma. Sum up the purpose or theme of your blog in a sentence or two, and talk about it in real life, not just online! Tell your grandma, hair stylist, storekeeper, and taxicab driver about your best, worst, favorite, or latest post. And don’t forget to ask if they’ve created their own blog. If they have their own blog, seek it out, make comments, and refer to your “real life” relationship. Creating blog karma extends beyond cyberspace, my friends.

5. Become a “regular” on several blogs. The more a blogger and his/her followers see your name on a particular blog, the better your relationship with be. Don’t be a “drive by commenter.” A crucial aspect of successful blogging is building relationships, and this involves being strategic about your commenting habits. Get to know bloggers, and let yourself be known.

6. Help people achieve their goals. This is what karma is all about! The more you help others succeed, the farther you’ll go – in blogging and in life in general. Find people who need help by visiting writers’ forums, searching for questions on Twitter (Tweetdeck makes it easy – if you want to learn how, ask me below!), or even asking what readers want at the end of your own blog posts.

Karma is my new favorite sport – Susan, thanks for being the first to teach me this term, and for letting me write about it here!

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen is a full-time writer and blogger who created and maintains a series of Quips and Tips blogs: Quips and Tips for Successful Writers, Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals, and Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility. She’s also the Feature Writer for Psychology Suite101.

Comments

  1. Jade Meng says:

    "The more you help others succeed, the farther you’ll go." Can't agree more. Helping others is help oneself; love others as oneself.

  2. Write a Writing says:

    Well said, I have often seen myself clicking on only the profiles of the regular commentators to check what they have… and most of the times I end up in subscribing to their feed :D

    …and ya I would really love it if you can include a post about disqus. I am in a flux whether to use it or not.

    Regards,
    Amy Dyslex

  3. jesakalong says:

    Great post, Laurie! I second the request for an article about blog buttons. Also, I'd like to add that the guest blogging arrangement you and Susan have is a wonderful example of how bloggers can partner – and really benefit all of your readers. Keep up the good work!

  4. Laurie PK says:

    Great — I'd be happy to write about creating "blog buttons." I'll post it this Thurs June 25 on Quips & Tips for Successful Writers, and will post the link here.

    And I'm totally grooving on these monthly posts that Susan and I are exchanging :-) An arrangement like this is something I'd highly recommend….maybe one day we'll write about the benefits of regularly guest writing for one particular blog.

    Thanks for your comments!

    Laurie

  5. Cat Sitter in the City says:

    I like the idea of the blog button. Good suggestion. I am not so tech-savvy, but I am going to make it my mission to figure out how to make one this week. Another way to improve your blog karma: I answer all of my reader mail. I have had some great exchanges with my readers. I really appreciate the fact that someone would take the time not only to read my blog but to write to me!

  6. Suzannah says:

    An interesting post! This is exactly what I'm intending to do with my own blog. These are some great ways to improve traffic. Thanks.

  7. This is a little more indirect, but I like to give monetization efforts a bump if appropriate. Sometimes I'll read a good blog article, but I won't have a good comment to contribute. So I'll look around at the ads that are up, and click on an interesting one. The advertiser gets a visit, and the writer gets a few cents. I hope it's positivity all around.

  8. Vera Marie Badertscher says:

    I like to do those unexpected stumbles sometimes–random acts of blog kindness. It can really make somebody's day.
    Thanks for a great post. I just added Comment Luv yesterday after seeing it on another blog. I think I need to make a button.

  9. LauriePK says:

    I describe how to create a button in my post "9 Tips for Creating a Blog Button or Widget for Your Blog."

    To read it, just click on my name, LauriePK!

    Thanks for prompting me to write it; I hope it helps.

    Laurie

  10. Interesting! I especially agree with the necessity of commenting regularly to specific blogs that you love to visit. Building relationship is very importan. :)